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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How Do You Get Inspired To Exercise?

I'm not training for a 5K. I'm not prepring 1

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

The moment finally happened; I hit the register button on a 5K race. What prompted this was a series of events, that if you don’t mind sticking with me for a quick story, I would love to tell you about.

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Question Wednesday 2: What Have You Said YES To Lately?

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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.

Shonda talks about how she thought her “hum” was her work. She thought she needed that “hum” to keep going. It is through her quest to say yes to everything that led to her real “hum” in life, JOY and LOVE.

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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Question Wednesday 1: Strengths

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Today I am going to begin a monthly post to ask questions to all of you beautiful people out there.  Yes, you  I am not out here on my own writing to myself so one day I will return and answer myself, but that might be interesting to do in the future. I wonder how my future self would give advice to my old self. I digress, as usual.

So let’s get to the questions.

  1. What do you do each week to try and build into your strengths?
  2. What have you reflected on or been reminded by someone else that you don’t do so well and you thought it was a strength?
  3. As Marcus Buckingham says, how can you start to “tilt the floor towards your strengths” to be the best you?

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How To Help Others In Light of Pain And Struggle

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Where does the light meet the darkness? As I look out my window I see the rainbow of colors that meet the darkness. It is not one straight line in the sand. It does not appear to stop abruptly, it melds one into the other. The hazy clouds of darkness blend into the blue and orange hues below.

This is often how loss and love meet. This is often how pain and pleasure meet. This is often how sadness and joy meet. This is often how doubt and faith meet.

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#2—The Importance of Mentors

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

It is 3:22 am and I can’t sleep. Tossing and turning with random thoughts I jump out of bed to scribble them down. You ever notice how this happens at the most inopportune times like when in the shower, while driving or right when you want to be sleeping? We allow our minds to relax.

My mind is jumping all around thinking about the strange significance of my kids’ birthdays to my dad’s passing. My son’s birthday is 2/9/99, my daughter’s 12/27/12 and my dad’s passing 3/2/12. I find it interesting that they all have the number 2. Then I think both kids’ birthdays have doubles. 99 and 12/12.

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Find Your Perfect Fit

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You walk into a store ignited with bright lights and rows of beauty and there they are, the perfect shoes. You run over in excitement hoping they have them in your size. You look frantically but come up empty handed. You try the rows on either side just praying someone misplaced them, but no. Then you wander around trying on others aimlessly and in the end settle for second best and end up either returning them later or watching the dust settle on the box in your closet.

While I was online one day a simple ad popped up with a picture of boots that said “Find your shoes”. Simple and to the point and then it hit me we are all just searching for finding the right fit. A perfect fit for your purpose in life, a perfect fit for your job, a perfect fit for your significant other and you could fill this in with what you are seeking.

When we miss out on what we are searching for we often believe our “perfect fit” is gone forever. We spend hours, days, months, years’ looking for a replacement to what we thought was our “perfect fit”.

You don’t have to try on all the other shoes; just walk up to the counter and ask to order your size. Jot down the brand name and research online for another similar place that sells the same shoe. Look around and realize that none of the options in this store fit what you are looking for. Now leave and be patient for another day when the “perfect fit” will show up.

Maybe those shoes you would have pushed for and never gave up on would mean even more when you had to search and search for them. Have your ever searched for a specific toy your child really wanted from Santa? When you find it you nearly jump up and down. That is what happens when we put all the extra effort into searching. Sometimes it is a pain and sometimes we don’t want to be patient but in the end the reward and joy you get from seeing finally what you have been looking for is indescribable.

Perfect Fit Lesson:

  1. Order your size
    1. Don’t give up when you don’t see what you are looking for right away, ask and you never know what the future may hold
  2. Look for your shoes somewhere else
    1. Just because what you want is not where you are doesn’t mean it isn’t somewhere else very near
  3. None of the shoes are right for you
    1. Be patient and wait

Know that there is no perfect fit just the right time and place.

What “perfect fit” are you searching for? Do you need to change stores or just be patient?

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What Makes You Happy?

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You see the box sitting there in front of your door and are thankful it didn’t rain. Remember the good ole days when you signed for every piece of mail larger than your mailbox or the nice little note that told you to come pick it up? I digress. Yes, I know I could just check the little box that says I have to sign for my package but knowing me I wouldn’t be there to actually get it.

When you see this box with excitement what is in your package? What gets your blood pumping and your heart pounding? This week in my small group we were listing to the Happy Series by Andy Stanley and one of the first questions was “What makes you happy?” and the answer “no thing”. This is true but it sure does make you happy for a moment.

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Napkin Thoughts That Inspire You.

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Do you ever wish you could write while closing your eyes?

Well in this day and age you could by speaking into some contraption I’m sure but then you would lose the silence of it all. If you are like me all your good thoughts come while driving a car. Not that I am saying you should close your eyes while driving. I suggest turning down the radio. Rolling down the window. Listening to your breathing and the sounds all around you. Maybe you prefer listening to the silence. Just the sound of your mind jumping from one topic to another can inspire ideas. Yes I know that is not a sound but you can almost hear your mind shift can’t you?

What do you do with all these random thoughts? Well if you are in your car and find no paper inside do what I did. Jot them down on a napkin. It is funny how just when you know you need a break something appears to give you one. The all famous rest area sign that reminds you of the many times your family has stopped here.

Now close your eyes and roll the window down. Breathe deep and listen to the sounds of nature and cars. Now roll the window up and close your eyes again as all other noises disappear but the one you focus on. The sound of a semi-truck running across from you. You focus on the sound because it relaxes your mind. It is then you wish you could write while closing your eyes. For some the sound of a semi-truck may not be soothing so focus on your sound. For me my dad was a truck driver and the smell of diesel and running trucks gets me every time.

We all need a break. A breath. A time to think. Often we don’t give this to ourselves. If I have one thing I have learned the older I get it is that your mind can really fill up fast. With kids and work and responsibility you have a lot going on up there. If people are not afforded a time to breath they will never get a chance to jot down their napkin thoughts. They won’t take a moment to breathe in the diesel smell or listen to the truck running. They won’t get to relax and remember. They won’t get to think.

Here are some great ways to give your mind a break and allow the thoughts to form into a bigger story. Sometimes what you get out of this time is much more than what you would spending hours diligently working.

  1. Read the bible.
    • Much clarity comes through reflection.
  2. Turn off the radio while driving.
    • This works best on longer trips because it usually takes a little while for your mind to grasp having all this silence.
  3. Go outside and take a break.
    • You don’t have to be a smoker to sit at the picnic table in the sun while at work.
  4. Consider a silent retreat.
    • Yes I know scary for people who love being around people but if I am considering it then I am sure you will be safe.
  5. Sit on a beach, close your eyes and just listen.
    • Try to find one that is not over populated.
  6. Go for a walk alone.
  7. Hit baseballs or golf balls or whatever other balls you like to hit.
    • This can be both relaxing and freeing for letting frustrations out.
  8. Stare at the stars.
  9. Sit alone at a bonfire.
  10. Listen to relaxing music.

And if your life still has no room for any of this, stop at a rest area on your way home, close your eyes and open your mind.

What things do you do to give your mind a break and spur napkin thoughts and inspiration? Share your answer below or on social media.