31 episodes

Layla K & MJ met in business school. After decades of work in the worlds of business and government, they have seen both the outrageous and the mundane, and you can listen in as they share some light-hearted insight on topical and timely subjects.

Tune in and decide, is it just me? Or is everyone in on it?

Is It Just Me Podcast Layla K & MJ

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Layla K & MJ met in business school. After decades of work in the worlds of business and government, they have seen both the outrageous and the mundane, and you can listen in as they share some light-hearted insight on topical and timely subjects.

Tune in and decide, is it just me? Or is everyone in on it?

    Ban These Words!

    Ban These Words!

    Lake Superior State University publishes a list of banished words every year.
    While “banish” is a strong word, it can’t just be LaylaK and MJ that think this year they have come up with a most agreeable list - nominated for misuse, overuse, and uselessness.
    What do you think should make the list?
    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    2023 Banished Words List (Lake Superior State University)
    Why is Tom Brady called the GOAT? (Sporting News)
    The “H” In IMHO Does Not Mean Humble or Honest (The Atlantic)
    Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders bans "Latinx" from government documents "to respect the Latino community" (CBS News)

    • 9 min
    Lessons Learned at the DEA with Brian Townsend, Eagle 6 Training

    Lessons Learned at the DEA with Brian Townsend, Eagle 6 Training

    Layla K and MJ are joined by Brian Townsend, former DEA undercover agent and founder of Eagle 6 Training, to discuss lessons in leadership he’s learned in arenas as different, and as similar, as cartels, Quantico and Corporate America.
    Is it just me, or can we all learn a lot from Brian’s background, "retirement" at the age of 50, and real world experience with the current fentanyl crisis?
    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    Eagle 6 Training
    The FBI Academy: A Pictorial History (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
    NCIS (Official Site, CBS)
    Blue Bloods (Official Site, CBS)
    Law and Order (Official Site, NBC)
    Fentanyl Fact Sheet (DEA)
    Mexico’s Long War: Drugs, Crime, and the Cartels (Council on Foreign Relations)
    Opioid and Fentanyl Awareness (Only2MG.com)
    Poison Pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old (Washington Post, paywall)
    2022 was a deadly (but hopeful) year in America's opioid crisis (NPR)
    Man in the Mirror (John C. Maxwell)

    • 19 min
    New Year, New You!

    New Year, New You!

    Is it just me? What is it about this time of the year that has everyone talking about "resolution-this" and "new-that"?

    In this podcast, Layla K and MJ speak with long-time friend Dr. Karen Kendrick, a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, as she answers that question and shares advice and methods to transform yourself into a better, greater you at the new year, or any time!

    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    Is It Just Me: Holiday Hustle Episode

    Auld Lang Syne (Britannica)
    Auld Land Syne, Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians YouTube (Capitol Records, 1953)
    How Do You Set SMART Goals? Definition and Examples (indeed)
    Dr. Karen Kendrick website (including links to podcast, personal development courses, social media and more!)

    • 20 min
    The Holiday Hustle is REAL!

    The Holiday Hustle is REAL!

    Holiday Season is upon us! Wherever you are in the world, however you celebrate, we are surrounded with decorations, shoppers, holiday gatherings, and all things that remind you that you probably are NOT ready yet! 
    In this episode, Layla K and MJ discuss how you are not alone scrambling to perfect the holidays. You might also hear some ways to avoid last minute holiday panic! So let’s share our holiday truths - it’s not just you.
    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    One month ahead, are people ready for Christmas yet? (Ipsos)
    Couple delivers packages after FedEx driver reportedly dumps them (WFLA)
    Chicago Heights students host Christmas drive to help neighbors in need (Fox 32 Chicago)
    FedEx driver dumped packages into Alabama ravine at least 6 times, sheriff says (CNN)
    Random Acts of Kindness: Delivery driver's inspirational good deed (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
    Dozens of packages dumped from UPS truck at park in Little Village (CBS Chicago)
     

    • 9 min
    Overrated!

    Overrated!

    Are there some wildly popular things that you just don't get? Do you think some things are just overrated?
    Layla K and MJ do and they brought on longtime friend, and master storyteller, the always entertaining Neville Waters to join in a lively discussion. Let’s just say, sometimes it WAS just one of them that thought something was overrated!
    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    Pickleball's the new jam: Why it's now the fastest growing sport (NBC News)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' Crashes Broadway's Billion Dollar Club (Forbes)
    Why is Game of Thrones so popular? (BBC Culture)
    Why Is Wordle So Popular? (Psychology Today)
    How Kris Jenner Made The Kardashians Famous, Rich, And Insanely Influential (Forbes)
    Why Do Some People Think Cilantro Tastes Like Soap (AllRecipes)
    The science of chocolate (ExplainThatStuff.com)
    Forget Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice Shows Places You May Not Want It (The Street)
    Is the Gourmet Cupcake Trend Finally Over? (Eater)
    Are There Any Limits To Leggings Anymore? (NYTimes)
    Six Reasons Flip-flops Aren't Acceptable Footwear (Bustle)
    'Alexa, are you invading my privacy?' the dark side of our voice assistants (The Guardian)

    • 20 min
    Birthday Traditions

    Birthday Traditions

    Layla K and MJ have been busy celebrating birthdays, so naturally the question came up: "why do we do these things?? And what do other people do?"
    It may not just be you who throws flour (not a typo!) at friends. Or… maybe… it IS. Any interesting birthday traditions we missed? Drop us a comment below, maybe we'll do a "part 2"!

    Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.
    Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be!
    Show notes:
    Birthdays (Encyclopedia.com)
    Life Has Gotten Sweeter - Literally! (Human Progress)
    Who Really Wrote The Happy Birthday Song (Grunge)
    Weird Birthday Traditions From Around The World (Serenata Flowers)
    Usain Bolt Gets "Floured" (Daily Mail Online)
    Fascinating Birthday Statistics (Serenata Flowers)
     

    • 10 min

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