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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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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6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.

6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.
6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.

Hi friends. Welcome back. New visitors welcome.

6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.

I started out the new day with gusto thankful that I have been able to laugh.

It’s a nice thing.

I like to making changes slowly, one step and a time, then implementing them into my life—much like getting into a swimming pool. I’ve always liked to take my time.

For some reason, I feel full of hope, full of possibility. Life is good.

I thinking writing down goals in specific terms is important. I know that when I have a list in front of me I tend to get it done. That does not exclude the fact that I at time goes for long periods of time without lists and still life goes on, doesn’t it?

For the sake of adventure, I’m going to attempt to make sense out of my goals and write them down. Here they are in specific terms.

My goals are to

1. Obtain a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.

2. Continue with my walks. Do yoga, stretching and bike rides on a regular basis.  I love how walking clears my head. The most difficult part is just getting out the door, but I’ve noticed how simple life is on a bike. There are no keys and no cell. You just get the bike and ride.

3. Spirit. I belive in the power of prayer. I’ve also been doing some really nice healing meditaitons I found online. I love the way it calms me. I usually google Guided Healing Meditations.

4. Mind. The only way I know how to keep my mind healthy is to focus. I focus by pushing my limits. I love a clean house and that keeps me busy going room to room.

I’m also working hard on my house. I’ve made a list of things I need to accomplish around here, being a strong animated restructured house and all, and I’m just tackling it. We’ve been here now for quite some time so most of the hard work is out of the way.

Still, I enjoy keeping it in order and that takes time and dedication.

Well, as always I thank you for visiting. I pray this post finds you lovely, lucky and in love.

Julie

 

 

Is your blog bloggalicious?

Making a house a home.

I saw a friend the other day. She asked me how I was. As a joke I said,

Haven’t you read my status update? Ba da bum.

We know we are lives our changing when every real conversation we have ends with I’ll send you a link.

Are bloggers the new journalists?

Now that I’m a blogger, I approach life a little bit differently. When I go out and about I notice more details.

I talk to people and I’ve started listening more to them as well. Maybe I’m just scouting for stories so I don’t run out of things to write about.

Goodness knows it’s hard to get me to be quiet so I don’t know why I would run out of ideas. The point is it’s time for me to zip the gab smacker known as my mouth and start listening.

I’m learning this from a blogger friend of mine. The way it works is this. You offer your story and then you ask to hear theirs. So, letting caution to the wind, I say, hey, why not? I’ll give it a shot. Is your blog bloggalicious? Is your life life-alicous? Is your booty bootilicous?

Do you start every real conversation lately with I read your blog post or I saw your video on line?

Here’s a good one. When someone says they read your blog, do you sort of smile inwardly and think yeah, but did you leave a comment?

What do you think? People are reacting to me as if I were a writer. Now because I’m publishing a blog all of the sudden I’m a writer?

I’ll whip out some stories in the garage that I’ve kept for the last twenty years if you want to know that every day I’m a writer. The difference is that I’m now ready to share.

Did she just write what I think she just wrote?

Where’d I put the darn answer?

I’m thinking Oscar buzz peeps.

I’m thinking Oprah’s on the phone spectacular.

I’m thinking out of control spectacular.

Did any of this make sense? Beuller? Beuller? Am I writing to myself again? Where’s my editor? Where’s my teacher? Anyone checking this for factual information?

If any of you are returning visitors here to my site I’ve been working hard updating it. If you are new here, well then *welcome*.

I’ve learnt a ton doing this blog about peer to peer marketing and overcoming fears. It’s actually increased my confidence as a writer. What do you think? Leave me a comment.

My friends have texted me that they find my blog and what I’m doing over here inspiring. If I had a dollar for every time.. ha ha ha.  That’s a good one.

I keep thinking about my friend who told me in a comment she thinks I’m technically gifted. It just makes me laugh.

I’m super satisfied that I linked to five awesome charities. The one I hold dearest to me is for my high school friend Kelli, Living in Grace.

As always hope this post finds you lovely, lucky and in love.

How my guidance counselor changed my life.

Be inspiring!
Be inspiring!
Today

I’m going to write about a situation that happened when I was 16.

I was just your average girl going to school trying to make my way through. I excelled, or at least I like to try to think I did.

Nah, who am I kidding. I got by. My aim was always an A grade for excellent, but I think I sometimes went too fast on some of my math quizzes.

My dear teacher caught onto this and would look me in the eye and smile while correcting me. Id get frustrated with myself and try to apologize to him. He would tell me not to worry and tried to make sure my mistakes didnt make me want to stop learning.

   I’m still so thankful to him.

But Ive already written a post about him because he was my favorite teacher.

Regardless this little ditty has to do with how information on a casual day at school changed my life.

Figure it out. Figure it out. If you can’t figure it out, well then I suggest you find a way to figure it out.

Point A to Point B, Julie. Get there. Im trying! Stick with me!

So here is the story is how my guidance counselor changed my life:

Every day FLOWERS!
Every day flowers.

I’m a high school junior on the swim team. I am the class president and in advanced math classes.

I’m working my summers at the theme park at the main gate.

I spend my free time hanging out with friends on the quad lunch area during our 10:15a break.

Im the scorekeeper at basketball games.

One day, Im sitting in math class and I get called by someone who says I had an appointment with Dr. C who is our school guidance counselor.

My first thought was that I was in trouble for something I had done wrong.

Instead, I walk into a small office with a scattered desk and the nicest smiling person you could ask for.

He asks me, “So, Julie, have you thought about where you are going to go to university?”

Um, no, I mutter.

Well you know, he tells me, junior year is when you take your SAT tests and next year you are going to have to get your applications in.

Have you got your applications?

I’m like, What?

He says, Well, have you thought about private or public university?

I knew my parents weren’t going to pay for my university so that left if anything, public or state funded.

Then Dr. C hands me two packets that were California State University applications. He explained that there were two state systems: the California State University group and the University of California group. Each  group had about 20 campuses in different cities.

He gave me the examples. And a map. And a packet.

What changed my life about that conversation is that I was now empowered with information — information that was life changing.

I read the packet front to back.

I went back to class and asked my friend if he knew that it was time to take SAT tests and apply to university. Of course he knew.

Didn't everyone?

I sat for my SATS. Get it? That’s a pun 😉

The exams were difficult. I should have studied harder for them. That’s okay.

Then came summertime. I decided to go visit some universities on my own.

I chose four. I got in my car and off I went — alone of all things.

I visited Humbolt, Berkeley, San Louis Obispo, and San Francisco State. On another trip I visited San Diego State University, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara State University.

I chose San Jose State University mostly because I liked the feel and I loved the old Ivy Bell Tower. Also, there was a well known journalism and marketing program — the only specialization in marketing at that time.

Northern California is cool too. Shout out to my no cal friends.

So that’s my story today. Not too big of one, just a little one. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I’m just saying that today I’m grateful that I was called into a meeting with a counselor who gave me information that later handed me a future.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for stopping in. You know I appreciate it.

Also I would like you to know I paid my way through University working part time jobs.  I am proud of that because I met a lot of students whose parents were paying.

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My list of 100.

 

This chick is so cool. She's thinking about you. ❀
I can see you. Just tell me everything is going to be okay. It will! ´¯`»¸¸.·☆

I’ll be perfectly honest, this is my first post and my first blog post.

I have been faithfully reading some excellent blog sites and came across a nice guy who recommended some list making to help with decisions. This is a challenge to help you get your thoughts straight. The way it works is this: you write a list called 100 things, then you write something that has been on your mind lately, that is a decision you have to make.

There are only two rules. First you must start and complete the list all with in one sitting. Next you must start all of your 100 entries with the number 100.

I’ll give you an example of one I just made. Good luck and have fun.

I called my list 100 reasons

  1. 100 new flowers
  2. 100 houses to see
  3. 100 reasons to be happy with what I have
  4. 100 ways to do more yoga
  5. 100 excuses on why I don’t feel like it
  6. 100 times I have cheated on my diet
  7. 100 ways to be positive
  8. 100 things to teach
  9. 100 ways to be silent
  10. 100 ways to be kind
  11. 100 ways to learn
  12. 100 kisses for my family
  13. 100 papers to correct
  14. 100 meetings to attend
  15. 100 breaths to take
  16. 100 comments to make
  17. 100 pages to read
  18. 100 pages to write
  19. 100 rooms to clean
  20. 100 roses to smell
  21. 100 ways to fix your house
  22. 100 ways to make yourself happier
  23. 100 ways to think happy thoughts
  24. 100 ways to build your character
  25. 100 ways to avoid actual work
  26. 100 smiles
  27. 100 gifts to myself
  28. 100 things to throw away
  29. 100 friends I want to see
  30. 100 friends I want to hug
  31. 100 friends I’ve left behind
  32. 100 friends I have in my heart
  33. 100 days I’ve spent alone
  34. 100 times I’ve said I’m sorry
  35. 100 times someone has hurt me
  36. 100 times I’ve become a better person
  37. 100 calls to my mom and dad
  38. 100 thoughts about my sister
  39. 100 wishes for my brother
  40. 100 hearts filled with love
  41. 100 days of gratitude
  42. 100 days of eating well
  43. 100 days of running strong
  44. 100 positive thoughts
  45. 100 friends on facebook
  46. 100 places to go
  47. 100 silent moments
  48. 100 flowers to paint
  49. 100 possibilities
  50. 100 jobs I don’t want
  51. 100 jobs I do want
  52. 100 ways to be peaceful
  53. 100 times I’ve kissed my husband
  54. 100 times I’ve hugged someone
  55. 100 things to put away
  56. 100 trips back and forth
  57. 100 times happier
  58. 100 times believing in myself
  59. 100 times I do it alone
  60. 100 times I know I have help
  61. 100 times I don’t ask for help
  62. 100 times I cried myself to bed
  63. 100 places I want to go
  64. 100 smiles in 100 days
  65. 100 smiles in 100 ways
  66. 100 cities in the world
  67. 100 miles in a day
  68. 100 pictures that I cherish
  69. 100 what am I doing here now self doubts?
  70. 100 deep deep breaths
  71. 100 rants
  72. 100 things that make me laugh
  73. 100 perfumes to make me happy
  74. 100 deep tissue massages
  75. 100 feet massages
  76. 100 times I’d listen again
  77. 100 times I wish I had learned the first time around
  78. 100 things I want to accept
  79. 100 years is all I have
  80. 100 soft things like jelly, silk and cashmere.
  81. 100 dinner parties
  82. 100 things that I regret
  83. 100 things I think I deserve
  84. 100 things for which I am truly grateful
  85. 100 phone calls to make
  86. 100 worries I shouldn’t have
  87. 100 times I’ve told myself
  88. 100 times I’ve felt alone
  89. 100 times I’ve felt complete
  90. 100 toys to put away
  91. 100 investments I should have made
  92. 100 investments still to make
  93. 100 best cities to visit
  94. 100 best places to eat
  95. 100 illuminations
  96. 100 good things I’ve learned
  97. 100 things I want my children to know
  98. 100 ways to say yes to life
  99. 100 ways to share
  100. 100 miracles I see now