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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Thought of The Day. Shine.

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Always choose to love yourself, while working to be better each day – and never play yourself small. Keep your inner light glowing outward. This does not mean be obnoxious or have an overly bloated ego. My take is always try to give and be at your best and make people rise to your occasion and by doing so you will bring out the best in others as well – hopefully.

Music. Creativity and Style. More Paradise Candids.

 

Sandra Green, Hollywood CA  "WATTAGE goodies all up in the Sanctuary! Here's to The Queen of Cool... Ms. Jody Watley Mentor, Pen Pal, Dermatologist, Inspiration, Visionary and the only person to envisioned me on Broadway Thanks for the music but most of all for being MS. WATLEY and allowing me to share my out of the box thoughts without calling the white coats."

Sandra Green, Hollywood CA “WATTAGE goodies all up in the Sanctuary! Here’s to The Queen of Cool… Ms. Jody Watley Mentor, Pen Pal, Dermatologist, Inspiration, Visionary and the only person to envisioned me on Broadway Thanks for the music but most of all for being MS. WATLEY and allowing me to share my out of the box thoughts without calling the white coats.”

Tomas, Canada

Tomas Rosado, Canada “All killer, no filler. Thank you, Ms. Jody Watley, for bringing Paradise to our ears.”

Jeffrey Muskiat from the  Netherlands adds Paradise to his Jody Watley Collection

Jeffrey Muskiat from the Netherlands adds Paradise to his Jody Watley Collection

Chris Keen, UK " A total joy to receive my Paradise CD & T-shirt combo! LOVE the message throughout the new music, Jody....life is for living! ‪#‎LiveIt‬ ‪#‎EnjoyIt‬ ‪#‎BeFabulous‬ "

Chris Keen, UK “
“A total joy to receive my Paradise CD & T-shirt combo! LOVE the message throughout the new music, Jody….life is for living! ‪#‎LiveIt‬ ‪#‎EnjoyIt‬ ‪#‎BeFabulous‬ “

Cecil Brandon-Brooks, Florida " Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!"

Cecil Brandon-Brooks, Florida ” Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!”

Cecil Brandon Brooks, FL " Jody Watley / New CD PARADISE is rocking Hot!!!!!!"

Cecil Brandon Brooks, FL

Michelle Page "This cd is good I really like nightlife makes me want to go out and have a good time  And everlasting is good"

Michelle Page “This cd is good I really like nightlife makes me want to go out and have a good time
And everlasting is good”

Mervin Malone, Austin TX  "And here it is all custom-framed! It was worth EVERY cent! Ms. Watley - your beauty in a designer frame perfectly accents the other high-art in my home office. You are on the wall opposite the Black Madonna of Częstochowa! All I need is a custom framed print of the Mona Lisa!"

Mervin Malone, Austin TX “And here it is all custom-framed! It was worth EVERY cent! Ms. Watley – your beauty in a designer frame perfectly accents the other high-art in my home office. You are on the wall opposite the Black Madonna of Częstochowa! All I need is a custom framed print of the Mona Lisa!”

GLASS, recording artist and funkateer from Los Angeles representing his digital version!

GLASS, recording artist and funkateer from Los Angeles representing his digital version!

 

PARADISE, available digitally at iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets worldwide, includes “NIGHLIFE” video and 8 page digital booklet :

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradise/id901587446?uo=4

PARADISE CD, includes Everlasting not available on digital version – exclusively available : http://jodywatley.bigcartel.com

#itsinthemusic #JodyWatley #Paradise

Catch Jody Watley LIVE in Philadelphia at The Tower Theater, “A Night of Timeless R&B” with Lillo Thomas and The System  November. 15, 2014

Tickets: Here /  Here / and  Here /

In Remembrance September 11. 13 Years On.

 

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A moment of pause -Thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by this day, Sept. 11 – 13 years ago in 2001; to the families, loved ones, friends left behind – to the first responders, citizens who tried to help and suffer the effects and to the innocent victims of this horrific day in American history.

I’ll never forget it – watching television making breakfast that morning for my son and getting him ready for school. 13 years on – my son is now a college student in New York.
My daughter was in her sophomore year in NYC for college in 2001 – her dorm two blocks or so from the towers..it was hours before I knew she was safe, there were restaurants, cafes inside. All phone lines were jammed or down – panic then prayer. It was an extremely emotional and difficult experience for her to be there and see it all, to see families posting pictures of missing loved ones.. she came back to LA, petrified to fly (an understatement) for a while and took time off before returning to college. To day this day as someone who travels and flies because of my job in entertainment is a fear I’ve had to learn to deal with and face. Healing prayers to all. Peace on earth. Love in place of hatred.

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

It’s In The Music with Paradise.

I can’t think of another collection of music, where there’s this type of organic and very fan-centric organic approach – with a sense of community sharing an exclusive item like ‘PARADISE.’ I look at it like a piece of art, as time goes on not everyone will be able to say and show this – much like works of art. This isn’t about press or gossip – just the music, the love, the glamour, the message. What a concept! Celebrate life, love, friends, family, home and music.

“Returned from vacation with a signed copy of “Paradise” waiting for me. Thanks, Ms. Watley! Loving the album! #ItsInTheMusic” – Michael Litherland

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Via Michael Litherland, Facebook

“Sunday PARADISE in my SANCTUARY. And with LOVE from none other than Ms Jody Watley! Yeah, yeah, yeah! #itsinthemusic #Paradise #JodyWatley” – Greg Macareg, Facebook

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Via Greg Macareg, Facebook

“SO EXCITED!!!!!! I get home from work and this is waiting for me…..Thank you Jody Watley. I am loving the track “Everlasting.” Everyone make sure you check out the latest EP from Jody Watley “Paradise” http://www.jodywatley.net/ http://www.jodywatley.bigcartel.com/  — Desi Arnaz, Facebook

Via Desi Arnaz, Facebook

Via Desi Arnaz, Facebook

WOW! This made my weekend! Love the shirt, and Love #paradise, already downloaded on iTunes, but it’s a must to get a hard copy! your autograph is extra special! just like the earring from Essence show. Jody you are the best, keep give us the best you got, need more like you… Jody Watley

Donn Peabody, Facebook

Donn Peabody, Facebook

 

“I can’t think of a better way to start my Sunday?! Thank you always Ms. Jody Watley…your the best!!! #paradise #sanctuary” – Lupe Ortiz, Facebook

Lupe Ortiz, Facebook

Lupe Ortiz, Facebook