J-DAY 4

Missed yesterday as it was brutal at Entercom Complex, holiday audio production and all, overall very busy, had also to help client cancel her healthcare.gov policy as she is now covered by her company, I truly  think that the “navigators’ are trying hard, but they are minimum wage employees who could give a rats ass about you or your situations, they have a quota to do daily and it’s all about the numbers they generate and the calls they field.

6’s last soccer game was today, he had to play for both teams as they were 3 short of a team, a little confusing at first but he tried just as hard with his team as with the other, builds character for sure, of course they all received a participation medal which is nice, there isn’t any MVP but I think he knows he is our MVP. He played well, learned teamwork and that’s really all that matters right now at this stage of the game. Baseball is going to be a great teaching moment for me as well. I learned from watching other kids and countless games of bigger kids and pros alike trying to copy their swings, their stances, their mannerisms, everything about them I soaked it in, and I hope he’ll do the same. It’s a game that will be enjoyed both as a player and spectator for the rest of his life.

Its a Memorial Day weekend to honor our fallen heroes , members of our Armed Services that paid the ultimate price for freedom with their lives in all sorts of places around the globe, I’m honored to honor you by flying my flag, paying tribute with my time today on the radio, and through these humble words of thanks. Thanks for fighting for freedom, thanks to the families you’ve left behind to live their lives with your memories, thanks to the governments who are allies and have committed their countries men and women in the fight against terrorists, terrorism, tyranny and communism.

When I hear our National Anthem it brings emotion to the heart, I’m so thankful that I live in the greatest country in the world, that I have the freedom to speak my mind, that I have the freedom to bear arms against those who would harm my family, the freedoms that many do not, the freedom to worship God through the Catholic Faith, the freedom to write these words without retribution or penalty.

I wish you the peace and tranquility of life, life without pain, without war, without stress, without sickness, without strife. Remember also those that have passed too early in life, of cancer or illness, of accident or willful harm. God Bless You and Yours

Journal Day 3

Back to work after a 3 day mini vacation and the inbox was slammed full of production, both for my primary and my freelance work with WQHK and WZIM. I opened the studio door at 9am and worked steadily until 5:15, no lunch, no breaks, no biggie.  Big day for 6 today, first day of organized baseball practice, he did well considering.. fielded the ball well, hit a couple and more importantly followed direction and participated the way he should be, really proud of him. I think he’ll be an outstanding player both as a player and a leader. Stuffed some El Carbon tacos down with 6, 2 Coach B and Gramma S and momma, good stuff maynard… tomorrow looks to be another busy holiday rush, most of the sales staff will have bailed by noon for the 3 day weekend, and we anticipate a massive flow of late orders as usual.

Goals for tomorrow, include get all the stuff done we need to, to get out at a decent time, write a Part D plan for a client and follow up with quotes for 2 leads received today. I got a job solicit from a company I applied to back in the fall, will see what they have to offer.  I’m still hopeful State Farm reaches out and either says yay or nay.  Revise my resume and polish it a bit, and then social media market the latest narration finally approved by ACX in hopes to generate some audiobook sales..

Eat Twinkies.

Journal Day 2

So I missed a day big whoop, wanna fight about it?  Got really busy yesterday actually, tended to some insurance business, talked to a potential new client, applied at State Farm, mowed the yard and watched 6 at soccer practice, actually I watched 2 while Mom coached 6’s team.. their last game is Saturday, then it’s baseball season, Coach pitch and 6 will crush it,, I’m anxious to see the look on his coaches face the first time he crushes one, he can really hit the ball, I’ve been throwing at him since he was about 3. he’s got work to do on fielding and throwing straight to the person he’s throwing to, but that will come in time.

Goals today, scrape the popcorn ceiling in the living room.. DONE,, a great workout for my arms, needed that workout for sure..if you’ve never attempted scraping a popcorn ceiling off and are not sure what or how to do it easily,, I can help, just shoot me an email,,, contact link is on this blog.

in keeping with the goals venue, some research into other insurance carriers in the metro that may be hiring, and possibly some other employment options, my goal is to make 80K plus my freelance  that includes audiobook narration, radio station imaging for a couple of stations and general voice work here in the KC area. Would love to do talk radio, but I don’t think I’m articulate enough to make it work the way I would like to. It’s always been my passion, but lets face it, there’s not a lot of money in it when you’re trying to support a family.

Time to finish the ceiling, maybe I’ll post a pic or two here on the blog when its done..

Journal Day 1

I’ve decided to start this journal, mainly to track ideas, dreams, accomplishments and goals hopefully on a daily basis. See what I’ve done, make some adjustments and then act upon them.  So.. lets begin, I’m on vacation from Job 1 (only 3 days though) and am on a honey-do list from C. We started this morning by hauling off all the carpet yanked up on the remodel, got the garage semi cleaned up and arranged so at least you can walk through it without falling over all the scraps, flea market finds and assorted kids bikes, balls and plastic swords… Rescued a bicycle from the dump, it was in remarkably good shape, one of those extreme trail bikes with knobbies and a mono-shock system,, filled the tires with air, WD40 on the chain and viola.. new bike for me to ride with 6.

Found a new app for LinkedIn Android for job search, looking for a full time salaried + compensation insurance gig.. found a couple worth exploring at State Farm, so I’ll drop resume and apply, all they can say is no right?.. Geico and Progressive both denied my existence and or qualifications for the positions they had open. my guess is that they saw how old I am and said.. “naaaa we’ll pass”.. I will start the process of scraping the ceiling in living room to get all the crap popcorn ceiling off and then we’ll be ready for paint.  Move the hardwood into the room to “season” itself and then that adventure begins.. may need to lay a new tile hearth around the fireplace to compensate for the floor being off level by 1/2 inch or so.. shoddy construction during the homebuilding phase I’m sure..

Goals:

Get some applications out,

write a Medicare policy, write an individual policy for a family,

clean up the house a bit before Mom gets here in a couple of weeks for a 2 day stay.( She’s driving across the country with her sister on the annual trek to Nebraska for the summer months, hope to see all the pics of her and my dads adventure in SouthEast Asia, pretty cool vacation if you ask me.)

Play more with the boys.. ride my new dump find with J, help C with his words, and just be a Dad

Dreams: Being able to use my talents skills in a way to financially support my family, give to my church and help others..that’s it..  more tomorrow…

Lost and Found?

I’ve been reading a book from a colleague entitled “GO- Finding Your Passionate Purpose” by Greg Knapp and it’s really got my wheels turning, I mean for the last 27 years I’ve been following what I thought my purpose was, Radio, and all it encompasses, Oh sure, I’ve met celebrities, attended countless concerts, produced literally 10,000+ commercials, learned from the best programmers yada yada yada,, but was it what I was REALLY supposed to be doing with my life. Did I waste the last 2 and 1/2 decades trying to achieve a goal that wasn’t really attainable? Its mind boggling to me really…

What would or could I do to support my family and truly live the lifestyle I only read about in supermarket checkout lines? Would I really want that lifestyle? Probably not, but I would like to not owe anyone anything monetarily. I would love to take my wife to Italy, I want to leave my sons with something other than a watch that’s over 150 years old, (still works too).. I am trying so hard to find that purpose in my professional life where I can do the things I want to do with my family, I want to be able to give to my church, I want to help whomever I can, with whatever I can.

I dream of the day I can be my own employer, but am so afraid of failure that the fear is numbing, I would love to start my own design business, helping create atmospheres that inspire, energize and warm the heart and soul. I enjoy being able to create things with my voice, but that just doesn’t pay the bills any longer. It’s more my grind now than my passion.  I have to start setting achievable goals, I feel like the solitary glove in the Lost and Found. Where’s the match? Stuck inside a box, left out in the schoolyard, dropped in a cab?

I must trust in God to help me down the right path.. I must find what’s lost before time slips by.. I will be successful, I will be…..found, never to be lost again…I will find my purpose and follow it passionately.

Sometimes you just have to write things down to express the thoughts that race through my head, hope it inspires you to find what you’re looking for..

The 5 things I wish I would’ve done differently in the 80’s

So, I like to think about all the stupid stuff I did back in the 80’s. A superb decade for the cocaine fueled egos we all (well almost all ) had as we slept very little, drank way too much and had literally the time of our lives.  I say that now, but If I had it to do differently, there are a few things I would change, mostly concerning my education, and then there are the 5 things I definitely would have done differently

5. 1989 was a huge year, it was the end of the era, it was my 10th High School Reunion, I wish I would have told everyone that I was not interested in doing beer bongs at the fairgrounds and had talked to the people that I talk to now from that class.  I wonder what would have happened, had I not declined my Dads offer to pay for my education to Mizzou and instead opted to become a “blue collar” worker like my Grandfather. I really really regret not doing that

4. 1982 I rode in a hot air balloon with some friends in Albuquerque and l lost my class ring, not that I would wear now, that would be such a douchebag thing to do, but I lost it in the desert as it slipped off my hand as I was doing beer bongs in the balloon. I sometimes wonder whatever happened to it, did it land on a turtles back and he’s been walking around the desert for the last 35 years? or maybe it plummeted into and splattered  the brain of a jackrabbit, or for that matter landed on a thorn of one of those monstrous cactus.

3. 1984 The two large girls I used to drink tequila shots  with at the apartment complex in Springfield, (and for the life of me I cannot remember their names which is probably a good thing) I wonder if I  would have listened to you and indeed roadtripped with the beer bongs and tequila cannon and gone with you to Alaska to work it would have been a great experience?

2. 1980 I wonder what would have happened had I not been there to watch STS001 (Space Shuttle) land in the desert at White Sands New Mexico, it was truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed. I also got my first tattoo the same day. Would my life had been changed forever if I had not seen this and gone to El Paso to do beer bongs and tequila shooters with my brothers.

1. The entire decade, I would have been a better friend, a better companion, a better student, a better brother, a better son, a better citizen, a better person..

Now, having said all that, If I had done  all those things differently, I would never have met my wife, I would never have the two beautiful boys as sons, I would never have gotten into Radio, and had the time of my life for the last 28 years I would never have met all the people who have shaped my life, who have helped me through it, who’ve guided me, mentored me, bailed me out of jail, loaned me money, shared fish tacos with, puked on, partied with, loved, despised, cried and loved……

That my friends is why I probably wouldn’t have changed anything about a decade in my life that, quite frankly I can’t believe I survived. I wonder what the next phase of my life will bring? I pray that God guides my hand, steadies my thoughts, steers my thoughts and helps me take the stress of everyday life,  with it’s bills, it’s debt, its tragedies, its ups downs and in-betweens.

Bring. It. On.

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