It’s easy sometimes to get bogged down and caught up with what everyone else is doing and everyone else’s rules and definitions for life. When that happens, I refer to my inspiration: books and music that either speak to who I am and the woman that I want to be, or songs that just make me feel good. The list is ever-growing and being updated (and just like me, is quite random) but here are some of them:

-Anything by Pearl Cleage, the awesome writer whose work inspired the title of this blog. But to be specific, in terms of characters and descriptions of this concept: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, I Wish I Had a Red Dress are must reads. Also her newest book, Things I Wish I Had Told my Daughter
-Black Girl in Paris (Shay Youngblood)
-By The Light of My Father’s Smile (Alice Walker)
-Now is the Time to Open Your Heart (Alice Walker)

-“Never Stop” -The Brand New Heavies
-“Pieces of Me”(the go-go version) -Rare Essence & Ms. Kim
-“Stay” – Ne-Yo
-“Lose It” – Little Jackie
-“As” – Stevie Wonder
-“Drops of Jupiter” – Train
-“Fly Away” – Lenny Kravitz
-“Honey” – Erykah Badu
-“Hey Jealousy” – Gin Blossoms
-“Caramel” – City High
-“As My Girl” – Maxwell
-“Brown Skin Lady” – Black Star
-“I Feel For You” – Chaka Khan
-“Letitgo” – Prince
-“The Game of Love” – Santana feat. Michelle Branch