What Songs Inspire, Motivate And Pump You Up?

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I am going to admit when I first thought to start writing about how music can be used for motivation I went on a search for songs. You see I am that person who loves to dance when the first beat rings into my ears, but I am also the person who has no clue when you ask what her favorite song is. I believe they say that is recall memory which I am pretty sure is missing from my brain.

So if you were to take a guess at what happens when searching for songs that fit into certain themes, what would you say happened? Well, nearly 2 hours later and many dancing steps and singing outbursts I have narrowed it down.

The initial reason for my search of music freedom was, of course, the 4th of July. BBQ’s and up north excursions. Music and fun. Who wouldn’t want to find easier methods for staying motivated and inspired in everything they do after some time off?

This past week I wanted total relaxation for the 4th of July with no plans and no commitments. So I let go. I let the decisions come to me. I let others decide. I didn’t let anyone or anything ruin my happy place I was in. Don’t worry I won’t start singing Let It Go even though that is exactly what my husband sang when he knew it was time for me to just be.

If you want a great visual just picture a “stereotypical” construction worker stopping and singing this song just like Elsa does and you will die of laughter.

With all that rambling hopefully you are still with me, or maybe you are lost on the link above singing the song every parent is so very sick of. Either way, this is the part where I yell out, I AM ABOUT TO TELL THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS POST, LISTEN UP NOW!

For me, music is what I turn to when I need a mood changer. Rather it is for motivation, exercise, focus or just to stir memories, I tie moments in my life to songs. There are songs that make others burst out in unison. There are songs that help you RECALL a feeling or a memory, yep there it is the key to helping me remember. Then there are songs that are personal. They mean something to you but maybe nothing to someone else. There are many other reasons to tie music to feelings and emotions.

I encourage you all to take a journey. Take the below 10 scenarios and find your song. Write it down or type it up. Save the link for later. Go here when you need to for what you need. I also would love for you to share some of your songs here on my blog. Maybe your song will inspire or motivate or move someone else.

  1. Get Motivated: Getting ready to clean the house? Start with sweeping and signing into the broom. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  2. Get Inspired: Working on that book or spending some time reading your bible.  Song for Sienna by Brian Crain
  3. Get Away: Take yourself away to Jamaica. Cheerleader by OMI
  4. Get Side Tracked: Ever notice even if you are listening to music with no singing and you recognize what it is you will go to no end to remember what song it is? Give yourself the freedom to enjoy the moment.Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis) by Amicus Strings
  5. Get Everyone Singing: Drop everything and just sing it out. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  6. Get Emotional: Need to cry well put on your sad song and let it out.The Dance by Garth Brooks
  7. Get Relaxed: Need to slow dance around the room or just sit on the porch in the sunshine. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  8. Get Into The Memories: Find a song that means something to you.  Old Man by Neil Young
  9. Get Pumped: Maybe throw a song on before a big motivational presentation. Yep I went there withFirework by Katy Perry
  10. Get Inspired and Pumped Up At The Same Time.That’s How You Change The World by Newsboys

And just because I couldn’t leave you hanging, here is my awesome husband and me at the Big Ticket Festival this past June. Take time and get out there and enjoy some music of your own.

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What songs motivate you? Share a few here for others to check out.

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As I am sitting there pondering a young woman walks up to the homeless woman. I don’t know her words but can tell she is offering to buy the woman lunch. The woman puts down her cardboard sign and her bag of belongings and walks inside. My heart was filled.

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Warning: This post may be promotional in nature but it is true in heart.

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Lost in thought after church service  while scrolling through my Twitter feed I stumbled upon a great quote that fit perfectly with the new series my Pastor had just kicked off called Defining Moments

“Divine moments happen in the midst of simple questions.”—Megan Fate Marshman

Moments have power. Moments both create change and challenge direction. Rather big or small they often fall to a blind eye in the “moment” but looking back we see it is all part of a bigger shift.

The question in my mind was what are some of my defining moments?

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We all have a story. These are what we share on long trips. They are what we build our lives around but could you tell someone your story in one paragraph? What would be the most important parts to you to include?

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Well, it is round two of question Wednesday and I am so excited to ask everyone out there the next one.

We all tend to say yes to work but how often do we say yes to anything else? Today I was reading through blog posts and I came across this article: Shonda Rhimes’ message at TED2016: Say ‘yes’ to what scares you, even if it’s saying ‘no’ to work.

After a quick search on YouTube, I found the video an attendee captured. You may want to check it out once the actual video is available but just know it is there if you want to take a sneak peek.

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It is about saying yes to things even when they are more difficult for us to say yes to. Some of us are great at work and terrible at family life. Some of us are great at staying connected with friends but not with family. Some of us are great at saying yes to helping others but not saying yes to helping ourselves. You could fill in your current situation.

We many think we are okay but once we lose our “hum” we know. Two key takeaway quotes from Shonda:  “The real hum is joy,”…”The real hum is love.” and “Work doesn’t work without play.”

The Truth About You

So why does this matter to you? Take a step back and look at what you say yes to in your life. You need a little work and play. You need a little challenge and relaxation. You need a little family time and a little friend time. What will one NO cost you? What could one YES gain you?

Why do we say no to a video our son is trying to show us? Why do we say yes to taking on that extra project at work always? Why do we say no to going out for coffee with a friend? Is it really time? Or is it something else? Is it just easier to do what you are used to? Is it easier to stick to the routine you have built around your life?

I challenge you to say YES to something this week you have not said YES to in a while and then post about it.

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Open Your Eyes, Truly See Others and Show Up

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Dedicated to the kind security guard, I met who taught me how to open my eyes, truly see others and just show up.

While attending an event, I grabbed the agenda booklet and sat down to listen to the speakers. There was no one there I knew so I took a seat. As I pulled my coat off I turned and put the booklet down on the chair to my right and turned to the left to pull my arm out. Then I turned back to grab the booklet and it wasn’t there. I looked on the ground. I looked behind the chair. I looked on my lap. I looked to the lady one seat over with a questioning in my eyes hoping she knew. She just shook her head like I haven’t a clue and turned back to face forward.

I eventually gave up and got back up to obtain another booklet. What would one do without the agenda for the night and description of each speaker? How would we function without the story of how the night would go predestined in front of us? Well, I just couldn’t have that so I fetched another.

Then a conversation was born.

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