I lit extra candles today, didn’t capture them all here .. next to pics of my Dad celebration remembrance his born day today January 29 – my father Rev. John Watley Jr. was my first true encourager- his Princess Jody – His SuperStar, as he called and claimed when I was a little girl .. Love is Eternal – though he passed away decades ago in 1982-he’s always in my heart and memories – and I always hope to continue to make him proud and follow my own path. His sudden passing changed my life – to live your own life with joy and cherish each day – weather your storms and keep going as best you can.
Setting the tone for your day makes a difference no matter the turmoil of the world. Gratitude and thanks – positive affirmations, favorite candles and a favorite hot cup of your morning drink of choice! The best of the day to you.
Begin each day in gratitude and with a cup of something that makes you happy. Home is where we create the atmosphere that kicks off and ends our day. Because this is something always important to me, this pandemic has inspired me to focus on these elements of simple comforts. I look forward to bringing you more of these simple things. If you work from home as a lot of us are doing – these things also work for your home office.
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So excited!! My “Sanctuary” Luxury Home Fragrance has arrived the bottle is beautiful and the scent smells divine very subtle notes of green tea, lemon zest and vanilla to match the luxury soy candle. Sensuous and calming – The fragrance will be available soon in my limited edition store :: jodywatleyshop.com along with the candle which just went live in the store last week!
You can also use this as a body spray as well.
It’s always good to create a peaceful interior environment that also smells good too – longtime must haves for me and so it feels natural to be able to expand into this lifestyle area of wellness for you all to enjoy – in addition to other Jody Watley branded items I have available. Throughout my adult home life, and career travel, backstage in my dressing room – candles and interior sprays have been a staple to create an environment that feels peaceful and smells good too. Growing up my son and daughter’s friends would always call our home ‘the peaceful house and traveling I’d always get that my room always made the hallway smell good and backstage at venues which are often not glamorous and unpleasant making me always travel with scents and candles that bring calm and peace.
To begin to bring this part of my passion to you now in these challenging times, to encourage you and be a part of creating greater peace and tranquility is very special.
Timely. Safer at home. #StayHome Let’s all do our part to helot flatten the curve of Covid19 Virus. “Fill these rooms with happy times, fill these rooms with peace of mind..”
I’ve written a lot of songs.. they’re all favorites in different ways.. this one is extra special to me because the meaning. At the time I thought it would be a great reminder of the importance of our home environments as a safe haven from the ills of the world.
My heart feels so heavy this morning, again ..all of the mass tragic shootings that continue to happen. I do believe it’s domestic terrorism fueled by hate with innocent people losing their lives. The current President (can’t even believe he’s in that position to begin with) rants on Twitter making use of the downside of social media, petty and bullying behavior fueling the fires of racist divisive speech into the to weak minds of those ready to take the woes of their lives out on others. The corruption of politicians in general who most seem to do nothing but collect checks term after term and spew empty rhetoric constantly and especially during elections ..a voting system that is failing and constantly at the mercy those who want to make it worse and more difficult/corrupt, a system doesn’t even guarantee any of what’s ill’ing this country and the world at large can be fixed. This isn’t about politics for me, this is about humanity in a country and world in which we should all be able to thrive together, caring for each other as human beings, the environment and so on. No one wants to take accountability, just finger pointing – so round and round we go.
The ultimate powers that be, including whatever shadow figures and government that exists beyond our knowledge, that don’t want it fixed deem it easier to buy a gun / AK-47, 15 whatever model it is than to obtain a Visa, or vote.. and probably many other things where extreme red tape is involved – what is the purpose of body armor, hundreds of rounds of ammo and so on being legal to purchase? What is the purpose of semi-automatic weapons being legal and accessible? In my heart I don’t think any of them will be happy until all has been destroyed without concern or conscience, or we find ourselves in some sort of civil race war and this country ends up like a vast wasteland in some futuristic movie. Hate begets hate, love will always drive out darkness but it’s up for a hell of a challenge in these times moving forward.
Even as an optimistic person..I just wanted to write here because choosing not to post my frustrations on the state of the world on social media. Some people get on every day just to complain as if that helps anything..more anger and bitterness. Words without action are just words in any capacity in life.
That said, it’s on my mind and in my heart to express this today. This blog is always my forum for those who are willing to go deeper and appreciate the messages beyond pretty pictures and ‘likes’ – so thank you for reading.
I cry when these killings occur, never immune as a human being, a mother of two, a friend, a daughter, an employer who cares about everyone I work with and so on. We can’t all live in a bubble and thinking about these victims each time – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, relatives, classmates, co-workers..it goes on to an instant chain of heartbreak created by these vile cowards; who I’d add generally get taken into custody alive..never mind the guy selling bootleg cigarettes.
Reminding myself daily, to do what I can in life in what I put into the world and what comes from me to you and those who happen to follow me through my music. Stressing over what we can’t control is futile..and as best we can, take refuge and power in what we can control in living life and not taking anything for granted. What we choose to focus on and how it shapes our mood 24/7. Despite everything, don’t let the world and behavior of others get you down.
It’s befitting to post a song I wrote called ‘Sanctuary’ probably the most important in all of my songs, because it’s a life song inspired by my daughter and son and the importance of home and the spaces we create to just to live in but mentally and emotionally as well, a safe place, a healthy place.. ‘fill these walls with happy times, fill these rooms with peace of mind..sanctuary is my home..” mindful to cherish each day, our loved ones and friends and what vibe we can create in the safety of our homes, an environment of love – because when we step into the world we just never know and there’s a lot of hate and divisiveness ‘trending’ in this country and the world. I won’t let it get the best of me, stress me out with worry in just living..and I hope you don’t either. It’s the same conversation I have with children who are now young adults living their own lives.
My condolences always go out to the families and victims in these tragedies and any senseless gun violence. The laws will not change sadly no matter what we do, and no matter how many lives are lost. The powers that be – don’t care and controlled by greed, money and power – evil.
Black Music Honors continues to air throughout September on syndicated television broadcasts across the country and in October on urban cable outlet Bounce. Check the Black Music Honors website for listings : BMH
Oct 6 – Private Event Palm Springs
Oct 21 – Famously Hot SC Pride
Oct 28 – Genesee Theatre Waukegan IL with Debbie Gibson and Lisa Lisa
Nov 11-18 80’s In The Sand – Breathless Resort Punta Cana Resort – Info
I love this fan made video by The Fantasy Clinic – the video is a mashup of the teen me on Soul Train blended with current visuals created by Ray Easmon out of the U.K. The remix keeps the essence of the song with a nice deep house edge – which you know I live for!