Saturday, March 19, 2011
It's The Time of the Season
There have been so many changes in my life these last couple of years, which is probably why I haven't been blogging. . . apologies.
My 50's are FAST approaching!!! Perimenopause is in full gear, people!! And it should be, as most of my friends are not only done with perimenopause, but menopause itself!! HA!!
Another change. . . my professional life!
Professional life. . hmm. . .it seems funny to even say that!! Because, I've never really HAD a professional life.
Sure, I've worked since the time I was 8 years old, babysitting, then at 12, working as a hostess at El Torito and other various jobs. Then at GTE for 10 years. But those were never "careers." As a wife and mother, homeschooler, etc, I would joke and say that my career was as "Domestic Engineer."
Everything in our lives is, I believe, training or stepping stones to the next thing. So I suppose one could say, I've been training for this season all my life. : )
I've Got The Music in Me
It's no surprise that "this season" is closely related to music. My love of music goes back to the womb!! Even further! It's in my genes. Infact, my great aunt on my mother's side was a recording artist in the 1930's. She recorded for Decca's Mexican label under the name of "Adelita y Chico." I'm fairly sure all the songs she recorded, she wrote.
One of those songs, "Los Laureles," was & is a staple amongst those who've recorded la musica de rancheros. Linda Ronstadt is also on that list, having recorded it on her "Canciones de Mi Padre" album.
Unfortunately, credit has been give to one, Jose Lopez, who changed one line of the song. When my grandmother and her other sister found out that Linda had recorded the song and the credit was incorrect, they sought an attorney showing proof of royalities. The attorney agreed that she indeed had written the song, but because she had passed away, her closest living heir was her husband. Any royalities would be forwarded to him and my grandmother and great aunt "couldn't stand him!" So they let it go!!!
Somewhere, there is a 2nd cousin that has those papers of proof. In the meantime, thanks to THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT, I did find proof she had recorded the song in 1939.
My grandmother, Alice, Adelita's sister, also played guitar & wrote songs. Where those songs are, is a mystery. . . sad!!
Okay, I'm digressing here!!
But you get the point. . . I've got the music in me!!
Cliché, I know!! ; )
Because music has been such a deep part of my life, it only seems natural that I would make it a career out of it. But how?!
Amateur: The Lover of. . .
Thanks to a local radio program called "Coffee with The Coaches," I am their "Reality Coaching Client" for the month. With their help, I am moving towards my goal of being what I am naturally; a Connector. Plus the amateur talent scout, artists and repertoire person, critiquer of music, producer (yes, I have put my two cents in)!!, musicologist, blogger.
The benefit of being a "connector" is having the "connections!" : )
This week, I've consulted with three of those connections, one being my sister, whose love of music extends more to the technical side. She is a sound person, having worked on various films as sound editor and has had her share of spinning those records as "DJ D'Monjah."
If you're interested in reading what I've learned and what possibilities lie ahead for me, go to "Coffee with The Coaches'" Facebook page.
Courage: Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand fear, or difficulty
Stepping out is always difficult because more often than not, I try to look at ahead and then I see that there is commitment involved. YIKES!! When I realize that I'm gonna have to put an effort in, I get scared!! I get the "what if's."
This week on Coffee With The Coaches the topic of the show was about "courage." When I think about courage, I think about those who are fighting life threatening situations, living in dangerous places, etc. I don't always equate a change in careers or even starting one, as courageous. But as you can see from the above definition that courage does fit that mold.
I really like what I found below:
Tips for applying courage at work
Courage leaders recognize defining moments and apply courage consciously. Here's how to do it.
Affirm your strengths constantly. Realize that no one expects you to be perfect, only to do your best. Take time for daily reflection so you can evaluate your strengths and how to best use them. When you know how your talents can benefit your organization, you'll act with determination.
Hurdle obstacles, take risks. Every behavior you exhibit and every action you take are conscious choices. Give yourself permission to choose to be different so you can creatively navigate your way around, through, or over any obstacles in your path. When you feel fearful, ask yourself, What's the worst that can happen if I do this? Usually, the worst never happens. So take the risk.
Manifest vision. There are no shortcuts in courage leadership. Develop a crystal clear vision of your goal, and become stubborn about attaining it. That will help you discard any nonproductive judgments others may make about you.
Reflect self-esteem. All of your actions reflect who you are and what you stand for. If you're repeating a certain behavior that you don't like, ask, What do I need to change? Sharpen your skills and abilities through education, reading, and training, and surround yourself with the kind of people you want to emulate.
INSPIRING!!! EMPOWERING!!! ENCOURAGING!!!
So now it's time to get to work!!
I'll keep you posted!
I promise it won't take me forever and a day! ; )