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Monday Motivation

Incase you’ve missed our Digital Content Creator’s Monday Motivation Posts on Twitter… Here are some of the them🙌🏾

So how many more confirmations do you need for what you already know?


When you are willing to do what you’re not yet qualified to do, sometimes that’s what qualifies you.


It’s not so much what happens in our life that stresses us out, but

the stories we make up in our minds about what we fear will happen. Take charge of your thoughts – only positive energy


Afternoon guys! We hope your Monday has been productive so far

Fear of failure has never produced inspiring art. When we cut the ties of expectations, that’s when we fully step into who we’re meant to be.


Morning people! Let’s start off the week with a firm and optimistic

mindset. At times we can be too harsh on ourselves. Don’t let the internet rush you – no one is posting their failures


“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith”


Morning and happy Monday beautiful people! Remember “You’re always one decision away from a totally different life” 


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Free Flow


“ Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

When writing this blog, I wanted to include a quotation but found myself stuck between two beautiful quotes so I thought what the hell and decided to include them both! I find these quotes to be very relevant to a recent event that Open Minds hosted called ‘Free Flow.’ This event encouraged people to wholly express themselves by their own means. It enabled people to showcase their talents and represent themselves as themselves.

Often in life the hardest thing to do is to be yourself, which, when you think about it, sounds silly but nonetheless is true. Often we are trying to be like others who, perhaps, we see as being better than us. Of course you can aspire to be like someone in hope of bettering yourself but remember that that person’s individuality is what makes him or her an inspiration, therefore you too should be your own person. Please, please don’t get lost in the sauce.

So what happened on the night?? Well, the night mainly consisted of singing performances and spoken word but it would have been great to see some other forms of art. (*Cough* Rappers come forward *Cough*). This event was so effortlessly entertaining. The communal atmosphere enabled one to feel more engaged with the performing artists. The relaxed, informal environment helped people to appreciate every thoughtful word of a poem or a meaningful lyric of a song. It was incredible to see so much unexpected talent brought to the stage; people who wouldn’t have dared to perform nearer the start of the academic year took a step of bravery and showcased their talents which really highlights what Open Minds is; personal development and character growth. Each of our events really aims to encourage people to believe in their talents and bless others by sharing it.

Yasmin, a Loughborough student who performed on the night says, “spoken word has always been something I was interested in and since I’ve been writing poetry pretty much all my life. I thought Free Flow was the perfect opportunity to perform especially as it was such a comfortable and open space for people to express themselves…everyone was so receiving and open.”

Tashika, another student, says “I’ve always written poetry but I’ve never shared it. When I saw the poster for the free flow event, I felt like it would be a great opportunity for me to begin sharing my work. To be honest, I encouraged myself to perform because public speaking is something that I still struggle with and in order to develop this skill, I will have to actually put myself out there.”

Both students express the fact that performing in front of a crowd is a challenge, but here at Open Minds we intend to provide a supportive platform to make this challenge easier.


All in all, it was a beautiful night full of creativity.

Written by Toyah Panton,

President of Open Minds

My Passion, My Purpose – By Toyah Panton

“Finding your passion is not a sprint but a marathon.”
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? If I had missed this show, I’d be pretty much devastated but luckily enough for those of you who did miss it, it’s on camera (thanks to Enoch Visuals).

On December 5th, the Open Minds society, here at Loughborough University, hosted a drama showcase unlike any other in that it incorporated acting, dancing, singing, a fashion parade as well as motivational speeches which really brought life to the stage! As the audience gathered, DJ Hass played lively tunes which heightened the excitable atmosphere.

The play chronicles the life of young boy, James, who although has a desire for football is desperately trying to discover his purpose in life. Along his journey, the character is continuously presented with obstacles and challenges. The irony of the play is that, without realising it, James has already found his passion and thus the play teaches that passion+ daily action= a purposeful life- a life lesson that applies to all of us. Jessica Magaye, playwright and committee member of the Open Minds society said:

“I felt like many students could relate to that feeling of not knowing what they wanted to do with their lives, and so writing a piece that would help to motivate even just one person would be amazing.”

I think many of the actors, as well as the audience, would agree that this play was indeed inspirational. Loughborough student Tunji, who played the role of the main character, said “I felt excited to play the role due to the creativeness of the whole show…it’s given me ideas maybe to do something of my own.” Tunji is simply just one example of someone who has been influenced and motivated by this show; how amazing it is to see the work of students impacting and influencing others for the better.

The structure of the play was intelligently manipulated by the playwright, the use of short scenes enabled the other components of the showcase to be seamlessly incorporated into the play. The incorporation of motivational speeches, as well as dancing, made the audience feel included in the play, almost as if they too were on stage. The planning of ‘my passion, my purpose’ was not easy at all. Time, sweat and tears were the special ingredients that were concocted to really make the show spectacular. It took real dedication from committee members as well as from those who partook in the showcase. With rehearsals being held every evening, Monday through Friday, for two weeks- ‘it was tight!’ There were times where very few actors turned up to rehearsals but nonetheless we were still able to pull of an extraordinary show. Of course, it would be bias to say the show was spectacular without hearing opinions of the audience, let’s see what some of them had to say about the show:

The storyline was inspiring and relatable, I was truly impressed.
I had heard that the show was due to bang but I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect, I really liked the moral of the story-there wasn’t a moment where I was disengaged.”
Not gonna lie, I was expecting an unserious storyline but Open Minds really surprised me with what was brought to the stage, I would definitely watch it again if I could.

Now that you’ve seen visual evidence of the success of this show, this brings us to the end of this blog post! Hope you enjoyed reading and watch out for more posts on our upcoming events.

Written by Toyah Panton,

Management Sciences Student at Loughborough University

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