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Gearing up for Podcast Movement 2019 - 8/4/2019

The biggest annual podcast convention in the US takes place in just one week, and I am even more excited than last year. This trip will kick off with a 20-hour drive from Philly to Orlando with my good friend, fellow podcaster, and upcoming guest Dave Kanyan of Dumbing it Down with Dave.

Before the convention officially kicks off on Tuesday the 13th, Dave and I have been chosen, along with 20 other participants, to spend all day Monday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. We will tour the facilities where NASA astronauts left earth for space and safely returned, and will have the opportunity to interview the staff who sent them there. This will be my second trip to a NASA facility and I am just as excited as the first time.

Podcast Movement is sure to offer just as much excitement. Last years conference truly changed my life and started me down a path with my show that I am still on. I can't wait to see how it influences me this year.

One thing I'm looking forward to is once again getting a boost of encouragement from the conference. Meeting the podcasters and hearing their stories last year undoubtedly drove me to work harder and take my show more seriously. I've been in a creative rut these past several months as I've been focusing on my career, but Podcast Movement comes right at a time when work is beginning to settle down and I can really start ramping up my creative output, particularly the release of my previously-recorded shows.

I also suppose it's time to get back on social media, as this trip will no doubt have plenty of stories that will be worth sharing. Can't wait for all of them!

A Whooole Bunch of Updates - 6/19/2019

As the title implies, a lot has happened in a short amount of time. Over the past 9 months I have graduated from nursing school, bought a new car, completed a second tour of over 10,000 miles with Heather and her pets, moved from Austin to Philadelphia, passed my licensing exam, and began my first job as a Registered Nurse. But, I had some serious setbacks that I can now say are behind me.

Before graduating, school gave me a well-needed bump up against reality. I failed my first exam because I wasn’t studying enough, nearly missed some deadlines with the ADNSA (student nursing association), had to stop putting out my podcast episodes, and all the while my back issues started flaring up again. It seemed with the high of my first tour and the start of my podcast, came the low I deserved from being over-confident and under-prepared for my final semester of nursing school.

But I quickly reoriented and reprioritized. I put the podcast on hold and managed to graduate from nursing school with a respectable GPA, and with the highest award Austin Community College gives to students. I was also able to hand off leadership of the student nursing association to my successor, Jared, with the confidence that it was in better condition than I had inherited it, and would now be in more capable hands than my own.

Less than 24 hours after giving my speech at graduation, I was in my new car with my mom driving from Austin back home to Punxsutawney with everything I needed to live for the next two and a half months. My second podcast tour was only two weeks away and was far more ambitious than my first. This time, I would be responsible for my photographer Heather, her dog Murphy, and Murphy’s cat Sylvia. We would also be covering twice as much ground as the first tour. This was another bump up against reality with which I could have done a much better job.

A great big special thank you goes out to Heather, who was not only behind the camera on every picture you’re likely to see of me, but was my copilot, without whom there would have been no tour. Everyone will get their fill of details as the pictures and podcasts come out, so I’ll simply say we all made it home safe and sound and to stay tuned for the details, cause they’re awesome.

When tour was over, I arrived in Philadelphia to start my new life and my new career as a nurse. But this last domino seemed to be glued to the table, as I received a major setback when I learned ACC had made a clerical mistake resulting in the PA State Board of Nursing receiving transcripts which were missing my graduation information. This small clerical error cost me two months of my life. I will leave out the specifics of the dozens of phone calls I made attempting to correct this error.

With a new degree as a nurse, perhaps my greatest accomplishment thus far in my life, I applied and was hired as a barback in what was no doubt my lowest moment in my working life. I spent the next two months taking out trash, washing dishes, and stocking beer. Having started my business the previous summer, completed my first two tours, and paid for nearly four years of college, money was tight to say the least. I took two steps back not only in industry, but in job title within that industry. Some saw it as admirable to do what was needed; I was humiliated to my core.

However, the clouds parted before too long, and the sunshine slowly dried up the rain. ACC sent out the correct transcripts, I was cleared to take the NCLEX which is the licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse, and a week and a half after passing, I was hired at Friends Hospital. Friends is the oldest private psychiatric hospital in the United States, and I am one of the nurses in their Crisis Response Center, which is an ER for psychiatric emergencies.

So that’s where I’m at in life! Because of my slacking off, this entry has far too much length and far too little detail. I promise to make a sincere effort to reverse those qualities in the future.

PS – I have to take one moment to direct everyone’s attention and all of my gratitude to the faculty and staff of Austin Community College’s Nursing Department. If I named one name, I would be a fool for not naming all of them. From the Professors and Clinical Instructors to the Administrators and Directors to the secretaries and custodians; you all changed my life for the better. You helped turn me from a confused child into a confident and knowledgeable adult who now has the skills to not only improve the lives of my patients, but my community as a whole. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU ALL, and I couldn’t have done it without you.

A New Outlook

As my last semester of nursing school kicks into high gear, there are precious few hours for editing and other tasks which are vital to the podcast. To a degree, I knew this would happen, and I must prioritize my education.

I will continue to work tirelessly to keep up, and I thank you for your patience and understanding!

As The Dust Begins to Settle

As my tour and the summer both come to an end, I have several big announcements for the show!

First of all, Heather Lemon of HelloPhotoLA.com, and Andy Wilkerson of PodPub.co, have both assisted me in finally putting a professional touch on my website and social media. Launching this site, my Facebook Fan Page, my Instagram, and my YouTube page all within three days was a challenge, but we pulled it off and I'm happy to have them up for you!

Stay tuned for more announcements as we continue to improve.

Podcast Movement 2018

Attending Podcast Movement 2018 in Philadelphia, PA has been nothing short of life-changing. I've made countless friends who are on similar journeys, and the general vibe of wanting to leave the world a better place than we found it is palpable.

One such friend was Gene Mikulka, host of Talking Space. Gene was kind enough to invite me on his reserved time at the Podcasting Table. This impromptu conversation was fascinating, and will be released on both of our shows!

Find Gene's Podcast, Talking Space, HERE.

The Podcast Goes Live!

The moving parts are all in motion. Challenges, solutions, and opportunities for improvement are popping up left and right. I feel better about what I’m doing every day; and I hope you all find these conversations valuable, because I’m working non-stop to bring you them in the best way possible.

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