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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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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Be You

The Kul’Tirans have arrived! The new allied race is here with the arrival of patch 8.1.5. I love my Kul’Tiran shaman Korlak!

What is amazing about these is the focus on a race that isn’t slim like one of the photoshopped models. We don’t need to be perfect. None of us are. All of us have something that isn’t photoshopped. We need to be us.

People will either love us or hate us, but we can’t be who we aren’t. Some of the best hugs I’ve ever gotten are from people who have a lot of presence, they seem to have some of the biggest hearts.

Be a Kul’Tiran, be proud of who YOU are. Be You!

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Awesome Gnome Letter: Lulls

Does it ever feel like sometimes we go through a creative lull? Either same old—same old, or it feels like you are just going through the motions? Forces stopping you from enjoying what you like to do?

Right now I’m experiencing a fitness lull, as it has been so cold recently and I haven’t been able to go on a walk. It feels like forever, but really it has only been a few weeks looking back at my exercise activity. I can only see today in my mind, when in reality I have walked a ton this past year. I will walk again soon, just need to wait a bit longer. I won’t give up fitness though—and we shouldn’t give up creativity.

We go through lulls in different times of life. We only see this moment, but the sunshine is coming. That warmer weather is coming, we just need to keep waiting for the next day. The day we open our creative weather app and see bright, warm, sunny creative passion shining back at us!

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Not For Ourselves

Was at a podcasters meetup on Tuesday, and the speaker was Ronald Manny who I feel I must’ve met during my times as a network marketer. They were amazing and captivated me during the evening.

One thing Ronald said was that our voice is not for us. We hate our voices when we hear it recorded, but our voice is for others. Otherwise we wouldn’t use our voice if we didn’t need to communicate. They talked about how each of us has a story and it is for others, not for ourselves.

I fully believe this. Every person has a gift, a story, something unique to bring to the world. We are afraid to share that, thinking it is an inferior product, but we are to help someone else. This will also end up helping us along the way.

This week, share your voice, share your story, share you!

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: To The Great Unknown

Writing this a bit earlier this week, as I have a busy weekend ahead of me. A weekend full of unknowns. What will tomorrow’s Friday recording of FrazlCast be like; when will I finish the editing of it; what technical hurdles may crop up? So many great unknowns.

Last night I was a guest on Episode 188 of The Worgen’s Howl. Years ago, that is a show I started listening to, started attending their Group Howls, started being part of the pack. The great unknowns and look at what it has morphed into.

Why are we afraid to go into the unknown? Afraid to put ourselves out there? Sometimes it’ll mean you get criticisms, like someone asking me why I have an open resting jaw on streams, but sometimes it’ll lead to friends that you never expected! Frostee and Kaz are people I am honored to call friends! People that have changed so many lives. Just took that great unknown of the first Group Howl community event to find out!

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Never Be Afraid To Sing

So I……was singing in Twitch Sings to things like Uptown Girl and Can You Feel The Love Tonight. Believe me, was very scary doing this. As I realized how much I don’t know all the lyrics. LOL! I know why my friends and family never wanted me to sing karaoke in public.

Never be afraid to sing. Worst case, you make a fool of yourself. People told me this made them laugh, so I laughed alongside it!! 😀 We never grow unless we put away our fear to sing. Our fear to potentially make ourselves look stupid.

I have had many occasions where if I had let fear stop me, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now. I even take on being a fool as part of my schtick. You don’t watch my streams for GOOD gameplay…sometimes you watch to see me mess up!! LOL!!!

Don’t be afraid to sing this week.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Time To Change?

Is it time to change? Don’t fight the tide, go along for the ride. Don’t ya see. When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange. Who you are and what you’re gonna be. Sha na na na na na na na na. Sha na na na na.

For those who don’t know what I just said, here is a moment of TV history, when The Brady Bunch sing Time To Change. This song is so true and this week I made another big change. I switched out my streaming software from Streamlabs OBS to Xsplit. Biggest reason for me is a functionality called Adaptive Bitrate. After a few streams so far, I think I made the correct switch for my case. However, I was very hesitant to switch. I didn’t want to rearrange, I fought the tide. Until I downloaded XSplit, set up my scenes again (you don’t realize how much time you put into scenes until you have to agonize over redoing them in different software!) and then went along for the ride on a stream Monday afternoon.

Software is such a subjective thing. What works for one, won’t work for another person. Sometimes though, I like to look at what software I’m using and see if there is a better one that fits my use-case. I think in this instance, I chose correctly. Ask yourself this week, is your software helping you—or is it time to change to something that might work better for you?

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Done, Next!

One thing I try to do is start working and focusing on my next project once I finish it. Once a project has been published to whichever format it is going out as, I tend to not look back—unless of course something horribly goes wrong or I need to fix it.

So many times do I find something in the next episode that I could potentially add to the past one, but the time and energy required to do so would not add to that project. Plus, each piece of content shows my growth as a creator. I am not ashamed of what I put out in the past, but I am most proud of the current work I am doing.

I say don’t look back, EXCEPT to learn from it for your next project.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: It Doesn’t Always Work

Just got back from my Red Cross Blood Donation appointment. It didn’t work. First time my donation didn’t work right, and I’ve given many times before. The attendant even told me it was the first time they’d seen this happen. Not everything we do will work.

I’m the Gnome of mistakes, accidents, things not working right. In that instance, and with my arm hurting a little bit right now, I felt like I failed in what I tried to do. You know what though? I tried. I’m going to back next time and try again!

Not everything we do will work. Things I’ve tried in the past didn’t work, things I tried in the future didn’t work, but I won’t stop. If I didn’t try this time, I’d never have had the opportunity to see if my donation would work. The people I have impacted in the past are why I continue to return to the donation center. It may not work next time, but I will keep trying. Because, it has AND will work—-just not every time.

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