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Use Your Thoughts

I have been thinking a lot about how people deal with situations, challenges, problems, etc. and I have realized that people tend to underestimate their ability to go through a certain experience or control a situation.
Naturally, I first started thinking about myself, and everything that I have experienced. I use to make statements like ‘I can’t live without this’ or ‘I can’t imagine without that’,  or ‘How am I ever going to deal with this’ etc. Every time, I come to this cross road of adversity and challenge, I literally tell myself (verbally): “Hey, you went through A, and you also got through B, and you dealt with C’, so why would you not be able to handle this?’ The power of this unbelievable. I go from feeling pessimistic to feeling a lot more in control of my thoughts, my actions, and ultimately my reactions to other people.
Here is the thing: your thoughts are very powerful! You can let them create you or destroy you. Your thoughts are your primary source of success and failu…

B&W Journey: Reading All Music Notes

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In my last post, I talked about basics of music reading that included the two clef (Bass and Treble), and the notes on the lines and spaces of each clef. This is all the notes on the staff, including lines, spaces, and above/below ledger lines.

Again, there are only 7 notes in music: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. However, the same note get placed in multiple locations which indicates the differentiation of playing that note (along with multiple other factors).

Personal Website: honey-patel.com

For the past few weeks, I have been working on my personal website and it’s officially launched: http://honey-patel.com/  It’s a simple website I built on Wordpress. For now, it’s my central anchor on the web to learn a little bit about me, access my online profiles, view my blogs, and to contact me. Over time, I will work on expanding it, so let’s see where it goes from here.

You Can Beat the Odds and Be a Winner, Too

Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.  Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln.  Subject him to bitter religious prejudice, and you have a Disraeli.  Spit on him and crucify him, and you have a Jesus Christ.  Label him 'too stupid to learn', and you have a Thomas Edison.  Tell her she's too old to start painting at eight, and you have  Grandma Moses.  Have him or her born in black society filed with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver or Martin Luther King Jr.  Make him the first child to survive in a poor Italian family of eighteen children, and you have an Enrico Caruso.  Afflict him with period of depression so severe that he cut off his own ear, and you have a Vincent Van Gogh.  Tell her in the late 1800s and early 1900s that only men can be scientist and you have a Madam Curie, who eventually won two Noble Prizes-- one for physics and other f…

Time (TI Speech Project 3 from CC)

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Competent Communicator Project #3 Get to the Point Every speech has a general purpose and a specific purpose. Keeping these purposes in mind leads to more confidence, enthusiasm and sincerity in speech delivery. 5-7 Minutes
Opening There are 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, etc. The beauty of this is that everyone has the same amount of time. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Majit, Randy, myself, and you. We all have 60 minutes in an hour, the difference is how we use our minutes, our hours, and our days. I am going to share some time management tips that specifically work for me. Body  Use a Calendar All emails (yahoo, gmail, etc.) come with an associated calendar. We usually use these for work, but rarely do we use it for personal schedules. Make it a habit to utilize your personal calendar by keeping track of where and how you are spending your time. I use my google calendar to not only track my appointments, bills due date, etc. but also a lot …

Ted Talk: The power of vulnerability

There are days when I listen to Ted Talks on my way to work instead of listening to music. Today, I listened to a great talk by BrenĂ© Brow titled ‘The power of vulnerability’. She is a great speaker, and is really funny, but informative and effective. Here are some snippets, along with the Ted Talk: What you realize is connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our livesShame is understood as fear of disconnectionThe thing that underpinned this was excruciating vulnerability, this idea of, in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen People who were happier had sense of worthiness, courage, compassion, and fully embraced vulnerabilityYou can’t selectively numb emotion. You can’t numb those hard feelings without numbing other affects, our emotions... When we numb those [negative emotions], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. And then we are miserable and we are looking for purpose and meaning....Definition…

B&W Journey: Jingle Bells and Ode to Joy

I have been continuing to take lessons, and practice everyday. The book I am learning from is great. It's called "Alferd's Basic Adult Piano Course'. It's like any lesson plan. You learn concepts, and then apply it in pieces of music. It all builds on each other. The book has 13 sections composed of bunch of small lessons. I finished the first 5 sections so far, and there are many songs I can play, but they are only composed of 2-3 lines of music. 
Here are two longer song:
Jingle Bells


Ode to Job

Memory (TI Speech Project 6 from CC)

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I did a speech after a long time (August). This was my sixth speech, and I did a quick run down of memory. It took me some time to actually give this speech considering I wrote it while traveling in November. I got some great feedback:
Competent Communicator Project #6 Vocal Variety A speaking voice should be natural, expressive, and easily heard. Use volume, pitch, rate, and quality as well as appropriate pauses to add meaning and interest to your message. 5-7 Minutes
Opening Close your eyes and think about the most important day in your life. Imagine it as if it was happening again. What do you see? What do you hear? smell? feel? Audience involvement: ask what people thought of This was an example of a episodic memory. Body Memory: Encode: register information through senses Store: maintain information over period of time Decode: retrieve information from your consciousness We do this 24x7 without really thinking much about it. If we couldn't recall the who, what, where, and when of our ev…

B&W Journey: Reading Music Basics

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Learning how to read music is like learning a new language. Here are some basics to start.  
Sheet music structure tells you what note to play, how to play it, how fast to play it, etc. All music is driven by combination of different pieces that makes music.
The Staff: the staff is composed of five lines and four spaces.
All music is composed of 7 music notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G.
There are two Clefs: The Bass Clef (left hand on the piano) and the Treble Clef (right hand on the piano). The different Clefs are used by different type of instruments. The notes are written on the lines and spaces as follows based on each Clef:

Note Values: The beat of the music is in form of length of playing a note and rests.
Next Key Signatures: Sharp, Natural, or Flat Time Signatures:  At the beginning of the staff, there is a fraction that tells you how many notes will be played by measure (staff is split into measures). 4/4 is the most common time signature meaning there are 4 notes in a measure.
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Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy 2015! This year just flew by! As always, I take the time to reflect on the past year, and think about goals for the coming year. I took some time today to write myself my annual greeting card, and it was definitely a bitter sweet note. This year has been full of learnings, happiness, pain, and growth.  The biggest takeaway and goal for 2015 is learning to let go. Letting go of so many different things such as things that don’t matter and letting go of this that matter, but you can’t change. I found this poem back about letting go:
10 to Zen Let go of comparing Let go of competing Let go of judgements Let go of anger Let go of regrets Let go of worrying Let go of blame Let go of guilt Let go of fear Have a proper belly laugh at least once a day (especially if it’s about your inability to let go of any or all of above)
On a forward looking thought, I am super excited about the goals I have outlined that I have already built strong foundations for, but thrilled to take them to the next…