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Welcome to exciting and enchanting life that Jacqueline Duckworth leads. Here, Jacqueline will share with you her inner most thoughts as she embarks upon the next chapter of her life of turning her passions into a professional career. You will gain an inside look into her story, her travels, the ups & downs and the things that set Jacqueline apart from the norm and make her the unique individual that she is.
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:35 AM||comments (32735)|
An excellent way to help take control of your emotions and mental state of being is to practise Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the art of paying attention. Being mindful means switching from 'doing' mode to 'being' mode and having the courage to monotask rather than struggling to complete multiple jobs. It means being aware of each stage of the journey rather than racing at full pelt towards the finish line. It means adopting a beginner's mind and appreciating each moment as it comes. To be mindful means to accept and observe any thoughts or emotions that arise, rather than labelling them as good or bad. You live in the present, rather than dwelling on the past. Mindfulness is a connection between Mind & Body. The technique has much in common with traditional Buddhist teachings and Eastern philosophies. Mindfulness has helped me achieve such clarity in my life, through just simply allowing my mind and body to experience deep relaxation and focus. It has shown just what it means to escape reality and exercise my soul. More than anything, this art form has really allowed me to discover just who I am by me simply reclaiming my mind and body into a personal, unified and reflective space. The art of being Mindful can be difficult to grasp the concept at first; but slowly after time and practise, you begin to notice the changes within yourself. For me, personally, I practise mindfulness through journaling, meditating and now....YOGA! I have never been one for meditation or yoga, but all of a sudden I have found that more than anything, I need these in my life so that I can keep myself happy & healthy - both physically & mentally. Mindfulness can be achieved in the ways that are most comfortable for you. After all, it is YOUR OWN person that you are trying to help heal. The key to Mindfulness is to just let your mind be free and take your time. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Breathe In. Breathe Out........
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:30 AM||comments (6937)|
For my final day of #5DaysOfGratitude, I thought appropriate to leave this particular subject till last. The art of Mindfulness is something that I recently took up towards the end of last year and since then, my life has suddenly turned around and everything is brighter. Sometimes life is not easy. Sometimes there are moments when you just don't want to get out of bed in the morning so that you don't have to deal with life. These days are unavoidable. When you look at those who possess such a positive aura in how they live their life and as a result, reaping success in their ventures, the simple thought of these type of people ever having a crappy day or bad moment will never cross your subconscious. This is not true! Everyone...and I MEAN Everyone will suffer from depression at one point or another. Some may just experience small bouts, whilst others experience chronic depression. The reasons for these drop in mood levels and activity can range from the smallest to the largest of reasons. Everyone has their own little triggers & reasons, and whatever they may be, that pain will be felt. How that pain is dealt with differs from person to person. After all, everyone is unique. Some people will wallow in this state of being and just allow it to run its course until they finally arise from the gloom. Some choose to figure out how to deal with this issue on their own, keep their heads held high and just keep moving forward with their life - never letting this 'darkness' to stop how they want to live their lives. On the other hand, some people need a life line that will help drag them out from the murky depths. Whatever the situation is used to help deal with the pain, the main things to remember that the healing process will take as long as YOU emotionally, mentally and physically need it to be. Take your Time.
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:30 AM||comments (28079)|
I have been ever so blessed in my life to have already at 21 years of age, travelled quite a bit. I have explored many different places across Australia: from the Snowy Mountains, to the lush rainforests all across SE Queensland, to the breathtaking beaches and sunsets over in WA. I am ever so lucky to have travelled overseas quite a number of times. I have visited most of Western Europe; some areas within the UK, Denmark & Czech Republic; I have briefly explored Singapore; spent time cruising around New Caledonia and ventured through British Columbia, Canada. Through all of this time travelling - whether locally, nationally or internationally - I always seemed to discover something new about myself. Europe, in particular, always leaves my mind and heart buzzing with new goals and ideas with what to do with my life and the way in which I want to live. Truthfully, I have left a piece of my heart over in Europe and everyday, it longs to be reunited
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:15 AM||comments (23826)|
Danish author Hans Christian Andersen once said, "To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the lands of land remote, to travel is to live." Our lives are constantly on the move. The days can become so chaotic at times that suddenly everything seems to blur together into one endless stream of never-ending tasks and demands. Before too long, we will awake from this drama and come to see that weeks - or even months - have flown by. It is often in these moments of constantly working, that we often forget the important things in life; more importantly, we sometimes even have lost track of who we are. When these moments arise, one of the best possible actions to undertake, is to just simply get away from the hum drum of our daily working lives and take that much needed holiday. Simply put ~ TRAVEL! Holidays can be incredible experiences when you travel to learn, meet new people and grow as a person. Trips with intention, as well as trips where you are giving back, result in some of the memories that you savour in life due to the fact that you come back home feeling inspired. For me, Travelling is my opportunity to truly reconnect with myself, gain clarity on my goals & dreams, and just simple escape from reality to search for and experience the adventure that my heart longs for.
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 3:05 AM||comments (8147)|
In his teachings, Buddha proclaimed "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." Too often, people assume that the key to being successful in life is to land that top paying job with a big company that can provide you with the lifestyle that you have always dreamed of. For some people, this is what drives them and their values are aligned with this - we cannot begin to judge those if that is what aligns with who they are. However, it is most often the case that people going into these type of careers are never truly happy and are often wondering about what their lives would have been like if they went after their dreams and a career out of the things that made them happy. I have been truly blessed with my life that my parents, from an early age, always allowed me to pursue my talents and do the things that made me happy. As I grew older, I began to realise that I have been truly blessed with some God-given gifts. I suddenly realised that I wanted to relish in what I have been blessed with and turn these into my career. What are these gifts you might ask? They are Singing & Writing. Since a young age, I have been singing and as most know, over time my gifts with my voice began to blossom to the point where today I am making a career out of my passion and doing what I was born to do. My gift for writing is also similar. I was reading thick adult novels around 7/8 years old, and all throughout my schooling years, I was constantly writing short stories, plays and poetry (I wrote my first ever play in Grade 3 - all by myself, mind you!). I have been blessed with the most extraordinary imagination - though, sometimes this can be a hindrance as it is ever so hard to turn my mind off. People have always commented that I have such a lyrical, romantic flow to my writing and that I have the amazing ability to convey my thoughts in the most beautiful way through words. My dream since a young age has always been to be both a Singer & an Author. Unfortunately, for some years, my writing got pushed aside so that I could focus on my singing. Though, through all that time, I always felt like there was something missing from my life and I was never truly happy. I have now realised, if I want to be truly happy and live the careers that I am destined to live, I NEED to embrace all of my gifts. They are my calling and they will bring me the success that I search for in the journey that I am taking through life.
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:55 AM||comments (3191)|
Friendship. Where would we be and how could we possibly survive if we didn't have friendship in our lives. The friends that you have in your life are as important to you as the family members that you love. The everlasting bonds that are formed within friendships never cease to amaze me. Throughout life, you come to meet a wide variety of people. Some may only be in your life for fleeting moments, whilst others may stick around for a while and become a good companion. Though, there are those very special moments when you suddenly meet somebody and before you know it, the bond that has been formed between you two will be infinite and will last until the end of days. No matter the distance between the two of you, the friendship that you share with one another never hinders and remains steadfast & strong. I have been truly blessed in my life to meet such an extraordinary array of people from all different nationalities, personalities & careers - truly, these people have come from all walks of life
|Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:45 AM||comments (6788)|
To start off my #5DaysOfGratitude, I thought it would be best to start off with one of the most important things in my life: My Family. I am ever so grateful to be blessed with the most beautiful, amazing & supportive family. Life has not always been easy for me and with the career that I have undertaken, it is by far not the easiest road to take. Yet, through it all, my family has always been there for me and supported every decision that I make. They constantly help me everyday to achieve my dreams; even if some may say that my dreams are too "far-fetched". All my family have ever wanted for me is to be the best person that I can possibly be with a loving heart, a kind smile, a strong aura & the endless passion and determination to strive for what makes me happy and will bring me ultimate happiness! There are always those odd days where I may become direct and stern with you; but know that deep down, I know that you are right and I do love you every single moment. It is usually in these moments that you give me that extra little push to see the brighter side to life and the challenges that I face on a daily basis. You have raised a strong, determined & beautiful woman who is eternally grateful everyday to have you in her life
|Posted on February 1, 2017 at 9:00 PM||comments (26964)|
In stories, the thing that keeps the reader in suspense as they move from chapter to chapter in a book is the constant nagging need to know: "what happens in the next chapter?" Authors create these unbelievable characters who are faced with varying intensities of danger and problematic situations which they often have to resolve over the course of a short amount of time. As readers, we are always anxious to see what the character will do next and how they grow as an individual, chapter by chapter. Their key development in the growth of their maturity and wisdom stems from their decisions about what they want to do and how they want their individual story to unfold. While for the reader, the story of the character finishes when they reach the last page of the book and they are left with countless questions as to what happens next. For the author, they know that their character's story continues and that their future is filled with boundless opportunity and life-changing moments. The same principle applies to reality and how we live our lives. In life we live through many different chapter and milestones. You have your childhood, teenage and adult years; as well as your years of schooling and career milestones. Of course, there are then the special chapters in our lives which we link to significant birthday.....and love (of course!). For me, January 2017 was a highly significant chapter for me for 2 significant reasons. Firstly, I turned 21 on the 15th January and reaching this particular age is a very significant milestone. It is the age when most consider that you have finally achieved adulthood and you begin the next chapter of your life where you become the person that you are destined to be and you utilise all the knowledge and building tools that you have gathered throughout your early years and put it to your disposal to make your mark on the world in the field in which you strive. My mother said to most amazing thing to me when I came around to this age: "You are 21 years old now and these next 2o years are where you make it and shine - or you don't. It is when you get into your twenties that you start to really work on your career and do what you really want to do. Because you don't want to get to 40 and realise that you have wasted the last 20 years and have got nowhere with your career and your dreams. Up until now, you have had school and have been figuring things out, but this is the next chapter in your life and this is your time to shine. You need to start getting out there and voicing your ideas and start making things happen!" My mother is the most amazing person that I have in my life and she is my rock and ultimate inspiration. I would not be the elegant, determined, passionate young woman that I am today if it weren't for her! What she said really struck home for me and I knew that now was to time to make MY mark on the world and for all of my ideas and dreams to burst forth. It is then that we Segway to my second significant reason that January is such an important chapter for me. Coming into 2017, I knew and was determined that this year was going to be MY YEAR. I could just feel it deep within me and this feeling that I have, I have never felt so strongly before. I spent the final days before the new year came around planning out all that I was going to do in January to start my year off with a bang! January was essentially my planning moth to establish all the building blocks for my personal business. Look what I have achieved! I created and sourced my own Business Cards and poured all of my time and energy into creating and launching my very own Website, which has turned out amazing and really represents EXACTLY the type of person that I am and all that I represent in life. Undoubtedly, there have been low points in this month and there have been moments where I just did not have the energy to put myself out there and wanted to give up. But I fought through the pain and I managed to keep my head held high and keep on pushing forwards, never letting myself wander from this road that I have begun to venture down. "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. they somehow already know what you truly want to become" ~ Steve Jobs
|Posted on January 21, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (4386)|
"Dreams are like Stars. You may never touch them, but if you follow them, they will lead you to your Destiny." Dreams are powerful inventions of not only the mind, but of the soul. Some of them may appear unreachable and truthfully, nigh impossible to chase after. However, since the beginning of 2016 I discovered these popular assumptions to be false. Everyone can have dreams and aspirations; undoubtedly, the majority of us dream of a more luxurious lifestyle. Do not deny it - we all have at one point or another in our day-to-day lives! Though, it is not just the passing dreams that I am making mention to here. No, the dreams that lead you towards your destiny and help you to discover yourself and what you are destined for in life; THOSE dreams are the ones that truly may seem at times to be a lost hope - but you must NEVER give up on them as they are the fire that burns bright within you and encompass the core of who you are. Those fires within you are constantly being fuelled by your passion and determination to never stop achieving your dreams. There is a catch, however. You cannot just simply go chasing after every dream that comes to you. That would the same as being told that there is a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the rainbow and that you must go find it. Now, I am not saying that there is no pot of gold - for I believe that there IS indeed a pot of gold - but, you have to know exactly what your "pot of gold" is and if this "pot of gold" is really want you want in life. Do you understand everything that you need to know about this pot before you go chasing after it? It is true that at the beginning, you cannot possible know everything there is to know about your dreams, for they are dreams of the heart after all - and matters of the heart are the most difficult thing to decipher. However, it is always good to have some foundation to your dreams and come to understand every aspect of it so that you can come to know whether you are truly prepared to embark down this road. I know from experience, that taking the less travelled path can be unnerving as there is undoubtedly going to be heartache and failures; but if you truly know that you are destined to chase after this "pot of gold" that lies in wait for you at the end of the road and you know in your heart of hearts that this is what makes you, you, then all good things will come to pass. In due time! Patience is a virtue, after all! For me, I had not fully grasped the concept of my dreams until the beginning of 2016 once I had returned from my European holiday. It was on that holiday, away from all the tensions that I deal with here at home, that I was able to reflect on who I am and what it is that I really want in life. I had known and proclaimed ever since the age of 16, that my dream and main vision to which I would dedicate my life to and strive towards, was to be an international dramatic soprano on the operatic stage. Yet, while I knew this was my dreams and it is what I most want, I did not fully understand it; thus, it has tested me multiple times to points of submissive defeat. The turning point for me and the moment that changed my whole way of thinking, was at the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich on the 26th December, 2015. I was given the most wonderful opportunity to sing on the stage of the opera house and this really made me realise that this what I am destined for. I knew in those short moments that I was born to sing on those European opera stages and share this extraordinary gift that I have been blessed with to the rest of the world. I performed the aria "Ombra mai fu" by Handel, which just happened to be the very first aria that was given to me. Performing this particular piece on an international operatic platform struck home for me and the waves of emotions that I felt in those small couple of minutes - that beautiful euphoria - allowed me to have a small taste of my dream. I got to lightly touch my "pot of gold" and feel its power and what lies in-store for me. From then, I knew exactly what I wanted and everything that the journey towards my dream would entail. I knew that there were many aspects of my life that I would need to alter and how much work - and patience - that this journey was going to take. 2016 was my year of personal growth as my whole life suddenly turn a big turn as I was finding out who exactly I was and dealing with personal adjustments. As 2016 was drawing to a close, I suddenly found myself ready to take on my goals and turn them into a reality. It is now that we come to 2017. I know who I am and I know what makes me, Me. I know what my passions and values are and know exactly where my heart lies and what it wants to do. The magic that lies within inside is bursting at the seams, just rearing to explode out onto the world and make its mark. I am ever so excited for the year ahead and taking you along with me on this enchanting journey of magic, success and grandeur means the world to me. It is you and you undying support that allows me to do the things that I love and I cannot thank you enough. Welcome to my world and the beginning of my story! Jacqueline Xxx
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On Friday 20th January, I had the delightful honour of performing at the union of Alicia Drake & Simon Eggins. I was approached in early December 2016 by the mother of the bride, Katrina Drake. Katrina is the one of the generous, beautiful and delightful ladies that I have had the privilege of knowing through my choral training with Vocal Manoeuvres. When Katrina approached me with the proposal of performing at her daughter's up-coming wedding in January, I just could not turn her down. There is just something ever so beautiful about performing at a wedding; plus, this wedding would be my first official job contract for my "Jacqueline Duckworth ~ Dramatic Soprano" singing business. Before I knew it 2017 was here and the date for the wedding was closer than I imagined. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, business matters and finer details were being discussed right and left. After countless emails and playing phone tag to finalise the repertoire and rehearsal times, everything was in order. I had not the pleasure of meeting the beautiful couple until the rehearsal came around. These two are just the most lovely people I have met. They are beautiful inside and out, and after getting to know them, I knew that I had to make their day even more special and magical! For the repertoire, we had selected two very beautiful pieces: "The Prayer" as sung by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion, and the well loved traditional wedding song, "You Raise Me Up". When I came in to do my rehearsal in the Garden Marque at the Victoria Park Golf Club where the wedding was being held, everyone was already in tears as my voice glistened in the beautiful acoustics. The big day finally arrived and what a most beautiful day it was. Alicia and Simon were truly blessed! The colour scheme for the wedding was fresh, pastel colours. I opted for a beautiful lilac silk dress, which was complemented with crystal flowers in my hair. This tied in perfectly with the pastel roses scattered along the wedding aisle and the beautiful mint lace dresses that the bridesmaids wore. I will not go into the finer details of how the wedding went down, as that is something that is shared by those who were there and that is not the purpose of this account. The main point I would like to make is that this one of the most beautiful weddings that I have had the pleasure of attending and it was like a fairy tale come to life. The emotions in the room were overwhelming and when I got up to sing during the signing, I could not help but let all of the emotions wash over me and be expressed through my voice and expressions. For though those pieces are beautiful to sing on their own and their messages are ever so captivating; to sing them in a context such as this, the emotions that you feel when you perform these work suddenly become two-fold and take you to a whole other level of emotion. I felt as though I was in a daze when performing and all the while whilst I performed, I just kept thinking that I just could not be happier for this beautiful couple. The accolades that I received afterwards were vast and ever so wonderful. I just adore hearing from those whose hearts I have managed to touch through the gift that I possess. On an end note, I would just like to say a most beautiful congratulations to the newlyweds Mrs Alicia & Mr Simon Eggins! May you two receive all the happiness in the world and live a life full of love, hope and wonder. Kindest Regards, Jacqueline Xxx