I know I am behind getting my letter out for the holiday’s. Last year was crazy for me with lots of changes. I finished my Associates in Leadership with William Penn in June and before that changes happened for me at Des Moines Radio Group. In the spring of 2015 I added the responsibility of daily shift on 93.3 KIOA. I am on Monday through Friday 7 to midnight and Saturday’s from 10 to 3.
The new responsibilities at KIOA was not the only change during the year. A few weeks before I finished my degree I was approached to work mornings on More 104.1. Who am I to say no :). That added more responsibilities to my plate at the radio group and have been the morning guy on 104.1 since mid May. As they say find something you love and get paid for it and you never work a day in your life. That is so true and I am blessed to have been in radio for as long as I have.
I still have my event company and had a handful of events throughout the year. 2016 is shaping up with a few events and I have also added a new opportunity with my company. The idea is drinks and terrariums… You are thinking what is that? Well it is a great night out with family and friends that feeds the crafty side of your mind. Much like drinks and painting, but rather than painting you are creating your own terrarium for your home, office, or as a gift. I am also talking with a few nonprofits to use the opportunity as a fundraiser.
I know I always seem to have something going on and I think God daily of the opportunities he makes available for me. I admit there are days I would rather just sit at home and not feel to be constantly on the go, but if I did that I would miss out on so many opportunities for myself and others.
I want to thank all of you who support me and those who send me the encouraging words through the year to build me up and help keep me going. I pray your holiday’s were wonderful and that 2016 will be your best year yet.
I have been using the time I would normally shave to better myself. What are you doing with your time? I am usually will look for an article or something to improve myself or I spend extra time at the gym. I have found that No Shave November has been a great time to reflect and take inventory.
I am a week into No Shave November. Have you taken the challenge? This has been a interesting week for me so far. I am constantly astounded about every one listening to my podcast every week and I continue to add more chapters to my book I am writing. I also am enjoying the weather this week and getting in as much as I can before it turns colder. While I am enjoying the outdoors and getting in my exercise I meditate and evaluate what I need to do next. I cannot believe the comments I receive for my Facebook posts, blogs, and podcast. It is encouraging to know that what I am doing is inspiring others and that helps inspire me.
What are you doing to inspire others? From a smile or a hello to a stranger and friends. I believe the purpose is to lift up one another and help them become a better person. Both personally and professionally how are you helping others grow. As I keep making new steps in my life I am looking for who I can take with me. I decided a few years ago it was time to take control of my life and not let it happen.
I have been talking to a friend and we were discussing what I am doing for myself with working out and taking time out for me. This was something I was not good with for years and while I was evaluating my life I chose that I need to start taking care of myself. If I do not take care of me then who will. I have had people tell me I am being selfish and there is a little selfishness to it, but looking at the big picture I am also helping myself to be here longer for family and friends.
What are you doing to keep yourself health physically and mentally? We are important and though it is hard to understand our importance to others. It is something to think about. What legacy are you leaving behind and how are you influencing others? I want people to remember me as one who encouraged. Take time for yourself daily and during that time take care of yourself and look for ways to make you grow.
Are you the same person you were a couple years ago? Even a couple months ago? We are go through changes, some are good and some are not so good. It will depend on how we react to things that happen in our life. I was talking a friend yesterday and they made a comment about how I have changed compared to when I first met them. That was not the only comment I have received claiming that in the past couple weeks.
I will agree that I have changed and I believe it is for the better. I remember my actions and thoughts through my life and I was a jerk. I had love and compassion for others, but I was also opinionated and shared it no matter if it was welcome or not. I am not saying it still does not happen, but I feel it is not as overbearing as it used to be. I know there are others that do not agree with how I am think today because we do not think the same. I am ok with that because I am an individual and that is how I was made. We were given a brain and are expected to use it.
I know I am not perfect and the reality is I will never be perfect, but am I giving into my imperfection or am I striving to be a better person? It is how we deal with our daily lives and deal with situations in life. This is not an easy task and sometimes is feels better to give up rather than pushing forward. If we press on we will be better in the long run for us and for those around us.
Are you welcoming the change in your life or are you fighting it? I encourage the change and allowing it to engulf my heart and mind. I agree it can be overwhelming at times and not every one will understand what is happening in your life. The reality is either they will understand and accept the change or they will decide to move on. I am still true to my beliefs, but I understand my beliefs better than I every have and understand how I should deal with my beliefs with others.
We all believe what we believe, but we need to understand these are personal beliefs. It is our purpose to help each other and not force feed them what we believe. Daily we need to think what we have done to help better the life of another individual.
Here we are almost November 2015 and it has been an interesting year. Overall mid year has been good with challenges, obstacles, and disappointments. I have been working on so many things and I also have been back on the weight loss journey. I am down almost thirty pounds and I hope to be that and more by the end of the year.
I have been doing a podcast for almost ten years and last year I was able to get my own iHeart radio channel. I have had the channel one year and one month and I am over 13,000 listens and downloads. The average is about 250 per week and that is more than most churches have in attendance on a weekly basis. To have that many listens and downloads it humbles me that people take time out for the podcast each week.
I have had friends ask me to start my own bible study for those that have been hurt by the church. I am not sure it is a good idea because of personal issues and how people are very judgmental rather than loving and supportive. I have know many pastors that have lost their position due to mistakes because the congregation or the board crucified the pastor for the stumble.
I enjoy the podcast and it helps me with my spiritual walk and growth. I believe we have a purpose to love each other and build up one another. I grew up in church and doubt my salvation daily because I believed that no matter what I did I would never make it to heaven because I was not good enough. We are great at tearing people down and we are supposed to be people builders. Personally and professionally we should be lifting up each other daily with either a good word or a smile.
I want to be known for loving people and being their cheerleader. I want everyone I come in contact with to succeed. I know that is unrealistic because unless a person wants to succeed they will not be able to. I do my best to encourage people to be better, but they have to take the action to become better.
I want to thank everyone that is listening to my podcast, following me on Facebook, and reading my blogs. I am still working on my devotionals that I want to publish. I have thought about a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to publish, but I am always afraid of rejection. In the past few weeks I have been told how I am different from others because I am willing to admit that I have faults and i have many faults. I am doing my best to repair my faults, but it is taking time. I know nothing happens overnight. I need patience and understanding of myself as well as others to grow myself and help others better themselves.
I was working this morning and heard a commercial that reminded me of Movember or No Shave November. It gave me an idea and I thought I would share it with you. I was planning on participating in NoShaveNovember and decided to share a challenge. When researching the November challenge it was created to bring awareness to prostate cancer. Here is my idea… I do not have a specific charity that I am supporting and I know we all have specific charities that are near to our heart.
Join me in No Shave November or Movember and take the money that you would use for shaving products or services and donate to the charity of your choice. No Shave November means you will not shave for the month or Movember means you grow a mustache during the month. The direction you decide to go is up to you. I will be sharing picture updates on twitter and facebook during the month. As we approach the holiday season this is a great way to show charity to those around us and gives you a story to share.