All posts by lstewart124

Pick Your Poison

Whether you have (1) never listened to a podcast episode yet, (2)are just getting started or (3) are a big podcast listener and just looking for a new podcast, I got some exciting and entertaining recommendations for you:


If you’re looking for criminal justice/injustice, for shock and awe, and for ultimate hope, Serial is where you should turn.


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If you’re looking for horrifying crimes, hearing stories from the “unlucky,” Criminal’s the answer.

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Want to know what makes people great? Want to learn their ways? If you want to be inspired, look know further… The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

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Do you want to break through your fears, find your confidence, and elevate all aspects of life? Lori Harder has your back in her Earn Your Happy podcast.

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Celebrities with podcasts:

You may know her from Baby Mama, What’s Your Number and Scary Movie..she’s freaking hilarious, and her podcast just reinforces that.  Oh, and she has her famous friends stop by.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you stopped by too.

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He reminds us that celebrities are human beings just like us, with struggles, fears and insecurities.  This podcast is will give you laughs and leave feeling refreshed.

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There you have it – My fingers and toes are crossed that you find at least one that brings you entertainment, joy, faith, motivation, and laughter. Happy listening 🙂

Do you prepare?

(Audience: MDST485 – Goal: get their wheels turning)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you think is one of the top things that make successful people, well, successful?  I have one word for you.  Preparation.  I’ve read countless self-developement books, listened to many speeches, to many sermons, and they consistently and repeatedly talk about preparation.  If there is no preparation, the probability of success is rare.  Ask anyone.  David Meerman Scott also talks about preparation in chapter 17 of ‘The New Rules of Marketing & PR.’  He talks about the preparation of podcasting. In this chapter, he quotes the producer of ‘Marketing Over Coffee,’ who was asked how one gets started with a podcast.  His response; “I’ve found the most important thing is show preparation.”

Please tell me you all have listened to a podcast… at least one episode, even though I don’t know how you could stop at just one! If you have AND have an iPhone, the below icon should look very familiar to you.  For me, it’s the most used app on my phone. And now one of my dreams is to host my own podcast someday.  David Meerman Scott, I’m holding on to every word you write about podcasting.  (Fingers crossed!)

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I encourage two things out of you in the coming weeks.  The first thing is to start preparing for your future, in whatever way that looks like.  Write down your goals for the next year, three years, five years.  Start a new hobby by jotting down all that interests you.  Summer is coming, what are some things you want to be sure you do? Prepare for what’s to come. Prepare for YOUR successful future.

Secondly, start listening to podcasts, or if you already do, try a new one that could better your life, bring a smile to your face, push you to see a different perspective, hear stories on those who have it much, much worse than you, or literally countless more.

Stay tuned for my future blogs.  I’ll give you some intriguing recommendations. You can count on it.

Sunday, Monday… Smonday.

I think it’s fair to say that the above meme expresses a universal feeling.  At least one time or another, if not every single sunday, of every single week, we’ve all felt this exact feeling.  And I don’t know about you, but some smonday’s, it can get pretty dark and depressing.

So, what can we do about it? We must choose to look at Monday differently.  If we want something different, to feel something different, we must DO something different. Easier said than done for sure, BUT, we are the only ones who can do it.  I think sometimes we need to be reminded that we can’t wait for someone else to help change our ways of thinking or of doing.  With that being said, lets get some ideas moving in our heads so we can start thinking different and changing the definition of “Smonday’s:”

Life is hard enough.  The last thing we should be doing is creating anxiety, negative thoughts about things that haven’t even happened yet.  We as humans are wired to worry about what has already happened to us and what has yet to happen to us, instead of living in the N O W.  It’s time.  Let’s focus on the now, while we prepare the what is to come.

Sunday is coming in 2 days.  Are you going to take control of the day or are you going to let the day control you?

Reinvent Yourself

I want to be better.  I want to do better.

I want to make more money.  I want to be skinnier.  I want a bigger house, better car, the perfect relationship.

I want to find my purpose.  I want success, wealth, and happiness.

I want to love myself.

Have you every wanted any of these?  I sure have.

What if I told you that you could have them?  You could have every, single one of them.  You can, and it’s all starts with the mind.

We all can do this.  We are all more than capable.  We were born from love and we are love.  We need to believe it.  If we don’t believe it, it will never be possible.  It takes determination, it takes motivation, faith, and drive.  It takes love.

Where do you start?  Start anywhere.  Start with a morning ritual.  Start with moving your body.  Start with a gratitude journal, meditation, stretching, prayer, a bath, something positive.  Do that everyday for 30 days.  I mean, come on, you can do anything for 30 days.

Remember, small steps lead to big results.

You’re mind is more powerful than you could ever imagine.  You can do this.

Where Do We Start?

When I hear the word capitalism, one of the first words that comes to mind is selfish; the 10% of people who only care about themselves and want to have an abundance of wealth and power.  The way capitalism is today is something that can’t keep continuing as it has for so long.  How do we fix this?  Where do we start?  How can you change those who don’t want to change?



  1. Start with a thought provoking question, interesting fact, something to pull my audience in.
  2. Address my audience – those who may not understand exactly what capitalism is.  An audience that I can educate about this topic.
  3. Goal – Not only do I hope for them to walk away from my article learning something and get them inspired, but to also show them how they can make a difference, how they can do more.
  4. List and explain at least 3 main points/ideas that addresses the reasoning for my post.
  5. Share what the audience can do to help someone else, a community or organization, their own life.
  6. Conclude with a quote, small nugget of wisdom, and/or an action step.