Exeter UFO Festival: A Unique Community Fundraiser

Exeter, NH invaded by aliens?!  See for yourself:

@hirejensvoice Invaded by aliens?! Hear for yourself!👽 🛸 👾 #ufo #aliens #alien #festivalseason #festivals #exeternh #exeternhliving #nhliving #castingdirector #castingsirector #creativedirector #documentary #documentaryfilm #directorlife #documentaryphotography #ufodocumentary #aliendocumentary #explainer #explainervideo ♬ UFO song (mysterious BGM) – LEOPARD

There was certainly a serious component to the festival as well. With speakers sharing their experiences of encounters and enthusiasts gathering to share the latest information, there was something for everyone at the Exeter UFO Festival.

The Exeter UFO Festival is based around the “Incident at Exeter” which took place in 1965. You can hear a little more about it by watching the video above but have fun going down the rabbit hole with our good friend Google.

One of the coolest things about this festival is that it is a fundraiser for the local Kiwanis Club. It is the neatest thing that the Kiwanis run, man, and put on the entire festival. Talk about a unique and open minded idea for a fundraiser!

The festival takes place every September and you can find out more about it by clicking here. Start making your plans now for this out of the world event!

5 Books that Shifted My Mindset to Build My Business

I don’t know about you, but the moment I realized my success is one hundred percent determined by mindset is when I started booking more consistent work as a voice over talent, having my writing published, and becoming efficient in my daily work.

I used to think my success was dependent on how much I knew, how good I was, or how hard I worked. Yeah. I had a lot of wasted energy, time, and resources.

Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.

I would work in a way that felt like I was working really, really, hard but my bookings wouldn’t increase. I would log the hours but be uncertain about every single action I took. It was inefficient, unproductive, and led to living in a circle of feeding my insecurities.

Once I realized that being powerful required a particular mindset, my days became efficient. It was easier for me to see which work was productive and which work was busy work. Work that previously took me hours to do would be finished before my morning coffee.

Taking action -any action- to really move my business forward built my confidence. This required a mindset shift. I did not know how to do that on my own. I needed help.

photo of book titles laying on a deskAs I most often do I sought out resources to help. I found podcasts, talks, platforms, books, coaches… lots of ways that helped me shift my mindset. Today I want to share 5 books that helped me shift my mindset to build my business:

  1. Women Who Think too Much

Written by Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Women Who Think Too Much gives us a perspective shift on analyzing negative thoughts and experiences. Backed by groundbreaking research and strategies, this book helped me break free of the unproductive spiral I was in. So many times as I read this book I found myself saying -out loud- “oh my gosh! That makes total sense!”

2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Anything by Brene Brown is a win in my book and I am always surprised by how few people have actually read her work. I think folks believe her work is all about hippy-dippy flowery goodness.

Photo of Book Titled "Women Who Think too Much"Brene Brown’s work is backed by solid science and research and is used in schools, Fortune 500 companies, and with the leadership of some of the most respected companies and organizations in existence.

I selected “Rising Strong” as the book to recommend because it specifically delves into the characteristics of those who have risen from falling. And which of us has not fallen? I fall daily! We all know it’s the getting up that matters. Rising Strong gives us valuable information to help us rise stronger.

3. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

A few years ago I posted  on Facebook about how happy and grateful I was because life was going so well. I shared that I had to override my worry that something was going to ruin it. A friend reached out to me with this book.

In “The Big Leap”, Gay Hendricks helps us understand that not only is it okay to live life as though only good things will come but that it determines whether or not they will.

This is not in a woo-woo sort of way where we just sit back, let good stuff manifest, and wait for it to fall into our lap. This book is about the way we move through our days and lives and what that begets. Gay Hendricks was the first person in my life who ever told me it was reasonable to expect only good things. Once I believed him, life got better.

4. 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

If you haven’t heard of this book yet I am glad I am including it. It has become so popular I almost did not include it in this list- I figured everyone knows about it.  But it helped me learn to do the action. To stop turning over every possibility and weighing every potential outcome before taking action. It helped me to do.

I know I am not alone in having issues with perfectionism and procrastination so I am recommending this tool. If you have not read it, I recommend that you do!

5. The Confidence Code by Kathy Kay and Claire Shipman
photo of book titles The Confidence CodeAdmittedly I was not even sure I was going to read this one. I thought it was going to be goofy, 101, obvious statements- not strategies and practical ways of building confidence.

Turned out this book was another game changer for me. It got me to start taking action. Once I saw the nueroscience about how taking action rewires our brain for confidence it all made sense. My perfectionism started to fade as I realized even failure was more productive and better for my brain than inaction.

And it’s pretty amazing what action -any action- does to move a business forward.

Go Forth! Read! Shift your Mindset!

Our time is super valuable. It’s frustrating when we invest our time in a book only to find out it is rhetoric or does not help. I have read quite a few of those books.

These books come with my recommendation. After sifting through all that I have read I chose these five books to share. Each of them helped me develop the mindset I need to move forward in my business.

Shifting a mindset is not a quick and easy process. It takes work and it takes time. But a little bit everyday really does add up.

What better resources to start with than those which have already been vetted? What better time to start than today?

I am always adding to my resources and tools collection. Do you have resources that have helped with mindset? Would you be open to sharing them in the comments?


Things to Do During Coronavirus Shutdown from Artists, Musicians, and More

Things to do during coronavirus shutdown.

What a time we are living in! Yes, it’s scary and crazy but look at all the incredible offerings artists, curators, educators, and planners are making avaialable- many for free! So while we are being responsible and social distancing at home, let’s explore the world, the arts, remember that we are all in this together, and check out these things to do during the coronavirus shutdown!

If you know of other cool things please share them in the comments. Regarding the organization of this list, or lack thereof, I was planning to organize this list by type of offering, then I changed my mind. Poke through. Look at all of the offerings- you may find something you enjoy that you wouldn’t have thought of! 

Virtual Musem Tours

Love the museum and miss going? Love the museum but hate the crowds? Well, you are in luck! Click here for 12 virtual museum tours!

Color the Collections of Over 100 Museums- for Grown-Ups!

Over 100 museums invite you to “Color Their Collections” with Free Coloring Books for Grown-Ups! Click here.

Fun and Free Science for Kids (and their grown-ups)!

Open and Go Lessons that Inspire Kids to Love Science. Click here. 

Art and Drawing Lessons for Kids (and grown-ups, too!). 

Welcome to our family YouTube channel, Art For Kids Hub! We love doing art together and hope you follow along with us. Many of our lessons are perfect for any age, all you need is a few supplies! Click here.

Met Opera Free Streams

Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure. Click here. 

Learn to Type for Free

Here is a simple and free way to learn to type. Click here. 

History Crash Courses

Fun and digestable hisory lessons (and let me tell you these really are not just for kids!)

Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you computer science, Craig Benzine teaches film history, and Mike Rugnetta is teaching mythology! Check out the playlists for past courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.

Click here for Crash Courses for older kids. 

Click here for Crash Courses for younger kids

Here’s a super helpful podcast with Roya Dedeaux, Marriage and Family Therapist, about how to parent during coronavirus. It’s also helpful for those who are not parents but are feeling afraid or discombubulated.Listen here:

Learn to Play Piano!

Here is an online resource to learn to play if you have a keyboard or piano. Click here. 

Scholastic Free Learn at Home Resources

Fun activities for kiddos while they are at home- free from Scholastic. Click here. 

Free Memberships for Kids to Online Subscription Sites

Kid Activities Blog has already done the work on this one so visit their site to see the resources- there are so many great ones! Click here. 

DIY Projects for Badges

Thousands of DIY projects with step-by-step videos. Marketing is geared toward kids but don’t let that stop you if you are a grown-up! Click here.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

That’s right! Join Mo Willems daily to doodle! Click here.  

The Social Distancing Festival

“The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).” Click here. 

Richard Simmons Workout

Oh my gosh! When my friend Amanda posted this I broke into a huge smile! How fun! Click here. 

15 Broadway Shows and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

What an opportunity! Click here. 

Ride Disney Rides From your Couch!

Thanks to Romper . com for putting togehter a list of rides we can ride from home! Click here. 


Whether you like to play around with photos, use them for wallpaper, or marvel at them, NASA Has give us a real gift! Click here. 

Tour US Parks Virtually

Thrillist has a list of the parks as well as tips for how to use the site- thank you Thrillist! Click here. 

450 Free Ivy League Classes You Can Take from Home

Whatever your iterest, you can surely find something that occupies and fascinates you! Click here.

From boot camp to yoga, YMCA launches 60 free online classes for people stuck at home

Fun for anyone in the family who wants to move. Click here. 

A List of Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown

I really wasn’t sure how this was going to work. How could these musicians perform a live conert without a crowd? After watching the Dropkick Murphy’s on Tuesday though, let me tell you, they are doing it. Absolutely amazing! Click here for the list. 

If You’re Stuck Inside, Might As Well Enjoy This List of Animal Cams

Okay, this is awesome! Click here to feel an immediate sense of peace and joy by watching animals go on as though all is right in the world.

What other cool things to do during coronoavirus shutdown have you found? Will you share them in the comments? I’ll keep adding to this list as I find things, too. 


New Hampshire Voice Over Talent Settles on Seacoast

New Hampshire Voice Over Talent Settles on Seacoast

Formerly of Denver, Colorado, Jen Keefe, Voice Over Talent has settled on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

Jen understands that much of your resources, energy, and time are invested in your project and she is honored to be a small part of bringing it to fruition. Whether you are looking to have your training video narrated with a friendly and authoritative voice, your welcome collateral delivered from the woman next door, or another goal entirely, Jen’s professionalism will make this part of the project easy.

Available for in-person sessions throughout the New England Area or from her broadcast-quality studio worldwide, Jen loves working together with her clients to create the outcome that will reach listeners.

You can listen to her voice by clicking here and contact her by clicking here