Turning Dreams into Reality

Live Gig

I haven’t produced a blog post for over a week, it’s been so busy with my live Gig etc.. last week and my move to Dubai at the end of this month.

I just wanted to share with you one of my videos from my live Gig last Saturday in my home village of Carfin, 3 May 2014.  We had such a successful evening and the event was filled with lots of love and beautiful community spirit – it was so lovely to be part of.

The video that I share with you below is my original song, “I Am Here” which I created in May 2013 and I share with you, at the beginning of this video ,who it is dedicated to.

In under a year I turned my dreams into reality and I now hold those special memories of last Saturday’s Gig alive in my heart forever.

What would you like to be doing one year from now?……I encourage you to GO FOR IT!!

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Going Live

So I woke up this morning very happy indeed because I am so very excited about my Singer-Songwriter Showcase that is happening this Saturday night.  We are expecting over 100 people on the night and it’s going to be a really great show.  We have been practising for weeks and weeks and this Saturday we will be putting all the preparation and practice to test – yes, we’re going live and it is very exciting indeed.

The event will have a real family/friendly feel to it and will be filled with joyous Community Spirit, that is what I want and what we have been aiming for!!  I’m going back to the Village of Carfin where I was brought up in as a child – a Village that has a very special place in my heart.

I will take lots of photos and share them with you on this Blog next week.

It’s quite funny because last year at this time I hadn’t even written one song and now I’m performing my own songs at my own Gig – it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it!!

Question

What would you like your life to be like, one year from now?

It could all start here for you, maybe you were meant to read this blog post, maybe just maybe this blog post is for YOU, to get YOU started on fulfilling your own dreams and goals in life.  I’m doing it, why not YOU too. 🙂

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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Follow Your Heart

Clarabelle Heart's Apart

I am delighted to share that I posted some of my CDs to different places all over the world this week, here is where my EP, Hearts Apart went to:

  • Mexico
  • India
  • London
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • America
  • Germany

Heart, Mind and Soul

It’s so wonderful that I created something from my heart, mind and soul that I can now send to people anywhere in the world.  Isn’t this just wonderful because last year at this time I had no idea I would be doing this, it just evolved from this blog by doing poetry and then buying a second hand keyboard.  I was also inspired by some other people along the way, people that were already singing and just doing what they love and putting themselves out there.  This journey truly is a dream come true and who knows where it will lead to, but all I know is that I am following my heart by doing this and I hope that it touches other peoples’ hearts along the way.

Back to My Roots

I am so looking forward to performing at my two live Gigs in May this year in Scotland…..I will be singing my original songs in a local venue in the little Village of Carfin, where I was brought up as a child…..isn’t it funny, I’m going back to my roots…..it’s like I’ve come full circle.

Follow your heart……what does that truly mean for you?

Wishing you a very beautiful day today,

Lots of love, Clarabelle

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My Childhood in Carfin

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Carfin Past and Present

There is new facebook group that was created last week and it is about the village I grew up in, “Carfin Past and Present”.  What a wonderful idea it was by Maureen Strachan, I feel it really is bringing that community spirit back together again, even though the group members now live in all different parts of the world.  A very special thank you to Maureen for creating the group, what a tremendous idea it was.

Old Photos

So the lovely people who lived in the village of Carfin when I was a child are posting up their old photos and I must say they are absolute crackers (in a good way) and many have brought a tear to my eye.  There was one in particular (below) which I thought I would share with you.

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A Young Clarabelle in the red track suit

The photo is from the Carfin Carnival Week sports day in the 1980s.  I looked at myself in this photo and I honestly just wanted to be that child again, because the happy memories I have from my childhood are second to none.

I feel very very blessed to have been brought up in a small village with such beautiful community spirit, where everyone knew your name and looked out for you – I miss that lovely feeling.  This facebook group and the old photos, inspired me to write the poem below, I hope you like it.  Maybe this has given you the idea to start up a similar facebook group or connect with some old friends.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.

My Childhood in Carfin

I look at that child
I want to be her
I forgot her smile
My memory is blur
She looks so sweet
Just happy and content
Laughing with friends
Time well spent

As time goes by
Photos bring tears
Fun loving memories
From Carfin past years
A community with hope
and full of pride
A village of families
Where love did reside

A strength and spirit
very special to us all
My childhood in Carfin
with kick the can and football
We made up the games
for lots of children to play
We sometimes did fight
But were friends the next day

So when I think of this time
More than 30 years ago
I only remember good
and the Carnival talent show
Carfin was the best
I’ll say it till I die
My childhood in Carfin
Happy tears I do cry

By Clarabelle 18 January 2014

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Beauty is everywhere….

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I was visiting my mum yesterday and I just had to take this stunning photograph for you of the sun setting in the sky in my hometown village of Carfin.

This is the sky view I used to look up at as a child in the summer time and dream of exciting adventures way far in the distance.  The beauty of the sky can really take my breath away at times, just like this very moment yesterday.    May you find much beauty in the magical moments of your day today.  Love Clarabelle

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Happy Child

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Clarabelle Age 7, Carfin Village Gala Week

I was such a happy child, I honestly had a fabulous childhood it was so much fun, adventurous, exciting and full of imagination.  I had lots of friends and most of the time we made up our own entertainment.  We used our imagination to make up dances and songs, we played at football rounders, kick-the-can, hide and seek, beds (hopscotch), races, treasure hunt, lee voy, relay races, obstacles courses, we would climb up trees and make up hidden camps in the park.  I am smiling now because my childhood was so so so so happy and I am very proud to say that I am still very close with some of those very special childhood friends almost 35 years later.

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Clarabelle Age 6 and Brother Age 9

As a child I always remember being full of dreams and excited ambition, although it was probably portrayed as being too far fetched and a little ‘show off’ at times.  I never interpreted it as that myself, I was just so happy and wanted to display my happiness to others, I suppose I wanted them to share my happiness too.

Clarabelle Age 5
Clarabelle Dancing Age 5

My mum said to me that her memory of me as a child was that I was always singing, she said I would sing from the moment I woke up until I went to bed.  The funny thing is I forgot I did that until my mum reminded me of it a couple of years ago.   I forgot that I used to do that as a child and I guess I forgot what it was to be that child again singing, dancing and living in a very free-spirited way.  However I am finding that the more I understand who I am as a person the more I am becoming that happy spirited child again, the person that I always was but somehow got lost along the way.

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Clarabelle (Age 10) & Sister Leanne (Age 5)

At this moment in time, on my journey of life, I am really happy, I feel free-spirited, creative and mesmerised by the beauty in this world. It’s like I am seeing the world again through my childlike eyes, like when I was 7 years old again.

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Clarabelle Age 11 (holding Courage Banner in pink)

As a child I loved things like catching my reflection in puddles on a rainy day, gazing up at the stars at night, staring at a summer nights sky and being wondered by all the magical colours and different shapes of clouds.  I loved making daisy chains and I would look endlessly at each petal on the daisy, really feeling and smelling its fresh air scent.  I loved the great outdoors and just being free, I guess just being me, living in each very moment and seeing each and everything around me as magical.

Now I know why I was a happy child.  🙂 🙂 🙂

May your day today be filled with magical childlike moments that allow you to see the beauty in everything around you.  Lots and lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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Me and My Mum

Me and My Mum, 1 July 2012
Me and My Mum, 1 July 2012

Ponder, Think, Reflect

I am 10 weeks into my 16 week marathon training programme and my long runs at the weekend can be quite challenging.  Yesterday, I had to do a 16 mile run, this took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I stopped taking music with me on these runs and I now use the time to ponder, think and reflect on whatever comes up for me at that time – very often these thoughts turn into a blog post, just like today.

Carfin

My running routes are through my local town and often take me into other connecting villages and towns.  Yesterday I found myself running in the village of Carfin that I was brought up in and where my mum lives.

Whilst running up hill towards my mum’s home I thought about the times when I visit her and then a sad thought came over me, one day I will not be visiting my mum in her home, because one day my mum and just like the rest of us will not be here.  I didn’t ponder this for too long because I didn’t want to make myself feel too sad.  I suppose that is life and that is the reality of it all but it did make me think about me really wanting to spend quality time with my mum whilst she is here and whilst I live so close to her.  I then immediately thought of all the nice things we could do together, places we could go and visit, conversations we could have, holidays we could go on…..lots of special time together.  So I now have a little plan of action to put all of this into place.

Loved Ones

Sometimes in life without even realising it we can take our loved ones for granted, especially when everything is going well with their health etc..  My run towards my mum’s house yesterday made me really think about that, I want to spend as much quality time with my mum as I can and I will and I look forward to sharing those lovely fun stories with you on this blog.

If this post has made you think about a loved one, please give them a phone, visit them, drop them an email or text…..just connect with them and let them know you are thinking about them and are there for them, it will make you and that person feel great today.

Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love and happiness, Clarabelle

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