just gotta stop

comparing is the WORST thing EVER. 

you can never be truly grateful for all that you have if you keep comparing yourself with others. 
there's ALWAYS going to be someone out there that's better than you, smarter than you, prettier than you, handsomer than you, funnier than you, more talented than you, anything better than you.

on the same note, if you get your satisfaction in life by gaining confidence in comparing yourself to those less than you, AND always wanting what those with more than you have - you'll always be dissatisfied.

truth. stop comparing, be grateful.

my rant for the day.

the (soon to be) Kerlukes

i had the privilege of taking some simple engagement pictures of my dear friend Caitlyn and her fiancĂ©, Mark! first time for everything right? it was so much fun, made me want to learn more about photography. a super talented friend of mine from church, Rob joined me in taking pics of the two love birds, and we spent an hour or so in the sunny Rocky Point park! i'm just posting a few in b&w of the gorgeous couple. SO pumped for them.

(this post is under the DIY section,
cause who says you can't take engagement photos
on your own and edit them in iPhoto?! haha)

countdown of 48 days!!!! 

kill procrastination

a lovely rule my husband found online:


#1. if it takes less than two minutes, then do it NOW.

wash your dishes right after eating
take out the garbage
send an email
clean clutter

#2. if it takes more than two minutes to complete...then just start it!
"when you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do"

so basically the rule follows the "physics of real life". 
if you START doing something, it's easier to continue doing it.

this two minute rule "embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.

if this rule helps my husband do the dishes more often and chuck the garbage more frequently (which he is doing), then i definitely approve of this two minute rule!!!

photo taken from google

kitchen & bench project

we seem to be taking our time slowly painting and furnishing each room in our home juuust the way we want it.  so far with our newly completed main floor, we are so happy with our color choices and purchases! gosh these things can be expensive.

so here's how it started out, mess and everything!


we were thinking of painting it orange (same color as our initial living room choice)...

...but just how we didn't end up choosing it for the living room, we also didn't choose it for our kitchen. looked too much like halloween with our black cabinets. ...we ended up choosing this light and cheerful sesame color by benjamin moore (it looks way nicer as paint than on their sample website). 

voila! our sesame colored kitchen!

....now onto the bench!

when we were looking for a home to settle in (over a year), we saw in some show homes this floating bench idea that we fell in love with.  so victor decided to take on the project of building one on his own, and i committed myself to sewing the cushions for it. go team work!

he ripped out some dry wall to get the brackets in place and as sturdy as possible...

after about a day and a half of his hard work he got it done!

...we painted it white after it was all in place. (we ran out of enough painting tape to go around the entire border of the bench and all the stores were closed at that time cause we tend to do many of our home renos late at night haha! so we improvised by taping paper to the wall so we wouldn't get paint everywhere....did it work? by all means no ...the paint was sticking to the paper, soaking through, moving around...hahaha dumb move, shoulda thought before we did it - but like i said...it was late.)

we eventually got it done. painted the wood and the brackets underneath.
i sewed the cushions in 2 nights, which turned out to be way more complicated and tedious than sewing your average pillow. but i got her done & tadaaaaa our team work project was complete!
i still really want to sew more pillows to fill up the bench with colourful comfiness, 
but i'll wait till i have more spare time and feel like sewing again!

till then, and till we get some art on our walls... we love our new kitchen!

christian terms 101

after being apart of several christian churches throughout my life this far,
i've come to realize there's a specific use of vocabulary that only church members and those familiar with christianity/catholicism would understand. BUT, I'm also realizing...
some people within the church sometimes say & use these words but...
THEY themselves don't even realize what the heck the words mean! 

so, i thought i would simply write out some of these definitions to help us all out:

1. amen! = "so be it" ...an agreement

2. holy = "having a spiritually pure quality", "godly", "consecrated"

3. hallelujah! = "God be praised!", "a shout of joy, praise or gratitude"

4. glory = "great honor or praise", "renown"

5. glory PLUS hallelujah = "with great honor or praise, God be glorified!"
...we all know that faithful, older, church member who always calls out "Glory Hallelujah!" with a southern accent in the movies, or maybe even our own church hahaha ....

THEN...there are 7 important events/dates within the christian/catholic year
i thought i would write out so i can remember them!

1. advent = not just when you get chocolate off a pop out calendar! 
december 1 to december 24.
the waiting/expectant time for the birth of Jesus

2. christmas = we all know this one. 
the birth of Jesus.
not just present time

3. epiphany = usually january 6th
celebration of the revelation of God (son = Jesus Christ) as a human being

4. lent = around 6 weeks all before easter sunday.
believers are prepared through prayer and other ways

5. holy week = last week of lent (the week before easter).

6. easter! = this one's easy.
the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus after being crucified!

7. pentecost = used to be ancient Israel celebrating and partying together...
but then changed into the feast/celebration of the descent of the holy spirit.

SO. juuuust in case you hear those words...
now you know.

pictures taken of my home church by my friend at http://www.smashedphotography.ca

teach with your boooody :o

Some stats: people generally retain...

 7% of the words they hear
38% through the tone of voice
55% is non-verbal communication

the WAY you teach, through your body (actions) and tone of voice is the biggest game changer in the way you teach. 

teach well my friends, teach well.

luke 1:68

blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!

or "he"...i female-ized it :) 

piano basics

learn piano chords as easy as 1 2 3. 
i made a chord chart for a friend - how to play basic chords on the piano while singing a song of your choice.  thought i'd upload it here for future reference, and if anybody wants a basic chord chart to play some chords!  piano lessons 101.  hope it can help and inspires you to play, cause it's really not that hard!

dragonfly paint

we moved into our home on march 28th 2013, and couldn't, for the life of us decide on a paint colour. we wanted our home to be warm and welcoming so we naturally leaned towards warm colors like browns and even a warm orange.  we bought a $5 tester paint can from home depot to try out a "butter rum" color...but it didn't fit. friends came over and said it looked like vomit haha. I wanted a dramatic bright accent wall color to make a loud statement (brighter and lighter teal)...but Victor wanted to be more neutral. So...long story short, after going back and forth trying to decide on colours, and checking out & taking some designer blog ideas ...we ended up going with a dark teal (= dragonfly colour by benjamin moore) for an accent wall, with a light grey (= moonshine) for the other walls in our living & dining room. at first, blue-ish greens and greys were the last colors we wanted cause it seemed to give off a less warm feeling... but so far we're loving the cooler feel to it, which in our opinion, still seems homey & welcoming! check our our process below.

we came home late at night from our youth group that Victor leads and ended up painting until 3AM to get this wall done. 

...what it looked like at night before drying...

 ...and what it looked like in the morning!

messy kitchen, but beautiful wall! we love it!

next home project(s):
- paint the kitchen
- DIY ledge stone going onto our TV wall  (thanks jason!)
- DIY bench seat in the kitchen



yup, i did have a photoshoot of my grapefruit. 
so bitter & so juicy.

my wedding song.

"i take you, and only you
we pledge our lives in love
you'll lead and protect me
as i serve with all i am and bring you joy

together we love, together we grow
together we honour our Father, today

together we dream, together we stand
together we honour our Father, who's here today."

...we got married out in tsawwassen at this gorgeous heritage home. an outdoor ceremony, with no tent or covering at all. the weather forecast days before kept saying it was going to rain - plus the days before our wedding were all rainy and gloomy. i actually went umbrella shopping with my dad just in case we had to buy the whole bridal party umbrellas.  the heritage home owner told me i should definitely get a tent covering, & i'd be silly not to. the weather was just ugly for days.  we looked into renting a tent/covering but that costed almost $1000 - forget that! i prayed instead. things such as "God pleeeeeeeeeease don't let it rain!!!!!" haha. and you know what? it didn't rain! 

our ceremony was at 2pm and our reception was indoor at 5:30pm. it was bright and SUNNY (such a surprise compared to the previous days) from the early morning up until about 5:00pm. and at 5:00pm - when we were all coming to the indoor reception venue, it rained! PERFECT timing! it rained up until 9:30-10pm-ish. again PEEERRRFECT timing because at around 10-10:30pm we had LANTERNS (picture below) and we needed it to not be raining to light them. but it was even MORE PERFECT that it rained during the time it did, so that our lanterns couldn't light any nearby trees or buildings on fire! BRILLIANT. God is brilliant. Our wedding was incredible, every part of it - including the weather!

garageband for the WIN!

In a previous post, I was talking about the synth & recording program, Reason and how I want it so bad to record with. Victor (= incredible husband), stayed up till 2AM in the morning the night before we left super early (7AM) for Pender Island and bought me Reason Essentials without me knowing!!! INCREDIBLE. Every spare minute I'm trying to figure this thing out. I think I've figured it out for the most part, though there are still sooo many sounds I need to test out.  I've come to a few conclusions in my testing trials though:

1. Reason Essentials is missing a LOT of the instruments/sounds the full Reason has (makes sense).
2. The reverb options for vocals on the Essentials I'm finding isn't that great (i'm all for originality, but some are a little too out there).
3. I've spent so many hours playing around with Reason I kinda missed my simple Garageband.

SO with that said...I wrote a song about Hosea and his wife that so happened to be a prostitute = Gomer (Hosea = book in bible), aaand with no luck recording my song on Reason tonight, I went to my simple Garageband to record a tiny part of the song (I will finish recording and post sometime hopefully soon), and played around with the amazing vocal options haha! ..it's simply because I can. ENJOY each clip!

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Imagine living on a mini island where the only clothing store they had was a little Sears catalogue. Imagine living there with no wifi, no cable, no restaurants like Joeys, Earls, McDonalds, or even Starbucks! Almost everyone knows everyone. and alllllll you do is enjoy nature. That's what me, my husband, in laws  (parents, brothers, their wives) experienced on Pender island last week! It's this mini little island in-between Victoria and Vancouver, BC. Glad I brought my camera. So without any of the Vancouver life necessities down there... we simply enjoyed each other's company and some good Vancouver Island Hermann's beer. YUM. It's nice having time to escape the technologically advanced world sometimes.

it begins! (again)

I started out a new blog about a week ago on a site called blog.com.  I had a great URL = maynard.blog.com. Super simple, super neat. Turns out that this blog.com website is SUPER unreliable. The website is known to be down every week. ..SO. don't recommend that if you're gonna start a blog! As soon as it's up again, I'll re-post my posts here (only have a few so far) and I'll start again on this new site! This blogger.com seems pretty legit and super customizable. Hope ya enjoy THIS one!

make you feel my love. - repost

I recorded this when I got home late tonight. It’s super, super, SUPER mellow. Probs cause I was tired haha. I first recorded a melody track – with the video, then added harmonies on top. Thought it’s a bit strange my harmonies are coming from outta the video, but I’m not technically savvy enough to know how to video record myself recording harmonies and add that video to the original video (if that even makes sense) haha. Anyways. Hope ya enjoy it. I’ll try to do some more upbeat songs, and stop putting ya’ll to sleep!

thankful. - repost

funny story about my nord keyboard (in the video below). I would like to officially say, I am SO incredibly blessed with INCREDIBLE family and friends in my life. My family…all my aunts and uncles on my mom’s side pitched in together to buy me a nord keyboard as my wedding present. If you don’t know much about nords….this is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!  It has the most amazing sounds on it and effects you could ask or dream of. I’m still in a long process of learning how to use the darn thing to the best of it’s ability. Nevertheless, I am so ridiculously grateful for their generosity. But that goes for all the other AMAZING family I have. I can’t say enough about my parents, and now my in-laws…they’re all too incredible. My grandmas are so supportive as well (even though it’s totally outside of Chinese tradition to get married so young…I was 21…they were still sooo supportive). Our friends are phenomenal as well. A huge part of Victor (= husband) & my support group comes from our home church, and now worksite for both of us - Westwood and other places. For example, we have a friend named Ryan…who is ridiculously amazing. At our wedding, (amongst the maaany others that helped out), he took the most humbling position EVER and sat at the back of a table, and at the back of a gazebo (gazebo picture above…where he couldn’t see much at all) and played ALL of our ceremony music. (a wedding’s not a wedding without some good music). That means he couldn’t sit with friends, enjoy the day, and most importantly show off to the single ladies how good looking he was being in his suit on a wedding day, BUT he sat behind a GAZEBO and did us a HUGE, unforgettable favor and played our music at the perfect timing!!! Everyone KNOWS how much weddings can flop with a bad DJ. But he was incredible…didn’t complain at all. wow i tell ya. and this is just one example of how our friends are so amazing.
Anyways. all this to say. I am so thankful for everyone in our lives. we are blessed beyond measure.

awake my soul. - repost

So this morning I Garagebanded a cover of Mumford & Sons song – Awake my Soul. I’m not a huge fan of recording videos of myself singing on the keys. Dunno if that’s my thing, so enjoy my picture video instead hahah. ANYWAYS. My dear friend Anthony introduced me to this program called Reason a couple days ago, and I CANT stop thinking about it. It’s this incredible synth/recording program that transformed my world. It’s about $450, which defs isn’t in our budget right now. BUT i’m gonna save up! …We just moved into our new place last month, so we gotta save up for paint to paint the walls first! ahha BUT i’m SO stoked to record on that one day.
Back to this song – I love the lyrics of it. Did a track for the melody, 2 diff harmonies, and simple keys! Take a listen and lemme know whatcha think!

meet Alieda and Becky. - repost

we be jammin. SO this song is featuring Alieda (left), but dedicated to Becky becksters (right). Becky’s leaving for the lands of Alberta, and we will dearly, dearly miss her. We went to her basement suite in North Van this evening and rearranged it into our jam space! Becky on cello (so beautiful). Not only is she phenomenal at the cello, but she is the definition of gorgeous, so I could literally watch her and listen to her play all day. For real. Alieda is also SOo stinkin incredible. Her voice (listen to the video above), rocks my world every time. I’m so blessed to know these girls, they’re amazing. and Garageband for the win. We’re telling Becky to stay here in BC in this song haha… So check out our cover of Stay

spinach soup. - repost

Spinach soup:
ALL you need is milk, flour, water, bouillon, butter, and of course…spinach
- and you’ve got yourself an amazing, hearty, creamy, spinach soup.
mm mmm
Enough said.

1 samuel - repost

With my time off in the morning I decided to continue reading this book in the bible called 1 Samuel. It’s pretty neat; partly about a king named Saul and how he met a shepherd boy named David (who would later replace him as king). In chapter 16, verse 16 music therapy appears! David was asked to play his lyre and Saul would literally be HEALED from this “tormenting depression”.  Just like that! How rad is that!! (Better than any prozac or zoloft that’s for sure). Anyways, I ended up writing a quick little song about Saul and David.  I wrote the lyrics from Saul’s perspective talking about David, the shepherd boy. Check out (below) my first video I’m uploading of my music: Shepherd Boy. holler. new blog, new video …so fun.

it begins! - repost

hello! yes, I am starting a blog – my own kristen maynard blog. …I’ve just finished up my classes in an undergrad for music therapy, I recently got married, recently moved, love photography, about to start working at a church and I’m in love with creating music. …so why not start a blog! Feel free to check out my reads and music when they’re up and comment/post as you wish! Hope you enjoy.