Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Morning SideKick Journal


Year of Personal Growth

2018 was a year of change and great personal growth for me.  I am excited to start 2019 off by building on all of that growth.

I was looking at various personal growth journals last year, and finally decided on Habit Nest's The Morning Sidekick Journal. 

Habit Nest has a variety of journals and their mission statement is:
To provide you with the information, motivation and accountability you need to enact the change you want to see in your life in bite-sized pieces you can swallow whole and implement immediately.
I have been using it for 8 days and it has been exactly what I needed.  It helps my ADD brain stay focused on what it important.  I've had an amazingly productive week.

It has affirmations and other encouragement throughout the journal to help keep you motivated.  If you are looking for that extra spark to make your year/life better, this is it.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top Ten Books of 2018


My Top Ten Books of 2018

It has been an exciting and eventful year, and it all started with a book!

1) You are a Badass--This is the book that kicked it all off.  If you haven't read it yet, check out my review and get your copy.  Jen Sincero inspires you to live your best life while entertaining you at the same time.

2) You are a Badass at Making Money--Another phenomenal book by Jen Sincero. It is not an understatement to say that both of her badass books have dramatically changed my life.

Sincero reveals (in a way that finally clicked for me) that the way to changing your life is by changing your thoughts.


3) Girl, Wash Your Face-- "Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable."

The above quote describes Rachel Hollis so well. I LOVED, LOVED this book. I was telling my nurse one day about how I had been inspired by You are a Badass, and she told me I needed to read this book.

Somehow, I knew that I needed to read it and went home and ordered it from Amazon right away.

Rachel has motivated me, inspired me and empowered me to pursue my passions without fear, and I love her for it.


4) The Pursuit of Happyness-- I can't believe that it was only a year ago that I first saw the 2006 movie based on this book. The movie really inspired me to not give up on my dreams.

As with most things in life, the movie only showed a portion of how hard things were for Gardner and how long it took him to get back on his feet. To say this is an inspirational true story is an understatement. Once you get into the meat of the book it is hard to put down.


5) Never Broken--I heard Jewel speak at a radio convention in Orlando. She talked about her work helping people cope with anxiety. It really spoke to me and I researched more about her and discovered this book.

Jewel's life story is incredible and her hardships have helped create a woman who is full of insight and wisdom.

This book was therapeutic and helped me to gain insight into my own life as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough.


6) Dream More--I've only recently become aware of what a bad ass Dolly Parton is and I'm impressed. She came from very humble beginnings but believed in herself and God. She followed her dreams no matter how many people told her she couldn't, and has achieved success on multiple levels.

She is not only a successful singer and actress, but she has done amazing things for her hometown which branched out to being nationwide accomplishments. She is known to be the book lady by many because of her huge efforts to combat illiteracy.

This book is just a snapshot of her words of wisdom on how to live a meaningful life. It is inspirational and a must read for anyone who wants to live life with a purpose.


7) What Would Dolly Do?--This year has been one of self-discovery and finding the courage to finally follow my dreams. I've found some role models who have paved the way and Dolly Parton is at the top of the list. The more I learn about her, the more I am impressed and amazed.

She has not only followed her dreams and accomplished huge things, but she has given back and done unbelievable things through her charities. She has smashed through the glass ceiling in so many ways, we could all learn so much from her life.

The author of this book does a great job of enabling us to learn all the lessons from Dolly's life. This book was a great idea and well executed.


8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-- Maya Angelou is my other heroine of the year.  I didn't realize what an incredible woman she was until watching a documentary recently. When I started looking up her books I found that she had written numerous autobiographies of her life. This one was the first one, it was painful to learn of some of what she'd been through, but amazing to see her resilience.

She was an advocate for civil rights and women's rights, and an incredible role model for us all.
 


9) Phenomenal Woman--A great set of empowering poems for women by Maya Angelou.  
10) 29 Gifts--This book was mentioned and recommended by Jen Sincero. I decided to check it out and was not disappointed. I found Walker's journey through the 29 gifts inspirational. As a result, I  started my own 29 gifts in 29 days journey myself. 

Monday, November 05, 2018

November 6, 2018 Sample Ballot for Clay County, Missouri


It's been a LONG 12 years, but the chance has finally arrived to unseat Claire McCaskill!!


I worked my tail off for Jim Talent back in 2006 and wasn't happy when McCaskill won.  The above  picture is what I posted in the aftermath to convey how distraught I was about the election.

I remember telling my friends that I would be over 40 by the time we could get rid of her, if I had only known.  As most of you know, we had a jack**s run in 2012 that even I couldn't vote for.

2018 has arrived and we finally have a great candidate, I cannot stress how important a vote for Josh Hawley is, make a mad dash to your polling place on election day.  Gateway Pundit lays it out plain and simple.

Clay County Judges
The big question for many voters is how to vote on judges.  Usually, you can only find generic information about them.  The only guidance you have is which Governor appointed them, that gives you an idea of their judicial philosophy.

YourMissouriJudges.org gives you an overview on judges by county.  I was able to look at the Clay County link and then research which judges were appointed by who.  Below are the judges appointed by Republican Governors that I would recommend voting yes on:
-Judge W. Brent Powell
-Judge David P. Chamberlain
-Judge Tim Flook (I know him personally, some of you should too since he was Missouri State Rep in the Liberty area).
Ballot Amendments and Propositions
As usual, some of these are purposely misleading and confusing, especially Amendment 1.
Vote NO on Amendment 1~StopAmendment1.com

Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures
I will differ with some conservatives on this issue.  I am in favor of medical marijuana because I have personally witnessed how it can help those with legitimate pain issues, epilepsy, etc...  I also think it can help with the opioid crisis.

This article lays out the differences in the 3 separate measures.  I am recommending a YES vote on Amendment 2.

Vote No on Prop B and Prop D 
Prop B sounds good, but these are the reasons why raising the minimum wage can hurt the economy.
Prop D is an expensive tax increase.  Our taxes and gas prices are obscenely high enough without adding 10 cents more per gallon.  The pro's and con's of Prop D.

The Rest of the Candidates
I am recommending voting for all the Republicans except for Saundra McDowell for Missouri Auditor.

I am particularly excited about Mary Hill running in the 17th District and Sarah Mills running in the 18th District.   I personally know Mary Hill and have worked on her campaign.  Sarah is the 1st real candidate the Republicans have had in my district in the past 20 years. 

UPDATE:
I had never heard of Steve West until recently.  He is running for a State Rep seat in Clay County in the 15th district.  I found out some disturbing information about him and as a result would recommend you NOT vote for him.

The Missouri Republican Party had this to say:
Steve West’s shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article216387050.html#storylink=cpy
    

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence Rally at HyVee Arena in Kansas City

It's a choice between resistance and results.

Conventional wisdom says it's going to be tough to post victories in Kansas and Missouri this year. But I think we all know what President Donald Trump thinks of conventional wisdom. We made history in 2016 and we're going to make history in 2018.~VP Mike Pence
I have been a Mike Pence fan long before he became Donald Trump's running mate.  When I heard that he was coming to Kansas City, I was excited.
You cannot legislate righteousness, you cannot enforce kindness but you can choose to be righteous, and you can choose to be kind.~Rabbi at the KC Rally 
The rally started off with a moment of silence for the 11 victims of the attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue.  A pastor and a Rabbi both prayed, I loved the above quote by the Rabbi.  A soldier sang the Star Spangled Banner, my husband and I were both impressed at what an amazing job he did. 


Some of the Speakers:
-Missouri Governor Mike Parson
-Lt. General William Boykin (Ret.)
-ACU chairman Matt Schlapp
-Travis Weber
-Kris Kobach
-Kevin Yoder
-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
-Steve Watkins
-Josh Hawley
-VP Mike Pence 
My favorite parts:
-Matt Schlapp bringing up Lindsey Graham's speech during the Kavanaugh hearing and Susan Collins' courageous vote.

-I was impressed with Kris Kobach's speech and personal charisma.  He has been so demonized by the KC Star and liberals that you forget what a Republican Rock Star he is.

-Kevin Yoder quote~I’ll tell you our work here is not just about helping Republican Americans or Democrat Americans or Independent Americans. These policies are about helping all Americans realize the American dream.


Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article221020220.html#storylink=cpy
-Kevin McCarthy's speech was so inspirational.  I'm not sure I've ever heard him talk before.  I was impressed.  He told the story of the German immigrant who painted George Washington Crossing the Delaware.  He talked about being a risk taker and never giving up.

-Josh Hawley is a great guy, can't wait for him to be my U.S. Senator.
My favorite Mike Pence moments and quotes:
-He brought up the awesome news on the economy.  3.7% unemployment rate, lowest unemployment ever for Hispanics and African Americans.

-He mentioned all the progress that has been made in the past 2 years~2 years of results, action and promises kept.

-He said that he hasn't seen many that have Josh Hawley's character, intellect and vision, and that Hawley stands for Missouri's values.

-He talked about how the synagogue attack was not only criminal but evil.

-He pointed out that the Republican party (especially Hawley & Yoder) will always protect pre-existing conditions.  (It has really upset me how the Democrat party has tried to say that Republican candidates that aren't for Obamacare are against protecting those with pre-existing conditions.  It's a boldface lie and not true.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Radio Show 2018


Radio Show 2018 in Orlando, Florida
In August, I posted about my awesome experience at the MBA Radio Talent Institute.  While there, Dan Vallie encouraged us to apply to the 2018 Radio Show Convention in Orlando.  Several of us (Kadrae Smith, Kramer Sansone, Bukola and I) applied and got accepted.


My Favorite Parts...
Luncheon with Major Garrett and Jill Schlesinger
When I found out that Major Garrett was going to be one of the speakers, I was excited.  I got to meet him and he was very real and genuine.  I talked to him about Tony Snow and he confirmed that Tony was the real deal.

Garrett talked about his new book, Mr. Trump's Wild Ride.  I look forward to reading it.


Mentor Match-ups
These were small group sessions where we got to meet mentors in the radio industry.  My 2 favorites were Bob Proffitt (President & CEO of Alpha Media) and Laurie Kahn (Founder & Owner of Media Staffing Network).  


Podcasting Panel with Mario Lopez (aka Slater) and Jewel.
Jewel mentioned her work with helping people overcome anxiety.  While writing this post I looked up her site, and I am so excited.  As someone who has had a long journey overcoming anxiety, it is neat to see the outreach she is doing.

She also has a book that came out in 2015, Never Broken:Songs Are Only Half the Story.  I am excited to check it out.

My 3 Goals to Accomplish Post Radio Show
I decided I wanted to come away with 3 objectives, now that I have a fire lit under me.

1) Start my Podcast~I have been wanting to do this since I left MBA in August.  I transitioned from being a server to doing Lyft/Uber and there was a learning curve but I think I'm good now.  It's past time to dive in and start doing a podcast.

2) Create a Business Card~Yes, it's going to be pink.

3) Create a Kick-ass Air Check and Resume 

Links:
-Radio Show 2018
-Radio Talent Institute
-Never Broken with Jewel~Make Happiness a Habit
-Media Staffing Network

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

29 Gifts~A Review

I've come to believe over the last twenty days that giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin.  One cannot exist without the other.  I am also seeing that each exchange-whether I am on the giving or the receiving end-is a divine experience, what my mother would call a God moment.~Cami Walker
Career Inspiration
-As I mentioned previously, I've been reading books on career inspiration.  You are a Badass has been the most influential, and I've been reading lots of books that Sincero recommended in it.  One of those was, 29 Gifts.

Her Story
-Cami Walker was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) only a month after her honeymoon at the age of 35.  She went through a lot of physical and emotional struggles while coming to terms with the disease. One day a friend suggested a seemingly strange prescription for her.  She recommended that Cami give away 29 gifts in 29 days.

How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
-At first, she thought the idea was ridiculous, but decided to give it a try.  The experience was life changing and it inspired her to start a movement.  She challenged other people to join her in the gift giving.  The gifts are also seen as 29 acts of kindness.  They can be anything from giving change to a homeless person, writing an encouraging card, reaching out to a friend in need, or paying for the person behind you in line at McDonald's.

The Connection
-As I mentioned in my review of You are a Badass, there is a link between faith, positivity, gratitude and also giving.  It changes your perspective on life.

My 1st 29 Gifts Journey
-I've started my own journey of giving 29 gifts in 29 days, I'm on day 7.  I pray at the beginning of the day and ask God to show me who it is that He wants me to give/reach out to that day.  I find myself with a different mindset and a much more gracious way of looking at life and people.  I challenge you to give it a try.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Morning with Barry Birr


--As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended the MBA Radio Talent Institute recently.  I want to do talk radio, so it only makes sense to meet the experts in the field.

--Barry Birr has been doing talk radio for 30+ years in St. Joseph at 680 AM KFEQ.  He was gracious enough to let me sit in with him this morning while he did his show.
You are the sunshine of St. Joe~A caller speaking about Barry Birr
The 1st hour of the show
Birr highlighted 2 articles and took phone calls.
I found both articles intriguing and ideal for sparking an intelligent discussion.

1st~Confidence is High--Editorial Board at The Wall Street Journal
Below is an excerpt:
One of the more remarkable media campaigns of recent times is the current attempt to persuade Americans that the economy is worse than it seems. Every day our competitors are filled with columns, editorials and news analyses asserting that tax reform has failed, wages aren’t rising, investment is falling, and growth is an illusion. We’re reminded of the old Chico Marx line, “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” Apparently Americans are believing their own eyes.
An excerpt:
In the last 150 years, life has changed miraculously for the better. For the vast majority of human history, ordinary people did not have refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers, never mind televisions, computers, and smartphones. Yet the very free market capitalism that drove this expansion in human flourishing is under attack today, and most Democrats and young people prefer socialism to capitalism.
Callers
Birr showed his expertise in the great way he dealt with callers.  Some were on topic while others delved into other matters such as the news of Colyer conceding.

The 2nd hour of the show
He had two guests in the studio, one was St. Joseph Police Chief Chris Connally.  They discussed the opiod crisis.  I actually learned a lot from the interview and plan on reading a book that was mentioned, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

--It was a great look into how a local, community minded talk show is done.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thoughts on Donald Trump...

Now, we have a track record.  We know what [Trump] will do policy-wise, which is a lot better than anything I thought he would do.  And then there's what he's done personally, as far as toxifying politics, and I think it's fair to say [what's happened is] pretty much what a lot of us expected to happen

..He's governed basically as Mike Pence would.  His actual governance has been very down-the-line conservative overall, although he is obviously a big spender 

...I have to measure the fact that a bunch of things that I thought were going to happen already have happened and are not going to be cured by avoiding voting for him, with the fact that his policies have been overall pretty good, and the fact that he's going to be running against, presumably, a radical Democrat...--Ben Shapiro
Never Trump Conservative
--I've been very open and honest about the fact that I'm not a Trump fan.  I didn't vote for him in 2016.  It was the first time ever that I didn't vote for the Republican candidate for president.

--I found it hard to listen to the very conservatives who had trained me in the principles of conservatism, abandoning our cause by supporting Trump.  Ann Coulter was so extreme in abandoning her principles that I lost all respect for her and won't be buying her books anymore.  The ironic thing, was that as soon as Trump didn't do exactly what she wanted, she turned on him.

--Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh disappointed me as well and I went through a period where I couldn't listen to their shows.  I've been able to slowly start listening again.

Now We Have a Track Record...
--One of my biggest objections to Trump was that he had absolutely no track record.  He had gone from being a liberal to a "conservative", and since he had no political experience we had no clue how he would really vote.

...and the fact that he's governed much more conservative than I thought he was actually going to, I'm much more apt to vote for President Trump in 2020 than I was in 2016

...He's done a lot of really good things in terms of governance. His Middle Eastern policy I think has been quite great. His regulatory policy has been very good. The tax cuts are very good. The judges are spectacular.  All these things are great. 

I was very skeptical that we were going to get virtually any of them when he was elected because he was so all over the place during the election cycle, but obviously he has governed fairly down-the-line on all of these major issues, and that changes the math.--Ben Shapiro
--When I found the above quotes by Ben Shapiro, I couldn't have agreed more.  I, like Shapiro was originally a Never Trumper but have been pleasantly surprised by how Trump has governed. 

--Yet, as Shapiro points out, neither of us are surprised at how he has behaved personally.  So, while I am still not a fan of him personally and have some issues with his morals, I will admit that he has (for the most part) governed like Mike Pence would, and that is a good thing.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Missouri's August 7th Primary Election Results

--I would've done an endorsement post like I've done in previous elections, but I was out of town at the MBA Radio Talent Institute.

Go here, to find complete election results for Missouri and Kansas.

What I was excited about:
1) Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won the Republican primary for U.S. Senator.

Claire McCaskill first won the senate seat back in 2006.  I worked my tail off volunteering for Jim Talent that year. So it was a big blow and loss for me when he lost to Claire McCaskill.

In 2012, we had the disaster that was Todd Akin.  So, my hopes are high that Hawley will finally be able to take back the senate seat.

2) Jerry Nolte won the race for Presiding Commissioner.  I know Nolte personally and have worked for him, so was glad that he came out the winner.

3) Sarah Mills won the Republican nomination (she didn't have an opponent) for state representative in the 18th district.  I always joke that I live in the only district in Clay County that doesn't have a Republican state representative.  So, I was excited to see that we are finally going to have a great candidate running this year.  
What I found disappointing:
Proposition A didn't pass.  I worked on efforts to pass Right to Work in 2016.  We had some successes and then a Right to Work law was passed and signed by the Governor.  The Unions obviously did a good job of mobilizing their people and getting them out to vote. 
  

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

MBA (Missouri Broadcaster's Association) Radio Talent Institute

Never say, why them and not me?  It's America, you can do whatever you want.--Zach Sang

You can't teach passion--Scott Meier

Do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was selected to be a student at the MBA Radio Talent Institute.  It has been an exciting 9 days.  I have learned a tremendous amount.  It has also been a huge confirmation that this is what I'm meant to do.

You need to find your own unique place to make a difference.--John Beck
Radio Career
On our first day, the speakers talked a lot about how radio is an exciting and fun field to work in.  It's about going after your passion.

Radio has more competition than ever before yet, it still reaches 93% of adults surpassing all other forms of media, even TV.

(Photo: Spencer Graves from 106.5 The Arch in St. Louis)
Once you have the basics down, the rest is what makes you uniquely you.--Brady Goodman
Amazing Speakers
Dan Vallie, the founder and the president of the National Radio Talent System hand picked broadcasting professionals from all the different roles in radio.

The Institute is a valuable resource because you learn a tremendous amount from experts in the field.  It is also a great chance to network, which is extremely important in the broadcasting environment.

RAB (Radio Advertising Bureau) Training
We had lots of homework this week.  We did 17 lessons and took a 100 question exam at the end.


Field Trip
On the 3rd day we got to go the Chiefs Training Camp in St. Joseph and hear Mitch Holthus speak.  Then we went to Kauffman Stadium and sat in the Diamond Club area while hearing Keith Kowalski speak.  Both men are incredible and I was able to see why they have excelled in their careers.

Inspiration and Motivation
I have been informed, inspired and motivated this week to go back home and take the next steps to pursuing my career in radio.  I'm excited to see what the future holds.