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Motivational Monday

Colbie Caillat – Try

I’ve always liked Colbie Caillat and her music; The message each song sends rather it be empowering someone or embracing love. Colbie Caillat is a gem when it comes to writing music. So it was quite easy for me to make her latest hit “Try” the  subject for this weeks “Motivational Monday”. I really enjoyed how I just fell upon this track by Miss Caillat because it reminded me why it is important to do things that make you happy and not to do those things for the sake of anyone else.

Also to note I am really enjoying the way artist today are using the average person to depict their messages in music videos. Kudos not only to Miss Caillat but to numerous other artist who have taken this route and whose songs send such a huge message, encouraging love, promoting natural beauty, independency and many other things. To shine light on one of those additional artist, John Legend with his latest hit and new personal favorite “You & I” (Nobody In The World).

To watch John Legends new hit “You & I” Click >> Here

I hope you enjoy this music video by the lovely Colbie Caillat and I hope it helps jumpstart your lovely Monday!

“Why, should you care, what they think of you”

-Jonathan McDougle xoxo


How did you spend your 4th of July weekend?

Hello readers, I will not go on a entire rant about my 4th of July however I will leave you with a small portfolio of pictures depicting how I actually spent my weekend.  This weekend for me was one in which I sought comradery with family and friends. Enjoying barbecue, fireworks, panera bread, and being poolside. … Continue reading

Who Runs the World? “WCW”


“In a world of divas and superstars, there is only one Beyoncé.” – Usher

Hello readers,
I think without question this week’s WCW (Wealthy Crush Wednesday) should pay homage to none other than Beyoncé Knowles AKA “Queen B”!
Beyoncé has not only placed # 1 on Forbes celebrity 100 list this year, but  she was recently crowned the most awarded and nominated artist at the BET Awards. I hope I am not alone in describing Mrs. Carter as a woman with not only grace, strength, and sex appeal but as a woman with a plan. She has built herself an empire surrounded by music, dance, fashion, film and also by becoming the President and CEO of her company Parkwood Entertainment. Beyoncé has continued to thrive and stay the Queen all while taking a break to build a family then coming back and surprising the entire world with an no marketed album, world tour, and kicking the summer off with one of the biggest concerts in the world “On the Run” with her hubby none other than Jay Z AKA  “HOV”.
But talent aside Beyoncé’s philanthropy this year has shown how a public figure like herself can actually make a positive impact in the world. She donated $500,000 to the Chime For Change campaign in which she co-founds. CHIME FOR CHANGE is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world.
Beyoncé exudes the definition of the late Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and she in my opinion is an amazing role model to not only young girls, and woman; But to all African Americans who are, and eventually will step forth into the world. She translates success into something all of us can grasp by showing that work ethic, drive, and passion will eventually pay off!
There may only be one Beyoncé but we have the same hours in a day as her, let’s not waste them!

-Jonathan McDougle xoxo

Motivational Monday!

“Don’t Trust The Mirror!”

BuzzFeed asked people to look in a mirror and describe what they saw. What they didn’t know was that there were strangers on the other side of the mirror, giving their first impressions.

Everyone can be hard on themselves rather it be over analyzing your hair, smile, nose, etc. You probably find a flaw in yourself everyday that others may actually find attractive. This video helps those who participated in the experiment see that all their personal flaws are what actually makes them special, unique, and beautiful. I personally struggle with being a harsh critic of myself sometimes as well. This video along with great friends, and family have helped me realize that I am perfect just the way I am. I hope this video connects with you as it has with me, and to all my readers out there if you ever need someone to talk to you always have a friend in me! #safezone

So my advice to you with a little help from a pop star!

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”
…..  “‘Cause he made you perfect, babe”

-Jonathan McDougle xoxo



  What does free actually mean? adjective \ˈfrē\ : not costing any money : not held as a slave or prisoner : not physically held by something Above is the Merriam-Webster definition of the word free. However, how many of us actually feel free 100% of the time? It has taken me to face adversity of … Continue reading

Uptown Escapade

Rekindle a friendship with a little laughter, two wheels, and a handle! Do you have a friend who you can go ages without talking to, but when you actually find the time to reconnect it’s as if you only said goodbye yesterday?  Well, I decided to reach out to my childhood friend Danielle and I … Continue reading

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