A giant bucket of Ice Cream

This is not necessarily one of my average types of articles. Heck, it’s not even an average title for me.

What do you do when life doesn’t seem to be going the way you dreamed it would go from when you were younger? What if you tried and tried and tried and it seemed like the only thing you were doing was making a complete and total fool of yourself? What do you do when it just feels like you’ve done everything you could right, only for people to look at you as though you failed them but really they failed you!?

This whole week…NO….the past few months have been frustrating and in some ways just disappointing. Some VERY good things happened during those times too, but, sometimes those bad times hit really hard especially if it hits you in your core.

You try to do something about it. You really do! You don’t want to sit and wallow in self-pity, but, when you suffer with depression and it feels like you have to work twice as hard as the average person to stay positive, you feel like doing the opposite of “something” about tit.

If anything, and if you’re like me, you often feel like doing exactly what the boy┬áis doing in the picture….gorging yourself with ice cream until you feel better.

Over the next couple of days, I want to help people who are feeling like failures, losers and wimps. I want people to know that even though you may feel like this…like the world is coming to an end for you sooner than you think…like in some ways that your life doesn’t matter…I want to encourage you that it does.

My hope is that as things unfold here, that overtime, I can help someone whose dealing with deep, personal struggles of failure, depression and other issues.

After all, you and I both know that while it is nice and temporary to gorge oneself with several buckets of ice cream, it won’t solve the underline problem.

Let’s walk this journey together. You’re not alone!

Look for me sharing more about my own personal struggles but also as I share what has helped me go forward in spite of these trying times.

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"Boyster" from Disney XD and my comic strip character, Ken

“Boyster” from Disney XD and my comic strip character, Ken

It is amazing what happens when issues of life unfold and what comes out of you when things hit.

Some personal, family matters unfolded and it has caused me to be away from the blog for a little while, but now, it looks like things are going to be okay.

This weekend, I drew pictures of my character and a DisneyXD character named “Boyster” hanging out.

As for organizing, I managed to clean out ALL of my flash drives and organize my documents, images, video and audio files on my hard drives. And it feels great! Everything is organized and my desktop is not unbelievably crowded with an endless sea of files.

I even did a bit of journaling about the weekend and it helped keep me sane. It was so nice to release the thoughts going through my mind.

Having a backpack with me, carrying my journal and my sketchbook and other items served me well this weekend. And, I had a chance to learn some powerful, valuable lessons throughout the process.

Taking A Break

October 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

Needless to say, I have been taking sort of a break from the blogging world. A LOT is going on over on my end, so, this is a chance for me to get things caught up and then come back and share some thoughts and commentary here again.

Nonetheless, I shall return. Hopefully within a week or two.

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In everything you do, in everything you hope to achieve and hope to accomplish, communication is key.

Communication can lead to great resolve or incredible disillusion. It can mean the difference between clarity and confusion.

Whether it is business, a professional or personal relationship, it is always important to express your thoughts, your concerns, your ideas and your vision in an effective and productive way.

While all of this sounds incredibly elementary, it is still very much amazing to me how often we fail at communicating. The simplest and yet most complex thing that we do can often be complicated by mere human minds and hands.

A text message can be misunderstood. A tweet can be misunderstood. A Facebook post can be taken out of context. Your message can sound like an attack when it may be harsh truth.

I love using my laptop, my iPad, my iPhone and my social media pages to communicate with individuals, but, I firmly believe that it is very important for me to connect with individuals face-to-face. Needless to say, for some around the world, that might not be possible and even if it were the closest possibility would be the use of a video service site like YouTube.

You get the idea!

I love the field of Broadcast Journalism and communications in general because it is incredibly versatile when it comes to the many different ways of communicating information and messages to people.

And don’t get me started with cartoons!

The subject of communication is so extensive and expansive, it can be quite intense. You have to think of not only language, but also tone, delivery, intent, the intended audience as well as the style and way you deliver it.

That’s why for most people communicating in any format and in any way takes a LOT of practice. I got my start from when I was just a boy. I remember pretending to be on the air as I talked in front of a mirror and acted as though I was on a TV show. When I rehearsed for speeches I would stand in front of a mirror or on the elevated step in my living room as though I was giving a speech to a live audience.

Ultimately, I learned three basic things that helped me to perfect my communication skills:

  1. Be Myself
  2. Listen
  3. Pay Attention

Being yourself is so key! People, on average, can tell if you’re faking and if you’re absolutely not genuine. It is annoying and its unappealing…well…to me anyways.

Listen to what is being said and also to the people around you. Get an idea of what the environment is like and how the person you’re communicating with is reacting to the scene.

Pay attention. The more attentive you are to the person you’re speaking too, the better the conversation and the more respectful you come off.