2014, it’s about time.

Not that I am counting the minutes, hours or days… 2013 has been pretty great but I am very excited for 2014~

2012 I said good ridden’ to, 2013 was pretty great and now 2014..I can’t help but have higher expectations. It seems like my wishes are being answered. I asked for new opportunities, new doors to open up…they are opening for me.  As the old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for..because it might just happen”.. Or at least I think that is how it goes.  It seems like it is all happening at once.  So with this New Year, comes a lot of reflection, insight, meditation and trusting my instinct.  Also I am working on prioritizing my time better, saying “no”, and focusing on goals which are most important for this year.  I know one thing for sure.  I love my job in supporting people with disabilities (even though I don’t like the word itself).  Also, I feel increasingly in need of music, lyric writing and recording songs.  Each year I feel a stronger urge to do so.  Music is in my blood.  It is my soul and without it, I feel kind of dull. Hmm that rhymes..Happy New Years from one blogger to another blogger!

Kimberly

Thanksgiving Song

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.

Kimberly

It’s been too long…

Always uh, missing ya blog, missing blogger-ville..missing ya!

Always uh, missing ya, blog, blog, blogggggg

Until the next blog post, I will be thinking of ya!

Thinking of ya, thinking of ya

Until the next blog post, thinking of ya… la la la la

That is my quirky mindset tonight.  It is a combination of my late night fatigue, combined with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm Song” that repeats in my head.  Yes I have a two-year old, and no I don’t live on a farm. Just in case you were wondering.  But seriously I do miss posting.

I was going through a transition period in my life and had to put things aside for a while.

But I am BACK and excited to share that I should have the demo of our new song posted this weekend, or next week at the latest.  I am so proud of co-writer, friend and teacher Georgia!  She is very talented and it’s been great working together.  I have a few other creative projects cooking, so stay tuned!

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

Embrace Life’s Complexity

It’s been awhile since writing on my blog.  Missed you!  I missed talking to people I know and those I don’t know.  Something about writing is very cathartic.

Anyways, I needed to get some things straightened out so I took a momentary reprieve from discussing music and acting.  The complexity of life did not allow for me  to solely focus on music and acting.  And that is okay.

I have learned that I can have my “cake and eat it too.”  Except, the cake may get dry at times and the ice cream may melt and re-freeze.  That is life.  So I will continue forward on this journey being a forever optimist and continuing to tackle the unexpected.

I’m excited to announce that my friend and I are recording our co-write this weekend.  We are looking forward to sharing the demo soon.  The other exciting news is that I got a job doing something I am truly passionate about.

What is the job you ask?  Advocating and supporting people with various disabilities.  I had difficulty typing the word “disability” as I find the word to be disabling.  I would rather say helping people with various emotional, behavioral and physical challenges.  It seems more empowering this way.  Yet, society has emphasized “disabilities”.  What I have to say to you Society…is this.    Watch out because I am planning to support a team in changing it up.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

The Latest

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!

Kimberly

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

Open Mic !!!

Hi Everyone!!!!

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

http://youtu.be/HMeskmKya9Q

Second Song: Just One Tear (Lyrics and Vocals by: Kimberly Beaman) Copyrights 2010

http://youtu.be/7Ur1ItL4oVg

Looking forward to more open mic nights!! Thanks for viewing!

Kimberly

Co 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.

Best,

Kimberly

Day 56 Atypical Monday

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.

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

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