I’m Back!!!

Hello everyone,

It’s been wayyy too long and I apologize for being away for so long, life has been a little tough on me lately and I had to take a moment to put the pieces back together. It’s not quite where I want it to be yet, but I’m getting there 🙂

If any of you remember, I had a very hard time figuring out what I wanted this blog to become. I read an article years ago about bloggers, and the importance of picking one topic to write about. However, I still wanted to write about various topics on my blog. It is my blog after all, I have the right to decide what I want to write about. Therefore, I kept going back and forth between topic to topic, introducing new blog titles, I was genuinely confused. So I took break from this blog to figure things out and I have come to a conclusion.

This blog will remain a music blog only, very soon I’ll change the design of the site and create a brand new banner. The name of the blog will be J’Adore Music! I started blogging in 2010 to write about music, that’s my biggest passion in life. I adore music, I listen to it everyday and if I don’t, then I feel restless.

With that being said, I created two separate blogs about lifestyle and my photography! I have the links down below, so please check them out and click the ‘follow’ button 🙂

My lifestyle blog will cover the following topics:

  1. Beauty
  2. Fitness & Health
  3. Travel
  4. Food
  5. Popular Culture i.e book & movie reviews
  6. Self – empowerment to inspire self-growth and gaining self-esteem

These are just a few of the topic I will cover on my lifestyle blog. On my photography website I will share my landscape, nature, urban and portrait photography. I am a photographer, and my journey began in 2007. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to pursue photography seriously. So I created an Instagram page for my work last year, and I had an amazing response from people and positive feedback. I felt so determined, and inspired to continue to improve my work. This year I attended an Insta photography meetup and I discovered a newfound love for portrait photography. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my website and click on the ‘follow’ blog.

So this wraps up the introduction to my other two blogs, it might be a bit too much to manage three blogs but I feel dedicated. The only thing I have to do now is create a schedule. However, for now I will invest a lot of time catching up on my music posts. I have a lot to share and I cannot wait to write about what I love the most, music!!!

Thank you for sticking by my side all these years, we’ve been together since 2013 and we are a team. I couldn’t do this without you all, who take the time to read my post and who were probably checking my blog while I was away.

I am back and I cannot wait to get started!

See you soon 🙂

Lifestyle Blog

Photography Website

Photography Instagram Page

 

 

 

 

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The Future of This Blog?

Do not let the title of this post scare you, I am not closing my blog.

As you all know, I have made so many changes to this blog, from the content of the blog, to the title and layout. When I called my blog, “Lights, Camera, Play”, I thought that would be it for blog changes.

However, I’ve recently felt the need to write about more topics i.e. some of my favorite movies, TV shows, books, nerdy things i.e. attending Comic Con or FanExpo and much more. I have limited the content of this blog to music and photography. I am itching to write about more of my favorite things from popular culture, but now I feel like there is a barrier.

Being a blogger is not easy, especially if you want your social media platform to grow. A while back when I first started this blog, I began reading about how to have a successful blog. In the article it said it is preferable to focus on one or two topics. At that time I wrote about fashion, music, books, fitness, a little bit of everything. That’s why I decided to limit my blog to two topics, now I have a dilemma again. I promise I’ll figure it out but in the mean time I’ll continue to post on this blog.

Also, I have created another blog about lifestyle. It is called Daily Talk, please check it out. I mainly write about food, fitness, beauty, travel and motivational posts. Daily Talk is a hobby blog, this blog is my main one and for professional purposes.

When I figure out what exactly I want to do my current blog, I’ll let you all know.

Thanks for reading and see you soon! 

Update + New Blog!

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog and life has been keeping crazy busy lately! I’ve been sick for two months, May and June, in May I had a horrible fever and in June I had an ear infection and strep throat. Let’s just say, for two months I’ve been on antibiotics and pain killers and it was a lot for my body to handle.

I used to work in a daycare and I got illnesses I’ve never had before as a child, so I wanted to take time to recover and get my energy back. In addition, I also got a new job for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the adjustment period has not been easy. There is a lot for me to learn and it’s been super stressful, so I couldn’t focus too much on blogging.

However, this weekend I had the chance to work on something that I was planning since the relaunch of my blog. I decided to create a lifestyle blog, because I wanted to continue to write about lifestyle. So I would like to welcome you to Daily Talk, the name may seem familiar because I named this blog this at one point. For more information, please visit my new blog to find out what I will be writing about.

Thank you for your patience and making time to read this post 🙂

See you soon!

 

Dive into the World of LIGHTS, CAMERA, PLAY!

 

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This has been long overdue, but the newly and improved version of my blog is finally here. Welcome to the world of Lights, Camera, Play!

Through time we all go through changes and evolve as people, that’s why I thought it was time for my blog to evolve too. I have worked on this big blog change for months to ensure every small detail is perfect. From brainstorming blog names to designing blog graphics over and over again, until I was satisfied with the final product.

Let’s go over what kind of content this blog will offer and what will stay and go!

  1. Uploads of my personal photography! This year I will be going away on vacation and it will give me the opportunity to take many new photos.
  2. Music reviews from albums, songs to music events! I will be exploring the multifaceted world of music by talking about different genres from classical music to Kpop.
  3. My segment Music Monday will continue to be a part of this blog, however my segment International Wonderland will not. International Wonderland was a segment I created that explored music from other countries. Since I will keep Music Monday, so there is no need to keep International Wonderland anymore.
  4. My segment Geek Corner that focuses on TV and film culture will be making its exit from this blog. However, I will be writing about TV and film music.
  5. There will be no more book and movie reviews, as well as beauty and fashion posts.
  6. There will be one more original segment that will remain on this blog and it is: Friday Funday! This is my little gift to my long time followers who have been with me since day one. This segment is all about fun random posts i.e. Q/A, tag questionnaire posts and etc.

This is what my blog will be in a nutshell, but I have more to share with you. My past blog posts were focused on lifestyle, even though I had a lot of music content. Therefore, I’ve decided to use my Tumblr blog for my lifestyle posts (http://jadore-fabulosity.tumblr.com/). I haven’t launched it yet, but when I do my followers will be the first to know about it.

I have also opened up an Instagram account dedicated solely for my photography, it would mean a lot if guys went to support my work and follow me here → https://www.instagram.com/lifethroughalens89/. I also want to know if you any of you want an Instagram account affiliated with this blog. Please answer the poll below to let me know!

That being said, it is time to end today’s post with a big thank for waiting patiently to make my return to the blogging world. I am excited to bring new content your way and evolve as a blogger. I will soon be leaving the field of child care/counselling to follow my passion for the arts/culture field. With this blog I will watch myself grow professionally and improve my music review and photography work. I have 172 people who will be with me on this journey and I am so excited to share this chapter of my life with you all.

Thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow with the return of Music Mondayツ 

 

 

Happiness from a Child’s Perspective!

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and great first week of 2016! I got an idea this week while I was at work and I think it is a perfect topic for the new year. The topic for today’s post is happiness!

I decided to sit down and ask my four-six year old students what happiness means to them and let’s just say they got the right idea. Some answers were silly and questionable, but I decided to include them so we can all have a good laugh.

Let’s take a look at their answers!

  1. Smiling. Many of them said to simply smile, so lets smile more this year 🙂

2. Be helpful. Being kind and showing kindness is important, so let’s do           it often.

3. To do something nice. Pay it forward, have you head of this saying?   Doing something nice for reason, I’ll give you an example. A few  months ago my friend was in a Tim Horton’s drive thru and person in front purchased her coffee. I’m not saying to do that exactly, but maybe something along those lines.

4. If someone gives an outlet cover. Haha well, I’m not sure what to say about this one.  I asked the child what he meant and he did mean an actual outlet cover. Interesting, he can say very silly things. I’ll be on the lookout for it and I might put together a funny post of       his sayings 🙂

5. Making someone happy. I asked the child in what way and he said to do something the person liked. Sounds good to me 🙂

6. Spending time with family. There is nothing better than spending time people close to you.

7. Being different from other people and you don’t have to be like someone else. I was surprised when I heard my student say something so wise, I guess we cannot underestimate children and we shouldn’t. Be you and no one else!

8. Sharing.

9. Take away tears and smile.

10. Be giving.

The whole point of this post is to show it doesn’t take much to feel happiness, and we can also do a lot to make people happy. As adults we complicate things more than we should, we forget how to be carefree like a child. This year try to find happiness in the small things in life, you don’t need a Ferrari or a mansion to feel happiness.

I hope you enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more and better content this year.

See you soon 🙂

 

New Years Roundup!

Yet again another year felt like it flew by, we have one day of 2015 left and we are about to welcome 2016. For two years, I have written a post about new resolutions and listing the different resolutions I am going to try to fulfill in the following year. This year for this post I will not do the same thing, but I will go over the resolutions that I was set for myself for 2015.

2015 resolutions, yay or nay!

1. Become more active on my YouTube channel! 

Nay, this year this resolution was a flop, but that’s ok. To be completely honest, I am not sure what kind of content I want to put out there in the Youtube world. Not to mention that posting videos of yourself online is a bit intimidating! That’s why I decided to wait until I figure out what my channel will be about.

2. Learn how to play the guitar!

Nay, learning to read music from scratch is tough and learning to play the guitar is even more challenging. I did not follow through with this resolution, however, I did buy an  electric keyboard. I was told by a musician that it is important to start with an easier instrument, so I purchased this one. I will work hard this year and learn to play on the piano.

3. Attend dance classes!

Nay, well it seems so far the resolutions I set for 2015 have not been fulfilled, but this year was the busiest one for me. Therefore, dance class was the last thing on my mind.

4. Become more confident!

Yay! I think all of us have insecurities and they could affect our self-esteem levels. My biggest hope for 2015 was to tackle that and go back to my confident self. I can say my confidence is back, insecurities always try to creep back into my life but I quickly kick them out. I hope any of you out there who is suffering from low self-esteem, tries to tackle this and work hard everyday. Remember, it doesn’t happen over night, so please be patient.

5. Figure out my career path!

YAY! This is the biggest and most important step in my life this year and something I’ve always envisioned. I am happy to say that I am a student at my old university, studying at the Arts and Entertainment Administration Continuing Education Program. Being part of the program gives me so much happiness because I can finally make my goals a reality. My biggest hope when I graduate is to get a job for the music industry. I will continue to work hard in 2016!!!

6. Stay vegetarian!

Yay, I have not eaten meat, but I do still eat fish. I call myself a Pescitarian, I am eating fish until master how to get all of the nutrients my body needs. I am a newby to all of this and each day I am learning opportunity.

7. Relax better!

Yay! I am so happy I can finally relax better after any kind of challenging days. I can let things go and just relax. Every year will make you wiser!!!

8. Sign-up for a running marathon!

Nay! I had a busy year so I didn’t have the chance to train enough for a running marathon! However, that is my goal for the next year.

9. Attend a cooking class!

Nay! To be completely honest, I forgot about this resolution but I did start cooking more at home.

10. Continue studying Japanese!

Nay! I definitely want to learn Japanese one day, however now it is not a priority. I have so many things I need to accomplish first, but one day I will go back to studying Japanese.

Compared to last year, right about now I should list my new resolutions. But this year I decided not to do that because I feel like I could work on my 2015 resolutions more in 2016. I fee like we should not set new resolutions if we have some unfinished business from the previous year. I also feel pretty good about myself and what I’ve accomplished last year.

I also want to take this opportunity and talk about something else too. I was on social media recently and saw this post online:

 

At first I agreed with what I read, but then I read what the person who posted this had to say and I realized she was right. To be able to evolve in life, you have to go through stress and hardships. Whether we like it or not, this is how the world works. Instead of wishing for a stress less year, wish for a year where you can develop good coping techniques to deal with the stress. Life will keep testing us until we get it right and learn to cope! My point with my rambling is to keep going, perseverance is key. Continue to evolve, try new things, live an interesting life, eat good food, hangout around good people and be happy! You deserve it.

Happy New Year and I hope 2016 brings you lots of love, health and happiness!

Thank you for spending another year with me and please continue to support my blog 🙂

See you in 2016!

p.s. You may have noticed that I did not do a countdown for the top 10 American music. That’s because I listened mainly to Kpop throughout the entire year, however, if I had to pick my favorite song of 2015 it is “Downtown” by Macklemore!

 

Life Lessons of 2015!

I made it a goal for myself that each year I will grow as a person, and become wiser. This year was one of the most important years for me, lots of good things happened, but there were also stressful moments. I had one of the biggest realizations this year about many circumstances in my life. This got me thinking to write this post and talk about what I’ve learned!

Without further ado, let’s begin!

  1. You can’t change people!

It’s true, you are not responsible to change the thinking of someone if they refuse to accept they have a problem or if they are difficult. The only person you can change is yourself, it’s hard enough to change ourselves, what makes us think we can change others. You are not Jesus, do yourself a favor and let it go.

2. Let it go.

This brings me to my second point, letting things go. We as human beings are prone to holding grudges, and not letting go of things that upset us. When you don’t let go, you hold on to the toxic feelings, sadness, anger, jealousy and regret. Let me use a metaphorical example, imagine holding on to a cactus. The needles are pointing you and they hurt you, but you do not let go because you think you will get used to the pain. You won’t, the needles will dig in and hurt you even more. Letting go is not an easy task, but taking it one day at a time and trying to be positive will prove to be helpful.

2. Think positive.

Positivity is contagious, positive people radiate a calm aura and draw people to them. Life can be challenging, it’s easy to forget to be positive, but do not fall victim to a negative thinking pattern. Take it one day at a time, and think one positive thought each day. Even you had the worst day, think of that one thing that made you smile. Keep a journal and write one positive things that happened to you each day!

3. Follow your passion.

No matter what anyone says, always follow your passion! Have a solid plan and start taking action, we don’t know what the future holds for us, but we can shape our future with our actions in the here and now. I am back at school studying in a program that will land me a job in the arts and entertainment industry. It took a long time for me to figure out my plan, but I finally did it. The best is yet to come!!!

4. Live life to the fullest.

Not every day will be rainbows, sunshine and roses, but we have to learn to live life to the fullest. Someone once told me, try to live an interesting life! This saying resonated with me and I try to apply it to my life. I am currently doing some work at the Canadian Music Centre to gain some experience, there is an elderly gentlemen who volunteers there and has traveled to 69 countries. We sat down for an hour and talked about his adventures throughout his life, he also told me that his life had hardships too. However, he has always been determined to live life to the fullest and create a memorable and filling life. I hope you all start doing that too, I certainly am determined to try new things and one day look back on the great life I’ve had.

5. Accept there are bad people.

We encounter difficult people every where you go, at work, on the public transit, at school and more. Going back to my first point in this post, you cannot change them. What you can do is to try and avoid them, try not to get involved and have limited interactions. However, there are times when you can’t do that, in that case stand up for yourself if people are being unfair. Bullying is not allowed, so learn to speak up for yourself and do not let people walk all over you.

6. Control your emotions.

We are human beings, so of course our emotions might get the best of us. However, we need to monitor ourselves and watch how we react to certain things. Our emotions make us think irrationally, before we respond to anything that upsets us, take some time to breathe and remove yourself from the situation. Meditation is wonderful way to relax your mind, and control what you feel.

7. Be kind to yourself.

We live in a overly critical society, anyone can find anything wrong with you! Do not listen to them, and know your worth as a person. We are our own worst critic too, be kind to yourself and love yourself. When you do you will radiate confidence and positivity!

8. Do not overthink.

Overthinking makes a situation seem worse than it actually is! Go with the flow, overthinking is not going to make anything better, in fact it will make you feel worse. Thinking of worse case scenarios to a potential situation is pointless, there have been some many times I’ve been overthinking and in the end things were fine.

9. Things happen for a reason.

It’s story time, so in September I was supposed to start taking my first course at the program I’m enrolled in, but this course got cancelled. I was so upset, and then the second course I was supposed to take in November got cancelled too. My first reaction in September was tears, lots of them, I felt like nothing is going my way. Then I did something I’ve never done, after crying a waterfall of tears, I sat down, took a deep breath and began to think. I started to think of plan B, this plan was doable. At the time, I had a very stressful time of the year because school was starting and I had to manage a classroom of 15 children by myself. If I had my classes and the pressure from work, I would’ve crumbled. The point of my story is that things happen for a reason and the cancellation of my courses is a blessing in disguise. God has a plan for you, just take it easy and trust it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I am proud of myself this year and I’ve come a long way. Many people say, “A new year, a new me”, let’s think about it in another way! A new year is an opportunity to learn something new, to become wiser and happier. You should’t set these goals only at new years, but at every day of the year.

Thank you reading everyone, please follow my Twitter page for daily updates (https://twitter.com/jadoremusic89)

See you soon!