I celebrated my Mom’s birthday with a post on my various social media as I always do (April 8). She is always tickled, overwhelmed and full of gratitude to see the outpouring of love and well wishes – me too! Watch this adorable video of my Mom “Ms. Rose” as she is affectionately called by friends and colleagues.
We’re already a bit more than a week into 2016 – life continues to move on and what a gift it is to be here and share it with those we love. New adventures, obstacles to overcome and triumphs to enjoy.
We’re all works in progress – be gentle to yourself as much as my Mom says “To thine own self be true.” Work, revise and tweak your goals. Things may not always go your way, but what’s a rainbow and sunshine without some rain – keep on keeping on.
It was extra special to have my Mom and daughter Lauren with me for New Years for the shows in Oakland at Yoshi’s. Watley girls in full effect – three generations. We had a fun time together and my daughter was tickled at ‘Grandma Rose’ getting her groove on an dancing during the shows. I was fighting tears in one show – suddenly overcome with emotion thinking of all of the young people, and those in general who didn’t make it home this year with lives cut too short. I also made sure to acknowledge the untimely passing of Ms. Natalie Cole who leaves behind a great legacy of music and personal triumphs.
As well, I had a blast with Nate and Rosero from Shalamar Reloaded-our shows get better and better each time for us in that portion of the show. It really is a unique and fun concert experience. If you have a chance to see us – don’t miss it!
Wishing everyone the best always. Here are a few photo’s there are more on my Facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial Page. (there was a Jody Watley imposter for the past month friending people with a fake page, asking for donations in exchange for concert tickets, dates..and who knows what – be alert and advised I would never friend anyone I don’t know on Facebook – and there is only one verified page that I communicate through link attached, always report anyone pretending to be Jody Watley no matter how many of my photo’s they poach).
As it’s often said, it’s great to give people roses while they are here to appreciate them. I’m so proud of my Mom. She’s been able to overcome so much, including addiction and self destruction along her journey. We endured some really difficult and sad times as a family. These woes never deterred me from living and pursuing my goals and dreams. Children going through this please know that better times can be ahead. Not always – but you’ll never know unless you work hard and try. Each path is different and each destination need not be final in the process of personal growth and knowledge.
Ultimately my Mom became who she was meant to be to my point of view – a beacon of light and inspiration to others including me – as well as my daughter and son.
It’s never too late to turn your life around if you really hang in there. Dig deep and triumph over personal demons and other obstacles though trust me I understand that often this is easier said than done but at least try. Don’t give up.
Here’s to my Mom – the icon Ms. Rose!
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