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.
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
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.
30 Apr 2013
in blogger, career, healing, health, inspiration, Life, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acceptance, daydreaming, dreams, gratitude, inspiration, janet jackson, mental health, mindfulness, quotes, rasheed ogunlaru, self acceptance, shannon alder
Lately the word “Acceptance” has been on my mind. I hardly feel like writing tonight as I am one busy mommy and entrepreneur these days. But I miss writing to you, my blogger friends. So yesterday I started pondering over how I am feeling, as many artists do. The words that popped up in my mind are “gratitude and acceptance”. As I have written in previous blogs; I have been feeling immense gratitude for the people, things and places that fill up my heart and mind. The book “The Magic” has inspired me like never before. However, the word “Acceptance” took me by surprise.
So I asked myself, “Where is this word coming from?” The answer: I accept who I am today, not tomorrow. I have spent a great deal of time planning my future and daydreaming. I’m a big believer in futuristic thinking but sometimes people get stuck in either the past or future. I began to feel stuck in the future, not knowing how to be present minded. Still-I am working on being more mindful each day.
The future is now. As I made plans for the future; I also began to feel stuck in the mindset of ”why aren’t my dreams happening sooner? and I will be happy when….” How many of you have felt this way? So I realized I have been living for the future. Although I have been making strides towards my goals of being an actor, singer and writer; it was never good enough. So I asked myself, ” What can I do now to be happy?” What can I do, while pursuing my dreams that will be a “muse” to my creative ideas?
The entrepreneur in me has come up with a vision. I look forward to sharing this plan with you, as soon as it is copyrighted.=) So back to the word “Acceptance.” I’m learning to accept that I am always going to be the “type” to want a job that is spontaneous, creative and in a healthy, happy environment. After browsing the internet about the word “Acceptance.”, I found a few quotes that inspired me and would like to share with you tonight.
“To be given permission to be confused — and remain confused — for as long as it takes would have been a huge gift.”
― Janet Jackson, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
The price tag that you put on your soul will determine the people and circumstances in which you find yourself.”
― Shannon L. Alder
With Gratitude and Acceptance,
22 Apr 2013
in blogger, co writing, gratitude, healing, Life, lyrics, music, psychology, Singing, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
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,
14 Mar 2013
in blogger, career, Life, lyrics, Orlando, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: advocate, gratitude, happy, inspiration, leader, leadership, lyricist, march, mindfulness, quotes
So I have decided that if I don’t have anything to say; I am just not going to say it. Here is what I have to say about 3/13/13.
Don’t you just love those numbers 3-13-13. How cool is that?
Sometimes in life we are given experiences to foster personal growth. When we could be angry, sad, scared, hurt; we can make the active choice to be happy, grateful, loving, and to channel our emotions in a positive direction.
I have learned from wise teachers, mentors and of course my parents how to be a leader. Leadership in my view is about being a role model, setting appropriate boundaries when necessary, being a positive individual, empowering others and taking calculated risks. It is also about being open-minded, respectful and listening to other’s views.
I’m learning a lot about leadership. But I have also learned by watching “leaders” who are not leading.
Right now I am actively fine-tuning a song which I CANNOT wait to share with you fellow bloggers, family and friends. What does leadership mean to you?
Here are some great quotes I found about leadership.
“Leadership in position not title.” Donald H McGannon
“What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
“The people follow the example of those above them.”
“It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” Latin Proverb
And with that, goodnight. Sleep well and have a great week ahead! Go out there and show you can be a great leader!
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.