New Adventures

Dear Blogger friends,

It’s been too long in writing…yet again.  Life brings its curve balls and I recently was hit with a few.

But it’s what you do with those curves that matters.  So very excited to announce that I am working on a creative project that I feel women, especially mommies/ babies will truly relate to.  Not sure when it will be done, but instead of worrying about the final date; I’m enjoying the process.

If you get a chance check out 9Bliss.com.  I wrote an article about Herbal Tea and Pregnancy and I’m excited to announce that it’s officially being published online next Wednesday, March 5th on this site.

I want to share a photo of my sassy Olivia Daisy.  She is the inspiration for my new creative project.

Sweet Dreams,

Kimberly

This day…

I am very excited to begin the adventure of writing lyrics about empowerment, freedom, justice, self-advocacy and more.  I’m using my own stories which are driving the story-telling of writing personal lyrics. But I am also greatly drawing upon experience from working in the field of community mental health and Disabilities.

From this day onwards, I will be focusing on writing lyrics regarding this topic of justice/equality…as an outlet to release inner frustration and to be a voice of change and empathy for those who are seeking change and empathy.

I will be posting lyrics about this topic and demo’s of the lyrics I create.  For now, it will be mostly lyrics until I get around to recording all the songs in my head.

Good night blogger friends,

 

Kimberly

 

Thanksgiving Song

Dear Bloggers and friends,

Thank you for following my blog.  Thank you also for blogging, if you are doing that.  I really enjoy reading posts that are truthful, providing insight, hope and ideas to the reader.

As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving; I continue to feel grateful for the simple joys that are prevalent around us.  My two-year old shouts for me daily yelling, “Mommy!!!” and her voice is sweeter than any sound.  But it can be as simple as watching the clouds as they float by the large window in our living room.  It is taking the time to relish the moment of now.  It’s not always easy to do but it’s so easy to begin the process of being mindful.

With that being said, I have a song I’d like to share with you. Over a year ago, I became blessed to know a very gracious, intelligent woman named Georgia.  One day, Georgia and I discussed our shared interest in songwriting and our passion for music in general.  Georgia had recorded a song in Nashville as did I.  Our friendship developed and we began songwriting regularly.  Georgia shared a song with me she had been working on and asked if I’d like to co-write this song.  I felt very grateful and excited to work together.

We are proud to announce that our Country demo of our co-write is complete.  It is called “ My Dream Has Come True” .  I welcome your feedback on the song.  It was important for me to share this around the time of Thanksgiving, especially since this song is about being grateful.  Please share our song with friends and family.

I hope that wherever you are, whomever you are with…that you are enjoying this holiday!

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Breathe

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Guide the breath, to be.

Guide the breath, to release.

Inhale again,

Inhale the life within.

Let go of all regret, of all missteps

Slowly, slowly…

Breathing in, feel the oxygen,

As it fills your lungs fully.

Fully human, fully alive.

The lungs expand and breath new air.

The energy aligns with the body.

Energy fills every muscle.

Breathe, breathe, deeply.

Inhale the life, the life, let it begin.

Hold the breath, holding…

Slow the breath, slowly…

Release the breath, releasing…

Refuel the Creativity

This is for you. The Artist.

Every artist needs fuel to keep the creative juices flowing.  There are many types of stressors and stress can creep up at random.  Stress in and of itself can be great fuel.  We need a certain amount of “good” stress to push us to our goals and to keep us on our feet.  Stress is a burst of energy that basically alerts you on what to do next.  There are advantages to stress when it exists in small doses.   It  can help you meet daily challenges and will motivate you to reach your goals.  However, there is the “bad” stress that builds and can become toxic to the mind, body and spirit.  As artists, we are especially vulnerable to stress because of our heightened sensitivity.  And when I say “sensitivity” I am referring to the ability of artists to tap into their own vulnerabilities and intuition.  This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate in order to refuel the creative juices.

Why do I bring this up?  I bring this up because my energies are in higher demand due to an increase in scheduled activities.  As an actor, “gigs” are often at random and the duration/intensity vary of each job.  I began to think about energy and how important it is for me to take time to rest and refuel the energy.  I’m the type of person who wants to “go, go, go.”  I have always been the “restless girl” in my seat at school.  My head was in the clouds daydreaming.  But what I believe is this.  I have endless bounds of energy and visions of creating something bigger.  This I have known from a very early age.

I am finally able to allow myself to fully explore my visions of creating.  Yet I have learned from life experiences how to manage stressful situations and how to take care of myself along the way.  I’m very grateful to be refueling the creative juices this week, as I am away on vacation.  If you cannot take a vacation right now, can you take a mini-vacation?  Or perhaps you can take an hour to refuel.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Injustice

I am more than my words, more than my skin, more than my beliefs.

I am me.

I am more than what you know about me.

I am more than the lies you told yourself.

I am me.

You dared to tell me, what I can or cannot do.

Yet, you don’t know me.

I gave you a chance to see the real me.

I presented you with a gift

And helped you unwrap the gift.

Each ribbon unraveled and the paper crumpled.

It took time to consider,

Giving you this present.

You opened a package,

It’s called “vulnerability” .

This time around, the gift was expected.

And yet the gift was merely looked at

And wrapped up again.

Time and again,

You glanced at this gift called vulnerability

Without really seeing it.

I am more than the present.

I am me

I am more than your opinions and perceptions.

I am me.

You shook Vulnerability with all your might

For what reason? For what purpose?

I never imagined you would lose such sight.

I want the gift back but you have it now.

Yet, I still have vulnerabilities

And thus, I will re-gift to myself.

Yet you remain, as injustice does.

And I am me.

I am me.

In Motion

Moving, Moving

I am in motion

Moving, Moving

A wave of emotion

Walking, Walking

I found a way

Running, Running

I can see the end

Jumping, Jumping

I finally feel the commotion

Leaping, Leaping

For what I have always known

Falling, Falling

For the unknown

I am in motion, I am in motion

Standing, Standing

For what I believe in

Holding, Holding

Because I am only human

Walking, Walking

In motion again

Running, Running

A steady pace

Lunging, Lunging

To the end in sight

Falling, Falling

Because I can.

 

I am in motion

I am in motion.

 

One Moment at a Time

You are probably singing right now…”One moment in time….” but I seriously meant ” One Moment at a Time” as post title.  Why? Because all it takes is one moment in time to realize our true potential.  This Tuesday marked the 3rd week of Core Film Class at Art Sake’s Studio.  I have been enjoying the heck out of this class.  I am learning to trust my impulses in acting and to be more “in the moment”.

This week I am realizing that doors continue to open.  I feel there is limitless possibilities and potential in our world.  Sometimes the doors that open are right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice for one reason or another.  So that is where “mindfulness” comes in.  When I slow my mind down and focus on the emotions, what is bubbling up under the surface; the answers begin to appear. So I encourage you to do the same.  Go to Google and click on “Guided Imagery”, meditations or take a local yoga class.  It really does make a significant different on your day while also bringing clarity to what is bubbling up.

This week was exciting!  Stay tuned, as my friend Georgia and I just began pre production on our co-write.  We will be posting our new song this summer.  Also, I will be an extra in a local Indie film called ” Hope for Harmony” to be taped this upcoming week.

Not much more to say, as its Friday “Eve”.  We are all tired, right?  Time to renew, repair and reboot for the next week.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

A Week’s Journey

This week was a journey.  It was a journey filled with many emotions.  Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?  So what is the latest on my artistic pursuit of creative rebellion?  Well, lets see I started film class last week at Art Sake Studio.  Check it out at http://www.art-sake.com/art-sake.com/Home.html.  The class rocks and I already feel like I am learning more than I could imagine from one class.  The class is inspired by one of my favorite author’s Julia Cameron (author of book ” The Artist Way”).  This class encourages its patrons to attend as many auditions as possible in order to unleash the inner artist and to encourage personal growth.  So this Saturday, I went to Full Sail University’s open casting call for local films.  I was expecting to audition for two movies.  However; when I arrived there was a long table set up with about six creative projects including video game auditions.  There was a moment of panic followed by sheer excitement.  I went down the aisle and signed up for each casting available.  There I sat with five clipboards filled with information about each casting, followed by sides.  “Sides”  refers to the specific set of lines from the script of an acting project that your child (or you) must learn prior to an audition.  It took some time to organize all the paperwork, sign the releases and remember which “Sides” belonged to the appropriate paperwork.  I thought,  “If I can figure out how to organize this mess, it’s half the battle.”

I highly recommend auditioning at Full Sail.  The staff was very friendly and the casting directors were also friendly, approachable, and eager to get the best shot.  The directors were professional and provided feedback.  Check out Full Sail’s site at http://www.myspace.com/fullsailcasting.  I was there from 3 pm until 6:30 pm auditioning for five projects.  It was a long wait but worth it.  Why? Because I left with increased confidence.  I felt great about the performances I gave and the courage it took to show up.  So I encourage you to do the same.  Find the courage within to do something you’ve always wanted to do and do it, without question.

Film business has taken the driver’s seat this week.  So last night I changed it up by meeting with a friend and co-writer to solidify our song and to make arrangements to record in the upcoming week.  Cannot wait to share with you!  Mostly, I am feeling very grateful for the support of my husband and family which allows me to go on these auditions.  Our daughter Olivia Daisy always inspires and her smile pushes me onward.

It’s been a week’s journey.  It feels like this is really happening.  That I am becoming the artist I always wanted to be.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

The Latest

After my last blog, I was filled with excitement to sing at Credo Coffee shop.  I had been rehearsing vocal and guitar for over a week in order to perform there for what would be my 2nd time.  The guitar was becoming my friend and I let go of my grudge against it.  You see the guitar and I have a “love/hate” relationship.  But recently I decided to give it another try on my terms.  So when my baby girl fell asleep and with my husband’s support; I practiced chords on guitar and strummed along to my original tunes.  I felt fairly confident that I was ready to showcase my original songs, even if my guitar skills were not perfect.  However, sometimes things happen for a reason.  The weekend prior to open mic, the guitar was not tuned.  I tried tuning it several times, using different tuning methods but was not successful.  I was losing hope and wondered if the guitar was broken.  But really I felt like the broken one because I was so disappointed.  What I really wanted was the last two days (weekend) to rehearse. And well with a baby, various creative endeavors and life; it just didn’t happen.  With that being said, I am glad it did not.  And thankfully, the guitar was fixed.  It turned out that only ONE STRING was out of tune.  But due to limited time and my desire to perform at my best; I chose to sing at next open mic.  I’m thinking about trying out Austin’s Coffee Shop next week.  Sometimes I am too hard on myself.  One missed open mic is nothing in grand scheme of life.  The important thing is that I am playing the guitar and not giving up on this creative growth.

Sometimes the unexpected actually turns out to be a great thing! So after my disappointment, I set my mind on the next creative goals.  And with a tuned guitar, I felt that opportunities were endless.  Then I got a phone call from my agent.  She wanted to submit me as print model for Scholastic Books catalog.  I was excited and of course said “Yes!”.  I booked the job and arrived at Scholastic Books on Thursday.  It was such a positive experience and the team of artists, directors and photographer were professional.  This is another experience that reaffirmed my love of entertainment field.  I enjoy print modeling as much as acting and singing.

It just goes to show you that sometimes change is a GREAT thing and that unexpectancies can be GREAT.  Here are some quotes that I stumbled upon when looking up “unexpectancies, change.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” Unknown

Be Well and have a fantastic weekend!

Kimberly

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