VFS presents The Actor’s Expo Online alongside CasAzul and Casting Workbook

The two-day expo is a free event for actors of all experience levels to connect with the industry and attend online discussions.

VANCOUVER , BC, CANADA, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

– Panelists include Academy Award©-nominated actor Marina de Tavira, Netflix’s VP of Spanish-language Originals Francisco Ramos, Writer/Director Simon Barry, Writer/Producer Jacquie Gould, and renowned Mexican actor Damián Alcázar.
– Discussions will span a variety of topics, from acting fundamentals, to kissing your co-star, to embracing diversity in acting.
– The event will be hosted by both English and Spanish-speaking guest speakers.

(Vancouver, BC) May 11, 2021 – Vancouver Film School (VFS), in partnership with CasAzul and Casting Workbook, has announced the launch of The Actor’s Expo Online. The two-day, free event offers the opportunity for actors of all experience levels to connect with the industry and attend numerous panels, presented by professionals in the creative industry.

Hosted in both English and Spanish, the panels will span a wide range of topics, including the fundamentals of acting, evolving technology, the effects of the pandemic on the industry, and a poignant discussion on embracing diversity in acting. Confirmed guest speakers include Academy Award©-nominated actor Marina de Tavira, Netflix’s VP of Spanish-language Originals Francisco Ramos, Omari Newton (The Dragon Prince), Karin Konoval (Planet of the Apes), Simon Barry (Writer/Director, Warrior Nun, Van Helsing), Jacquie Gould (Writer/Director, Van Helsing), VFS’s Head of Acting Jennifer Clement, Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), and award-winning Mexican actor Damián Alcázar.

“We are humbled and honoured to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for actors from all walks of life to gather with their fellow community of creative artists and to ultimately be inspired. We have assembled such an incredible panel of guests to share their expertise in all facets of the creative experience. These challenging times have made it especially difficult to connect with one another, and we truly believe this event will reignite the passion that drives the actor in all of us.”-Jennifer Clement – Head of Acting, VFS

For more information about The Actor’s Expo, visit https://vfs.edu/events/actors-expo/en.

About Vancouver Film School
In 1987, Vancouver Film School introduced the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier entertainment-arts centre, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, video game production, VR/AR development, motion and interactive design, programming, art/production foundation, and other related programs. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated timeframes. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the most successful products in the entertainment economies.

About CasAzul
Located in Mexico, CasAzul is a place for studying and practicing the art of acting. In this academic project sponsored by the Argos group, those interested in developing their skills as an actor can pursue a three-year program, accompanied by various workshops.

About Casting Workbook
Casting Workbook's philosophy has always been about innovation and over-the-top service. Being a leader of the pack since 1994, Casting Workbook has fought for what it believes in and provides the entertainment industry with a software solution that is focused on adding value. Today, amidst the changing industry, Casting Workbook has evolved into one of the most esteemed online breakdown services in the world; not because it was the first, but because it fully integrates with the casting process.

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Nguvu Kwa Watu or Power to the People Film by Kinyumba Mutakabbir Releases May 25th-One-Year George Floyd Anniversary

Kinyumba Mutakabbir

Kinyumba Mutakabbir

The hour long event will be hosted by Fox SOUL TV’s Claudia Jordan and with a celebrity panel who will speak on how to bring justice to BIPOC communities.

The world is dealing with pain and we have to work together to avoid self destruction.”

— Kinyumba Mutakabbir

MIAMI BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hollywood’s new leading man, Kinyumba Mutakabbir, (has over 30 film and television credits and worked with Queen Latifah, Robert Downey Jr, Vivica Fox) is releasing an 11-minute short film documentary on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death. Nguvu Kwa Watu, or Power to the People, is a film about the protests from unwarranted murders of BIPOC, the lack of progress in the justice system, and strides the community must make for the advancement of BIPOC in America. This film is not about capitalizing on black trauma and rehashing old wounds, but is more of a guide to a path to move forward.  

He says, "Our country is dealing with deep rooted pain and we have far too long been conditioned to accept institutional injustices as a normality.  It is time to establish a new normal and work together to avoid self destruction. I urge anyone and everyone to watch this film and end this vicious cycle. There is no better time than now to see our fellow citizens not as combatants, but rather as extended family; through a lens of love and collaborative support, working together as a community and as a people."

The premiere of the film will be on Tuesday May 25th at 9pm EST/ 6 pm PST.  It will be an hour long event hosted by Fox SOUL TV’s own Claudia Jordan and will have a celebrity panel who will speak on injustices and their opinions on how to make the necessary changes to bring justice to BIPOC communities.

With this film and event, Kinyumba aims to bring more awareness to programs that focus on transformative and restorative justice. These are the programs that are among other things diverting juveniles from the penal system, offering counseling and coaching, and establishing educational centers for released convicts. For Kinyumba, the communities of color have been ravished by the justice system and it is his aim to make significant changes in the near future. A portion of all proceeds of the film will go to these non-profit organizations.

Kinyumba also has a passion and expertise in mental wellness and transformational coaching. A life long Martial Artist who grew up in the streets of South Jamaica Queens, Kinyumba launched his own coaching company Moments of Alignment, where he regularly teaches practices of Reiki, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and Qigong. With these practices, he can help reduce stress, PTSD, and rebuild self love. These practices teach students how to become in -tune with the alignment of their body, mind, and spirit. It is Kinyumba’s belief that “once we begin to love ourselves and each other, we won’t have to fight as much for love from those who do not”.

For more information, please visit information on the online film premiere here: www.watchNKW.com

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The NYX Awards Honors 2021’s Class of Winners

2021 NYX Awards Winners Announcement

2021 NYX Awards Winners Announcement

2021 NYX Awards Season 2 Call For Entries

2021 NYX Awards Season 2 Call For Entries

NYX Game Awards Season 2 Calling for Entries Now

NYX Game Awards Season 2 Calling for Entries Now

The International Awards Associate (IAA) announced the winners of the 2021 NYX Awards, selecting over 2163 entries from 33 countries.

MONTEBELLO, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The NYX Awards Honors 2021’s Class of Winners

The International Awards Associate (IAA) announced the winners of the 2021 NYX Awards, selecting over 2163 entries from 33 countries.

In its sophomore season, the NYX Awards was a triumphant one, inviting marketing communications, videography, and game industry professionals to the awards program. “Despite these trying times, it’s very gratifying to see new ideas and concepts in the NYX Awards,” Kenjo Ong, CEO of IAA, said. “The ingenuity of these amazing professionals is the reason why NYX is one of the best international award programs today.”

IAA ensures submissions were assessed fairly by enacting strict standards, followed by a panel of top industry experts acting as judges. To further ensure impartiality, IAA also utilizes blind judging.

Grand Jury Panel
This year, 40 professionals of various disciplines from 22 countries formed a jury panel, with some making their return from past seasons. These individuals were well represented in their fields, from companies such as Guinness World Records, United Nations, MindChamps, Responsive Spaces, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, TBWARaad, SEGA, Biba, and many more.

Panelists adjudicate by referring to industry-relevant standards, where creativity, stories, ideas, and effectiveness were in constant consideration. Then, out of the many entries submitted from all around the globe, the winners were selected.

The NYX Awards also welcomed marketing communications, videography and game professionals and agencies from 33 countries, including United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Germany, Turkey, China, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, France, Denmark, Switzerland, and many more.

Participation of International Brands
Garnering worldwide interest, the NYX Awards saw names of known organizations from all over the world in its marketing communications, videography, and game list of entries. Some were submitted directly by the companies themselves, such as UEFA, SASSO Agency, PUREBLINK, Naughty Dog, Gameloft, Parnaso, MarketReach whereas some were submitted by entrants who produced works for them, such as Spotify, Google & HMCT Art Centre, Watson, COCA-COLA, YSL Beauty, BBC Studio Events, Infosec, to list a few.

“We’re stoked to see so many great ideas from so many talented individuals,” Ong continued. “It is a sign that while the world is healing, we are still capable of creating new ideas for the world to see. We cannot wait for what’s in store for all of these winners!”

The 2021 NYX Awards is currently calling for entries for its latest season, with a small fee required for administration purposes. This is their time to Be Triumphant today.

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Artist John Dee Releases Drop A Hot New Single, “Shake That Ass Girl”

John Dee

John Dee

This artist is all about the sensual pleasures of life

ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Artist John Dee has released a new single, “Shake That Ass Girl’. A new artist, John is enthusiastic about spreading his single to audiences who enjoy rap and hip hop genres and favor lighthearted, catchy music geared towards living in the moment. The erotic, sensual, and enjoyable, all sorts of audiences are expected to appreciate this new single. However, it must be noted that this track is not child-friendly and contains age-restricted content. Nevertheless, the track is expected to be quite popular among mature audiences.

The latest track is a display of the artist John Dee’s skills as a musician. Apart from successfully incorporating beats and delivering the lyrics at the right pace, the artist also showcases his skills as a songwriter. Catchy and engaging from the beginning to the end, this track establishes John Dee as a successful lyricist. The artist also incorporates techniques unique only to him, making his music distinct and original. Due to the nature of the latest song’s content, it is ideal for relaxed and fun situations such as parties.

Artist John Dee is passionate about making music that his audiences find enjoyable. The rapper wants people to relax and enjoy his music; in doing so, John Dee believes people will be better mentally equipped to fight their current scenarios.
The artist draws inspiration from the carnal enjoyments of life and aspires to incorporate them into his songs. His love and talent for music drive him to keep on releasing new songs.

For more information on John Dee, please visit his website. The artist can also be found on his socials, and his music can be streamed on Spotify and iTunes.

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About

John Dee hails from Upstate New York. He started rapping at the age of twenty-seven as a passionate young man. John plans on pursuing a career in music and has more music that he plans to release in the future.

Links

Main Website: https://music.apple.com/us/album/shake-that-ass-girl-single/1560373389
YouTube: https://youtu.be/4RQ9cAWt_oY
Others: https://www.instagram.com/fallenjohn93

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World's First Health Security Company TESTZONE Partners with Leash IT To Bring Unique Health Screening To The Workplace

Test Zone + LeashView

Innovative LeashView Platform Provides Location and Analytic Capabilities to Ensure Social Distancing and Contact
Tracing in Variety of Industries

MELBOURNE, VIC, AUSTRALIA, May 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — TestZone™, a trusted provider of multi-layered health security solutions designed to make spaces safer, announces today a partnership with Melbourne, Australia-based Leash IT™ to utilize its LeashView platform, enhancing TestZone’s on site health security screening programs. For businesses of all kinds looking to keep employees healthy and the doors open, LeashView, built on highly accurate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology coupled with robust analytic capabilities, enables organizations to perform proactive social distancing, reliable contact tracing, access control monitoring and to limit the number of people per room or area. TestZone’s proven turnkey programs include symptom screening, hygiene and sanitation measures, behavior change communications, fully-staffed onsite and at-home viral testing, and contact tracing.

“As more citizens get vaccinated the COVID-19 virus continues to rage in parts of the world, this is a critical time for industry. It’s never been more imperative we get people back to work in a safe, effective manner. TestZone is very excited to partner with LeashView to significantly enhance our mission of making places safer,” says David Orelowitz, co-founder and chief technology officer, TestZone. “LeashView comes to the partnership with a proven track record with more than 40 installations in Australia, Thailand, the UK and Israel, including hospitals and medical research institutions. Their innovative technology is precisely the type of solution we are looking to integrate into our core offering so that we can be on the front lines making sure businesses, sporting events, concerts, film productions and more, stay open and people stay employed.”

The LeashView platform will enable your existing ID badge to intermittently emit Bluetooth pulses that lets us know where you have been and who you might have come in contact with. It is designed to enhance confidence in the safety of the environment for all.

“A strategic Health Security program is now imperative for any arena, business or school and needs to become the new normal for organizations of all sizes. The combination of TestZone and LeashView provide the science expertise, data and traceability to protect staff and assets and mitigate any risks before they happen, and we are very excited to be on the front lines of this effort with the experts at TestZone,” says Tony Lotzof, CEO, Leash IT.

About TestZone
Headquartered in Stamford, CT, TestZone, Inc. is a global health security company at the forefront of the science that provides universities and businesses with multi-layered turnkey health security screening programs to identify health threats quickly and take action to mitigate spread. Founded by a group of recognized leading experts in medical science and public health, TestZone creates customizable onsite solutions that combine screening, behavioral and IT systems to make spaces safer. For more information connect on LinkedIn or visit https://www.testzonedx.com/.

About Leash IT
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia Leash IT is a global IoT solution provider specializing in track and trace technologies, Leash IT has developed technology to help businesses, hospitals, medical research institutes, sporting venues, mines and other facilities gain insight into anyone visiting these facilities and maintaining social distancing in line with government guidelines and requirements. Leash IT's platform LeashView is an end-to-end asset and people monitoring solution comprising of a range of wireless communications products and monitoring services on its private Community of Things™ (CoT) Network.
For more information visit https://www.leashview.com or connect on Linkedin

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TRAVIS PIKE’S OTHERWORLD COTTAGE INDUSTRIES FEATURED IN A HARVEY KUBERNIK ARTICLE IN MUSIC CONNECTION.

A 2020 Display of Otherworld Cottage and Travis Pike Awards

A Collection of Otherworld Cottage Industries/Travis Edward Pike Awards

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Coffeehouse Blues CD Cover

New Grumpuss 15th Anniversary Audio Theater Edition Cover

Changeling’s Return Book Cover with eLit Awards

Travis Pike's Otherworld Cottage Industries is adding markets worldwide.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Travis Edward Pike and Otherworld Cottage Industries are relatively new to the EINPresswire Community, so today we are pleased to provide this recent link to the LATEST, MUSIC NEWS multi-page article KUBERNIK: TRAVIS PIKE’S OTHERWORLD COTTAGE INDUSTRIES in Music Connection Magazine.

If you didn’t see the January Presswire about the several awards we won in 2020, you may see it and the booklet about those awards in our Otherworld Cottage Newsroom Press releases posted at the Otherworld Cottage Newsroom Press Releases – EIN Presswire – Press Release Distribution Service.

Today, we want to tell you about our eLit Award-winning Changeling’s Return, and share reviews you may have missed, starting with its first in January 2020.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW / SMALL PRESS BOOKWATCH
January 2020–The Fantasy/Sci-Fi Shelf
Changeling’s Return, a novel musical concept
Travis Edward Pike
Otherworld Cottage Industries (2019, 18 tracks, 53 minutes)

Critique: “A unique literary and musical experience, the paperback edition of ‘Changeling’s Return’ can be significantly augmented by an accompanying CD of the same title that is comprised of eighteen original and thematically relevant musical numbers with a total running time of approximately 53 minutes. Adapted from ‘Morningstone’, a screenplay by Travis Edward Pike, ‘Changeling’s Return’ is unreservedly recommended for community and academic library collections.”

Another very early critique by author, actor, and playwright, Terry Hagerty gave it Five Stars, claiming “Magic, mysticism, and mythology are not the stuff for the meek. Mankind has pondered these three intertwined subjects since he rose up on two legs and contemplated where one ends and the other two begin.

“But Travis Edward Pike has combined magic, mysticism, and mythology in his entertaining new novel, Changeling’s Return: a novel approach to the music, to tell the story of Morgen, an American rock & roll singer, who, right before the start of a sold-out European concert tour with his band, Beantown Home Cookin’, unexpectedly finds himself in an otherworldly village on a journey of personal discovery.

“As the subtitle of the novel implies, music makes up the fourth element of the story, with a CD filled with songs that compliments and enhances the story perfectly.

“A rock star in the 1960s, Travis is well acquainted with the perilous ups and downs of the music industry and that experience shows itself throughout the book. He is also a lifelong student of mythology, and that knowledge is also put to good use.

“A real page turner, with terrific characters and unexpected plot twists, Changeling’s Return is a must read for fans of music and mysticism. And play the CD (bought separately), while you are reading the book, as I did, to amplify the experience.”

And most recently, author and screenwriting Instructor, Richard Rothrock, Motion Picture Institute, Troy, Michigan (2009-2019) wrote, in his review, “Where do ideas come from? Whether writer, singer, painter, or filmmaker, this is the question artists get asked all the time. And if they are completely honest, the answer is they don’t know. Some ideas are random thoughts, some spring from encounters with strangers that evolve into something more, and some arrive fully formed in the artist’s consciousness, as if someone or something injected it directly into the recipient’s brain. And that’s the conundrum faced by Morgen, the main character in Travis Edward Pike’s novel, Changeling’s Return.

“As lead singer of the hot new rock band Beantown Home Cookin’, the sky seems the limit for Morgen and his bandmates…until the stormy night after a concert, when Morgen takes an impulsive joyride in the English countryside, and skids off the road into a ditch. The morning after that cold, wet night, Morgen follows a signpost to Morningstone, a secluded village where the natives appear more like mythical creatures come to life, than humans, the sort that help artists create their greatest works. Before long, Morgen finds himself unconsciously participating in ancient rituals filled with music, dance, and a not-unwelcome ritual marriage to Laura, a beguiling local beauty.

“Regaining consciousness in a speeding ambulance, Morgen clings to his subjective memories even as he tries to sort out his current objective reality. Laura is an enigma. Is she human, goddess, muse, or all of the above? Did he dream her? Does that even matter? All Morgen knows as he recalls his mystical, musical experience, is that he feels compelled to share it with the world. But to do so, he must first convince Beantown Home Cookin’, their skeptical manager Rodney, and all the record label powers-that-be. Is Morgen a pop singer or a prophet? Did he have an out-of-body experience, or is he delusional? And is the 21st century ready for the musical enlightenment he wants to share?

“Author Travis Edward Pike draws on Western pagan mythology, Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and the works of Robert Graves, to make his case that the environmental crisis threatening us in this century will require us to reembrace our roots and adopt a way of life more grounded in the rhythms of Nature.

“It is a heavy message for a narrative to bear, but Pike manages to pull it off. He does this by keeping the story grounded in the day-to-day realities of the music industry, and all the machinations it takes to produce an album, the commercial and social factors considered in determining what songs are right for a final LP, and the complicated ways publicity and the music press work together to make a band a household name. Pike knows that world and brings it to life while keeping one eye on reality, and the other on Morgen’s vision. He has created a fantasy that on film promises to be as visually exciting as it is enlightening, and with an equally stimulating soundtrack album, it may not wait long to find its audience.

“In the end, Morgen and his group bring his vision to life in one monumental concert performance in an abandoned English abbey, giving his all to put the music out there. For my money, Changeling’s Return is a work worth both a read and a listen. It might just influence your mind . . . or plant the seed of a new idea that tickles and nags and refuses to go away and allows the cycle to continue.”

Lee Zimmerman wrote in his November 30, 2020 Indie Spotlight review in GOLDMINE, Music Collector’s Magazine online edition, Indie Spotlight: The Black Watch, Travis Edward Pike, Jim Basnight and more – Goldmine Magazine: Record Collector & Music Memorabilia. (Click refresh after this webpage loads)

And finally, Andy Pearson’s review in his fearandloathingfanzine.com, and a Mike Stax review in Ugly Things magazine and Louis Wiggett’s Four-Star review in Shindig! magazine are all posted on BOOK PAGES AND DVD TRAILERS (otherworldcottageindustries.com).
Changeling’s Return is Pike’s musical fantasy adventure that may be just the tonic the world needs today as we combat a pandemic that threatened us all.

Watch for news about the grand opening of our online store coming soon!

The video clip below is from Travis Pike's 1997 Grumpuss World Premiere Benefit Performance for the UK Save the Children Fund.

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How to Decide Our Path in Life

Know When to Accept and When to Change

Though we have so much practice with decision making, it can still be very difficult.

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — We make decisions every single day. They range from big decisions like choosing who we marry to what we’re having for breakfast this morning. We make these big and small decisions dozens of times throughout our days. Even though we have so much practice with decision making, it can still be very difficult. Specifically, knowing when to make a change in our lives or to accept our circumstances just as they are.

If you’ve listened to my podcast before, you’ll know that I end every episode with the same phrase, “Accept what is, love what is.” So how do we know when we should accept our circumstances or make a change? Let’s look at three common scenarios to explore this.

Let’s say you’re dating someone whom you love very much and see a future with. But, you’re just not ready to get married to this person because you argue frequently over little things. Should you accept the relationship for what it is or should you try couples therapy and see if you can improve your communication?

Another example is deciding when to retire. You enjoy your job but you are especially tired of working as you near retirement. If you keep working, you’ll continue being exhausted, but you’ll save more money. So you must decide between: working for another year or so, which will be exhausting but will help you save up more or retiring now and slowing down for a bit, with one less year’s salary in your savings.

Let's look at a third example. You’re diagnosed with cancer and the hospital near your home has presented you with a limited number of treatment options. Do you choose one of these treatment options because it’s close to home, or do you look into other options, maybe even internationally, to see what else is out there?

All three scenarios explore our theme today – do we accept our circumstances or do we attempt to change them? We’ll explore how to answer this question, no matter the circumstances, in this blog.

I believe there are five steps we can go through to help us know if we should accept or change our path.

The first step is to gather information. We can do this by looking at the consequences of each potential decision, and place ourselves in either outcome to see if there is a favorable choice. Gathering information around our choices can help us gain a deeper understanding of which path is ultimately the best one for us, at this moment.

The next thing we should do is make a list of the pros and cons of both of the paths before us. If we choose to accept our circumstances, what are the potential good and bad outcomes? Or if we choose to change our path, what are the potential good and bad outcomes?

Once we have a better understanding of the pros and cons of either option, the third thing we can do is ask other people to weigh in on our decision. I urge you to move through this step with a bit of caution because some people, simply put, give bad advice! So it’s important to ask someone who you trust and to remember that ultimately this is YOUR decision to make.

My job is centered around helping people decide what the best decision is for them. I do this by not telling them what to do, even though I have a lot of experience in understanding how things might turn out. What I do is listen to my clients. I listen to the pros and cons of the paths before them, and all of the pieces that go into making their decision. From there I direct the information that I’ve learned through my listening, back on them. When you’re looking for advice from others, make sure it’s someone you can trust who will help you think about what’s best for YOU, not what’s best for them.

Once we’ve gathered our information, taken the time to weigh the pros and cons of each path, and asked for a second opinion, it’s time to sit with everything. I call this fourth step, retreat time. The purpose of this step is to simply listen to what our hearts are telling us. Retreat gives us the opportunity to quiet the turmoil of our surroundings, and listen to our inner selves. When we take the time to sit still and listen, I believe that we will find the best path for us. Sometimes this looks like sitting still for an hour, or going away for a weekend, or going on retreat for a month. The most important thing we must remember is to use this time for reflection and quieting the mind. In this stillness, we will find what we’re supposed to do next.

And now we’re on our last and final step, making a decision. When we typically make a decision, we waffle. It’s human instinct to question our own decision-making. But, because we’ve put in the work in the four previous steps, we can feel confident about our choice and move forward.

Making decisions is not easy. But I do think we can have beautiful lives, even when there are tough decisions to be made. We can find the right answers by gathering as much information as possible and staying true to ourselves. There may be times where the decision has to be made for us, like if your partner wants a divorce even though you don’t. So we’re left with the only option, to accept the divorce, because there is no changing our partner’s mind. And in this scenario, it may seem like we don’t have a say in the matter, but we can choose how we react to the news and how we live our lives after the fact. Our focus shifts from how do I change my circumstances to how do I live my life well, under these new circumstances.

At the center of our ability to make decisions is having a connection to who we truly are. If we set aside time to explore our inner self and where we see ourselves in the future, I do believe that we can make better decisions and lead beautiful lives.

I’ll close this post out with one of my favorite quotes from Reinhold Nieubuhr, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Over the course of our lives, we make a lot of decisions. We choose who we marry, where to live, what career path to take, when to change jobs, even what we choose to have for dinner. We make these big and small decisions several times throughout the day. And even though we have a lot of practice with decision making, sometimes it’s hard to know when to make a change, or accept things the way that they are.

If you’re read these blogs or listened to my podcast before, you’ll know that I end every podcast with the same phrase, “Accept what is, love what is.” But how do we decide when to accept our circumstances vs. make a change? Let’s look at three examples to illustrate this.

Let’s say you’re dating someone whom you love, and think that they are a great match for you. But, you’re just not ready to get married to this person because you argue frequently. Should you accept this person for who they are or should you try couples therapy and see if you can change your frequent arguing behavior?

Another example is deciding when to retire. Your job is good, but is especially exhausting as you near retirement. If you keep working, you’ll continue being tired, but you’ll be able to save more money. So you must decide between – working for another year or so, which will be exhausting, but will help you save up more vs. retiring now and slowing down for a bit, with one less year’s salary in your savings.

The last example is the most dire one of the bunch – you’re diagnosed with cancer and the hospital near your home has presented you with several different treatment options, but they’re limited. Do you choose to work with this hospital which is close to home, or do you search other places, maybe even international options, to see what else is out there? I.e., do we accept our circumstances, or do we attempt to change them?

We’ll explore how to answer this question, no matter the circumstances, in this blog.

I believe there are five steps we can go through to help us know if we should accept or change our circumstances.

The first thing that we need to do is gather information. We can do this by looking at the consequences of each potential decision, and place ourselves in either outcome to see if there is a favorable choice. Gathering information around our choices can help us gain a deeper understanding of which path is ultimately the best one for us, at this moment.

The next thing we should do is make a list of the pros and cons of both of the paths before us. If we choose to accept our circumstances, what are the potential good and bad outcomes? Or if we choose to change, what are the potential good and bad outcomes?

Once we have a better understanding of the pros and cons of either option, the third thing we can do is ask other people what they think. I urge you to move through this step with a bit of caution because some people, simply put, give bad advice! So we want to be careful that we ask someone who we trust, and remember that ultimately this is OUR decision to make.

My job is centered around helping people decide what the best decision is for them. I do this by not telling them what to do, even though I have a lot of experience in understanding how things might turn out. What I do is listen to my clients. I listen to the pros and cons and all of the pieces that go into making their decision. From there I reflect the information that I’ve learned through my listening, back on them. When you’re looking for advice from others, make sure it’s someone you can trust who will help you think about what’s best for YOU, not what’s best for them.

Once we’ve gathered our information, taken the time to weigh the pros and cons of each path, and asked for a second opinion, it’s time to sit with all of this information. I call this fourth step, retreat time. The purpose of this step is to simply listen to what our hearts are telling us. Retreat gives us the opportunity to quiet the turmoil of our surroundings, and simply listen to our inner selves guiding us towards the right answer. When we take the time to sit still and listen, I believe that we will find the best path for us. Sometimes this looks like sitting still for an hour, or going away for a weekend, or going on retreat for a month. The most important thing we must remember is to use this time for reflection, because some of these decisions are massive. In this stillness, we will find what we’re supposed to do next.

And now we’re on our last and final step, making a decision. When we typically make a decision, we waffle. It’s human instinct to question our own decision making. But, because we’ve done the four previous steps, we’re able to simply make a decision without questioning it.

Making decisions is not easy. But I do think we can have beautiful lives, even when there are tough decisions to be made. I believe we can find the right answers by gathering as much information as possible and staying true to ourselves. There may be times where the decision has to be made for us, like if your partner wants a divorce even though you don’t. So we’re left with the only option, to accept the divorce, because there is no changing our partner’s mind. And in this scenario it may seem like we don’t have a say in the matter, but we can choose how we react to the news and how we live our lives after the fact. Our focus moves from how do I change my circumstances to how do I live after my divorce.

At the center of our ability to make decisions is having a connection to who we truly are. If we set aside time to explore ourselves and where we see ourselves in the future, I do believe that we can make the best decisions for ourselves, and lead beautiful lives.

I’ll close this post out with one of my favorite quotes from Reinhold Nieubuhr, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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Reaction to Tiger on the Loose in Houston Suburbs from Animal Wellness Action

Animal Wellness Action Says Tiger in West Houston Provides More Evidence That Congress Must Adopt the Big Cat Public Safety Act With Urgency

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the latest incident involving an escaped captive big cat, amateur video was released late last night of a tiger roaming a suburban West Houston community, with one individual brandishing a weapon in an apparent attempt to prevent a violent charge or lunge by the animal. A man who claimed to be the owner then was able to coax the animal into his home before a shooting occurred.

Texas has no statewide law forbidding private ownership of tigers and other big cats, although many local jurisdictions do have policies forbidding ownership. Yet law enforcement are almost never trained to handle such situations.

“Private citizens and emergency responders should not have to come face to face with a lion or a tiger in a crisis,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “These animals belong in the wild or in reputable sanctuaries or zoos and nowhere else. This epidemic of private ownership of these exotic animals must be put to a swift end before more animals die and more people are injured or killed.”

Emergency responders are not equipped to safely handle circumstances where there is an animal escape, a domestic violence dispute, a natural disaster, or some other crisis.

Private citizens acquire tigers or other big cats as cubs, but soon realize they are unable to handle a 300-pound carnivore. When private citizens and roadside zoos dump tigers and lions into the exotic animal trade, they become an unfunded liability for animal welfare sanctuaries and zoos the next 20 years. Reputable zoos and animal welfare groups take in these big cats to help them, but it comes at a great and unanticipated expense. It may cost as much as a million dollars to house, feed, and care for a tiger for 20 years.

“Texas has had a cascade of dangerous incidents, including recently in San Antonio,” added Mr. Pacelle, who worked to pass the Captive Wildlife Safety Act in Congress in 2003. That legislation has not been properly implemented and enforced and had a technical problem that requires new legislation to amend it. The Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263 and S. 1210, would correct that problem, ban any interstate transport of big cats for the pet trade, and outlaw commercial cub petting operations, like the own featured in the Netflix sensation “Tiger King.”

The tigers and lions bred for the pet trade or as roadside attractions do not have good lives. These animals, native to Africa and Asia, typically endure substandard conditions and life almost never turns out well for them.

Texas passed a law to address captive big cats, but the law requires counties to take additional legislative action to address the problem. U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-07), whose district lies within the Houston area as well as Reps. Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Colin Allred (D-TX-32), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), and Lance Gooden (R-TX-05) are current cosponsors of the Big Cat Public Safety Act but Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have yet to cosponsor the Senate companion bill despite the endorsement from the National Sherriff’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and numerous other law enforcement officials across the state.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

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KB8 Fuses Soulful Hip Hop With Rap To Inspire the Masses

KB8

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Making his mark in the varied and exhilarating genre of Hip Hop and Rap, KB8 is sending waves throughout the industry with a unique and soul-stirring take on

SUMNER, D.C , UNITED STATES, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Up-and-coming singer and songwriter KB8 is marking his big break through with a series of fresh and iconic singles that fully encapsulate his unique and memorable musical prowess. Intent on imbuing the genre of Hip Hop and Rap with a soulful and authentic vibe, the budding artist is hoping to create music that is both hip enough to become a favorite and yet unique in essence.

A powerhouse of talent and uniqueness, the growing artist’s upcoming album cryptically titled “WEEPING WILLOW” is a beautiful mix of stunning tracks that narrate his own personal stories, set against a soundtrack that is both exhilarating and electrifying. The new album follows up on the artist’s 2020 debut album titled “KB7KB8”.
Hopeful that he will be able to connect with listeners of his music through piercing and relatable songwriting, KB8 is crafting his musical compositions with much care and raw passion for Rap. The singer’s newest album is also a collection of musical compositions that consist of both catchy and striking potential hits and soft and enlivening singles that underscore important themes and messages. Capturing the critical ideas of karma, growth and change, KB8’s new release and the upcoming album’s first single titled “I’m a piece of s***” is a burning and raw reflection over life, mistakes and experiences that molded the artist into who he is today.

The promising single builds up on the momentum that KB8 created with a string of stunning singles from his last album, including the riveting “STICKS & STONES” and “Shout Outs”- singles that projected his unique vocals.
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An up-and-coming sensation in the genre of Rap and Hip Hop, KB8 is a rising musical sensation. The talented artist got into music when he was young, being surrounded by a musical family, including his grandmother who was a music teacher.

Growing up, the budding artist took piano lessons and sung in the church choir playing the clarinet and oboe and perfecting his musical tastes and talents. He then began building his own electric studio and started experimenting with his musical leanings, preparing beats over the course of 20 years to encapsulate his own unique taste.
With the onset of the pandemic, KB8 took it upon himself to fully immerse himself into music as a way to focus on himself and discover important things in life, such as growth and love through the power of music.

Currently, along with preparing stunning singles for his upcoming album, KB8 is working on a project self-styled as “Yard Sale”, whereby he films his own music videos preparing his music in a yard sale setting.

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Thank a Nurse Team Challenge/THE NURSES WALL and NightinGala Celebration

Operation Scrubs honors nurses - Covid 19's unsung frontline heroes.

Operation Scrubs honors nurses – Covid 19’s unsung frontline heroes.

Pamela Jane Nye/Nurse/Mission Director of Operation Scrubs Thank a Nurse Team Challenge/THE NURSES WALL

“THE NURSES WALL” – a grateful public’s virtual gift to the world’s frontline hero nurses, and memorializing the 1,700+ who died choosing to shield their trusting patients from the Covid-19 virus.

“THE NURSES WALL” – a grateful public’s virtual gift to the world’s frontline hero nurses, and memorializing the 1,700+ who died choosing to shield their trusting patients from the Covid-19 virus.

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Operation Scrubs Thank a Nurse Team Challenge

Media Advisory/Invitation to Thank a Nurse Team Challenge/THE NURSES WALL /NightinGala Celebration on FantaSea One yacht, Marina Del Rel, May 12, 4-9 PM

2020 was designated as the "Year of the Nurse." Covid-19 stole it. THE NURSES WALL/Thank a Nurse Team Challenge mission is 'Take it Back'.”

— Pamela Jane Nye

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, May 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “THANK A NURSE” CELEBRATION

WHO: Operation Scrubs, a 501(c)3 that seeks to honor the 27 million nurses around the globe
WHAT: Operation Scrubs Thank A Nurse Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, 4 to 9 PM, May 12, 2021
WHERE: FantaSea One Yacht (in person or virtual)
Public parking is located near 4125 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
WHY: Honoring the unsung heroes of healthcare on the concluding day of National Nurses, Week the 201st birthday of Florence Nightingale
HOW/AGENDA:
4 to 5 PM Red Carpet / Photos/ Ship Boarding / Interviews
5 to 6 PM Reception, Scholarship Presentations / Nurse honoring stories
6 to 7 PM Buffet Dinner / Message Postings on THE NURSES WALL
Special Announcement (global webcast) re. "2020 was designated as the "Year of the Nurse." Covid-19 stole it.
THE NURSES WALL/Thank a Nurse Team Challenge mission is 'Take it Back'." — Pamela Jane Nurse/Nurse
7 to 8:30 pm Entertainment / Harbor Cruise
8:30 to 9 PM Disembark and farewells

RSVP TO ATTEND: Brianna Felix, brianna@blainegroupinc.com, 310.360.1499

PRESS CONTACTS: Derek Mora, derek@blainegroupinc.com

Devon Blaine, devon@blainegroupinc.com Office Phone: 310.360.1499

Please direct Media requests for in-person or virtual interviews with Pamela Nye to Devon Blaine/Derek Mora at 310-360-1499. Email addresses are devon@blaingroupinc.com and derek@blaingrouipinc.com.

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