23 Mar 2014
in blogger, career, child, gratitude, health, Life, Mother, Parenting, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, entrepreneur, family, gratitude, mom, momma, mommapreneur, mommapreneurship, mother, motherhood, Writing
I want to hear from the mommapreneur’s out there. How do you DO it? What is it like being a mom and an entrepreneur? What are the highs, lows and the in-between, or what I call the “tweeners” of your experience?
I feel like we can all learn from one another’s experience, so lets keep sharing.
The highs for me today include quality time with my little love bug..which included playing “Snow White” dress up and pretend play. Also I love when our girl says “Yes, mommy..okay.” Especially since the word YES, is a rarity at this age. Mostly, I hear her saying” No” or “All by myself.” Don’t get me wrong, I am all about fostering independence, but a “Yes” every once in a while, is music to my ears.
The “Tweener” moments include the endless clean-up around the house, and my creative mind racing with ideas; while my practical mind is saying ” woah, slow it down. Patience.” There are more ideas than time to do it, so it seems.
The “Lows” would include getting over a really annoying, ugly virus that pretty much swiped me out this week. Body is recovering yet still feels weak. We passed around this bug for two weeks, back and forth. Thankful our little love bug is healthy!
Grateful for the highs, the lows and the tweeners. That’s what being a mommapreneur is all about. For the newbies, welcome to Mommapreneurship.
Live. Love. Create
16 Mar 2014
in career, Life, Mother, Writing
Tags: balance, Blogger, childhood, disabilities, entrepreneur, exhaustion, harmony, mom, momma, preneur, self care, UCF, winter park, Writing
I’m feeling sleep deprived, yes. I feel like I need coffee but I know if I drink it, the sleep deprivation will only be masked. And then suddenly it will all hit me this afternoon. But I persist, despite the mommy fatigue. This journey is a wild, unpredictable, bumpy, exciting, infuriating, joyful, exhausting and peaceful experience. I am a “Momma-preneur”. I have always wanted two things: To be a Mommy and to be an Entrepreneur of creativity. It’s not easy and our family and sweet baby girl will always be number one. But I push forward.
I have been a “fighter” since childhood when I realized that I had a choice. I could continue to spell my letters backwards and sink into grade failure and social isolation OR I could thrive and learn a new way of existing in an academic environment. It took a lot of hard work but I adapted to my environment from early education all the way up to college. Yet this journey was everything I described in being a “Momma-preneur”: wild, unpredictable, bumpy, exciting, infuriating, joyful, exhausting and peaceful. And without family support, friends and an innate will to thrive; I know I wouldn’t be where I am now in life.
And so, I often asking myself, what more can I do to “refuel” and take care of myself so that I can be this Momma-preneur to the best of my ability. That is my focus this week. How can I find small moments, for meditation and total relaxation…I have been attending leadership meetings at UCF with amazing, strong, independent women. A common theme I have heard is that it is not “balance” one needs, it is “harmony.” And therefore, I continue to strive for harmony. A thought I would like to leave you with today is , ” If anything can go well, it will.” (one of my favorite quotes)
24 Jan 2014
in ballads, blogger, career, Hope, inspiration, lyrics, music, Writing
Tags: advocacy, disability, disability awareness, empathy, lyrics, self advocacy, speaker, Writing
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,
30 Dec 2013
in ballads, blogger, career, gratitude, Life, lyrics, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: 2014, Blogger, blogging, disabilities, dreams, lyrics, Music, new years, quirky, voice, Writing
Not that I am counting the minutes, hours or days… 2013 has been pretty great but I am very excited for 2014~
2012 I said good ridden’ to, 2013 was pretty great and now 2014..I can’t help but have higher expectations. It seems like my wishes are being answered. I asked for new opportunities, new doors to open up…they are opening for me. As the old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for..because it might just happen”.. Or at least I think that is how it goes. It seems like it is all happening at once. So with this New Year, comes a lot of reflection, insight, meditation and trusting my instinct. Also I am working on prioritizing my time better, saying “no”, and focusing on goals which are most important for this year. I know one thing for sure. I love my job in supporting people with disabilities (even though I don’t like the word itself). Also, I feel increasingly in need of music, lyric writing and recording songs. Each year I feel a stronger urge to do so. Music is in my blood. It is my soul and without it, I feel kind of dull. Hmm that rhymes..Happy New Years from one blogger to another blogger!
29 Nov 2013
in ballads, blogger, co writing, inspiration, Life, lyrics, nashville, thanksgiving, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: co write, gratitude, mindful, Music, Song, songwriting, thanksgiving, winter park, Writing
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.
14 Nov 2013
in ballads, blogger, co writing, Life, lyrics, Mother, Singing, Writing
Tags: creative, family, ideas, Music, quirky, Singing, songwriting, Writing
Always uh, missing ya blog, missing blogger-ville..missing ya!
Always uh, missing ya, blog, blog, blogggggg
Until the next blog post, I will be thinking of ya!
Thinking of ya, thinking of ya
Until the next blog post, thinking of ya… la la la la
That is my quirky mindset tonight. It is a combination of my late night fatigue, combined with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm Song” that repeats in my head. Yes I have a two-year old, and no I don’t live on a farm. Just in case you were wondering. But seriously I do miss posting.
I was going through a transition period in my life and had to put things aside for a while.
But I am BACK and excited to share that I should have the demo of our new song posted this weekend, or next week at the latest. I am so proud of co-writer, friend and teacher Georgia! She is very talented and it’s been great working together. I have a few other creative projects cooking, so stay tuned!
Live. Love. Create
23 Oct 2013
in blogger, career, Life, music, Writing
Tags: acting, advocating, complexity, cowrite, demo, disabilities, life, Music, recording, Song, support, Writing
It’s been awhile since writing on my blog. Missed you! I missed talking to people I know and those I don’t know. Something about writing is very cathartic.
Anyways, I needed to get some things straightened out so I took a momentary reprieve from discussing music and acting. The complexity of life did not allow for me to solely focus on music and acting. And that is okay.
I have learned that I can have my “cake and eat it too.” Except, the cake may get dry at times and the ice cream may melt and re-freeze. That is life. So I will continue forward on this journey being a forever optimist and continuing to tackle the unexpected.
I’m excited to announce that my friend and I are recording our co-write this weekend. We are looking forward to sharing the demo soon. The other exciting news is that I got a job doing something I am truly passionate about.
What is the job you ask? Advocating and supporting people with various disabilities. I had difficulty typing the word “disability” as I find the word to be disabling. I would rather say helping people with various emotional, behavioral and physical challenges. It seems more empowering this way. Yet, society has emphasized “disabilities”. What I have to say to you Society…is this. Watch out because I am planning to support a team in changing it up.
Live. Love. Create.
24 Sep 2013
in blogger, gratitude, healing, Hope, Life, poem, poetry, psychology, Writing
Tags: gratitude, Happiness, happy, joy, life, mindfulness, poem, poetry, positive psychology, psychology
“We simply cannot know joy without embracing vulnerability” by Brene Brown (author)
I adore this quote and the trick is to focus on gratitude and not fear. I feel immense joy, when my attention is directed towards gratitude. How about you? How do you, or can you… show gratitude today and therefore begin feeling more joy in your life.
A short poem, if you will…
Capture me, take me
But do so knowing
That I am grateful
Take me over
That I am feeling
But that is vulnerability
And this feeling is okay
And the more I am real
Showing Gratitude and living this life of love
The more JOY shows up.
I am present
This moment is vulnerability at its finest.
Only thinking in the moment
Being grateful for each step
And it will lead me back to you
28 Aug 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, Life, Writing
Tags: acting, actor, agents, audition, Blogger, orlando acting, tips
Sometimes, well most of the time, we receive last-minute audition notices as actors. Our agents call us as soon as they hear of a relevant audition. Don’t hate! It’s not their fault. It’s just the way the industry works. You are going about your day and then BOOM! Just like that, you get a phone call asking your availability in auditioning for a role.
That phone call occurred for me yesterday. The calls are coming more rapidly these days. I received a call asking if I was available before 5 pm yesterday to arrive as a “nurse” for a live medical convention. When you get these unexpected, “day of” calls, there is always a moment of shock. This is normally followed by excitement, fear, more excitement and a rush of adrenaline.
I made a vow at the start of 2013, that I would not turn any opportunity down as long as I am available. So I kindly thanked my agent and quickly was called into action. Outfit picked out. Check. Headshots printed. Check. Babysitting for my daughter, thanks mom! Check. Make-up. Check. Hair. Check.
That’s basically what it looks like when prepping for the unexpected audition. And of course it helps to have a gracious, kind neighbor who lended me her nurse scrubs and a stethoscope.
What I have learned about the unexpected audition is this:
Always be prepared in advance. This means have extra headshots printed, bar code printed, clothing selections in mind.
Prep, don’t plan your lines or your perspective on the role.
If you receive lines, do your best to at least memorize the first line or two.
The unexpected audition can become expected with your preparation in advance.
Live. Love. Create.