Friday, February 17, 2017

Saying Yes to Your Passions

Today celebrates the birthday of two people that lived very public lives which many saw as heroes. One is the contralto opera singer Marian Anderson who was born February 17, 1902 and the other, basketball star Michael Jordan born February 17, 1963.

Unlimited Possibilities

Though they both had very different types of careers, one making magic with her voice and the other, making hoop tricks on the basketball court, what I think they had in common was purpose, belief and trusting in possibilities of achieving something greater than themselves.

Anderson said, "if you have a purpose in which you can believe, there's no end to the amount of things you can accomplish." How true are her words when you think about life and goals and attaining them?


In short, this post is just to encourage to keep pushing, to keep climbing mountains, to keep pressing forward, and to encourage you to never let go of what is important to you as an individual to accomplish. It is weird but I find inspiration just by doing what I love to do. I finally understand the meaning of encouraging yourself. 

Passion does that. I think it was passion that drove Anderson and Jordan to be who they were destined to become to the world.


I had an opportunity to collaborate on a tune with a very talented rapper that goes by the name Keez Hip Hop and a great male singer, Melly G. Please check out our song together entitled Passion which features an excerpt from my original tune Fresh 16. It is one of the many tunes on my Soundcloud page. Here is the link:

The Year to Yes

Do you watch Grey's Anatomy or Scandal or How to Get Away With Murder? All three shows makeup what is considered Thank God it's Thursday and all shows are amazing works of Shonda Rhimes.

Rhimes wrote an incredible book entitled  Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person,  and if you have not read it, I encourage you to check it out. What a great book in which she discusses the road that lead to her success. She followed her passion to become the individual who holds Thursday nights on ABC down.

This book is a quick read featuring just over 300 pages. I love the way she writes, adding all of herself into it. And as I flipped through the pages, I found many of the characters found in her popular series embedded in her personality.  Check it out for yourself!

Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate, and if you click on the link to the Shonda Rhimes book and purchase it, I will be compensated through the affiliate program. 


  1. This sounds like a great read. Before I learned to say yes, I was just barely treading water in my life. If you don't say yes to something, you say no to everything.

  2. What a great way to celebrate Black History Month!! I'll have to check these out!

    1. It should be celebrated every day of the year.

  3. I agree about saying yes to your passions. The book sounds interesting. I will check it out.

  4. Shonda Rhimes book sounds like a great read. I feel it would be very motivating.

  5. I love this post. If you would have told me 5 years ago, that I would be a writer I would have laughed and said yeah right. After my youngest was born, I started my first blog. It wasn't pretty but it grew into a popular parenting blog. With practice and continuous writing, I improved.

    I love it that I write and share knowledge with others. My goal in the beginning was to create passive income for retirement. Then after my health took a turn in the wrong direction, writing was more therapeutic than anything.

    Go for those dreams even when others think your crazy. :)

  6. i love reading post like this! the title " saying yes to your passions" inspires me a lot. the book looks interesting too.

    -My Teen Guide

  7. saying yes to your passions sounds very interesting! i love reading article like this.

    -Victoria Heckstall

  8. I have been looking for a new book to read. I will have to get a copy and enjoy it over my week off.

  9. I love the idea of the year of yes. And saying your to your passion is the most important thing any of us can do for ourselves.

    Deborah Cruz

  10. I love watching Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. I even watch the reruns. :) Got to grab me a copy of that book by Shonda Rhimes.


  11. I used to watch Grey's Anatomy, haven't in about a year or two. Haven't checked out Scandal yet, but I definitely want to! And I LOVE How to Get Away with Murder! I honestly have IDTV on probably 99% of the time unless How to Get Away With Murder is on.