Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Getting creative in COVID-19


 Hello Marlifers

It is unquestionable that this pandemic has affected us all. In a way, we have been forced to live under circumstances we were not expecting at all, and oh boy, we have felt the burdens of it. As you might have noticed, I am a happy go lucky kind of guy, but I am not going to lie and, I would like to say, I think I need my life back. I need to get back to normal. I think Covid has taken all that away.

In a way, I feel lucky to realise I have a voice and a platform with my social media and my radio segment for The Power Of Dreams Show on Dublin South 93.9FM, and some people have asked me how am I coping or what am I doing to cope?  And honestly, it has not been easy, but...

So just a few things - tips

I am working from home. For the last seven months, my kitchen has become my office. This has been particularly challenging because I am the type of person who has healthy boundaries when trying to separate home from work, and in this moment in time is not the case.

A way I have tried to use to accept this reality is by enjoying that my husband, who is a great cook, sometimes is in our kitchen, as I am working, cooking a nice meal for us to eat when the working day is done. And it is really lovely!

Cooking is a big thing in our house. I am good at it, but my hubby is the best. He loves it and the passion he put into it when he cookes for me, and in general actually, to enjoy it, gives me joy and a internal feeling of security it is hard to describe, but I love it.

My hubby is great at making a dish from scratches. However...

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up really early and I decided to cook myself a nice breakfast (John is not a breakfast man), and I used the leftovers from the dinner of the day before: Chicken, potatoes and other bits. I made an omellete which was delicious. Even my hubby tried some of it and liked it, too. So I felt it was like a double acomplishment.

To keep it short, when in the house, I can say that cooking has been crucial to survive these times. We are also walking in the park and bringing our dog, Sammy, with us. It has not been easy, but we have compromised in order to survive.

So I guess my advice is try to find to do something or emphasize it that would work for you. Whatever that may be: nitting, cooking, excersing, cleaning etc etc etc. This pandemic can be as much taxing as we might allow it to be. Always always remembering it will not last forever.

Thanks for reading.

Marlon/Marlife

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Happy Birthday Madonna - Podcast

 

Hey Marlifers

I am delighted to be sharing the #podcast of my celebration to The Queen Of Pop - Madonna. The reception to the show was great which is why I am happy to be sharing the podcast. 

Once again, thank you so much for your unconditional support. I am over the moon. Thank you!

Click on HERE for the podcast

Marlon/Marlife

Image by Luis Aviles from Slingshot Graphic Design

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Marlon's next radio show


 Hello Marlifers

This article was first published by GCN - Gay Community News Publishing.

After his strenuous success interviewing Gloria Estefan, Marlon says his adrenaline has not stopped. To this day he keeps saying “I can’t still believe I interviewed one of my idols”. He has, however, put that disbelief to good use by celebrating one of his other idols, 

Madonna.Madonna’s birthday was on August 16 and prior to her big day, Marlon was working on his show “Happy Birthday Madonna”. He was nearly halfway through putting together the format to celebrate the Queen of Pop when he was contacted by Kevin Murnane about interviewing Gloria. So as you can imagine, he had to put everything on hold.

Marlon is a big fan of Madge. He knows most of her songs, knows about her life and has followed her career since he was living in Venezuela. He fondly remembers that when he came to Ireland he went to The George and that night they were celebrating Madonna’s birthday by playing her music for the entire night. He couldn’t believe it and he says he felt like he was in heaven. He danced and sweated the night away.


So he is now over the moon to be able to celebrate Madonna in his own way as part of The Power Of Dreams Show at Dublin South 93.9FM. When he pitched the idea to his producer, Marian Shanley, she immediately said yes as she is very well-aware of how crucial Madonna’s music is to the LGBT+ community and beyond.

Marlon confessed to me, in his very own Marlon’s style, “After interviewing Gloria Estefan I thought I could contact Madonna’s management to interview her, but I never got a reply. I contacted them over and over again, but I was totally ignored, god bless me”.

Me nerves! Ah well, God loves a trier and I am convinced Marlon’s perseverance will open many doors for him because he is not afraid of rejection. He actually uses rejection as a way to incentivise his determination and drive.

He also confessed to me that he struggled to create the format to celebrate Madonna because she has so many hits that it was difficult to pick just ten songs. So he asked some people which Madonna song was their favourite and he is going to dedicate those songs to those he spoke to.

Marlon said the Madonna show is going to be “amazing, very queery and very queeny and very entertaining”.

You can tune in to The Power Of Dreams Show on Wednesday, September 2 at 12 noon on Dublin South 93.9 FM and there will be a repeat on Friday, September 5 also at 12 noon.

Thanks for reading

Marlon/Marlife

Images by Luis Ortiz Aviles from SlingShot Graphic Desing. Feel free to check their amazing work.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Some of the reasons



Hi Marlifers

In a more and more interconnected world, due to the massive advance of technology, SM has become part of our lives, in one way or another. 

In my case, I feel SM has given me a voice and I’d like to think I have to put that voice to good use. My voice and my message have reached corners of the world I would have not been able to if it wasn’t for SM. Also, SM has been pivotal to promote my ideas, what I believe in and my work.

For instance when I have checked my #GoogleAnalytics, I have realised my blog #marlife www.marlifeblog.com has been accessed by people in countries like Russia, Canada and India. Now my radio show for the The Power Of Dreams Show on Dublin South 93.9 FM has been listened in counties like Australia and the USA - thanks to SM.

I always try to spread positivity and good feelings, however I have also said things and behaved on SM in a way I am not proud of, but I am not sorry either. Why? Because I have learnt lessons. And to me once a lesson is learned, I take it, treasure it and quickly move on. Simple!

Thanks to SM I have reconnected with family members & friends scattered in different parts of Latin America and the rest of world. 

I can honestly say that SM is an extension of who I am. I have always been consistent and have never regretted my interactions online. And if I have, again I’ve moved on very quickly 👍

I love SM. It is my platform and my place from where I can make my voice heard ❤️ and I will continue using it because I simply love it!

Feel free to connect with me and I will connect back with you: FB Marlon Jimenez-Compton - IG @marlife16 - Twitter @jimenezmarlon72 - LinkedIn Marlon Jimenez-Compton and my Podcast MarlonDublinSouthFM.


Thanks for reading

 Marlon/Marlife

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Gloria Estefan Talks to Marlon - Podcast



Hello Marlifers

First of all, thank you for your unconditional support. It is very encouraging.
I recently had the opportunity and privilege to interview one of my idols, Gloria Estefan, for the radio show I am happy to say I am part of "The Power Of Dreams Show" at "Dublin South 93.9 FM.

The show was produced by Marian Shanley and Kevin Murnane and sound engineered by Allison James. And sponsored by the Dublin Gazette.

It was an amazing experience for me and a dream come true. You can listen to the full show HERE or on the image below.



Thank you so much.

Marlon/Marlife



 




Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Rebecca's single


Hello Marlifers!

I am absolutely delighted to give Rebecca Hewson a BIG SHOUT for writing and singing this song "Ya No Estoy Interesada" "I am No Longer Interested" which is about being liberated from bullying. The song is an amalgamation of three languages she speaks: English, Romanian and Spanish. It's just beautiful.
I must mention Rebecca was part of my "Latin Extravaganza" show for The Power Of Dreams Show at Dublin South FM where she introduced "Despacito" singing it a capella and OMG - What an introduction. Big thumbs up to my producer Marian Shanley for allowing me to fully let my creativity flourish and shine.
Rebecca keep going. The future is bright and I can't wait to have you as one of my guests, or why not? My guest on the POD show in the near future.
Love always & cheers honey! #YaNoEstoyInteresada



To my Marlifiers - Thanks for reading!

Marlon/Marlife


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Marlon’s 48th Birthday message.

  

                            


    Hello Marlifers

    As you might know, for the last few years, for my Birthday, I have been publishing a message. It has now become something of a tradition, and I love doing it. Of course, there was not reason why this year would have been different.

  So there you have my 48th Birthday message. I hope you enjoy it and if you have any comments, feel free to write them them for.

 Thank you very much.

 Marlon/Marlife