(Video) Speaking Of Interview: Mystic & Chris DuRant, Creators of “Bonus Mom, Bonus Mom: Where Are You?” Book

Check out this week’s Speaking Of interview. I talked to Mystic and Chris DuRant who just released their first children’s book: “Bonus Mom, Bonus Mom: Where Are You?”

It’s a positive book about the relationship between a child and her bonus mom (their name for a stepmom), and Mystic’s relationship with Chris’ daughter inspired him to write it. Chris is a former Marine who has many creative outlets, and was excited to write and work on this book with Mystic (who edited it).

Check out their interview to hear about the book, the self-publishing process, their family dynamic, and how writing helps fulfill Chris.

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Here’s the link to purchase their book: https://www.amazon.com/Bonus-Mom-Wher…

You can follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ssgtdu

To read Chris’ blog, check it out here: https://dadsdoitbetter.com/

(Video) Speaking Of Interview Preview, Bank Error, Berenstain Bears

Check out today’s Speaking Of video! This week my Speaking Of Interview is with Mystic and Chris DuRant, who recently wrote a book called Bonus Mom, Bonus Mom. I talked to them about the idea, the process, and working together.

In the weekly update I talk about a frustrating bank error and how I’m growing to love the Berenstain Bears more and more!

(Video) Speaking Of Interview: Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg

Here’s the latest Speaking Of interview. It was a pleasure to talk to Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg (which has Tiger Corner Farms, Boxcar Central, and Vertical Roots under its umbrella).

This is my second 2 part interview. But, I’m posting both today because part 2 was too good to wait until next week!

In part one, Don tells us about his background, how he formed his first company, Boxcar Central, then went back to corporate life as a tech exec, only to retire and build and grow his own companies. 

In part 2, Don talks about how tech is changing farming, his plans for positive global change, potential help with disaster relief, and more.

Links to part 1 and part 2 are below:

Don Taylor, part 1 (topical time codes on the YouTube page)
Don Taylor, part 2 (topical time codes on the YouTube page)

To learn more about AmplifiedAg, check out their website:

https://www.amplifiedaginc.com or check out the Facebook pages for AmplifiedAg: https://www.facebook.com/amplifiedaginc

(Video) Speaking Of – Interview Preview and 1st Visit to Puppy Playcare

Check out today’s video – I share the weekly interview preview about my chat with Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg, and talk about my dog’s first visit to puppy play care! It was so nerve wracking sending her, but she did great!! 🙂

Goals Check In – Just Over 1 Quarter Left in 2020!

Holy cow, I wrote my original “goals” post on January 22nd. It’s pretty amazing how much the world has changed since then. How could we have known that less than 2 months later, “coronavirus” would be something we’d see plastered all over the news and be at the forefront of our minds?

Even though the world certainly changed, I thought it would still be good to do something “normal” and check in on the goals I set in late January.

So, here’s where things stand (original text in black, 7.31.2020 update in purple):

  • I work for the same company I did in the south, which is pretty awesome because it means no commuting in the snow. Well, as mentioned in a previous post, I was laid off, but on the bright side, still no commuting in the snow! 🙂 Also, even brighter, I am now working on my Speaking Of show and I’m excited to see that grow.
  • I still need to lose weight (insert face palm emoji here…). I’m working on that with Caleigh. (GOAL:) Get in shape. For real. Once and for all. I don’t want to look at another damn picture and say “wouldn’t it be lovely if I ____.” I want to look at a picture and say “yes, that paid off. I’m so glad that I no longer use the whale emoji in texts to my friends when talking about heading to the pool or beach.” Well, Caleigh has done absolutely amazing with this. I am doing okay! I have lost about 15 pounds since Jan. 23rd, so that’s good – especially since we’ve been out of the gym since mid-March when covid closures started happening.
  • I still need to get this blog going (insert emoji of a clock here – what the heck have we been waiting for???) – I’m working on that with Dawn. I’m really proud of this one! I have been doing weekly posts on here, weekly short videos, AND weekly interviews, which is my favorite part!
  • I haven’t gotten to have Thanksgiving dinner or go to the mall with Bret Michaels (insert heart emoji here…) – honestly, that’s such a dream of mine, haha! I’ve met him a few times and he is the nicest human alive. I’m not even sure how he’s a real person. I have to get to hang with him at the mall for an afternoon at least once in my life! Well, shucks. This still hasn’t happened. I must figure out how to make this happen! I did get his book, which is lovely. I also just saw you can have him do a digital greeting. ❤
  • I still need to figure out how to make my dream of having a talk show come true – I’m trying to find the solution to that too. That one takes a lot of work. Or maybe I’m overthinking it. (GOAL:) FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE MY PASSION. Seriously. Guys, I know this must sound stupid on some level. She wants to talk for a living. I know that sounds nuts, but seriously, it’s what I want to do, it’s what people have done, and I need that to be me so that we’re not having this same conversation again in Jan. 2021. I want to be living my passion so that my family and friends are proud of me and think of me as someone who actually lives their dreams, not just fantasizes. Hooray! Okay, I’m MOST proud of this. I have been doing weekly interviews. I can’t even believe how amazing this has turned out. I started doing videos with Dawn shortly before I was laid off, and then started doing my interviews right after the lay off. I’ve done about 8-9 interviews in as many weeks and have more scheduled. I’m seriously so excited about this. This will be my career. It may take time, but it will be, and that is FABULOUS!
  • Figure out how to get the sassies (what I call it when my daughter is sassy) and periodic tantrums to go away and have the sweet smile return all the time. I know a smile 100% of the time is nuts too, she’s a kid, not a robot, but dang, I miss seeing that ever-present smile. She is still SO happy, but she’s also sassy sometimes. The other day on the phone with a customer service person, he asked if I had any other questions. I said yes, do you have any tips about toddler temper tantrums? He got a kick out of that, but sadly he had no tips to share. I continue to work on this! Things are improving (most days!). We tell her to make decisions by using her brain and her heart, and treat people nicely like Daniel Tiger, but it’s still a work in progress!! Being out of a normal routine and out of situations where she’s playing with other kids regularly has definitely up-ended things, but we’re taking it day by day!

Okay, looking over that, I’m actually doing pretty well. Who knew this “writing down your goals” thing was so helpful, haha! I’m hoping for continued progress when I post the next goals update at the end of the year!

(Video) Speaking Of Interview – Kristin Poppa-Rosel, Quest for Kidney

Check out the Speaking Of interview with Kristin Poppa-Rosel, as she gives us a look at what it’s like to be on a quest for a kidney. She’s working tirelessly to find a living kidney donor for her dad, who suffers from kidney disease.

In our interview, she shares the details about her dad’s struggle, what it would mean for his life and their family for him to receive this life-saving transplant, and tells us about the donor process.

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(Video) Speaking Of Today – Interview Preview & Post-Preemie/Pre-Pandemic Sanitation Habits

Here’s the weekly interview preview and weekly update.

For this week’s interview, I’ll be talking to Kristin Poppa-Rosel about her quest for a kidney. Her dad is in need of a transplant and she’s working like crazy to find a living donor to help.

In the weekly update, I talk about some of the random post-preemie/pre-pandemic sanitation habits I developed after my daughter got out of the NICU! Who knew having a preemie would be a great training ground!?!


(Video) Speaking Of Interview – Jessica Brewer, COO AmplifiedAg, Former Benefitfocus Executive (Part 2 of 2)

Check out part 2 of the Speaking Of interview with Jessica Brewer, COO of AmplifiedAg and former Benefitfocus executive.

In part 2, Jessica talks about being a mom, shares more about AmplifiedAg, her biggest career challenges, talks about maintaining balance, previews her new venture, and more!

Jessica Brewer Interview – Topical Timecodes on YouTube Channel

Where Does the Time Go – Is It Possible to Do It All?

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Is it me, or does time just seem to slip by, and there never seems to be time to get it all done?

Everyday, there’s a long list of things to complete: work, dinner, exercise, and of course taking care of your children, pets, etc. – taking care of kids and pets are a given, so they don’t need to go onto any kind of to-do list. But, taking care of them certainly does require time.

How do you get it all done? How does anyone? So many days it feels like hopping from one thing to the next, and before you know it, the King of Queens, or Golden Girls, or whatever show is on and you’re drifting off to sleep (btw, it’s always King of Queens in our house).

I’d like to think that most days, I’m pretty good at fitting everything in, but I often think that I should be doing something else, or something more. I definitely have mom guilt when my daughter knocks on my office door to see if I’m done for the day. And then when I am, we usually have to do something other than play – walk the dog, make dinner, etc.

It’s weird to think how things are still so busy, even in the days of mostly staying at home because of the ongoing pandemic. Still, somehow they are. Because things are *somewhat* normal, we’re now back on the schedule for kids’ classes, pet events, and the periodic small social event (seeing a close friend), and it seems more busy.

There doesn’t seem to be an answer for this. Just trying to be “present” in whatever part of the day it is seems to be the best we can do. It’s hard to let that guilt go, or that nagging feeling that you still have a few items left on the checklist that haven’t been completed.

I know that everyday is a new chance for me to learn how to avoid the guilt and the drive to get more done… but man, it’s hard to do! I think I’m getting a little better at it, but it’s definitely a process.

It’s also hard when there are so many things to be excited about – a new playset my daughter wants to use, or a new opportunity for Speaking Of (woot woot!), and training to do with the dog (that is really fun – especially because our dog seems so excited when she gets it right!).

I guess I just have to forget the idea of perfect balance. Some days, I’m in the office more. Some days, I am hanging out with my daughter for a while and we order dinner instead of make it (I’m working on this too, haha, you may have read my other post about dinner). It’s all okay.

(Video) Speaking Of – Interview Preview, Ventriloquism, Shopping with Masks, Law of Attraction

Here’s the weekly Speaking Of Update! I share the interview preview for this week, talk about ventriloquist on tv, shopping while wearing masks, and share a cool law of attraction story from last week.

I Can’t – Or At Least Shouldn’t – Compete & Compare

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Sometimes, it’s just not smart to compete – especially when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses or other peoples’ successes. But man, it’s tempting!

I live in a neighborhood with a lot of new homes, and I’m pretty sure every single house is doing something to their house. It’s actually pretty funny because the houses that are the oldest (but still very new) are the ones doing bigger things, like getting pools. In the second group of homes, there are lots of new decks, patios, and flooring. In the newest area, people are getting their driveways widened, working on landscaping, etc.

It’s so easy to get caught up in that. But, it’s definitely not productive. I mean really, what is the goal (and again, why is it so tempting!)? I find myself with little tinges of jealousy when I see people getting the pools, or a Volvo or Range Rover, or see thousands of likes/comments/shares on posts, but that really just doesn’t make sense.

Aside from the pool, which I am convinced would make life more happy (hahaha!), what would a Range Rover add to my daily life compared to the 1-year old SUV I currently have? With covid still impacting things, there’s not even many places to go. Where would I drive that Volvo or Range Rover???

And as far as any grass is greener thinking about anyone else’s career successes, that just doesn’t make any sense either. Not that it stops me, but still. I often find myself thinking, ugh, I wish I could, or she’s done this or he’s done that. I then have to remind myself that I don’t know their story.

Even if we’re friends on FB or LinkedIn, that doesn’t mean I know the whole story and don’t know how they got to that point – I try to remember the analogy of success to an iceberg: success is just what you see, but there’s a much bigger part of the iceberg below the service. It’s silly to compare or compete with what others are doing.

I have to remember that I am only living MY life. Worrying that someone else has achieved more or faster than I have is truly senseless. I’m writing my own story. It’s definitely a story with a pool in the pages, but as for the rest of it, I’m learning as I go. This is the first time in close to a decade that I’ve had the ability to really think about what I *want* to be doing, and that’s pretty awesome. I am really proud of myself for working on Speaking Of, and treating it like a career – because I intend it to be.

I need to give myself the time to let it develop and grow. And with that, I need to be patient – which is admittedly one of the things I struggle with – and as long as I’m persistent and consistent, things will work out how they should for me.

My best friend loves the quote “What is for you shall not pass you.” That is perfect and so true!

(Video) Speaking Of Interview – Jessica Brewer, COO AmplifiedAd, Former Benefitfocus Executive (Part 1 of 2)

Check out part 1 of the Speaking Of interview with Jessica Brewer, COO of AmplifiedAg and former Benefitfocus executive! This is my first 2-part interview. It was really hard to cut this one down from a nearly 1.5 hour chat to 25 minutes!

I talked with Jessica about her passion for STEM, her career path, the challenges of being a woman executive, defining career moments, and more!

In part 2, you’ll hear more about Jessica’s journey, career, and motherhood.

Here’s part 1 (interview topical timecodes on YouTube):