She Don’t Stop : Music Review

The song, “She”, is about the undeniable strength of a woman. Depending on where you are spiritually or mentally, this song will either make you weep before it strengthens you or it will push you to continue.

Taken from her first album, Sing to the Moon, “She” was shot in South Africa and melodically picturises the perseverance and persistence of our women.

The line “She’s tired – but she don’t stop” encourages me every time to continue to press towards the goal. It gives one hope that you can indeed move mountains and do your heart’s work.

Laura Mvula is a London based soulful vocalist known for her inventive, atmospheric mix of R&B, jazz, classical, and pop. She’ll be back in the country this December for the first Afropunk in South Africa.

She don’t stop.

#Womandla

The one flaw in EVERY woman

“Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in…

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding…

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they

think there is no strength left…

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

and everything to give..

However, if there is one flaw in women,

IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.”

Weight doesn’t count. THIS does

Weight doesn't count. THIS does

This picture defies dietary requirements, BMI’s, regretful photos of “how I used to look,” and every other kind of guilt we feel about ourselves when looking in the mirror. This picture brings perspective just before we self-hate. This scale is the one we should religiously wake up and measure ourselves on every day. This is what counts in life. THIS is purpose. How do you measure?

Save the Heroine

This blog is not about Drugs. So to all the addicts you can QUIT now. (See what I did there?) LOL. Its about Beyonce’s song. I know I am a stan, but this particular song has much truth in it.She mentions a few things  that are so relevant to most of our lives. People overlook that song because it wasn’t a Pop single or Hit, but dig a little deeper into your albums (Or YouTube) and find it, -you might  feel not as “alone.”

So many women, mothers, hold the forts to their households, positions, relationships etc. They are breadwinners, psychologists, nurses, sisters, sounding boards and friends and in all of that role-playing they sometimes don’t have time for themselves. Then they choose one of two things. Either being sour and blaming the world. They gain weight and lose their self esteems and basically go downhill, or there are the ones who actually stop their spinning worlds and give themselves some time to recoup. These women know that they need the time off . They know that things will work out in the end even if it means doing damage control. These women spoil themselves in ways they see fit.

I applaud both types of women.

Life isn’t easy.  Making the decisions which they do, all require strength; the strength to endure or the strength of walking away from the toxicity of some of life’s ordeals. I have felt worn out before, actually quite recently. Maybe because I did a lot of thinking about what needs to be done, instead of just doing it.  Also because I felt I had too much on my plate in the very time I was trying to “cut things out”. You don’t always have to be the heroine. Sometimes accept defeat. Say no, to things you cannot manage, step out of thing that will compromise you. You cannot hold the world on your shoulders.

So for those who are always selfless and willing to help, also consider yourself. Your health and soul is at risk. As women we have got to look after ourselves. If you consider yourself way too often, try reaching out and considering someone else. Either way that you choose, you’ll be healing yourself and/or others.

Take time out. Do some stretches. Ask for help.

Live, Love, Laugh (cry a little bit too)

Breathe.