Stop Whining

“You’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability; stop whining and find something to do!”

~ Lady Dowager to Lady Edith Grantham, Downton Abbey

Watching Downton Abbey can be a swift kick in the pants if you listen closely. I heard the quote above during a moment of self-pity. But leave it to the tough-as-nuts Lady Dowager to wake me up with the proverbial slap in the face and cause me to think about how strong I am despite my situation at the time.

Once we've stopped the whining, then what? Well, before we're able to find something to do, we must vocalize our place in life, our hopes, dreams, what we're good at and what we love--it helps to tip the scales away from self-pity and toward self-esteem. Some time after watching this episode, I wrote down a few thoughts to inspire my next moves; I hope they motivate you to take stock of your own great and wonderful inner-parts begging to benefit the world.

I love writing about profound things, delicious things, visual things, life choices and love. I love how words look on a page, how they form interesting thoughts and change the way we engage with life and one another.
I live on the edge of danger--the city--and at the precipice of peace--rural life. I’m smack in the middle of making it in life while still being able to make a home. My family is deeply important to me and it matters most what they think and feel at the end of the day.
I’m an old soul, always have been. Should have been in my twenties over 7 decades ago, living it up. But unfortunately the world wasn’t ready for me then.
Monarch magazine hailed me an “exceptional person empowering others to be exceptional” through my music and mission work…. Everyday, and with God’s help, I aim to humbly live up to their praise. 

Pleased to meet you.

Now it's your turn. Who are you? For whom and what are you living? What's one word or line you aim to live up to everyday through your actions?

April Peters

Soul-stirring singer-songwriter and recording artist April Peters has a driving passion to help women and children find freedom and discover their value in God. April became aware of the emotional scars and wounds of domestic violence on her own family and released her debut EP, Early Bloomer, in 2010 to tell her story in song of love, loss and the power of forgiveness while raising awareness around issues of domestic violence and abuse. April traveled to West Africa, where she performed and made radio appearances, encouraging Liberia's people and children scarred after civil war. April has been featured on FOX's Good Day Philadelphia and Monarch Magazine hailed April for being an “exceptional [person] empowering others to become exceptional” and "artist who uses her past experiences, talent and passion for change – to create a new voice in adult contemporary music.” April's recently released single “Turn It Up” and her EP Fly carry the message of hope, truth, love and renewal that she so passionately conveys to audiences worldwide.