As my blog slowly continues to evolve and grow I’m starting to ask myself, “What’s next? Where do I go from here?” Obviously, I want to keep blogging. It’s been a great outlet for me but I’ve been starting to wonder if I could branch out.
Given my more than two decades in radio and my love of podcasts starting my own podcast seems like the next logical step. So, I’ve been researching what it would take to make it happen; equipment I would need, time commitments, and lots of other little things.
There’s a lot to take in and learn but it certainly seems doable… yet I’m hesitant, although I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s a fear of failure. Starting something and then not being able to follow through would drive me crazy. Having said that I’d hate to look back years from now wondering “what might have been.”
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky
As I’ve been hashing out “should I, could I, and how would I” there’s one quote from Arthur Ashe that keeps pushing me towards taking the leap:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Although I’m not ready to commit to starting a podcast it is my next short-term goal. That’s why I’m learning all I can and I’m asking for your input. Would you be interested in a 15 – 30 minute weekly podcast that complements this blog? What kinds of things would you like to hear? I’ve got my own ideas but as a reader I value your thoughts. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
By nature I’m inclined to try to please others. Sometimes at the expense of my own happiness. That’s not good. So I’m trying to get better at saying “no”.
Now, whenever faced with a “yes or no” decision that will involve my time, instead saying “yes” right away to please the other person I’ll take time to weigh the pro’s and cons. I’ll ask myself to honestly answer the question, “Is this really something I want to do?” If it’s not, I’ve started to say “no”.
Sure, it may be disappointing to the other person at first but it’s unfair of me to say “yes” and go at something halfheartedly.
One positive that I’ve seen by saying “no” a little bit more often is that it opens the door for someone else to say “yes”. I can think of a few instances of where another person stepped up, was a great fit, and did a much better job than I would have.
The other benefit to saying “no” instead of instantly saying “yes” is that it has freed me up to spend more time with my family. It’s also made me happier in general.
Do you find it difficult to say “no”? Ever said “yes” and regretted it?
This week is Nurse’s Week. I think it’s great that nurses get their own week. Anyone that’s ever known a nurse (and who doesn’t know at least one) knows what a hard working, dedicated group they are.
The working conditions aren’t the greatest for nurses. Long hours on their feet and everyday there’s the chance they’ll get pooped on, peed on, or puked on.
My mom is a nurse. I have other relatives that are nurses too, so I’ve seen the emotional rollercoaster a nursing career can bring. The joy nurses feel celebrating with a patient who just received good test results. The sadness that comes with the passing of a patient they’ve come to know and care for.
Rarely ever do they get all the credit they deserve. The nurses at the births of both our daughters worked their butts off before and after the delivery only to have the doctors show up at the last minute.
There’s a good chance a nurse was there when you were born and one will probably be near when you’re on your deathbed. So this week be sure to thank every nurse you know.