be inspired: honesty can inspire honesty

“A man has always wanted to lay me down, but never wanted to pick me up” – Eartha Kitt

There is nothing like honesty. The kind of honesty that is deep in the core of a person; that honesty that reveals the reasons behind a person’s thoughts, emotions, views of oneself and the world. Usually, this type of honesty tries to hide itself because the truth hurts but the truth also heals deep wounds. There is nothing more beautiful then to see someone living in their truth and to observe them expressing their truth no matter how gorgeous or how ugly that truth is for that person. When a person is capable of sharing his or her truth with another, it gives permission for the other to share their truth comfortably and safely. All of us have layers of life but a lot of us like to hide our layers, only showing the prettiest, the safest and sometimes, the blandest parts of ourselves.

One of the most captivating elements in art is its honesty. When one sees a painting that really resonates with him or her, it gives the viewer permission to feel those emotions that may have been buried. When one hears a song that really touches one’s soul, it gives the listener permission to capture a piece of oneself that may have been hidden from the world. When one reads a piece of poetry that sinks into the heart of the matter, it gives permission for the reader to dig deeper into oneself. When one sees a scene from a movie that is moving, it gives the watcher permission to notice the humanity in the characters, in oneself and those around him or her. Even when one witnesses an in-depth interview with an artist (or anyone for that matter), it gives one permission to speak their truth in the most honest way possible.

A great example of such an interview is one with Eartha Kitt and Terry Wogan in 1989. The way Ms. Kitt expresses the early years of her life and how it affected her is so bold, brilliant and beautiful. Her honesty can inspire humanity’s honesty if we all are willing to open and share our hidden truths and allow honesty to inspire our honesty.

be inspired: how one commerical can send ripples of inspiration

On January 10th, Duracell released this commercial featuring the inspirational true story of Seattle Seahawk player, Derrick Coleman:

A 9 year old hearing-impaired girl, Riley Kovalcik watched this commercial and was moved to write a sweet letter to Coleman:



Her father, Jake Kovalcik, shared the lovely letter on Twitter with Coleman’s Twitter name attached:

Coleman read her letter and responded with an equally sweet handwritten response:



Now many news outlets, including People Magazine, have shared this positive exchange creating further ripples of inspiration for all of us to enjoy! Isn’t it amazing how one action can send so many waves of positive energy? Imagine the power of one kind action in the Universe. We are so much more powerful than we realize and this story proves it.

Read the full story HERE.

be inspired: be as free as the breeze


Breeze buzzes by, cooling off those hot and humid moments. Breeze moves through all forces effortlessly with no second thought. Breeze is the coolest part of winds without a big fanfare, humbling itself to only short seconds. Breeze is the comfort that wraps itself with loving arms. Breeze is carefree with its style, letting nature move its life. Be as free as the breeze and you’ll see how beautiful life can be.

be inspired: doingness vs. beingness

This Is The Warning 3 by Cameron Gray

This Is The Warning 3 by Cameron Gray

If you think your life is about DOINGNESS, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living-and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re BEING while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. It is a state of BEINGNESS the soul is after, not a state of doingness.

- Neale Donald Walsch

Find more incredible art by Cameron Gray HERE.

be inspired: my top 5 favorite ‘be inspired’ posts of 2013

sunflower_beinspiredToday is the 4th Anniversary of The Jolyn Project and I wish to celebrate by highlighting my personal top 5 favorite posts from each section. Second up–the ‘be inspired’ section!

My Top 5 Favorite ‘be inspired’ Posts of 2013

1. Raise Your Words: It is amazing how a simple quote can completely blow your mind and change your perception. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī did just that with his wisdom.  READ HERE

2. Dreams Do Come True, Just Ask Singer Brandy & make up artist, Beatface Honey: There is nothing like a great inspirational story that puts a smile on your face. Entertainment blogger, Necole Bitchie shared a wonderful story about a struggling makeup artist who had the chance of a lifetime to use her skills on one of her favorite artists, Brandy, showing that dreams really do come true!  READ HERE

3. Sex, Love & Compassion: Osho has been a constant inspiration to my writing and I thought I was share exactly why in this post. When a man says “Sex is the seed, love is the flower, compassion is the fragrance,” you know he has some wisdom in him.  READ HERE

4. A Tear and A Smile: Speaking of an inspiration, Khalil Gibran is another amazing writer that wrote one of the best books ever in my humble opinion with The Prophet. A Tear and A Smile, written by Gibran, is a poem that grabbed me immediately when I read it and I just had to share it with as many people as possible. One of the themes of this year for me has been accepting and embracing the pain and hardship in life and this poem really highlights this point poignantly. READ HERE

5. Coming Out of Your Closet: Ash Beckham really changed my view of coming out of the closet and what that really means and how there is more than one closet to come out of in our lives. Brilliant speech that I really hope inspired you. READ HERE

be inspired: connect the disconnections


Us, humans, disconnect with each other due to this strange need to appear okay all the time. We conceal our bumps and bruises with layers of makeup and clothing whether literal or emotional, projecting our ideal selves because we feel our true selves are not quite good enough. The funny thing is our imperfections are the most perfect qualities about ourselves because they provide a solid foundation of human connection and growth. The most interesting of characters are the ones who are able to bare their pain in public through some art form whether it’s in song or in a piece of writing or just in life in general because they show the underlying connection that aligns us all on the same level. We know that we all bleed the same and we all breathe the same but we forget we all feel the same as well. If we were able to expose our humanity more and more without any fear of societal expectations, we would be a much more healthier species because we would be healing ourselves by sharing our collective pain.

In the spirit of sharing, I wish to give you a poem that I just wrote about my realization of my humanity. I hope you enjoy it and possibly be inspired to express your humanity in whatever way that feels comfortable for you.

Imperfection’s perfection
I suffocated my thoughts with traditions
Bending my morality for a sense of peace
Stumbling across a million lessons that state
“I ain’t all what I thought I was cracked to be.”
Innocence is not a blessing if ignorance is sustained
Humbling the answers I thought I had all along
To realize that humanity is greater than perfection
Allowing mistakes to be made and breaking rules
Praying for ugly scars to trace the truth of I.

be inspired: be authentically you

Cadence by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art

Cadence by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art

Being your true self is the greatest gift to give to the world. Spread your light by being the brightest star.

If you would like to view more videos from this beautiful person, Gamelia Johnson, click HERE and if you would like to learn more from the talented artist, Steve Henderson, click HERE.

be inspired: get your love on this independence day weekend

lifeintechnicolorofficialcoverThis summer, you may want to get your love on with the sun rays blazing, the trees swinging and the folks smiling. Of course, I would love to help you feel the love even more with my latest poetry ebook, Life In Technicolor Vol. 1: LOVE. This book travels through the whirlwind of love from the intimate to the universal. According to Kymberly Keeton of, it “makes you want to alter your opinions about love within five minutes of reading.” Also, to make this an even sweeter summer, I have a special INDEPENDENCE DAY SALE from now (Wednesday, July 3rd) til Sunday! You can get over 20 poems for only 99 cents right now! That’s less than a big mac at McDonalds! Check it out at my store!! >> 

You can also check out Kymberly’s full review HERE and preview the first 3 poems before purchasing!

By the way, can you tell I’m hype about this? lol This has been a dream come true and I truly hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Also, I hope it will inspire you to express your love in any way that feels right to you.

And as always, thanks to any and every one who reads this post or any other posts on this blog, whether you purchase my book or not. I truly appreciate your support!

be inspired: 6 wonderful facts about mister rogers

I remember telling my mother one time that I was a little “creeped” out by Mr. Rogers as a kid. I preferred Sesame Street. My mother defended him greatly as if he was a personal friend of hers. I didn’t even know she was a staunch supporter of his work until then. I think she met him once at a function and found him to be a genuinely nice person. I just emailed her this article below and told her that she was right; he was a very nice person. I thought you may be interested and inspired by it too.

Thought You Couldn’t Hold Mr. Rogers In Any Higher Of An Esteem? Check Out These 6 Wonderful Facts

1. He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds. Mister Rogers then went to Washington where he gave an amazing merely six minute speech. By the end of the speech not only did he charm the hostile Senators, he got them to double the budget they would have initially cut down. The whole thing can be found on youtube, a video called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.” (Blogger Note: I made it convenient for you so you can watch this wonderful video below)

2. “Certain fundamentalist preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the “kindest man who ever lived” memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers’s response? He’d pat the target on the shoulder and say, “God loves you just as you are.” Rogers even belonged to a “More Light” congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church.”

3. According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

4. Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

5. Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!

6. Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. Esquire reported that the car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn’t be noticed. But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” The result made Rogers smile wide.