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The Awesome Gnome Letter

77 EpisodesProduced by Frazley SparkspanWebsite

Each letter delivers an inspirational message on something that was meaningful to me this week.

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Making Change

September 21st, 2020

1:28
I don’t like change—I prefer bills or credit cards. Though, I dislike change. I like things the way they are. With no disturbance to the existing state of affairs. The last year though I’ve been making many changes. …

Boundaries

September 8th, 2020

1:02
I have had to set some boundaries recently. Some of these are due to external factors, like family and such. This has meant I now have two nights a week I take off from streaming. I streamed for the first time last …

Pumpkin Spice

August 31st, 2020

0:57
I’m currently sipping some pumpkin spice coffee. This prior statement will either excite or revolt you. There is a season to pumpkin spice, and we …

Live In The Now

August 25th, 2020

1:13
Each day tempts us to think of the future, of what is to come next. Hopes and dreams of what will eventually be for our projects or ideas. One trap I find myself falling into is not living in the now. The now isn’t …

When You Feel Pretty

August 17th, 2020

0:46
Life is way too short to not be able to dress how you like. You may have noticed my recent wardrobe changes. I’m finally embracing what feels good to me. The act of feeling pretty is giving me a confidence I haven’t …

Irrational Fears

August 10th, 2020

0:57
I was lying awake a few nights ago with an irrational fear. I kept trying to move it out of my head—but it kept nagging at me. The fear had no basis …

Feeling Secure

August 3rd, 2020

0:52
Who are you focused on getting validation from? My good friend Monika has been encouraging me to be more inward-focused in terms of validation than outward-focused. Do I like who I am? Am I secure in who I am?

Honestly, …

Unlearning Your Past

July 27th, 2020

0:57
I am unlearning many things about my past. Habits, ideas, stereotypes about others & me, etc. It is challenging changing what you’ve known for so long. It is ingrained into who you are. Stuff you consciously …

You Define You

July 20th, 2020

0:51
I’ve been going through a lot of realizations into my true identity. Understanding that I’m Aroace and now agender/non-binary has been a huge relief …

Who Do You Let Influence You?

July 13th, 2020

0:48
Who do you give priority to in your life? Do they respect you and your choices? Are they giving you positive/encouraging energy? Those we give our time to are very important. It needs to be mutual respect. I don't mean …

Sometimes The Answer Is Simple

July 6th, 2020

0:49
I was playing the video game Horace yesterday. I was stuck on one puzzle for what seemed like a half-hour. I had already spent a lengthy amount of time the prior week trying to get past this one level. Finally, after …

Respect

June 29th, 2020

1:08
An individual with the word Disrespect in their name is now banned from a streaming service. We need to follow their lead AND ban Disrespect in our …

Always Raise The Bar

June 22nd, 2020

0:49
It's essential always to be raising the bar. Don't settle with the status quo. My friends Pete & Andy raised over £3,000 for the Special Effect charity---way past what they've done in their past two charity events.

I …

That Email

June 15th, 2020

1:20
You're working on your creative project with a deadline.... but you also want to watch the latest season of a series that just launched on a streaming service. You know you only have a bit more work to do to get your …

How Important Are Numbers Compared To Truth?

June 8th, 2020

0:55
Last week many people spoke out in support of Black Lives Matter. Speaking out had the unfortunate side-effect of many people losing numbers in their …

Your Platform

June 1st, 2020

0:51
We influence those around us. Through our words and actions, people look to us to see how they may want to act. When we see an unjust murder of a …

Being Vulnerable

May 25th, 2020

0:49
One thing I've aimed to do in my podcasts and streams is to be vulnerable. Sharing what's going on in my life, and sharing what my past and current …

Wait It Out

May 18th, 2020

0:56
Right now, everyone is doing new creative projects. It is fantastic that people are trying out new artistic endeavors during this time. People who never took the opportunity before now get a chance to start pursuing an …

1

May 11th, 2020

0:49
There is value in 1. Sometimes a video only gets one view, a stream only gets one viewer, a podcast gets only one listen, a book only sells one copy, a song gets listened to by one person. That's more people than if you …

Cut Back On The Milkshakes

May 4th, 2020

0:59
Sometimes it can be easy and tempting to want to indulge in those sweets. I hate to admit in March and April I indulged in regular milkshakes, root …

The Butterfly Effect

April 27th, 2020

1:05
You might be familiar with The Butterfly Effect, where one change has a huge impact later on. I feel that in my own life. Looking back to how I got here, I see many little wing flaps in my life that have cascaded to get …

Who Decides Who You Are?

April 20th, 2020

1:07
Has anyone ever shared what they like about you? Getting reinforcement like that is very encouraging. Now, what about people sharing what they don't like about you? It can bring you to a halting stop after you've been …

You Do Not Compare

April 13th, 2020

0:52
Watching a YouTuber, Podcaster, Twitch Streamer, or a celebrity can be demotivating. You may be trying to do what they do. Not copying them, but you want to produce content in a similar genre to them. I hate to say it, …

Boldly Go

April 6th, 2020

1:07
"To boldly go where no one has gone before" is a phrase I've heard quite often recently. I've been watching Star Trek for the first time on Twitch …

Feeling Safe

March 30th, 2020

0:56
I'm writing this as I look beyond my monitor into the studio where my cat Chocolate is sleeping soundly. There is a fantastic beauty to this scene as …

Unexpected Gifts

March 23rd, 2020

0:52
About a month ago, I got a haircut. The stylist wasn't having a great day and ended up giving me a buzz-cut. I didn't like how short my hair was--even though it grew on me after a while. Today, I realize the gift …

Out Of Control

March 16th, 2020

1:07
I feel so out of control right now. I don't know what is going on in our world from day-to-day. Things some days tend to spiral. What do I do? How do …

Saying No

March 9th, 2020

0:53
Have you had to say no to an event or a project idea? Having someone tell you, "Oh, but we want you to do this!" It is painful not to be able to …

3-5 Years

March 2nd, 2020

0:52
I have been listening to a few podcasts that mention that podcasts and streams tend to take 3-5 years of consistency to grow momentum. That time allows you to develop the craft. You are building trust in your audience …

Who Is Your Coach?

February 24th, 2020

0:55
I went to my nephew's basketball game yesterday. Both teams did GREAT---but I'm glad his team won! During the game, I watched how both coaches would …

Spice Up Your Life

February 17th, 2020

0:44
I have been looking at ways to improve my streams to make them more fun. Recently I added the ability for the chat to use points to have me eat …

We Were All Kids Once

February 10th, 2020

0:46
My nephew yesterday was acting like a typical 13-year-old. I had a moment where I wondered, "Did I act like this?" I started to remember all the …

Change Your Workspace

February 3rd, 2020

0:52
I changed my streaming work area this past week as I found that I was sitting too long. This change has increased my energy while podcasting and streaming. It has allowed me to become more active as chat can make me …

Pleasant Surprises

January 27th, 2020

0:49
So we are having some electrical work done at our house this morning. Our doorbell rings, and who is at the door? One of the leaders of my youth group! That moment of relief when you see a friendly face. We didn't know …

Keep Raising That Chair

January 20th, 2020

0:45
The chair at my desk where I edit has a nasty habit of lowering over time. I routinely have to pump the lever to bring the chair back up. Life is a lot like this chair! We need a lift up, or we may find ourselves in a …

What Is Your Legacy?

January 13th, 2020

1:07
I'm listening to Rush while I write this podcast. We lost Neil Peart last week, and it feels like I lost a part of myself. As I groove to the greatness of this unique Canadian band---it hits me that Neil is going to …

The Future Is Scary

January 6th, 2020

1:11
I feel the future is scary--especially when I begin to worry about the "What If?" questions. Looking at the news and hearing about the potential of World War 3 is incredibly frightening. If I think about all the …

Come and Go

December 30th, 2019

0:54
I will be turning 30 next year---that thought causes me to stop in my tracks. As we enter a new decade, I begin the 3rd decade of my life. The most prominent feeling that comes to me is how many friends I have had in …

Complaining

December 23rd, 2019

1:08
I was talking with someone last week, and their response convicted me about complaining. I'm paraphrasing here; their journey had been awful because …

It’s A Small World

December 2nd, 2019

1:07
I'm sitting in Dublin, OH thinking about how my best friends don't physically live near me. They aren't down the street---yet I feel like they are …

Thanks For The Experiences

November 25th, 2019

1:17
Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time to reflect on what makes us thankful. This year I'm grateful for the experiences I've …

Don't Forget Those Around You

November 18th, 2019

1:23
I'm going to get on my soapbox for a second. Recently two streamers came under fire for doing some terrible things in video games. One used an aimbot in a competition to instantly kill other players without any extra …

Fear Of Losing Friends

November 11th, 2019

0:54
I was talking with a dear friend recently who is afraid of showing how they are feeling. They don't want to lose their friends, yet they feel alone by not being free to ask for help. I can relate as I've worried about …

Fear of Missing Out

November 6th, 2019

1:06
I am back from BlizzCon 2019! I had a great time meeting so many fascinating people that I talked with online. One thing I heard from Thyst was that you need to embrace every opportunity.  During the event, my Fear of …

Pickles

October 28th, 2019

0:50
Being creative is like pickles. Not everyone is going to like it, but pickles don't care if people want them. Pickles just exists to be pickles. Someone comes along, suddenly screams, "OH YES!!! I LOVE PICKLES" and then …

One Year Later

October 21st, 2019

0:50
Facebook brought up one of my podcast episodes of Be Great TODAY from a year ago. I pressed Play, and it sent me back to an earlier time. The message was one that still resonated with me, but I marveled at how I sounded …

Migraine-tion Woes

October 15th, 2019

0:49
Last week we migrated multiple systems at work. This caused me to worry out of my mind. Thinking of everything that would go wrong. It didn't go how …

New Opportunities

October 7th, 2019

1:03
So I have been given an exciting and scary new opportunity. I can't say what it is yet, but I am scared out of my mind. This opportunity isn't out of the scope of what I've done before, but it will challenge me to …

What Others Enjoy

September 30th, 2019

1:13
I had a unique experience recently. I was in a group of people enjoying their hobby. All of a sudden, the discussion started talking about a hobby I …

What A Time To Be Alive!

September 24th, 2019

1:02
I’m writing this email while riding in a car. I’m hooked into my computer remotely and editing as if I was there. There is something magical to the …

Appreciating Each Moment

September 16th, 2019

0:45
I've been thinking a lot about appreciating every moment in my day. Every time I perform for a podcast or stream, in the back of my head is a voice telling me I haven't made it yet. An attitude like that can cause me to …

You Are Not Someone Else

September 9th, 2019

1:08
That may sound very simple, but you are not anyone that you see. It might be tempting to get a twitch and want to go to that mixer someone else is attending because the individual seems to make a lot of money playing …

What Happens When Your Grill Breaks?

September 2nd, 2019

0:45
Just got back from trying to get an Impossible Whopper from Burger King (THESE ARE DELICIOUS!!!). Had to go to two different locations as the grill was broken.

What do you do when your grill is broken? I have talked …

Who We Once Were

August 26th, 2019

1:16
I spent the morning watching some old videos that I made years ago—when I should've been working on this newsletter. These videos were awkward at …

Don’t Try To Impress

August 19th, 2019

1:20
I was talking with my friend Vel during a recent stream. They were looking at my FB videos and stumbled upon this one from 3 years ago where I wished people a Merry Christmas. They were taken aback when they heard it. I …

Backup Plans

August 12th, 2019

1:19
It's always a good idea to have backup plans. Last week, I took my MacBook in to get looked at. It was hitting the gym too hard and got swole... …

Practice Makes Better

August 5th, 2019

1:04
It is that time of the year again. I am going through practice after practice. We are gearing up for the studio showcase. That means repeating the same 2-4 minute routines until you want to rip the cords out of that …

Likes

July 29th, 2019

1:08
Instagram is testing a feature to not show how many people like a post. Frankly, I'm excited about this change. I would rather not know what others …

Doubting Yourself

July 23rd, 2019

1:22
Do you ever doubt yourself? Do you challenge your knowledge, your worth, or your experience? I am continually asking myself what do I bring that is different from anyone else. I see people who seem to be much better …

What Is Your Priority?

July 15th, 2019

0:52
I was talking with Thom of Three Extra Lives about Twitch streaming. We both want to do more but we can't always find the time.

Streaming is a side-thing for me. My podcasts always take priority. If I have to not stream …

Great Risk

July 8th, 2019

1:24
I spent last week on vacation with family in Williamsburg, VA. One of the pivotal moments in US history. A place that is home to Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Places that defined our country—the good and bad. …

Things We Take For Granted

July 1st, 2019

1:10
I was on a road-trip with my nephew who was watching something that was downloaded to his tablet. When we stopped at a gas station, his video kept …

Be Careful What You Think

June 24th, 2019

1:11
I used to tell myself that I was a behind-the-scenes person. Never fit to speak in front of an audience. This changed how I approached creativity for a long time. I was an editor. I was a producer. I didn’t work on my …

Your Influence

June 17th, 2019

1:22
In a bit of possibly tooting my own horn, I realized the influence I have. Someone this past week told me they did something because of what I said …

The Greatest Evil

June 10th, 2019

1:32
This was a quote from Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on the life of Fred Rogers. An individual that has affected so many people. A person I gained even more respect for after watching this film.

Blizzard …

What Has Changed?

June 3rd, 2019

1:16
I was given the honor recently of speaking at a podcast meetup. The talk was on Free and Inexpensive Podcast Tools. This would’ve terrified me a …

Helicopter Troubles

May 27th, 2019

1:13
So this past weekend, I messed up my helicopter. OK, you are thinking “What is Frazley on?”. Valid question, but I’m only high on life right now, AND COFFEE! The helicopter is a move in the dance style called Hustle. We …

Why I Didn’t Catch The Garter

May 20th, 2019

1:58
Was at a wedding this past weekend. A fabulous event, even felt out of my element as I walked past golf caddies dropping people off at their cars. It …

Towing Away Negative Reactions

May 13th, 2019

2:03
I was trying to warn someone that if they parked on a street that they would be towed. This was a specially designated Tow-Away Zone during a …

Where’s The Bluetooth?

May 6th, 2019

1:28
I assist with a check-in desk at an organization I volunteer with. We have added a self check-in kiosk with an iPad and a printer. This has been a …

The Long Road

April 29th, 2019

1:53
I have been on a long road of working on my degree in Communications since 2010. I am now a College Senior as of Friday morning after passing my most …

Make Someone’s Day Better

April 22nd, 2019

1:06
I had a chance to chat with Anastazja this past week. One of the takeaways was about getting to know others better. Developing stronger friendships. …

Do The Thing

April 16th, 2019

0:52
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 …

Be You

March 14th, 2019

0:58
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 …

Lulls

March 6th, 2019

1:17
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? …

Not For Ourselves

February 28th, 2019

1:07
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 …

To The Great Unknown

February 21st, 2019

1:12
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 …
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