Monday, November 10, 2008

The content of your character (remember?)

What is yours (content of your character); in three words or less?!

We heard it referred to as Obama's presidential election speech was reviewed; MLK's words rang out. The reference was to the color of a person's skin; but I feel it is deeper than that.
WE are all now called to dig into our own character and enhance relationships in our homes, work, schools, communities. defines character as
1.the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. such feature or trait; characteristic.
3.moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
4.qualities of honesty, courage or the like; integrity
and on...with 22 total examples.

The time has come to take inventory, because the world is watching/listening and needs you/me. We are now to fall back on our Character which according to Calvin Coolidge "is the only secure foundation of the state."

Here's a good time to be not only your own best "cheer" leader, but for those around you; for it is in the giving that we receive....and that promotes good character!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Is it in YOU?!

A year after our youngest daughter graduated, we attended a friend's ceremony. The speech given by the person voted in by the class was entitled;
Is It In YOU?

He was able to pull from his class, the most unlikely heroes. And the most likely. Which made the "Unlikely" even more proud to be included. Very YEAH YEAH Out Loud of him.

He told how each of the likely/unlikely person(s) had contributed to his high school experience, the difference they made in his and their classmate's lives, and what could become of it.

Now, 4 years later, I would be interested to know how that came out. Many will have gone down different paths (maybe even because of this "speech", something they never expected). And that night, I was sure to pull the "speaker" aside and give him a YYOL! I told him what a difference he had made in not only his life for acknowledging these individuals, but that he may have changed the course of those whom he included. He somehow doubted this.

Now that I have written this, I will send the link to someone who graduated with him. And ask, how it's going, and in his short years, if he's heard from any of the "recipients".

My message is to make sure EVERY day, you ask not only of yourself, "is it IN YOU?" but to convey to the most unsuspecting, that it IS IN THEM!

And that's a "YEAH YEAH"; being your own best 'cheer' leader and paying it forward, Out Loud!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


While attending a conference in LA, a presenter reminded the audience YOU are guilty of being a BULLY if you stand idle and do nothing.

Bullying happens to more than just "kids". Some "reality" shows have shown how the public does or doesn't step in regarding the elderly, the disabled, the homeless and your neighbor. Have a conscience about the world around you and do "something".

Paul Rusesabagina (Hotel Rwanda) spoke to a local YWCA group a few years ago, and when he was asked, how did you do it? His answer made perfect sense. He said: "I knew I would have to get up every morning and look at myself in the mirror. If I didn't do "something", I didn't feel I could face myself and know I hadn't been a "bully" by standing by and doing "nothing".

In support of the third annual Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.

YYOL feels bully prevention also begins with self-esteem. Knowing you "can" do "something" many times has to come from within.

Visit and see how you can become your own best "cheer" leader!.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

World Teacher Day October 5th

This week, all week, World Teachers’ Day is being celebrated. It was originally inaugurated in 1994 to commemorate the signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers on 5 October 1966. More than 100 countries currently celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 5 October.

In conjuction with World Teachers' Day 2008, YEAH YEAH Out Loud is joining with Self Esteem Tools in Schools Campaign to support teachers in building students' high self-esteem which is the foundation of personal growth and learning.

The intent of the SETS Campaign is to offer FREE support and products to teachers, parents, and to bring positive change to kids, classrooms and schools! This campaign is becoming a MOVEMENT! Join us, and share your free e-goods with teachers and parents, so our kids and classrooms can benefit from your generousity!

Plus; why not send your favorite teacher a YEAH YEAH E-Card to show your thanks and cheer them on at the same time.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sometimes you have to be your own best cheer leader.

In your personal life, and professional life, you often have to dig deep to keep up your own self-esteem and spirit.

Recently a person who committed fraud/forgery against me as a licensed appraiser was sent to prison. It's not really the "resolution" I wanted, but it seemed to be the only way to have a precedence set for a crime of this type.

The local paper (Columbian) featured an article on 8/30/08

"In typical identity theft cases, the thief goes after a bank account or a line of credit. In Kathy Carpenter's case, the thief was even more bold. A woman took Carpenter's professional identity as a real estate appraiser, using Carpenter's name and license number. She even appraised commercial and million-dollar properties that Carpenter, a residential appraiser, isn't licensed to do. Jean Faye Dodge, former manager of a La Center appraisal company, is now in prison. But Carpenter's troubles aren't over."

The problem was, I knew this person. I had contracted with her company for a few years after the major AVM she represented left town and she continued her appraisal network to funnel work to me and some other appraisers in the area.

The other problem, it was a "virtual" crime of sorts. No one physically took something, or came onto my property, yet the repercussions were farther reaching. There was no compromise of my software, or my computer. It was a simple copy, edit paste (and a bad job of it at that with a barely legible, fuzzy facsimile of my name). It was all too easy.

This has made it all the more difficult to validate my feelings of loss, and re-group to move on and keep going.

Since (or during) all of this, I have been developing YEAH YEAH Out Loud, a children's program. I began working on my initial idea back in 2004 but didn't get product and site up until December 2007.

......but having that as a distraction, fed me life that was getting sucked out on the "other side".

That's a YEAH YEAH Out Loud from me::to me!

...Empowering kids to discover their inner "cheer" leader.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Humans; when they succeed, we succeed

A theme in the Olympics, is that of being a "cheer" leader. We find ourselves encouraging some of the most unlikely heroes. Empowering others who may even question their self esteem?! Who seemingly came to the games with overwhelming confidence, only to stretch themselves and their abilities to reach their life long goal, yet still needing that inner voice at the most unlikely moment, as the dream is within (0r just out of) reach.

Whether it is the crowd, the event or the individual themselves that encourages them to achieve their ultimate goal or not, it is not the actual achievement of the goal, but being there at the Olympics that makes them a "winner". They have found within themselves the inner "cheer" leader, to have made it to the Olympics, much less "win" their event.

So here's a YEAH YEAH Out Loud to all of the athletes, and their support systems. Let's hope the inner "cheer" leader takes over at just the right time, to help them achieve their goals.

But remember, being a "winner" isn't always about coming in FIRST.

Congratulations Olympic participants!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blog Talk Radio

Listen and learn more about YEAH YEAH Out Loud.

YYOL will be featured on Blog Talk Radio, Thursday 7/31 10AM PDT

Tonya Ramsey is the host and provides one-on-one coaching, group coaching and offers classes on the principle of prosperity through a strong healthy foundation of self.
She is a team leader for Digital Moms, providing training and support to team members as they work together to prosper by working from home. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies.

If you are unable to log in at "air time" no worries! The show is archived on the site and will provide a link to listen at your convenience as well!
Thanks for being a "cheer" leader!