From Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness to HK's top teens: 5 posts on social media serving you some inspiration this #MotivationMonday

From Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness to HK's top teens: 5 posts on social media serving you some inspiration this #MotivationMonday

Okay, so it's not exactly five, but some are in a series, so that counts

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Fifteen-year-old para-swimming star Chan Yui-lam won three medals (including a gold) at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Para Games.
Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee.

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"You’re strong, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you got this." If Jonathan Van Ness says it, it has to be true.

Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to keep your eye, and mind, open to see it. But just in case you're down with a serious case of the Monday blues, here are some beautiful, moving, and encouraging posts on Twitter and Instagram that will hopefully give you a little lift, and motivate you to look inside for the strength you need to kick off your week with positivity and drive.


Bouncing back fierce and with gratitude 

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, 20, smashed it at the Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, January 12. And, afterwards at the press conference, got courageously emotional about why the day meant so much to her. Seriously, check out her routine, it's absolutely jaw-dropping!

 

 

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“I grew up in segregated Suffolk, Virginia in the 1950’s. My elementary school had two rooms, two black teachers, and six grades. I could never go downtown and shop in the stores. I could never go to the movies. I could never swim in the local swimming pool. But we never cared about that stuff because we had a creek behind our house, and we didn’t have money for movies anyway. My mother raised seven of us on her own. She was caring, but not exactly the ‘lovey-dovey’ type. She never used a switch on us, but she loved to use an example. Every action in our house had an equal and opposite reaction. In 1964 the World’s Fair came to town, and my school band was invited to give a concert for the governor. My mother gave me money to take my uniform to the cleaners. But on the day of the fair, I was on punishment. And she never let me go. The day before she died I visited her in the hospital, and I told her: ‘I’m still mad at you for not letting me go to the World’s Fair.’ She didn’t answer me, but she had this gleam in her eye that said: ‘You learned your lesson.’ And she’s right. Those examples made me the man I am today. I’ve literally done everything I wanted to do as a kid. I may not have been to the World’s Fair, but I’ve been to Ghana. I’ve been to the Caribbean. I’ve travelled all over the world.” (1/3)

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“My mother brought me to New York City when I was twelve years old. We lived in an area of Long Island called ‘five towns.’ The first four towns were economically mobile. But my town was the service community for the other four towns. Our parents were the maids and chauffeurs. I got myself a newspaper route when I turned thirteen. There was one older man on my route who’d always give me a big tip if I could tell him the news. So every morning I’d read two newspapers. And every night I’d listen to Frankie Crocker on the radio. He was ‘The Black Disc Jockey’ in New York at the time. Every night from 4 PM to 8 PM, he’d play ‘R and B’ on 1600 WWRL -- and you were a punk if you missed it. One night he announced a contest to choose an honorary DJ. I wrote an amazing letter because I listened every day, and I ended up winning. I was sixteen years old. The prize was supposed to be fifteen minutes on the air, but Crocker was so impressed that he gave me forty-five. Before signing off, he asked me what I planned to do after graduating high school. I told him: ‘I’m going to be the next Frankie Crocker!’” (2/3)

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“I ended up getting a full scholarship to SUNY Farmingdale as part of an anti-poverty program. And I tell everyone who will listen: ‘Without Farmingdale, none of this would have been possible.’ I’ve been able to do so much in my life. I’ve loved it all. And I’ve brought passion to everything I do. After graduation, I organized a program so disadvantaged black kids could tour historically black colleges in the South. In my twenties I ran a youth program to help get kids off the street. In my thirties I ‘jocked’ for three different radio stations on Long Island. Then I entered the corporate world, and worked as the Director of Human Resources for Black Enterprise Magazine, Sesame Street, and Madison Square Garden. Recently I retired and I’m beginning a new career as a background actor. I’m starting to get some traction. I’ve been a clubgoer on ‘God Friended Me,’ a juror on ‘Bull,’ a diner on ‘Bull,’ and a Costa Rican underworld gangster on ‘Blacklist.’ In some of the roles I have to pretend like I’m talking. And I know that one day soon a director is going to notice me and give me an actual line of dialogue. Check out this courtroom scene from ‘Shades of Blue.’ That’s Jennifer Lopez right there. And who’s that behind her? That’s right. It’s Leon.” (3/3)

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Hong Kong's top teens

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hong Kong's stand-out teens from 2018 were diverse in both their talents and disciplines. Click the link in our bio for the full list of inspiring young Hongkongers! . 1) Addis Wong, 17, won a bronze medal in the men’s 110m hurdles at the Youth Olympic Games last year. @wonglokhei 2) Pakistani student Amir Waheed, 18, won the “Star of the Stars” title for his outstanding academic performance and all-round development. 3) Misha Fischer, 17, Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Student of the Year awards. @mishafischer 4) Oscar Coggins, 19, has already made a name for himself in the international triathlon world. He's now taking a gap year and hopes to qualify to represent Hong Kong at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. @oscarcoggins @gsishk @cdnishk @youtholympics @olympics #amazingteens #athlete #sports #sportsman #hurdle #hurdle #student #2017soty #gsishk #cdnishk #youtholympics #youtholympicgames #olympics

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A dose of self-love

A vocal advocate for being kind to yourself, not letting the trolls get to you, and acknowledging and appreciating that your beauty - both inner and outer - is always going to be a work in progress - and whichever point in your journey you're on, you're Perfect - powerhouse singer-songwriter Pink reminds us to love ourselves today. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

YEP

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Show up for yourself

From this:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beijing 2022 me & my new coach @eliothalverson are going for gold.

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To this:


Bonus: Just keep trying!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

from Jahid Pasha Facebook "You can do it" ~ double tap Shop for Cat Lovers @meowmeowcatclub bio #happycatclub

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