The Awesome Gnome Letter: Your Influence

We each have influence, even if we don’t realize it.

In a bit of possibly tooting my own horn, I realized the influence I have. Someone this past week told me they did something because of what I said years ago to them. The statement was something I said in a normal conversation with them.

I don’t have millions of people hanging on my every word….at least I don’t think I do. Tim Cook said something at a commencement speech and there was an article about it. I don’t have people writing articles about me. But, I have heard on numerous occasions that people did something because of me.

I’m literally a nobody. Just a person trying to make my way in this world. Yet, people listen to what I’ve said. Sometimes it’s been received negatively, other times positively. I think because of celebrities and famous people, we downplay our own influence on others. You have an influence, more than you will know.

My nephew is setting up a streaming studio, because of what I’ve done. Just got the text from him. What’s next? Maybe he’ll start making 85,000 podcasts, like I do. The power of influence.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: The Greatest Evil

“Those who would try to make you feel less than who you are–that is the greatest evil.” -Mr. Rogers

This was a quote from Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on the life of Fred Rogers. An individual that has affected so many people. A person I gained even more respect for after watching this film.

Blizzard recently released a Pride Pin and the reaction to it just took my breath away. Instead of keeping quiet on their disapproval of the pin, many said some very mean things in Twitter comments. A pin that is raising money for The Trevor Project to help people who are in a tough time in their life.

Do our words lift someone up? Or do they destroy? Mr. Rogers always tried to show each child that they are special and loved. I don’t want to let that legacy fade away. There needs to be more love. We need to not let ourselves go to the greatest evil, making someone feel inferior and less than who they are.

During the movie, the saying What Would Mr. Rogers Do? kept coming up, and I think it’s worth asking in my life. As there are parts of my life where I’m not acting like how Mr. Rogers would. Next time I’m struggling, I need to think of each person I meet as being my neighbor.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: What Has Changed?

Sometimes we can’t see the change in ourselves, until we step back to look.

I was given the honor recently of speaking at a podcast meetup. The talk was on Free and Inexpensive Podcast Tools. This would’ve terrified me a while back. I’ve spoken in front of a youth group before, spoke in front of a congregation, but I have rarely done public speaking.

I had to build up the confidence through things like my dance competitions/showcases and my podcasts/streams. I might think I haven’t progressed as a speaker. There’s still the stuttering sometimes, those parts I consider to be my weakness. It takes stepping back to see what has changed. I would not say the presentation was perfect, but it is much better than what I’ve done in the past.

I have changed as a person. I see where I was, where I’m at now and where I’m going. In fact, it was less terrifying to speak in front of a group than it is to podcast and stream games. Who would’ve thought?

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Helicopter Troubles

Sometimes you mess up your helicopter, and you just have to get right back on.

So this past weekend, I messed up my helicopter. OK, you are thinking “What is Frazley on?”. Valid question, but I’m only high on life right now, AND COFFEE! The helicopter is a move in the dance style called Hustle. We have choreography and I added one too many turns before the next part of the routine.

That moment was when I realized I had messed up. So I looked around at my group, we did this in a circle, and saw where they were. I quickly got my partner and I positioned for the next step we could get into. At that point, we rejoined the group and finished our Hustle routine—and our group got 1st place!!

Sometimes you mess up your helicopter, but that is when you get right back on. You know what you need to do. We all make mistakes, but find out what your next step is and keep on spinning.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Why I Didn’t Catch The Garter

I find contentment and joy in where I’m at now, knowing that a love chapter will be written one day.

Was at a wedding this past weekend. A fabulous event, even felt out of my element as I walked past golf caddies dropping people off at their cars. It was an outdoor wedding, loved seeing my friends commit themselves to eachother. Even got to dance the cupid shuffle during the reception.

So the garter was thrown, and I was encouraged to get up and catch it. A weird thing happened though, I didn’t want to catch it. I’m single, and one day will find the person who will encourage me and be that person who I can support, empower and love with my whole being. Yet, I didn’t want to catch the garter. I don’t have someone I’m in a relationship with—and that’s actually OK. 😃

I am content and happy with who I am, where I’m at. I don’t write this in a plea to find someone, or a poor me type of post. I write this knowing that the one who caught the garter, is going to find their person to be with forever. I’m living my life, not feeling like I’m missing anything. I’m enjoying the journey right now. There is a love chapter yet to be written, but until the pen inks the words “Frazley began to date So and So”—I will live my life with joy and contentment. Doing what I love. Making facepalms, podcasts and singing my heart out in Twitch Sings. I will also celebrate my friends who are inking that chapter in the story of their life. Just like I did yesterday. Plus, the wedding desserts were DELICIOUS!

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Towing Away Negative Reactions

Sometimes people try to help, and sometimes we respond not in kind.

I was trying to warn someone that if they parked on a street that they would be towed. This was a specially designated Tow-Away Zone during a sporting event. The authorities watch this street during sporting events. The reaction I got from the individual was….not pleasant. I just went on my way at this moment. It’s weird though, it stuck with me since then.

I kept trying to figure out did I say the wrong thing? I wanted to help them avoid a tow. Sometimes I’m in a frame of mind and not ready to hear something. This individual was trying to get to this event. They were frustrated. My comment wasn’t offering a solution, it was barring them from their destination. I almost went on by this individual. I wanted to avoid them getting towed, as I have gotten a ticket in a similar situation. I didn’t want to be that bystander who does nothing either.

I hope my initial reaction in a situation isn’t to be like the individual. I can’t say that there is no situation where I haven’t or wouldn’t respond like this. That’s the other part that still is tugging at me. Others have tried to help me, and I have brushed them off.

Where are the tow-away zones in your life? Who are the people trying to help you? What is your reaction? Maybe, just maybe, we can tow-away negativity, remove that initial gut-reaction that wells up inside of us in moments of frustration. I mean, I want to avoid parking fines. Things are expensive enough as it is.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Where’s The Bluetooth?

Sometimes the simplest answer is the one you don’t think about.

I assist with a check-in desk at an organization I volunteer with. We have added a self check-in kiosk with an iPad and a printer. This has been a good thing for the line, but yesterday I could not get the iPad to see the printer.

I turned the printer on and off using the Power Button, I removed and re-added the printer, I even restarted the iPad. Nothing. I started looking up anything. I was thinking maybe the printer factory reset itself. Was going to go get my supervisor’s laptop and try setting up the printer again.

Then, something dawned on me. Try unplugging the printer. In my head this seemed so stupid, as I had already turned the power button on and off. Yet I decided to try this approach. So I unplugged the power cord, and plug it back in. What happened next is that the iPad saw the printer!

This week, don’t let a problem stop you, as sometimes the simplest answer is the one you don’t think about.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: The Long Road

My degree has taken many twists and turns, but I am now 10 courses away.

I have been on a long road of working on my degree in Communications since 2010. I am now a College Senior as of Friday morning after passing my most recent course. This has been a long-road, but thankfully it also has not put me into college debt.

I even made a video back in 2010 at the start of my degree to explain how I have been pursuing it.

The point of this letter is to think about how some projects in the beginning look incredibly taxing, scary and intimidating, but now I am merely 10 courses away with 90 credits acquired.

There are many projects that we take in the beginning, seeing the mountain, I experience this every week with editing FrazlCast especially. I see a mountain on Friday that I must climb. However, when you get onto the other slope of that mountain and start heading down to the finish line, it feels so good.

You also grow along the way. I have grown a lot through my degree. In knowledge, perspective and the ability to complete courses of varying complexity. It even caused me in 2017 to finally begin podcasting again. I’ve applied my learning’s in my various pursuits. Even helped put together a store’s network infrastructure while studying Information Systems (Basically IT, but the textbooks were OLD!)

This week, look at what long roads you have in your life. Some you are about to begin, some you in the midst of and some you are about to finish. It may look harrowing in the beginning, but don’t forget to also enjoy the journey along the way.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Make Someone’s Day Better

I believe this is a very important thing to do.

I had a chance to chat with Anastazja this past week. One of the takeaways was about getting to know others better. Developing stronger friendships. How everyone has a need to be heard by someone else.

Which brings me to today when Curious Cat asked me “If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?” and my response was “Your Daily Goal is to make someone’s life better each day.”

My abilities are motivated by the fact I want to perform for the edification of others. One reason I LOVE Facepalms is because if someone facepalms something I say, hopefully they are laughing and their day is better. That’s why I podcast, I want to make people’s lives better.

This week, what is one way you can make someone’s life better?

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Do The Thing

Don’t Wait, Do It

My friend The Scruffy Druid has a saying “Do The Thing” and I love it. It’s such an empowering phrase. The phrase doesn’t give anyone permission to allow or deny you to do something. Heck, if I had waited to do what I’m doing, I probably would never be a podcaster.

DPS was launched to help empower the podcasters in our network to live out their passions. From gaming, to geek feminism, all the way to Nerding out on the Emperor’s laughter in the latest Star Wars trailer. We at DPS “Do The Thing”. I want YOU to “Do The Thing” as well!

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