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 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.
It has been a crazy year! As I look back, I wonder where it has gone. I am blessed God opened many opportunities for me, with one being able to help promote a show at the ZaGaZig Shrine Temple. I was also approached by Skate North to bring back Christian Skate night. That will begin in January and be the first Monday of each month throughout the spring. In addition to those, I am also putting together a vendor fair for the Shrine this spring.
Every year, God shows me how His grace and mercy works! Yes, as I write this letter, I can see where the year has gone, and it keeps getting busier. My entertainment and marketing company is expanding daily, and I am excited about that. Being able to start promoting shows has been a dream of mine for years; the opportunity has now become a reality.
I am still working with the radio stations. In 2015, it will be 25 years in radio for me. I cannot believe it will be a quarter of a century for me. It has given me memories to cherish and share the rest of my life. I honestly cannot believe I have been in broadcasting for this long. It is a true blessing, although I do question the blessing some days :). But who does not? The joy is it has not become a job yet, so I am still having a great time doing it. My daughter Alex always reminds me how I am not a celebrity because her friends do not hear me on the radio :).
I have been doing my podcast for over five years now. This year, I was able to tie it into iHeart radio. That has been fantastic opportunity because in the few months I have been on iHeart radio, I have doubled the amount of listens and downloads I had total since I started the podcast. That is encouraging to me. 🙂
One of my goals for 2014 was to finish my book(s) and I did. They are being edited now, and I am deciding the best way to get them published. I hope to have them completed by the end of 2015. Thank you for all the prayers and support.
I know 2015 will bring more opportunities and changes in my life. I wish all of my friends and family a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!