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,
29 Mar 2013
in Baby, blogger, child, gratitude, inspiration, Life, lyrics, Mother, Parenting, poetry, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, endless, love, mindfulness, mommy, motherhood, poem, poetry, unconditional, winter park, Writing
*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
That I would do anything for you.
I never knew that you would steal my heart
With one look
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.
Now I know.
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!
04 Mar 2013
in Acting, blogger, career, Coffee, gratitude, inspiration, Life, music, venue, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, arts sake, college park, credo coffee, destiny, fate, film, inspiration, life change, mindfulness, Music, Singer, Singing, studio, sugarland, transition, winter park, Writing
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:
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,
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,
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”.
26 Feb 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, career, child, inspiration, Life, Mother, spirituality, Writing
Tags: acting, audition, baby, brain, child, commercial, deepak chopra, mindfulness, parenting, potential, Singing, super brain, tampa, Writing, yogurt
Today was a stellar day! I had an audition today for “Liberte Yogurt” Commercial. Right now I am in Tampa, Florida at local Starbucks waiting to visit with my girlfriend. The drive wasn’t so bad because I listened to an audio CD in the called “Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.” by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra. I must admit that after the first half of this CD, I questioned if I could continue listening to a book on CD. Why? Because music usually perks me up on long rides and I was already recouping from lack of sleep (previous night). However, the author kept me tuned in detailing innovative health information regarding the unlimited potential of our brains. One point that was discussed repetitively was that we have power over our brains. Our brains do not control us unless we allow it to do so. In other words, we can all tap into unlimited potential and heal our mind, bodies and soul.
The only thing that is missing right now is Olivia. We played this morning before she went to school. However, it never seems enough as I love her to pieces. And of course any couples time (date nights) we can get, we take. We cherish each and every moment we spend together as a couple and as a family. I’m feeling really grateful for family and for opportunities that continue to arise. This career transition happened for a reason. I’m very excited of what is ahead!
26 Feb 2013
in blogger, inspiration, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, Blogger, mindfulness, poem, writer, Writing