All three of my kids are involved in their school’s Talent Show. They have been involved in it from day one, as kindergarteners. They have danced and sang in groups and even sang solo. Those 2 minutes feel like the longest 2 minutes of my life watching them on stage, and to me they are the bravest kids I know. I am not a major stage performer myself. I did the basic school productions as a kid, but that was it. My kids’ father is a stage and screen performer, so in some ways I suppose it is natural for them. Regardless, it is wonderful to see all three of them have a desire to perform and the courage to do it.
I began helping with the school talent show 6 years ago and have watched so many changes in these little kids. Our talent show is a full production: we have a theme, a time schedule, commercial skits with the kids, practice for a month and half, and take the time to turn an ordinary event into a learning lesson for the kids and guests watching it. It is run by parent volunteers, raises money for the arts program, and students participate voluntarily.
I have worked on all parts of the show, but primarily work as the Stage Manager handling the microphones, lights, curtain, and kid wrangling for years and I look forward to it each year! The ability to watch the kindergarteners, including my kids, go from definite stage fright to having amazing confidence after weeks of practice is a powerful transformation to watch. Over the years, the audience gets to see it from the point of their babies grinning ear to ear looking out beyond the stage lights for mom and dad; to growing into the 5th grader who belts the song like an adult. I am so honored to be a part of a confidence building opportunity for the future generation.
A "behind the curtain secret"; I cannot explain the joy and smiles the kids exude the second that curtain closes. It's a face of excitement I wish each parent could see, because those kids are so proud of themselves for what they just did. Behind the curtain we practice the silent clap and cheer, but you can hear the random "yeah!!" or "I did it!" if a microphone is still on or you’re in the front row.
Creative arts, in all forms, are the most amazing confidence building outlets for children and have been proven to increase test scores. I won't go into all the statistics; we've all heard them. I would, however, encourage anyone to fight the elimination of arts programs in elementary schools due to budget cuts.
Creativity is beneficial for us adults as well. Even if you don’t feel you are a natural in a specific area, by opening your mind up to creativity, you may be surprised by the positive results. I am a perfect example of this. I never wrote anything for publication before this blog. Before taking on this endeavor, I asked for guidance, and then stayed open for answers. God guided me to begin writing; because the situation with my daughter going to camp (see my 1st blog) was so overwhelming, I just needed an outlet. The phrase, "I am the mother...of a tween" came to me right after I dropped her off, and the urge to spread my voice about that situation nagged at me all day. The next day an ad for a writing course popped up, which I noticed but did not act on. Instead, I sat down and started writing and the words just came. I just wrote what was on my heart and it has now developed into these divinely guided writings.
I have even started drawing, which I had never done before. My previous drawings were the equivalent to a kindergartener's skills. But I had faith I could do it and now, I am simply blown away at the difference. Both skills completely formulated by faith, openness, and probably several lifetimes of practice I guess.
We are all creative. None of us are exactly alike in how we see something or present it. That is why we are here. So that each of our individual skills can be put to use to help push us all forward and discover different ways to work through the negativity.
We just have to nurture and believe in that creative gene. We all use our creative skills every day in many ways, such as how we solve a problem or the new idea that you came up with; it’s all creativity. When we produce art in any form, it has our own unique touch by divine guidance. Whether your art is writing, dance, painting, drawing, singing, acting, or problem solving, no one will do it the same as you.
When we feel we have no skill or that we don't even want to try, we should ask for divine assistance to show us where to begin and in what medium, God will help guide us. The challenge we face is to be open enough to recognize the divine promptings, then we will notice random things like that advertisement for drawing classes, or the writing course flyer we will find, or that random conversation about taking a dance class happens. Then we need to believe in ourselves and take action on those promptings. God will be there ready to help.
Much Love and Creativity.
Valentine’s Day is a tough time for many people. But for those who are lucky enough to know true love, it is a joyous time. Our universal desire is to know and feel a deep love from another person.
My 13 year old daughter is currently in the state of LOVE that revolves around a borderline obsessive fantasy world in relation to famous boys. She enjoys knowing every detail about her favorite boy band(s) right now. She seems to have no desire to like any boys at her school or boys she knows in general and frankly as a mom, I am just fine with that!
By having grown up in the Midwest and having the same Tween desires, I can easily say that most times you can get away with saying to your daughter, "Great you go ahead and like those boys.“ Because we as parents know there is a very small chance your daughter will ever meet them before she grows out of the obsessive phase. So I have no worries. However, I am reminded that we live in the city that everyone wants to be in, the hub of entertainment- Hollywood. So the likely hood of her actually meeting these boys is higher, and yes, she has met them.
Thanks to social media "Twitter" and "Instagram" to be specific, these tech savvy boys tweet when they come to town and the investigative Twitter fans ALWAYS figure out where the boys are staying, where they are recording, or what movie theatre they are at! And now thanks to social media, they have what is called "meet ups"; a time when the fans meet in a public place to just talk about these boys. While at a “meet up” and while waiting outside their hotel, my daughter has managed to meet these boys she seems to feel she knows so well. Luckily, these boys are very appreciative of the time these girls put into supporting them and are very sweet. One band she adores actually showed up at one “meet up”, said hi, and took the time to take pictures with each fan. They even brought pizza to the fans that day. My daughter also got a shout out on Twitter for a cute gift she gave one of the boys.
So now even with already meeting these dream boys of hers and giving them gifts, and having conversations with them, she is still in love with the possibility that her favorite boy will fall madly in love with her just like something right out of a romantic movie. It is very sweet. Her desire to be in love and feel the euphoria is something we all start to look for at a young age.
My son, the 11 year old 5th grader, was recently asked by his long time crush to be her Valentine. It made him so happy. He was on cloud 9 for days. He then picked out a Valentine gift, card, and packaged it all just for her. He has since asked me, if it is strange that she asked that of him. He was looking for the ok from me to go along with the feelings he was having.
Then the cutest thing happened while in the car with his buddy the other day. They had been discussing Valentine’s Day and after a discussion about the gifts they were giving to their respective Valentines, there was a change in subject and a 15 minute delay and out of nowhere, so innocently and happily after clearly thinking about his valentine again, my son goes, "It’s great how LOVE just warms your heart."
Oh my goodness. He was so sincere and sweet I couldn’t help but just smile and giggle to myself.
And even the 2nd graders get some puppy love on this holiday focused on LOVE. Below you will see a video that was filmed at our elementary school in Burbank for the Ellen Show. Our adorable friend Dylan ends up as the focus after admitting who his crush is. It’s so innocent and cute. Enjoy.
In this lifetime, we all strive for the same thing - to feel loved. Our desire to find that passionate love and experience the euphoria that comes when you are truly in love with someone is the closest we can get to remembering the unmatched true love we had before we came to earth; that genuine unconditional heartwarming love from God.
We are subconsciously searching for that same LOVE while here on Earth. And I hope that you open yourself up enough to feel that love. Everyone deserves to remember the love from home.
God is Love.
It is to all our benefits that we remember we are God’s children and THAT love will never sway. No matter how much we may stray while here, God is not out to judge us. He is so proud of our courage, desire, and strength to want to be a part of this world. He should be looked at as a parent with open arms, willing to forgive and love without a second thought.
He is aware we all have it hard down here and we are fighting hard for the benefit of the human race. We are the explorers for the rest of the universe. We are doing our jobs and God would never deny us love because we make a mistake.
Love is a universal commonality. It is the core of ALL human desires, to find the joy that love gives. If love could be put at the forefront of all things, then conflict would end and peace would take hold. It is the answer to unity around you and in turn, around the world, one ripple at a time.
Love is spread from one person to another by many forms:
Be a friend.
Be a companion.
Be an ear to listen.
Be the only smile someone gets today.
Be the person who holds the door for a stranger.
Be bold enough to tell someone how much they mean to you.
Be the person who tells the universe the type of person you want to be with.
Much Love and More Love.