10 May 2013
in audition, Baby, blogger, career, child, gratitude, inspiration, Life, lyrics, Mother, music, print model, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: austins coffee, catalog, change, coffee shop, credo coffee, guitar, model, Music, scholastic book, Singer, Songwriter, unexpected
After my last blog, I was filled with excitement to sing at Credo Coffee shop. I had been rehearsing vocal and guitar for over a week in order to perform there for what would be my 2nd time. The guitar was becoming my friend and I let go of my grudge against it. You see the guitar and I have a “love/hate” relationship. But recently I decided to give it another try on my terms. So when my baby girl fell asleep and with my husband’s support; I practiced chords on guitar and strummed along to my original tunes. I felt fairly confident that I was ready to showcase my original songs, even if my guitar skills were not perfect. However, sometimes things happen for a reason. The weekend prior to open mic, the guitar was not tuned. I tried tuning it several times, using different tuning methods but was not successful. I was losing hope and wondered if the guitar was broken. But really I felt like the broken one because I was so disappointed. What I really wanted was the last two days (weekend) to rehearse. And well with a baby, various creative endeavors and life; it just didn’t happen. With that being said, I am glad it did not. And thankfully, the guitar was fixed. It turned out that only ONE STRING was out of tune. But due to limited time and my desire to perform at my best; I chose to sing at next open mic. I’m thinking about trying out Austin’s Coffee Shop next week. Sometimes I am too hard on myself. One missed open mic is nothing in grand scheme of life. The important thing is that I am playing the guitar and not giving up on this creative growth.
Sometimes the unexpected actually turns out to be a great thing! So after my disappointment, I set my mind on the next creative goals. And with a tuned guitar, I felt that opportunities were endless. Then I got a phone call from my agent. She wanted to submit me as print model for Scholastic Books catalog. I was excited and of course said “Yes!”. I booked the job and arrived at Scholastic Books on Thursday. It was such a positive experience and the team of artists, directors and photographer were professional. This is another experience that reaffirmed my love of entertainment field. I enjoy print modeling as much as acting and singing.
It just goes to show you that sometimes change is a GREAT thing and that unexpectancies can be GREAT. Here are some quotes that I stumbled upon when looking up “unexpectancies, change.”
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis
“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe
“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” Unknown
Be Well and have a fantastic weekend!
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.
07 Apr 2013
in ballads, blogger, career, co writing, gratitude, inspiration, lyrics, Mother, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, credo coffee, florida, lyrics, Music, open mic, orlando, shop, Singer, Singing, Song, Songwriter, Tea, Writing
It’s been awhile since I have written…well not too long. I wrote blogs for sixty days. However, I promised myself that after the sixty days; I’d only post relevant information to my writing, singing and acting.
So here is the latest news. I performed at Open Mic night for Credo Coffee Shop last Monday evening in College Park, Florida. My family and friends supported me in many ways. I asked my parents to babysit and I had sisters/friends who came out to root me on. I was overcome with gratitude for their support. Below is a peak at the YouTube clips of two songs I wrote.
First song: No Home Without You (Co Written: Kimberly Beaman and Susie Foster-Trewick; Vocals by Kimberly Beaman) Copyrights 2013
Second Song: Just One Tear (Lyrics and Vocals by: Kimberly Beaman) Copyrights 2010
Looking forward to more open mic nights!! Thanks for viewing!
23 Mar 2013
in ballads, blogger, co writing, gratitude, inspiration, lyrics, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: art, co writing, country, creativity, florida, lyrics, Music, Singing, Writing
There is something so exciting, glorious about co writing. At first the road can be bumpy because you have two people who often come from different writing styles. But the journey of writing as a team is fun. Tonight my friend and I completed the lyrics to a new song. We had never worked together before. We didn’t know what to expect but we are both very optimistic. The art of writing lyrics together is a creative art form in and of itself. It is like waves of an ocean which begin to take form and flow in unison.
Creative juices are flowing at rapid pace. I am beginning to see this life transition in full effect. I’m embracing any fears that creep up and jumping into unknown and known territory.
And with that, good night. Not much more to say. Stay tuned for our song, whose title will be released when I post the track.
06 Mar 2013
in ballads, blogger, co writing, Coffee, Life, music, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: college park, credo coffee, lyrcist, lyrics, Music, Singer, Singing, Song, Songwriter, teas, winter park
Mondays are usually for chores which typically include house cleaning, reorganizing and cleaning baby items, cooking etc…However, I decided to “change it up” Monday. I spent Monday doing visualization exercises, vocal warm-ups, resting and even went to my first open mic night at Credo Coffee Shop in College Park. I truly enjoyed attending open mic night. There was exceptional talent. This coffee shop is devoted to community service and even offers a “price range” for select beers, coffee and teas. There is a menu that lists a price range per item. You are asked what price you want to pay for each item purchased. Pretty cool! I noticed that people tended to donate high rather than low. Perhaps, because you are not forced to pay a specific price. Also the consumer knows payment supporting local coffee shop and community service organizations. So it’s all good!
Check out Credo Coffee Shop at http://www.downtowncredo.com/
Not much more to say about Monday.
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,
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.
20 Feb 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, career, child, Cooking, gratitude, inspiration, Life, Mother, Parenting, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: acting, actress, artist date, audition, Blogger, child, cooking, florida, julia cameron, mindfulness, Music, parenting, shopping, Singer, winter park, Writing
The day after yesterday. I just felt like saying that, not sure why. Today is day 43 and I am going strong! I’m feeling ambitious about creating the life I desire. Life is good.
Highlights for today:
* I managed to cook three meals this morning while watching my baby girl play. Not sure how it happened but it did. I prefer to cook several meals at once, freezing a few; rather than cooking each day.
* Olivia was a hands full today. She kept me guessing (literally). All day I asked her “What’s wrong?”, “What do you want?” “Tell mommy, what do you want?” “Do you want this?” ”Do you want that?”
And Olivia’s response: No (in the sweetest voice) followed by a sobbing cry (not so sweet). It didn’t seem possible to appease her today. Poor baby, she just wants to communicate and is so frustrated with me for not understanding her.
* I managed to go clothes/shoe shopping for Olivia this afternoon. This was no small feat. And man, were they right about that saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” I was wishing a village came with me shopping today. Liv gave me a run for my money this afternoon. But mommy kept her cool, gave Liv many kisses and managed to complete the shopping trip. What helped? Snacks, smiles, hugs, toys (and when I say toys, that means anything that is kid friendly, even a cup or straw will do).
Today was all about productivity because tomorrow is my “artist date”. Artist date is just a fancy word that means we “take ourselves on a date by doing what we love, creating art”. So tommorow after my daughter goes to school; I write music, sing and seek the latest auditions for acting. Sometimes I will do something relaxing to invoke my creative spirit to come out and play. There is a great author named Julia Cameron who wrote a series of books geared towards artists. Check out her books at http://juliacameronlive.com/.
Be Well and goodnight,
16 Feb 2013
in Baby, ballads, blogger, Florida, gratitude, Life, lyrics, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: cowriting, gratitude, lyrics, Music, songwriting, valentines day, Vegan, Vegetarian, Writing
It is the day after Valentines Day. Here are the highlights from today.
*Usually, (on previous Valentines Days) I would be feeling guilty for the amount of chocolate I’d eat. I always indulge on holidays. But this “day after” is different. Why? Because I am feeling better than ever, well better (meaning most days) then I did when I was a Vegetarian. I am an “almost” vegan. I still eat some egg products but no dairy. My skin is clearer than ever, lost weight and have more energy as a result of this switch.
* Celebrated with our daughter Olivia Daisy her first Valentines Day party with friends at school. She is only 17 months and very social, our little one. While her classmates were sitting in their chairs eating; Olivia was devising a plan to seek food from a neighboring boys’ plate. The boy became distracted by toys and she quickly jumped on over. She also enjoyed sitting on mommy’s lap.
* More Co Writing tonight!!!! I had a great time with new friend writing lyrics. Thanks Georgia!
* And last highlight of the day: the elusive sleep. No more typing, just sleeping. Goodnight!
14 Feb 2013
in Baby, ballads, blogger, career, Florida, gratitude, Life, lyrics, Mother, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, blog, Blogger, gratitude, love, lyrics, mindfulness, mom, motherhood, Music, Singing, valentines day, Writing
I love Valentines Day! I wish I could spend all week making cupcakes, telling people how much I love them etc. I wish I could spend an exuberant amount of time decorating, planning parties related to V-day. But let’s be honest, I am a working mom and I I just don’t have that kind of time.
So I guess I will be celebrating Valentines day all year by doing simple acts of kindness for others, loving my family every day and cherishing life’s little pleasures.
Highlights for today:
* Being fully aware that I made the right choice. Fear can block us (even subconsciously) from making the best decision. I chose to completely surrender to any fear of the unknown while moving forward with my creative pursuits. It feels really good to surrender my frustration, fears and anxiousness. And instead I continue to be optimistic that I made the right choice. And all good things come to those who “wait”. But instead of the word “wait”; I choose to say “All good things come to those who believe, persevere and trust.”
* I made Vegan cupcakes that actually taste great! (at least to me!) Except that they fell apart while removing them from the pan. Bummer! Instead of lamenting over my cupcakes; I decided to make the best of it. I put several cupcakes together to make small hearts. That worked and as for the crumbles, they will be good in pudding, ice cream etc…
* Just feeling grateful overall. I had a great time with my cousin today and playing with Olivia (my daughter). Grateful for the small moments which feel like anything but small.
And lastly, I wanted to share some new lyrics with you. These lyrics came to me while singing with my daughter in living room last night.
Here is the latest lyrics of a new song idea, dedicated to my daughter Olivia Daisy.
My Everyday (Copyrights 2013)
You’re my sun on a Monday
You’re my rain on a Tuesday
You’re my clouds on a Wednesday
And my wind on a Thursday
Even Friday through Sunday
As long as we are still playing together
It doesn’t matter the weather
Because you’re my everyday
You’re my every day
I wouldn’t have it any other way
Let’s roll around in the dirt
And throw the leaves in the waterfall
Because it doesn’t matter what we do
As long as I have you
As long as I have you