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7 Unique Ways To Make Someone Smile (Random Acts of Kindness Day) #motownmom #selfcare


Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Do something nice for another person just because?

Maybe make their day a little bit brighter?

It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. You won’t know how many people are encouraged by your kindness because smiles are contagious.

Sometimes helping someone else smile can help you put on a better smile for yourself.

Try out one or more of these 7 ways today to put smiles on their faces.

1. Write an encouraging note to others that have encouraged you or that need encouragement. Handwritten notes that are given to encourage, not just for thanking someone for a gift, are rare. That makes handwritten notes even more special. Start a new practice of sitting down and writing an encouraging note on a regular basis. You just might start an epidemic!

Tip: Write with a blue pen. It’s a great mood enhancer for the person reading

2. Take a friend out to lunch or invite her to your home for a meal. You will get to know each other even better than you do right now. If you feel like being more adventurous, throw a party for several of your friends and put smiles on a multitude of faces.

Tip: Find a great indie film, invite friends over and watch and discuss it afterwards. Everyone BYOW (Bring your own wine). Tuck all the kids in the back and just enjoy spending the evening with friends.

3. Give someone an inspirational book to read. You will feel good doing it, reading the book will change the person, and they will think of you every time they read it.

4. Ask a friend or relative if you can take care of their kid(s) for a day or evening. If you have been a parent, you know the value of being able to have a few hours of “adult time” without worrying about the children. Don’t wait to be asked to baby-sit when it is required. Offer to do it at a time when the parent can do something fun and relaxing.

Tip: schedule a play date with a mom just because when you’re picking up the kids from school

5. Deliver a meal to someone you know that is sick or having a rough time. We have all been sick and know the last thing you want to do is be out of bed. There are also times when life is tough and it is hard to do all of the daily chores. You can be a tremendous help by providing a meal that can be enjoyed.

6. Volunteer time to supporting your local church or charity. Every minute you dedicate to a church or charity will cause many smiles. You will put a smile on the face of each leader just for helping without being asked. You will also be putting smiles on the faces of those that are being helped through the organization.

Tip: Bring the kids along so they can see acts of giving

7. Thank everyone that supports you throughout the day. The list of those that you come in contact with is endless. Remember family and friends, secretaries, co-workers, teachers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, store employees, janitors, gas station attendants, those that deliver your mail and newspaper, and servers at restaurants.

Tip: grab thank you card packets from the Dollar Store and just send off a postcard in the mail.

I know this is a list of 7 ways to put a smile on someone’s face, but there is one more way that can’t be ignored. Reveal a genuine smile to everyone you meet. You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile!

The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre Announces Their 2020 “Jazzy Nights” Line Up #Detroit #motownmom

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Detroit’s premier performance space, affectionately dubbed as “The Aretha”, has curated an outstanding line up of Jazz concerts for 2020. Hosted at the city’s gorgeous waterfront amphitheatre, Wednesday Jazzy Nights, a 30-year mainstay of the city, has created the legacy and reputation for bringing some of the world’s most renown artists to this talked-about concert location. Founded by Detroit’s renowned
Shahida Mausi, fans have had the pleasure of enjoying music by the iconic likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and so many more. “2020 promises to be an amazing year for The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre! Not only do we already have an exciting calendar of performances scheduled, our banner events like Jazzy Nights are already the talk of the town. In this same spirit, we are in the process of developing new VIP experiences and adding extra personal touches that make going out for a night on the town, something special. We can’t wait to introduce the new ARETHA!” says, Shahida Mausi.
Each year Detroit music lovers purchase season tickets without knowing the line up, because they have have come to expect the greatest value for live music concerts anywhere. Buyers are able to reserve the best seats in the house for the discounted rate of $323 including facility fee, season ticket holders get 12 shows for the price of 11.
These will make great Valentines Day gifts. Tickets are available at Additional shows will be announced next week with special opportunities to make purchases.
For more information on The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre please visit
Nakia Hicks

Find updated food pantries in Metro Detroit #motownmoxiemom

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  • Food banks and free food pantries in Detroit as well as Wayne County, plus other services Click here

If you have an exclusive food giveaway event coming up, please leave in the comments.

Save the Date for the NAWBO Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards on March 25, 2020 #motownmom via @nawbogdc

NAWBO Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards  March 25, 2020

6th Annual A Spirit of Giving 2020 “Walking With a Clear Vision” February 21st 2020 in Lansing Michigan via @RevMary #motownmom

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6th Annual A Spirit of Giving 2020 “Walking With a Clear Vision” February 21st 2020 in Lansing Michigan… Come and experience an atmosphere of healing and deliverance like no other! Registration is $65, group of five or more $60, ten or more $55. Cash App $knume or PayPal only… no checks..

Single Mom’s can feel Alone But You’re Not Lonely #motownmom #selfcare

In today’s fast paced society, we’ve become accustomed to filling the eeriness of silence with fluff. We turn to many distractions as a means of escaping feelings of idleness or boredom. But the main thing we wish to elude is loneliness. Solitude does not have to alienating or lonesome. In fact, solitude and loneliness are distinctly separate.

The death of a loved one or the inability to find people who understand you can leave you feeling isolated. Webster’s dictionary plainly describes loneliness as “being without companions.” It’s natural to experience an emptiness while longing for love or acceptance. Loneliness is therefore an emotive state that can be experienced whether or not one is physically alone.

It was Geoffrey F. Fisher who said, “In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.”

We tend to fill loneliness with all types of distractions. For example, some single women would rather spend a Friday night with a man they have no genuine interest in, than spend the night alone. They long for a way of killing time while they await the man they are actually seeking. Then there are young adults who are involved in cliques where they can’t really relate to their companions. However, they would rather feel accepted on a superficial level than risk feeling outcast. So what is it about being alone that scares us?

Do not be spooked by the unfamiliarity of silence.

  • Silence can be an amazing thing. It teaches you how to truly listen.
  • It teaches you to pay attention to what’s going on inside of you.

Only when we are alone, can we have the space and peace we need to think without being outwardly influenced. It therefore becomes easier to make important decisions as well as identify whatever feelings are culminating within.

Get in touch with yourself so that you can make conscious decisions rather than simply react to emotions. Appreciate the time you have to yourself. Let the peace and understanding you find better equip you for the commotion of today’s world.

Reminder: “QUEEN: From the Collection of CCH Pounder” exhibition opens today! #Detroit #motownmom

Our newest art exhibition opens today!
Image: Harmonia Rosales, Birth of Oshun, oil on linen, 55″ x 67″, courtesy of CCH Pounder
Emmy-nominated NCIS: New Orleans actress CCH Pounder has made a name for herself in more than just one discipline: her talents extend to the world of art collecting, too.
QUEEN: From the Collection of CCH Pounder, features sculptures, paintings and mixed media works by such luminaries as Harmonia Rosales, Betye and Alison Saar, Kehinde Wiley, and more.
Previously on display at Xavier University, Sarah Clunis, the school’s gallery director says: “[QUEEN] opens up a conversation about art and women…For black women to be able to enter a museum and have a conversation about fine art and to be able to see themselves in it, that’s important.”
Watch as CCH Pounder discusses how she uses art as an agent for activism in the video below:
MoAD Gala 2015: CCH Pounder
QUEEN: From the Collection of CCH Pounder will be on display from January 28, 2020 – April 15, 2020.
Learn more about QUEEN, and preview pieces from the collection here.
For information about other upcoming programs and events, visit our Facebook page, or our website.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History | 315 East Warren AvenueDetroit, MI 48201

7 Surprisingly Quick And Easy Ways To Feel Happier as a Mom #relaxrelaterelease #motownmom


All of us have days when we’re out of sorts. You just wish you were in a better mood.

You’ve had days like that, haven’t you?

Being a mom is tough, You’re pulled in so many different directions and you have so many jobs other than just being a Mommy.

  1. Head of the Household
  2. The Maid
  3. The Problem solver
  4. The Cook
  5. The Homework Helper
  6. The Put Them To Bed/The Waker Upper
  7. The Middle of the Night Nurse

And these are just the ones inside of the house.

Despite it all, we put on a brave face and try as hard as we can to find peace in the little time to ourselves we have, but it’s difficult to find that space in our heads when you’re overwhelmed with so many jobs.

With everything and everyone depending on you, perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.

Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!

1. Go for a walk.

Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Can you think of such a setting not? What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it real by taking a short stroll.

If you live in the urban area like I do, find a public track by a school, get a walking stick or if you have a dog, take them..

2. Listen to quality music.

Music can shift a listener’s state within moments. It’s effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD you haven’t listened to in ages or tune in your radio to something you’ve never listened to before.

3. Open yourself to discovering something new.

Read something (printed, not on line) different than what you would normally watch. There are a ton of different types of magazines can you get these days. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack. Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. You may discover something wonderful.

4. Find something to laugh at.

Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others.

5. Simple breathing meditation.

Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That’s all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.

6. Doodling for the fun of it.

Most people can remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts.

7. Think of others less fortunate.

The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow.

These are all pretty simple. There’s nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need.

Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change more quick and easily–surprisingly so at time– than you imagine.