I live by Jim Carrey’s words!! Sooooo true! I find as I get older that your mind really does shift from pleasing others to doing what’s best for you!
I don’t know what people thought when I was born in 1969. It was a very different time in our history. Now as I look back on my 50 year history, It is remarkable that I am where I am today. I overcame many things. I worked hard. I have started over several times in life. I have survived. I have thrived. I’ve had amazing people in my life and not so great people in life as well, but each has taught me major life lessons.
Turning 50 makes me highly aware of my mortality. Chances are I have less years ahead of me than more years. I feel a sense of urgency to get all the things done that I want to do. But I also feel a sense of self care, more time for myself in the middle of all the things that I do.
I am grateful to God that I have made it because there are many who don’t and I plan to continue to try to affect change in the world!
SO it’s May 1st! May 1, 2019.
What does that mean exactly?
Well we are entering the fifth month of the year! I can’t believe that much time has passed already. I am two months shy of my Bells Palsy diagnosis 1 year anniversary. THAT is crazy. It seems like a distance memory in some ways. I look at those pics and videos and I feel so bad for that James. I have come a long way in my recovery. I am 95 percent better. It was a long, scary, challenging road. Now cut to tonight where I’ll be standing in front of the National Association of Pre Natal Social Workers in Savannah Georgia sharing part of that experience in my presentation of Self Care For the Social Worker. I feel so grateful and honored to be able to get out there and talk about this!
I have started a series of Self Care’s: For the Social Worker, For The Professional Organizer, Why Gardening is Great, this is my crusade. People are dying OR having major health issues at younger and younger ages. I Am able to combine health and wellness with my Life Coaching and organizing AND i have experiences to share.
My birthday is 9 days from now. I will be 50 years old. I don’t know what that means in the large scheme of things, but I do know one thing:
Life is a series of up and downs and cant avoid them but you can move through them!
This is my 150th post. I started this blog years ago but didn’t post as much. But now I am posting more and have made a commitment to myself to build this as much as my other blog The Super Organizer Universe.
Since I’ve been posting more on here, the numbers have gone up, naturally, and i’m having fun doing it! This blog is to give you more insight into me and my media work. Right now I am on a train. I have some traveling to do for work and for personal. I love any chance I get to leave LA and see other parts of our great country. I recommend to everybody! It’s good to leave you regualr surrounds and life and see others. I always come back to LA refreshed and reenergized. And in some cases, more appreciative. LOL
I’ll be turning 50 while on the road and this could not be more fitting. I have travelled so much in my life that this makes sense. I would hit a milestone birthday on the road! Also May brings the end of some things and the beginning of others. I am ending a TV show then starting another. I sold a home of mine but the money will help me with so much. I have new music coming out. I am currently working on several books and I hope to release them in May. I am ending some jobs that will free me up to new opportunities.
The last years have been a trying time for me. I have been retooling and editing my life personally and professionally. I feel excited about the future for the first time in a long time…
SO today marks my 4 year anniversary as an Ordained Minister. What does that mean? Well its my 2nd stint being ordained. I was ordained for years in the 2000’s and then lost some stuff and decided to add Jr to my name on this. Yes I am spiritual and believe in GOD. I have done work with churches and some of their programs helping our young men of color. I did work with my Aunt/Pastor Faith and her SF Church of Compassion in San Francisco. AND two years ago, I was honored with a Doctorate of Divinity by a local university.
Yes this ordination is from the Universal Life Church online. Anybody can do it. Much fun has been made of it. But the services I have peformed with the ordination were real, honest, not funny. I was able to affect change in people’s lives. I shared special moments. I will be marrying my daughter and her man next year. It has been a wonderful having the option to be there for people in their important moments of their lives.
I’m so glad I did it and Happy Anniversary to me!
As you have probably noticed, I have been posting here regularly again! I am just about back to my old self (with New twists) and I am ready to take on the world. During my time off I have reflected and started editing my professional life.I have some exciting changes coming up! Here are a few of them:
I have a new EP coming out May 1st with the dance group Chog. It’s called The Seven Song EP. Right now you can listen to it for free on my soundcloud page. Our first collab together, The Five Song EP, is one of my most successful music projects ever! I was happy to return and work with them! It will be released on all music platforms.
Speaking of Music, one of my songs from my album Speaking With Strings will be featured in the Amazon series Asunder. I am so honored by this. I never dreamed how far my music could take me. Stay tuned for details and which episode!
And I am working on two new music projects, one for a podcast/Web show and my regular album that is a follow up to my first, Songs From my Inside Voice. I am also writing songs for a possible Spanish language album.
I have newer books out and one of them is flying off the shelves, Being A Heartie. I talk about the trails of off camera of the show When Calls The Heart, behind the scenes of the aftershow I do, the love the Hearties have show me through difficult times and some fun stuff. Get it on Amazon kindle or paperback! I have a slew of new books coming out this year! The Really Short Story Project is in full effect!
The Second half of The Really Quick James Lott Jr Show is returning! I have filmed enough material for about 4 episodes. So stay tuned for that! Sorry for the delays. Goto my YouTube channel to watch the first half of this Season Two!
I am really building my Super Organizer University and my speaking engagments. I am still doing the soap podcasts and A Lott of Help and In Between The Pages with James Lott Jr podcasts..
All good things must come to an end. May 13th, after 4 seasons, The last Breaking Into on Black Hollywood Live will be airing! It will be my big 50th Birthday show and we will talk about age! I am bringing back former guests and I will probably cry the whole episode! I will write more about my feelings later. I am honored to have done that show!
I am taking the Extra Connections show and makng it bigger! After several years just as a podcast, I just signed a deal to bring it to radio and YouTube! Monday May 20th at 7pmPST is the debut of the new incarnation of the show! it will be live!! I will continue to have amazing guests and topics. It’s at a new studio here in my town of Inglewood, called The Afterparty.com I am very excited!!
I think that is enough for now. I have other stuff i am working on and will announce at some point! Thanks for supporting me as a personality and content creator!
My Aunt Faith gave me the idea. I wasn’t super receptive at first, but i value her opinion and thoughts so I kept it in the back of my mind. I was visiting with her when she brought it up 5 years into my Professional Organizing business! I went home and researched it. I wasn;t even sure what a Life Coach was or what they did. As I got further into the research, I found that this was right on track with my professional career and branding.
I found a school, Coach Training Alliance. and liked what I saw. It cost some money but the program wasnt long and I could do it online with a real trainer. I signed up! Got the materials and from page 1 of the book, I was hooked. Then the first class with Laurie Cameron was transformative! I couldn’t wait for each class! I loved it !
April 14, 2014 i passed the exam and got my certification as a Life Coach! Now its five years later. I have clients and a podcast, A Lott of Help
I live in gratitude and I am so glad I made the choice to add this to my life!