Sunday, June 17, 2018

Experimenting and Life Lessons #vlog #chaiwithsuzy #FridayReflections


“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” 
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought a lot about this and tried to link it to my vlog today.

And in doing that, I learned a few things ...

Today's vlog took a long time to edit. I had to experiment a lot with the filming, editing footage and the order of things, transitions, audio, captions, narrations etc.

Through filming I learned that you can't get everything right the first time. The parts that got missed or were badly filmed had to be redone.  Then the weather changed a lot during the day so not all filming had the same amount of light and I had to make many adjustments. Life is like that. Often we have to redo things and in redoing we face other challenges.

Editing the footage and the order of things taught me that often we have to drop a lot so we can be effective.  Less is often more or enough. And sometimes we have to backtrack in order to reset our path.

Adjusting the audio was a little tricky. I had comments on my earlier vlogs that the sound was too soft. And yet it sounded pretty loud on my computer. So how do you strike a balance?  In life we need to know when to turn up the audio, that is, our voice, or lower it. And through feedback and experience we learn how to control our volume.  But we can't always get it right and in my view that's okay.  I hope the adjustments to the audio on my vlog has made it better for those who thought it was too soft.

But I learned the most from the transitions. I had to review footage many times, add footage, delete footage so that the transition to a new clip was smooth and easy on the eyes. Not all transitions occurred nicely blended but there wasn't much I could do with that. Life too is often like that. At times, change is smooth and easy and at other times a bit choppy,  The choppy parts need to be adjusted so that eventually the transition to a new phase or situation is smoother and sometimes one just has to accept and ride the choppy seas.

But now for some easy viewing, so grab a cuppa and join me in my garden  ...


on my youtube channel:   https://youtu.be/s5thnK0hh7A

Hope you enjoyed today's vlog.  Whenever I'm in my garden, life just seems good. And camellias are one of my favourite flowers.

What life lessons have you learned from experimenting with things? Share with us in the comments.


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fun, Relaxing, Refreshing #vlog #chaiwithsuzy #FridayReflections

Life today, in general terms, just seems hectic, stressful, achievement focussed (and I mean big achievements). Everyone seems to want to reach great heights, make a name for themselves, earn the big bucks. Nothing wrong with that, but it makes life a little complicated and quite rest-less.

So how does one relax, refresh and renew?  Because without resetting at points in time, in my view, we'll just break.

Everyone has their own reset button. So there is no one size fits all.  This post is not advice on what your reset button should look like, but it's about my reset button.

Music, Arts, Crafts, Writing, Walking, Meditation are some of my big reset buttons.

So today on the vlog I share with you a card I made for someone's big O birthday.

Making cards is so much fun. It takes the focus off any persistent issues, and it brings out my creative side.  I love paper! So card making is just the perfect thing to do. It also adds a personal touch to the greeting and time invested in it is a way of showing your affection and love for that person.

So grab a cuppa and join me on a fun card making Sunday afternoon.




I hope you enjoyed today's vlog.  These are the moments when I am truly loving life.

What are your reset buttons? Share in the comments below or write a post and join in at #FridayReflections.


Rest when you're weary. 
Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. 
Then get back to work. 
~ Ralph Marston



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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Trying Out a Voiceover For a City I Love

Having done a few vlogs with just music, I thought I should now venture into the voice-over space.

Was it scary?  Yes of course, but I thought if I really want to get serious about vlogging, then I had better start chatting.  So here it is, my tentative little baby step into a voiceover.

“ You’re never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”
― C.S. Lewis

Today's vlog is a quick view of a city I love ... Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand.

It is a beautiful city and has spectacular scenery wherever you go. So it's no wonder that The Lonely Planet described it as the "coolest little capital in the world" and 4th best city in the world to visit.

And for all you coffee drinkers, it is a coffee paradise. In 2014 CNN named it among the world’s top 8 coffee destinations.

So grab a cuppa and join me for a glimpse of Wellington.




Trying to film from a car is not an easy thing to do and perhaps the focus was a little bit off. But nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed this video.

What's your favourite city? Share some information about it in the comments below, or make a post or vlog and post the link in the comments.

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