I started playing the piano when I was 6 – pretty late now if you compared it with the ages kids are now beginning their musical journeys! I hated it at 6 and by 7, I was begging my mom to stop my piano lessons which she almost did. However my piano teacher then, a Ms Alice, advised my mom that I had talent and not to stop just yet. I am very glad today that I was encouraged to get over that first hurdle and enjoyed the piano tremendously subsequently up till today. My brother though was allowed to stop his piano lessons…..bwahaha……
T1 started piano lessons proper at the age of 6 (or just before? despite suggestions that her fingers might be too small) and now at almost 8, she is still loving the piano but dislikes practising when I tell her to. If I don’t tell her to practise, she would very happily take on the piano herself to practise. What’s up with kids these days!
Recently, she’s been invited to play for an important event and she has been moaning about how tough it is as it is an adult’s piece so she thinks that only adults can play it but that’s hogwash. I told her it’s like reading……she used to complain that the words were too small in some books so that scared her. But now she realises that if you can read, you can read. It doesn’t matter how big or small the words are or how thick a book is, if you can read, you can read.
It’s the same for the piano. Once you can read the notes, you can play almost anything. Of course, if a child’s fingers are too small for certain chords, then the chords may need to be adjusted accordingly. So how did I convince T1 to practise for this what she considers a very difficult piece? Seriously, it isn’t difficult…….she’s just dramatizing.
I showed her videos of those child prodigy pianists on youtube and showed her how despite how tiny those 5 year old fingers were, they were still playing some amazing music. That did it for my girl. She’s so competitive that she cannot lose. She immediately went to the piano and practised hard with full determination and I have every confidence that she is going to wow a crowd of people. Watch this space.
Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.
Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.
She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.
A beautiful life without limits.
Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.
For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840