Joy

“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…

JOY

Capture me, take me

But do so knowing

That I am grateful

For you

JOY

Take me over

And know

That I am feeling

Opaque

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

JOY

Finally Free

Finally Free

I feel the weight fall off

It’s falling off me

My body is numb.

A heavy sigh grows

And I sigh again.

These eyes are aware,

Fully aware

Of this newfound freedom.

Freedom,

I am finally free.

I want to scream.

I want to shake,

Like a high voltage jolting

Me.

As a bird stirs from an

electrical line,

I am finally free.

This electricity radiates around the car.

I am aware of my surroundings

For a moment,

A single moment,

Nothing else matters.

With a long, deep breath

I hold onto this feeling.

Please… don’t leave me.

Stay with me.

I need you to be alive.

But then,

Just like that

Its is gone.

And the electricity fades

To a flat line.

But I am still free

I know I am.

My mind holds on.

Searching,

Searching,

I remember feeling free.

Searching…

My mind rests

And the heart takes over.

“Mind”, heart says

“You get in the way.”

Beat. Beat. Beat. Beat.

This heart pulsating…

I am free again

Finally free.

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

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

I Never Knew (poem)

*This poem is dedicated to Olivia Daisy.  She is my cheerful, creative, sweet, intuitive and strong-willed 18 month old baby girl.  I love you cupcake.

I never knew

Just how much

You would mean to me.

How your eyes

Would touch a deep place

In my soul.

A place that I didn’t know existed.

I never knew

That when I looked at you,

The world would stand still.

That time wouldn’t matter.

That nothing mattered but you.

I never knew that I could love someone

This much.

That I would do anything for you.

Anything

I never knew that you would steal my heart

With one look

One smile

One glance

One touch

Your first word

Your first walk

Your first kiss

Your first hug

Your first goodbye

Your first hello

I never knew,

Love could be this endless.

Thank you,

Now I know.

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 52 Changing it up!

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,

Kimberly

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