Because You Want More

Hey Butterflies!

 

Had a great discussion with a very successful businessman today and some opinions he gave me about what he thinks about women in music today, led to this post...  

 

What you hear and see from me is just what you will get, you are not following my journey for a magic show...my future projects will always be a sequel or continuance.  With a little bit of polish not a role change.  I hope to reach more music lovers with my lyrics.  I never really said I could sing but you said things like, "I'm feeling these lyrics" and "love your voice" and so I want to give you more.  I live it, write it, then sing it and you like it.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

 

It started with my friends, then my family then you and now....I want to release a project fulfilling request and sharing my life experiences.  I'm not asking and telling.  I'm just being me and using the internet along with the streets to deliver a message.  Lets live!  and Lets Live it Right!  I'm just glad to share this ride with someone.  It gets lonely in this car!

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Are you Indie or Not?

Good morning Butterflies!  

 

After seeing a post about how to get your music on Pandora, I decided to share this link (below).  While I am still not on Pandora due to my own lack of completely finishing my second cd release to-do-list, I have had no complaints about CD Baby's distribution.  I went to Pandora myself with my first cd and got some very essential feedback.  Which was very well needed seeing I did EVERYTHING on that cd myself.  Sometimes you can not DO-IT-ALL and get a quality product as an end result so I'm glad I went to them when I did.  Now....although I know we all have a story on how to get things done but to me it's important to know what you are singing up for (READ THE DAMN CONTRACTS) and what you are not getting.  Be ready to TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS!  You are an Indie dammit, and in my situation....A MUSIC "LABEL" despite the overall message in the link was "trying" make clear, give me my UPC!  I must be in love with them too!  Although I see your frustration, I just can't completely agree with you.

 

Don't get me started with insignificant commentary because Im not one to talk...much.  I have so much on my plate, and so behind on business matters.  There is only but so much one person can do and since I relocated to Atlanta it's like starting all over.  At first I thought I was losing my patience about getting things done, being able to pay bills, no personal life and feeling alone.  But I sat back, got some rest and looked at what I accomplished since my official nesting in March of this year, looked in the mirror and said "I got this!"

 

Bravo Tony van Veen for keeping it real human and responding to this artist's blog.  Good to see you still take the time to clarify.  It appears more patience was needed to get Pandora's response to his emails...?  What every happen to the other communication outlets?  And why does it seem like a bad thing to knock on a business door these days?  Those at Pandora may not be as comforting, one more reply from you on that blog and the situation would have turned adoption, lol!

 

With more specifications, reading Indie music news as most Indie's do, and "getting a second opinion"  I'm sure his frustrations could have been calmed.  But again we all have a story!

 

An Open Letter to CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Spending vs. Investing

Hey Butterflies!  I hope your week is off to a great start. I know mine is :)

 

There are many things we spend our hard earned money on and one thing that has always been important to me are buying things that I need to help me get further toward the success of my future.  Moving to Atlanta were one of these investments.  There are endless resources here.  As the years went on, I started to learn about the things I needed to make things more sufficient and convenient for me especially with the businesses I plan to launched.

 

I have always wanted a Macbook, so I bought it.  I have always wanted a Brother laser printer so today, I BOUGHT IT!  Not only did I get a good price, I found a $10 off coupon that would have expired today.  Everything definitely happens for a reason and at the time it is meant to happen!  So now I have everything I need to get into ecommerce of any business I choose to pursue.  An all-in-one mono laser and it's wireless, woohoo!  I'm so excited and can't wait to see where this goes!

 

Reach high!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Taken Charge

"There is a difference between growing up being financially rich and being ethically rich.  Then there is getting yo a$$ whipped!"

 
Hey Butterflies!  Since the last blog, I have had a very tight schedule.  Juggling 3 part time jobs and spending time with my daughter on her visit to the states.  Since I make my own schedule, things worked out but here in Atlanta, if you take a day off you fall 2 weeks behind so I have been on the grind to play catch up.
 
Not being able to spend time with family had taken it's toll.  With what I thought was a growing relationship with me and my only sister seems distant again and I feel I have lost the communication line with my Mother.  That's hard to accept because we are not very close in the first place.  Just when I thought things would get better, I blame my lifestyle on this barrier.  Although when I look at my family and my upbringing I see such a great gap.  Reminding me of the days when I felt I didn't fit in their environment.  Not to say that any of us are better than each other because of the life paths we choose, it's just that there are some things that just don't make sense with us.  I think that's common with many families.  
 
I'm in no position to say what's best or what's bad, all I know is what I have taken from home are things that contribute to my means of survival.  Every time I messed up, it was followed by a butt whoopn' so I'm determined to not let that go down.  Life can whoop on you real good if you are not careful so I take my time on the decisions I make.  Not everyone can leave their home and risk taking chances on life but just like a good friend of mine said, "How can you really know who you are and what you were brought into this world to do without getting out into it taking the good and the bad and find what your true purpose of life is.  Your parents can only show you the world through their eyes.  It's not fair to you to take those visions and see the world the way they want you to see it.  You have to get out and have your own experiences, makes your own mistakes and learn from them in your own way."
 
I can not speak for my parents but to be fair I'm sure raising me was not a day in the park!  I was ruthless, rebellious, and random.  Even til this day I don't think my parents know who I am or what I may do.  So I guess what I'm saying is...  Even though I may not be able to be with them, I keep them in my heart.  Even if we are so different and have ups and downs I hope that we can all love one another the same...unconditionally!
 
Atlanta has been a great challenge and there is so much that I can do here.  The music project I'm working on is going great!   Im sure what I decide to release will be inspiring and uplifting to you.  It's hard to tell what you all will have to say about this new direction I'm going with my music but if you have followed my journey this far you will see that growing with me is worth something new!
 
To keep in shape, I thought I'd get back into tennis.  It's been so long but my coach says I'm ready so I'm looking into a league sometime in March.  Next to music, tennis is one of my favorite things and I love the fact that I'm able to get back at it like riding a bike! (See Pic Below)
 
Something else to share:  I grew up a Happy Meal kid, I thought I could never live without McDonald's and was so excited when I bought my first Big Mac.  As I got older I lost the taste for it.  Maybe because I read about by-product and gmos and all it's made of.  I have been on a vegan journey lately it has become more vegan than my 80/20 rule I've lived for years, 20 being the amount of sugar, meat and diary - 80 meaning all the good stuff I have enjoyed cooking!  I have been trying new recipes and just recently made a vegan Big Mac and replaced tuna.  The tuna is a big step for me because fish was a big part of my 20% diet.  You can not tell the difference at all!  It may be a while before I post it but feel free to follow my foodie blog.  http://tanealblogs.com/
 
Lastly, my eBay store is doing well!  I decided to list my first cd for sale considering I have a huge inventory and have had to tote these around everytime I moved.  In the meantime check out what else I have on sale!  http://www.ebay.com/usr/iwowvaluestore
 
Stay strong Butterflies!  The journey has just begun.  I can't wait to announce the cd release!
 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Mission Blockers

"The core or beginning (soul) is where things are created, received, perceived then attempted into the mind.  When outlets (eyes, ears, mouth, hands) become the possessor of this process, you are at risk of alternating your purpose with influenced thoughts and not the gifted ones."

 

Hey Butterflies!  I wanted to update you on the next step Im in on my journey.  There are a lot of different things going on and I will just bullet those at the end of this blog.  I was thinking about my move to Atlanta and all the new things I've learned even about myself and I'm glad that even though I have a rough time every time I step out the door, I come home feeling driven and confident.

 

I understand that it's hard out there for everyone but how are you facing your challenges?  How do you react when road blocks are thrown in front of you?  I decided to obey my last blog post and take those baby steps :)  Every step we attempt will be a challenge, so why not focus on what each step needs to get to the next one instead of worrying about the overall mission.

 

For example, I recently started an eBay store.  I have been planning to do it for many years.  A few weeks ago, my daughter and I sat down and thought of a name and what we would sell.  Once I logged onto my account and posted my first item, it only took 10 minutes!  Yes!  10 Minutes!  I can't believe how simple it was.  I was giving it too much thought and what I may need to get started without checking first.  So now I list an item and forget about it!  If I have any sells or something doesn't sell, I will get an email.  So I do not worry if it will be a success or not.  I take one step at a time from choosing the item I will list, hitting the publish button, corresponding to customer inquires, to shipping!

 

Before all this:  I spent a lot of time checking up on trends and news etc.  It is a good thing to stay updated but there were too many things and thoughts blocking me from what I should be doing at that moment.  There is a time for everything, so again each moment will count in every step I take!

 

Check out the links below for most of my current endeavors (links will open in a new window)!

TaNeal on IMDB

- iWow* eBay Value Store

- Another Facebook Page  posts about entertainment, comedy, DYI etc :)

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

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