03 May 2013
in blogger, gratitude, inspiration, lyrics, Mother, music, musical, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, blogging, family, gratitude, guitar, hope, inspiration, lyrics, Music, positivity, Singing, teaching, thank you
This Monday I will be singing for the 2nd time after a long break (post baby). I’m excited and surprised myself recently when I picked up the guitar again (literally). I have a love/hate relationship with the guitar. It dates back to many guitar lessons, in which I didn’t feel I was learning the guitar in the way “I should”; as dictated by teachers. So I learn differently and needed the teacher’s “style” to adapt. Several of my music teachers were unwilling to find a method that worked for me, rigidly wanting to stick to their own style. So after a few attempts to privately train; I decided to teach myself. So far so good. I know a few guitar chords and can strum, so this is a start. Monday night, I will be singing original lyrics and strumming my guitar at a local coffee shop. It shall be fun!
Lately, I have been very inspired by consistently saying my “thank you’s” about everything in this life. I’m thankful for every bite of delicious food, the home I live in, the baby and family I have. Its being as grateful for the small things, small moments as I am for the bigger things and bigger moments. As I give more gratitude, I feel more positivity and it magnifies in expected and unexpected ways. That’s the best way I know how to describe the feeling.
Well keep on giving and stay tuned for my new original songs/lyrics to be posted.
22 Apr 2013
in Life, Singing, Writing, psychology, lyrics, spirituality, Winter Park, blogger, healing, gratitude, co writing, music
Tags: Blogger, chords, college park, confidence, fans, grateful, gratitude, guitar, inspiration, love, magic, mindfulness, open mic, quotes, rhonda byrne, Songwriter, songwriting, spirituality, success, Writing
The Magic has begun! If you did not read my previous blog, allow me to bring you up to date. I have been reading “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes. It is truly inspiring me to do more, be more, share more. I highly recommend this book, if you haven’t already figured that out. LOL. Anyways, I miss writing to you; my invisible blogger and fans.
So here is the latest on my artistic journey, in case you are wondering. I have been researching the top recording studios in Central Florida. So far I have narrowed my search to a select few. This week I will be touring facilities and making a decision about where to record the latest song (a co-write). Please stay tuned, as I will be posting this song. Also, I am preparing for next open Mic night in College Park. Although I am not a professional guitarist; I will be attempting to learn as many chords, and strum like crazy for the next two weeks in order to be ready for open Mic. I have vowed that if I do not feel confident in my amateur guitar skills; nothing will stop me from singing. So, I will be singing Acapella.
“Come hell or high-water” (I think that is how the saying goes; I will continue to push forward with my singing/acting and entrepreneurship. This journey has not been an easy one as I have been challenged by adversities. However, it is the resilience, determination and passion which I truly feel will lead me in best direction and create success along the way.
It is the journey not the final destination that really matters after all. I’m enjoying the small moments, the precious ones with our daughter Olivia and being grateful for this life. I’m truly grateful for you, my invisible readers. Although I cannot see you; I know you exist. Thanks for your comments and feedback.
Be Well and Give Gratitude,
09 Mar 2013
in blogger, career, gratitude, healing, health, inspiration, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, cold, ear infection, health, lyrics, motherhood, sick, winter park, writer
Not much to say about Day 60. Why? Because I survived through another day of being sick. Last night I checked into an urgent care clinic for what I thought was the Flu. But thankfully, it turned out to be a bad cold and ear infection. Still I felt miserable. There were a few things/people who deserve honorable mention for their support.
A special thanks to my mom, dad, Art (my husband), Olivia (daughter) and to Glee.
GLEE (the show) really helped me survive while being sick. I was able to catch up on a few episodes and I’m always inspired by this show to continue shooting for the moon (my dreams). And of course a special thanks to my sisters and friends for your text messages which rooted for me to recover.
Day 60 marks my goal for 60 posts, in sixty days. Overall I have 111 posts (my lucky number “11″). I’m excited about this journey because I am creating the life I have always dreamed of, except now I am actually putting my thoughts into action. So from here on out, I will only be posting blogs about a personal journey of becoming the artist I always imagined. We are all children at heart. And now I am talking directly to you, fellow blogger and/or viewer. You can tap into your “element” and bring your inner child to life. Do what you love to do! Thanks for supporting and following me on this journey.
07 Mar 2013
in gratitude, healing, health, Life, Writing
Tags: Blogger, breaths, Happiness, healing, health, quotes, wellness, Writing
So I thought of this great quote I wanted to post about Day 58, before Day 58 came along. The day dragged on and I began dragging along. Here is the quote below.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Then Day 58, took my breath away, literally. Why? Because I am battling a very bad cold. Cold +asthma= no fun.
So that is all I have to say about Day 58, go away…come back a happier day!
06 Mar 2013
in Baby, gratitude, health, Life, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, florida, gratitude, health, mommy, motherhood, Science Center, sore throat, winter park
It was not the average Tuesday. Why? Because I made the decision to change-up the routine this week. I took Olivia to Science Center this morning after her doctor’s appointment. Doctor said she is one healthy girl, thank goodness! We went to the Science Center afterwards to celebrate. Liv enjoyed playing with musical instruments, running around in a mysterious tunnel, shouting “baby” to each baby that passed by and eating a cookie. I tried to give Liv bites of our veggie sub but she wanted nothing to do with it. The exception was eating tomatoes from the sub. And of course, she always enjoys a yummy cookie.
The day was filled with fun for Liv. I am trying to get over what appears to be an allergic reaction to cold weather. Every time its cold, my allergies kick in alerting my throat to turn red. However, by mid day, I was really hurting (my throat that is) and decided to just take it easy. The Science Center tired us both out! I’m grateful for another beautiful day even when I feel this way. Thanks to tea, gargling, rest, and medicine; I am on the mend.
Not much more to say today. Have a great tomorrow!
01 Mar 2013
in Baby, blogger, dancing, gratitude, health, Life, psychology, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, cool blogger, dancing, deepak chopra, elmo, gratitude, mental health, mindfulness, parenting, sesame street, shakira, silly, superbrain
Enough Elmo already!! Okay don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching my daughter’s face light up when she hears Elmo’s’ anthem at the start of Sesame Street. However; lately she has been wanting more and more of Elmo on television. I have been limiting the amount of time Olivia watches television in order to engage her other senses. We tried to play with finger paint today. But the minute Liv touched the paint, she began weeping. She does not like getting dirty! Mothers all around know that television can also be a saving grace. It gives us much-needed time to cook a meal, prepare for school/work etc… However, I could not stand Elmo’s voice another minute today. So what did I do? I changed it up!!! I walked our daughter to the library and showed her the children’s book section. She got freaked out by the giant stuffed bears. However, she loved watching other small children laughing and playing. We danced like two crazy chickens to Shakira in the living room. We laughed ourselves silly while rolling around on the floor and cheered every time a train passed by. These are the moments I cherish!
And the day got progressively better after making the decision to change our routine. I have been listening to the audiobook called ” Superbrain ” by Deepak Chopra. I mentioned this title in a previous post. One of the concepts mentioned in this audiobook was the importance of mental activity daily. We often exercise our bodies for physical health. But we rarely focus on our mental health. One of the strategies suggested by the author is simple. He said we should allow ourselves to diverge from the routine of every day. We are not robots!!! When we diverge from the routine, any routine for that matter; there are actual physical changes in the brain, which restores cells and promotes anti-aging; therefore increasing mental acuity. This is why today I decided to change it up. There are many days in which I “change it up.” However, the difference is being mindful/purposeful/intentional in that change.
Overall it was a great day, no complaints.
Be Well and Goodnight,
28 Feb 2013
in Baby, blogger, gratitude, inspiration, Life, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: Blogger, blogging, chinese, fan, film, gratitude, grief, highlights, loss, Music, musical theater, orlando, park, Writing
It looks like my blogger fans are reading my posts again. Yay!!! Thanks guys! It appears that my blogs are more interesting when I write in the usual manner. For awhile, I began posting “highlights of my day”. The statistics of previous posts show a decline in views with direct correlation to the type of blog post. It appears to be more appealing to my blogger fans, when I just write, rather than analyzing and creating “highlights” for each post. I want you to know, I hear you. Perhaps there is more emotion, vulnerability and spontaneity in writing, without editing thoughts and coming up with highlights. So from here on out, it will just be the usual.
Today was another “artist date.” I had time to myself to browse through musical theater songs and to review ideas for an upcoming audition. Yet, the more I looked for traditional musical theater songs, I became increasingly agitated. I asked myself, “Why? Are you not enjoying this?” You see, I just started listening to an audiobook called “The Element”. This book on CD emphasizes how a person can find his/her passion and be in his/her element. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQrPviAAd4c. Anyways, long story, short; I had an epiphany. I don’t have to be a pro at singing musical theater and I don’t have to be passionate about theater in order to act. It seems that for a while now, well since college; I have tried to convince myself to love theater. But the simple truth is this. I would rather be on film. There is something exciting and honest about being on stage and in the moment. However, I am not feeling the bug for theater acting, at least not right now.
What else did I learn on my “artist date?” Well, I realized that I am forever passionate about singing and writing. And I enjoy commercial and film acting. Not much more to say about this right now.
At the end of the day, around 7 pm; I was filled with immense gratitude. I lead a support group for adults grieving loss of loved one(s). The stories I hear are filled with emotion and the surviving family members are resilient. After work, my husband surprised me with a picnic in the park. I love surprises and feel it was very thoughtful of him to do so. When we first met and dated, we made a tradition of eating Chinese at the beach. Since we do not live near a beach, but we do live close to a park; he thought it would be nice to have “Chinese in the park.” Chinese in the park plus two, became chinese in the park plus 3. Just imagine food flying everywhere, chopsticks soaring in the air, chasing after a baby while eating and smelling one stinky diaper. Chinese food plus three quickly became chaotic. But at the end of the night; it was laughable. I guess we will be having Chinese in the park only the two of us from now on.
Well, I am really sleepy and you are too. So go to BED!
I was trying to convince myself to like musical theater more than I do. You see at one point, I was enrolled in a a musical theater program at Flagler College. Although I truly enjoy acting and being on stage; I didn’t feel passionate about musical theater. I am trained as a pop style vocalist not from classical training.
27 Feb 2013
in blogger, child, health, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: Blogger, comedy, family, kite, law of attraction, mindfulness, motivation, Writing
Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, unmotivated Tuesday. I was just saying to my hubby last night that I tend to be highly motivated, to the point that it sometimes annoys me, how motivated I am. Sometimes I just want to relax, laugh or have fun without “multi tasking”. Even when I am relaxing, I usually am still doing something.
So no wonder that today I received what I asked for. It was a very uneventful, low motivation kind of day. But we all need those days. I complained about how unmotivated I was today, but then I realized that I asked for this to happen.
However, this boring kind of day became less boring early evening. Why? Because I declared out loud; “I have to get out of this house and into the sunshine.” The day was overcast but suddenly the sun came out around 5 pm. My mom, husband, baby and I walked to the park. It was peaceful with blue skies and a few clouds over head.
We put a blanket out and Olivia cheered with joy as she tried to catch bubbles, which she called “pop pop.” We thought it might be a good idea to fly a kite. What were we thinking? There was minimal amount of wind. My mom said people walking by probably thought we were crazy since there really was no wind. We began to laugh. I decided to run so fast across the choppy, wet grass in order to make the kite fly. What was I thinking?
You see, new grass was recently added to the area we were in and it had just rained. I felt so free for a whole thirty seconds and then felt my body flying like a sad kite, who only wanted the wind. I felt the right side of my body bang the ground and I rolled many times. I landed on the left side of my body, hitting my head. For a minute, I felt like I did in soccer practice and games, after being hit by an opponent. I was out of air and in mild to moderate pain. I could have cried but my baby girl was not far behind. I didn’t want to scare her. Instead I started having a laughing fit and everyone joined in.
That’s all I have for you today. This unmotivated, boring day turned into an interesting one, thanks to my attempt to “fly a kite”.