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The Awesome Gnome Letter

43 EpisodesProduced by Frazley SparkspanWebsite

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

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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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