It's been way too long since I've taken time to sit and throw out these random thoughts and experiences. Shortly after a good workout and watching my now 7 year old Shayla in her tennis class, I got a message from a friend who had stumbled up the blog here on the K-Shasta website. It was nice to hear that she enjoyed reading what I had shared and she also said..."You should blog more often"....well Ok then...I'm always open to suggestion.
I quickly titled this one new beginnings because of the new wonderful and exciting things that are coming into my life. It begins with a new morning show partner here on the radio. Heather Ryan has been a friend of mine for many years and when it was mentioned by management that it would be great to have a co-host with me each morning...I thought....yeah, it would. When I got home from work that day it hit me like a ton of bricks..."It's Heather" I thought....She has no formal radio background other that being on the air a few times during various live broadcasts at her other job. But she is a natural. I knew she was the one and made the call that night to set the wheels into motion to bring her on the show....It actually took months of planning...trying to get final approval from corporate and all that bla bla bla junk...but finally we were set to go on the air in mid October. This new beginning has proven to be a truly rewarding and fun experience in the short time we have been together on the air. I couldn't ask for a better person to be with each and every morning. She has a bright warm smile everyday, a kind generous way about her, she's welcoming to our on air guests and is simply a joy to be around. I'm a lucky man to have her with me and I'm so glad she agreed to take the job. (Not many people would get up at 4am...do the morning show and then head to another full time job) She's a keeper for sure!
The other new beginning is a begginning and an end. A beginning to being a much healthier, stronger, happier person. An end to a cycle of somewhat destructive behavior on my part that not many actually saw. After some promising things in my life crumbled before my eyes...I slowly was letting myself go...eating whatever was in front of me and drinking most every day. When I think back, there were not many days when I didn't have at least a beer or 2...or 6....or a couple glasses of wine. Things in moderation are fine, but when they become a habit and just part of who you are....it's just not good in any way. Shayla turned 7 in September and I looked at myself and thought, "What the Hell are you doing?"....This little girl is counting on you to be her Daddy. To run and play, read books, get up waaayyy too early on the weekends and to be a role model for her as well as my 18 year old Sydney who Iove dearly. Well I was not real proud of myself as I looked in the mirror. I needed to loose about at least 15 pounds, have my hands empty to hold her rather than a beer and get stronger....get back in shape once and for all.....and....well......
Life has a way of puting the things in front of you that you need....but you've got to look for them and seize the moment. Anje from Fusion Life & Fitness asked me to share a post about her gym doing a fundraiser and I said sure!....The more I got to chatting with her about this, I realized what she was really doing. Raising money to offer scholorships to the youth of our area so they can come to the gym for free. If their parents can't afford it....they are overweight and need a fun, never intimidating always inviting environment with life coaching, meal planning for the parents, help with self esteem......all these great things and I was so impressed that I talked the station into sponsoring the events under our K-Shasta Cares for our Community and beyond campaign. What Anje does for others and her drive to isnpire them to be healthier, stronger and more confident was so impressive to me that I had to get involved.
This in turn lead to the converstation of getting me into the gym....so here's the universe putting exactly what I needed right in front of me. I hadn't worked out in more that 3 years or more probably and I jumped at the chance. The first day almost killed me....It was dissapointing how hard it was for me. People kind of always percieved me as being in shape.....B.S. I WASN'T!....Anje kept telling me this doen't get easier.....You just get stronger. Each day was better and better. To kick start my metabolism, she suggested no sugar for 2 weeks, and no alchohol. I did as I was told....I wanted this to work. I was ready. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. "Strength in Minutes" she would tell me.....2 minutes of jump rope, 2 mintues kicking the heavy bag, 1 minute with the ropes, 1 minute of ab work, 1 minute of push ups.....then...repeat it!.........guess what? This girl knows her stuff! It works. It about 5 - 6 weeks I had lost the 15 pounds and gained a bunch of muscle and strength......The New Beginning I needed. I feel amazing, my mind is sharper, with clean eating...no processed food, the intense cardio with strength training from Anje at Fusion....I truly feel like a new person....and I can't recommend her enough....She Will change your life when you are ready....find Fusion Life and Fitness online or on Facebook.
So here's to New Beginnings....for me...that past few months have been amazing and I continue to ask the universe for the things I want and need in my life....You Can will good things into your life...but you have to think that way....absolutely release any negative thoughts....it's been said that "If you don't go after what you want, you will never get it".. If there are things YOU want...tell the universe that you are worth having those things....imagine youself with them in a real way. Take steps to make them happen and keep your eyes, heart and mind open so when they are presented to you.....you see them and seize the moment. Change can be scary, it's easy be on cruise control and ignore things that need attention to change your life and your future for the better..... If you've been thinking about a new beginning....Then take that first step and Do it!.....because YOU are worth it...never forget that
Just an ordinary Tuesday...but feeling thankful for friends. The recent getaway reminded me to make time to get together and to get away with friends. Thankful to be able to share music on air each day on K-Shasta. I was asked twice today how long I have been on the radio....the answer...? I started in 1991..so it's been quite a few years and I love it more each day. Thankful for the love that is finally coming my way that I feel like I've had before but never on this level. So Natural, So Real....that's a great feeling....
A wonderful weekend with friends. Spent time at the Del Loma RV Park with 2 of my best friends and their kids on a great camping....well...camping in a cabin...trip. Radio listeners from our sister station KRDG won the free camping, outdoor lazer tag experience, ropes course, zip line and a day of white water rafting with Rivers and Redwoods.
We arrived Friday, opened a few beers and of couse built a campfire to BBQ a Tri tip. Kids roasting marshmellos... Nice 1st evening.
Saturday began with getting on the 26 acre of Lazer tag course. Game 1...capture the flag was intense. Game 2 was a "Last Man Standing" free for all....getting dirty, hiding in the brush, sprinting across the field and blasing the others with high tech Lazer guns. An absolue blast!!
Redwoods and Rivers is one of the coolest places I've been in a long time. Right next to Del Loma RV park, fully sustanable living. cool outdoor kitchen, huge garden, sweat lodge. Tree house with rope course and zip lines along with a very challenging climbing element that some are able to conquor...and some make it part way and rely on the guides to lower your tether down to the awaiting ground. I watched a few teenage boys not make it up and although I really thought I could climb it, it made me wonder. In the end my adrenaline and confidence kicked in and I scaled it quite quickly without a problem...what a feeling to make it to the top.
Del Loma RV treated us to breakfast, lunch and an amazing BBQ dinner on Saturday. Along with a good game of horseshoes and a large bon fire...another great day and eveing. The kids played all day and night together and had a great time too!
With only one thing...one person that would have made the trip even better, I certainly can't complain. What a great weekend with great friends and great times in the great outdoors!
Well it's certainly been quite some time since I've posted a blog....like taking too long to call a good friend...we're always busy. Things are the standard always busy at the radio station...I love this job because every day is different. Wedding season is just beginning so I haven't been overly busy on the weekends....I just feel that way I guess. Lately it just seems like I'm treading water when I need to swimming at a better pace. I like to be somewhat organized and for some reason that just isn't happening. Putting things off....letting laundry pile up before folding it....all that stuff....just kind of in a holding pattern in many ways.....waiting to shift into gear and get the next chapter started.
Oh well, things always seem to work themselves out and I will find the inspiration to organize the clutter that surrounds me. We've all been there. With all of that little stuff a bit out of whack...the important things seem to be slowly,,,finally..falling into place. Love, life and music are good....really good. My solo Album is finally done, the mixing stage is complete, video for the song "Madam Time" shot and edited...just a few legal issues and CD cover design to finish and soon 1,000 CDs of truly my lifes work will be on my doorstep. Planning for the CD release party has begun and for me, the excitement builds..........
So as for this "Holding Pattern"......I'm ready to move forward and begin the wonderful moments that are soon ahead. Very ready.
Here's to the next chapter beginning soon ! (the one I feel I've waited my whole life for)
Yeah, here's to the weekend....looks like it will be pretty nice weather. I start mine with a broadcast at the All about women health home and hobbies fair at the Fairgrounds. After, it's wide open which is nice. I've been doing a lot of cooking..well mostly baking with my little 5 year old Shayla. I've taught her to make many things from scratch, including pumpkin pie, apple pie, a chocolate cream cheese roll cake...cookies and well not sure what it's going to be this weekend but we will surely get our aprons on and fling some flour, sugar and whatever else around the kitchen!....it' really is a fun thing to do with her and beyond the great snacks, it's a time to talk, learn and laugh together. If the weather does hold out we like to picnic too, she just loves it. Our last was a trip to Whitmore just for a nice drive and something different....so we will most likely head out for something like that. I realize how precious time is when she is at this magical age...she constantly tells me "I love you Dad" and what's better than that?
Although it may not turn into a Hallmark Movie moment, some much needed time with a wonderful friend will be a nice addition to the weekend. I can’t wait until she is a more permanent part of my day to day life….it’s been a long wait ….but it’s been said that really good things take time and are worth the wait…… With day to day working, school pick up and drop off, cleaning, cooking, laundry and all that stuff....it's nice to take a break and forget about all of that and I certainly plan on it!
So once again, here's to the weekend.....I hope you get the chance to do whatever makes you happy....
Again, thanks for listening to 104.3 and we'll get back together next week for the K-Shasta Morning Show!....I look forward to it!!
I've said before that I'm more of a warm weather person...I love the heat...relaxing by the pool, sipping a cool drink.. soaking up the sun. Well, I don't think it's time to start counting the days until the first dip in my pool...it's hot tubing season for now. I can handle that! At times the winter can truly give me a bit of the blues...nothing extreme, I'm a generally happy person. This winter has not taken it's toll like the cold of the past. The joy of time spent with my daughters is certainly keeping me busy and just filled with really good feelings.
I think that the cold weather, grey skies and rainy days can make one feel more alone. If pain, loneliness or longing is within you...it's easy to wear it like a heavy coat. The days are shorter, nights are longer and hey....who doesn't like to curl up in a blanket and watch a Hallmark movie with someone they love....(well for some guys that might be torture..but it sounds pretty good to me!) Sure there is always a longing for more if you don't get as much time to spend time with someone you really care about, but what's that saying?..."Absence makes the heart grow fonder...stronger...Something like that.!! But the fact is, this winter, although it's just beginning WILL NOT give me the winter blues! BAM!....the power of positive thinking always prevails!
You know, that's really it. If you want something to happen and you continually will it into your life...."Believe"......I believe it will come to you. It really will. I've mentioned the Vision Board before...putting words..sayings...pictures of the things you and your heart truly desires..putting them right in front of you and in time...when it's right...they WILL come to you. 3 words and a photo are at the center of mine....and slowly....finally....the want, the desire, the longing that I've had is coming my way. If that doesn't help the winter blues...I don't know what will!
This, and so many things are energizing me lately....Picnics and playing with my little Shayla Girl...teaching her how to cook and bake has been beyond fun. She now has baked Pumpkin pie with crust from scratch, Apple Pie and the latest Chocolate Roll up cake with cream cheese cool whip inside, covered with homemade chocolate frosting!! Valentines cookies for the kids in her class will be next! My personal thanks to my friend and bandmate Kim and her Mom for making Shayla her first apron (Princess Cinderella Apron!)
Work is always good. It's so good to be back from vacation and the Trip to Memphis for the St. Jude Hospital Radiothon. I'm so thankful to share my mornings with all that listen and appreciate that YOU take the time to check in with my blog from time to time.
Until next time.....I hope your days are filled with what truly makes you happy