Random Thoughts and Realizations: Friendship

Over the years, I have had my share of friendships. I’ve had friends whom I thought will last but left sooner than I expected. There were people whom I became friends and eventually left for no reasons. The saying that says we have 3 kinds of friends that will come in our lives, the friends for a reason, the friends for a season, and those friends for a lifetime. Because I am a very friendly person and I get along with people so easily, I get to experience having these friends for a season. There were friends whom I thought were going to be lifetime friends but they appear to be another friends for a season. Certainly I have experienced these friends for a reason, used me but eventually taught me a lesson.

In this time of my life, I have realized that it is less important to have more friends and that it’s more important to have REAL ones. My circle has  become smaller as the years progressed. There were friends whom I thought were for me and with me…but wrong! I felt like I was left behind the moment they deemed me not fitting into their standards (whatever standards those are). Oh well! I cannot waste my energy crying over people who obviously doesn’t care about my feelings with their “judgmental” attitude.

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I am glad though that I still have this friend whom I can completely express myself, my crazy thoughts, the silly things I did and still doing, with all confidence and without worrying that I will be judged and eventually will put me in the “unfriended” zoned. I thank God for you my dear friend for allowing me to be just myself, for hearing my silly stories without judging me, for understanding me, for the words of wisdom, for the acceptance of the changes in me but never fails to point out my lapses and weaknesses when needed with so much love and understanding. To the kind of friends out there who are supportive, understanding. not judgmental. and most of all the kind of friend who love unconditionally, I salute you all! May God continue to shower you with much love, blessings, and more friends.

Learn Music Right from the Start: Tips for Beginners

Learning music can seem extremely challenging for somebody with no experience. Whether you’ve just gotten an instrument for a pre-teen birthday, or you’re retired and looking for a new hobby, learning music can be pretty exciting.

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The fact is that learning can be a little bit difficult if you don’t do it the right way though. No matter what instrument you want to learn or why you want to learn it, figuring out the basics first will make a big difference.

Use this guide to learn music the right way from the start. Doing that will help you tomorrow and as you advance as a player and musician.

Buy a Quality Instrument

When you’re learning to play an instrument it can be easy to buy something cheap. After all, you may not even end up dedicating that much time to the instrument you’re buying. It sounds like sound logic, but in most cases, it is not.

What you need to do is buy a quality instrument that’s in good shape. Otherwise you’ll have difficulty learning and process will be much more frustrating. Buy used or new, but whatever you buy, make sure your instrument is functioning properly.

Learn to Read Music

Learning to read music may not seem particularly rewarding for many new players. However, as you get deeper into your instrument, you’ll find that reading music can help you play pieces you love a whole lot easier.

Being able to read music will also increase your ability to play with others and create your own compositions. No matter why you want to play music, the ability to read music can be very helpful.

Consider Paid Lessons

While you can teach yourself music, trying to do everything yourself isn’t always the wisest idea. Even if you can’t continue to pay for years of lessons – or that’s just not how you want to learn – getting a few lessons at first can make a huge difference.

When it comes to learning the fundamentals of music or playing an instrument, trying to learn everything on your own is often much slower. You may also develop habits that impede your progress down the road.

When you have a teacher, even if it’s just for a few months, you’ll learn the basics so you can take it from there.

You Do You

How many of you are actually holding back, afraid to do things freely, and just be yourself because friends, family, and the rest of the world is watching? How many of you puts on restrictions on their facebook statuses and timeline because you are worried some might judge you for it, or somebody might be offended by it, or disapprove your posts and will probably merit you a “call & audit” from these people who supposedly care for you. Well, I have been there, I mean not to the point of putting on restrictions on my facebook but I’ve been to that phase where I get to worry what would people think if I do this and that, post this and that! Definitely not the best feeling in the world!

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I have been confronted by some friends, probably even judged me. They said I have changed a lot. Then, I was told to watch what I post on Social Media, careful with how I do things, and even my decisions in life were at some point questioned, and all that. I truly appreciate the concern, really I do. I know the real friends and the real people who cares for me meant well. What irks me is when I am told this “What will people think?”. Really? Do I really have to worry what people will think of me? Do I have to stop what I do which by the inspires a lot of women, just because some people finds it offensive and “inappropriate”. I actually gave it a thought, re-examined myself, revisited by decisions, reviewed my social media postings and realized that they’re all okay to me. None of it harmed anyone, directly or indirectly. Not even my kids! So I said to myself, screw the judgemental people, I don’t really care. People can keep their opinions on me to themselves, it won’t bother me.

Like what it says below, people will always have anything to say regardless of what you will do! There are people who always finds fault in whatever you do, these fault-finders will never be pleased! So don’t live your life in fear of their judgements. The ones who truly care for you will encourage you and will support you. YOU DO YOU because at the end of the day, it will be between you and what you did. Your life is your responsibility, your happiness is your own choice. Don’t let anyone dictate you! Don’t let anyone be that barrier and take away your freedom to be YOUR TRUE SELF. I say this with the reminder as well to be RESPONSIBLE with your actions, Do not hurt people, be bold but at the same time be responsible. As for me, I know to whom I am answerable to, and definitely to none of you.

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-xoxo-

Em

How to Pick the Right Replacement Screen For Your Door

Screen doors serve a number of important purposes around your home. Those doors let you keep your door open to let in a nice breeze on warm days, keep your kids from getting outside and block bugs from getting inside your home. When that screen breaks, you might feel tempted to replace the entire door, but you can pick up a replacement screen online. These screens let you get more use out of your door and are easy to install on your own. You just need to know how to pick the right replacement screen.

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Fiberglass vs. Metal

One thing you should consider is whether fiberglass or metal is best for your home. Aluminum, while durable and inexpensive, isn’t nearly as strong as fiberglass. With a fiberglass screen installed on your door, you’ll never worry about corrosion or other common problems. The fiberglass doesn’t rust like aluminum does, even when exposed to rain or snow. You may want to avoid aluminum when replacing the screen door in a house with younger children. There is a risk that the sharp edges of the metal might cause injuries.

Cost

The cost of a brand new screen door is around $200 or more, but you can purchase a roll of replacement screen for much less. Some doors can cost even more, and you may need to hire a professional contractor to install it for you. Screen door replacement screens come in rolls that let you unroll the screen and cut it to the exact size and shape needed for your door. Aluminum costs a little less than fiberglass, but you might prefer fiberglass because those screens will usually last longer.

Type

Another thing to consider is the type of screen that you need. Despite what you might think, all screens are not the same. Those designed for insect control feature fibers that are woven together more tightly to prevent those bugs from getting through. Some manufacturers designed more dependable screens that can withstand high winds and doors that your children constantly slam shut. There are some that are even resistant to pet damage and won’t break down when your dog or cat claws at the screen. When choosing a replacement screen for your front door or back door, make sure that you consider factors like type, cost and whether fiberglass or aluminum is best for your home.

How to Rectify Blurry and Out of Focus Photos

Do you know why some of the photos that you snap may turn out blurry? At times it could be because the image was out of focus, or it may be caused by some movement of an object in the frame, or the camera itself. The good news is that blurry photos can be corrected – but you will need to be able to edit them in order to do so.

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While you may not know how to make a blurry picture clear by editing it – the process is simple enough using Movavi Photo Editor. All that you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Click ‘Browse for Images’ and select the photo that you want to fix.
  2. Open up the ‘Adjust’ tab.
  3. Find the ‘Sharpness’ slider and move it so that the blurry areas start to become more clear.
  4. When you’re satisfied, click ‘Export’ to save the photo.

Along with adjusting the sharpness, Movavi Photo Editor will also allow you to manipulate the other color settings such as the brightness, contrast, exposure, highlights, and so on. All of these settings are handily located in the same tab and by adjusting them you could help make your photos look clearer and more vivid as well.

For the best results however you should take a few minutes to try out the other features in Movavi Photo Editor and explore them fully. With the assistance of these features you can improve the photo quality automatically with a single click, apply artistic filters that alter the visual style of your photos, transform the frame and orientation, remove unwanted objects that are in the way, insert personalized text fields as captions, and even switch the entire background to a new image.

Because of the user-friendly nature of Movavi Photo Editor you won’t need any special skills to take advantage of these features. Once you start to apply these features you will be able to not only rectify blurry images, but also make sure that your photos look a lot better in other regards too.