I am one of those people that has always been a fan of Jennifer Lopez and think American Idol made a smart move with the addition of Steven Tyler and Lopez to the judges panel this season. They each bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to the show.
What Lopez brings is knowledge and understanding. Her story is one of perseverance and I admire her determination to make her dream a reality. This is something my hubby and I talk to our daughter about all the time. We really want her to understand that if you want something you have to work hard to make it happen. My hubby always says that there is no such thing as pure luck, "Luck is nothing more than when timing meets opportunity and preparation." Lopez defines this in "living color"...
When my daughter started taking keyboard lessons it came relatively easy for her. She says it's because she was born into a musical family. After only two months of keys she asked if she could take guitar. We told her the guitar was a more difficult instrument and that we were fine adding a few lessons to see how things went. After a few weeks she said she was going to continue keyboard lessons but was done with guitar for a while because it hurt her fingers.
My hubby and I didn't want her to give up the guitar totally because she said she liked being able to play it was just the finger thing. As a Mom I used this as a teachable moment. My daughter is a big Jennifer Lopez fan since her debut on American Idol. So, we talked about J Lo's story and how she worked really hard to achieve the success she has today. I told her that nobody walked up to her in the Bronx and said, "Here's a recording contract." To which my daughter replied, "She must have worked hard because they don't just give you a chair on Idol."
At eight, my daughter is learning about dedication and follow through. But, from experience I know the toll guitar strings can take on your fingers. So we agreed to stop the formal guitar lessons for a bit until her hands were stronger and she agreed to continue playing with us at home. Compromise is a wonderful thing and because she had a voice in how to handle the situation she picks up the guitar more frequently than when she had formal lessons and with time her hands are becoming stronger.
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As we were driving to school this morning my daughter asked if she could have my IPhone because she wanted to listen to Jenny From The Block. American Idol has introduced a whole new audience to Jennifer Lopez and I for one am very happy about that.
Congratulations for being named People's Most Beautiful Woman. You're beautiful not only on the outside but on the inside too and are living proof that if you work hard, you can make anything happen!
My Style Shout Out Tip: Take a page from the style book of Jennifer Lopez and choose clothes that suit you. Avoid buying into every trend and make your style your own.