Monday Notes: Update #2

Around the first week in May, I was contemplating applying for a job. The job was semi-perfect. It’s here in Jacksonville. It’s at a university. However, it is a bit of a stretch for my field. The job is for reading education, and really I’m literacy and English Ed, but I was going to try for it anyway. Maybe. I kept going back and forth about it, mainly because I’ve learned the hard way (repeatedly) not to make myself fit into a job that’s not for me.

WomenSingBookShot9bWhile I was stewing about the application, I got a call. It was from the editor’s assistant of a book where I have a chapter, All the Women in My Family Sing (which I’ve mentioned here before). She wanted to know if I would be willing to participate in a radio interview in Tampa. I could’ve sworn she said radio interview. But when she sent the information, it was for a television interview!

No matter what, my answer was yes because like I said, I rarely refuse opportunities. In that moment, I decided not to apply for the job. I took it as a sign that I shouldn’t be wasting my time fitting myself into another imperfect for me position. I should be preparing for something I’ve never done before, a prerecorded morning show interview!

NBC_interviewI drove nearly four hours on adrenaline and anxiety. Morning shows don’t give you questions ahead of time because they want you to naturally converse. So, from the night before, up until the host, Cyndi counted down, I was quite concerned about what we would discuss. Because it’s an anthology, it could’ve been about the book in general, my specific story, or how the other stories related to motherhood, because umm, it was a Mother’s Day episode.

Luckily, my goddaughter was there with me. We talked about other things, like the people in the green room and the process itself and that calmed my nerves.

During the interview, I learned a lot. I didn’t know that when they pan across the studio to other things going on, those things are actually going on while you’re talking! Like, there’s actually someone making waffles and another person creating little knick knacks and there’s even an audience! Sheesh! My nosey-ness kicked in high gear. But luckily there are editors and producers who cut away when I started staring at the waffles.

If you have four minutes to watch, then here it is: Daytime Interview.

 

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48 thoughts on “Monday Notes: Update #2

  1. Congratulations! I was not able to access the interview but I know it was great.

    After I retire next month in August 16th I hope to be interviewed for my friend Terri Linton podcast SheRoads. Since I enjoy talking and plus Terri Lynn Linton and I used to work together many years ago it should be a blast.

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  2. Congratulations, Kathy! What a wonderful opportunity. Kind of like Divine Intervention! You did an amazing job and it was great to see you and hear your voice. My only wish is that you had an opportunity to plug Unhappy Wife and Daddy, but it’s still amazing exposure. So happy for you!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I thought so too ❤ Dwight said the same thing. He thought it was super odd that she didn't ask what I was working on currently, but I really think it's because she'd traveled down a rabbit hole convo that she really didn't want to have, so it escaped her. I don't even think she asked where to get the book I was promoting lol

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  3. I knew there was a reason why I abbreviate your name to Dr. G! Is that an om tattoo on your arm??!

    And congratulatiooooooooons! I will also be saying yes to all perfect for me opportunities from now on. This is too cool.

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  4. Congrats on the interview, Kathy. In terms of gender and racial equality, I agree with you when you said, “We haven’t come as far as we can.” We’ve a long-long way yet to go.

    Check out my blog post on your “Daddy” book. I read it during a turbulent week over child separation at our southern border.

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  5. Congratulations Kate, you did wonderful. You clearly and charmingly brought forth some of
    the issues facing women in the workplace.
    As you say, the time it will take is impossible to tell but everything that can help is of
    importance.

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  6. Wow you did a good job of stating your thesis! I was worried when she opened up those tricky questions in a four minute time slot, but you nailed it!

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    1. O…M…Gosh! I thought I was going to die when trying to figure out how to answer those questions quickly, but keep the point. Luckily, the night before, a guy I’d just met at dinner did a practice run with me and had told me not to give long drawn out answers, but rather short “political, table-talk answers,” that really don’t answer the question.

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  7. Well done you did amazing! You made a Very important& clear point about affirmative action which people often overlook (sometimes intentionally lol) and I’m glad you mentioned the gender aspect of oppression.

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  8. Congratulations, Katherin! You did a smashing job and you looked very relaxed. I love what you said about affirmative action. Yes!
    So proud of you and I’m wishing you continued success with your career travels and decisions.

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