Tuesday, 12 December 2017

'MOONLIGHT' Lake Bled by Giuseppe Vaccarella


Beautiful vibrant Lake Bled by moonlight re-created in oil and acrylic colours by talented artist Giuseppe Vaccarella. This is in total contrast to his work previously on display at the Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea not so long ago. I love it and, being instantly inspired, wrote the follow little poem.

'Moonlight'

Yellow moon
Blue sky
Night falls
Dreams fly
Water ripples
Peace abounds
Canvas captures
Still life sounds
Collectively reworked
Through the strokes of a brush
In Giuseppe's caring Hand

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Power To Achieve Andy Harrington Seminar-WOW!!!


 'I went to have a transformational experience. Andy Harrington delivered.' ~ Jaz McKenzie

On a need to know basis that is all you need to know! At least, a far as my experience goes because this event has consolidated some of my requirements, instilling confidence and re-enforcing a desire to move forwards.

So let's begin. In business it's always best to start with the end result and work backwards towards your starting point. For me, the end result of the seminar is a more complete sense of self confidence and determination to find ways to power through life's blocks- usually the 'how to's'- how to publish an eBook for instance. For that reason I have booked a place on one of Andy's brilliant courses because momentum needs to flow and I believe his bootcamp will advance my business knowledge in the required areas; building upon existing skills. I love motivational seminars that actually inspire you and on this occasion have received some new intellectual tools which are already in use- I believe in 'use it or lose it!'

Once again working backwards, we went through different mental and physical processes that were mind altering. On the physical side to my amazement I actually managed to break a square of wood in two with my bare hands! Fantastic way to represent and prove personal power. The processes used clarified my thinking on a highly personal level and helped me to claim my inner power.

So where was my starting point prior to the seminar? Having spent the last four years re-creating myself, which requires focus and the understanding that we continually take backwards steps, I can honestly say that prior to the weekend I have already acquired a greater level of self knowledge and can easily identify default behavioural patterns. I think this helped maximize my experience. I needed a stronger sense of self believe and to learn techniques that I can pull out of the hat when needed. This is what Andy teaches so well.


At the seminar: As you can see the auditorium was filled. There were approximately a thousand people in attendance, the vast majority completing all three days of a carefully scheduled programme with plenty of psychological content to help you sort your life out- and physical activities to prevent you becoming glued to the seat- oh yes, we were encouraged to mingle which aids the release of tension and prevents aching muscles. It also creates a great sense of unity. Bending a metal rod with my throat was never on my agenda but has successfully been added to my skill set if not the CV! Speaking of work and therefore finance, a large part of the proceedings were given over to the hard sell. This was an integral part of the weekend and I believe it had great value for many people. We were given advice/opportunities presented by a number of extremely successful business people with a proven track record which of course gives food for thought.


One key word for the weekend was FUN. I laughed so much it deeply reminded me that I am out of touch with my inner jester (archetypes and shadow selves were discussed in some detail.) It is so important to have fun, something I had already realised and am actively working on- in fact, I was out all last weekend with friends and now prioritise looking for amusement each day.


See the guy in the red- major heckler! This was part of the belly laugh and as Andy is an expert in turning everything to his advantage we had a wonderful demonstration of stage presence. The level of audience anticipation was well judged and highly engaging. People can pop out of the room whenever they like- a few did, so you can stretch your legs if you are not in the habit of sitting for long periods, and I did think that over-running coffee breaks for the sales pitches was not a good move- the participants needs should have come first and I found my concentration shifted to coffee!

Bar bending!
I really enjoyed the seminar and have clearly benefited from it. Some of the things I learned are working through my mind because we need to embed new ideas and this is a process. Interestingly, in the group comments which have been extremely positive, one person focused on how negative the atmosphere was during the re-empowerment process where people mentally faced and erased three situations that caused them pain. I found this interesting. Having already dealt with areas requiring understanding and forgiveness in my life I couldn't think of things to focus on, sp I decided to use the time to tune into positive energy regardless- and I would like to add that it is not a negative experience when people are dealing with a situation to positively achieve change. You do not have to absorb other people's emotions even in the midst of them and it is not a very long process in real terms. Following the reflection you are taken through an erasing or 'cleansing' process and ultimately reach a point of celebration. The whole purpose is to strengthen yourself and prepare to move forwards. Personally I wondered whether the guy had truly dealt with his demons! As I said earlier, you can leave the room at any point so if something isn't for you, use your feet or plug in your music.

If you seek empowerment or inspiration I definitely recommend attending one of Andy's weekends. Many therapists went along, possibly due to professional curiosity- I sat next to an NLP practitioner who went to all three days and took plenty away with him. Finally, I have attended many seminars of different genres and have to say this is my absolute favourite- an enriching experience which I'm still feeling the buzz from a couple of weeks later.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Saturday, 4 November 2017

My Parallax Art Fair Experience~ Jaz


Lana Okiro

I really enjoyed my visit to Parallax Art Fair 2017. There are so many stands so I decided to focus only on the art that instantly grabbed my attention- sorry ceramics and jewellery- it wasn't your day!

 

First up, a totally thrilling and novel concept- 'The Sinking World of Andreas Franke.' Andreas' pictures were haunting and mystical, carefully photographed before being submerged in the depth of the ocean once attached to the designated shipwreck via their special magnetic frames. These paintings were left in-situ for a few months allowing crustaceans to form and add some natural elements to the artwork. The photographs have a romantic or tantalising beauty about them and are of a timeless nature which blends beautifully with the ocean's natural signature, giving life to the nostalgic theme. Each exhibition consists of twelve pictures and the originals, worth thousands, are not on display;instead we viewed carefully prepared copies. The results of this process are stunning and have been viewed by many scuba divers before being removed from their nautical galleries- the Vandenberg, Stavronikita and Mohawk Projects in or off the coasts of Key West, Barbados and Fort Myers respectively. Andreas's work is of huge artistic significance and has graced the walls of castles and galleries worldwide.



Yelizavyeta is from Berlin and I would describe her as an energy artist. She produces realistic portraits enhanced with abstract art in bold rainbow colours to create her personal style of pop art. This collection of strong women emanates their power and sensuality. These are Queens of the modern world, lively characters who embrace their individuality whilst maintaining a very slight edge of vulnerability. They have a magnetism about them and I would love one in my living room!


When it comes to emotions Sue Haskel, who has her practice in London, displays an exciting insight into the human mind depicting it with clever use of paper and card butterflies/dragonflies or even fragments of photographs. Sue's collages are intricate and thought provoking, using colours, patterns and layers to project her intellectual life concepts. Sue's work attracted  many questions and she acquired a commission whilst I was studying her work. Sue works with clients to create pictures that reflect their desires and I would love to write a poem and have her express it in the medium of her choice.


Walking towards the end of an isle my eyes were drawn to a totally stunning self portrait by Melody Amber. Her portrait was an interpretation of inspiration received from the book  L'Ecume Des Jours, by popular French author Boris Vian. Melody connected deeply with the story and produced a series of photographs as part of this project. Without knowing the story I deduced from the touch of the mirror and the fact that Melody was in profile, a sense of conflict and desire to discover her true self which appears painful and slightly beyond her grasp. I have now read a precis of the story which is quite complex, based on love and physical/emotional decline however, from a personal perspective I believe this image can be re-interpreted and see the woman as representative of life's 'givers' who realize at some point that they have been so busy meeting the desires of others that they have neglected to expand themselves. There's a great deal to be said for artistic license and interpretation!


Giuseppe Vaccarella - whose work was positioned next to Melody Amber's, had a small display area and you can see here, a huge smile! I would categorise Giuseppe's work as, 'challenging contemporary.' His four paintings excited my mind. I mentally joined the dots between them, discovering a direct interpretation of and connection with Giuseppe's intentions. I discovered a definitive take on society from dawn to dusk, challenging man's development and future prospects. Using humanoids as androgynous representations of our population, we are thrown into both the firey atmosphere of the city and somewhat disturbing countryside that are both distinctly uncomfortable and where the future of mankind is ultimately a gamble!


My final choice of artist is Maggie Davies from the UK, whose 'Adventures in the City' are currently experiencing a rise in attention and popularity- particularly in the USA. Maggie conveys the power of our city both dramatically and in the cold dawning of a new day, following on beautifully from Giuseppe's work, providing an 'in-your-face' statement of the times. Maggie's intentions are fierce and she depicts the Docklands, quite correctly, as a work of art. Her paintings are a true representation of the architects vision, emphasizing lines and angles with the precision of an artists eye; reflecting the attention to detail required in today's somewhat mercenary commercial world. At the same time I have discovered a stillness in her work and true to life, there is a 'spiderweb' featured in one of her pictures that re-iterates the intricacy and highlights the cracks within our very structure. I believe that Maggie's work and use of colour has truly captured the essence of modern London.


Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

PS: I had to add the pink flamingoes- childhood flights of fancy!






Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ese & The Vooduu People: "Fairytale" - Official Video


Ese & The Vooduu People: "Fairytale" - Official Video

Ese and the Vooduu People- this unique and extremely talented Rock band has just released their debut single, 'Fairytale.' - unfortunately blogger is playing up and you need to click the link to view! Is life a Fairytale? If you want to know Ese's point of view you will discover the answer to modern living in layers of clever lyrics grounded somewhere in the divide between fact and fiction. Ultimately life is what we make it and Ese certainly provides food for thought.

I have yet to see Ese and the Vooduu People live and this is one mind-blowing experience on my to do list- I have seen Ese singing solo which has stayed with me. Musically the song is exciting and skilfully performed; I love the way the track builds and it is very compelling- pure energy in fact.

Final thoughts- Great name, Great Song & I wish the band a Great Future!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician





Monday, 23 October 2017

The Word Magician!


After several months of running my Facebook page The Word Magician we have created a logo- the 'we' being my good friend Paul Van Beaumont who is a talented actor and film maker, and overseen by his partner and fellow actress Stevie Alexandria Smith- a very helpful additional opinion and yes Stevie- the original logo did resemble a pile of spliffs!

What we have here is a powerful logo with the 'W' at the forefront in white to depict a level of spiritual connection and the 'M' in red so that it is striking and reminds us that we are magic from the base up. The green represents love and it is a universal colour which apparently is easy on the brain.

I am not sure whether this is the finished article or a prototype- I have some ideas going beyond the logo as it stands that could prove interesting and inspiring- but let's see how it plays out. Anyway, It's a start and without a start we cannot finish so yes, I'm feeling good. Please check out the link above to The Word Magician page- support is always appreciated, as is feedback. Have a brill week~ Jaz

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Parallax Art Fair- Coming THIS WEEKEND!


Without doubt, The Parallax Art Fair is a fantastic event! I went along several years ago and can still recall memories of a couple of works of art which is pretty amazing! I remember speaking with a classically trained ballet dancer who chose to capture images of dance on canvas- totally spectacular and I really enjoyed our discussion, being an avid ballet fan. I have vague visions of some beautiful nudes- not my usual cup of tea but these pictures were very sensuous and appealing, if somewhat large! Best described as highly erotic erotica. 





The Parallax exhibition covers an extremely large array of artistic styles and even includes ceramics. This year there is the added incentive of jewellery workshops and even prize money, £1000 to spend on art or design- best of all, the exhibition is free! As you can see, the setting within Chelsea Town Hall really lends itself to artwork so architecture fans- here's something not to be missed. I believe this fair is growing in popularity and I fully intend to re-visit this year. If you love art this is a little sanctuary where you are guaranteed to find works that will appeal to you and a few points for discussion!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

When you're just one person!!


Just thought I'd take a moment to reflect on a little reality! Ideally I would like to blog 2-3 times a week however this is more than a challenge as I have come to realize. Since moving, I am either up very early to get to work or getting home late, which combined with working more hours per week leaves less time to write! Speaking of writing, paid work takes priority and I am blessed that this is on the increase, my over-riding aim being to build up my professional work as The Word Magician.

I have nurtured Its Braap for years so it is not surprising that I have become disappointed with myself due to the decrease in posts, however this is simply not helpful! We need to accept that when life changes we have to adjust because something usually has to give and in my case the reduction in the number of blogs has arisen naturally. The most important thing to me is to continue producing quality work so that is where I will continue to focus, hence I have some interviews lined up to share with you shortly.

Life is momentum and when we live it in positive expectation we will have new exciting experiences presenting themselves all the time- and this is what we should celebrate and be thankful for! Its Braap is a platform where I share my passions. As The Word Magician I use the same passion to help other people promote themselves effectively. I enjoy finding the words to entice people to take an interest in different projects and to share experiences that benefit others. My bio's give you a real feel for the artist and I was pleased this week when Macini told me that my name came up when someone enquired as to who had written his bio- Macini is certainly not the first person to tell me that, just the most recent!

It is right that after so many years of dedication to Its Braap my talents are being rewarded in a prosperous way- by helping individuals and receiving financial recognition for the work. This blog is my baby and I enjoy sharing a multitude of things with you however it has to fit in with the balance of my life and this is a lesson I am only just acknowledging! So there you have it- when you're just one person there is a limit to the amount you can produce, so I will continue to post whilst embracing new opportunities to extend my writing into new zones- speaking of which, I really hope to have my first book- 'Piranha In The Goldfish Bowl' out soon!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician   Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Friday, 22 September 2017

Quotes To Inspire! - Shakespeare


'To be or not to be- That is the question!'~ William Shakespeare

Such a wonderful popular Shakespearean quote that is set to challenge- which is partly why it stands out. So many quotes effectively reassure us that life will get better if we try, we can be what we want to be, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Whilst true, they are generally an answer to your question or current situation, especially when times are bleak.

These words inspire in a totally different way. I also like the fact that they can be used over and over in the course of a day if applied to our thoughts-

  • To be nice or to be nasty! Do you really need to say what you think or can it be upgraded to constructive criticism?
  • To be positive or negative? Without acknowledging this question we may inadvertently remain in the negative rather too long!
  • To be considerate or selfish note selfish; after all being inconsiderate is selfish! Attractive as selfishness might appear, consideration makes you more attractive to others and life is ultimately smoother.
  • To be boastful or humble? This might seem more of a personality trait however you can take charge of your natural inclinations. If you under value yourself, speak up a little more- if you have too much to say, leave room for others to speak and let them take credit where it's due.
These are small examples- large examples relate to lifestyle- to become... a husband or wife... the owner of a flashy car... a company director- or even swapping around from successful corporate business woman to sole trader starting out a new venture. Major life changes are the ultimate, 'To Be.'

Conclusions: I believe that this statement really is a foundation stone in all our lives which we should dust off and use rather than saving it for special occasions!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 18 September 2017

Imagine Dragons - Believer



It's a long time since we've considered a very popular commercial song however this song has a powerful feel and message. There are many songs that encourage us to strive and achieve but I like the way 'Believer' is sourced in pain and has a slightly different feeling of victory. It states its points number by number whilst personal power reigns- exactly as it should.

'Second thing 
Second, don't you tell me what you think that I can be
I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh
The master of my sea, oh ooh...'

We so often feel 'all at sea' and mastery of our own waves is a must. Life is tempestuous. Just as we taste victory another wave comes straight at us and knocks us over. This is what life is- one area sorted and another challenge appears. Most of us require support and advice- in this song it's not clear who the 'you made me a believer' is, however there's a part of ourselves that we can can rely on in every situation- the key is developing self trust. The greatest belief we can ever have is within ourselves and the more we follow our instincts the greater that belief becomes. Time to sail your ship across the seas and really understand the power of the message.  In my opinion this is a truly great song.

Jaz McKenzie

Friday, 8 September 2017

It's an Open Secret~ A poem about us all!


IT’S AN OPEN SECRET
We are like stars in the eyes of the universe
Where all that is seen is the beauty of each soul.
An array of unique identities expanded over centuries.
Human form after human form discarded
Its purpose served, our soul returning to fullness of glory,
All recognisable earthly traits eradicated.
No male or female, rich or poor, able and less able.
A quality of existence rooted in, ‘I AM,’ flexed
In the time between worlds where wisdom is at its peak,
A place where knowledge of self cannot be surpassed!
This secret is an open secret shared within the divinity
Existing in one spirit through which all souls connect.
Unity dictates; ultimately we can only be as one.

We desired this earthly experience and opted in
To practice the fullness of all we are and all we know.
But life gets in the way and most of us start on a go-slow,
Programmed by the dictates within our culture-
A blessing and a vulture that strips us of identity
So re-finding our passions and values becomes a necessity
But isn’t self-discovery the ultimate joy?
We question because we’re free- ‘Who am I? What is my purpose?’
You were born knowing the answers that time may reveal.
Every experience perfectly matched to your expectations
Whether you have universal awareness or instinctively create
The law is the law and obeys itself on every level
So journey to the centre of yourself and mirror your truths.

Jaz McKenzie ©2017

 I have become a huge believer in the law of attraction which works for everyone regardless of Religion, awareness or even lack of awareness! When we believe something strongly enough be it positive or negative, it has to happen. However you view yourself in relation to others is personal choice because God/the universe really does not differentiate. We come from the same place and we return to the same place. Unlike many people, I am not a believer in heaven or hell- you can find them here and create them yourself, so I think it best to use your focus with a view to improving your life.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk





Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Celebration Time~ 10 Years of 'Thornton Heath Festival!'


I was invited along to this wonderful festival to see the band Skillofski playing live- in fact, it's my first experience of the band having only just met Skilly. It is also a brilliant example of how the universe works- in more ways than one. As most of you know, I usually blog about the merits of the actual festival however, thanks to inspiration received through Leah McKenzie, Face of Croydon and successful XFactor contestant, I have decided to dig deep!

Leah McKenzie- Face of Croydon
Thornton Heath Festival is celebrating a decade's worth of excellent community vibrations- I say that because you really can feel the vibration of a great festival, and this stems from the point at which a festival is conceived, the point of passion and expectation. I have known people who wish to create their own festivals and as an individual this appears to be an almost impossible task; you really need a great deal of recognition before you can attempt this, spot a gap in the market- or have such a unique idea it captures the imagination! When a council agrees to host a festival this does not guarantee instant success; everyone has to work extremely hard to create a great event that will build momentum over the years.



Thornton Heath Festival is a real community event that showcases local talent; something stressed throughout by the Master of Ceremonies and endorsed by Leah who embraces 'people power' and the need to 'do things ourselves.' This festival is organised by a committee of volunteers who have individual areas of responsibility- it is not all fun and games, serious issues such as security, health and safety, even licencing must be in place before a festival can go ahead, so when we enjoy an event we should give thanks for the people behind the scenes, in this case Chairman Tony Rowland and his Committee.

Aim High Dance Academy

Salsa Naturally
The community element was extremely powerful, particularly where the stage was concerned. The level of audience participation went way beyond anything I have ever experienced. I was there between 1.30-5pm so missed a couple of hours; sadly that included headline act Triniboi Joocie, National Soca Champion, however I was entertained by some pretty phenomenal fun. I enjoyed 'Aim High Dance Academy,' displaying their skills first before encouraging children to join them on the stage to dance to pop songs- shame my 4 year old Granddaughter wasn't there as she knows them all! The Academy holds classes for children and young adults across South London- these guys clearly love what they do. 'Salsa Naturally,' was all about participation and gave people a chance to 'be the vibe' with many happy participants!

Flagz Mas Band- Juniors
People were also introduced to the joyful Flagz Mas Band who showed us a couple of this years routines- the children were very impressive and clearly take themselves seriously- great to see so much dedication in very young people. If you would like to take part in next year's Notting Hill Carnival and other band engagements, check them out. Each band at carnival works to a theme and this year Flagz Mas Band was all about 'The Next Chapter,' speaks volumes! Music time- Skillofski sang a few interesting songs on different rhythms and encouraged the audience to join in with, 'Great Big Smile.' This morphed from Rock ballad style into Reggae and went down a storm, encouraging people to be happy and look on the bright side of life. Another act that drew a huge crowd were dancers New Image Duo- well, who can resist a little Michael Jackson with a modern twist, especially when it's spot on?

Skillofski

New Image Duo
Naturally elements such as stalls, fairground attractions etc were part of the celebration and hugely successful; definitely well received however, I'm returning to Leah McKenzie. Leah became a household name thanks to the X-Factor and is forging her own way, channeling her interests, personal philosophy and ideas into solid products and projects. She is a singer/songwriter and besides performing cover versions of popular songs she sang a couple of her original songs- 'Change'- Loved the lyrics and we all experience change and relate to this.Leah also sang 'One Love'- yes, a Reggae song with a British accent- fantastic. I love her versatility as much as her messages and am pleased to announce, Leah granted me an interview which will be shared in the next couple of weeks. I am excited by Leah's role and believe a great deal of good will be born from her association with Croydon council. Join me in watching that space and I hope to be in a position to update you from time to time,courtesy of her management.

Flagz Mas Band- Adult 
I believe Thornton Heath Festival was a huge success and there truly is a great deal of talent in the borough. This is what makes this festival so different from Lambeth County Show which attracts big acts, often from overseas, and has a huge area enabling them to host a huge variety of events. There are very real benefits to the Thornton Heath Festival which includes the promotion of local business and talent, equally the opportunity for locals to discover talent that appeals to them and it even  gives people a chance to mingle with the entertainers!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Quotes to Inspire- 'Procrastination' from Abraham Hicks

‘Procrastination is the wisdom to not try to force something you are not vibrationally ready for,’~
Abraham Hicks

Procrastination is something we regard as negative. In fact, when we procrastinate we very often label ourselves ‘lazy.’ The reality is that laziness is far from the truth and in most cases has nothing to do with the situation.

The Abraham’s are saying (a group of spirits who speak through Esther Hicks) that everything happens according to your vibration, therefore if you are not ready for something procrastination is your subconscious response.

Very often we procrastinate through fear and that fear may be connected to a lack of knowledge. The times we move on projects are when we are enthused and can feel all the pieces falling into place. At these times we discover solutions to our ‘fear.’ We might meet the person who has the knowledge to help us, or we are given an opportunity to help us move forwards.

If you find yourself procrastinating it is worthwhile asking, 'why?' If you don’t find the answer, you might do best to leave it- it will come to you later. If you need a certain resource, ask for it and when the time is right it will appear. Above all, revel in the knowledge that universal timing is everything.

Supposing you ask for wealth and you have an action in mind to create that wealth. If something stops you taking it ask yourself, ‘How do I really feel about money? Do I have the ability to handle large sums of money? Would I feel confident hiring an accountant or brokers to help with investments?’ These are fundamental to being happy with money and once you work through these question and feel at ease with them you will find the motivation to move ahead. We so often know what we would do if we won millions but the reality is it’s hard to be happy with something you don’t have experience of, hence many people blow their millions and return to their comfort zone.

Procrastination can occur because you have several different ideas in opposing directions and are not sure which to run with. Time will clarify. Besides a little clarity regarding the ideas, you may need to develop other traits such as self-worth, self confidence or specific skills before you can proceed.

Finally it’s worth treating procrastination as your friend because it can help you to avoid costly mistakes- financial and personality wise. I have procrastinated a great deal over the years, usually with the knowledge that I am not yet competent. I used to feel badly about procrastinating but now I accept it as a sign, understanding that the joy of procrastination lies in the knowledge that when things come to fruition I will be able to understand life’s timing. I believe this to be a good approach and something it's worth your while considering.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician 
Want to take part? Then contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk with your favourite saying!


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Quotes To Inspire- series re-launch


'Sharing Quotes is a well known way to share inspiration'~ Jaz McKenzie

Sharing quotes has become extremely popular across all social networks. Bearing this in mind we will be re-launching the series ‘Be Braap~Be Inspired,’ under the simple title, 'Quotes To Inspire.'

I ran the original series a few years ago on a simple principle, taking a well or little known saying and expanding the theme. Most of the time I prefer to work with a positive expression however negative is needed occasionally to counter-balance as nothing can be entirely positive; and sometimes understanding a negative opens the way forwards. Note, I said ‘understanding’ and not ‘focusing’ on negatives.

Positive sayings give us a straightforward message and occasionally expressions can be a little quirky which really encourage us to think hard. Some expressions we know really well so it is good to see them in a new light as re-visiting the familiar may create greater impact. Different expressions will affect us during specific periods in our lives and if something you read really speaks to you that is the time to act on it.

Both positives and negatives can help us identify characteristics in ourselves that need a little love and attention. If you feel an emotional stirring when focusing on something, stop and follow your feelings then and there. This allows you to open your mind and seek solutions.

Sometimes our greatest inspiration and guidance comes from others, even when taking our inner selves into consideration; internally we mull over new ideas and these inspire our own thoughts and actions. Speech and communication are essential aids to daily living as positive words so often provide the boost we need that gives us an incentive to aspire to new and greater things. So let’s continue to share words of wisdom and encourage one another to push on through!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Passion Fruit- That's what we are!! Develop your passions in life


We're full of passion bt how many of us bring it to fruition?

I’ve written quite a bit about passion today as my stream of thought has flowed rapidly. That’s because I followed my passion and started posting, ignoring the lesser need to sleep.
Have you noticed how, when you are tired, if your brain is busy you simply cannot sleep? It can be busy in a positive or negative way – whichever, your thoughts will be driven by something you feel passionately about. This can included any sort of project or relationship whether it’s an exciting announcement, moving house or an inspired idea. I am focusing on the latter.

What is passion?
It is the stirring of emotions which stem from ideas creating desires. Example- You might get the idea that you would like to write a book. This triggers the desire and ideas about the storyline will flow. You become more passionate, jot things down, plan, outline or simply write the book as you feel led. Of course passion is not a solid entity; it’s something we need to feed. Your passion might only last long enough to write two pages, however if you keep thinking about it and working when you can the book will finally emerge. One thing I do know, passions of this type might lie dormant but they never die if they are not fulfilled.

The City of London- a hub of inspiration!

What interferes with passion?
The first obvious reason is lack of spontaneity- when we set something aside with the intention of working on it later. Classically, I can get up in the morning ideas blazing but interrupt this with breakfast or meditation. Yes we need to meditate but shouldn’t cut off creativity in order to do so- a simple mistake really but the key is to follow our intuition. ‘Go with the flow,’ is a popular phrase for a reason, it creates the best result and brings satisfaction. If you have an idea and interrupt it, you risk losing it.

Self doubt can interfere with passion. We have the idea but can’t believe we have the ability to see it through. What, little old me thought of that? I don’t have the money, skills, knowledge for this to amount to anything. Well, if that’s your attitude guaranteed the idea will be plucked from you and given to someone else. I think lots of people have the same idea around the same time and it’s the courageous determined people who will bring it to fruition and be successful.

Feelings of being overwhelmed can block passion. You can start a project and something happens in life that consumes you. Drastic life changes are a classic, simply knowing that so many things need to be done can make you feel inadequate. Illness will have the same effect and another common interference is passion itself. Passion can be a hard taskmaster. Projects become complex beyond our initial conception. Sometimes people cannot are overly motivated and cannot stop working, resulting in sleep deprivation. What actually happens to some people is that they are inspired but involved in a complex project. It cannot be done quickly however their desire is to complete it. This results in them becoming so overwhelmed that they immerse themselves in their passion dissolving all routines as their brain goes into overdrive. Physical health and quality of work will become affected so if that starts to happen you will need to force yourself into a workable routine allowing sufficient sleep, exercise and even food! People have died at their computers- do you remember World of Warcraft Syndrome years back when addicts wouldn’t even get up and go to the toilet; so beware of project addiction- a healthy drive is sufficient.

Allowing yourself to take second place. This is very common. So many of us are in the habit of serving others and we fail to serve ourselves. If you’re always doing favours for people, reconsider. Make space for your projects and fit others around them. Sometimes our ‘favours’ simply advance other people and allow them to indulge in a degree of laziness or free up their time to excel.'Instead of sharing your post, I could be sharing mine'- if we spend a few minutes sharing each others’ posts our time becomes mutually beneficial by increasing the range of both projects.


Fear interferes with passion. We are probably living in some sort of comfort zone which will need to be extended if our passions result in a blaze of success. If your book is published you may need to organise a book launch, advertise your product, make financial investments. You could be plunged into the public eye and experience huge financial success that you are unprepared for! In my case I’m not sure how to publish and have sat on, 'Piranha in the Goldfish Bowl,' my poetry book, for a few years- now is the time though so the book will be published. Overcoming fear is a personal thing and comes with practice. This might sound strange but it’s true. My advice; try to overcome little things and work towards bigger things.

The last thing I want to comment on is other people’s input. Other people will have plenty to say about your passion. Family and friends either believe in it or have genuine reasons for not doing so. A few may be jealous but pay them no mind. If you are really passionate you will attract supporters. Learning who to share ideas with is key to avoiding demoralizing feelings. Find time for your passion and keep working at it- you just don’t know when it will yield results.

Consideration: Most projects take time to develop which helps us harness new skills, beneficial friendships, make a few mistakes and ultimately jump our fair share of hurdles. Projects are ongoing until they conclude. Some are in a time frame and others become our life work. Even projects in time frames tend to lead on to new projects. Passion is part of our nature and essential to feelings of fulfilment. Without passion you will not complete your purpose.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk or one of my Facebook pages.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Legend in the making- Legends Nightclub Re-Launch



Saturday we took a trip from London to Gillingham, a little town in Dorset, for a very special event- The re-launch of Legends Nightclub. This beautiful club is under new management with Macky Mcpherson of Urban Delight Entertainment on board alongside Urban Spice and Debbie Batten. I say as I see, beautiful night club, however Errol Kennedy from legendary band 'Imagination' assured me that had not been the case and is purely the result of some seriously hard graft by the team from re-scrubbing the floor six times to make it shine, painting the entire place black, fitting new carpet and fixing the lighting to generate a serious club atmosphere. I must not omit the all important info us ladies need to know- getting those toilets fresh, scented and fully stocked! I imagine the bar was fully stocked as well however free champagne was flowing removing the need to investigate said element.
Errol Kennedy with the DJ Team
Legends is a pretty awesome space with huge potential- I can image a couple of poles for classy, synchronised use, not the strip club pole dancing variety! Who knows what's in the pipeline; this is just the beginning of the adventure. What I seriously love is the amount of floor space available. If you want to dance in the spotlight you can, alternatively there is great deal of additional flooring too.


Being me I had to investigate the music station- not that I know the first thing about it, however it's loaded with equipment and is purpose built enabling DJ's to deliver their sound to maximum effect. The speakers certainly blast out music to expected club standards and that's what we want. In addition to sound, I love the lights and spent a happy ten minutes 'playing around' with the various settings- You can have different combinations, strobes flashing or more of a spotlight effect. Check the number of choices in the panel above.

Macky-Debbie & Urban Spice

Global Reggae Band
Obviously the venue was not packed due to its previous reputation however attendance was good and the crowd enjoyed live performances from Norris B- Mr Cool of Lover's Rock, Winsome Moncrieffe-Mitchell who is a ray of sunshine with a pure yet powerful voice and charismatic Otis Irie- Global Reggae Band, launching their new single, 'Hold You Tight,' People were extremely enthusiastic and all acts were well received which is very promising and should help place Legends clearly as the place to go for locals and visitors.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Winsome-Me-Norris B