Can you believe July is here? Or rather, can you Belieber July is here – in honor of the Justin Beiber concert on Tuesday. Yes, I said it. If you thought June was insane, and there’s still more to come, July doesn’t settle down any. Especially at the Chesapeake Energy Arena! Here’s what I have today:
FJust when I thought it was going to be a not so crazy week in Oklahoma City, BAM! I took a closer look and there’s some pretty great stuff happening. And once again, with variety and for so many demographics. I love it!
Friday is Summer Solstice. It will be the longest day of the year. Sunrise is at 6:15am. Sunset is at 8:48pm. What will you do for the longest day of the year?
Don’t forget to tune into Eggman in the Morning with Shawn Carey on KZLS 99.7 The True Oldies Channel every Wednesday morning at 7:30am.
Hola! Hope you’re having a great week. I am. Just feel really together this week. It’s a great feeling to have. The heat is on OKC and for once, I don’t hate it! I embrace it! Last weekend was insanely filled with events. Too bad the Charlie Christian Festival just canceled. I thought that was odd. And when are we going to get over the fact that this city can have more than one event on one weekend? We’ve arrived! We have arrived.
Father’s Day is Sunday. Thanks to MetroFamily Magazine for their wonderful list of things to do on Sunday. It’s posted below.
The featured image I’m using is of me, my sisters Janet and Kathy and my dad from 1968 in a traditional backyard little pool. I’m the baby! A little tribute to my dad, Bob Spears.
This is something new I’m going to start. I’ve become an Instagram fanatic! I think these images can sum up my month’s experience better than words! But here are words to summarize:
First Friday in Paseo, a KFOR interview with Ali, (@amanchor), Kentucky Derby, Ladybugs, Silo Art Project, Eggman, Captain Lucky the foster dog, Amtrak Heartland Flyer to Ft. Worth, remembering Carolyn Hill, saying goodbye to Camp Cimarron, a sudden heartbreaking death, Memorial Day weekend at the lake, and an insane weather month.
I encourage you to get on Instagram today! Look for me @lesliesokc!
May 3: Did an interview with KFOR’s Ali Meyer. It was super fun and very effective for Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday Gallery Walk in Paseo
Kentucky Derby hat party at Clarissa & Greg’s. Hat from Craig’s Curious Emporium
Got this beautiful painting by Thomas Batista for my work on his website and social media
Ladybug release at the Myriad Gardens
Lady Bug Release at the Myriad Gardens
Met the Silo Art Project artist Rick Sinnett. He’s amazing. So cool. Looking forward to this project so much!
The Silo Art Project and/or Rocktown Climbing Gym
My weekly gig with the Eggman on KZLS Wednesday mornings continues!
Took photographs for Trichology as they did hair styling and make-up for the Children’s Center prom. Very moving.
Visited Carolyn Hill’s grave on the anniversary of her passing. Gosh I miss her. Brought Josey with me.
Rode the Heartland Flyer Amtrak to Ft. Worth with Little Caesars Pizza!
Heartland Flyer Amtrak Trip
Lucky my foster dog
Went to Camp Cimarron in Coyle for the Farewell weekend
Downtown Coyle, OK
My sister Kathy was in town for Camp Cimarron’s weekend. We had a sibling gathering
Hiding from the May 20 tornado in the Santa Fe Parking Garage
We rode the scooter around the lake. I was especially sad because of the passing of Sidney More
My last photo taken with Sidney at my going away party on the roof terrace
Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Eufaula. Here I am on the pontoon
My fun, 20 something friends. Love those guys. It’s always a great weekend at the lake with them there.
Josey and Albert at Lake Eufaula Memorial Day Weekend
Just a couple of Sidney’s cousins mourning his loss graveside
Walking barefoot at the Myriad Gardens
This painting wraps up an insane weather month for OKC. Such tragedy. I have no doubt the city will become whole again.
This past spring I had the great fortune to attend the EntreLeadership one-day event with Dave Ramsey at the Cox Convention Center. This is different from his Total Money Makeover events. Seeing him speak in person was awesome! He is an amazing speaker who uses humor, humility, and his experiences to explain his company’s philosophy on creating a productive, successful workplace environment. He’s passing on lessons learned from growing his Nashville-based business from the bottom up. It was not an aha-moment for me, which has become so cliché. It was more like I stepped outside of my body and saw some things I’ve done in my career life.
The bottom line is something I’ve known for a while now and that’s how people are treated. From staff, clients, vendors – even competitors. I really feel like a lot of companies have forgotten this and it’s become an epidemic. You treat employees great, you’ll have happy customers. Respect vendors and competitors falls under “what goes around-comes around..”
Here are my notes but really, if you get an opportunity to go, do it. There is a book out but seeing him tell it in person is mind opening. I also really enjoyed John Acuff, author of the book Quitter, which is exactly what I’ve done as well a growing list of others. Chris Hogan was also great to see in person. What a voice!
Me, Dave Ramsey and Colin with Little Caesars Pizza corporate office
Definitions in a workplace environment:
The “Leader” is a person who rules, guides or inspires others.
Entrepreneur: A person who organizes, operates and assumes risk for a venture.
Entreleadership: The process of leading to cause a venture to grow and prosper.
The Playbook for success:
A championship team is no accident.
PEOPLE Matter: (I capitalized People – this is huge to me!)
Customers are people; don’t treat them like revenue units.
Vendors are people; treat them like family.
Team members are people, not units of production.
Competitors are people; don’t destroy them to win.
It’s a magical time of year in Oklahoma City! It’s the WEEKEND OF THE FESTIVAL! I mean, there’s just something for EVERYONE! deadCENTER Film Festival starts Wednesday, Red Earth Festival (love the parade & grand entry), the Charlie Christian International Music Festival and the Prix de West start on Friday. Always happy for First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District. A lot of people are talking about the Kenny Wayne Shepherd concert at the Diamond Ballroom, which is a benefit concert for the tornado victims. I’ve included the Jerry Jeff Walker concert at Riverwind on Friday… just reminds me of the days when I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina. My mom and I just loved that Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother song and we were anything but redneck! It was the 70s. We leaned the happy hippie style.
Please enjoy. There is so much to do in this town! Don’t ever get baffled. Let me help you! Let me… tell you where to go!
Be sure to tune into Eggman in the Morning with Shawn Carey on KZLS 99.7FM The True Oldies Channel Wednesdays at 7:30am!