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The Amazing Benefits Of Learning To Play An Instrument

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Inspirations, Music Corner | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People,

JT going over her piano class session

JT going over her piano class session

I enjoy playing on my piano and listening to music.  I have to put time on the calendar to practice. I grew up with my mother and father listening to all kinds of music.  My mother use to sing jazz when she was in college, so it’s in my blood. I play intermediate piano and now taking a refresher piano-at-home course to sharpen my skills and learn more.  I played piano in college and had to do recitals for my final grade.  I was a late bloomer, so I had to really focus to learn to play piano and read music. You can learn to play a musical instrument no matter what age because you are never to old to do what you enjoy.

JT studying piano

JT studying piano

Recently I’ve read about the many and remarkable benefits that you can get from learning to play a musical instrument. I know I enjoy it and keeps the mind smart and alert. This info has made me want to schedule in a lot more time for playing music! Here are some of the main advantages of learning a musical instrument. I hope you find them as motivating as I have!

It improves your memory
Our memory becomes less and less sharp as we get older. Apparently, because music requires the use of both sides of our brains, it can actually help to improve memory. Considering the amount of times I forget where I’ve left the house or car keys, this is a very appealing benefit for me!

It relieves stress
In modern life, stress gets to us all. But studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can help to reduce the physical and psychological impact of stress. By lowering the blood pressure, this in turn reduces the stress hormone cortisol in your body, leaving you feeling calmer and more peaceful. Bliss!

It is rewarding
And the rewards keep coming too, the more practice you put in and the better you get. Naturally, it’s very challenging as a beginner, but once you get the hang of it and start playing a tune without mistakes, it is so worth it! Playing music for your family and friends and making them smile is another aspect of this hobby that makes it so rewarding.

It is sociable
If you decide to take up guitar lessons, for example, not only might you become friends with your teacher, but also with many other people who play this instrument. This could be within your circle of friends, or through your wider community. You may love it so much that you have regular jamming sessions with friends or join a music group.

It boosts your confidence
All of us suffer moments of low self-esteem. This might be in our personal life, work life or both. But taking up a new hobby and realising that you can do well at it, could help to restore confidence in yourself and your abilities.

It’s great for your CV
Prospective employers will realise that you have many important and useful skills if you let them know that you play a musical instrument. For example discipline, organization, commitment and creativity. I first started playing piano and had never played before and would practice in the study rooms to fine tune my  homework so if you really want to learn to play an instrument it can be done.

It helps you to be more patient
Because we can gain access to information so quickly and effortlessly these days, it’s made us all very impatient! When learning a musical instrument, there’s no way of speeding things up, you just have to go as fast as your body and mind will allow. Inevitably, you will make lots and lots of mistakes at the beginning, but the more you practice, the better you will get so it’s all about being patient! Practice, Practice, Practice and more Practice!

As well as these, I also think one of the biggest advantages of a musical hobby is that it’s fun! It gives you the chance to be even more involved in the music you love.

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Today is Denim Day…

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Inspirations | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

Today, Wednesday, April 29th,  is “Denim Day” which is a day for men and women to stand up against sexual violence.
Show solidarity through fashion wearing denim for a purpose.

JT

JT

I came across  Alert ID which is a valuable resource on how to protect yourself from sexual assault and resources on how to get help.

“There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.”

* Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.

*Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.

*Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol.

*Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.

* Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.

* Don’t prop open self-locking doors.

* Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.

* Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.

* Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.

*Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.

*Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.

* Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.

* Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.

* Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.

* Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.

* Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank.

* In case of car trouble, call for help on your cellular phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call police.”
8.5x11_Campaign_PosterI have a few tips that I wanted to add for you to take note.

1. Before you get into the car check underneath your vehicle and check the seats before you get in to make sure no one is lurking or hiding.
2. Make sure your car keys are in your hands before you get to the car and you are not fumbling through your purse looking for them.

Awareness can be shown today through wearing denim, however its only the beginning as the poster says above.

 Get Involved

Wear jeans, jean jacket, shirt or something denim on April 29.

Educate yourself and others on the issues.

Support survivors of sexual assault.

Resources
ALERT ID
National Crime Prevention Council
DenimDayinfo.org

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Easter Sunday: What a Great Day!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Accessories, Fashion, From the Heart, Inspirations | 2 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

What a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Jesus is Risen from the grave and lives!

The last day of Passover is tomorrow. It is such a good time to reflect on the celebration of the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt.

My hubby and I attended an awesome service and enjoyed the day.  My sweet doggie Vinny loves being in the pictures while my other doggie Gio is sniffing for every scent around the backyard.

I enjoy blogging about style and on Resurrection Sunday I went Dressy Chic. I wore a lace dress with a tailored blue jean jacket. The day was cool, so I wore textured black tights and gray open toe heels.

JT, Hubby and Vinny on Resurrection Sunday

JT, Hubby and Vinny on Resurrection Sunday

I popped a pink scarf because it was a little chilly and added my Gucci sunglasses. My Coach handbag was from a Caribbean cruise I went on in 2011, yes 2011. I be sure to take care of my handbags and accessories so they last a long time. You will not see me buying things just to write a post on my blog.  You are not going to get that kind of writing from me.

JT on Resurrection Sunday

JT on Resurrection Sunday

 My jewelry is pretty classic chic. I wore an Italian lire coin watch. It has become a favorite of mine. It is a watch and bangle in one. This is one of my alternative wedding ring and bands. I am happy that my hubby was able to get it fixed because I was missing a stone. It is such a good thing to find a great jeweler who can repair your pieces and give you fair prices.

JT's bejeweled accessories

JT’s bejeweled accessories

Enjoy your weekend and remember that beauty comes from the inside out. I have to remember that there is no need to compare. I am not in a competition to prove who is better, cuter, taller, or thinner.  The most important thing is my relationship with my Heavenly Father and then everything else comes after that.

JT

JT

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Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in From the Heart, Inspirations | 0 comments

Hello Elegant Readers,

I am thankful!

It’s Good Friday. The day when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for me, for everyone. He didn’t have to do it; but he did and I am so glad.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)

Roman soldiers put thorns on Jesus’ head and spit on Him and cast lots for His garments. Jesus could have called the heavenly angels to knock them out; but he did not.

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Grateful!

God forgives us of our sins, even though he knew no sin.  I have to get over the condemnation because by repenting of my sins, it is forgotten and wiped away.  If a negative word comes out, I have to remember that He calls me His beloved. I am a King’s kid! My God is wonderful, marvelous, majestic, glorious, mighty, powerful and victorious!

We have to point to ourselves and say that Jesus did it for me. We have to personalize it because Jesus is not in this far cosmic atmospheric place, he is in our hearts. The key is to have a relationship with God.

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God’s Amazing Grace!

At my church our Pastor is teaching on Amazing Grace that has really encouraged me to look deeper into God’s word to continue to develop and grow my relationship with God. None of us are perfect but we are forgiven.

Praise God!

"The symbol of grace we raise high like a banner. Like a flag waving in the air as a sign of surrender. Surrendering to...

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Celebrating Holy Week: Holy Thursday

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in From the Heart, Inspirations, Travels | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

This week we are celebrating is Holy Week. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of my Christian faith.

The picture below is a Last Supper sculpture located outside Groom, Texas (near Amarillo). My hubby and I visited the site last fall while we were on a road trip to the American Southwest. The site includes several sculptures that tell story of the Jesus’ crucification and is maintained by the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries. It turned from a warm to a cold and rainy day when my husband took this picture; but it was worth it.

Let’s take a look at the Last Supper story in the scriptures.

Photo by JT

Photo by JT Last Supper Sculpture in Groom,Texas

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord’s Supper

17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20 When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

Jesus didn’t have to go on the cross; but he did it for you and me. He loves us so much that he gave his life for us.

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Confessions Of A Prodigal Son (Movie Review)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in From the Heart, Inspirations, Review | 1 comment

Confessions Of A Prodigal Son

Confessions Of A Prodigal Son

Every time I am at church, my Pastor reminds me that God is for me! and God loves me!

This is a theme that is echoed in Confessions Of A Prodigal Son, a movie that my hubby and I had the opportunity for an exclusive pre-screening. The movie will be released on DVD on Tuesday (March 24, 2015).

The story of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15: 11-32, is told in this modern-day movie that is suitable for ages.

The son Sean (Nathan Clarkson) does not want to follow the guidance and direction of his parents (Kevin Sorbo and Laura Black). He believes that he knows what is best for him and leave home to attend college, in spite of his parent’s love. Does Sean have the right answers? Or will he find out that his way may not live up to his expectations?

While at college, Sean is in a struggle, a tug-of-war with his English professor (Darwin Harris) who questions Sean’s belief that no one should tell anyone what to do and people should make up their own rules. Sean’s so-called friend (Azel James) offers him no direction and is questioning his own life.

Sean becomes smitten with a dancer-in-waiting (Rachel Lee) who wishes that she had the type of life that Sean gave up and looking for that father-figure after her own father left home when she was only three.

After spending two years on his own, Sean appears to have his life figured out. But in a series of events, his life comes crashing down. He is forced to decide what he must do to make it work. How will he play out his own story?

Many times we can get frustrated when people tell us what to do; but these rules are in place to give our life order and foundation. The movie does an excellent job of showing how rules are necessary, especially from the perspective of young man. I recommend that parents watch this movie with their children, and then discuss the topics of independence, rules and God’s love.

Also, with the recent events happening at the University of Oklahoma and Penn State University, this movie also presents very timely topics that all parents will want to discuss with their children about making wise decisions relating to social media.

Confessions Of A Prodigal Son reminds us that God will never leave us nor forsake us, He is always there for us.

Please watch the trailer below:

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