My special guest today is not only special to my heart but a special friend to me and so many on TikTok and all over. You will see by listening, that we have fun during the silly discussions. While chatting during Deb telling her story and explaining the things she went through on her “adventure” of stage 2 breast cancer, there are serious discussions as well. You can find her on Tik Tok under Renegade Squirrel and hopefully very soon she will have her own podcast of which I will update you and where you can find her to listen!
After Sixteen episodes to their show, and completing a fundraiser for foster children they called #NoMoreTrashBags, they are excited to see what is next. Enjoy my interview with Rob and J and listen to their story filled with enthusiastic positive energy. You can’t help but smile and feel the good vibes yourself.
Today’s episode was originally scheduled to go out on Monday this week. Unfortunately, there was work being done in the store when we originally recorded and it took over our vocals so I requested we re-record the interview. I did not plan on getting it done, but as a bonus, it is going out today! I was able to sit down with my friend LaDonna and talk to her about her venture in what brought her back home to Lavonia and what made her open up her lovely store Sweet Combs of Honey and why her love of art. Enjoy!
If you ever get a chance to stop by Lavonia, Georgia, you need to make the few short miles to the downtown area of Lavonia to stop in and see LaDonna and her quaint store, Sweet Combs of Honey.
A friend of mine does this daily on her Twitter feed and I absolutely love this idea. She always finds three things she is grateful for each day. I could never “grab hold” of doing it on my Twitter nor on my blog. But, this month I have started writing it in my journal that I have beside my bed, and every night I do my daily three things right before I turn off my light and go to sleep.
I also share an update with you all on the #NoMoreTrashBags from my friends at Fall Forward Radio.
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When trying to decide on the topic for my podcast this week, I was going through so many things I wanted to share, especially it being Suicide Awareness Month. Mental Health is such a big topic right now. HUGE! Especially with the Virus Pandemic and people dealing with so many things more than usual because of it. It concerns me because I have seen so many people and felt so many emotions from people I know and love as well as those I don’t know. It’s one of the reasons I was determined to start this podcast.
But thinking about mental health and influences I have personally gotten something from, it was so easy to decide who I would talk about. Two women I have (other than my own counselor) learned things from and put into practice in my everyday experiences and learnings. One most recent and the other in the last five years.
Dr. Julie Smith
The most recent being Dr. Julie Smith. I, of course, found her originally on Tik Tok like so many others. But she is also on Instagram, the internet on her website and on YouTube. When I first saw her I was impressed that she kept stating things that I had talked to my counselor about. It was just confirming the things that I had talked to her about and had read up to that point. I was also impressed at how approachable she looked and “down to earth” she seemed to be. Silly I know.
I looked her up on the internet to find out more about her and found that she has a practice in England. Ringwood, Hampshire, England to be exact (and I know I pronounced it incorrectly on the podcast where my English friends are concerned, so my apologies to you my friends!) She has an abundance of background work and diversity with different groups and individuals alike regarding mental health work. Please check her website out.
Dr. Brené Brown
The other person I have come to know a lot about is Brené Brown. Now one thing I had not realized or had let it go right over my head was that she was a doctor by professor! How in the world I missed this as I was learning more about her I do not know, but I did, until I was doing this podcast and saw the Dr. in front of her name! Now I know!! Ha!
When first introduced to her, my counselor recommended I read a book by her titled The Gifts of Imperfection. I purchased it through Audible. It was so good! I also purchased a softbound book titled Rising Strong. The things she shares of her life, how she learned from them and how they put things into perspective. In Rising Strong, there is a quote on the back of the book that states, “Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. This process teaches us the most about who we are.”
Brené has a website full of books, information on her and her ventures, her podcast called Unlocking Us, and so much more. She even has a page that will link you to her Dare To Lead Hub where she helps you learn how to be a leader.
As You See
These two ladies have a lot to give in information regarding mental health and learning tools to work through the ups and downs of some different problems you or someone you know might be needing. I have linked each of their websites for you to have access to above so you can see for yourself what great information they have for you to get into. I will also do the same below.
Thank you for stopping by the podcast site and checking it out! I hope you have a great day and a great week!
Dawn 🙂 xo
Recorded two months ago
When I recorded my podcast on Shane Leketa I still was and am getting to know him. My view on a person as I get to know them is one-sided, of course. My side. I see, take in what I see, and make a decision as I get to know this person and change my view as I learn more about the person, as we all do. My initial view on Shane was and is that he a personable person and yet I felt quite intimidated by him and the whole TikTok world when I first started on that particular social media.
I am a person that likes to watch and learn before I initially dive into doing something. Then I will continue to watch and learn while participating. You learn so much more while doing as well as watching and listening, don’t you agree? So, initially, I watched people, how they interacted on videos, in what capacity; learning what I liked and didn’t like about each. Then I found the “Live” feeds (On TikTok, once you reach one thousand followers you can go live and be seen by people on TikTok), what they were about, how you were able to do them and why. Also, I understood that it was a benefit to do them because not only could those that follow you see you personally and interact, but new people could as well, which would bring you new followers.
As you see, I have gone a bit off topic, so let’s circle back to my point. Shane.
Shane originally hit me as personable. He would greet each person he saw come into his “Live” with an “I appreciate you coming into my Live” and continuing to talk to the ones there in his “Live” that would be carrying on a conversation with him. As he would be drawing during these “Lives”, every now and then he would show everyone where he was at in his drawing.
I had gone into his “Live” knowing he was a podcaster so I was very interested to find out more about it. I would throw out a question every now and then and he would answer as he could. But sometimes it would stir someone in the chat to speak up about the chat they had just had on either their particular podcast or his podcast, regarding an interview between them. It was always another guy.
Seeing that it was always another guy Shane seemed to be talking to regarding podcasts and interviews led me to believe that he leaned more toward ones that were for men. Once I had a chance to listen to his podcast and look at his website, it seemed to me that he focuses more on men and men’s health. Now, he may correct me on this at a later date, but I believe this is his focus. Which is great! I believe this is and has been needed more for men. We women have this and actually need more of it as well, but I have always thought men needed more men to pull in men listeners. Does that make sense?
Now saying that he focuses more of his content on men does not mean he does not support women. For a fact, he supports many women in their endeavors, including me. When I messaged him to ask him questions regarding podcasting, he answered me quickly with information that might be helpful, as well as giving me some feedback once he heard my podcast when I finally released it. He is all about helping people as much as he can and with him having a full-time job, family, podcast and now avatar art as well, I don’t see how he does it! But he does, because that is how much people mean to him.
So, please go take a listen to his podcast and give him a rating and review so others can find him. Check him out on his other platforms as well.
Thank you all my friends and have a wonderful day and week!!
For convenience here are some links to Shane:
In this episode, I introduce you to Dave Conrey, an artist I found on Tik Tok, share some things about him and four others.
*Where you can find Dave: Tik Tok; YouTube; Website; Instagram
*Where you can find Jish(Josh): TikTok; Etsy; Instagram; YouTube; Facebook
*Where you can find Wondernugget: TikTok (Has now passed 1K); TeeSpring
*Where you can find Katie: TikTok; Etsy; Facebook; Instagram; Pinterest; YouTube; Twitter
*Where you can find Shawn: TikTok; Instagram; Redbubble; Teespring; Facebook