Monthly Archives: November 2016

Home Sweet Home

I just found a story I wrote while in College. In fact it was the first time I ever aspired to be a writer. Or at least that I can remember. Picture this… second semester, just turned 18 years young, was at Western Kentucky University, dreams were shattered, boys were dumb/mean to me (just some of them), working 40 hours at three different jobs and I was only passing one class….Creative Writing.

If you are bored skip down past three paragraphs! I have it marked for you!

I wish so much I could remember his name! However, the professor was around 5 ft 8 inches tall (maybe a little taller), salt-pepper hair, kind of happy face like a clown without makeup, but a happy clown. He gave us a story to write about home. I remember thinking what a dumb thing to ask us to write about in the beginning of the second semester. I mean I am never going to get homesick so eh this is a dumb writing assignment.

As most of you know he didn’t care what I thought of his lesson! At all!!!! Therefore, I did the assignment. I wrote funny short stories about events that had happened over the summer between graduation and up to that particular point. I remember receiving my paper back and it looked like a blood bath. It needed editing in the worst kind of way! However, I had an A++. I was confused. At the top of the paper I received an excellent GRADE, but more importantly I remember the teachers words written on the top of that paper. It said, “Teena, you are a great writer. This should be your career don’t let anyone tell you any different.”

I don’t think I told anyone for a long time about my class, grade or his beautiful words because I was unsure I believed him. A writer? I don’t want to be poor! Why would I ever be a writer? I was always told I sucked in English from every English teacher I had except for one.

IF you need to skip to the best part! Begin here!!!!

However, I recently found my paper entitled Home Sweet Home! As I read his words on top of that paper and began to read my writings the tears flooded my eyes. I would read between tears dropping one by one. You see what he wrote changed my life forever, but what I wrote changed me.

The first paragraph began with this introduction: Come on! Come on…take a walk with me! Be careful because as you read your desires to move to the place, I call home, will become overwhelming! As you enter the county, crossing any county line you would like, the first thing you will enjoy is the rolling hills, full of beautiful trees that look so enticing you will want to stop and explore. (Don’t, it might not be safe). Maybe the nature doesn’t impress you, but the people will. Walk into any business including gas stations, banks, ummm okay the Country Store or drug store and you will find a smiling face. If they are not smiling they will tell you why and before you leave you will have made a new best friend, plus they will be smiling. Some people will walk up to give you a big hug and ask how your grandma is doing. Every turn, hillside, home is perfect. As for entertainment that is even amazing. We have community dances, dinners, Fall Festivals, hay rides, great bonfires for whenever and the Ohio River for summer fun. Still not impressed? Neither was I! However, let me continue because I didn’t know what I had until I was gone!

I will stop there because my paper was long and included names of some dear friends.

This paper entitled Home Sweet Home is still true today. I was with my husband most of the day and finally on our trip down Coopers Bottom he said, “Honey you talked to more people, hugged them, called them by name, sang to them (Happy Birthday) today then I think most people do in a lifetime! I am not complaining, but wow I am not sure you will ever be able to move.”

I looked at him for a long time before I responded, “No matter where I go or what I do. No matter how many places I visit or live…This will always be my HOME! Where everyone is friendly and it is beautiful beyond belief. It may not be perfect and definitely has limited amenities, but I don’t care. I love these people, our community  is the greatest. Anyone who was born and raised here may have left many years ago, but if you ask them where are you from? They will still respond Trimble County!”

 

 

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Negative vs. Positive

Hashtag this or don’t hashtag that or what is a hashtag? In a video, social media, computer crazed, Youtube digital world you must keep up with the times to survive! I just posted three Youtube videos discussing vlogging anxiety. Many people question if this is real, but trust me it is! However, in today’s society it is essential you create videos of yourself. What? You might be saying,  “Teena, you are crazy! I am doing just fine and I don’t have a vlogg or any type of video of myself.”

Negative or positive! It is the truth!!!! I am a new author and motivational speaker. My vision is to help people live with happy, loving, kind, caring relationships. However, it is essential for my new career to have videos or vlogs of me speaking, educating, or discussing my book. You might say oh well that’s okay for you, but that doesn’t mean I need a video! NOT TRUE!!!!

I have researched new careers for a multitude of people through my life coaching program and guess what not one, not even some health care facilities said oh just send me your resume and I will call you! Yes, the first step to applying is a good resume, but a video of yourself provides you with a better opportunity, to be first on the list, for an interview.

When speaking with top companies who are hiring professionals they said and I quote, “We have someone that looks at the prospect employee’s social media, videos, blog, vlog, anything we can to observe how he/she will fit in and positively contribute to our company.”

What is vlogging anxiety? It is when you will do ANYTHING to keep from posting a video. Not that you do not have important information to share, but you fear what people will say or you are not good enough. I mean there are entire shows poking fun at videos or the people in the videos. Therefore, this anxiety is real. Many of my friends do not believe I have anxiety of videoing myself. However, I Do!!!!!! I will create a video, watch it, critique my country accent or my hair, weight, what I say how I act. It can be really bad sometimes. But the SHOW MUST GO ON!!!!!!!

After years of training, classes, teaching and now a published author; I have found this videoing yourself to be essential and a vital key to success. Therefore, I utilize my three easy steps everyday. My plan is to overcome my fears and deplete the effects of the anxiety. I can literally speak and motivate or what I call PUMP YOU UP, to an audience of thousands of people. I have taken teams to the next level just by being high energy and motivational. It is who I am!!!! I love to take you where you are and lift you to where you want to be. HOWEVER, tell me to do the same on a video and well truthfully I freeze.

Three steps are: 1. Look for a topic. It can be a trending topic or something you are extremely passionate about. Research and write a small script of what you want to be the strong point of your video. 2. Watch other vloggers. Now with Facebook doing videos as well this is easy to do. Watch them and record yourself, watch you. Now, understand you will find a million reasons you should not create a video. However, you must just do it! NO you should not wait to lose that twenty pounds or thirty. If you have a zit, cover it. You can not change your entire appearance some things are just a part of you. For example: I poke fun at myself every video, but then I realize that is me and its all I have. 3. Final step…Post, Post, Post Post. Yes, if you suffer from video anxiety this can be the worst step or at least the most difficult. However, it is probably the only way to be successful at vlogging or landing your dream job.

Listen, I am not telling you this is easy. I am letting you know that you can do it! If I can  you can! I follow these steps every time I post. In my last (yesterday 11-17-16) video I am fighting posting in the worst way. However, I knew if it didn’t get posted I would delete it and not continue helping others who suffer from the same problem. I truly do follow these steps each time. My goal is to post everyday. Sometimes it is easier if I create it walk away then post late at night. Just remember video blogging or vlogging anxiety is real! But you can and will either overcome or fight through it. I believe in you, so get out there and just do it! Take the plunge you have a story to tell.

Written by: Teena Drake

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