Have you seen at least one or all seven episodes of #savingtheirkitchen?
It goes a little like this.
Liz has hired me to save her kitchen. She had been on the fence for awhile and after running into me at the grocery store, she decided to take the plunge and invited me over for that initial consultation.
And then there is Ken. He wanted nothing to do with it and has given me a hard time from day one.
Not wanting to follow the rules as I’ve instructed.
Oh, he acts like he is happy to see me, but he pokes fun of what I do and struggles with giving up sugar and junk food.
That, by the way, is a made up story line and they are just acting it out with me, as per my request back in the spring.
What on earth, you ask?
Aren’t you a health coach, you ask?
But a bit different in my approach.
All the way around.
There is a place for all types of coaches in this business.
Most are formal and very professional.
They meet with clients, give them nutritional plans and help them along their journey.
I do too!
That’s what we are supposed to do.
But those that know me, know, or have come to realize that I’m a bit different in my approach.
I. Love. Humor.
I. Love. Teaching. People.
I. Talk. Like. This. A. Lot.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to reach people in a different kinda way.
I had to stand out amongst the crowd.
When I began this blog back in August of 2015, I decided to have short videos that included myself and my daughter, making them a bit outlandish and ridiculous.
The purpose was to have people watch, have a few laughs and then be led to what it was that I was wanting to teach people on my blog.
That was it.
If you go back to my very first post about sugar, you’ll see our first video.
Rachel is making Kool-Aid and is pouring a ridiculous amount of sugar into the pitcher before I begin realizing what it is that she is actually doing.
People liked it.
So we did more of them.
I became more confident in what I was doing and surprisingly became more comfortable with myself and in front of the camera.
That was huge.
Rachel lived at home and we worked in an office together. Which made doing these videos quite easy.
And then we both left that job and due to her long hours, it became a bit tough to shoot more of these videos together.
In late March, early April, I was feeling the pressure (put on myself) to continue shooting videos, when kinda out of nowhere, Ken popped into my mind.
What you see on camera is exactly what I had envisioned.
Ken is a natural comedian and has been asked to perform on many occasions in funny skits at our church. For many years.
Liz and I have worked together in the nursery at church as well as being in a few Bible studies together.
I’ve known them both for several years.
I felt super impressed to text Liz and ask if perhaps she and Ken would be willing to shoot a video with me, at the store, just once.
I had originally envisioned them hiding from me at the store. Because this is how they see me.
To kind of shake things up a bit, but keep my unusual format going, I could totally see something.
I created a text to her and then before actually sending it, I hesitated and deleted it.
I was like, what am I doing. She’s gonna be like, WHAT!?
I never sent the original text.
I sat on it.
Not too long after that, I couldn’t shake what it was that I felt that I wanted to do. And it still included them.
So this time, I actually sent the text.
She replied with, “sounds fun, let me check with Ken.”
She later told me that she showed Ken some of my videos, to give him an idea of what it was that I did and he thought they were funny and agreed to do it.
So, here I was, on a Friday night in April, driving to meet them at their house.
What was I doing!?
I had no script, only an idea.
And my iPhone.
I brushed it off and went with it.
After some discussion at their house, I told them that if they were willing, I could actually see a few videos instead of just one.
They agreed to do it.
Almost like, whatever you need Shari.
So I ran with it.
We shot the first one, where he is in the camera stating that he is not giving up his Cheetos, as Liz and I sit at the table in the background, discussing what was about to start taking place in their kitchen.
That ended up being episode 2.
Because we then went to Kroger and shot the now infamous clip where I ‘run into them’ and she invites me over.
That’s episode 1.
All three of us enjoyed creating what we thought were pretty funny clips and when I got home, I uploaded the first one to STK and called it #savingtheirkitchen, episode 1.
I was super excited to see what type of feedback that I would receive introducing this whole new concept.
And it was GRAND.
We went ahead and then shot episode three, where I bring over their menu that I’ve created for them and also check to see if they need any further assistance.
It’s where the now famous line of his originated, “Bye Shaaaaarrrrrriiiiii! Seeeeeeeeee ya!”
He really got into character after that one.
He then goes from eating too many Larabars, claiming that his cravings are out of control, to working out like a madman, while eating donuts, claiming that he can eat whatever he wants as long as he works out.
See where I’m always going with these?
They aren’t too far off from the way a lot of people are or think.
And that’s why I do them.
I’ve had many people relate to my imaginary couple, message me and then end up meeting with me to truly save their kitchen.
We then go back to the store, where he hears my voice while shopping.
I’m not there.
Many people have told me that they ‘hear’ my voice while at the grocery store.
After episode 7, we knew that a very hectic and busy summer was up ahead.
And it was.
We are now long overdue for episode 8 and we are trying hard to set a time to get together and shoot a few more.
Soon people. Soon.
Oh……this next one is going to be GREAT.
I’ve had the idea for a few weeks now.
I’ve truly enjoyed adding these to the rest of what I do.
And it works.
I blog, have all sorts of videos, have an Instagram account and operate both my business page and a private group on Facebook.
Those alone keep my busy but it’s great marketing.
If you have a business and don’t use social media, you are missing out.
I use it to the fullest.
And I wonder why I am so crazy busy.
People tell me all the time how much they love my ‘Ken videos’ and are anxiously awaiting new ones.
I kid and tell them that I need to just become his agent.
I’m super grateful that they agreed to this and are willing to give of their time to STK.
It has put them even into a different light with people.
They are often kidded with:
“Are you really doing what Shari does?”
“Does Shari know you are eating that?”
To me receiving a text back in June like this.
I showed Liz that text and she said that she didn’t even notice someone ‘stalking’ them.
We both cracked up at where this all has ended up.
It’s been super fun and I’m super blessed.
I say it often, but it’s true.
I once was stuck in a very stressful job and now I’m doing what I love, the way I want.
Making people laugh.
Saving their kitchen.
I hope that I never lose this excitement.