It’s all About Networking

I’m sure most of you who are in the workforce, or getting ready to enter the workforce have heard that phrase often – it’s all about networking.  Networking is supposed to gain access to new opportunities you may not have had without that network (most likely a person).

I have always wanted to become a public/motivational speaker on topics that affect my life such as teen pregnancy, depression, and attaining goals and aspirations despite hard circumstances.

As some of you know, I graduated high school with honors this past year despite having a child at 16 and switching from regular school, to online, and back to regular school.

While the end of my senior year was approaching we had many senior meetings with our principal to discuss different topics such as the graduation ceremony, graduation requirements, moving onto college, and staying a part of our school family.

During one of our meetings, I believe it was the last one, our principal noted that even though we were moving onto bigger and better things, to never forget the family we had there.  He spoke of times former students would e-mail him expressing their thoughts and views on things going on at the school, and ways to improve student life.  He told us that he appreciates those e-mails and to always let him know of any ideas we have, or even just to say “hi”.

That struck a chord in me and I sat on it all summer long.  Then, one day I finally stood up and took action on my thought.  I had been working all senior year to guest speak in classes about being a teen parent.  Plans fell through however.  I decided I would take up my former principal on his offer to e-mail him any ideas we came up with.  So I e-mailed him.

In that e-mail I told him about my experience throughout high school, as I know I went to a school of over 2000 students and peoples’ stories can become lost in the crowd, unless you’re in the principals office often, which I never had been.  I couldn’t even tell you where his office was.  I expressed my desire to become a public speaker someday and thought that speaking at the high school would be a great stepping stone into that world.

I patiently awaited a response.  I also kept in mind that I contacted him during the hustle and bustle of back-to-school time, so I gave it a while.

Then I heard back from him and I was pleasantly surprised!  He forwarded the e-mail to one of the health teachers, who contacted me shortly there after.  He wanted to set up a meeting with me to discuss my idea for the speaking arrangement with him and another health teacher at the school.  Of course I was happy to do so!

I went to the meeting and it went great, regardless of my nerves.  He said he would contact me soon, after he ran it by the principal again just to make sure it was alright to book me for a speaking time.  I didn’t hear from him for a while and began to lose hope.  I started accepting that maybe this opportunity wasn’t the right one and I would come across another.

Then I had this inkling to check my e-mail today.  Just to make sure.

Low and behold I had an e-mail!  I got a date for my speaking opportunity and I couldn’t be any happier!  Now I can start planning what I’ll talk about and the activities that I will have the students do.

But, that’s not it!

My former principal also forwarded the original e-mail I sent him onto the student achievement advisor.  I got an e-mail from her as well. This is the big news.

She told me of a High School Forum that’s held at a local church each year.  This is where guest speakers come to speak about various topics related to sex education, relationships, self-esteem, and teen pregnancy.  10-20 students from each high school in our district (which is the largest in our state) attends the forum.

So what’s the big news?  (I love keeping you on the edge of your seat!)

She invited me to be the keynote speaker for the event!

Yes, you read that right!  ME – the keynote speaker at an event!  How amazing is that?!  Just truly amazing!  I can’t thank my former principal enough to give me these opportunities and give me ties to these people in my community.  I also can’t thank the teachers that I met with enough for opening their classrooms to me, to allow me to share my story in hopes it will affect these young persons’ lives.

I am beyond thrilled and ecstatic for these opportunities I’ve been blessed with.

you don’t fit the requirements for your dreams yet, 

become the requirements,

chase your dreams and you will succeed,


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Last Round – Last Chance!

Hi everyone! I recently wrote about the most popular driver award for my racing. I wanted to say THANK YOU a million times to those who voted for me. I entered into the third and FINAL round today! This is the round in which the winner will be chosen so I need each and every one of you to vote for Payton English! Please take ten seconds to go to this link, click on Payton English, then vote. Afterward, get all of your friends and family vote as well! Share it on your facebook, blog, Twitter, etc. everything!

If you have voted, and share please comment below do I can thank you accordingly! I appreciate all of my amazing dans who have made this possible.

If you’d also like to support the Payton English Racing Team, and want a cool shirt, check out this link!

Have a great day!

Struggling – We All Do it

What do YOU struggle with?  Are you currently working on it?  What do you do to counteract the struggle if you know it’s going to happen (for example, you know you’re a procrastinator so you make it a priority to sit down and get things done as soon as you know of what you need to do like a homework assignment or project for work)?


2014 in review – thank you for a great year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Kiss My BUTT Finals!

In the past about two days I have written a total of 13 papers.  Which totalled around 31 pages total.  Let’s put it this way: I AM BEYOND ECSTATIC THAT I AM DONE WITH FINALS!

I have taken it upon myself to put together a collection of pictures to describe how I’ve felt these past couple weeks.

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So if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been through a :LOT and I am so happy it’s over.  Let’s just forget this whole finals thing ever happened, alright?

On another note, I may be switching to a tech school so I can get my degree faster, and have it job specific.  Not to mention it’s cheaper as well.  I just e-mailed them about a campus visit, woohoo!

Hopefully this means I’ll get to a better paying job to support Annabelle and I even sooner than I expected.  Crossing my fingers!

such is life


If You Want to Know More…

As a lot of you know, I have started my public speaking career.  I have been meaning to make a blog for my public speaking.  That way I can have a place for other to contact me for speaking opportunities, and other things in that regard.  Like my website, but with a blog as well so I can talk about my experiences.

If you want to know more about my public speaking you can follow my other blog here.

I hope you enjoy


That Hard Earned…


and you know it’s the best feeling ever when you totally thought you bombed that assignment.

I had to write my first real college paper this past week.  I completely forgot about it up until the night before it was due.  Talk about sweating it hard that night… whew.  I thought it was the worst paper I’d ever written because the only requirement was that it had to be a minimum of 3 pages long.  I usually never worry about length requirements because I tend to explain things very thoroughly, and give lots of detail.  I typically write about twice the requirement.

I went online to check if my professor posted any new discussions only to see that “comments awaiting viewing” icon.  My heart started racing, and quite frankly I didn’t want to look at the computer.  I clicked on it, looked away, slowly looked back and YES 50/50!  I was on cloud 9 for about one second.

This is also my redemption from getting a C on my first project in another class.  That’s probably why I was nervous to look at my grade.  It’s not my first college A (especially if you include when I went to business school because I got all A’s and maybe one B), but it was my first ever paper and it was an A!  So I’m going to say that’s a success, right?  Right!

keep on working hard


It’s a Short Life

So what are you going to do with it?

Are you going to live out your dreams, be a passenger in someone else’s, or simply pass by through life?  Do you want to be a dot on the map, or something that makes all the other dots a bit better or happier?  Are you selfless, or in it for your own gain?  Will you be alright taking a cut in pay if it meant living out your dreams?  Do you have a plan, or are you simply living day by day?  Do you want to get married, settle down, have a family?  Or be a nomad and simply observe everyone else’s lives?  Are you willing to pour your heart into something?  Do you have a ton of dreams, or just a few?

These are all important life questions that must be answered.  The question is, how long will you wait to answer them?

when are you going to answer the questions of life?