I'm a Piano Player, What's Your Passion?

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What are you passionate about? If someone asked you that today (and I just did, so tell me!), what would your answer be? I hope music is among them, in some form! Rémy Martin is hosting a sweepstakes and giving entrants the opportunity to not only share their passions but also enter to win the opportunity to have a mentor in that field to help guide them. Pretty sweet deal, I think, which is why I really wanted to share it with you.

I thought the best way to share this would be to tell you something I'm passionate about. I don't believe someone can be defined by any one thing that they do. You are not defined by your job or the fact that you enjoy writing. I'm certainly not defined by being a lawyer - I leave my job at the office and have weeknights and weekends to pursue tons of other activities that have nothing to do with my day job. You can have so many different passions. You already know about my passion for pets and for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but today is about sharing something new. More passions. And one of mine happens to be music - specifically, the piano.

Here's something you might not know about me: I am really good at playing the piano! Really. I took lessons for many years as a child. Check out these entries from a booklet my mom kept from one of my concerts:

Goodness, I can't believe how many years ago that was! But if you don't think that's awesome, me playing Mozart at age 12, well, you're crazy. I can still play, and I still do, which is why we still have the piano! To tell you the truth, I did not like playing the piano when I started. I had natural talent because I have long, skinny fingers, but practicing was the absolute worst. I think every 9 year old would say that, though. My dad, genius that he was, would start giving me dollars to encourage practice. I had a tip jar on the piano and everything, for requests of course. It didn't take long for me to love it, and the better I got, the easier it was to practice.

I learned a lot from playing piano, more than just how to play. I learned poise and posture, of course, but I also learned how to multitask, how to block out distractions, how to play in front of a crowd, and how to keep going if I make mistakes. I think those are lessons that kids need, so I'm passionate about keeping the arts in schools and encouraging people to take up an instrument.

If you have similar feelings, then I encourage you to follow your passions. You can win a mentorship sponsored by Rémy Martin to follow your own passion. I also have a little recipe for you to show you how you can enjoy Rémy Martin at home at the end of this post!

Ready to pursue your passions and curious how to enter the Rémy Martin sweepstakes?
 To enter the sweepstakes, the Entrant must log on to his/her Twitter account and (i) follow @RemyRefined (if he/she does not already), and (ii) Tweet an image of Entrant showing their life passion and including the hashtags #RemyRefined and either #ChicagoSweepstakes, #DetroitSweepstakes, or #StLouisSweepstakes, depending on Entrant’s state of residence.
Grand Prize (1): The grand prize winner will receive a mentor for one (1) year to help winner live out his/her passion and a check for $5,000 (“Grand Prize”).
First Prize (15 [five (5) per location]): Each first prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to a Jhené Aiko concert on either August 12, 2016 for Michigan winners, August 16, 2016 for Illinois winners, or August 17, 2016 for Missouri winners, a meet and greet with Jhené Aiko, and a Remy Martin gift bag (“First Prize”).
Second Prize (30 [ten (10) per location]): Each second prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to a Jhené Aiko concert on either August 12, 2016 for Michigan winners, August 16, 2016 for Illinois winners, or August 17, 2016 for Missouri winners (“Second Prize’).
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Stephanie's Pianos and Peaches Cocktail

I love peach year round, though it is ideal in the summer. Rémy Martin is very smooth so it can compliment a variety of flavors, and I find peach to be top of the list. Rémy Martin is crafted for excellence and you can taste the passion that is poured into every bottle. To create its world renowned Fine Champagne Cognac, Rémy Martin selects only the finest grapes from the best growing regions in the Cognac region of France. All cognacs are aged in the finest French Limousin oak barrels for maximum taste, aroma and sophistication.

   3/4 oz peach schnapps
 1/2 oz Rémy Martin 1738® Accord Royal (I went with this one because it's the signature blend from the luxury house of Rémy Martin and has a really round texture due to how it's aged. The Rémy Martin VSOP would work as well!  It has dominant notes of vanilla if that is your preference.)
  3/4 oz lemon juice
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or a wedge of peach.

How are you pursuing your passions? Enter the Rémy Martin Sweepstakes to give yourself a head start.

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