Happy Birthday Arie. Reflections.

My son Arie celebrated his 22nd birthday October 17. It’s always a time of celebration and reflection for me, as his Mom as well. Away from the spotlight, my priority when they were growing up was to be present in their lives. I’m still present and involved though that role has changed an morphed into something different since both are young adults now. It’s not easy to be the child of someone the public knows. I’ve shielded them from the public wanting them to maintain their anonymity, keep them grounded, validated and confident in who they are. However, I’m like most proud Mom’s – sometimes you just want to brag a bit of how awesome your children are and how much you love them. I asked his permission before posting to ask if it was OK for me to share on my social media pages – he said yes. He is the best son in the world. I’m so proud of how responsible and solid of a young man he is, loving, kind hearted, funny, hard working, intelligent and handsome of course. I miss his presence being home – but proud that he is in college in New York studying business laying the groundwork to fulfill his ambitions, dreams and personal happiness in a city he’s always loved. He’s also held a part time job since high school – which is something instilled in both children, a strong work ethic. I miss dressing up for Halloween, playing action heroes, and so much more from when he was little – my favorite guy in the world. I don’t miss getting him off of World of Warcraft to do homework in junior high! Now, we FaceTime, text, share funny memes, and talk nearly every day. I cherish our relationship and bond. I am inspired by my son Arie and my daughter Lauren.

Here’s to Arie –  the best son in the universe!! I was there for his 21st (pictured in collage) and can’t wait to see him next week when I travel to New York for a visit and belated birthday celebration.

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Jody Watley. My Week. Life and Paradise

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

Scenes from the hospital with my Mom. The beautiful ladies posing with me lower right and left were huge fans of mine and nearly in tears to meet me and let me know who much I meant to them.

“Life is what happens, while you’re busy making other plans.”

I’ve spent this week more focused on being present and available for my Mom who had surgery (as I shared on Facebook/JodyWatleyOfficial).

Throughout this experience it’s a reminder of course of the things that matter in life such as good health and family to be there in time of need. I’ve met some really nice people, staff and those in support of their loved ones who were having surgery. One lady had a son having brain surgery due to cancer. She has 44 grandchildren and most of them were there to support, which was a beautiful thing to see. I choked up looking at the parents comforting their little ones, who were scheduled or had had surgery. It made me reflect of being so grateful that neither my daughter or son had ever experienced any major medical issues. I can’t imagine how difficult that must be. Tears came to my eyes as one Mom caressed her son’s hair who appeared to be no older than 3, as he waited for his surgery. Being who I am, and being really low key – it was also very humbling to be greeted with so love and be reminded what my music means to people in their lives and how it’s inspired and motivated young ladies to be themselves and rock their own style with confidence.

In recovery now, my Mom’s progress will be slower than we thought. She made it out of the surgery which was huge – telling me with over 3,000 people praying for me, I had to make it. She was overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support.

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Joan Rivers, Jody Watley, Melissa Rivers, Leon Hall

We’d talked about the legendary Joan Rivers before and were sad to hear that she’d passed. We’d both met her when I was a guest on The Joan Rivers Show and also the original Fashion Police – she was so nice and gracious to us and so funny through the years – what a trailblazer.

 

 

I took my mother  to a convalescent home yesterday for physical therapy and to help get her strong enough to walk. The first person we saw when arriving was another older woman whose legs had been amputated due to diabetes. Sobering.

Take care of yourselves – and never take your health for granted. Work out, stretch, eat well.

 

On a happier note, I enjoyed seeing a few more ‘PARADISE’ shares, the music always keeps me in a good mood.

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon, United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Graphic Designer, Ray Easmon – United Kingdom (at Victoria and Albert Museum)

Marco, United Kingdom

Photographer Marco, Cerrone – United Kingdom

Van, Louisiana

Van Roy of BAILEY’S in Marksville, Louisiana

Raph,  Australia

Raph, Australia

 

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

The fabulous Naycee Villarta, from NY

Rick, from St. Louis

Rick – St. Louis, MO

 

Mike from Atlanta, GA

Mike – Atlanta, GA

Lisa, from San Francisco

Lisa -Oakland, CA

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John Eshaya, Los Angeles, CA – JET Boutique

Connecting Through Music. Paradise.

Allison Rohan via Facebook. NYC

Allison Rohan Brooklyn, NYC

Matthew, United Kingdom

Matthew, United Kingdom

Mervin Malone Jr, Austin TX

Mervin Malone Jr, Austin TX

Paul, OKC

Paul, OKC

D.J. Sacramento, CA

D.J. Wainwright Sacramento, CA

Nik Ramli, Interior Designer, United Kingdom

Nik Ramli, Interior Designer, United Kingdom

Diane, Canada

Diane, Canada

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Brian, Elizabethtown, PA

Brian, Elizabethtown, PA

Dave Higdon, of Poptastic Confessions, CA

Dave Higdon, of Poptastic Confessions, CA

Love. Music knows no color or boundary.  #itsinthemusic

 

 

 

Thought of The Day. Time and Love.

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A sweet reminder – to accentuate and focus on the positive people in your life.

Thought of the Day. Find a Way.

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Don’t be discouraged by life’s obstacles or the things you want to do or achieve in life – what are you waiting for? “I was going to but…” – stop it!

Jody Watley Thought of The Day. Laughter.

A sense of humor is crucial to life. Laugh often – it’s always great for the spirit and soul. I hope you find some joy and laughter in your day! Here’s to LIFE!

© 2014 Jody Watley by Albert Sanchez

© 2014 Jody Watley by Albert Sanchez

A Bit of Jody Watley’s Nightlife For Your Summer Workout Playlist

All of the remixes are available at outlets like iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, GooglePlay with a mix  for a variety of musical tastes for an uptempo jam. Get it! Here are Moto Blanco and Dave Doyle video and remixes.