Music Monday! Week 47.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I will be sharing a more recent music video from the Divergent soundtrack. The music video I am going to share is “Beating Heart” by Elle Goulding. Later on this week, I will be writing a Divergent movie review and share with you my thoughts about the movie.

Alright, while I was watching the movie and this song started to play, I was immediately obsessed, I see myself hitting the replay button for weeks. Elle’s vocals are captivating throughout the song and for me it captures the mood of the first movie, perfectly. The music video is quite interesting as well, the music video begins with Elle sitting in a dark room where she drinks a serum and undergoes a simulation. I think idea of Elle pretending to be Tris in the music video is unique and interesting, I actually think it was a great idea because it is something different. Throughout the video, clips from the movie are shown as well as Elle walking around in a foggy forest. Towards the end of the video Elle reunited with a man, since Elle is pretending to be Tris, I assume the man is pretending to be  Tobias, they hug and then Elle wakes up again in the dark room.

I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for the Divergent movie review post 🙂

See you soon!

p.s. On Friday I mentioned in my one year anniversary post that I am working on a special video project, however I have been having major technical difficulties. I am trying to figure it out, but it might take a while, please be patient and look forward to it. I promise to work as fast as I can 🙂

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J’adore Music 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

 

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How exciting it is to know that I have been blogging here for 1 year and there have been so many wonderful people who have clicked on the follow button to read my posts. On March 29, 2013, I joined WordPress and my wonderful blogging journey began! It is so amazing and I am truly thankful, it inspires me to write more and more when I know all of you read my posts. I have never been the type to care about how many people follow me, as long as I have people who read my blog frequently, that is enough for me.

I became a blogger in 2010 on Blogspot, however I didn’t get a lot of web traffic. I had many things to write about, but there was no one to read it and I didn’t how to advertise my blog. I tried with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, but it did not help. This is when one of my friends suggested WordPress and I decided to check it out. She told me about including tags on posts and in this way my posts will be easily found. When I first signed up I had to get used to the template and how to customize my blog, but it didn’t take me long because I am quite tech savvy. My first blog post here was “Passion For Blogging”, I published the post and I didn’t think I would get any views any time soon, but within a hour I got 19 likes. I was pleasantly surprised and I continued writing more posts, eventually I introduced my Music Monday segment. Music Monday is a weekly segment, where I post a music videos from any segment or decade. My second segment is Friday Funday, I decided to create this segment because it gives me the opportunity to write about other fun topics, besides music. Friday Funday posts are published every other Friday and my third segment is Lifestyle Sundays. I decided to create this segment because I wanted to write inspirational and motivational posts on my blog, this segment does not have a particular day when it is supposed to be published like Music Monday and Friday Funday.

I have many posts I am planning to write this year, but my biggest goal is to write more album review posts. My first one was about the “Britney Jean” album, as a blogger I want to improve my album writing posts, so I am reading and learning as much as I can.

I love having this blog and sharing my love for music with all of you, I am looking forward another amazing year of blogging. Thank you all for reading, liking and recommending my blog to others to read. Cheers!

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p.s. I am working on a short thank you video for you all, I have figure out some things first though. It has been a while since I’ve used digital media and I am quite excited, I’ll try to have it done by Sunday.

 

Music Monday! Week 46.

Hello everyone,

Happy Monday (I’m just kidding), I am not a fan of Mondays, but I am a fan of music and if you like music, then you’ll be happy because it is another Monday where I share a music video with you all.

I had a hard time picking a song this week because I wanted to share an old school song, but there are also new music videos that have been released recently that I wanted to share. However, I made my decision and today music video is “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. The Verve is an English rock band that came together in 1990, the lead vocalist is Richard Ashcroft, the guitarist is Nick McCabe, the bass guitarist is Simon Jones and the drummer is Peter Salisbury. At a later date the band was joined by guitarist and keyboarder, Simon Tong. The band became well known in 1997 with their album “Urban Hymns” which became the best selling album on the UK charts. This song was a major hit and it was nominated for Best Rock Song at the Grammys. This song is special part music history for UK music and I love it.

I discovered the song randomly on MTV when I was a child and I was instantly drawn to the orchestral sound. I love the simplicity of old school music videos because they do not overpower the song itself.

Enjoy and share with me your favorite 90s song in the comments box below.

See you soon!

Lifestyle Sundays! Time Management.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to my second post from my Lifestyle Sunday segment, I thought it was about time to contribute to this segment. Today I want to talk to you about time management and why it is essential to be skilled in this area. Three years ago when I was an intern at the YMCA, I facilitated a time management workshop and I want to share the information on my blog.

I hope you find this post helpful, if you did find it helpful, let me know in the comments box below.

Enjoy.

Let’s begin by defining time management, time management is a range of skills, tools and techniques used to manage your time and achieve the desired goals. Time management is important because it gives you the opportunity to carefully plan specific strategies that will help get you closer to your goal. However, some of us may have poor time management skills because we procrastinate. There are many reasons why we procrastinate, but some of them are the following:

  1. Difficulty Concentrating. We live in a very fast paced environment and sometimes we have the tendency to become distracted. Our minds may be preoccupied with many other issues, which results in forgetting the important things we want to accomplish. The Internet also plays a great role in the procrastination aspect, we let ourselves stay in front of the computer and browse the Internet for hours. I am guilty of doing this sometimes, but the important thing that needs to be realized is that nothing will be served to you on a platter. You have to work hard to accomplish things, if you do not get up and do something about it, then what you want to achieve will not happen.
  2. Fear and Anxiety. Being intimated by a big or small goal is normal, but that’s not an excuse to give up on your dreams. Bigger and better things always seem a bit scary and taking that first step can be nerve wrecking, but in the end taking that step will shape the future that you want.
  3. Negative Self-Beliefs. Thinking self-defeating thoughts like “I can’t do it”, “I’m scared”, “What if I fail?”, won’t do you any good. Controlling our way of thinking can be challenging, but in the long run it is only us that can control how we think and feel. If it is hard for you to think positive, take it one step at a time, challenge yourself to think one positive thought everyday. The more you do this, the more easy it will become and it will become natural to be more positive.
  4. Perfectionism. I never used to be a perfectionist, but I became one in my third year of university. Let me tell you one thing, being a perfectionist is not that great because perfectionists have the tendency to be very hard on themselves. You should always try your best, but expecting everything to be perfect all the time is not realistic. It only adds unnecessary weight to your shoulders and mind. You don’t have to do this to yourself, be kind to your mind. I definitely need to pull away from my perfectionist persona, so if you struggle with this, just remember I’m in the same boat. Sometimes you feel some comfort when you know you are not the only one who is this way.

Now that we’ve talked about the reasons for procrastinating, let us discuss how to beat procrastination. Here are some tips:

  1. Recognize when you are procrastinating. Become aware of your favorite procrastination and next time you try to procrastinate, distract yourself with something that will benefit you and your goal.
  2. Break inactivity. Do small things to get yourself started. For example, you may have a paper to write for school, so begin writing the introduction page. It might not seem like you have done too much, but at least you began writing part of the paper.
  3.  Divide the project into small manageable pieces. Take it one step at a time, small steps are always a good idea. For example, your goal may be to workout more, so instead of setting a goal for yourself to workout for an hour, do a five minute workout. That is a small step that will make you feel more motivated and you will continuously move on to 10, 15, 45 minutes and eventually to an hour.
  4.  Don’t sabotage yourself. Set up your environment with as few distractions as possible, this will help you be more focused.
  5. Reward non-procrastinating behavior. This part is totally up to you, you can go watch a movie, buy your favorite treat, go to the mall or read one of your favorite books. I like to go to the mall and buy myself something nice 🙂
  6. Enjoy your freedom and be satisfied that you have taken action to get closer to your goal.

We all procrastinate and it happens, but when we do this it becomes a stressor and we end up wasting a lot valuable time and energy! Now you may ask me, how can I manage my time better? The first option is to have a to-do list, I know it seems really simple, but it helps you see all of the things you need to get done on paper.

Write down all of the tasks that you need to complete. If they’re large tasks, break it down to the first action step and proceed with this particular task. Ideally, tasks or action steps should take no longer than 1-2 hours to complete. The next thing you want to do is to prioritize your list of things, starting from A (very important, or very urgent), B (semi-important) and C (unimportant, or not at all urgent). If there are too many high priority tasks, check your list again and remove the less important ones. Remember, you do not want to over work yourself because then you will lose your motivation and you do not want that to happen.

The second thing you want to consider doing is completing an activity log, it is a journal where you write what you are doing throughout the day. Activity logs help you analyze how you actually spend your time. You may find out that most of the things you do throughout the day are not as important, as the tasks that should be completed first. Make a careful decision and analyze which tasks should be included and excluded.

It takes time to get better at this, do not be discouraged if you fail a few times, the important thing is to keep going and trying. When you get better at time management this will happen:

  1. Reduced stress.
  2. You will have a sense of achievement.
  3. Increased energy to go after more things you want to accomplish.
  4. That energy will lead to being more productive.
  5. Better health, believe it or not stress can affect your health so be kind yourself.
  6. Stronger family bonds. When we are under pressure some of us crumble and that results in conflict with loved ones, but when your mind is happy, everyone else around you will be happy that you are happy.
Be the writer of your own story, do not let anyone else write it for you!

I hope you found this post helpful and I wish this motivated you in some way to take action and be more productive. Good luck and feel free to let me know in the comments box below, what helps to motivate you? I am sure my readers will benefit from your input 🙂

See you tomorrow for Music Monday and have a lovely Sunday evening!

 

Friday Funday! My Top 10 Disney Movies.

Hello everyone,

Our favorite day of the week is finally here and what better way to celebrate, than bringing a little bit of Disney magic in today Friday Funday post. As most of your know by now, I am a big kid at heart and I am in love with Disney movies. Last week I watched “Frozen” with my friend and I absolutely loved it, I thought it was amazing. While I was watching it, I got the idea of sharing with you my top 10 favorite Disney movies, there will also be a part II of this post with my top 10 Disney song picks. This post will be coming on April 4, 2014, so make sure you stay tuned for that.

Enjoy!

TOP 10 DISNEY MOVIES

10. Lady and The Tramp

When I think of Lady and the Tramp, I think of the cute spaghetti kiss scene, for me this is the cutest Disney movie I have watched. The movie was released in 1955 which is part of the Original Classics Era. I love the 50s vibe it has and I still like to watch it 🙂

9. Frozen

Frozen, the modern day Disney movie and part of a new Disney era is quite amazing. Honestly, I was skeptical about it because I am a bit attached to my Disney generation, but the new Disney era is top notch. Of course, I loved the song “Let It Go” and my favorite character is Olaf, he made me laugh. I am definitely willing to give this new Disney era a chance because it seems awesome.

8. Tarzan

Tarzan is the final movie of the Disney  Renaissance Era, it was released in 1999 and it debuted in number one. I love this movie because it is very adventurous and also kind of mysterious, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next. Of course as a music lover, I had to pay attention to the music in the movie and I have to say that I loved it. Phil Collins is a great addition to the soundtrack, his songs are catchy and wonderful.

The movie won an Academy Award for Best Song, a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television and Other Visual Media.

7. Beauty and The Beast

I have to admit, the reason why I love this movie is because of the love story between Belle and the Beast. I love how Disney movies have a special messages and this one is “Do not judge a book by its cover.” The development of their relationship is wonderful and I love Belle’s loyal and strong character.

The movie was released in 1991 and it won two Academy Award for Best Music/Original Song, best Music/Original Score, two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Song and three Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or for Television and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

6. Pinocchio

The animation of this movie is one of a kind and it is stunningly beautiful. When I watched Pinocchio as a kid, I had many emotions going through me, sadness, happiness, confusion. There was so much going on in the movie, I felt emotionally invested in it. I love how Disney movies have a comedic side and then all of the sudden a movie with a serious plot is released. Despite the emotional rollercoaster ride I went through when I watched this movie as a child, this will always remain as one of the most special and unique ones for me. I also addicted to the music, my favorite song is “Wish Upon A Star.

The movie was released in 1940, if you have not watched it, watch it and you won’t regret it.

5. Alice in Wonderland

Words are not enough to describe how much I love Alice in Wonderland, we all have an imagination, but Alice’s is one of a kind. I have a very rich imagination, which is a benefit for me because it allows me to be creative. I am glad I haven’t lost that sense of imagination that I had when I was a child and that’s exactly why I love this movie and the rich imagination. Alice is daydreaming about a world where the impossible things she wants exist and a world where she is free to do whatever she wants. I was mesmerized by the way the story was told and watching Alice’s adventure. My favorite scenes are the Mad Hatter tea party, the Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

This is a movie from the Original Classics Era and it was released in 1951.

4. 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians was released in 1961 which is based on the novel by Dodie Smith, the first time I watched this movie is when my mom played it for me while she was in the kitchen cooking. I would get my blanket and some of my favorite stuffed animals and I wouldn’t move from the couch for an hour. I think I’ve watched this movie as much as I have watched The Lion King, my favorite scene is the Twilight Bark scene. Following Pongo and Perdita journey to find their puppies is exciting and the cutest story.

3. Aladdin

Aladdin was released in 1992, I was initially drawn to this movie because of its Arabic theme, I thought the whole movie was beautiful. Every little girl has her favorite Disney princess and mine was Jasmine, I thought she was the prettiest Disney princess and I loved her outfits. I am also sure that if you grew up watching Disney, you had a favorite prince that you thought was dreamy, for me that was Aladdin. Everything from the animation, the characters, the story and the music is my favorite. However, my favorite thing about this movie is the love story between Jasmine and Aladdin, I am a hopeless romantic and I love these kinds of movies.

Aladdin won two Academy Awards for Best Music/Original Score and Best Music/Original Song for ‘Whole New World”.

2. The Little Mermaid

Under the sea, under the seaaaaaa, does this ring a bell? I’ve been having this song stuck in my head all week, that may be because the kids at work have been talking about Disney movies. If I had to pick another Disney movie that I love as much as The Lion King, then this will be the one. I was obsessed and I remember asking my mom to draw me a picture of a mermaid and then I would play with the cutout shape. This was a substitution until I got an actual Ariel doll, which I did. Oh boy, when I got it I immediately went to the park to show it off to my friends and we played for hours. I was immediately drawn to the story, it seemed so unique and interesting to me. Seeing Ariel trying to adjust to the human world was probably the most entertaining part of the movie for me.

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 (the same year I was born), the movie earned three Academy Award nominations and it won two awards for Best Song and Best Score. The movie also won two Grammy Awards for Best Album for Children and for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. This movie also marked the start of the Disney Renaissance Era.

 

1. The Lion King

The Lion King was released 1994 and it reached a huge success with its captivation plot and wonderful music by Elton John and Hans Zimmer. I watched the Lion King for the first time when I was 4 years old and  I fell in love with it instantly. For weeks, all I did was watch the movie and sing the songs. Without the doubt, I always cry when I watch Mufasa falling off the cliff. I was also obsessed with collecting any merchandise related to the movie and I kept asking my mom to buy me The Lion King toys. For me personally, this is the best Disney movie of the Disney  Renaissance Era, which is the era from 1989 to 1999 and it is my favorite.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, if you are a Disney lover, go ahead and share your top 3 Disney movies in the comments box below.

See you on Sunday 🙂

 

 

 

 

Music Monday! Week 45.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I have a brand new musician to share with you and her name is Ella Eyre. By accident, I stumbled upon her music video “Deeper”, when I heard the song I was instantly addicted.

Ella Eyre is a British singer/songwriter who is currently signed to Virgin EMI Records, her EP single was released on December 15, 2013. However, he debut single is going to released in April 2014. When I first heard her voice, I thought of it as a great mix of Adele and Lorde. This is an artist that has potential to make it big one day and I can’t wait to hear her debut single.

Enjoy and let me know what you think 🙂

See you on Friday for another “Friday Funday” post and on Sunday for my second post of my third segment “Lifestyle Sundays”.

Music Monday! Week 44 & Pray for MH370!

Hello everyone,

Before I begin with my usual introduction, please scroll down to the end of this post, thank you!

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I will share a remixed song by a very popular YouTube channel, Spinnin’ Records. The song is Cannonball (Earthquake) – Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew Koma.

I heard about Spinnin’ Records when I listened to the remixed version of Lana Del Rey’s song, “Summertime Sadness”. They currently have 4 million subscribers and create amazing techno/trance/dubstep remixes. This particular song I am sharing with you today is super catchy and if you are techno/trance lover, then this is for you. The music video is interesting and it incorporates futuristic elements, it also reminds me of the video game “Final Fantasy”.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the song and music video 🙂


P.S. Some of you may have heard or not, but the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 suddenly disappeared from the radar on Saturday. This story is very disturbing for me and my worst nightmare. I am mentioning this in today’s post because I want to ask everyone to pray for the staff and passengers on the plane to be found safe and sound! I am hoping for a miracle, we need it in this chaotic world we live in.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and reading this post.