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

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

Hammock Heaven

This morning I decided to continue my quest for overall wellness. As a mom of a 16 month old baby girl, going on toddler; I am in need of some serious mommy R & R.  So this morning my kind husband took Liv with him to visit his parents, while I was left with a few hours to recover from a night of wake-ups.  Whenever I get a few hours to myself; I treasure each moment.  It is really difficult to decide how best to use the time.  In the past, any spare time I had, was to work on something, or to clean up.  I rarely just relax.  I am what some would call “type A”, a busy body, a go-getter.  My mind is constantly on creative mode, scheming up new ideas, and setting personal and family goals.  This multi-tasking, creative mind can be exhausting.  Sometimes I just need a break from my own desire to create.

So as I began scheming over what my plan would be for this morning; I kept hearing my inner voice nudging me.  It said ” the plan is no plan.”  I quickly fought back with “There has got to be a plan, or a most effective way to use this time.”  So I began filling out belated holiday greetings.  After thirty minutes passed, I felt anxious to think of how I would spend the next hour.  In my exhaustion, I began sipping the coffee more quickly. I hoped that the coffee would stimulate a creative idea, or awaken me to realize “the plan” for the morning.  But it did not. So I made  few phone calls and peered out the window of our hotel room.

Awhhh…The beauty and serenity of the beach.  I decided in that moment to take a walk on the beach.  My mind suddenly jumped to “What will you do while walking on the beach?”  To which I replied, “Nothing.” Okay, I admit, I did bring my camera and cell phone (but only for emergencies).  The camera was useful in capturing the beauty and mindfulness of the present moment(s).

The best part about the few hours was laying in a hammock, taking in the peaceful sound of birds chirping and hearing the ocean and wind chatter.  I took long deep breaths and almost fell asleep.  There were kids playing joyfully in the background.  After leaving the hammock, I felt great inner peace and again realized the necessity of my continued search for increased health and wellness.  Yoga, guided meditation and even a hammock calm a fast-paced mind.

Hammock Heaven

Give, Give, Give

Sometimes all it takes is a stranger saying a compliment or taking the time to care.  My thought for today is go out tomorrow and do something for someone else.  It can be as simple as a thank you card in the mail, just because.  Or as grand as taking over someone’s responsibilities for a day.  Whatever your choice, be sure to do so with love.  Today was one of those really busy days as I am balancing two jobs being a mommy to a 13 month old and working as a counselor.  Of course throw in all the other responsibilities and titles and it can feel like I have ten jobs.  I love it all even when I am so exhausted that I struggle to recall what day/time of the week it is.  Yikes!  And each day is different and filled with surprise.  At least my days are not boring!

So as I was saying…the day began in a frenzied mode prepping baby food, juggling work load and attending appointments.  In the back of our SUV, I had a laundry basket full of books to donate.  Originally my thought was to sell them.  However, I wanted to do a good deed today.  So between my afternoon appointment and scheduled work commitment; I went over to our local book store and donated about 15 books.  As I was getting out of the car, I asked a passerby if she wanted first dibs.  Ironically she was looking for travel theme books.  So she gladly took the two travel theme books from my basket.  It felt good to see this stranger smile.  I could go on and on but I won’t.

Long story, short, the librarian was also happy.  While at this store, I ran into an elderly woman named “Wanita”.  I chose to walk up to her and re introduce myself.  You see, I ran into her months ago at Michael’s Craft Store with my daughter in tow.  Wanita is a very kind, genuine lady who divulged her life story involving Norfolk, Virgina to me, upon our initial meeting at Michael’s.  Wanita appeared to not recognize me or our prior conversation.  But Wanita jumped right in updating me on her two grown children.  I told her that I valued the love story she had shared with me once before.  This story was about how she and her husband met.  Wanita smiled and began sharing the story again. I felt that she enjoyed talking and wanted to continue, so I invited her to the lobby.  Plus the library is for being quiet and she was anything but quiet.  We spent some time together and later, as I was checking out books; I helped her find a book on knitting.

That was the best trip I have ever had to the library!  Please do something for someone else tomorrow, and the next day and the day after.  Make a difference in someone else’s day.  It is positive energy to spread around!  Also, you leave feeling like you gained more than the person you gave to.  This sweet lady gave me so much joy!

In Gratitude,

 

Kimberly

 

The Secret the Power

I am reading a book called “The Secret the Power” by Rhonda Byrne.  This is not just a book, it is so much more.  It may feel like a book, look like a book, read like a book; but its impact is far greater than a tangible, physical thing.  There is a quote by Albert Einstein ” The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  Basically time is an illusion according to Einstein.  We often race through our day to-day, feeling a need to fight against a limited amount of time.  You may hear yourself say ” I have to hurry and do the dishes” or ” I’m getting older, so better rush and follow my life’s purpose.”  But the truth is if you see the world as illusion, then we escape suffering.  And creativity has no limit, no time, no end.  One of the coolest things I read was about the sky.  We look up and around us to view a blue haze and blue sky.  Yet, the color you see is in fact not its real color.  The “blue” sky is actually all colors, reflected back at us.  If that doesn’t make you think, what will?  It sure makes me think.

Abraham Lincoln wrote ” To believe the things we can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”  I have faith in my dream that one day it will come into full bloom.  I believe in imagination, creativity and passion.  Have you ever just stopped and watched a child play?  There is nothing like it.  When our daughter Olivia dances in front of the mirror or gives that “all-knowing” glance; I feel immense joy.  She truly is a genuine soul, unscathed by society or negative influence.  She is a reflection of love and radiates with love.  This is what “The Secret the Power” is all about.

Yesterday I was driving along, not looking for signs. However, the night before I called upon my angels and requested for them to show me signs, that I am following the correct path.  As I was driving to Whole Foods, a taxi cab darted out in front of me and showed “422-2222″.  As many of you have read my previous blogs, I have a fascination with numerology and the appearance of numbers in sequence.  I often see the number 4 and 2 repeated.  I saw this same cab a week ago.  This experience validated that I am on the right path.

Yesterday I also came up with an idea.  Ideas come to me like lightning bolts and at lightening speed. I use to brush them off and actually criticize myself for having so many random thoughts.  But now I see it as a gift and I write down all of my concepts.  Oftentimes, I tell myself that who knows, one day, an idea will stick.  Yesterday was that day.  I couldn’t stop thinking about a new vision.  And the universe was showing me signs pushing me to further expand upon this vision.  It all has to do with a special bird known as “Bluebird”.

As a child, my fascination with bluebirds grew in Elementary School.  Oftentimes, I would watch the bluebirds flying around the picnic tables.  One day, one weekend a bluebird nearly hit me in the face, as it sweeped past me with fury.  I was riding my bike as usual in neighborhood, only this time the bluebird almost stopped me in my tracks.  Fast forward to Nashville, TN. and many years later.

Have you ever heard about the famous Bluebird Cafe?  I was drawn to it, not only because of its history with famous singer/songwriters; but because of my fascination with bluebirds.  My husband and I enjoyed an evening at the Bluebird Cafe.  It was quite magical listening to professional singers and eating lasagna (my favorite).   Now, I wear a crystal bluebird around my neck in honor of our unspoken connection.  Yesterday, this vision began to bloom thanks to bluebirds and a strong desire to further my passion for music.  Apparently a bluebird is symbolic for happiness and good fortune according to the internet.  This new vision will remain a mystery to the reader until further transformation.  Thanks for reading and listening.

“Fly Free”!!!  (as my friend M’Liss says to me)

Kimberly

Mystery of Central Florida Take 1

Today I began my search to discover the mysteries of Central Florida, particularly Winter Park.  And of course, being that I am a singer, lyricist, actor; I’m mostly interested in these areas.

Did you know that taking a walk down Park Avenue in Winter Park is like transporting to “Little Europe.” If you had a superpower like “transportation” why not pretend you are in Europe and enjoy the pleasures of strolling down Park Avenue.  I enjoyed reading from blogger on “Sanford365″ website who talked about Park Avenue as “Little Europe.”

There is a Swetman building off Park Avenue with the sign “Little Europe” on it.  Winter Park’s “Park Avenue” has a European flair.  You can visit the Winter Park Historical Association which offers a Park Avenue/Winter Park Walking Tour.  And after your tour, you can stop for lunch at a quaint bakery for croissants and tea or enjoy the trendy boutiques.

Central Florida is known for theme parks, water parks, shopping malls and dining.  But there is so much more on the music front and Winter Park is the hidden gem.  You can visit the following website to find more information on Central Florida.  http://www.visitflorida.com/Orlando/music.

Also you can visit “ZVents Discover Things To Do”, which looks like a great website for the latest events in Central Florida and surrounding cities.  Mark your calendar for the Firefall Acoustic in Concert Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 3:00pm.  This event will take place at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Firefall trio consists of band members, Steven Weinmeister – vocal & guitar, Jock Bartley – vocal & guitar and Bill Hopkins – vocal & bass perform their classic hits in an acoustic performance on Sunday, Feb. 17th at 3pm at the Uptown Art Expo. 
http://www.zvents.com/winter_park_fl/events/music+festivals+in+florida

The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the United States.  It is also Central Florida’s oldest operating performing arts organization.  The Bach Festival Society was founded in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth.  The famous composers’ orchestral and choral music is open to the public for its “enlightenment, education, pleasure, and enjoyment.”  Visit  http://www.bachfestivalflorida.org/  for more information.

Stay tuned because there is more to come on the mysteries of Central Florida.

Mystery of Central Florida

I was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida.  It’s funny that most people I run into around Central Florida are not from here.  They look at me bewildered that I am a native.  No matter how many times I have moved away, somehow I end up back at the heart of central Florida, the lovely Winter Park.

 

Winter Park holds many memories from my younger years to highschool and now to adulthood.  I ate frozen yogurt and cookie sandwiches at “TCBY” as a special reward at the end of a taxing day in Elementary school.  My mom would reward us with frozen yogurt cones.  She would say “let me help you with that, its dripping.”  Sneaky mom!  Fast forward and there were many preparations for Homecoming and Prom.  The soccer games in Central Florida and surrounding areas bring back so many memories with my parents cheering us on.  There are memories of lunch breaks with my sisters on Park Avenue.  And who can forget the visits to the Farmers Market?  I went on my first “official” date with my husband on Park Avenue at Briar’s Patch.  There were candlelit dinners on the lawn in the actual park across the street from Park Avenue.  My one year old daughter and I stroll Park Ave and window shop.  There are far too many memories to detail in one post.  And quite frankly, I have mommy brain right now, so cannot recall all of the wonderful memories at present.

I am an enthusiast of all things family, baby, music, acting and so much more.  I adore my hometown.  Yet there is so much more to know.  As a singer, lyricist and actor; I’m eager to meet others who share a passion/ dedication for creating art.  Many blog posts ago, I began discussing the mysteries of Nashville, TN.  It dawned on me yesterday that as much as I love Nashville, I equally adore Winter Park.  It lead me to this question; ” What are the mysteries of Central Florida?”   If you or someone you know have something exciting, adventurous, new to share about the culture, atmosphere of Central Florida; please email me or comment.  If you are an artist reach out!

 

What time is it?

 

It was 4:44 today when I made the decision to begin writing my blog post.  Of course, I laughed.  If you have read my previous blogs, you will understand why I find the numbers “4:44″ to be so humorous.

 

It was a week of seeing many signs, leading me in one direction.  What is that direction you may wonder? Destiny.  I wrote in earlier blog posts that signs are there, but they are often overlooked. Some believe we see a particular sign more, only because we are looking for it.  Personally, I see signs whether I am looking for it or not.

 

On Wednesday, I met two individuals who offered me tips on both the music and film industry.  I didn’t ask for tips or help; they offered it.  One of the tips just might be life changing.  Time will tell and I will keep you posted.  Some things I write about on my blog will not be detailed.  There needs to some mystery, until otherwise noted.

 

Wednesday was full of highs and lows.  I didn’t realize one could experience such emotions all in one day.  The highs were auditioning for a commercial, meeting enthusiasts of music/film and the low was the gut reaction I had when leaving my morning audition.  It was a nagging feeling that I didn’t make the cut for this particular commercial.  Rejection is part of the game, especially as an actor.  A wise woman once told me that you make on average “1 in 20 auditions”.  Nevertheless, it never feels good.  Yet, I am cutting myself some slack, as a new mommy; I am just getting back into the swing of things.  I am a bit rusty but eager to act.

 

Things are on the up and up!!  I am looking to connect and collaborate with singers, songwriters, actors, directors in Central Florida community.  If you are one, email me.

Cheers, Kimberly

 

 

 

 

 

Nashville Take 6

Say what???  I am very pleased to know there is an upcoming American musical television series drama on ABC called “Nashville.”  This television series created was by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R. J. Cutler, Callie Khouri, Dee Johnson and Steve Buchanan. The show stars Connie Britton as Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar, whose star begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes.  It will premiere on ABC on October 10, 2012, at 10/9 central.

Obviously I have not been up to speed on television shows lately.  I decided to call today “Catch up on pop/media culture day”.  That’s right, as I lay here in bed;  I began to watch every music video in 2012 and admittedly a few from 2011.  In addition I browsed as many blogs on Nashville that I could find.

In my previous blog, I expressed desire to find additional information that the average Joe may not know about Nashville.  Did you know that along with the usual tourist attractions in Nashville, there is the “Hatch Show Prints”.   This letterpress poster shop has been around since 1879.  They have the old-fashioned crank-type letter-press machines. You can go in there and watch them crank out posters.  A blogger from” Rainbows in Waterfalls”  said that Carrie Underwood posters in pink were being made when visiting this shop.

Ian Rapoport, reporter from NFL network wrote a blog recently called “Recapping this road trip, the Nashville Edition.”  Mr. Rapoport wrote ..”Man, Nashville’s got to be one of the easiest cities around. No traffic, nice people, everything is close… just easy. It’s really got everything. Solid restaurants, a downtown for the young people (like Vanderbilt students), a downtown for tourists (the Honky Tonk bars), and plenty of sports bars.”  Thanks for the insight Ian!

More to follow as I continue to unfold the mysteries of Nashville.

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