There are several people who inspire me in my everyday life, and many who inspire me emotionally, spiritually and successfully. I am grateful honestly…for JK Rowling. Although I freakin’ LOVE the Harry Potter series, it’s more than that for me. This woman is incredibly talented, determined and hardworking. She built herself an empire from an idea she wrote on a napkin. That is amazing to me. She was a divorced, homeless, depressed, suicidal and had a child to take care of. Through all of her suffering, she rose up from that despair to write one of the most famous novels of all time!
This is inspirational to me on many levels. Emotionally: just her story in general is amazing. To leave an abusive husband with a new baby and be depressed and homeless and then become a world famous author who will forever be celebrated touches my heart.
Spiritually: Rock bottom hit her hard, but she bounced back. I’ve never had a situation in my life as bad as hers…and that makes me feel like if she can do it, then with God, I can do big things too. I can overcome whatever is holding me back and be a happy, successful and creative inspiration to someone else.
Successfully: to be able to live and work doing what you love it inspirational to me. I have had many jobs I’ve hated in the past…and I’ve always been jealous of her outcome in her story. She is an incredible person and i strive to even scratch the surface of her success.
So…I’m supposed to list five things that I like about myself this time…that’s a hard one. There are things about myself that I think are good qualities, but I’ve never been one to think good things regarding ME. So, I’m gonna give it a try! This is suppose to make you grateful for things, and maybe I will look back on this later and be grateful for something concerning this week’s challenge (and yes, it’s a challenge lol). ?
Numero Uno: The first thing I like about myself is my ability to stand up for what I believe in. I am opinionated and outspoken. No one walks over me or my loved ones and I am proud to say that about myself.
Number Two: I like that I have tried to follow my dream and that I don’t let anything get in the way of that.
Number Three: That I made a PERFECT choice in a spouse, that makes me like my abilty to detect good character.
Number Four: That I always apologize when I feel I did something wrong or hurt someone.
Last but not least: I like that I like to learn. Education is very important (not just academically but learning about cultures, art, history, conspiracies, academics, ect) and I am thankful that I know education is important and that I try to learn something new constantly.
So…there you have it: Five things I like about ME.
How did I do and feel? That is this week’s post. Honestly, I think I’ve been a little more knowledgeable about how my life is. I’ve discovered, it’s pretty great. I have the best husband on the face of the earth. I have a great family that loves each other, wonderful friends (even if we don’t get to see each other often, I know they love me), and a great education and a great job. There really isn’t anything too bad in my life. Sometimes I think when people get down on themselves, they are comparing themselves to things that are impossible to compare to.
I have a real problem with comparisons. I see people younger than me that have done (in my mind) so much more than I have. However, if I take away the comparison…I’m pretty kick ass. I’ve never burnt any bridges, I love the people in my life, I’m loved by my friends, family and coworkers and I am happily and passionately in love with my husband. So far, this gratitude challenge is pretty sweet…very enlightening. I urge everyone to try it…even just for a month!
I know that branding on social media can be a job in its-self…but it’s an important one. Some how, broadcasting has evolved to include things like Youtube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and all of the other various forms of “media”. These forms of media have made a real impact on the world of broadcasting, some for better and some for worse.
In this era, millennials and their phones rule the world. Facebook is where they get their news, and Youtube is where they get their entertainment. This kind of hurts broadcasters because News stations now have to write and promote their stories on multiple platforms so people can be informed and ratings might drop because people aren’t actually watching the program. On the other hand, social media can be something AMAZING for people. The fact that so many people are “addicted” to social media can be a huge benefit for entrepreneurs, aspiring artists and singers, and even for aspiring broadcasters! You can upload your demo for the world to see, and the “right person” may see it and offer you a job!
My personal opinion is that social media is a wonderful tool to showcase your work and to get as many people viewing your work as possible. Just think: You just graduated from film school and you don’t really know how to get the word out about a short film you just made…what do you do? Well, social media has given us the answer! Promote on every page you can, get your friends to “share” and “like” your work and eventually people will be interested in your work. If you want to be a photographer but you don’t know where to start, take some photos and put them on Instagram! That social media platform is designed to showcase photography!
Social media can help you sell your product and services to the most people as possible. Having social media as an evolutionary appendage to the body of broadcasting is awesome anyway…that opens up more jobs at stations. There has to be someone running the Facebook pages and all the other forms of social media, and who’s going to do that? YOU! So start branding yourself and get your projects out there in the vast world of the internet and see where it takes you!
This week is about expressing gratitude to three people.
I would like to express gratitude to my little brother Matthew. Even though he isn’t little anymore, I will always be protective of him. He is the best guy there is, any girl would be lucky to end up with him. He treats me and our Mom great, he is intelligent, hard working, reliable, hilarious, genuine, compassionate and just an all around perfect brother! He is one of the most kindhearted people I know and would do anything for his friends and family. He has been a great shoulder to cry on and is a wonderful listener. I will cherish our memories forever and I often think about when we were little and how much of a pain he was haha! Although we used to bicker back and forth, I will have his back to matter what. We have been there for each other through thick and thin, and he is someone I can always count on. I am grateful to have him in my life and if I could choose who my family was, he would be the first one on the list.
The second person I want to express gratitude is my friend Megan. She and I have been best friends for as long as I can remember. Through the awkward puberty years, moving from house to house, marriages and children…this woman has been my rock. Without her, I doubt I would be who I am today. She has been a friend, a sister, a mother, a teacher, a therapist and the tough love giver. She is an amazing person and I would have been a lost cause without her in my life. For the past couple years we’ve drifted a little…and that comes with age, but I am making a promise to get back in the swing of where we were! You are “my person” and I know I’m yours. I don’t even think of you as a friend, I think of you as a sister. I am grateful for your friendship and the time I have spent with you throughout my life. Your children are so lucky to have you as a mom and I want to always be in their lives. I am grateful to you for teaching me about what matters and what doesn’t and always being there for me. I love you Megan and I want you to know, I am, have always been and will always be grateful for you.
Last but not least, I am grateful to Dr. Steve Smith at Holzer Hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio. I know this is a person who being grateful for is super random…but I truly think he saved my life. For years I had some medical issues and from the age of about 12-13 to about 23 or so…I saw more than 15 doctors who couldn’t figure out my issues, passed me along, wrote off my symptoms and pushed pills on me, or just didn’t have a clue how to even help me. Not the case with Dr Smith. He took his time and researched my symptoms, researched all of the years of test results and got me in touch with people who could help. When he helped discover I had Turner’s Syndrome, I felt alive again. No more wondering, no more “crying wolf” as people probably thought I was doing…the search was over. I got to take control of my life and I will forever be grateful to a doctor that deserves more than just a “thank you” on a blog.
If you haven’t been to Queen City Radio, you are seriously missing out. This bar ROCKS! First off, the people that run the place are amazing…Louisa, Chris, James and can’t forget Madeline! I’ve never had a better experience at a bar before…the atmosphere is welcoming, laid back and fun. This place is TWO stories high and has a huge outdoor beer garden but it still has a cozy and friendly vibe. The look of this bar is industrial, with huge garage doors that open up with good weather and leather/wood and iron aesthetics. They play a mix of musical genres so everyone’s tastes are included as well!
This brings me to my next observation…live bands! I love when places do live events and this bar does a wonderful job of helping out the local music scene here in Cincinnati. Bands like Jamwave, B.C. Duo and others can come here at rock out for the entire OTR area to hear on Thursday nights! Trivia nights are a blast and once a month or so on Saturday’s they do charity events such as “Spring Break” for Women Helping Women and “Witches Night.”
If you don’t want to drink, then don’t fret! You can order a soda or water and grab a burger from the food truck outside! These are the best burgers in the city the “Whip” and fries are AMAZE BALLS. I noticed that you can even bring your pooch because they have a huge outdoor area for you and the pup to hang out and people watch.
Extra shout out to Louisa Reckman for getting published in City Beat Magazine for her efforts to help women in need. The magazine wanted to showcase how Queen City Radio is trying to end sexual violence and they came up with “Ask for Lexi”. This isn’t a shot (although they do the same as other bars with the “Angel Shot”) but asking for “Lexi” will alert the bartenders that you need help and they can discretely speak with you to see what kind of help you need. This is a wonderful thing that Women Helping Women is getting involved with as well and we are so proud to be friends with everyone at Queen City Radio!
To read the article in City Beat Magazine click here!
Check out Queen City Radio’s Website here!
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QUEEN CITY RADIO is located at 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, qcrbar.com. To learn more about WOMEN HELPING WOMEN or contact the organization for help, call the 24-hour crisis line at 513-381-5610 or visit womenhelpingwomen.org.
This week’s gratitude challenge is having gratitude for a friend. I would like to shout out my Ohio Center for Broadcasting bud Nicole Dolwick. This girl is the definition of a friend. She is always thoughtful and kind hearted. Without her I don’t know if I could have made it through broadcasting school. She was always a motivator and an inspiration. This is the most hardworking person and sacrifices herself to help others and get ahead in life. The talks, shoulder to cry on, laughs and memories will last a lifetime. To the woman who made me look awesome on my wedding day, to the woman who befriended some weird girl from Adams County, to the woman who I will cherish their friendship for the rest of my life…I am grateful. I love you Nicole, and thanks for hanging out with me…even when the margarita’s are strong.