Have serious questions about whether you should write a book? Is your story unique enough? Join Book Coach to Best Sellers® Kim O’Hara as she dives into stories with fascinating people about men you should avoid, when to take medicine into your own hands, how to be a top music manager, executing a life of peace and building beauty products, to name just a few of the vast topics covered with candor on the show. Should these musicians|artists|writers|CEOs|trauma survivors write a book or if they have, how did they do it? Check out AStoryinside.com for tips on book writing and more on host Kim O'Hara. Also, we would LOVE LOVE if you could take our survey so we can make the 2021 season even better! check out https://www.astoryinside.com/survey/
The Future of Remote Podcasting
Just because the barrier of entry to podcasting is low, creating good thought-provoking content is where the pros separate from the amateurs. Also, podcasting the right way for good sound isn’t necessarily quick and easy. One needs to understand the various technologies like a good microphone and an excellent reliable remote recording platform. Our podcast in one year has gone from Skype on a cell phone, to full on remote with Squadcast which is why it was such a thrill to interview Squadcast co-founder Rock Felder. He helps provide the forum for creatives to have engaging conversations and spread their message in a professional way. We cover a lot of ground in this interview from how Squadcast was founded by Rock and high school friends Zack and Vince who were like brothers to him, to the fire one walks through when creating an out of the box original innovation. You need to have growing pains, and come out stronger. Plus he drops some great remote recording tips that are free and intuitive!
Drop comments in the chat! Are you still friends with folks from childhood? Did you grow up listening to the radio? What are some of your favorite podcasting stories where your ass was in the fire!
Leaning on Your Network in Unemployment & Divorce
Susan Paulhus-Roper, a highly successful Senior Regional Director for a major shoe chain, was relocated to the East Coast. Upon arrival, and after buying a million dollar house in Jersey, her husband left and she decided she didn’t gel with the company culture. She found herself needing to downsize, collect unemployment and lean into her local parent community.
She networked her butt off, called in strong relationships she had made over the years, printed spreadsheet after spreadsheet and landed as a Regional Manager to 180 Starbucks Licensed Stores. She shares incredible tips about how to look for a new job, and not just any position, but one where you can feel happy. It’s not all about the money, but at the end of the day, who are you helping, where are you growing and who are the people around you.
We can take the power back in our lives even when the best laid plans fall apart and Susan does it with humor and a no bull crap approach.
How do you stay positive looking for a job? What are some of the tools that you used when you were replaced? Drop your feedback in my social, or comments on the episode. Susan admits it is a really lonely time, so find a few people also looking for jobs to flip jobs to you, and you them! Also to be there for you when you get rejected!
Writing About Your Life
You can do something as simple as buy a house and write a whole novel around it. We think we need these epic tragedies or great successes to justify writing as our unique selves. Look around! There is material happening everywhere and self-awareness is key to developing a commentary and a narrative about your life. When we tune in creatively, the world is real time offering us endless amounts of material. Let that endless monkey mind work in your favor and get it down in the computer. In today’s episode, host Kim O’Hara shares her creative journey writing about her house buying experience and her first year as a single woman homesteader in Los Angeles. Called a mix between Pema Chodron and Anne Lamott (which makes her blush), Kim shares how she allows life to unfold over the year and makes a point to write about each experience from a gunman on her roof (and the crappy boyfriend who never checks on her), to an evolving and spiritual battle with nine foot palm fronds. She doesn’t miss a bit of detail and peppers in comedy, as well as her continual struggle with faith, fear and loneliness.
Don’t wait ten years to start writing about your emotions and observations while they are happening real time, especially if you have taken a leap in your life. For Kim, buying a house was a huge accomplishment, and her trials and tribulations that range from micromanaging growing grass to stray cat management gives courage to others to step up and make a leap as homeowners, or whatever area in their lives that calls for meaning! Go towards what makes you happy when you write, and what thematically fills your writing cup, instructs Kim. Your desire to land your experiences on paper will be infectious and equally connect with your readers.
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Finding Intimacy in a Text-Driven Dating World
Start writing about those relationships. If you are like host Kim O’Hara and her guest dating coach Kindra Murphy, you have a lot of material to reap! So stop worrying about whether someone is your person, and get honest about your own patterns and relationship with intimacy. The right special someone will come when your emotional house is in order.
We are in a time when the essence of spontaneity in romantic relationships is waning with the Facebook stalking, constant texting and this subterfuge that is actually codependent behavior. Then when you are ghosted after being smitten with the smothering of early attention, you feel all the bad emotions of being dumped… even in a relationship that hasn’t even gotten legs. Relationships could use some time in between the messaging and checking in to build the solo self.
In today’s podcast Kindra Murphy, returning for a second time on the show, shares tips on how to prevent false intimacy in relationships new or established. We get really clear on what texting should truly be used for. As a writer, personally, host Kim O’Hara admits she is uncomfortable answering honestly to the "How are you?" text. What are they expecting? A paragraph? She and Kindra agree, if someone really cares about how you are they would be calling on the phone and making plans.
The best action when it comes to finding that special someone is to continue to look at ourselves and our behavior in relationships what our actions are that in some way keep us safe.
You can watch the video portion of the podcast on You Tube at https://youtu.be/ky4mBzXB7WQ
Home Ownership, Happiness, & Moving Through
Jae Wu helps a lot of women who are the primary breadwinners buy houses, whether they are in a couple, a divorcee, or a single woman. It’s no wonder they are attracted to Jae as a realtor as she is a strong woman who has created a whole life after coming to this country as a Korean immigrant woman who has had to fight through Asian prejudice. Some stories don’t end as happy as hers, but she made a choice to choose positivity over lingering in the past. She came to this country at 7, and her parents worked 24/7 to run convenience stores in Maryland. She was given the responsibility to raise her sisters. She broke away at 18 and came to Los Angeles and never looked back. She has spent the last 26 years helping make people’s dreams come true in real estate.
She wrote a book about her journey, including forgiveness and closure with her mother, who was a victim in a miserable life she didn’t choose. In the process, Jae found a life that was a complete opposite of what she grew up with. She chose to be unique and different and crafted the message of Speak Out Loud, and Keep on Moving to have impact for all women in the world who need to believe they can have the fullest best life of their dreams. We battle a lot of head crap that leads to negativity, versus not letting doubt and fear enter into our psyche at all. Stay in the positive view of your life.
Don’t forget to check out my class Own Your Authorship where you can step into the power of your story before you even take the plunge to write a book. astoryinside.com/own-your-authorship.
Emotional Competency Not Required for Risk
Mike Savas has always been on the go. He spent ten years on the road managing tours for mega bands like Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry and the Rolling Stones to name a few. He had already traveled many countries prior as a university student. Typically as people get older, they think to “settle down.” But Mike is not going in that direction. In fact, right now he is taking on 12 countries in 12 months learning 12 new skills. Because he believes we all have the power to curate our lives by riding the waves of opportunity that come our way… And we are going to explore what he means today on the show.
Ask yourself as you listen to our conversation, what is your relationship with risk? How can you have your life be less stagnant? What if we asked you to be just a little bit more curious about your desires. Jumping in a plane and heading to Kenya to be a ranger on the Serengeti seems dramatic, yes, but we all need to take a look at our limitations, and our dreams, and ask… who told us they were impossible or too big?
Mike plans to write a book of his experiences, and knows in order to do so, he has to deepen. I have currently instructed him to pour his heart out on audio files to me! Keep your fingers crossed, because with all this travels, he dives into tribes and communities, and then leaves. He is on the rollercoaster of love, and loss, connection and parting. Sounds like the next Eat, Pray, Love to me! You can watch the video portion of the podcast on You Tube at https://youtu.be/AkcC0buEkeA.
As always, follow me on IG @astoryinside for updates on my new webinar, From Someday to Author: Three Keys to Unlock Your Dream Book in Under 8 Weeks.
You can learn more about Mike’s adventures at savasonthego.com and on Instagram @savasonthego.
Should you write a book? Yes!!
Great podcast for anyone who has a story waiting to come out (we ALL do!) or if you just want to hear great stories from inspiring guests. I just finished listening to the episode Writing about your life - I think I’m ready!
This podcast is sooo fun and interesting. Kim does a great job of curating the best guest and getting to the heart of their story. The topics are lively and timely with a healthy does of fun and laughter. Recommend to anyone who wants to write a book or knows it’s in them!
Kim embodies such amazing energy giving her guest a beautiful platform to shine. The information and relatable content I get in her twenty minute podcasts is a game changer! I wish all podcasts packed this much into a quick episode. Keep up the fabulous job Kim!