Monday Motivation: Inspiring Quotes from our 3-Day Playlist

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There’s nothing like a good song to perk up your Monday morning. It gets you moving and grooving and puts a smile on your face, even if you’re just heading into the office. Good music also keeps us motivated and gets our feet moving at the start of each day of our 3-Day walks.

To keep you motivated this Monday, we are sharing some of our favorite uplifting lyrics from our 3-Day playlists. These are perfect to have you singing along on your morning commute or your evening training walk. You can see all these songs, and more, on our Spotify playlists.

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The sun began to rise when you came my way
You fell out of the sky and you made my day

Sheppard “Smile”

This is the part when I say I don’t want ya
I’m stronger than I’ve been before
This is the part when I break free

Ariana Grande “Break Free”

You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground

Katy Perry “Roar”

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Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Sara Bareilles “Brave”

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up, to more than I can be

Westlife “You Raise Me Up”

When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise                                                                                                 You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will go through the fire

Ginny Owens “If You Want Me To”

Everyday people do
Everyday things but I
Can’t be one of them
I know you hear me now
We are a different kind
We can do anything

Alesso “Heroes”

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Good morning to the future, good night to the past
It’s gonna be a good day
Looking for the good life

Mary Mary “Are You Ready?”

Tonight become alive
Stand up ’cause you got the pride
Dancing and the sweat don’t dry

Selena Gomez “Like a Champion”

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!

Katy Perry “Roar”

What are your favorite pump-up songs? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to check out our Spotify for more motivational songs!

Monday Motivation: Inspirational Quotes from Strong Men and Women

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Mondays can be tough, so how can you start the week off on the right foot? You just need a little bit of motivation!  We are starting an ongoing series to provide Monday Motivation that will help you approach each new week with excitement and purpose. We’ll share quotes that move us and inspiring stories from our incredible 3-Day family.

This week, in honor of one of the most quoted speakers of the last century, we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a list of quotes that we love. These come from strong women who have all made notable contributions to their fields, and have some serious knowledge on strength, passion and love. Let their words pump up your morning, day and week.

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It’s a brand-new Monday – Let’s get out there and make the most of it!

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch

“Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”– Maya Angelou

“Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Power to me is the ability to make a change in a positive way.” – Victoria Justice

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“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”  – Ingrid Bergman

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge

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What are some of your favorite quotes that help you hit the ground running (or walking!) on Monday mornings?

A Friend from the Past

Julie and Jordan finish off Day 2 on the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day

Julie and Jordan finish off Day 2 on the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day

“I can barely remember to log into Facebook,” recounts Julie Long who is participating in her 27th Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event this weekend in San Diego, with her daughter, Jordan, who is walking for the first time. “I managed to follow the instructions on The3Day.org and added the Komen 3-Day link to my Facebook page. And so begins the story of the power of Facebook and the kindness of (almost) strangers.”

A few weeks ago, Julie received an email notification that a $200 donation had been made to her 3-Day fundraising. “The name of the donor was listed, and while it sounded familiar, I wasn’t exactly sure who it was,” recalled Julie. “I went to my Participant Center in the hopes that the donor had left a message which would help me identify who it was.” The message was simple:

‘Julie, congratulations on participating in this wonderful event. I stumbled upon your site and since I have a memory of being in your 8th grade homeroom class the year you lost your mother, I know how personal a cause this must be. I am more than happy to contribute on your behalf. Keep walking, you’re making a difference! Richard P-W.’

Julie continued, “The message might not sound so extraordinary, except that the memory Richard is referring to was an announcement made by my 8th grade homeroom teacher 41 years ago. It’s a memory of a terrible day and a terrible announcement. My teacher did not realize I had returned to school, as my mother died of breast cancer over our spring break. She had not realized that I was sitting there until 32 heads turned towards the back of the room where I sat sobbing.”

The walkers on the Komen 3-Day in San Diego line up to start the route

The walkers on the San Diego 3-Day line up to start the route

Once Julie stopped crying after reading his message, she emailed Richard to thank him. He called and they spoke for several minutes. They had only spoken a handful of times over the years (as often happens with classmates), but he recounted that he had never forgotten that day over the last 41 years.

Julie and Jorden in traditional pink tutus, take on the San Diego 3-Day route on the final day of walking

Julie and Jorden, in traditional pink tutus, take on the San Diego 3-Day route on the final day of walking

“The 3-Day has given me an opportunity to share my grief and my hope with a community that is committed to finding a cure for breast cancer,” says Julie with conviction. “It is a world where the kindness of strangers is not uncommon.  My link on Facebook and my 3-Day story reminded someone of an event over 41 years ago, and turned someone who was essentially a stranger into a treasured friend.”

Say hello to Julie and Jordan today as they finish their 60 miles of walking for a cure on the San Diego 3-Day, and tell us about your miraculous fundraising stories!