Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Coronavirus & Mom Guilt

I’ve been witnessing (and caught up in) a pandemic within a pandemic, and what I’m calling Coronavirus & Mom Guilt— an effort that started out with the best of heart, but is escalating out of control.

Mom’s are frantically trying to figure out a new normal on the coattails of school closures due to the Coronavirus— and coming up with ways to keep their children engaged in educational ways.

Moms are uploading websites and google documents with wholesome and academic stimuli to keep their kid’s minds busy, their routines on schedule and trying wholeheartedly to support one another.

I will admit a few days ago— shoot this morning— I was completely on board to provide live streaming story time events, worksheets, etc. to help anyone out there looking for something to do in the boredom of being home bound with kiddos. I’m still willing to do so.

BUT I want to set the record straight by saying that I DO NOT WANT TO STRESS YOU OUT! You do not have to do anything right this minute except keep yourself and your family safe and at home.

I’m already seeing where this is taking a toll on many moms who are not ready to jump in feet first and take the educational reigns. These are the same women who are still trying to process the overload of information coming out minute by minute about a worldwide crisis.

They are trying desperately to keep it together and not show their children the fear, and anxiety slowly creeping in. They are just trying to take it one baby step at a time— and are not signing up for a Spartan race without training for it.

Ladies, we are stressing one another the flip out.

Stop it.

Take deep breaths.

Relax.

We are all very different in how we process our feelings and emotions. Not all of us are helicopter parents or Tiger moms. We don’t enjoy micromanaging or overly scheduled homes. Some of us need a little time to relax. Ponder. Prepare for the days, weeks or months of what is to come.

It is COMPLETELY fine if you feel more comfortable with having a level of control in creating an orderly household and productive home. I’m surely not shaming you super women out there. I commend you. And I will be happy to provide instructional materials from my children’s book and other educational tools I’ve created.

But personally, I’m going to take some time off from routine and the busyness of our norms. And I want you to know it is completely okay if you do the same!

Wash your hands.

Bunker down.

Try not to stress.

Netflix.

Read.

Exercise.

Eat chocolate.

Drink wine.

Pray.

Dance.

Cry.

Laugh.

Whatever is cathartic.

But make sure to tell your kids you love them daily.

Help make them as comfortable as possible.

It’s stressful on their little hearts and minds too.

Be safe.

God bless.

And peace be with you all!

Kindly,

Alison Klakowicz

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Jeremy Fiebig- Son of a Preacher Man- Talks Sweet Tea, Shakespeare and Fayetteville, NC

Jeremy Fiebig, Theater Arts Professor @FSU and founder and artistic director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare Theater Group

Fayetteville, NC-

Jeremy Fiebig is the son of a preacher man who grew up in Missouri following in his father’s footsteps of an inherent love of the performing arts.

Cast of Sweet Tea Shakespeare youth cast (Green Tea) of the current production of Julius Caesar

Jeremy and I recently spoke on Hodge Podge Podcast about his life devoted to the performing arts.

We talk everything from sweet tea, Shakespeare and life as a theater arts professor at Fayetteville State University.

He gives the 411 on what’s coming to the stage of Sweet Tea Shakespeare— Fayetteville, North Carolina’s beloved and wonderfully talented theater group— and their new podcast on Anchor (which is AMAZING)!

Listen to our informative and fun conversation here on Hodge Podge Podcast:

https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Jeremy-Fiebig–Son-of-a-Preacher-Man–Talks-Sweet-Tea–Shakespeare-and-Fayetteville–NC-ebdeuq

For more information on Jeremy and Sweet Tea Shakespeare, look here:

https://www.facebook.com/sweetteashakes/

http://www.sweetteashakespeare.com/

The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours Podcast: https://anchor.fm/sweetteashakes

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Happy Read Across America Day!

Today is National Read Across America Day!

What a wonderful way to celebrate by reserving an entire day to create awareness of the love and importance of literacy.

To learn more about how you can celebrate Read Across America Day, look here: https://www.readacrossamerica.org

In honor of Read Across America Day, I decided to share a reading of my book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck with you!

Gather your children and put on your listening ears 👂 to enjoy my super cute travel and adventure picture book here:

I hope you take time today to read your favorite books 📚 and travel to new places in your mind!

Happy Reading!

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of the award-winning travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Shane McCarthy, Sandboxx Chief Marketing Officer, Keeping the Military Community Informed and Engaged

Arlington, VA-

Recently, I had the honor of speaking with Shane McCarthy, Chief Marketing Officer of Sandboxx an amazing veteran-owned platform that supports almost 2 million service members throughout their military journey. The organization assists recruits, active military, military families and their supporters to stay engaged and informed.

Shane, a charismatic and intuitive Irish born and bred young professional, has lead a full array of enterprise marketing and business operation teams, building foundations that enable companies to scale for growth.

A few years back when Sandboxx was in its start-up beginnings, Shane was eager to join the ranks of the company’s industrious Marine Corps veteran founders and has embraced the organization’s culture and mission.

Learn more about Sandboxx here: https://www.sandboxx.us/

Shane McCarthy, Chief Marketing Officer of Sandboxx

Over the past 5 years, Sandboxx has hired 50 team members, half of whom are veterans and military spouses. Due to the nature of military life, most of the Sandboxx military spouse team work remotely which is an extremely important current trend in assisting spouses with maintaining successful employment when considering the obstacles they face from PCS to deployments and beyond.

Shane is passionate about this endeavor as well as spreading the message of the important services Sandboxx provides its consumers. He even provided tips to employers on hiring practices involving military spouses as well as advice for spouses seeking remote employment.

Shane and I discussed Sandboxx’s core supports ranging from communications through the company’s global letters distribution service, content creation to keep families informed as well as technology features such as the organization’s free cell phone app, and additional support provided to service members and military families from basic training onwards.

Listen to our conversation here on Hodge Podge Podcast (note from host- please forgive glitches during our recording as we encountered some technical difficulties which is experienced when recording remotely from time to time): https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Shane-McCarthy–Sandboxx-Chief-Marketing-Officer-eaqj47

You can connect with Shane on LinkedIn as he is happy to answer questions from military spouses or veterans who want to reach out him: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mccarthyshane/

Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

http://www.hodgepodgebyalisonklak.com

Author of the award-winning children’s travel and adventure picture book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is a children’s book author, freelance writer, blogger and podcaster. She is a military spouse who lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband and son. She is a storyteller who loves to feature people and places that inspire and empower others.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Not Everyone Will Like You

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Yep. It’s true— at times, a hard pill to swallow.

Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will support you. Not everyone will applaud you.

Nope. It won’t happen.

And it is perfectly okay.

You cannot make people like you.

Be kind and courteous. Yet do not be afraid to stand up for yourself. Be true to you.

Always strive to be supportive of others and applaud them, but remember the courtesy may not be returned in favor.

This can be hurtful.

Stain your pride.

Make you second guess yourself. Second guess your hard work. SECOND GUESS YOUR GENUINE SELF.

And if you allow it, it can destroy you.

The sunny side of this dilemma is this— YOU CAN CHOOSE TO LIKE YOURSELF.

You can choose to place one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.

You can choose not to harbor ill will, anger, disappointment and hurt feelings.

YOU CAN CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.

YOU CAN CHOOSE LOVE OF SELF, LIFE AND OTHERS (whether they love you or not).

But remember, not everyone is YOU.

If you are out there giving it your all—but struggling with this dilemma, I encourage you to say these words to yourself EVERYDAY.

I AM UNIQUE.

I AM WORTHY.

I LIKE ME.

I AM PROUD OF MY EFFORTS.

I CHOOSE TO LOVE OTHERS.

Now quit worrying about those who aren’t worrying over you— and get out there and keep being awesome.

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

All I Want For Christmas is… Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck!!!

Check out this adorable Christmasy video of my children’s travel and adventure picture book!

It should be under your Christmas tree 🎄 for the special children in your life!

Put the pedal to the metal and purchase this perfect Christmas gift today!

Order here 👉🎁:

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.