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!