Hello readers! Welcome to Friday Favorites. Sorry if you came looking for our usual run down of grief related articles, today I need a little motivation instead. I’ve been down for a few weeks and I think I’m almost ready for my ‘I’m Every Woman’ moment. This is the moment in any self-repecting movie when the heroine, who has just lost her job or been dumped or experienced some other such hardship; picks herself up off the floor, changes out of her ice-cream stained sweatpants, goes to the gym, gets bangs, puts on a kick-ass outfit, and shows the world what she’s capable of. Yep, that’s gonna be me….soon…I swear…minus the bangs.
Anyway, there comes a point in all our lives when we need a little motivation so today I’m gonna give you some. Alright, L-E-T-S–G-O!
Hands down my favorite is Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ based on the advice of Mary Schmich of the ‘Chicago Tribune’. This song (would we call it a song?) was briefly popular the year I graduated high school and I remember driving around in a purple Dodge Neon with my girl friends yelling the line ‘Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly’. Typical that’s the advice that would resonate with me at 18, despite the song offering such gems as…“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts; don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours”; “…don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either; your choices are half chance, so are everybody elses”; “Get to know your parents, you never know when they will be gone for good”; and “The older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young”.
This post acknowledges that, “Getting off your ass and getting things done is not easy….”. Amen! If it were Litsa and I would be mega successful grief-related business owners and/or authors and/or singer songwriters. Anyhow, leave it to Lifehacker to lay out a super awesome strategy for taking on the thing(s)you’ve been too scared to tackle.
A good majority of these clips originate from sports talks/movies – and who doesn’t love a good sports pep talk? They always manage to convince me winning the second half of a football game is like solving world hunger. Those of us who work to motive people around a cause really ought to take a few cues from locker room pep talks.
This clip was kind of unique and addresses perseverance in the face of rejection, failure, and adversity.
Here’s 100 songs for your playlist. Whatever challenge you’re pumping yourself up for, the right soundtrack always has a way of giving you a little extra push. Suggestion: turn the volume UP.
Here are my top 3…
1. “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” ~Japanese proverb
2. “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.” ~Richard Bach
3. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~Harry S. Truman
‘Let it Go’ from Frozen and Ginny singing ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen
We’ve been listening to this song non-stop in our house. To say the girls are obsessed with the movie ‘Frozen’ is somewhat of an understatement. As luck would have it, this song is kind of kick ass.
The first clip is a video from the movie, the second clip is a video of Ginny acting out a video from the movie (for those of you who are not impervious to cute, it gets good-ish around second 30).
I hope this post motivates you to subscribe. See how I did that?