How to Find Your Why for a Happier New Year

Tree in Savannah, GA

Around this time of the year everyone is pushing the idea of a new you. We’re all encouraged to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the coming year.

I sincerely believe that 2020 is going to be great. IF we allow it to. If we stay stuck in our old patterns and habits, and refuse change, then it could be just like every other year.

This is not meant to discourage you by any means. These words are meant to encourage you to do one thing, find your why.

This is the one thing that I think everyone forgets about when they are making New Year’s resolutions. We make a wish list of things that we would like to happen in the New Year, but we don’t take the time to figure out why we even want those things in the first place. Do we want them because that’s what we’re supposed to want? Do we want them because that’s what we’ve always wanted? Do we want them because those are the things that everyone else wants?

Take the time this week to think about why you want to do the things that you do in 2020. Of course we want to lose weight to feel better about ourselves, but go deeper. Why don’t we feel better about ourselves now? Why don’t we feel like we are enough just the way we are?

We all want to pay off debt, but why? Because paying off debt allows us more freedom with our money. Paying off debt allows us to use our money for things that we actually enjoy doing, rather than using our money for interest and payments. Go even deeper: what would you do with that freedom? What would that freedom look like for you?

Dock on the ocean

The thing is, if we don’t figure out why we are doing the things that we are doing, we won’t stick to them when the going gets tough. This is the #1 reason that people don’t follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. People have great intentions when they make the resolution, then life happens. We make these resolutions during a time when we’re feeling our best or when we want to feel our best. We’re coming out of the holiday season, and we’re ready for new things.  Or we’ve had a crappy time and we’re ready for a change. Either way, when we get back into the routine of life, those resolutions don’t look so shiny and exciting anymore. If we haven’t taken the time to find out why we even want the things we say we do, then our resolve slips. Whereas, if we know why we’re doing … (insert resolution here)… then we can refer back to this to keep us motivated.

I’m not suggesting that knowing why you’re doing it will always make it easy. You’re still going to have to put in the work to accomplish your goals. But if you know why you’re losing weight, getting a new job, paying off debt, etc. then you will have something to hold onto. When you’re having one of those days where you’re not feeling so motivated, you can refer back to your why and it will help you stick to the plan.

If you’re goal is to pay off debt, then you know you’re likely going to have to work some overtime, or buckle down and not spend so much money. On those days when you’d really rather not work overtime, or those days when you’d really like to splurge on something, you can think about why you want to pay off debt, what you’re life will look like when you do, and it gives you the motivation you need to get the job done.

Lake with trees in the background

This is not just about New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s is a great time to go through and re-evaluate, to find your why in areas that you may not have, but this idea pertains to everything in life.

Think about why you do what you do on a daily basis. I don’t mean, “I’m grocery shopping because I have to eat”, although that is a good reason to do so. I mean, why do you work? Go beyond the superficial, “we work because we need money”. Get down a little deeper. Do you work because you want to provide nice things for your family? Do you work because you want your kids to go to a nicer school? Do you work because you really love vacations and you need to fund them? At this point I just want you to think about why you work, as a whole. Why you do what you do specifically will come later.

Finding your why is also important because it also helps us identify places that we may be doing things just because someone else does, or just because that is what our families have always done, or just to please others. Then, we can start to identify what we actually WANT to be doing.

Be that little kid who is always asking why. I go to work every day. Why? I want to lose weight. Why? I want to cook at home more. Why? I want to save money and get out of debt. Why?

You get the point.

Take the time to write your why’s down somewhere. It doesn’t have to be anywhere that anyone else will see. Or you can write it on a piece of paper and put it somewhere you will always see it. Physically writing it down helps to solidify it in your brain.

Put a reminder on your phone for certain times each week or each day. Maybe set a reminder for right before you walk into work, to remind you of the true reason you’re there. Or set one for when you wake up in the morning, to remind you of why you’re waking up earlier to exercise.

You could even find a picture that embodies your why. Financial freedom can allow you to travel more. Put pictures of the places that you want to travel where you can see them throughout the day. Keep a picture of the job you would like to have somewhere. If you’re doing it for yourself, to better yourself or your situation, place a smiling, happy picture of yourself up. These things serve as visual reminders of your why.

My why involves spending more time with this guy, going on crazy adventures like the one below (yep, that snow on the beach), and traveling to all of the beautiful places that are pictured. It also involves everything that is on my Mission Page.

I would love to hear your why’s and your resolutions. I challenge you to put a picture each day of your whys on Facebook or Instagram and tag The Novel Turtle. Or just post it straight to our page.

If you’d rather keep it more private, send us an email at thenovelturtle@gmail.com, or a private Facebook message. Sharing your resolutions and why’s with people also helps to keep you motivated. (Note: Only share them with people who will encourage you along the way, not those who will tear you down or berate you for having an off day.) It helps others to be inspired and find their why’s as well.  

Enjoy the Moment

Sun setting behind a bridge over water.

We often go through life, rushing from one thing to the next, without taking the time to step back and see the world around us. The power of taking even a moment within each day to notice the little things can do wonders for our bodies, our minds, and our overall well-being.

When we here at The Novel Turtle ask you to take a step back from your day and notice the things around you, write about what you see, play with your food, etc. we want to help you to get the most out of life that you possibly can. We want to help you find your creativity, and use all of these creative little ideas and seemingly crazy things to find your best life. All too often we can miss a beautiful moment because we are worrying about where we’re going next or what is on our to-do list. We miss the opportunities that whisper quietly to us because we’re stuck in the loudness of life.

I love to take pictures. I’m not a photographer by any means, but I enjoy taking pictures. When we’re on vacation I’ve been known to take four or five hundred pictures in one week, depending on where we are and what we’re doing. Whoever is with me often has to make sure that they don’t walk off and leave me. I tend to take a few steps and then take a picture, take a few steps and take a picture. It drives my family crazy. Haha.

A few years ago, we were planning to go on a whale watching tour in California. I was talking to a friend of mine about all of the pictures that I would undoubtedly be taking. She said, “Just don’t forget to put the camera down and enjoy the moment while your there too.”

I had never really thought of it this way. I thought that by taking all of these pictures I was preserving the moment for the future. I thought I was enjoying things to the fullest. What I didn’t realize was that I wasn’t really experiencing the things that I was photographing. I was spending so much time searching for the perfect shot, fiddling with my camera settings, or digging in my camera bag, that I wasn’t actually experiencing all that was going on around me. So on that tour, I took some photos, but then I put my camera back in the bag and I watched the dolphins swimming and jumping. I listened to the sounds of the ocean and the people around me. I listened to our guides and saw the things that they pointed out. I felt the wind as we were riding along on the boat.

Without that advice I would have missed out on the experience of seeing 100’s of dolphins stampeding. (Yep, that’s what it’s called, a dolphin stampede – Click here to see a video by Captain Dave’s in Dana Point, CA) I would still have the pictures from the trip, but I would have missed the actual experience of it all.

I was reminded of this same advice again when I went on the sunset cruise pictured above. At first I spent my time trying to get my camera to focus on what I wanted it to. I tried to find the perfect shot. Then my friends advice popped into my head again. I snapped this picture, then put the camera down and just enjoyed my experience.

Sometimes we hide behind our busyness so that we don’t have to take in the emotion of the moment. Especially if it’s an unpleasant emotion such as sadness, anger, hurt feelings, etc. If we make it a point to stay busy then we don’t ever actually have to feel these feelings. The trouble with this is that, if we never deal with and resolve these emotions, then they keep popping up and bugging us. They keep robbing us of more and more special moments and time.

Maybe whatever we’re doing reminds us of a departed loved one. Maybe it reminds us of an argument that we had with someone that we just can’t let go of. Maybe it reminds us of a time when we didn’t feel our best. Being around family, especially around the holidays when we are participating in traditions, is one of the quickest ways to put us back in those hard places. We’re doing the same things, with the same people, and we tend to get stuck in the same feelings. Even if we’ve changed since that time, we tend to slip back into our old ways of thinking and feeling.

Maybe you don’t even realize that you have these emotions until you’re in family situations, like Christmas dinner. Once you know these emotions are present, take the time to work through them, deal with them, and release them. That way, next time you are in a situation that triggers that emotion, it won’t. You can sit back and enjoy your time, knowing that you’ve done the inner work to move yourself forward.

When we learn to enjoy the moment, we give ourselves more of an opportunity to hear that small voice inside that is guiding us to our best life.

Something that I have suggested in my posts before, that would work perfectly for helping to remind you to enjoy the moment: Find a physical item that will serve as a reminder. For instance, every time you see a snowman, a Christmas tree, a Christmas card, a dog or a horse. Every time you walk through a doorway. Every time you see a smiley face.

We often get so wrapped up in our routine that we sail through life without looking up. Use whatever thing you choose as a reminder to take a deep, long breath, and enjoy the moment. (Because of my whale watching experience and my friend’s advice, I am reminded to enjoy the moment every time I see a whale or a dolphin. I’m also reminded of the wonderful fun that we had on that trip.)

If you’re going into a stressful family situation, or a stressful situation in general, find a reminder that will be present in the room(s) that you’ll be in. If it’s a Christmas get together choose something like the Christmas tree or Santa. That way you’ll be sure to see it plenty of times while you’re in the middle of that situation.

Use your creativity to make it fun. Maybe you have an Uncle who always says, “when I was a kid….”, use that as your reminder. Or maybe you have a cousin who always find a way to bring the conversation back to themselves. Instead of letting this stress you out, use it as your reminder to enjoy the moment in your own way.

(Also, refer back to our Silent Observer post, where we talked about other ways of dealing with get togethers and the emotions that may arise.)

In whatever way you choose to do it, enjoy the moments that you are given. Snap a few pictures to share with all of your friends and family, but remember to also lay that camera down and be present. I know a lot of you have to do the cooking, cleaning, and hosting. Do those things that you need to do, ask for help to lighten your load (check out our post on how to ask for help and accept it in the way it is given), and then give yourself permission to sit and just enjoy your time.

Holding Onto Your Dreams During Chaotic Times

How do we find creativity in the midst of chaos? Maybe not chaos. That might be a bit dramatic. Let’s say busyness. How do we find creativity in the midst of extreme busyness?

This time of the year especially, we are all busy, busy. With work, family, shopping for gifts, planning parties, going to parties, and participating in the many events we have going on. Not to mention the emotional rollercoaster we may be on with all of the family gatherings and events. From all of this we get tired, we get grumpy, and we get overwhelmed quickly.

So during these times, how do we find creativity? How do we hold onto our dream of being __________ (You fill in the blank) when life is swirling around us? How do we stay balanced, calm, and focused on what is really important to us?

This is partially a call for self-care. Sleeping when our bodies need rest. Taking time to sit and clear our minds for a bit. (See our post on “Moving Meditation”) Taking a walk. Doing a little movement of some sort. Eating what we know our bodies need, rather than always grabbing quick junk food. (I’m preaching to the choir with all of this. Don’t think that I’m putting this out there for you all to do and I’m not in need of it myself.)

If you take care of yourself then you have more to give to those around you. You have energy to put into finding and living that dream. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean that you need to lose sight of where you really want to be in life. Being busy for a spell can slow us down, but it doesn’t have to stop our forward progress.

To keep your mood high, your mind clear, and to keep that forward momentum, even when life gets crazy busy, try doing some of the things that help me.

Do something at least once a day that makes you smile. Something that you do just for the fun of it.  

I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t have time for fun, I have too much to do.” It doesn’t have to be a long time. Start with 5 minutes. It can be stressful working, then going to the store, home to cook, and getting everything on our to-do list done. If you can’t spare 5 minutes, then at least make what you have to do fun. While you’re driving, listen to fun music rather than the news for a change. Listen to a funny podcast. Or turn the radio off all together and just enjoy the silence.

Watch a funny video. Brandon Farris is one of my favorites to watch when I need a little break. He never fails to make me laugh. Or watch Mark Borella’s videos. You can’t help but smile when you watch him. He’s so passionate about what he does.

Read a book. Even if it’s just a few pages at a time. Or read an inspiring story in a magazine. The goal is to steer clear of anything serious or heavy. Find something that is light-hearted; something you can read and just turn your mind off for a bit.

Take a nap. It has been proven that even cat naps can improve your mood and mental well-being.

Write; in whatever way that seems fun to you. Write in a journal to get ideas out of your head before you go to bed. This will help you to sleep better. Write a little short story about something. For more ideas check out our post about writing. Write a drabble. What’s a drabble? Check out this post to find out.

Watch how others do things. This is something that most people don’t do. Or they don’t do it without judging. Watch how someone else wraps a present or loads their groceries into their car. We can learn from others and find new ways to do things. Sometimes we may even find easier ways to do things. Most of us are stuck in our own routines and we don’t ever search for new ways to do things. Even if we know our old ways aren’t working, we are more comfortable staying set in our routine than making the effort to change things because it’s familiar. Stepping outside of your routine will open up new pathways in your brain, it will give you a chance to improve, and it will open up your creativity.

Whatever you choose to do, give your mind a little while each day to recharge. This allows that little voice inside to be heard. It allows you to make decisions based on what you really feel you should do, what you really want to do, versus making decisions based on being tired and overly emotional. It allows you to stay in a space where you can handle anything that is thrown at you, versus constantly being stressed out. It allows you to see the beauty in life, versus seeing only the bad.

Embrace the chaos. Sometimes all we can do is embrace what is going on around us and roll with it. If we spend our time trying to fight what is going on, complaining about how we wish things were different, we just end up being more stressed. On the flip side, if we go with the flow, take what is happening and always find the positive or find the lesson, it lowers our stress levels drastically. Accept that it is a busy time and adjust accordingly. Accept that things may be out of your control and do what you can with what you have.

These are some of the things that help me to stay in a good place, even when things around me are insane. What creative ways do you use to stay calm, centered, and focused on your dreams when life gets crazy?

Help Wanted: Ask for Help and Accept It the Way It Comes

Help Wanted Sign

We post a “Help Wanted” sign, but when people answer the call we turn them away.

How many of you ask for help decorating the Christmas tree and then cringe every time someone places an ornament? How many of you ask for help with the dishes and then rearrange how things are placed in the dishwasher, or re-stack the dishes? Raise those hands high.

Now…..This week I want you to ask for help with at least one thing. One thing that will somehow make your life easier. Then when you ask for help with this one thing, don’t try to control how it’s done. Just stand back and let whomever you ask to help you do it in their own way; without fussing at or judging them. If you ask your husband to help you cook dinner, and he uses all the wrong pots and pans, and does everything differently, let him. If you ask your kids to help you fold the laundry and they don’t fold the towels the way that you would, let them do it.

This sounds like such a simple task, but it is SO hard for so many of us. It requires us to show vulnerability, to admit that we can’t do it all ourselves. To some, this is like admitting total defeat.

“I can help open these. Seriously guys, just let me get in there. What about this little one on the top?”

My sweet husband offered to do the dishes for me the other day. He knew that I’d had a long day and I was tired. We were talking about something so I stood there for a minute while he was washing, to finish our conversation. Watching him wash and stack the dishes got to be so distracting that I couldn’t pay attention to our conversation. He was doing everything all wrong (translation = not how I normally do it). When I suddenly realized what I was doing I busted out laughing. He asked what I was laughing at. I said, “I have a post coming up about asking for help and then letting people do it their way and I’m standing here stressing out over you not stacking the dishes the right way”.

Even though I try really hard not to do this, I still find myself doing it occasionally. It is really hard for me to ask for help at all. I want to be able to do things myself. I don’t want to bother people. I want to do it all and then some. But in reality, I need help. We all do. Sometimes I can be Super Woman, but sometimes even Super Woman needs help from her friends.

Too many times we ask someone to do something for us and then we stand over them and tell them how to do it. We ask for their help, but when they don’t do it exactly as we would, we get frustrated and take it back, or worse, we do it over. Doing these things defeats the entire purpose of asking for help in the first place. We ask for help so that we have the time to do something else. If we are standing over someone, telling them how to do the thing we asked them to do, then we aren’t doing anything else we need or want to do. If we fuss at them for not doing things the way we would, then they start to wonder why they agreed to help in the first place. This only serves to make them less likely to offer help in the future. It also robs them of the benefits of helping you.

“Excuse me…..that’s not the right way to do that.”

Ask for help, and then accept it in the way it is given.

What does any of this have to do with creativity and living our dream?

Asking for help, and accepting it, gives you a little extra time to do something that you want to do. It relieves some of your workload and thus your stress. Asking for help is an often overlooked form of self care. For people who try to take on everything themselves, this is a big deal. Once you allow yourself to ask for help, and accept it, you can start to zero in a little more on what it is that you would LIKE to be doing. You can start to find those things that you enjoy doing just because they are fun. You can begin to take the steps needed to find and start living the life that you dream of. You will have the time to do the things you know you need to do to help yourself feel your best.

Too many of us get caught up in doing everything for those around us. We may say, “If I don’t do it, then who will?”. We may be subconsciously using our to-do list as an excuse to play the victim. “I’m so busy I just don’t have time for myself anymore.” Or we may be using busyness to hide from certain emotions that we don’t want to feel.

Some people actually stay busy to avoid doing what they love to do. “Why would anyone do this? That’s just crazy!” I see people doing this all the time. They have a dream that they want to follow, but they are too scared to take that first step towards making their dream happen. They stay so busy that they “don’t have time” to move forward. This is just another way of allowing doubt and fear to stop you in your tracks. You’re not confident enough in yourself and your dream to get started making it happen, so you use busyness as an excuse to stay where you are.  

So, ask for help. Allow people to help you in their own way. Then use that time to move yourself toward where you want to be in your life.

Flying high and loving life.

It’s not always easy the first few times you ask for help. (I’ve found that leaving the room helps.) It gets easier and easier the more you do it. You’ll start to appreciate the fact that people are willing to help and that you have more time to do other things. You may even learn more about yourself and those around you in the process.

If you need help getting started with asking for help, here are a couple of good articles:

  1. 7 Effective Ways to Ask for Help (and Get It) | Psychology Today According to what I’ve learned, 3, 5, and 7 are especially true.
  2. How to Ask for Help and Actually Get It – NY Times Tim Herrera

What do you have trouble letting others help with? What did you ask for help with this week? Let us know in the comments.

The Novel Turtle Presents: Q&A with Kristi Slaughter, Radio Host

This week I interviewed my friend Kristi Slaughter, a radio talk show host (among many other things). Her show airs on Saturday mornings from 9-11 on WFHG Supertalk 92.9 FM. I’ve been in the studio a few times while she has been doing her show. It’s always so fun to watch her do what she does because you can tell that she loves what she is doing. It comes through in every aspect of the show. Part of our goal here at The Novel Turtle is to inspire people to find what they love to do. Kristi is an inspiration to us because she follows her passions, she does what she loves to do, and she encourages others to do the same.

1) What made you want to do a radio show?

 I’ve always enjoyed public speaking, even as a child in school. I’d look for every opportunity to talk! Radio was a natural progression for me to share with others. I have spent time working in the television industry but there’s something extremely special about radio. There are similarities between both arts, but in radio, you’re painting a picture with only your voice and energy. 

2) Was this something that you always wanted to do?

 I got bitten by the “radio bug” when I was 16. A local DJ heard that I was interested in radio. He graciously took his time to give me a tour of the station and let me read the weather report on his show. My love for radio was ignited that day and will remain in my heart forever. Consider being a mentor; you never know what difference you can make in someone’s life. 

3) What is your favorite thing about doing the show?

 My favorite thing about the show is the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their story. Everyone on earth is playing a particular part in what we are creating. I receive much enjoyment in assisting my guests in communicating their passions with the world. 

4) What is your least favorite thing about doing the show?

My least favorite thing about the show is when guests fail to appear. The majority of the time, my guests are very dependable about their appearances. However, when a guest is a no show, it can be very challenging to fill the interview block.

5) How do you choose the subjects that you’re going to talk about and guests you’re going to talk to?

 I enjoy covering a variety of subjects on my show. The topics for my show are chosen based on upcoming events, topics listeners suggest, areas that I’m passionate about, and sometimes are even divinely guided. Since I’ve been working for several years on the program, I often have publishing companies and outside organizations who contact me to be potential guests.

6) What are your favorite subjects to cover?

My favorite subjects to cover are subjects that inspire, educate and motivate the listener. I don’t necessarily have a particular topic that’s my favorite to speak about. For me it’s more about the excitement and energy behind the message. 

7) What is the most interesting thing that you have learned from your guests so far?

Everyone has a past, a present, and a future. I’ve learned that people are so different in many ways and yet most of the underlying themes throughout life are often the same. We all have seasons of ease, joy, and bliss. Yet, we all have times of growth and challenges. The most interesting thing that I’ve learned is how so many of my guest have used the trials and perceived struggles in their life as springboards for something great and many times magnificent. 

8) Are you ever nervous about doing your show, doing the interviews with guests, or doing commercials?

Over time, I’ve become less nervous. However, there’s always an underlying feeling of excitement and anticipation, particularly with live radio and television. I think that’s one of the aspects that makes live media so much fun. This creates somewhat of an adrenaline rush. There’s a level of uncertainty because anything can happen! 

9) You and your producer, Rick, banter back and forth about things sometimes. Do the two of you plan what you’re going to say? Or is it all improv?

I’m the host of the show and Rick is my producer. Rick works the board and does the production and broadcasting aspects. When I developed the platform, I thought it would be interesting to have Rick join me for the show opener and the closing. Depending on my guest and the interview topic, he will occasionally participate. I think my listeners enjoy our banter for the most part. The dialogue between us is not rehearsed, which I think adds an extra dimension of personality to the show. I have certain key points, interview information, and events that I want to make sure are covered, then I decide when to address Rick and have him join the conversation. 

10) What is something that surprised you the most about radio when you were first learning about how to do your show/structure things?

When I first began as a radio host, I worked for a non-profit station for approximately 3 ½ years. Most of these segments were 30-minute pre-recorded programs that I produced myself. I then made the transition to my current radio position at a for-profit station. While there are some similarities, there are many differences working with a 2-hour live program with ads, news breaks etc. It took a while for me to get accustomed to my new platform but it was a positive change. There’s a certain amount of excitement that comes with live programming and also a certain amount of risk. I think that’s what makes the type of programming that I’m doing now so special. 

11) Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to get started in radio?

In the age of the internet, it’s very simple to start practicing your skills using an online platform. Finding something you’re passionate about and that you want to share with others is crucial in relaying a genuine and unique message. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 15 years ago. Through a journey of self-discovery and exploration in the field of wellness, I had a desire to share my story with people. My first radio program was about health and wellness. I chose the name “Beyond Wellness” and focused on a personal connection with my listeners. I still have a passion for health and wellness but I have also branched out in many more subjects based on current events. I recommend contacting your local college radio stations. These are not paid positions; however, they are an excellent opportunity to practice your trade, develop a listener base, and contribute to the community. 

12) When you’re on live radio, anything can happen and you have to fix it (sometimes while you’re on the air). When things have gone wrong on the show (a computer freezes up, an ad doesn’t play right, something gets erased), what are some of the creative ways that you have of handling the situation?

My favorite description of my show is “relaxed and organic”. My hosting style is very casual which is extremely helpful when “those situations” arise. During one show, a dog entered the studio and ran right into my lap! Even though it was a sweet and rather large dog, I was surprised and caught off guard. I decided to share the experience with my listeners instead of panicking. There’s been all sorts of interesting mishaps during live shows, including a microphone that fell off the stand and into my lap. Sometimes I’ll share these events if they need to be addressed or if they make the show interesting. If not, I pretend like they never happened and move right along. This was the case one day when my microphone was turned on during the commercial break.

13) Because The Novel Turtle is all about creativity, we ask everyone this question: What is your definition of creativity?

Self-expression is my definition of creativity- existing in this beautiful world as you truly are. Creativity is a picture of your uniqueness and individuality. This can be expressed or un-expressed in any way that’s right for you. God and the universe love variety. I think it’s our weirdness that makes us special! 

14) Do you do other creative type things?

My background is in dance and the arts. I began college as a double major in dance and mass communication. I dropped my mass communication degree and continued pursuing my dance degree. For years after graduating, I regretted not continuing the communications concentration. Fast forward approximately 15 years and I was invited to be a guest on a local radio show. Just a few short weeks later, I found myself pitching a show, preparing a pilot and beginning the career I always hoped for. 

15) How do people find you/get into contact with you if they are interested in listening to the show, scheduling an interview with you, or booking you for an event? (Email, phone number, website, etc.)

If people are interested in learning more, they can visit me at: www.kristislaughter.com

Email me at: kristisupertalk@gmail.com

Or call: 276-591-6552

Listen to Kristi’s show every Saturday on WFHG Supertalk 92.9 FM from 9-11 am.

Thank you Kristi for joining me this week and for sharing one of your many passions with us!

Have you ever wanted to host your own talk show on the radio? Is this something that you have dreamed of doing, but fear keeps getting in the way? Use this as your sign to try something new this week. Even if you just record yourself on your phone.