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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Feeling Orange Again



Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue - Ledisi



Are you familiar with Ledisi? No? You. Must. Listen. To. Her. The music is truly beautiful. Somehow she seems to capture my thoughts and feelings in song. Perhaps you will feel the same way. Maybe not. Although I think that we will all agree that she is amazing. Today I was doing my usual, trying to get things done and heard "Feeling Orange Again but Sometimes Blue" and thought - exactly! I feel orange today but there is no guarantee that I will feel this way tomorrow or even for the rest of this day. Just yesterday I felt overwhelmed (and still do to a certain extent) but I am letting Orange rule today.

I wanted my inspiration to be fueled by music and on twitter I asked for recommendations to help bring music into my day. I heard from @Blinkystjames, a young woman that has a positive attitude in the midst of chaos. Her energy is orange and I think it is contagious. Ms. Blinky is a teenager named Katie. She and her mother are homeless in California and Katie is blogging about their experiences at Anywhere But Here. Please visit her blog, if you feel so inclined perhaps you can send a donation to the family.

When I think about stories like Katie's, I remember that life sometimes gives us lemons but we can choose to make lemonade. I am feeling Orange today. I make way for the Blue sometimes, but I am truly thankful that my entire life is more orange than blue.

ETA: Here is one more reason for me to feel orange, I was interviewed on Lucky Start-Ups, a live webcast that highlights new businesses. Please stop by the site and watch the recording of the show.


27 comments:

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

YAY for Orange--and yay for you, Renee. I'm glad you're up. I was at the hospital yesterday, waiting for HOURS to have my daughter seen, when someone else said out loud the same complaint I was thinking in my head--WHY is this taking SO long?! And wouldn't you know, a little old lady, there with her sick husband, shook her head and said, you know, at least we're not sitting outside in the cold, in the dark, with no access to food or water. We're warm. There's a TV entertaining us. There's a water fountain. It's not so bad if you ask me.

She was so right.

We can ALL complain about something, but really, it's so useful to remember that someone else is probably suffering a lot more, and maybe your circumstances aren't so bad.

Stay orange!

(Oh, Ledisi is THE FIRE. Listen to "Alright" too--it's an incredible song about how not-so-good things happen in life, but it's alright because that's just the way life goes, and there's always love.)

Noah's Mommy said...

Stopping by from SITS....this a great post....I love...love...love this song...I had to play it twice....and I am definitely going over to Katie's site...When we step back from our situation a second...and see what the situation could be....yeah....puts everything more into perspective....

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

I will have to check Ledisi out...desperate for some new tunes on the iPod. I thoroughly enjoyed your interview on LuckyStartUps! You are a superstar!

Sheliza said...

I make every day I wake up an Orange day! Of course there are those occasional Blue moments but I look at all the good in my life and turn it Orange again. I hope you have a great day!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Ooh, I like. With the way it started out I didn't expect it to go so uptempo. Thanks for sharing that song! I think everyone has to have some blue days so that the orange ones can really shine.

Michele@Integrated Mother said...

Great perspective Renee. In 2007, my husband was laid off and for nearly 7 months we struggled to make ends meet. But even at what we thought was our worst moment, we were tremendously blessed. Thanks for reminding us that even in the midst of what feels like bleak, awful chaos, there is always something orange to look toward. :)

Execumama said...

You couldn't possibly ever know how timely your post is today. Yesterday was a Blue day if I ever had one, but today, I am determined to stay in the Orange, and reading your post and Michele@Integrated Mother's comment is just the boost I needed today. I'll definitely visit Katie's blog too.

Oh, and I happened upon Ledisi almost a year ago, and have been in love ever since. She's a truth-speaker somethin' serious!

Thanks for sharing!

CaraBee said...

What a wonderful way to think of it: feeling orange! I agree, while the blues find their way in from time to time, my life is generally pretty orange. We ARE lucky.

PS - I love Ledisi. I'll be adding her to my Rhapsody library.

Preston said...

Let's here it for Orange. But it's ok to be blue if you are referring to the Blue Skies!!! :) I will check out your friends blog. Sometimes we need to be reminded just how lucky we all really are.

KGW said...

I keep hearing about Ledisi, but I've never listened to her. Thanks for the warm orange introduction.

Becky said...

Great song! Thanks!

Life with Kaishon said...

I always love to listen to some new inspirational music! Thank you!

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

I've never heard that song. Thanks for sharing -- I will check it out!

Hugs

Vodka Mom said...

oh yeah. Orange is the new pink, girl. Orange all day long......


xoxox

anymommy said...

It's spreading too...now I'm feeling orange.

Love it!

Mom on the Rise said...

This is so what I needed! Thank you for constantly challenging our thinking.

Star Forbis said...

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog today & Laughing with me.
Come back anytime.

anymommy said...

Girl, I just watched it. You were awesome, so together and articulate, not that I expected anything less from you, but I think if I got in front of a camera like that I'd blather like a deer in the headlights! You do have the best smile ever.

Thank you so much for the love...I'm blown away that you would think of me in that moment.

attygnorris said...

I'll check out the interview. Good for you! This is so inspirational.

Davida

Ms. Bar B: said...

Gotta love that good shimmy shaking music. Words have such a healing effect when strung together just right, then put them to a beat and magic happens =)

Weith Kick said...

Ledisi? Never heard of her, but I like her sound. Reminds me a little of Eartha Kitt. Ledisi has the voice for a James Bond song. Maybe that is what I like about it. (Orange is one of my favorite colors. But only certain kinds of orange. Orange also signifies change).

Jenni Jiggety said...

I am going to go and check out that blog! I can't get the song to play...but it sounds lovely!

Frogs in my formula said...

There is something really inspiring about the color orange. I try to surround myself with as much color as possible during the winter so I went and got myself some beautiful floral curtains with oranges and reds and they are a happy reminder spring is coming (I think? I hope??? aaaaagggggh).

The POSHpreneur said...

Great song! Thanks for sharing!

fly tie said...

i'm a fan of ledisi as well, and that's a great song.

with the way i've been feeling lately, i can relate to this post. whenever i am having am orange moment, i do my best to revel in it and appreciate that it's even possible.

talkingwithtami said...

Your blog is way too cute,Ive added you to my blog roll and Trisha over at momdot.com is helping me with my all new blog page. I will let u know when its done. Thanks

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