Rookie Notes: The Untold Story

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Hi guys,

First, I wanted to say hello to any new readers/subscribers. I hope you enjoy what you see here, feel inspired, and keep coming back.

Lately, I have been getting the question “How did Rookie Notes begin?”

Well, Rookie Notes started December 2012 when I was a senior in college. My cousin Jameel invited me to run a 10k with him in spring 2013. I was pumped; the only problem was I could barely run for 2 minutes without stopping. I decided to document my journey, and thus, Rookie Notes was born.

I don’t remember how/why I chose the name Rookie Notes…but if I can speculate, it’s probably because I had no experience running in a 10k…or…maybe I was watching a football game the week I created my blog and I heard the word rookie. Who knows?

In my earliest posts, I just documented the number of minutes I ran and how far. How exciting! Since then, Rookie Notes has evolved and I cover a variety of topics including language updates (Spanish and Chinese), travel questions, women’s issues, and random life events such as buying a used car.

Rookie Notes is constantly evolving. My vision for this blog is to present more information that can help you in your journey through life, as well as, showcase ordinary people living exception and inspirational lives.

Thank you for joining me on my journey into womanhood and I hope you continue to grow with me.

Until next time,

Chelsea

In case you’ve missed it, check out:

Interview with La Guardia Cross

My First YouTube Collab

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Interview With La Guardia Cross

Last Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of interviewing Renaissance man, La Guardia Cross. Cross, a multi-talented artist from Miami, with skills in  graphic designing, songwriting, rapping/beat-boxing, film editing, and producing can do it all…except give birth.

The Miami native, who has been covered by the Huffington Post, HLN, San Francisco Globe, and various other media outlets, has been documenting his journey into fatherhood with his adorable, 5-month co-star Amalah. In his series New Father Chronicles, Cross covers a wide range of topics including what to do when a baby is sleeping? Reasons babies and cats are the same, changing diapers, and teaching your child Chinese.

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When asked about Fatherhood, the hit YouTuber said “[Fatherhood] is such a humbling beautiful thing…There is nobody in this world who is going to be more dependent on you and watching you as hard as a baby. I’ve never had to serve that much in my life. Ever…It will make you completely self-less and break you down to the point where your thoughts shift from being completely all about you (9:03).

Prior to the birth of his daughter and New Father Chronicles, Cross documented a yearlong journey to becoming a self-sustaining artist, in his series entitled “52 Weeks to Fly”. During his journey, the proud husband and father learned about goal-setting, consistency, and perseverance—the ingredients needed to reach one’s dreams. When asked how to reach goals, he states “you have to do thing you’re afraid of… You have to challenge yourself, you have to look stupid, you have to look awkward, you have to look silly, you have to be under prepared…you have to put yourself out there and being willing to except criticism, but not let it change you, but learn from it. You also need a mentor or a set of people you trust that you can learn from, do that” (17:58). Cross also notes that it is important to never be afraid to ask a question (19:28).

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La Guardia Cross’s consistency, perseverance and fearlessness have brought him over 5k subscribers and 650,000+ views on YouTube. Despite his recent success, Cross keeps it simple when asked what his biggest goal was, for this year; he states he just wants “to be a really good dad” (27:27).

Check out La Guardia Cross at his website, YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Check out our collaboration. We join forces as I attempt to teach La Guardia and his daughter, Amalah, Chinese/Spanish.

 Until next time,

Chelsea

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My First YouTube Collab

Why People Fail (Part 1)

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Consistency…Where are you?

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Consistency is the name of the game to achieve your goals and dreams….and it’s something that I’m failing at with Rookie Notes. Yes, I have been doing better about posting, but there is no uniform, set schedule. After speaking with my last guest, La Guardia Cross, I realized that I need to strive for this missing piece to my blog. I have determined that for the next weeks I am going to upload a video/blog post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This is going to be my thing. And if you are wondering why I have chosen two weeks as opposed to a month or year…it’s because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself…

But yes, expect a blog post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve been working on for this week). My goal is to get these posts up by 8 am EST. If you don’t see a blog post from me, feel free to let me know on social media or right here on the blog. Keep me accountable. This “challenge” will help me move closer to my dreams.

What areas do you need to be more consistent in?

In case you’ve missed it, check out:

My First YouTube Collab

Why People Fail (Part 1)

My First Radio Interview

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Until next time,

Chelsea

My First YouTube Collab

LaGuardia Cross

Hey y’all,

I’ve reached another milestone in my creative life: a YouTube Collaboration! And if you guys didn’t know I have a YouTube channel, you can find me here.

Last week, I reached out to no other than LaGuardia Cross.  The rapper, songwriter, beatboxer, graphic designer, turned YouTuber documents his journey into fatherhood with his channel, New Father Chronicles (NFC).

New Father Chronicles is hilarious and provides a fresh perspective on fatherhood as Cross examines various topics such as what to do when a baby is sleeping? Reasons babies and cats are the same, and changing diapers. Oh, and I forgot to add, teaching your baby another language.

In his newest YouTube video, Learning Chinese with a 5 Month Old, I teach his daughter, Amalah Chinese in the video below.

My Notes:

If you want to do something in life just do it. Don’t say maybe, one day, I wish I could…no, just do it! When I asked LaGuardia to do a collab with me, I could have second guessed myself, thought my channel wasn’t good enough, or used a gazillion excuses about why I couldn’t reach out. I liked his channel and wanted to work with him. The worst he could have said was no…but he didn’t, and we made an awesome video.

Creating my end of the video was a bit stressful because I did wind up second guessing myself (haha, this contradicts what I just told you, but I’m human) because I am only studying written Chinese and not spoken. I feared that I would not enunciate the words correctly (it’s really difficult). But you know what? Even if I did, most people would not know the difference anyhow. Who freaking cares?  When I finally relaxed it turned out…well I’ll let you be the judge :-).

I’m glad I didn’t give up and preserved.

Thank you to my Dad for recording.

Side note: I will be interviewing La Guardia tomorrow at 7:30 pm on Google Hangouts.

Until next time,

Chelsea

Did you watch? Did you subscribe to LaGuardia’s and My Channel?

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How To Change People

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Do you have a stubborn person in your life that no matter how much you try to coax them, they will not change?

It’s frustrating because you see that person doing the same stupid stuff over and over. In your head, you’re like dang, why don’t you see what I see? From your perspective, you watch the person who is too stubborn to change, lead a life of discontentment and unrest.

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret…ready?

You can’t make people change. I’m sorry to break the news to you, but it’s true. People have to want change for themselves.

You can lead a mule to water but you can’t make it drink.

In the Bible, Jesus, the king of kings, the savior of the world, saw that even though he performed miracles (healed people, brought people back from the dead, turned water into wine…I mean you can’t beat that), people did not stop sinning. Matthew 11:20 states “Jesus criticized the cities where he did most of his miracles because the people did not change their lives and stop sinning.”

I mean if I saw some guy walk on water, I would change whole-heartedly…but that’s just me.

People are flawed, complex creatures with their own story…life journey. You don’t know what people are going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Asking them…dragging them will not help you or them.

Rookie Notes:

I’ve learned that if “you want people to change,” lead by example. Live so awesomely that they will see a spark causing them to want the same for themselves.

When they’ve decided that they want to make that leap, encourage them. Build them up. Be their cheerleader. Because you know what? For every one person encouraging them, there are 10 more ripping them down. They don’t need one more belittler.

Pray. Pray for them. Prayer never hurts.

Have You Ever Wanted Someone To Change?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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Why People Fail (Part 1)

My First Radio Interview

All Work, No Play?

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Why People Fail (Part 1)

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A lot of my discontentment comes from the days I flounder around like a fish out of water. This metaphorical feeling stems from the lack of planning. When I do not write down what I want to accomplish for the day, I drift around aimlessly without anything to short for. For me, in order to get stuff done, I must have a list of activities that I would like to do for that day. This list shows what I will be engaged in, it’s a blueprint for my day and a baby step to my goals and dreams. Without a plan I feel like a failure and the reality is that I don’t get much done for that day.

Rookie Note:

Before you go to sleep each night, write down a list of activities that you want to accomplish for that day. This is crucial because you already know what is expected for you that day.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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My First Radio Interview

All Work, No Play?

My Notes on Buying a Used Car (Part 1)

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My First Radio Interview

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Last weekend, I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed by writer, author, wordsmith Annette Rochelle Aben on the “wisdom of success.”

I was nervous to do the interview because of lack of confidence. I thought that I was not qualified to offer my thoughts on the wisdom of success, despite all of the awesome things that I have accomplished thus far. I was afraid that when someone found out about the interview, they would think I was being presumptuous and think I was all that and a bag of chips. But my internal fears are unfounded, and thankfully I got over my self-consciousness and did the interview.

In life, it doesn’t matter what other people think. Own your achievements (something I am definitely working on)! I’m learning that it is okay, to be proud of yourself. Just because you may feel abnormal or doing things that people your age aren’t doesn’t mean you should hide in a corner.

This was an incredible opportunity that I’m glad I didn’t pass up due to self-doubt and fear. It was my first time on the radio and I should be proud of that.

In the link below you will be directed to the interview. Take a listen and tell me what you think. And Ms. Annette, thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!

How to reach Annette Rochelle Aben:

https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

Annette’s Facebook page

Perspective power Facebook Page

Twitter: @YouaretheExpert

Link to the interview

Until next time,

Chelsea

In case you’ve missed it, check out:

All Work, No Play?

My Notes on Buying a Used Car (Part 1)

Opportunities You Should Know About

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