By Jeanita Morris
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Jeanita Morris is a business professional and freelance writer. Here she shares her ideas and opinions on life, balancing a career and building a writing business.
||CleanEpisode 34: Winning with Authenticity||Episode 34: Winning with Authenticity||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Be Anxious for Nothing||Be Anxious for Nothing||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: So...I Turned 40! Here's 4 Thoughts||I celebrated my 40th Birthday and 1 year anniversary of View 112||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Priorities||Episode 31: Priorities||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: The Brilliance of Baby Steps||Episode 30: The Brilliance of Baby Steps||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: 4th Quarter Clutch (Focus on Finishing 2017)||Episode 29: 4th Quarter Clutch (Focus on Finishing 2017)||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Banned Books Week, the First Amendment, and Learning for Yourself||Episode 28: Banned Books Week, The First Amendment, and Knowing for Yourself||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Building Public Speaking Prowess||Episode 27: Building Public Speaking Powers||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Learning New Skills on the Job||Episode 26: Learning New Skills on the Job||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Summer Recap and Professional Values||Episode 25: Summer Recap and Professional Values||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Our Personal and Professional Responsibility to Fight Hate||Episode 24: Our Personal and Professional Responsibility to Fight Hate||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Chance Favors the Ready||Episode 23: Chance Favors the Ready||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: August Affirmations and The Motivation Manifesto||Episode 22: August Affirmations and The Motivation Manifesto||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Q2 Review and Summer Goals Update||Q2 Review and Summer Goals Update||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Personal Board of Directors with Terrence McBurnie II||Episode 20: Personal Board of Directors w/Terrence McBurnie II||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Daddy's Girls! Workplace Professionalism and Self Development w/Deaven Taylor||Episode 19: Daddy's Girls! Workplace Professionalism and Self Development with Deaven Taylor||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Courses, Books, and Podcasts For Development Summer 2017||Courses, Books, and Podcasts for Personal Development||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Together is Better. Leadership and Sports Talk w/Patrick Godfrey||Jeanita and Patrick discuss Simon Sinek's book Together is Better and the 2017 NBA Finals.||6/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: 2017 Summer GOALS||2017 Summer Goals||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: How Reading Changed My Life||Episode 15: How Reading Changed My Life||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: How I am Building My Writing Business||How I am Building My Writing Business||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: We get it from our Mama! Career and Entrepreneurship w/Deaven Taylor||How mom influenced us as career women||5/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: STORY TIME! 4 of Many Ways to Advance at Work and Business||Episode 12: STORY TIME! 4 of Many Ways to Advance at Work and Business||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Main Career, Side Hustle (Can you love them both?)||Main Career, Side Hustle (Can you love them both?)||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Rookie Season||Rookie Season||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Can You Define Your Brand?||Episode 9: Can You Define Your Brand||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 2017 Q1 Review||Hi and welcome to Episode 8 of the View 112 Podcast. Between those of you who listen to the podcast on line at View112.com or those of you who read the show notes, I appreciate the support! Today is Saturday April 1st! We are officially done with 1 quarter of 2017. The topic for today's podcast is 2017 Q1 Review. This year, I took a different approach to my New Year's Resolutions and planning. I did set goals for the year, but I also mapped out a quarterly plan. I changed my approach because I noticed at the end of 2016, there were some goals I set for myself that I didn't accomplish or had not even thought about doing, mostly because I didn't have a plan. I spent the last quarter of the year trying to see if I could hit the target on some of the goals I set way back in the beginning of the year. I didn't feel good trying to play catch up so I decided to make a change. For the most part, setting quarterly goals has been a hit. I set high level goals like: write more, keep in shape, complete school, improve finances, and take care of my health. I mapped out Quarter 1 with a list of to-dos and ideas. January: Register for school, complete whole 30, book all medical appointments (eye, dentist, physical, gyn, therapist), file divorce paperwork, complete 1 blog post per week for 112Books.com, and 112 Book Drive? February: Prep for big move at work, stay strong in class work with discussion boards, yoga/beach body/run/bike (wellness challenge at work), complete 1 blog post per week, consider home buying options and lower car payment, build professional network, consider Paleo. March: Keep focused with school work, prep for lenten season, game plan summer semester, 1-2 blog posts per week. Running plan/bike plan/yoga, decide if moving (lease is up), sharpen writing skills (maybe a class), and Women's History Month (consider advocacy and literacy activities) Some highlights to note: 1. I did not really picture View 112 (blog or podcast) being a thing so this has been quite the experience. Through it all I have posted 2 times a week, for which I am very proud. This and my school work has helped sharpen my writing skills a bit. Still, I do need to work on more professional development in this area. 2. I did improve my financial outlook by slightly lowering my car payment, getting out of a bad loan, and getting a new car in the process. I also negotiated and renewed my lease for one more year, 3. I have maintained my physical fitness with spinning yoga, and started a new running plan a couple of weeks ago, and 4. I am wrapping up 2 classes toward my degree: Human Resource Management, and Entrepreneur Venture Planning. In the past, I have often registered for classes and then mid semester when things get crazy at work, I drop the classes. Not this time. Ya girl has been, not just hanging in there, but thriving. Trending for As in both classes. Obviously there are some things that didn't get done. I will incorporate them into my Q2 Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams for Spring: 1. I didn't take care of all of my medical appointments. I did go to the eye doctor and the dentist in March. I still need to get my annual physical and GYN exam. Which leads me to 2. My eating habits are kind of a problem. Sloppy. Still working out fairly regularly, but my diet is a mess. Whole 30 was an epic fail in January. I didn't make it past my birthday. 3. I would not say I've built my professional network though I am pleased with some of the advances I've made professionally. I need to join a writing group, conference, MeetUp or something in this space as a freelancer. You know, just be around other people who do this. Plus View 112 is totally different than 112 Books and I need to upgrade my plans and goals to match the expectations I have for this new platform.||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Entrepreneurship w/DJ Lady B (live interview)||For those unfamiliar, I am taking classes toward my undergraduate degree in Management Studies. One of the classes I am taking is Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning. For this class I had an assignment to interview an entrepreneur and I interviewed DJ Lady B. Bee Wood hails from Nashville, TN and was inspired to DJ at very young age. DJ Lady B also created the beat to the into of the View112 podcast. Bee and I discuss freelancing and entrepreneurship through the following questions: How did you get started in Deejaying? How did you find the confidence to enter a male dominated arena? What has been the biggest obstacle as a freelancer/entrepreneur? Do you use any productivity tools or apps for time management? How do you attract clients? What advice do you have for negotiating contracts? What advice do you have for someone scared to pursue entrepreneurship?||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Criticism||A few reasons we (yes, we) don’t go and pursue our dreams: 1. fear of not getting it right 2. timing and 3. concerned we are going to make a mistake and people are going to judge us. Well I have news. We will make mistakes and people will judge. Now that we’ve acknowledged that, how can we fail and then move forward? You will learn from the mistake and the judgement. The criticism will help you be better. I want to share a story with you. The day I dreaded the most in college was Wednesday. Wednesday was the day in my creative writing class in which we were forced to share our assignments to the class. As a sophomore, taking this class with mostly juniors and seniors, I was intimidated by my talented classmates. These same talented people whose work I admired would be providing me feedback on my work. All the feedback made my pieces better for sure. Still the day before critique days would keep me up at night. My professor suggested I attend and participate in the local open mic night. Her theory was to build stronger tolerance to feedback and judgement. The additional element of judgement from strangers instead of my classmates was unnerving. I went from participating in open mic night my sophomore year, to hosting open mic night my junior year. The process made me not only comfortable receiving criticism, but craving the feedback to get better. Sure, there were harsh comments and times I felt misunderstood. Those feelings were significantly outweighed by the times I got so much help and support. Thinking back, I was such a stronger writer in college thanks to the repetition of writing and then facing the regular critique of my work. Its a process I am trying to reproduce here to rebuild that muscle. Publicly learning a new skill set like podcasting and blogging surely will attract judgement and criticism. I’ve been thinking a lot about that bright 19 year old girl in college and how I’m a bit different today. I’ve allowed some setbacks and failures over the last 20 years to dim that light just a bit. I’ve lost some of that 19 year old bravery that propels you to be risky without regard of failure and then the rewards that come from that. I think about how many times I’ve hesitated to try something out of fear of making a mistake and the judgement that will follow. Going forward I will draw from 19 year old me. The 19 year old that was fearless. I want to be the kind of person and writer that would amaze her. What’s holding you back from what you need to do today?||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Q&A Trying Something New||My last podcast episodes: Be a Doer and Focus on the Work sparked my first listener question! What best practices do you have for a person wanting to try something new and stuck in the research phase of a project? The Research Phase. You can always tell my interests or opportunities based on what I am reading. Literally everything from running to recipes, I've read several books on subjects in which I need more information. I think there needs to be a balance between books and articles. Books go in detail and you can find varying opinions. The thing about books is depending on the industry, the information can grow outdated. MagazInes and online articles will give you the latest and greatest information. I love a balance of both. I would like to caution: you cannot live in the research phase forever. You have to start DOING things…which brings me toExperiment. The example I gave about this before is with this podcast. I have listened to many podcasts. I have done research about podcasting. I understand conceptually what I want to achieve via a podcast platform, but until I actually start podcasting, I will have no idea what I’m really doing. Learning through experimenting is vital. You can learn from mistakes you don’t want to make again. I’ve also learned from feedback. Just in the first 4 episodes, I’ve received a lot of feedback that make my podcasts better. Feedback, brings be to my final point:Seek counsel/mentorship. Is there someone excelling at what you are looking to do? Ask for help. People really do love helping people. One of my favorites thoughts around this is from The Alchemist “And when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. When you seek, help, people will help you in ways you never imagined. When I started the 112 books challenge, not only did I get over 300 book titles, I got actual books to read too. To this day, people still give me titles. When I said I wanted to be serious about my writing, I had friends help me with my wevsite and the pdocast. All because they wanted to see me be successful.||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Focus on the Work||The 100th book I read during the 112 Books reading challenge was Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. There is a line in the chapter titled "Talk Talk Talk" that caused me to evaluate how I do things. Here is the quote: “It’s a temptation that exists for everyone-for talk and hype to replace action.” p.24 How often do we talk about things we have yet to do? You see, up until that moment in my book challenge, I would take a picture of me with the book and share it on social media. I'd say I'm going to read this or #currentlyreading. People would ask me what it was about or if it was a good book and I couldn’t respond. My blog posts were also shallow because I wasn’t ready to review a book I had not read. Going forward, I decided to read a book, write a blog post reviewing the book, and then share on social media. I had so much more insight and could connect with people better. That small simple change made all the difference. Allow me to share why this simple shift was huge for me. In the sales world we are all about forecasting, setting lofty goals, competing and bragging. To simply shut up, put your head down, do the work and THEN share the work is not the way I’ve gone about my life professionally. Everyone wants to know what you are “working on” and how you foresee executing something. If I am honest there is a part of me that likes the validation I get. I like when people are excited to see what I am reading. Talking trash motivates me and makes me accountable to what I’m about to do. But I’ve found greater rewards as of late from focusing on the work. I still get the validation but now with better results. This week I got a suggestion to throw a party for the launch of View112.com and the View 112 Podcast. The idea was to help showcase my work and market the platform. My immediate response was meet with surprise: absolutely not I said. I went on to explain 2 reasons why: I don’t believe I’ve accomplished anything worth celebrating. I’ve invested some money into a website that is less than a month old and recorded 3 podcasts. What is the party about? In Ego is the Enemy, Holiday warns that by celebrating or telling people about your aspirations early, you could fool yourself into believing they are already accomplishments. If you are going to build a tall stage and cast a wide spotlight, you better put on a killer show! I’ve run a company before and I am a pretty good sales person. My biggest mistake as a business owner in the past is to drum up business that my team was not prepared to handle. I did not have a good production plan in place to accommodate orders causing a lot of stress on my team and failed delivery times for my customers. I need to have strong content, posting schedule, and delivery in place. Trust me when it is time to party, I will be there with my dress and champagne! I just want to make sure I’ve done the work. How often do you talk about things you have yet to do? What will you do differently?||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Be a Doer||For my 3rd podcast, I’ve stepped my game up! Allow me introduce myself: my name is Jeanita Morris and I am a professional living in the Washington, DC area with over 17 years of experience in a variety of different verticals, but mostly in sales. I am an avid reader and freelance writer. Last year for my 38th birthday (1/12/16), I challenged myself to read 112 books before my 39th birthday (1/12/17). I completed that challenge in just over 11 months. I created the 112books.com blog to document my journey and do book reviews. This year, I evolved 112books.com to view112.com because I wanted to write about more than just books. Now we have the View112 Podcast! I consumed a lot of information reading 112 Books. I have friend that talks about creating vs consumption. Last year was the year of consumption and excess for me. I want to begin sharing what I’ve learned and creating content. Here are a few ways I’ve started to do this: I wrote a blog post titled “I Do What I Want”. One key thing I write about is the difference between aspiring and being is actually doing. The example I use is how I wanted to become a writer. You don’t become a writer when you get published. I learned the moment I begin putting pin to paper or start clicking away on my keyboard, I am no longer an spiring writer. I am a writer. I don’t need aspirations if I just start doing what I want to do. Start with what you have. God gives us all we need to get started. I have the ideas, the education, the ability. I just need to put them to use. I mentioned that I’ve stepped up my podcasting game. My first 2 podcasts I recorded with not much thought. I just recorded them using Quick Time player because it was the first thing I thought to use on my Mac. I didn’t think I would punish the podcast. I was just recoding it to me. Once I shared the podcast with people, I was reminded of GarageBand. I tried to use it but was not familiar to I took a workshop at the Apple Store. Now I have music and everything! This is my first podcast using GarageBand. I will have to play around with it. I am figuring it out as I go along. If you wait for things to be perfect (environment, conditions, skills set) before you get started, you will never get anything done. Start with what you have. I love the trial by error approach. I recall the first 2 blogs I ever started, the quality has vastly improved from one project to the next. From He Said She Said Football, Mr and Mrs Football, 112 Books, and now View 112 and each time is better than before. I can read about GarageBand forever, but I won’t learn until I actually start using it. Stay on this journey with me as I figure things out. As for you, be a Doer. What is holding you back from starting something?||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: It's My Birthday||--||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough to Still Do It||--||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The Run Down!
From episode 1 all the way the episode 10 you've given funny and insightful ways to look at my life. I have enjoyed implementing some of your useful tips into my day to day life! I'm looking forward to many more episodes, I also like that each one is short and sweet and to the point!
For people interested in doing their best work…
As someone who holds personal development as a high priority value, View 112 is an asset and is in the pantheon of podcasts that I subscribe to.
After each episode I come away with fresh ideas and perspectives—always positive and progressive, that restore my focus on doing my best work.
I appreciate this labor of love by Jeanita Morris!