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Friday, February 22, 2013

Jaclyns Blarg....

Wow, this week has been nuts! Remeber the crazy storm we had on Sunday well I had to be out in it for a bit because there were forms that I had to get the band to fill out for our winning spot in Toronto for the Hard Rock Rising Contest.  Well in doing so I ruined my Ford Escape with a run in with a snow bank and its beyond repair.  Now I have to find something safe and reliable before me and the band leave for Toronto on Tuesday. I'm trying to figure out if I should put it though insurance or not since if I do I will lose my accident protection and that means if anything happens again my insurance goes up. Blarg!!! I don’t exactly have the money to buy something decent though without doing it. Good news is that I was approved for EI so I got a little back payment but I have so many other things on the go that I might just suck it up and do the claim. I don't know if it's bad luck or good luck.  Well I'll go with good luck because I'm safe and sound!

Speaking of money and the lack thereof that brings me to something that you may want to get involved with to further help me and the band with our adventures in Toronto.

As you may know me and the band won a spot for the Hard Rock Rising competition. As a result, we will travel to Toronto, ON on Feb. 27th to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in a Battle of the Bands. Moving on from this round gives us a chance to play at the annual Hard Rock Rising Festival in London, England later on this year. I am so flippin excited.  My first gig in Toronto is at the Hard Rock Cafe...not too shabby baby yea!!!

Doug Rigaux has graciously offered to host a little fundraiser to help us out with gas money to get to Toronto. Friday Feb 22 we are going to have a
Booze-Foose –Jam at his place. If you are in the area stop in for the fun.

I’m not working at the moment so any bit will help us all make it to and from Toronto for this amazing opportunity. Donate your loose change and/or leave your bottles for us to cash in too. It will be a really great way to raise some money and have some fun.

If you would like to help and are unable to attend I am also getting some bottle donations from people in the Fredericton area. If you have some that I can pop by and pick up please email me by replying to this message or call/text me at 506-292-8031. 



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Want to reach a goal?

I am still buzzing with inspiration from “My Woman’s Workshop” that I attended today.  I wanted to tell you about it because I find it very helpful in my life it might be something you could benefit from too.

The day started off with me getting up late because well after a bottle of wine last night I made a mistake and set my alarm for Sunday at 7:00pm but good thing I have an internal alarm clock and can’t sleep in any way!  I was totally on time for the registration and coffee at the WU Conference center for this event though. Yay me!  I saw some familiar faces but as I was looking around for a space this lovely woman invited me to sit with her and right away we started chatting and there was an instant connection.  I could tell she is one of those people with a beautiful spirit and a good energy.  I think every woman in attendance was the same because of the simple fact they were there.  We were all there because we made a choice to spend our Saturday learning by choice and being proactive in making our lives better in some way. 

The sessions started off with the lovely Wendy Southworth from Priority Personnel. Then Kathy Watt from LMI Canada spoke to us about the importance of goal setting. She talked about the common traits of successful people and what sets us apart (Yes I consider myself successful).  Its not money or education or some mystical power people have. 3% of the most successful people have written measurable goals. 10% have firm goals and I believe I am in the 10 %....not a shabby place to be but there is more to it.  You really need to take the time to think about your goals and feel how you will feel when you reach them.  Act “as if” it has already happened.  Successful people focus, they are self-motivated and positive (no excuses).  Also knowing where you are, where you want to go, when you want to do it, how you are going to do it and then tracking your progress are all things you need to do in order to effectively reach your goals.

I wont spend more time on this but one more thing I learned is that I’ve waited for things to be perfect at times and it holds me back more.  Life isn’t linear and she compared it to the course of an air plane.  Air planes are 99% off course when they are flying and have to constantly correct in order to reach a destination.  It doesn’t make me feel better about flying but did make me feel better about my goals and knowing that no path is going to be perfect but if you are aware of what you want and how to get there you can always make the necessary adjustments.

If you have goals that you have never written down and wonder why you haven’t reached them yet then do yourself a favor and even without all the other process just simply write them down and your chances of success go way up.  I’m not an expert on this by any means but if you have more questions just google how to be successful or goal setting and there are ton’s of resources.  If you want to take it a step further get yourself a coach.  Kathy is a coach herself although I go to U Turn Warrior Co-Active Life coaching with Sharon Cowan and she has been amazing.  I am constantly writing my goals down, I do review them but my process needs work so being at this event today was inspiring. 

After Kathys talk I went on to a yoga session that left me feeling great after being a little tired . It really did help with my focus but also helped me to get excited about using my free week at Yoga Nirvana and think I’ll be going tomorrow.  We had lunch then finished up my day with an Investing session that was really helpful too.  All of the woman and sponsors did a fantastic job. The next workshop is in April and I can’t wait becuase I will be going. 

Well that’s all for today I just wanted you to know about this workshop and if you have more questions on how to get in touch with any of the people I mentioned just email me! 

Have a lovely weekend!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Forget Resolutions, I’m getting real

Well here I am still technically unemployed and still smiling at least.   I have to say I have received some really great words of encouragement and love.  It’s wonderful to know that I have people who have my back.  The job market in this town just isn’t very promising at this point though.  I have applied for EI and hopefully will have that as a go to if needed.  It still won’t be enough to fuel my life but hey its better than borrowing or hooking!  (My aunt loves it when I say that).  I have decided that I am willing to relocate if need be and maybe that’s not a bad thing.  Halifax could be a viable option especially with the music scene there!  We will see what unfolds.

 So how are my new years resolutions going?  Well not really going well but starting a few things.  I honestly haven’t even made New Years Resolutions in years but this year I decided to and Im not sure why.  Sunday, as per my lose 50lbs resolution I did track my food so I have one point there AND I did take my kids swimming so another point on the exercise front.  I didn’t stay within my calorie limit but Im not going to be too hard on myself since I did more good than bad!  Two steps forward one step back sometimes.  I didn't write it but I love Holly McNarland and the message is how I feel.

Dating resolution, well I’ve since had 2 dates but one was delayed so it ended up happening in the new year plus he was too cute to pass up and the other was more of a chill and watch movies.  See the thing is that I'm a social butterfly and I like having company and whatnot.  I really did think it would be easy to just not date haha..  I think it’s just a matter of getting into the mindset where I am exicuting my intentions in music, health and live so when someone is meant to come into my life they will.  That or I’ll date and have fun again ether way I have to let it flow but not until I do get back on track with the things that really matter.  So here is a video I really love that reflects how I feel.  “I hate to be alone sometimes, but sometimes alones just fine”  

I read the DIY newsletter sent out by Brian Thompson of Thorny Bleeder Records and when I have the time I’ll listen to the podcast too.  MusicBiz Weekly Podcast #91 - Back to Basics: Prepping for Future Success with Michale Brandvold. There were a few things that hit home like not setting goals but setting intentions, breaking it down and being realistic but not limiting yourself.  I’ve decided to throw my “resolutions “out the window and really focus on where I want to be this time next year.  This is not a resolution it’s more of a way of life.  I think I got overwhelmed because I failed to chunk it down but after listining to Brian and Michael I have been inspired.

Set your intentions and believe!



Friday, December 28, 2012

Resolutions that rock. Im ready for 2013!

I am taking a few moments to blog since I am at my moms and it is finally quiet!  I want to reflect on 2012 and yes it was another one for the books.  I think I say that every year but really this past year was a very good one.  I made some really amazing changes in my life at the end of 2011 that carried though to this past year.  The lessons I learned and people I have met this year are ones that will be with me throughout my life.  That’s the kind of person I am though, I take it all as lessons and look at the positive aspects of anything that happens. 

High points:
  • Getting a grant to record an album in 2013 from the province of NB
  • Playing at the ECMA’s and Music NB, Dooryard Arts and many festivals with my band!
  • Cutting my hair off
  • Running 5k
  • Being more happy with myself then ever
  • Seeing the amazing support from my family and friends
  • Getting fired! (Seriously it was a great thing)
  • Meeting so many amazing people
I’m actually really happy with this past year but realize that there is and always will be something to work on. The last few months I feel like I’ve been off and this is the perfect time of year to rejuvenate and get a refreshed outlook on my life goals and just continuing to follow the paths that will lead me to reaching them.

Resolutions for 2013:
  • Reach my weight loss goal of 150lbs by August 20, 2013 at 8:00am!
  • Break my procrastination issue
  • Manage my time better by scheduling activities
  • Mange my money better and follow a budget more diligently
  • Not dating from Jan 1, 2013 until I reach my weight loss goal (this was my facebook status epiphany  ;P)
  • Run 3-5 times a week (not for weight loss but for me)
  • Become more proactive not reactive with my kids
  • Execute my marketing pan for the album fully
  • Make it to Toronto for a visit and also gig there
I seriously am going to take a break from the dating world (sorry Jasmine!) because as fun as it is I need some more me time. I will be sad not to make it into Jasmines blog for a while though haha. We have such fun together but its only until I reach my weight loss goal.  It’s amazing though the guys that I have met and friendships I’ve made though so I can’t stay its bad it’s just distracting me from other things.  Also to be honest since I’ve lost weight its shocked me the people who approach me....its cool I just wonder what I will attract when I get to the other part of this journey.  I know that looks shouldn’t matter but really I’m not gonna lie, they do.  It’s one part physical and the other confidence though really.  I think I’m still single mainly because I’m not ready to be with anyone while I still have work to do.  It’s like sitting down to dinner with everything not quite cooked…it still looks ok but would be better if you waited.  Haha that’s my analogy!
Plus I have so much writing left to do and to work on my album I don’t need men mucking up my mind since I have enough material for a few albums gotta get it all out.  I don’t love easy and when I fall, I fall hard so I better just tuck that away till the time is right. I’ve already had my share of heartbreak this year and really I’m grateful for it.  Recently fell for someone who was completely wrong for me anyway but we had such an amazing time together. I mean he is a musician, he made me laugh constantly, we wrote some music, he was so sexy ugg…it was hard not to develop feelings.  I got the ole “We can only be friends” message and from that point realized…ok I’ve had enough. I have a few dates left before New Year’s and I’m going to have fun and then after that.  It’s me time :)
I’m also going to start off the New Year with my Free Week of Yoga from Nirvana that Jonas gave me. I have eaten there a million times but never did yoga in his studio so I am super excited.  It’s a beautiful place and has the most amazing energy so if you get a chance go check it out too!  You get a free bliss ball on your first visit too YUM!
I am wishing you the best for 2013 because no matter what happens it’s a new year.  We can make it what we want right!
Much love,

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh my Gornish!

Well hello there,
Oh my gornish I can’t believe we are almost though November!  (No that wasn’t a typo it's just the new omg  :P).  Christmas is less than four weeks away. I have been without a home computer for the past month and only using my parents since mine was broken.  I did get a new phone that helps me keep in touch with my super awesome social networks (I'm so addicted to Instagram!!) Typing on it is not as easy as having a good ole keyboard so I'm working from the rents tonight.

So if you haven’t been following on FB I’ll give you a JR update.  I am not working a full time job anymore and it’s fantastic.  I’ve had the liberty to work on my music even more and making the financial adjustments as they come. It’s wild because I didn’t think I’d be happy taking a part time job but I think its going to be ok.  Well if it doesn’t work out it doesn’t and I find something else although I’m hoping to pick up more gigs to supplement and so far they have been popping up on me.  I haven’t even been booking and people are approaching me.  I love the momentum I have built so just imagine what I can do with more time to focus on the business aspect of my growing musical career?? 

So what about my love life haha oh yeah that schmozle!  Gives me so much material to write about and you know what...I love it.  I recently posted on FB about being single for over 2 years and my family thinks I’m fussy and had quite a few interesting comments.  Truth is part of it is my choice and the other is possibly someone else’s.  In the past year I have dated a lot of guys…like I lost count.  Out of all those fish in the sea I had nibbles from there have been 3 people in particular who I have developed strong feelings for. One moved away and now is dating someone else who he describes as “amazing” (pheft she’s not me haha.)  Another is a very good friend who drives me crazy but I love dearly and the other is someone who I am just getting to know and is one of the most amazing people I have ever met (so it scary haha).  For a little while felt like I was going to burst BUT maybe its timing or it wasn't meant to be so I’m just going to have to learn how to let things flow.  I’ve shed some tears but again it’s been really inspirational for songwriting.  I don’t want to jump into something just for the sake of having someone.  I’m happy and being a musician I’m busy so the person who wants to roll with me better be ready for that too.  So for now I carry and I have some other important things to focus on!

I am starting pre-production for my album on December 12th and can’t wait.  I have most of the songs ready to present to my producer and am very excited to really dig into this project.  I will be sure to keep you in the loop so please connect with me via facebook  for real time updates or on any of my other social networks like twitter and instagram, too.  Just a heads up I will be starting a fan funding campaign in the New Year to help finish the album since even though I did get a grant it wasn’t enough to complete everything.  It's going to be a rocking campaign with lots of great items and JR/JRB performances to get in return for your contribution.
  • Nov 29th @ Fusion Nightlife at 10 PM with Shawn William Clarke, Aaron Mangoff and Chris Thompson. Check out their music here and enjoy a free download:
  • Dec 7 @ Plan B at 10 PM in Moncton with Andrew Hunter & the Gatherers (Love love love playing with these guys)
  • Dec 9 @ the Delta at 7 PM performing for Psycic Medium Michelle Russell’s “Healing Communities”
  • December 16th @ Boyce Farmers Market at 12pm (Singing some JR and Christmas tunes)
That’s all for now and I just wanted you to know how very much I appreciate you being a part of this with me.  I hope to see you soon at a show but if we are far away from one another poke me or something on FB hahaha!
Much love to you all!