On Seizures and Fighting Fear

Everyone says that the best way to start fighting fear is to learn about the thing that you most fear. Chris Brogan talks quite a bit about it in his book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth and these are some pretty amazing quotes as well: 


Face your Fears

The concept about learning more about that which you fear made absolutely NO sense to me. At least, it didn’t until our dog started having seizures. We adopted him, literally from the street, when he was just a baby (about 8 weeks old) and he quickly became a beloved member of our family. Not one that most would choose, even his breed name meant “lowest of the low”, but he was truly loyal, energetic and adored by everyone who met him.

The first time I got a phone call, I was instantly in a state of panic. He was at the enrichment class we call doggy daycare and one of the staff told me as I drove that she wasn’t sure what happened, but he apparently had a seizure, and it was long enough that she had to physically lay with him on the floor until it stopped, a very long two minutes later. 

I am not sure whether he had any previously or how many more he had since then – out of my presence – but the first one I witnessed was horrifying.

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Top Twenty Podcasts you should be listening to

Podcasts are “where it’s at” when it comes to the best way to be productive these days. I have listened to MANY podcasts and have narrowed it down to my top top favorites to share with you today.

Top Podcasts Naomi Hattaway

You can listen to them while you’re running (MUCH better than the hyped up playlist of BPM over 120) or while waiting in the car pickup line at school. You can stick one earpiece in while grocery shopping and laugh in the produce aisle, much to the other shoppers’ chagrin, or simply tune out while eating your lunch or while you get ready for bed.

I give you, the top twenty podcasts you should be listening to:
What'Cha Growin Podcast with yougrowgirl.com
What’cha Growing with Gayle Trail

Graham Norton BBC Radio

Conversations with Richard Fidler

Satellite Sisters News Talk and Laughs

Satellite Sisters

Chris Brogan and The Owner's Mind

The Owners Magazine with Chris Brogan

Freakonomics Radi

Freakonomics Radio 

Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields

Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields

Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative

This American Life

This American Life

Seth Godin Start Up School

Startup School by Seth Godin


How she really does it


Wait!  That’s only THIRTEEN!  Where’s the rest?  That’s where YOU come in!

What is YOUR favorite podcast? Let me know in the comments and we’ll create an even longer list of the top podcasts of 2014!

Virtual Happy Hour and Mango Margaritas

I am SUCH a crazy mad woman when it comes to community. It really should be my middle name. Although “Naomi Community Hattaway” wouldn’t roll off the tongue very well. Anyway.

At lunch recently with the Husb, I told him that our new goal in life should be to find friends that we can grow old with. We have loads of amazing friends sprinkled all over the world, but I mean ones that we can go have mango margaritas with at lunch when we are 75 (true story from today at Red Lobster. I should have taken a picture of this crew … they were precious!) or meet up for the matinee showing of the latest movie when we are 90.

I miss after-school happy hour with my girlfriends in Delhi and Singapore … and miss my Binkies & Beer with the ladies in Ohio (not to mention coffee mornings and Dinner Delivered with the other mamas) … and don’t get me started on my small tribe here in Orlando that is always up for gettin’ into some kind of trouble.

My online tribe is gaining traction though and pulling up the rear with a strong “we’re here too!” and I’m so excited to be participating in a Virtual Happy Hour and Mango Margaritas with Regina of By Regina and Maru of FashionyFab. Those that are participating are sharing some tips via video, pouring a cocktail, and then watching the other videos. I’ll have red wine, please?

Each month features a new topic and I’ve chosen this one:

Virtual Happy Hour with By Regina


Now … this is the SECOND video I’ve done for the blog and while it’s not perfect, it is pretty authentic AND super streamlined as I did it in one take. Also? What’s up with the time lag on the audio and the video? Weird. Anyway, take me as I am, friends, stuttering over words and looking off-camera WAY too much! I give you, “Five easy ways to get our blog ‘show ready'”

Virtual Happy Hour from Naomi Hattaway on Vimeo.

What do you think? Next month, I wont’ be rushed and will try to use less “ums” and definitely won’t get up halfway through to adjust my clothing (awkward?)

(bonus points for noticing my awesome foreign coin jewelry … blog post coming up about those!)

Check out our hosts’ blogs for some great stuff : Regina from By Regina and Maru from Fashiony Fab and the other two gals participating, Brooke and Jennifer 


Do you have any tips for getting show ready, whether it’s a house on the market or a blog?



The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan {a review}

I have always been an avid reader. I’ve always carried around two things, ever since I can remember and from what my family tells me, even before I can remember: at least one book and a notebook/journal. I also have an innate way of being able to connect people with like-minded people, whether it be for a project or potential friendship. I spot typos like you wouldn’t believe (a totally annoying “talent”) and I function best when I have the majority of my day to myself, in the quiet (or with music playing).

I am really good at providing counsel and propelling people to get s#!* done. I get insanely worked up about lack of diversity in marketing campaigns (hello to non-profit organizations who fail to acknowledge diversity in every dang thing that you do!) and social injustice. I get emotional about those who are stuck in the poverty cycle and especially those who were born in places where they are not honored or educated because of the color of their skin or their gender.

This, among a whole long list of other weird traits and personality quirks means that I am a freak. And the freaks SHALL inherit the earth!

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth

I recently read the latest book by Chris Brogan, called The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth and I was hooked right off the bat. I’ve been getting really tired of the overkill of the latest buzz of media, manuals, self-help books and how-to websites out there to help people find their passion, discover their purpose in life and create the business they were meant to establish.

It’s all super insular and reminds me of a cavern. You get sucked into this advice and their voices and all of the things they say you should be doing and it just can be too much. You can’t remember how you got down into the cavern and the way out isn’t very obvious. I totally acknowledge that this chatter obviously works for loads of people, but it wasn’t clicking for me. I was finding myself really frustrated, overwhelmed and even saddened by the fact that it just didn’t FIT ME. I don’t really WANT to write a bunch of ebooks or link up with the big blogging networks for their advertising schemes. I don’t think it gelled with my style to start accepting gigs that don’t make me so excited that I holler “Hell yeah!” in response as opposed to a weak “I guess” because that’s what ‘they’ all said was the right business / marketing path.

Then I read this book (and yes, I read it three times because I wanted it to all really soak in). It was a big exhale, a subsequent breath of air and then a rush of relief.

Finally, FINALLY someone is paying homage to the fact that connections, community and collaboration REALLY matter in this big thing called life. When those things matter in life, they also matter in business. It matters that you find the people who you would serve, even if they can do absolutely nothing FOR YOU in return. It’s not all hype, fast talk and linking up. It’s Monchu.

(see below for the awesome description of Monchu)

My words won’t do his any justice, so I am simply going to share just a couple of my favorite pieces of the book. If I had purchased a hardcopy instead of a kindle version, it would be full of color due to all of the highlighting. Lucky for me, kindle makes it super awesome to do the very same thing while reading.

On Authenticity and Sharing YOU ||

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On Community ||

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I may be *this* close to scheduling those motorcycle license endorsement classes! Ride on!

On Fellow Freaks ||

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On Quitting ||

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On Success ||

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On Time and Organization ||

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Three cheers for this! I yell it from the rooftops with those who work with my Egads program.

But I love that this is reframing it, mastery not management. Can I borrow that new terminology, Chris?


On Expanding ||

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On the naysayers and poop-slingers ||

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On Life in General ||

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If you’re still with me at the bottom of this review, it’s worth your time to also listen to a great interview of the author by Terry Brock:


Chris’ book is available on Amazon in hardcover and for your Kindle. If you read it, I would totally love to know what you think about it!

Which of the quotes / thoughts above are your favorites? Let’s chat in the comments.

(Interestingly enough, Amazon is saying I can loan my kindle book to ONE person for a period of 14 days … I’ll do a random draw next week from the comments so that one of you lucky readers can take advantage of the loan! Cool, huh? Or you may be an impatient freak like me and would rather just purchase your own copy. That’s ok too!)

I’m a #proudfreak