ㄥ❀∨モ criticism

A couple of things on my mind

that I’d like to share today that have to do with reading, writing, creativity and comments. I am thankful for the positive comments and encouragement I get from people who read my blog. When I started off blogging, the idea was to share. I have written since I can remember. In fact, I remember a time in my life where I would fill my days writing.

Everyone is a Critic 

I have control over three things in m life: The thoughts I think, the images I visualize and the the actions I take.  ¸¸.·☆

When I made the decision to share my words with the world it wasn’t based on a self satisfying idea to help one person out there. It was more the idea that I wanted to learn how to blog. I thought of instead of writing in my journal, I’d do it online.

It’s actually a bit of a risk, if you ask me, putting yourself out on the line to be judged by your peers.

I'm okay with rejection.
►ㄥife is nσt abσut waiting fσr the storms to pass. it’s abσut ℓearning hσw tσ dance in the rain.►

I like the idea of learning by doing. It’s one thing to think about doing something and a whole other ball game to put yourself out there and actually do something. —What inspired this post was seeing the amazing things that are going on in your lives. I feel each one of you reading this is successful in your own way.

I’ve seen my friends overcome numerous obstacles to achieve their goals. I’ll give you some examples. One friend overcame the death of her parents at a young age to go and have a beautiful big family of her own.

I can make a living doing what I love and enjoy.
I can make a living doing what I love and enjoy.

She figured it out. Others have dreamt of becoming writers, business people, dads, teachers, artists, musicians, you name it. They haven’t given up and they are doing it — pursuing their dreams. Doing it. Loving it.

I have a friend who is scared of making a change in her life. Her entire family is relocating to a new city with completely new people, streets, smells, schools, every little thing in her life will be new.

But she did it. She said yes to life with the insecurity that comes from the future and not knowing what it would hold. Good for her.

Life is a journey. ♥ Set yourself up to play a winning game.

Another fantastic woman is traveling the world on her own. Such courage. Other friends are dealing with heartbreak, love, life, raising families and work. They are figuring it out. The more people who read my blog, of course, there always seems to be someone who doesn’t like it.

That leaves the question to me of how to deal with it. I either forgive, forget, overlook, pretend they aren’t there or accept it.

Between saying and doing is an ocean of difference.

While I was on vacation for a week and didn’t have internet access I found myself missing my online community. I have made friends with unbelievable people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. We share videos, stories, pictures of our lives, you name it. For me being so far from my family I find it a great way of knowing what they are up to. I have also met people from all over the world. I love that. Our world truly is getting smaller.

So on a spiritual path to enlightenment, I believe we are all interconnected. All of our actions effect each other. I’m working through these questions with the help of my friends and I am so thankful for them. How do you deal with the critics? Is it better just to not share? You are welcome to leave your comments. Thank you for visiting. As always

I hope this post finds you lucky and in love.

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I support my sister at her super fun runway event. #geauxpink #YouNight

CONGRATULATIONS LISA and friends, this show has sold out. To watch it online, click up on your menu, and add this page as a bookmark on your computer so you can find it easily.

General Entry Ticket $125 SOLD OUT
Table for your company with branding is $1200 SOLD OUT
VIP Packages Starting at $275 SOLD OUT

This is my real life sister’s event and brainchild. Watch video.

Click.

Next Show, Saturday July 27, 2019 in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center. #geauxpink

You night is a runway event hosted, created, and ran by my real life sister Lisa along with the support of many people who love her as well as those who have just met her.

It is a spectacular, fun, laughter filled runway show that gets beautiful people together who have been given a positive cancer diagnosis to walk the catwalk as models and amazing inspirational role models.

These exceptional women are literally flooded with love and gifts as their friends and family show their support by attending and cheering them on. Also, the community gets involved by supporting these amazing people, including the men, called the Knights.

Get it? You Knights?

This will probably be a sold out event so book your tickets early. If you need tickets let us know.


Lisa, Celeste and company
Lisa, Celeste and company

As a little sister would — I like to follow my sister either in person or in this case online. My real life sister has been up to her amazing self again by having just completed a successful runway fashion show in order to increase breast cancer awareness.

Today, I’m sharing a letter that my sister Lisa received from one of the participants.

Have you added your mascara to your bag! Don’t forget it is important.

 

Geaux Lisa!

 

46 Ways to be a Better Person

Hello you.

Here’s a quick list that will get your started on having a nicer day now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

1. Take a deep breath now, hold it as long as you can. Count to 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, release, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and now another.

2. OK, two more deep breaths. Relax.

3. Concentrate on this word and close your eyes and take another two deep breaths, in through your nose out through your mouth.

4. Meditate. Concentrate on your third eye and just be peaceful. You can stop reading this! It’s okay!

5. Slow down. Try moving slowly.

6. Start each day as Gandhi did: Be the change you want to see.

7. Look for ways to help others.

It almost always seems impossible until it's done. ♡
It almost always seems impossible until it’s done.x♡o

8. Treat yourself great.

9. Be your own friend.

10. Go to the mirror and make funny faces.

11. Make yourself and/or a friend a nice cup of tea or coffee.

12. Take a long walk without music or distractions.

13. Clean. Go left to right, it works.

14. Be young in your heart.

15. Hug a tree.

16. Jump on one leg. Now the other. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

17. Spin like a child with your eyes closed. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

18. Hug someone. Even yourself.

Photo Credit: T. Basil19. Next time you see someone on facebook that’s down, get involved. Try sending links, messages.  Or, how about a phone call?

20. Write something.

21. Be inspirational.

22. Forgive yourself.

23. Push yourself to be a little bit better.

24. Count to ten before reacting, or better yet, just let it slide.

25. Pet an animal.

26. Turn off the tv.

27. Sell something.

28. Give something away to charity.

29. Treat yourself to a something special.

30. Take a nice long relaxing bath or shower.

31. Bake.

32. Organize.

33. Make a list of three things you don’t want to do then do them.

34. Eat well. How’s a salad sound for your next meal? A big one!

35. Exercise.

36. Take a risk with love.

37. Write a message to someone wall saying thank you for being there.

38. Enjoy this moment.

39. Listening to affirmations.

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

41. Tell someone you love them.

42. No matter what your age, dream — even big if you’d like.

43. Remember a moment when you were blissful. Hold on to it.

44. Accept yourself for exactly who you are.

45. Send a REAL letter in the mail.

46. Give yourself a little break.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. I believe in you. I do.

In the comment section, I’d like to know what you can hear, smell and feel in this exact moment. What is around you? I can hear boys playing, the washing machine spinning and a distant car passing.

 

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Don’t think #GeorgiaEnglish will come chasing after you.

I caught up with Georgia on day six of her forty day tour that takes her and her band, Georgia English and the Juke Box Kids to North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to see how she is holding up.

Gigs
Nashville, Tennessee: The 5 Spot
Nashville, TN: Springwater with My Politic and Daphne and the Mystery Machines
Franklin, Tennessee: Kimbro’s
 

Here is our interview:

Georgia English Thank you so much for sharing my album on your twitter! I really appreciate it. My mom has told me wonderful things about you! Great to meet you on and thank you for your support.

Julie Angelos  Well, young lady, you are most welcome. Its a pleasure for me to tweet and write about you because we truly like your songs. We’ve been listening to them all day.

Georgia, tell me about your name.

Georgia English My mom really loves Willie Nelsons version of Georgia On My Mind so I think that had something to do with it. My dad was really into Greek stuff and I guess Georgia translates to Daughter of the Earth.

Then I just lucked out with my last name!

Julie When did you start singing? 

Georgia I started singing like four years after I started playing guitar.

It just started feeling like the natural thing to do when you are strumming. I was really shy about it at first. The first time I sang in front of a crowd, I was around 12 and sang Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard.

I was in a rock band in middle school and we started playing around San Francisco with the help of my guitar teacher.

Julie I see you live in Nashville and you are from San Francisco. Can you tell me a little bit about that transition?

Georgia I went to school in Boston for college and met all the musicians in my band there.

We really wanted to be in a vibrant musical scene where everyone was playing all the time. I absolutely love Nashville. I think something really special is happening there now.

There is a lot of pop country and industry stuff that I am less interested in. But there is also a lot of musical integrity and respect for older styles and Roots music. Sometimes it actually feels a bit like San Francisco in the way that people interact.

Julie  I absolutely loved your latest single, Chasing After You. Its so catchy. Can you tell me what inspired you to write that song?

Georgia Ha! When someone treats you bad I think the best revenge is to just have some fun.

Julie I see you work with a couple of real talented individuals. Can you tell me about them?

Georgia I am very lucky to have an amazing band full of great people. We are actually on the road now and I am feeling very lucky and happy to be with them.

It is a blessing to have good friends and to play with great musicians. Its pretty incredible when they are both. We all love the same music which is very important.

They are hard workers, funny, and can put up with me on these long drives!

Julie What are your next steps?

Georgia  Really we just want to play as much as possible! We are currently on a Pennsatucky tour. We will be back to Nashville mid-February and will be playing mostly locally this spring. We are hoping to come out west soon to San Francisco, Mendocino and all that!

At the end of the summer we will be at the Ink N Iron Festival in Nashville.

I am super excited about that one because my celebrity crush Merle Haggard will also be playing there. It is a big honor. In the meantime we are just working hard and welcoming adventure.
Find Georgia English on the road and get her latest album Good Girls here.

Pennsatucky Tour
Pennsatucky Tour
Georgia English: guitar and vocals
Christine Moad: harmonies
Hayden Cotcher: Washboard
Joe Fox: video and editing

 

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An overactive imagination

Dunk.

Hello, good day.

One of the benefits of being a blogger is that you get to think of new blog topics as you go about your day.

I didn’t know that when I published my first blog post that I was opening a box as far as creativity goes.

There you go. I

pray a lot that God gives me the right words to convey my thoughts to the people who read my blog, God bless you who ever you are and where ever you are.

The message gets transmitted over the internet webs through the magic of electricity, wifi, engineering, programming, computers, technology, all sliced up into little tiny bits and then it magically re appears in your inbox and on your screens on the other side of the world.

The pretty picture that someone took at in the remote parts of the world are here for us to enjoy. Of course, people are going to be criticized for walking and bumping into poles with their phones, there is just too much to consume.

At the same time, writing is fun.

My overly creative imagination listens to masters who remind me that I have the ability to do this. One tells the story of when he and his twin were adopted by an aunt at a young age and she promised to never separate them. He tells the story of when he was looking for his first job and he asked the man if he needed some help and was sent away. He tells the story better than I do so please let him tell his story and I shall tell mine.

My story started in a small town.

My friends and I would hang out after school. When I was younger I found enormous satisfaction in taking the full sink of dishes and making the sink shine. Maybe that is how a carpenter works when they build furniture.

Yesterday, during my reading I came across a list of the 100 bloggers to watch this year. I had read and heard about three of them. The writer had put in some time to make the list but I couldn’t get through the entire reading in one sitting because it just seemed too big and too much information to me — though it is a good reference!

I would have liked it to have been different although I am not sure how. Everyone seems to be a marketer who gets synthesized into labels and as most creatives agree, they like to stay away from labels.

These interweb folk insist you need things like a funnel, a niche, a label, to be expert. Some really are down to earth and those are the ones I adore. You can tell because they will live stream in their pajamas with their hair wet.

I think about marketing goals and selling goals but let’s just be honest. I am not a sales person. I am a writer. I did make my course, and people who have taken it love it and appreciate it but I don’t like to sell. I don’t think any artist likes to sell. The fun part of art is in the making, at least for me.

It is the selling of the book or the painting or the song that the marketing folk step in and take over. Yet, I like to think that all people are writers, singers, artists and so on.

What happens is that as a life long dedicated learner the journalist in me takes over and remembers her lessons on the price, product, place and positioning from her ad days. One of goals of any marketer are to increase reach. That is why, when I started blogging, I got caught up in the numbers of haw many people I was reaching.

That is where box steps in and you will read about the overwhelming effect of too much information. I will break it down for you. I try not to speak over anyone’s heads. That’s what a lot of people will do, add all kinds of fancy words, like prefixes and suffixes to their names. Nothing against that, if that is your name with four words and an abbreviation.

Here is my second attempt to break it down for you. lol.

If you are going to talk to people, then just do that. Just talk to them. If you want to get your message out to more people then use what you have available. If you want to get fancy, then study and model how experts do it and then try your best to do how they have done without stealing.

I’ll give you an example. Once my friend saw a painting of mine and asked me to paint one for him. I took out a painting I absolutely loved and inspired me and looked at it and tried to copy a master. Of course, the painting didn’t look anything like the original because my hand is very different, every color was different, the subject was different, the brush strokes were heavier but in the end I loved the painting. I feel the original was my teacher for that painting.

I am not reinventing the wheel.

Does it feel like I am just talking about nothing, and blathering on?

The cat is making snoring sounds while I sleep. Not snoring more like erm ha chica mm sounds deep in her sleep. A new day has dawned full of hope, wonder, joy and anticipation of good things to come and for that I am truly thankful.

I appreciate it that you chose to follow my blog and read my missives. I wish you well today and every day.

My best to you and yours.

 

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