Monday Motivation

Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.

~ Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

Remember this quote during the week when you catch yourself worrying or over planning the future. We can’t understand the reason why we have to struggle some of the time and why other times we reap the benefits of “luck”. The good and the bad happen in our lives for a reason. Hindsight is twenty twenty for a reason. Appreciate the moment, work hard moving forward and accept the unexpected.


Monday Music Motivation – Baby Girl

This is a song from 2003 so naturally the video is simply amazing. Just the cheesy style should cheer you up on this Monday.

If you don’t know this song it’s basically a song about a girl writing home to her parents while she is trying to make it in the music business.

Dear Mom and Dad,
Please send money,
I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
I don’t need much just enough to get me through.
Please don’t worry ’cause I’m alright.
(I’m playin here at the bar tonight)
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true…
Well I love you more than anything in the world.
Your Baby Girl

I’m sharing this for your Monday Music Motivation not just because I’ve completely fallen in love with country over the past year, but because its a song that speaks the story of anyone starting out in their career. We all have money problems and road blocks. And its no shame at all if you had to call home to mom and dad to ask for money. What’s great about this song is that it doesn’t focus on the negative of all the struggles. It focuses on believing in the dream and having the drive to make it happen. You can also tell that Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of Sugarland, had a lot of support coming from home too. This isn’t the case for everyone, but it is important to find that support group.

So as you struggle to pay the bills this week and drowsily head to your underpaid job, remember being able to afford fancy cars and diamond rings aren’t the most important things in life and remember to keep the faith because one day you might be the one sending money home…

Dear Mom and Dad,
I’ll send money. I’m so rich that It ain’t funny.
Well it oughtta be more then enough to get you through.
Please don’t worry cause I’m alright,
I’m stayin here at the Ritz tonight,
Whatta ya know we made our dreams come true!
And there are fancy cars and diamond rings,
But you know that they don’t mean a thing,
Well they all add up to nothin compared to you,
Well, remember me in ribbons and curls…
I still love you more than anything in the world

Your Baby Girl

Monday Motivation

Secret-25 Toady’s Monday Motivation is taken from Paul Angone’s 101 Secrets For Your Twenties. Secret #25 is one of my favorites. It reminds twentysomethings that “failing”, or not completing something correctly, is not a reflection on who we are as a person. Our failures do not define us, they refine us. They refine our skills by correcting mistakes and challenge our perspective. Are you going to look at a failure negatively, calling yourself a failure? Or are you going to change your perspective to a positive one so you can look at each “failure” as an opportunity to improve?

Monday Music Motivation – Put Your Record On

My roommate played this song while we were driving to a birthday party this weekend in NJ. It’s been stuck in my head ever since!

I love the lyrics here…

“Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.”

Male or Female I think this song can relate to anyone starting out on a life of their own, following his/her dreams. After battling through job applications or a long week at work Corinne Bailey Rae is reminding us to take our time to let lose. We need to take the time to enjoy ourselves and not let the stress take over. Somehow everything will make sense in time and everything will work out the way its supposed to.

Take the time this week to let your hair down, turn up your favorite song and

dance the stress out of you!

Tired of lying …

Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find, ten years has got behind you
No one told you where to run, you missed the starting gun.”

~David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, “Time”

I started reading The Defining Decade a book about “why you twenties matter- and how to make the most of them now” by Meg Jay, PhD. I should probably mention that I DO NOT read. Its never been something that has been easy for me to get into so when I recommend a book it must be interesting. Plus, I actually bought it so that’s just another signal that shows how much I like it.

I love this book because it relates to every twentysomething out there. The writing style is very honest and personal, super easy to read. I take it with me to work to read on the subway. The introduction starts with this quote above. I think it perfectly sets the tone for what this book is about. Meg Jay is all about the twentysomethings. She truly believes (and has to research to show it) that the twentysomethings is the start of the rest of your life… which sounds really intimidating but she doesn’t make it like that. I would highly suggest that every twentysomething read this book. If I haven’t convinced you yet I will be writing reflection posts as I continue to read on. Follow through with me on Meg Jay’s advice and share your own thoughts.

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