Welcome to the second edition of Motivational Monday, A playlist to help you get you motivated on Monday morning & encourage you to keep that same energy until Sunday night.

With October speeding by us like Usian Bolt in the 100M dash and November already 1/6 of the way through, it’s an appropriate time to say “Winter is Coming.” Fall seems to be slacking a bit and letting Winter take a few shifts.

Despite my gripes on how cold it is or how often it rains, I am still grateful for Mother Nature as a whole, from the ruthless rainy days to the sweet sunny days. But when that sun shines, it’s really something special. It seems to shine much brighter and feel a bit warmer after those grey days, doesn’t it?

This playlist is an ode to those grey days. It explores motivation from the angle of not having much at all. It tells you that it’s okay to not be okay for awhile. That it’s okay to struggle. It happens to the best of us. Just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And when it shines, it’s really something special.

So without further ado, let’s get into the music. Press play to begin. Scroll down for insight on each song. Click “MORE” for additional coverage of the artists. Enjoy.

Inner Thoughts - Fo.G

Fo The Third lets his deepest, darkest thoughts loose on this one. Backed by dismal production, he talks about many personal struggles, from dealing with his loved one’s addictions, death in his family, and using various substances to cope. Even if we haven’t dealt with these exact situations, it’s quite comforting to hear someone vent about real issues with such conviction. The Federal Way artist makes it apparent that he relies on a higher power with the reoccurring line:

“I give God my all, may the music get the rest of me.”

It’s Okay To Be Alone Because You Are - Otieno Terry

This track had a timely release on the first day of Fall a few years back. I don’t know about you, but when Summer turns to Fall and the sun starts to come out a lot less, I tend to get into my head a lot more. I tend to feel alone. And this song reminds us all that it’s okay. The self produced song is a confessional of sorts, with Terry expressing his feelings while giving a personal tour of his troubled mind. | MORE.

“Even when you’re gone, when you’re gone, when you’re gone… You’re still there.”

Life Goes On - Nyles Davis

Another personal track, Life Goes On flips pages a few years back and reminisces on younger years, comparing those to present time. Nyles highlights the mindset shift that occurs after you see more of the world, after you start to understand and see things for what they really are. It’s crazy how time and experience can shape you into nearly a new person completely. After awhile, you realize that although you may hit highs and land on lows, life will still go on.

“And I miss those days, I really do. But I can’t get those days, that’s just the truth. Cause life goes on, and on and on, and on and on…”

Right Now - KAMI ft. Vic Mensa

We up the tempo a bit for this next track. I remember hearing this song for the first time. The memory is crystal clear to me. My winter woes were in full swing and I was trying to create some excitement within. New Year’s Eve was just two weeks away, I told myself. “New year, fresh start.” I wanted to shred the year 2016 and burn it to ashes. Then I heard this song. I shed a tear (or two) as I listened. It was relatable, honest, and it just sounded so good. Another song with the subject of bad times. It will pass, believe me. Kami commissions Vic Mensa for the feature, and the product is priceless.

“Somebody tell me what’s good. ‘Cause I’ve been doing bad right now. We roll our issues in a Backwood. Wood bigger than a bitch, a nigga stressed out.”

Most Beautiful Ride - Kyo-Ken ft. MistaDC & Elujay

Now I couldn’t leave this list off on a note that was too grey, so in comes Most Beautiful Ride. The smooth and sunny production from Kyo-Ken pairs so perfectly with MistaDC’s soothingly hopeful voice, and the verse from Elujay just brings it all together. This song is everything and more. It reminds us that there is beauty in the sun and the rain… You just have to find it first.

“I don’t… Like to… Go outside when it’s raining. But when you find the sun, it’ll be vibing with all of the clouds.”

And that concludes the second edition of Motivational Monday. I hope you found some songs and/or artists that you like, but most of all, I hope you found some motivation.

Remember that the grey days are okay. They help make the sunny days even brighter. :)

Thank you for tuning in and see you next month! 


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