– and keep a positive attitude in the process!
With each social media throwback Thursday my desire is to not only share a photo moment from the past – but to perhaps inspire someone by providing what was behind a photo moment in my life on this journey.
From my Facebook Page post”
“Queen Jody! Living in KCMO (from Chicago though) at the time – had run a campaign for President of the school, I think I was the only girl who ran..and lost..kids were clowning me. It was a big disappointment and embarrassing for me – at the loss ..but I wasn’t discouraged in the long run, a theme in my life and career. I learned early on to never give up, keep pushing forward and stay motivated. Though not popular and still reeling from the loss of President..I went after “Miss Explorer Queen of Southeast Jr. High’ – because you never know unless you try right?! The outcome was triumph although I appear quite melancholy and sad in the photo’s (though still dealing with shade – a lot of girls including those who came in second and third weren’t happy as evidenced in the photo – shade is nothing new ) We didn’t have a lot of money but I put together my outfit and if you notice you can see what would become a style signature in my music career – jumbo hoop earrings. Certainly, I experienced far more challenging moments in my life, and even with this photo and moment there is much more to reveal.. however this is one of those touchstone character building moments. #JodyWatley #Shalamar #life #inspiration – Just keep striving and be yourself is what I hope the takeaway is from this, beyond the TBT..” May 7, 2015
One of my favorite books is “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck. I read it for the first time in 1983 when I really decided to take control of my life especially professionally and the second time in 1989. This is one of my favorite poems, so I’m sharing it with you. Live your life – make your own choices no matter how much flack you might receive, it’s best to be authentic than to live someone else’s vision of your life.
The Road Not Taken
The interview begins with a revelation by the writer, Gerald Radford, which threw me upon reading. His personal bias was something I always suspected with some in the “urban” media which goes back to earlier in my solo career and having mega crossover success – not everyone embraced that. The negative cloud he speaks of is odd because overall I receive so much love in the press and of course from fans in a career spanning decades and with all of the acheivments and benchmarks thus far. A negative cloud hanging over me? I don’t see it. From my point of view only those who resent me for being who I am…and my early solo crossover success, not towing the line, not staying ‘in my place’.. as women as supposed to do in the minds of some is where that exists. I appreciate very much that Gerald remained open and this article was able to be so honest on both of our parts -we had a wonderful conversation. As always, I’m just being myself – living, laughing, loving, learning and hoping it’s contagious to others. There are many things I refrain from saying because I don’t like drama, however sometimes one must let people know what’s really going on.
I consider myself quite blessed to have not only achieved my childhood dreams, but exceeded them. Constantly creating new goals – growing, learning, evolving. Some people don’t like that – the independents, those who don’t fall in line with the status quo..especially women..read the interview: Here
UPCOMING APPEARANCES / CONCERTS:
May16 – Autograph Signing 1st ever Rupaul’s DragCon Los Angeles Convention Center
May 24 – Happy Days Festival, Imber Court, Surrey UK
May 30 – The Shrine Chicago
June 6 – Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA with K.C. and the Sunshine Band
June 13 – Espaca Das Americas, Sao Paulo Brazil
June 24 – The Howard Theater, Washington D.C.
June 25 – NYC TBA
June 27 – Queen Elizabeth Park, Let’s Rock London
July 25 – Atlanta Health and Music Festival – Recipient of Women of Excellence ICONIC Music Award
More to come
There’s always something to complain about – or be grateful about, to love or not tp love – it’s your choice every single day and moment of your life.
Popular online website Hello Beautiful has produced it’s first documentary in celebration of Women’s History Month. Jody Watley is one of an eclectic range of prominent women (Eve, Soledad O’Brien, Beverly Johnson, Chrissette Michelle, Anika Noni Rose, Lisa Leslie, Jurnee Smollett, and more) appearing in the documentary speaking on topics such as womanhood, sexuality and power in the 14 minute “Women On Top.”
Watch and be enlightened:
Note: I’m very proud to be a part of this!
Trust in yourself!