Her Father was an excellent pianist. He could play classical and jazz very well. He used to be a music teacher and as a child he gave her piano lessons. She learned the C Major Scale and that’s pretty much it.
Last year she decided she wanted to study piano. First she had to get a piano. So she looked up on Facebook Marketplace and entered Free Pianos. She found a local church that was getting rid of a piano and had it delivered.
She made a vow that she was going to practice daily. She was going to be how she was as a child when she would run away from the piano so she could play.
She had to learn how to read music. So she got the NoteSpeller book and started working on the treble clef and eventually the bass clef. She started practicing scales and simple piano exercises. She didn’t practice for hours and hours per day but she just kept going over sight reading. She did get flash cards and also an App on her phone to help her learn the notes. The app is called Tenuto.
After months of practice she was able to perform this piece which she dedicates to her father, John DeDios who passed away on July 3, 2020 at the age of 85.
This isn’t a perfect performance. It’s good enough.
Valeria is keeping it going during the pandemic of 2020. She enjoys singing, dancing and playing piano. She’s a Health and Wellness Coach that started a podcast. Thanks for support and encouragement during this difficult time.
No matter who you are it is such a wonderful thing to talk to people. During a pandemic phone conversations are essential. Talking to someone can really brighten their day. Especially if you are talking to someone who lives alone or even if they are married. They need someone to talk to as well. So please don’t be afraid to talk to someone on the phone.
Why Is it Important to Talk?
As human beings we really do like human interaction. We like to laugh and tell stories and listen to people’s advice. Although it can be difficult at times to connect to people if you are home, it is so worth it. It can seem like a waste of time but it’s really not. It’s important to use our voices to communicate our thoughts and feelings. Having a human to connect with is essential for humans to thrive. Also speaking is a skill which must be cultivated.
But, I Don’t Have Any Friends
That might be true that you don’t have friends but there is usually someone you can text and just say hi. Then if you feel comfortable asking them if it’s OK to call them. If you are having a difficult time, you can tell them you are seeking counseling and if they would be interested in talking to you. It really does help if you can meet people from a church. All you have to say is you want to talk about Jesus and they will come talk to you in a hurry. Now it doesn’t have to be Christianity but I’m just saying you can find friends in Churches. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Plus once you start talking to your friend then you realize they are going through challenging times too and you know you aren’t alone.
So What Should I Talk About?
Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to say to someone? When you talk do you know how to start a conversation? Some suggestions are here:
How’s your summer going?
What have you been up to?
This pandemic is so weird, how are you doing?
I watched this really good movie, have you heard of this movie?
You get the idea. With these questions the conversation will start flowing. And then you will get a chance to talk too. It’s kind of like a verbal tennis match if it’s a good conversation.
Picking Up The Phone Can Truly Save a Life
These are odd times and people may feel vulnerable. So talking to a friend can give them the hope and encouragement they need to make it through another day. It makes the difference between them feeling supported and connected to alone and sad. There are times to be alone and strong but there are also times when it’s great to connect and try to laugh if possible. There’s plenty to laugh at if you look for funny stuff.
Recently I have been receiving many questions about my experience with the piano.
My piano playing started as a child. We used to have a Baby Grand Piano, as my father was a pianist and a music teacher. He gave me lessons as a child around age 6. But I would play and then run around. He couldn’t get me to sit still and play. I did learn the C major scale and I had also been exposed to the treble clef. Not that I really knew how to read music but I knew FACE and EGBDF as the acronyms for the music notes. So I had been exposed to the piano prior to my first music lesson back in August of 2019.
I was already taking voice lessons but I decided to take up piano because I really wanted to develop my brain a little more. I felt that piano playing would keep me very engaged. But before I could actually take lessons, I had to get a piano.
How To Get a Free Piano
So I did what every unsure piano student does and sees if I can get a free piano. I found on-line it’s easy to find one but you have to get it back to your place. After I was able to have it delivered, I started taking piano lessons. I had to learn the treble clef and the bass clef. I think that makes the piano a little more difficult because of that but in any case I started to learn the treble clef first and just really drilling notes. I got flash cards and then I found an app that helped. My friend told me about it but it’s called Tenuto (I’m unaffiliated with them). And that really helped quite a bit.
But more than anything you just have to get to know the keys on the piano and then just start playing. Doing scales and playing very simple songs on one hand and then both.
I decided I wanted to learn how to play a piece by JS Bach because I didn’t care for the music in the beginning piano books. So I researched beginner pieces of music by JS Bach and Prelude 1 in C Major came up as a good piece for a beginner.
I really do enjoy playing the piano and I recommend it for everyone. There are many resources on line. The thing I like about it is that you can go up to a piano and then start tapping keys and making the most beautiful sound. It’s like, “How did that happen?” And then you get hooked on music and you want to hear that sound again. It’s just a wonderful feeling to play music.
Looking back now of course I wish I had studied the piano as a child but can’t go back now can we?
If you have ever been to any support groups and someone will say, “Hurt People, Hurt People.” And yes it’s true but whenever someone says it, you feel like telling them to STFU. It’s been said too many times and it’s just like not a good answer. All you know is a person hurt you and you want them to suffer A LOT for the terrible thing they did to you. And then when you realize all the stuff the Hurt Person had to deal with, it makes sense that they are so mean.
What Are Things You Can Do That Will Actually Help Change a Situation?
Making a plan is so therapeutic. You can write down what happened and figure out your next plan of action. Of course you can complain and cry and suffer endlessly or you can take all of that frustration and try to turn it into a workable plan for you. You can figure out how you can change things a little so you can start to create a better life.
For some reason getting up and moving around helps you to feel better. Start to clean up your physical environment, put away laundry, throw out trash, dust, pulling weeds will help you to accomplish something and you will feel better after you are done. It’s difficult to clean someone else’s mess. So why not focus on your own mess and let them clean up their own mess for a minute. You can help someone clean their mess but perhaps you have things you need to accomplish for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with helping others but make sure to take care of yourself too.
Turn OFF Electronics!!!
I’ll let you marinate on this for a while. It’s your own call. Why don’t you pretend it’s 1994 and put your phone away and listen to the Radio, read a book, take a walk, draw, color, play an instrument and you got it!! For some reason technology is SOOOO draining. DUMP IT!!
How About Cooking Something?
It’s been a while but maybe try cooking something. Perhaps your favorite dish. That will make you feel better. For some reason Oatmeal Cookies just keep popping up… so let’s make some oatmeal cookies. Dig out a recipe to start. Then see what ingredients you need. It’s not that hard.
It’s a drag to do cardio but somebody has to do it for you so it may as well be you. It’s time to torch off that pandemic weight gain. You can do it!! Just start a little at a time and you’ll be back.
TURN OFF NEWS
If you need to know something, someone will tell you. You might be traumatized by the news and or addicted to the drama associated with the news. You might need professional help or a support group.
That’s It For Now. Take care and Be Extra Nice To EVERYONE.
First of all this is not based on scientific evidence. It’s something I started doing because it just makes common sense and it makes my clothes smell great and it gives me a great sense of comfort. This in no way takes the place of laundering clothes, washing hands and social distancing. But it might make you feel better if someone not wearing a mask sneezed or coughed around you. Be advised this has not been tested and not sure what the outcome will be on clothes.
What you need to make:
Spray Bottle (you can use any old body spray bottle) can be anywhere from 2-8 ounce. Remember you have to carry around with you so you don’t want something too big to weigh you down
alcohol (may use vodka if you don’t have alcohol)
essential oil (lavender, peppermint, tea tree, lemon) You can use whatever kind of essential oil you have but these listed are cleansing. The alcohol should clean virus and the essential oil is like icing on the cake.
How to Make?
Pour alcohol in spray bottle not all the way to the top.
add essential oil . It’s hard to say how much to add because I’m not sure what size bottle you’re using. But I’m not scientific about it. Since it’s going on your clothes it’s not as critical as if you are putting on skin. Use your common sense. I add until I can smell the essential oils. If you can’t smell it after spraying then you need to add more essential oils. A little goes a long way. Start with a few drops and add accordingly..
Put lid on and spray
How to Use?
The uses are endless. But say you just went to the store and you are wearing mask and eye protection and maybe face shield. But after you get outside and before you get in your car, you can spray it all over. Start with spraying all around you and walking into mist. Spray on front and back of body and don’t forget shoes.
If you work and after you get to your desk, spray everywhere. Let it just evaporate. If you want to clean, go ahead but justspraying on there should do something. I would spray around public bathrooms.
Not sure if this works
But it sure does smell good and unless you have allergies, it should be harmless. But use at your own risk. And whether or not this actually does anything remains to be seen but it sure does make me feel better and at this point, that’s all that matters.
Thanks for keeping it clean. Doesn’t it just feel better when things smell fresh and clean? Make this and spray it everywhere. If you walk into an area and it smells gross get away as fast as you can (why) because those particles entered your nose in order to smell. So that’s why you don’t want to be around stinky smells. Spray that and then go in. Another nice thing you can do is spray this in your mask and then put on because some face masks just don’t smell so good. But don’t huff the hand spray. Let it air out before you put on.
If you dine out spray this before you enter any room to let anything settle down and wipe off table with wipes and stay home if you’re sick.
THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL COMMON SENSE BUT NOT EVALUATED BY ANYONE….Maybe you have something that works just as good or better. Thanks for using and share this with those you care about or share your own concoction. This is about helping each other out during this time. Let’s just relax and keep it clean and social distance, wear masks and wash your hands. Respect people and wear a mask or stay away from them. RESPECT EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!! OK Bye
But depending on your current health condition, this is going to determine what kind of exercise you do. But the main thing is to start moving around and start walking, stretching and getting your heart rate up. If you have no concept of exercise or maybe are recovering from an injury then you really want to start out very slowly. Pilates is a great!! But it has to be a gentle class. Then once you get those principals down you can integrate those activities into your daily life.
For example if you have to type or be on your laptop, as you type you can ensure that you sit up straight. If you really want to go gangster with it you can engage your abs. So basically you have to engage your core when you do your daily living activities. If you are lifting, use your legs. These are just examples of what you can do. But no matter what you do start out slow and start to become aware of how the body actually moves.
Listen To PodCast How To Be Strong In Body, Mind and Spirit Here
How To Be Strong in Your Mind
There are many ways to be strong in your mind. Reading, puzzles and music are great ways to have a strong mind. You have to use your brain in different ways. This means that you try to do different things basically. Use your non dominant hand to brush your teeth, Walk a different route. Just do something different. If you usually have tea at 2:00 in a certain room, go to a different room. Call an old friend and catch up. Learning new things is another way to be strong in your mind. Meditation can also help to allow your mind to focus on one thing for a specific period of time.
How To Be Strong in Spirit
This one is really tricky. Nobody can tell you how to be strong in spirit. It’s something you have to figure out for yourself. I can tell you how I do it but then you would find a reason why my way is the wrong way. But I know what works for me. I think the most important thing to do is to have an attitude of actually wanting to connect with your higher power. You must have the intention that you want to connect.
Often times this comes about during times of great grief. When you lose a loved one or have tragedy. When people have nowhere else to go then they will turn to God. I think a good old fashioned praying on your knees is a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with it. Pull out that bible and crack it open. Just start to ponder how Jesus is working in your life.
Meditation and prayer along with yoga are also a great way to connect with your higher power.
So now you have a basic concept of how to be strong in your Mind, Body and Spirit. It’s not easy or difficult. You just have to try. Just try to have fun more than anything and remember that your life is whatever you chose to focus on.
In Case you missed out on her interview, you can check it out here. She’s a tribal fusion belly dancer. She has a background in Flamenco, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and Hip Hop. It’s interesting to watch dancing because it takes into consideration the full integration of dance styles. See if you can pick up a little of her ballet, hip hop and belly dance influence.
In this performance she is accompanied by live musicians which can be more difficult because you have to practice with them. But in any case she did it effortlessly. The more people you add into a performance the more magical but also the more you have a chance of someone making a mistake. But it’s all part of a live performance because people are imperfect and can make mistakes but that’s why when there are no mistakes it’s like “BRAVO!!”
As a dancer myself, I encourage others to dance because it’s just so beneficial and fun as well. But you really have to have a strong foundation to be a great dancer. Also good instruction is key as well. Also having a strong physical body is of the utmost importance for dancers because to be honest, it’s quite easy to injure yourself.
If you read the article about Rhea Fusion, you will see that she teaches pilates as well as dance. So in my opinion, pilates is the foundation for all dancers. It’s just so great at strengthening the core and that’s what all dancers need is a strong core. But actually EVERY BODY needs a strong core so get into a pilates class quickly. Start today or tomorrow but don’t put it off if possible.
All you really need to get started is a space on the floor and a beach towel. And do BEGINNER PILATES. Not any of this ADVANCED or HIGH INTENSITY stuff. OK Just slow and steady beginning pilates and you’ll begin to feel the magic. There are a million resources on line. I prefer Balanced Arts and Sciences International (BASI) or Balanced Body Pilates BUT do whatever you think is right. You can also order books and DVD’s or go on YOUTUBE. But just know not all instructors are created equal and some are just better than others. So you have to research. I know it’s a bummer. But if you buy instructional books or DVD’s they are usually pretty good.
Just start having a little excitement finding new instructors and researching. You’ll find your peeps before you know it and be glad that you did.
Here’s another video of Rhea Fusion if you haven’t had enough. Just check it out it’s cool. Trust me, I know cool when I see it. XOXO
Oh yeah and let’s just have a nice tall glass of CALMING TEA. Staying Calm won’t hurt you and it certainly can help. Breathe a lot and start thinking of how amazing things can be. Oh yeah and If someone comes at you with a conspiracy theory. Tell them you need to go do some Pilates. Bye And say a big prayer every chance you get and I want you to know that a whole bunch of prayer GODDESSES are praying for you right now. You can join the club by simply praying. It’s Easy. OK Bye For real!!
I have danced classical bellydance for 15 years and I have fallen in love with tribal fusion bellydance for 6 years. I have learned flamenco and modern dance too when I was a child. I am very inspired by ballet and hip hop (currently studying), so I mix all these together in my own dance style. I also love to teach and practice Pilates.
Who’s your favorite dancer?
What’s your dream?
To make the most out of this life.
What’s your favorite song?
Páva by Ferenc Snétberger
What’s one wish you hope comes true?
I hope after the Covid 19 people will understand that we can't go on like before. We have to change our mind and our attitude and think about the Earth. We are one and we have to take care of it and each other.
What is your opinion on wellness?
If you can feel the gratitude for the things around you, have love in your heart and be in the present moment. These are essentials.