Episode 21: I Chose This Life Series Intro

In this Episode I introduce the brand new I Chose This Life Series. A weekly series on The Happy Workaholic Podcast showcasing Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

These shows will be in addition to my weekly show every Friday and will air on Wednesday (for ten weeks) throughout September, October and November.

Each week you will hear from a different guest who will share their journey, their struggles, milestones and personality as they keep it completely raw and real. You’ll learn about their biggest motivators and why they chose their business and life they are living now!

A few of the industries these women are involved in are Health and Wellness, Entertainment, Event Planning, Hospitality, Beauty, Finance, Retail and I even have a few Authors!

Have a question for a guest please contact me here or email me at hello(at)kellyanngorman(dot)com.

And don’t forget to join The Happy Workaholic Podcast Facebook Group. That is where all the conversations will happen after each show! Add yourself right here!

Each episode my guests will answer a list of questions throughout the show and the discussions will be fun, fearless and focused on career! Conversations you will not want to miss and notes you are going to want to take.

Get your pens and paper ready for the I Chose This Life Series…

BEFORE YOU FORGET…

How many times have you heard this? I know for me I am constantly telling/reminding myself this…

Before you forget write this down. Before you forget call this person. Before you forget put this in notes. Etc. etc.

If you follow me on any of my social media pages you may have noticed that I have been silent over the last week and I am here to fill you all in before “I” forget. PS Forgetting is becoming a fun part of the lovely little disease I have called NMO so thank god for “notes” on my iPhone. I could not survive without that! Or my wall and cork boards full of post-it notes of course!

Here is what I posted on Instagram yesterday…

I have been waiting to hear about my next NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica) Treatment so for my own sanity I chose to stay silent until everything was confirmed. That by the way is so hard considering almost everything I do is online! I also needed time to decide if I would share. Today I made the decision that I WILL share because I know it will keep me stronger knowing that I am able to help just one other person by being vocal and sharing my own personal journey. I started the Just For Us Community on Facebook to help as many as I can and create a positive community for anyone going through anything health related as well as heartache or just in need of some happiness! So my goal is to stay strong for everyone as well as myself when I post in the group!

So here are the deets of my next adventure…

The treatment for my NMO Autoimmune Disease will be a Chemo. As of today it will start next week and once a week for the next four weeks. And after that once a month for maintenance. And I also get to have a port installed in my body! Fun times! Obviously, this could all change depending on how my body reacts.

I will be sharing my updates on all the below pages so please feel free to click those links to follow if you are in need of some daily inspo, laughter or just want to come along for the ride. As “they” say, laughter is the best medicine. And that is one I will surely take as there are no side affects for once! lol.

Blog (which you are reading now)

The Happy Workaholic Podcast

IG Stories

Just For Us Community Facebook Group

I want to be (and stay) strong for anyone else that may be going through this or may have to in the future. So that’s the short version. I hope I can continue to keep you motivated in your own journey whether personal or professional by sharing my own set of stories that is up next. And prove that there is always hope and healing ahead…

If you want to know who or what keeps me in check you can check out my IG Stories posted earlier today.

I’ve been up since 5am! New Month. New Goals right?

One more thing before you forget…

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with the right mindset and positive attitude.

One more thing before “I” forget…

To make the I Chose This Life Series THE BEST I changed the launch date to Wednesday 9-6-17 which you can read about right here…

Why did I do this? To be 100% honest I am a perfectionist. And I have no idea how I am going to react to this month of chemo or how my voice will sound, so to push it back made the best sense for everyone involved. My Lady Bosses I’m interviewing as well as my listeners!

As always thanks for reading and sharing…

Until next time…

KAG

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

Updated 7/31/17…

I Chose This Life Series will launch on Wednesday 9/6/17!

Whenever I have an idea I immediately write it down in one of my “famous” notebooks. Then when I decide it is time to give it life I start my post-it/cork board process. If you follow me on Instagram and Stories then you know what I am talking about. I guess you could say it is my version of a “Story Board”. You know the white boards with the photos on them you used to see when MTV actually played music videos? And they aired the “Making of the Video” show. Just like that!

My cork boards are the special place for me to put together the puzzle pieces that I have floating around in my head. I’m a very visual person so being able to write it down and push pin it up really helps me in the creative process. And I’m so OCD, so the fact that my push pins can be moved around makes the process completely stress-free! lol.

So a few months ago I began that process for the I Chose This Life Series. I knew when I launched The Happy Workaholic Podcast that I wanted to use it as a platform for other Entrepreneurs like myself to share their stories. After all…the show is about Business, Luxury Travel and Life! So it’s a perfect fit and made sense!

My guests will share the raw, real and relateable deal. The path they took to get them to where they are today. The milestones, the mishaps and everything in between. Everyone has a unique story and I want the show to share these stories for others to hear and be inspired and motivated by them. I want my listeners to know that no matter what the situation everything happens for a reason. And there is no need for you to ever give up on a dream. We all go through life with bumps in the road. And it makes us who we are today! Trust me on this! It’s just a different scenario for everyone. And you will learn that when listening to this amazing series…

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES. WHAT IS IT?

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

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The Happy Workaholic Podcast with Kelly Ann Gorman

I Chose This Life is a weekly series on The Happy Workaholic Podcast showcasing

Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Every Wednesday you will hear from a different guest who will share their journey, their struggles, milestones and personality as they keep it completely raw and real.

You’ll learn about their biggest motivators and why they chose their business

and life they are living now!

Guests will answer a list of questions throughout the show and the discussions

will be fun, fearless and focused on career!

Conversations you will not want to miss and lots of notes you are going to want to take.

Get your pens, paper and ears ready for the I Chose This Life Series…

Launch date announced on Monday 7/27/17 on Instagram @kkinvegas!

STAY TUNED…

Thanks so much for reading and I cannot wait for you to hear from all the incredible guests I have lined up…

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday…

KAG

Three Things…

Don’t forget to download The Happy Workaholic Podcast here. I just posted 3 new podcasts yesterday!

And follow me on Instagram for the next announcement Monday 7/27/17 here.

Don’t forget the After Show continues after each episode in The Happy Workaholic Podcast Facebook Group right here!

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY…

It was exactly three years ago today that I decided I really needed to start writing down my thoughts on a daily basis. I had tried to journal before but my constant traveling around for work made it impossible for me to keep a consistent schedule. However, I was ready to try it again…

So three years ago on July 1st, 2014 I went out and bought a book filled with an abundance of blank pages and started to fill them with my thoughts. After a year or so I decided that some of those entries were going to become part of a docu-series which in the end did not work out. As I always say…Everything happens for a reason and I am thankful that it did not pan out. In all honesty, I wasn’t really ready to let the world in just yet. Side note: I had some serious NDA’s I was still locked into and would not be able to (legally) share a lot of my stories.

Once I confirmed the show was a no go I decided I wanted to turn these pages into a self-help book for others. So I then started that process. It was incredibly exhausting trying to piece together this insane puzzle (aka my life). I gave the book editing process a rest but continued to write every single day. It honestly became an addicting type of therapy. A good therapy. And one that I desperately needed! I also had decided on a name. I would call it The Happy Workaholic. The title alone described me and would fit others perfectly. It would be a name that others could relate to!

Cut to today…

July 1st, 2017. Three full years of writing. I know! It is crazy! I cannot even believe I have accomplished such a task as I am telling you about it now.

If you have been following me over the past year you would know that I have an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO for short). This disease can leave you blind and paralyzed in the blink of an eye. Literally! You don’t know when it will happen which is honestly the scariest sh*t I have ever had to go through in my entire life. The best way to explain NMO is that it’s like an earthquake! It can hit hard and cause severe damage or smaller and more frequently with treatments in hopes of preventing another relapse (earthquake).

Throughout this past month of June I have taken time to give my body the rest it needed after 12 months of scans, lab work, hospital trips and treatments. I also needed to give my mind a rest as well as it is constantly going at full speed. Going through anything health related can take a serious toll; not only on your body, mind and spirit; but your relationships with others too. Your thoughts can become dark and your visions unclear. It’s quite scary to feel like you are becoming a different person. Almost like an outer body experience. And your stress level is always at an elevated level which is the worst thing for you. So I needed the time to be at peace with everything and stay as positive as possible with the changes that I have been having to make in my life. I needed the time to just be still and only worry about ME!

As someone who has always been extremely organized and scheduled; the hardest part of this new journey of mine is to learn how to just live each day because you never know when it can be your last and if a relapse with this disease will happen. I needed to give myself a more go with the flow mentality. Which by the way I am still working on! Ugh…It is SO HARD! I will admit each day I’m getting better. I think! I hope…

The reason why I am telling you this is because my everyday thoughts and journal writing that would eventually turn into a book is not in the cards for me right now! The process of writing a book could and would be incredible but not so much if I loose my vision and need to hire a ghost writer. And that would take even more time to explain to someone the last ten years of my life’s work. I’m not saying it will never happen. Just not at this time…

I want to be able to help others now! I want to use my voice and be heard for the ones that are not ready to do so. I want to share my stories and have a platform for others to be recognized for their work. That being said The Happy Workaholic Podcast was born. All of my stories are coming to life for you to hear rather than read…

I had to think of a Plan B just in case my health took a turn for the worst. See. That’s me! Always planning ahead! With a podcast I am still able to record (if something changes for me health wise) and I won’t have to wait to share my stories in a book. This is just one of the next steps in my life that I am able to move forward with and cannot wait to have you along for the ride and maybe even on my show!

The Happy Workaholic Podcast is…

A HAPPY, HEALTHY, POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE SHOW ABOUT LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, LEARNING HOW TO SLOW DOWN (PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY) AND HOW TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF THROUGH INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION.

As I browse through my social media this weekend I see so many friends enjoying the pool, beach and parties. Spending time laughing while out and about. As half of me wishes I was there I have set deadlines for myself for the weekend in order to create something SO SPECIAL. Hence, why I am on my computer right now and not in the sunshine. The other reason is because Las Vegas is hot as hell right now and being in the AC is a dream. Not to mention being in my comfy clothes on the couch checking off my to-do’s feels fantastic. A glass of wine in hand doesn’t hurt either! I’ll be having one of those shortly. I have had to make so many sacrifices over the last few years so missing out on a holiday weekend for me is a piece of cake! Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining as I chose this life and to set these deadlines myself because I want the bigger picture!

I CHOSE THIS LIFE…

Remember those four little words just mentioned. I Chose This Life…

As I sip on my third iced coffee of the day to power through a SERIOUS work session I have scheduled…

I wanted to share three things that are happening with ME right now!

  1. I am spending more time on Instagram and Stories and would love to connect with you there. I have been sharing a lot of behind the scenes pics and videos you will not find anywhere else. So don’t be shy. Click here to follow me @kkinvegas.
  2. I am recording my brand new podcast The Happy Workaholic all weekend. I have been working on this for a very long time now and thrilled I can finally share it with you. If you would like to hear the first few episodes you can sign up right here!
  3. Lastly, I am preparing my VIP Newsletters to go out for Wednesday July 5th! If you have been following me for a while and/or already receive my weekly email then you would have known that I took the month of June off in sending these out! This past month was the time I needed to spend preparing for the remainder of the year as well as get my health and wellness back to a somewhat normalcy after the year that it has been through. What am I talking about? Well, rather than go on about it here you can read all about on my website.

You will definitely want to sign up for my VIP Newsletter because that is the only place where I will be sharing the “good stuff”.

Business, Lifestyle and Luxury Travel news…

Well folks, that is it for me. I hope that you will join me on my new journey this second half of the year as it is going to be SO GOOD! Seriously! It’s going to be GREAT!

I have prepared so much for you and so excited to finally be able to share it and connect with so many more of you.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, positive and productive weekend!

KAG