Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Endeavors

Several months ago I wrote the "John Wayne" blog.  To date, it is still one of my favorites. If you haven't read it I encourage you to do so, it will help this blog make way more sense ;-) Find it here

Throughout the last couple years I have taken on many new endeavors; including hosting a podcast and writing for a variety of blogs and online magazines. Not only is this something I have enjoyed, but it's also provided me with some amazing experiences. I have met fantastic people, and been involved with wonderful organizations and charities.

A few months into my show I started tossing around the idea of starting a second show. I was in the middle of doing my series with reality television stars, and I was thoroughly enjoying it. The problem was that although I was enjoying it, and receiving phenomenal feedback, they didn't exactly fit the theme of my show. I was torn. I didn't want to stop doing these interviews, so instead I was doing my best to fit them into a box they didn't really fit in.

Although the idea continued to float around my mind it was quickly pushed to the back burner when I got in my car accident. At that time all of my energy became focused on my health, and trying to recover. With all of that going on I decided that the idea was something I needed to forget about, and although a good idea it would never come to light.

But then about 3 months ago I really started thinking about it again.  It was something I was really wanting to do, and I was starting to feel like maybe it was something I should try after all. At that time I began considering not only a new podcast, but also a new blog. I wanted to work with the guests I enjoyed so much, and give them a place they really fit.

This week I decided that I owed it to myself to at least honestly consider the idea. I put out a few feelers and received wonderful feedback. After much deliberation, and prayer, I decided that it was sink or swim time. If I was going to do this, now was the time!

Wednesday night I made the decision.  I contacted a couple people and really set the ball in motion. I was excited about the opportunity, but also a bit anxious and scared. I felt like I was making the right choice, but I really couldn't be sure. I felt like I needed a sign to let me know I was on the right path.

Later that night I was chatting with some friends I've been blessed to meet throughout these adventures the last couple years. I shot one of them a message asking for recommendations of people she thought would be great interviews to include in the websites launch. She wrote back instantly and suggested I talk to a former contestant from Amazing Race. She had been on the show a few times, had a large following, but most importantly was a great person.

That night my fears were put to rest. At my friends recommendation, I shot off an email, and Jen responded right away. She was exactly the guest I needed. She was the type of person I loved supporting and I was excited to have her on board. I was really starting to feel the fears fade, and the excitement take over. And as if all of that wasn't enough there was also that little text from Patrice, the one that told me everything I needed to know.... "Oh btw she's John Wayne's granddaughter!"

and here's your sign!

*** The new endeavor will be starting next month. Stay tuned for more info***

Sunday, July 6, 2014