photodune-3327281-pda-xs.jpgMonday Morning Motivation:
5 Songs On The Playlist
Of Success(VIDEO)


Hey all, happy Monday! I’m just swooping in for a bit, returning from one gig and headed out on another. I was so fortunate to be able to emcee the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World this past weekend but now it’s back to work as I head out for our next Sweet Retreats location (Don’t forget you can see all the episodes online here; if you haven’t seen the show, well.. what are you waiting for?).

At any rate, someone’s asked me recently if, at any time during my reinvention I felt like giving up. Well, yeah of course! And as I was speaking to the Disney Social Media Moms, I was trying to pinpoint why I never did. I think a large part of it was that I’m just stubborn; I was gonna show a bunch of people who wrote me off that they could not have been more wrong.

The other part was that I just didn’t know what else to do really. I mean I have one speed and that’s full steam ahead. I was committed to making the Good Enough Mother, and me, a success, dammit!

That’s not to say there weren’t some really, awful lonely days in there, as I was working alone, creating content from my walk-in closet. In order to get through some of those times, I created an inspirational playlist that gave my little engine gas when I felt it starting to sputter.

They’re still on my iPod and when I listen to them now, even years later, they have the same sort of energizing effect.

So here five songs, in no particular order, that were a part of that playlist and what they meant to me then. Take a look/listen then leave the a list of your own at the end.




The band I remember most from my days growing up in California. The title pretty much says it all.

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I remember covering the horrible crash that nearly took Gloria Estefan’s life all those years ago. I also read about how hard her physical therapy was to get back to a place where she could function again. Knowing that it took such effort for her to walk across that stage added depth and meaning to this song for me.

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One of the last interviews I did at that big network morning show was the cast of Dreamgirls, which included Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. I had to screen the movie in advance of the interviews and it so happened, the screening was set just a few days after I learned I was being fired.

While I wasn’t trying to hang on to that morning show job, I understood the feeling of wanting to make someone want you. What seemed important then, making “them” like me is inconsequential now. I don’t really care if they like me; I like myself.

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Great cardio song.. then and now. I’m not a huge Kanye West fan but when he sings, ‘Fore the day you die, you gonna touch the sky, you gonna touch the sky, baby girl” I swear he’s talking about me. I won’t rest until I do.

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Listen to the words:

“When in the midst of sorry. You can’t see up when looking down, a brighter day tomorrow will bring. You hear the voice of reason, telling you this can never be done. No matter how hard reality seems, just hold on to your dreams.”


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Okay so those are a few of the songs that kept me going then and keep me looking toward the sky. What about you? What’s on your Success Playlist? You don’t have to name 5.. just give us 2 or 3..


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