Monday, July 6, 2009
This morning so far I've run 3 miles on my tread mill, done upper body weights, feed my daughter and myself breakfast, watched The Next Food Network Star while cleaning my kitchen and starting tonight's dinner, started the laundry, put my daughter down for a nap, and cleaned out my email box! I don't say this to boast that I'm having a productive day, although I'm feeling pretty good about that fact. It's not normal! I mention this because it's 9 a.m., I've done all these things, and I don't feel like I need to go back to bed.
It's been a long time since I've felt this good! About a week and a half ago, I finally had a doctor diagnose me with low thyroid, and low Iron. I've been on my thyroid medication and Iron supplements for over a week and I'm starting to feel a little better. I haven't been able to accomplish this much, with out feeling like I got hit by a bus, for a very long time. Hopefully this will continue, while getting even better. I would love to have the "pre-pregnancy" Mindi back in action. Is that ever possible?? I would even settle for half the "pre-pregnancy" Mindi. I guess only time will tell.
As for The Next Food Network Star...I'm really struggling with who I like this year. Ultimately I think I'm cheering for Debbie. First of all, the Food Network is in need a good every day Asian cooking show. They are really lacking in that demographic. Also, She just seems to have the most on the ball. She's confident and comfortable in front of the camera. The other's all seem to really struggle. After years in the PR industry I have learned one thing...on camera ease and presence can be learned but there is no substitute for natural ability. I have coached many a client through TV appearances and interview and right out of the gate I can tell you who has it and who doesn't. Some will improve and become fairly comfortable; able to do good interviews or appearances. But other's just have the gift, and it shows.
True story; I won't name names, but once I was with a client at Good Things Utah. We were 5 minutes from their segment and I was trying to help them relax. Running through copy points, making sure they knew everything that needed to be mentioned. All the sudden my client freaked out. They ran to the bathroom and started throwing up. When they returned, they turned to me and said, "Sorry, I can't do it. You'll have to go on for me. I'm too nervous, I might throw up on camera."
Ok, deep breath. I have no problem going on camera. I've done so many TV appearances, I've lost track. I can do them in my sleep. But this particular day, I had been running late, so my hair was pulled into a pony tail, I didn't have much make-up on and I wasn't wearing what I would refer to as my TV clothes. In the words of Neecy Nash...I looked a hot mess. Well, needless to say, I did the interview looking like the orphan step sister to the beautiful ladies of GTU. And just my luck, it turned out everyone I knew and didn't know seemed to be watching that day. While at Walmart a few hours later, I got stopped by 4 different women's asking, "weren't you on GTU this morning?" One of my clients really owes me!! Long story short...now days, I always go to my client TV appearances looking fabulous.
Fast forward 2 years later, I was at Studio 5 with another client. However, we were 10 minutes out from the appearance and they hadn't shown up yet. This time I was 9 months pregnant, literally days away from giving birth, and I said, excuse my language, "There is no way in HELL that I'm going on TV 9 months pregnant!!!!" I love my clients, but that's way more love than than I have to give! They showed up in the nick of time and all was well! Bullet dodged...for the client!!!