Open Mic Round 2

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.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Acceptance

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,

Kimberly

Gratitude

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,

Kimberly

The Magic

I am reading this awe-inspiring book called ” The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes. It from the series of books beginning with The Secret, then “The Power” and now “The Magic” regarding the Law of Attraction.  There is a paragraph at start of first chapter which truly captures the essence of “The Magic”.

It reads “I am here to tell you that the magic you once believed in is true, and it’s the disillusioned adult perspective of life that is false. The magic of life is real and it’s as real as you are.  In fact, life can be far more wondrous than you ever thought it was as a child, and more breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and exciting than anything you’ve seen before.  When you know what to do to bring forth the magic, you will live the life of your dreams.  Then, you will wonder how you ever could have given up in believing in the magic of life!”

The key discussed at the start of this book.  And I say “start” because I have just begun reading this book.  The key is one word: Gratitude.  Yes, many of us daily give thanks for “our bread”, friends, family and say thank you to the stranger who kindly opens the door.  However, the author challenges us to give an abundance of thanks with intention and regularly.  There is a 28 day journey to bring forth the magic into your life by gratitude detailed in the book.  The book also provides activities to increase gratitude.

So I want to say a big THANK YOU to Rhonda Byrne and the team that created this book “The Magic”.  Why?  Because the more I give; the more magical my life becomes.  As Willie Nelson (singer-songwriter) quotes ” When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  I have been aware of gratitude and believe I am a grateful person.  However, I can be doing so much more to express gratitude and give back.

I hope that this blog inspires you, the reader, to continue your journey of attracting magic to your life.  Give, give, give!!!

With Appreciation,

Kimberly

Leadership

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.”
Chinese Proverb

“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!

Cheers,

Kimberly

 

Day 53-55 Inspiration

Okay so I broke my own rules.  I have done it before and I will do it again.  Yes, bloggers and fans; instead of writing my usual daily post, I decided to write one big post about the weekend. Please forgive me! Rules were meant to be broken.

The weekend was filled with inspirational moments.  I was inspired by artists this weekend.  It began with the discovery of a hip coffee shop located in College Park.  “Credo Coffee Shop” online message reads, “The downtown credo reminds us to refuse the natural tendency toward floating through life “merely existing” and challenges us to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. We’re finding that the best starting place is service. As we begin to engage the city creatively finding ways to serve, we’ll enter into a cause that can support the weight of our lives. We’ll encounter more fulfillment and see more joy.”

I adore this message of service and community!!!  I learned about this shop through a friend and celebrated a surprise birthday party there Saturday evening.  Check this place out at http://www.downtowncredo.com/meaning/

There is an open mic the first Monday of every month.  I am super excited as I want to meet other singers/songwriters and my goal is to begin singing my very own original tunes there.  If you want to learn more about open mic night check out this link:

http://www.downtowncredo.com/ai1ec_event/songwriters-stage/?instance_id=1513

Performers get ten minutes to sing two original songs and impress the audience as well as the panel of judges.  Three finalists are invited back to the stage at end of the evening to perform one more song.  Performers are judged in 5 different categories including vocal performance, songwriting, playing ability, stage presence and audience response.

I plan to attend my first Monday viewing of amazing talent tonight!!! This weekend was filled with discovery.  I signed up for a Film Class and plan to sharpen my acting skills on camera.  It has always been a dream of mine to act on film.  Can you tell I did a lot of dreaming this weekend?

On my drive back from dropping our daughter off to school, a song came on called “Something More” by Sugarland.  This song truly spoke to my heart and soul.  It describes how I feel about a life transition which has been occurring over the last year.   Check out this song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5foT32tKM

Here is my favorite verse(lyrics) in the song;

“Some believe in destiny, and some believe in fate

I believe that happiness is something we create

You best believe that I’m not gonna wait

‘Cause there’s gotta be something more”

And with that, good day and have a great week ahead,

Kimberly

Day 25

This is what I have to say about today.  Today I am the messenger.  This is what I want you to know.

When you see her walk by

Look, really look

Because if you don’t

You will miss her soul

What is in her heart?

What is it that the eye cannot see?

She is more than her skin

More than her words

More than her desires

She is calling out

Are you there?

She is needing you

Do you care?

She is rare

Because no one

Really knows that

She also grieves

So when you see her walk by

Say hello

And tell her you are there

Tell her how much you really care

For what you do not see

Can hurt her more

And no one knows the pain

That is buried inside

So, when you see her walk by

Look, before you miss her

Day 21

Twenty-One must be a lucky number because today has gotten off to a great start! I dropped our daughter off at school. After walking her to school, I decided to get a Chai Tea Latte at Barnie’s off Park Avenue in Winter Park.  Who knew that Barnies offers such great options for the alternative milk drinker.  They have soy milk and almond milk.  Equally impressive was their prices and they don’t up charge for alternative milk. Fantastic! They are super friendly and the store is very clean.  So long Starbucks, hello Barnies!

The day has only gotten better.  Why? Because I have decided that instead of using my few hours of alone time to clean house and organize (we recently moved to a condo); I am using the time to write lyrics and relax.  The cleaning and organizing can happen later.  I finally feel like I am getting the ball rolling on my plan to live a life of creative inspiration.  I wrote a song today that actually brought tears to my eyes.  This is a rarity.  It’s important for me to write songs that have emotional pull.  I cry to other people’s songs but not to my own, generally.  I will be posting the lyrics and music in near future.  First I need to get my voice back (as I have been sick with a cold).

I have to mention, last night I went walking with my husband off Park Avenue. Thanks to my Aunt for babysitting =)), and we thought we spotted Bono from U2.  At first we brushed it off but continued to talk while sitting at nearby park bench.  This mysterious man was with a crew of individuals carrying fancy cameras.  Let me back track for a moment.  My husband said, “You know I think that is Bono.”  To which I replied, “I don’t think so but maybe.  He does look familiar.”  Then suddenly this mysterious man pulled out a guitar and sang the U2 song ” One  Love ” and he sang it REALLY well.  We rushed over and asked one of the gentleman standing near, if it was Bono.  He quickly said “No, I’m just playing with film.”  This guy was clearly covering for “Bono”.  Well we got a few pics from afar to share with you.  What do you think? Is this Bono?  I was starstruck!  Bono, if you happen to read this blog, will you sing guitar with me sometime in near future? Thanks!

In the middle

In the middle

The guy to the far right
The guy to the far right

Day 12-14 Birthday

Today I write about days 12-14.  We had Monday off, well many of us did.  My husband whisked me away to Amelia Island on Sunday to return on Monday (Martin Luther King Day).  We had a detour along the journey to Amelia Island.  After much deliberation and careful thought; we decided to rehome our dog Lily Adele.  Lily is the sweetest dog who deserved a family that could give her all the attention she needed.  Lily is a lap dog and needed a family that could treat her like the sweet princess she is.

It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.  I had no idea how hard it would be to part with our dear friend.  Lily brought great joy to our home for over four years.  It just so happens that the day she was given to a new family, was also my birthday.  Although my birthday was very special; it was also bitter-sweet.  As a grief counselor, I work with families all the time who grieve the loss of a loved one.  Many people grieve the loss of a pet.  Well giving our dog, Lily Adele to a new family was like grieving a death.  Yet, we knew that this was in her best interest and that we are the ones who are hurting more.  Lily is happy and playing with her new friends.  I am in the process of writing a song about Lily (stay tuned).  Lily, I hope this isn’t goodbye, and that our parting is only “See you later friend!.” The new family promised we could keep in touch and they have already posted pictures of how happy Lily is.  This is a picture of Lily the day she left one home and started in a new one.

We will miss you Lily!

We will miss you Lily!

On a more cheerful note, I truly enjoyed Amelia Island and time away with my loving husband Arturo.  Art and I stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast called “The Addison” on Amelia Island.  This B & B was charming and peaceful.  For more information on this place please visit http://www.addisononamelia.com/

Amelia Island

Amelia Island

On the evening of my birthday, we went to an Italian restaurant called “Ciao”.  The food was delicious and one can tell the chef has been trained to cook gourmet.  I ordered gluten-free pasta dish with veggies and soy cheese.  I was surprised and impressed that this Italian eatery had healthy options like offering wheat pasta or gluten-free.  And who knew they’d offer soy mozzarella?  After dinner we walked down Centre Avenue peering through the windows of various locally owned shops.  And then we came across an Irish Pub and Eatery.  I peered in the window and saw a man rapping tunes with a crowd cheering him on.  A smile quickly appeared on my face yet I was filled with mixed emotions. I asked myself, should I go in or not this evening?  My husband supported my decision to go inside despite a sore throat.  It appears I am coming down with a cold.  The locals were so friendly and cheered me on.  I sang “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and “Immortal” by Evanescence.  Despite my sore throat, it was a good performance.

Kareoke Night

The Best Bruschetta Amelia Island

The Best Bruschetta Amelia Island

A blurry photo but not a blurry night. ha

A blurry photo but not a blurry night. ha

On Monday night, upon return, we enjoyed celebrating my birthday with family.  And since I am not eating dairy; we enjoyed a chocolate vegan cake.  Everyone was like , “This is vegan? It is good.”  A wonderful ending to a great birthday weekend.  Olivia smiled brightly as my family sang happy birthday. And fast forward to this evening, Day 14, I have a cold in full effect but Olivia is on the mend.  Still missing Lily but also feeling happy for her with new family.  Mixed emotions and thus is life.

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Today

Yesterday I asked myself “How will I dive in?” In my recent blog post, I announced the start of a journey which will require 100 percent commitment to my singing, acting and writing.  I asked myself, “How will I do it?”  Then I began to hear the response “You just will.”  I began processing this question like a counselor would do.  There is no clear-cut solution and I cannot control the outcome.  As I have said to my clients in the past “Trust the process.”  But it is so HARD to do.  And then the little voice whispers “it doesn’t have to be hard, it’s as difficult as you allow it to be.”  Yet I believe I can make choices and use free will to increase my odds of going down the “right” path.  As I continued to ponder this question, I asked my husband who was sitting in the passenger seat of our car.  I said ” How will I swim once I dive in?”  His response intrigued me.  He said, “Just plug your nose when you dive in!”  I began giggling and contemplating his words.  Then he followed his first statement with “Stay in the shallow end.”   My gut reaction was to giggle and my thoughts were ” I want to jump into the deep end of the pool.”  Hmmmm…this is a metaphor and I believe its true meaning will reveal itself.  Until then, good night and talk to you later!

Oh yeah, I had an audition this morning for a Marriott Commercial.  It was pretty cool as I got to dress in workout attire and pretended to get ready for the gym during the audition.  Not so shabby!  You never know with these types of auditions are looking for, as there is so much typecast.  I was suppose to pass for a Caucasian/Hispanic female.  Grateful for the audition. The director said at the end “Thanks for being prepared!” I appreciated the feedback.  If its meant to be it will be.  I’ve learned not to be attached to the outcome.

Kimberly

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