9 Quotes To Instantly Inspire You

Although motivational Instagram quotes have supplied a fair share of my eye rolls, I love a good word meant to inspire. Whether or not it’s lyrics from a Broadway musical, speeches from my idols or an everyday saying–we all need a little motivation.

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9 Quotes To Instantly Inspire You

  1. “Feel every moment with love, because every moment you are building your legacy.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “You have no idea what your legacy will be. Your legacy is what you do every day. Your legacy is every life you’ve touched, every person whose life was either moved or not. It’s every person you’ve harmed or helped. That’s your legacy.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “After a while you learn that even sunshine burns, if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure; you really are strong; you really do have worth.” – Veronica A. Shoffstall
  4. “There’s nothing wrong with being driven. And there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first to reach your goals. The other stuff still happens.” – Shonda Rhimes
  5. “I may not live to see our glory, but I will gladly join the fight. And when our children tell our story, they’ll tell the story of tonight.” – Hamilton The Musical, The Story of Tonight
  6. “Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.” – Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
  7. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey
  8. “You can’t heal what you don’t reveal.” – Jay-Z. 4:44 (Also known as the album I haven’t heard yet, but I’ve seen every quote and think-piece on social media.)
  9. “Everything is fine.” – Me, everyday.

What quotes inspire you? Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL!

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Summer Anthems – #AllSummer17

You’ll need some summer anthems while you’re living your best life this summer.  So while the temperature is rising and you’re sipping your rosé (or frosé) you can blast these songs or check out our other playlists.

 

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Summer Anthems – #AllSummer17

  • Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos – Slide
  • Drake – Passionfruit
  • DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne – I’m The One
  • Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna – Loyalty
  • SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
  • French Montana ft. Swae Lee- Unforgettable
  • Zedd ft. Alessia Cara – Stay
  • 2 Chainz ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhene Aiko – It’s a Vibe
  • Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne – No Frauds
  • DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
  • Jidenna – Bambi
  • Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, & Justin Bieber, – Despacito (Remix)
  • Sean Paul – No Lie
  • Lorde – Greene Light
  • Major Lazer Ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj – Run Up
  • Firfth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down
  • HAIM – Want you Back
  • Bruno Mars – Chunky
  • Bruno Mars –  That’s What I Like

Let’s keep the playlist going! What are your summer anthems? Leave a comment below. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Ace’s Arts Camp Is Coming To Town

If you read How to Live Your Best Life All Summer 17, you know that launching an arts camp was on my to-do list. Arts Center for Engagement (A.C.E) Summer Camp is a place for children ages 7-13 to celebrate self-love and self-acceptance through the arts.

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With the help of Enough Pie, local artists and businesses — I will bring the kids of Bridgeview Village together through storytelling, song and dance. Bridgeview, my old stomping grounds, is an affordable housing community in the Upper Peninsula of Charleston, SC. I know first-hand that there’s a need for more activities for the youth who live there, especially ones that don’t involve running outside in 100 degree weather. My mission is to change the game by encouraging them through creativity.

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Journaling Through June and July: 10 Prompts To Get You Started

At the beginning of the year, I was a journaling machine – killing my daily affirmations and jotting down my random thoughts and ideas. Daily affirmations became weekly affirmations, which I was fine with until my affirmations disappeared altogether.  Ace wisely reminded me the other day that thoughts become things. So I want to get back on my journaling game.

Journaling Through June and July: 10 Prompts To Get You Started

Journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being, including reducing stress and increasing emotional intelligence, memory and comprehension. Read about other benefits here.

My goal is to sit down once a week (I think I’m saving Sundays for this) for the rest of this month and July and spend 20 minutes journaling. Then I’m going to make it twice a week, but baby steps, people. Anyways, if you’re interested in journaling here are a few prompts to get you started. 

 

10 Journaling Prompts To Get You Started

1)What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

2)Pick a favorite inspirational quote and design a journal page around it.

Write about the wisdom this quote awakens in you and how applies to your life. Why is it important for you at this time?

3) Write a gratitude list.

4) Write your sources of stress.

Write as many things as you can think of. When you are finished, reflect on how long the list is and how strong you are to be dealing with all of it. If you list is long, you may want to sort them into categories.  Sort stress-sources into categories like ‘life’, ‘money’, ‘people’, ‘school’ etc.  Brainstorm solutions to at least one stress source in each category. If your list is relatively short pick one or two that you can tackle fairly easy and jot down ways to alleviate that stressor. 

5) Write a pep talk to give yourself the next time you feel sad, upset, or full of doubt.

6) Find an image or two in a magazine that draws you.

Cut it out, and paste it on a blank journal page. You can write two sentences or two pages. Just let it out. Let the image speak to you. You may be surprised at how much lighter you will feel.

7) Journal about your unhealthy habits.

8) I am amazing because…

9) Find some lyrics that you love and jot them down. Write about why the lyrics resonate with you. 

10) Create a list. Here are a few ideas:

  • Places you’ve enjoyed visiting or would like to visit
  • Your favorite books
  • All of favorite movies
  • Your favorite songs
  • Your top five short term and long term goals

Join me on this journaling adventure. Feel free to journal more frequently than what I’ve set. If you want to share some pics use the hashtag: #JournalingJuneandJuly.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

 

Childhood Summer Memories

Although it isn’t officially summer, we’re going to do a little flashback Friday and share some of our childhood summer memories.

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Donni

Down down baby, down by the roller coaster
Sweet sweet baby, I’ll never let you go

It’s been about six years since I spent a full summer in Charleston. But the heat, humidity and afternoon thunderstorms are everything but forgettable. As a child I spent many of my summer days at my grandmother’s house on James Island, less than five miles away from Folly Beach. One of my aunts lived there with her two children and served as my grandmother’s caretaker.

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Shimmy shimmy cocoa pops,
Shimmy shimmy pow!
Shimmy shimmy cocoa pops
Shimmy shimmy pow!

My parents worked and so I would be dropped off there along with another cousin. So the four of us – two boys and two girls — spent just about every summer together. We didn’t go to the beach. We spent the days outside tying one end of a rope to a tree, and jumping rope with the other end in my cousin’s hand or playing handclapping games. The boys off doing their own thing away from the house or hold up inside playing Nintendo. Sometimes they’d let us play, mainly the bonus rounds in Super Mario and we’d all take turns blowing into the cartridges when the games messed up.  Nintendo later turned into Super Nintendo, which turned PlayStation.

Gramma gramma, sick in bed,
Called the doctor and the doctor said

When we were older My cousin and I would sneak into her brother’s room to play Tekken and Mortal Kombat – being careful to place his controllers back where we found them as not to get caught. That’s also where we would record songs of the radio on cassette tapes, being careful not to get the commercials at the beginning of the song.

Let’s get the rhythm of the head – ding dong
Let’s get the rhythm of the head – ding dong
Let’s get the rhythm of the hands – clap, clap
Let’s get the rhythm of the hands – clap, clap

My aunt gave us summer homework — I remember pages and pages of math problems — that we’d have to complete before going outside. And once you were outside you had to stay outside because 1) you couldn’t let the cool air out and 2) we smelled like “outdoors”.

Let’s get the rhythm of the feet – stomp, stomp
Let’s get the rhythm of the feet – stomp, stomp

At some point Monopoly became the group game. We were vicious and eager to bankrupt everyone. My favorite were the yellow properties. We only stopped for $5 Hot N Ready’s from Little Caesars and freeze pops.

Let’s get the rhythm of the – hot dog
Let’s get the rhythm of the – hot dog!

When the summer storms rolled in, my grandmother would make us sit in silence – in the dark. TVs were immediately turned off. Get too loud and you’d get popped with a switch.

Put it all together and what do you get?
Ding dong, clap clap, stomp stomp, hot dog!
Put it all backward and what do you get?
Hot dog, stomp stomp, clap clap, ding dong!

 

Ace

Walking to the corner store for chilly bears.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a chilly bear is basically frozen Kool-Aid. The most amazing frozen Kool-Aid you’ll ever taste. One of the only things better than enjoying a chilly bear after walking in the heat, is searching under the couch for enough change to buy one. They were 25 cents.

Swimming lessons at the community center.

My mom and aunts thought it would be a good idea for all of us to take swimming lessons together–all 15 of us. I still know how to swim, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea. (Except for that one time we caused a mini riot when my cousin got in a fight.)Childhood Summer Memories -- The Palmetto Peaches

Playing Red Rover in the grass while visiting our “country” cousins.

Red Rover, Red Rover send Cec on over! When I was a little girl, visiting family in Florence, SC was my Disney World. We’d play a ton of games outside before the streetlights came on, but Red Rover was always the funniest.

 

What are some of your favorite childhood summer memories? Leave us a comment below!

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5 Reasons Why Group Projects Are The Worst

Who invented group projects? This is a serious question. I thought my group project days ended in college, but nah. My circles consists of artists, entrepreneurs and influencers. Translation: there’s always an idea for a collaboration being thrown my way.

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While I appreciate my peers thinking of me when they have great ideas, the thought of working with multiple people makes me anxious. Group project deadlines, communication, and juggling multiple opinions and personalities can be A LOT on the soul.

5 Reasons Why Group Projects Are The Worst

Patience is a virtue I’m still mastering.

To set the record straight, I’m a team player. You know what makes me a good team player? Knowing my strengths and weaknesses. Patience happens to be a strength and weakness of mine. Sometimes I have it, sometimes I don’t.

Micromanaging is annoying.

A good leader is always appreciated–a bossy manager is not. Neither is feeling the need of having to be a micromanager.

I don’t babysit anyone over the age of 13. I barely want to babysit my nephews, let alone an adult fully capable of doing the work that needs to be done.

Which bring me to the next reason….

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

An assumed perk of group projects is being able to save time by sharing the workload. It only takes one lazy group member to ruin that for everyone. 5 Reasons Why Group Projects Are The Worst -- The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

I just literally can not. I’m unable to can.

Those are the words I can use to genuinely describe the frustration of having your success being in the hands of someone else.

Do you despise group projects? What’s the worst experience you’ve had?

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