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“As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work.” Marty Meehan

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

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“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.”Carter G. Woodson


As we wrap up Black History Month and Heart Health Month, I thought it would be helpful to revisit some very important and helpful information that we could all use. In 2013, Eunique Jones started shooting a series of photos of kids dressed as black icons and she added quotes to the photos. Her message was one of empowerment and remembrance and it caught on like a wildfire. I had the opportunity to feature her work on this blog and for this month of celebrating all things great and historical about black folks in America, I revisited her work. Since 2013, it has grown into a movement. She has published calendars and a coffee table book, and all can be purchased with other items in her store. When I think of Black History and the journey of our people over the years, it makes me proud to know that the legacy of overcoming and rising above the barriers is a hard-worn quality. There is an African saying that goes something like this: He who knows not where he is going must at least know where he is coming from. History Matters. Family legacy and documentation Matter. Come back later for more.
READ: Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons


“Too many U.S. adults have a heart age years older than their real age, increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke. Everybody deserves to be young – or at least not old – at heart.” Tom Frieden

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter #MoveWithHeart for Your Heart

Join the NHLBI and itsThe Heart Truth® program this year in encouraging Americans to move more and Move with Heart. You should strive for at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless. There are flexible ways to break it into amounts of daily activity, and even small amounts add up and can have lasting heart health benefits.

According to the American Heart Association, there are many reasons why getting fit and maintaining a healthy level of activity is imperative. Why is physical activity so important for health and well-being? It can lift our mood, Keep us physically fit and keep the doctor at bay with reduced incidences of ill health. What does being active do for us? AHA gave us 5 solid reason to be active:

  • lower your blood pressure
  • boost your levels of good cholesterol
  • improve blood flow (circulation)
  • keep your weight under control
  • prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis

It doesn’t take much to figure out why, this year, the theme for Heart Health month is staying fit.

American Heart Month: February is American Heart Month
READ: Heart Health: #WomensLives & Go Red For Women
Heart Matters: 7 Heart Healthy Tips


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN 2018/FEB 2018 are:



01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,


02/04 – 02, National Wear Red Day, Groundhog Day,
02/11 – 13, Mardi Gras, 14, Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, 16, Chinese New Year
02/18 – 19, Presidents Day
02/25 – Wrapping Up February – Black History Month, American Heart Month, National African American History


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab




More below!
“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.” Robert Frost

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Motivation Mondays: Heart & History Matter

Go Red For Women® | Survivors Nicole Hardy & Odilia Flores Walk at Red Dress Collection 2017

Below are links to healthful and helpful articles you could benefit from. Read some and share many. Come back for more on this week’s motivational topic…

GO Red For Women: Real Women, Real Stories – Women Taking a Stand
Welcome to the AHA: FEBRUARY is American Heart Month
The Heart Foundation: February is Heart Health Month

Read these great articles. The more you click, the more you learn!


Have a peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip:

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos, Heart Health, Black History Month via Pixabay,  AND/OR  Ernie Pryor Painting -Kent State, Black History Month  via  Wikipedia


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


30 Comments leave one →
  1. Journa Liz Servito Ramirez permalink
    26/02/2018 6:25 pm

    Thank you for this great reminder. It is really important to remember and think of the things that really matter. Because of this post, I want to learn more about Black History.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 7:13 pm

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m battling the flu so my head isn’t clear enough to finish the post. Do come back for updates. Thank you!

  2. lucicoo permalink
    26/02/2018 10:44 pm

    Really great post. We always have to remember history even if it is bad or good. It is our story and we learn from our story or history.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      26/02/2018 11:36 pm

      We certainly do and we learn from how we take care of our heart health too…

  3. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    10/09/2018 11:18 am

    I really am endeavoring to get back to my fitness routine I used to have, because I know I felt better when I was exercising regularly. For heart health and overall health, I know I want to be more diligent so I can be around longer for my loved ones, including my grandchildren. I’d like to watch them grow up!


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