Saying Something in Australia

I’ve been so fortunate so far to be having a great time in Australia, and have been keeping incredibly busy. With so many new people to meet and things to do, this experience has already been immensely rewarding. Travelling has such a unique way of opening up our eyes: it gives us a fresh perspective in a brand new place. This past week, I’ve had the most rewarding experiences: climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and taking in the insane views, strolling through the charming Botanical Gardens, taking a trip down to the beautiful Lake Macquarie, and of course eating the most delicious food (can definitely recommend Thrive and China for anyone in the area). All of these new adventures have been incredible, reminding me of how while traveling can force us out of our comfort zone, going to new places can be refreshing and allows us to refocus and revitalize.

 

With this mindset, my experience in Australia so far has reminded me of my song “Say Something”. Almost a year-old now, “Say Something” is all about the importance of being real. With all the people we come in contact with everyday, it’s easy to talk in circles, speaking only on the surface. It’s often much simpler to speak generally and gloss over any issues, but how can we form real connections if we never truly say something?

 

The rejuvenated self Australia has brought me reminds me of just that. There’s so many people out there, with so many different backgrounds and stories to tell. Being in a new place affords countless new opportunities, but to take advantage of that, you need to get past the surface level, and really speak.

Turn On The Light – Behind The Scenes with Kamal Ibrahim

I can’t believe it’s been four weeks now since the release of “Turn On the Light”. There are so many incredible people to thank for this whole experience, but none of it would be possible without Kamal Ibrahim. Kamal and I met back in 2010 after my first EP release, so reconnecting with him for collaboration on Turn On the Light made perfect sense.

 

Kamal understood my message perfectly. The conception behind the video came about effortlessly and easily, matching beautifully with the song. The video captures everything I wanted to say, coinciding with my lyrics and portraying them on screen.“Turn On the Light” has meant so much to me, so it was important that the video reflected that, and I could not be more grateful to Kamal for his direction. I’m also thankful for the Helen Jordan Stage School for allowing us to shoot on campus, as well as our leading lady, Julie, for a beautiful job well done.

 

Kamal’s creativity and artistry truly speaks for itself. Be sure to check out his latest projects: “The Last Summer”, and Immersive dinner play running at the Whale Theatre from November 30th until December 4th. You can also watch his recently released short film, “If Only”, made in regards to Mental Health Week on his Facebook.

Backyard Sessions LA

This past Friday, I had the honor of performing and collaberating alongside the incredibly talented Mauricio Jiminez from Night Lights at Backyard Sessions in Mar Vista , LA. After Mau’s wonderful performance, I stepped onto the stage to perform a ~sneak peek~ set in anticipation for my new EP that is soon to be released. It was incredibly overwhelming watching the audience react to my set in such a joyful and energy-filled way. The key highlight to my night was when I performed “Missing Piece”. This, to me, is a very personal piece that comes from the very first day I saw my beautiful nephew after his arrival into the world. I wanted this song to speak and touch the audience with warmth and light. Reassuring them, and my nephew, that everything is going to be alright and that through music, perspectives can change. Without my audience and fans, my life would not be complete. They would be the key missing piece to my success. The fact that I got to see this message reach the physical audience in front of me last Friday, was absolutely phenomenal. I want to thank everyone who came to the Backyard Sessions  and gave Mau and myself the opportunity to perform. I would also like to thank the wonderful Alison Buck for capturing this lovely night and my accompaniment, the great Kazumi.

~*Look out for my new EP release coming soon*~

10 Things You Could Be Doing Right Now Instead of Checking Social Media

Many people are in denial about the amount of time they spend on their social media profiles. Well let me tell you, all those minutes of checking in and ‘just having a quick look’ really add up.

I’m only saying this today because I recently downloaded the checky app only to realise that I had checked my phone 47 times in one day. And I recently read that in a study led by Nottingham Trent University it was concluded that the average person checks their phones 85 times a day (daily mail UK) wow, this is crazy, no?

I couldn’t believe it and I clearly still can’t believe it, in fact, I’m not sure if I will ever be able to come to terms with this statistic. So what was I been doing the other day when I checked in on my phone 47 times? As far as I was concerned, I checked my phone a couple of times throughout the day. I was wrong, very wrong and it got me thinking about the amount of time we as a society spend on social media.

What are we all doing? Sometimes we’re reading inspirational or informative stories and articles, we can see what our friends are up to and loved ones who we can’t see because they’re on the other side of the world. However, we’re also aimlessly scrolling through these sites, mindlessly liking posts and spending a lot of time thinking about what we can post next and how many likes we’re going to get. (we all do it)

So can we say that this relationship we have with social media is healthy? I think not.

Genuine connections are becoming less important to people, it’s all about that instant connection, feeling connected because people are liking and commenting on your posts.

So with this said, I’ve decided to put together a list of things you could do instead of checking in on social media.

Maybe you’re happy with the way things are and that’s perfectly fine but I suggest trying one of these options at least one of the eighty five times you will check your phone today.

  1. This one is simple, feel the urge to pick up your phone again? Just close your eyes and breathe, take a moment out of the madness, regardless of the situation you’re in, take a break, take a moment, listen to yourself breathe and just relax.
  2. Start reading a book.
  3. Take a walk, take in your surroundings, enjoy the life that surrounds you.
  4. Draw a picture, put some of that creativity you have to use and draw a picture, why not.
  5. Turn around to someone who is standing close to you and tell them something great. Let them know why you love them or maybe that you like their outfit. Be present.
  6. Organise yourself, whether you’re in work or at home, spend that extra time getting yourself organised.
  7. This one may not be for everyone, but why not try learn a language?
  8. Write down your blessings, you could start a blessings jar and add a blessing to it whenever you feel, then come back to it at the end of each week or whenever you need to remember what you need to be grateful for.
  9. Write a letter to someone you love, I bet you haven’t done this one. But how nice would it be to receive a handwritten letter from a person that you love. So surprise someone and do it for them, no doubt it will be greatly appreciated.
  10.  Listen to some good music, listening to new music is always a good idea.

Personal Development blogs you MUST read

 

I’m always on the lookout for the latest  resources to implement into my own life and to share with those around me.

 

This is the perfect time to regain focus on what you truly want in life.

 

I’ve made a list of my favourite blogs that will give you that extra inspiration you may be needing today:

 

http://www.lifehack.org

– ‘Lifehack has your back to make sure everything you do really matters.’ A great resource for psychology, productivity and general health.

 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com

– A site filled with mind, body and fitness tips. With lots of interesting and easily relatable stories, this site is one to watch.

 

http://www.positivityblog.com

– Does exactly what it says on the tin, teaching us all to be optimistic and how to be our best selves, always worth a read.

Let me know your thoughts,

 

Keith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Takeover- Juan Guadarrama

The greatest thing that training has brought me is the connections I’ve made with others. When I first became a trainer I thought great, I get to be in the gym and everyone is going to want to train with me! I was not prepared or anticipated what was to come. Case study: Keith Cullen. I met Keith at the first gym I worked at. At the time, he was visiting Santa Monica from Ireland. At first I didn’t think much of it since the area attracts a lot of visitors. As with everyone I come in contact with, the natural progression of things is getting to know each other. As a trainer, you have to learn how to create an experience where people get quality training and build a trustworthy relationship with you. It is almost as if training becomes secondary. This is where our friendship manifested.

Keith is quiet, extremely photogenic, and a very genuine person (don’t tell him I said). He doesn’t accept bullshit or anyone who is fake. Apparently he took a liking to me. My guess is only because he is slightly taller than me (don’t tell him I said that either!). Also, did I forget to mention, Keith is an international superstar?!

I am very appreciative of what I get to do. Turns out, I learn a lot from the people that I work with. Keith may at times curse and “complain” about training but he always shows up to deliver on his end of the deal. He is a person of character who expects more out of life. He perseveres to create a certain life style for himself. I have learned to not leave anything to chance but to pursue dreams and tasks with a plan. Greatness is for everyone, you just have to figure out how to get there. His weekly updates keep me disciplined and on track for my own personal growth. On his end, I hope I have taught him how to be funny, grow massive calves, and of course how to be a gym rat :). I think this is what has kept our relationship sustainable over the years.

What matters in any business is the grassroots relationships that genuinely develop. It is not about the selfishness of seeking what you can gain from others, but for a true interest in good human beings. Thank you Keith for everything! Great things to come! Stay tuned on our social media outlets to keep up to date on our shenanigans!

Cullen Cuts- Casual Edition

“Fashion is art and you are the canvas”

Spring is here and so are the shorts. Check out this ‘cool’ ‘casual’ look.

These alternative options put comfort at the forefront of this look while not forgetting style. It is possible to do both and here’s how:

 

Jacket: Moschino, Shoes: Puma X McQueen, Top: DKNY, Pants: Jack & Jones, Glasses: Ray Ban

Shoes: Puma X McQueen

Top: Moschino, Pants: Jack and Jones

Like what you see? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll be back next week with a completely different look, to keep up with all my style info, sign up with your email, click subscribe here: http://www.kcmusic.ie/#Kove

Keith

Cullen Cuts- Whatever Works Edition

“Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day”

This week, it’s all about ‘making it work’. Putting together an outfit can be difficult, pulling those bits and pieces from your wardrobe together and simply wearing whatever works in the moment is key for this look.

Read below to find out more: ‘Cullen Cuts’ – Whatever Works Edition.

Fashion for men is becoming increasingly popular and with so many different styles and clothes to chose from, it can become difficult to know where you stand and what looks good on you! These items are all versatile pieces that will give any look that ‘I just threw this on’ feel.

Check it out:

 

Jacket: Gucci, Shoes: Aldo, Top: H&M, Watch: Cartier, Bracelets: Gucci, Ring: Gucci, Pants: Topman

 

Shoes: Aldo

 

Top: H&M, Watch: Cartier, Bracelets: Gucci, Ring: Gucci, Pants: Topman

Like what you see? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll be back next week with a completely different look, to keep up with all my style info, sign up with your email, click subscribe here: http://www.kcmusic.ie/#Kove

Keith

Reasons to Live in LA

LA is the cultural and commercial centre of California. It is definitely one of the most cutting edge cities in pretty much all aspects.
Here are some of the reasons I love the city of angels:

Weather. It seems like a cliche, but how can you talk about Los Angeles and not mention the weather?
LA’s warm weather can positively affect your mood, increasing productivity and energy in your life.
Exposure to the sun can increase your overall alertness, meaning you need to sleep less and are generally more awake throughout the day.
There are obviously health benefits coming from the increase in vitamin D intake which helps bone health and even lowers disease rick.
Basically, LA’s weather is the best if you love the sun like I do.

Fashion Boutiques. LA has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion. There’s no better feeling than coming across a small boutique in Melrose that has an item you love and know that not many others will have.
Here are some of my favourite boutiques:
If you’re looking for a place with great shopping experiences, than LA is definitely your place.

Cultural Diversity. LA is made up of people from all over the world. It’s a place rich in variety, meaning each experience you have in LA will be different.
Opportunities to meet people with various skills, creativity and knowledge always present themselves and learning about cultures different to your own is a great way to grow and enjoy life.

Reasons to love Apple Cider Vinegar

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is what they say but a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day has many health benefits that you probably had no idea about- from digestion to blood sugar, ACV is my favourite tonic when it comes to my health.

My personal favourite brand of ACV is: Bragg’s.

Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unpasteurized, kosher-certified and contains the ‘mother’ of vinegar.

If you click on this link it will direct you to amazon where you can purchase some apple cider vinegar and start reaping the benefits:  Amazon

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best products on the market for weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and many other things.

Additionally ACV has numerous other health benefits such as: it helps with the discomfort of heartburn, it betters sleep quality, improves the energy levels, strengthens the immune system and helps with digestion.

Watch this video to find out the 7 health benefits of apple cider vinegar: