Catch Sharon Lee Zapata on the #PirateBroadcast - russjohns

Catch Sharon Lee Zapata on the #PirateBroadcast

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Introduction 0:04
Welcome to the #PirateBroadcast, where we interview #interestingpeople doing #interestingthings. Where you can expand your connections, your community, #kindnessiscool and #smilesarefree. Let’s get this party started.

Russ Johns 0:22
We're back for another day of #piratebroadcast. Thank you so much for being here. I just want to let you know that you can actually follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and here on LinkedIn, as well. So I just thank you so much for the opportunity to connect, be connected, and join the pirate community. We have another amazing guest in the pirate community, adding another pirate, Sharon. Sharon, How are you this morning? This fine day?

Sharon Lee Zapata 0:52
I'm good. I'm good. How are you?

Russ Johns 0:57
It's been a minute since we've seen each other.

Sharon Lee Zapata 0:59
It's been a long time. Yeah, it really has. I think it was right before hurricane Harvey 2017. So wow, I had no idea you were you live in Arizona.

Russ Johns 1:11
Yeah, I'm in Arizona now. I came over here to help mom and dad.

Sharon Lee Zapata 1:16
Good for you. It's beautiful there.

Russ Johns 1:18
It is beautiful here.

Sharon Lee Zapata 1:19

Russ Johns 1:20
I think it's beautiful everywhere, however.

Sharon Lee Zapata 1:23
However you want to look at it.

Russ Johns 1:25
That's the way I want to look at it.

Sharon Lee Zapata 1:27
Hey, well, thank you for having me. First of all, I always forget to say thank you. I'm always on first gear, sometimes I gotta shift down a second or third. So thank you so much for having me.

Russ Johns 1:39
So let us know...we went back we go back aways and I know that we were having conversations around, I think it was, we were in a wine event or it was a launch party for somebody. I think Oziel was there. We were doing some interviews.

Sharon Lee Zapata 2:02

Russ Johns 2:02
There was actually a gin distributor at that event.

Sharon Lee Zapata 2:09
Really, I missed that. I don't remember that. I would remember the gin. Oh, wow. Yeah, it's been a long time. I think because of everything with COVID, we're all having to do this kind of... You know what? I like it. I love it and I'll tell you why. Houston traffic? Uh huh.

Russ Johns 2:26
Is it down to zero?

Sharon Lee Zapata 2:28
No, it's crazy again, traffic is crazy again. I used to be down to zero now it's picking up so yeah, it's okay, though. I mean, I love Houston. The things about it is that traffic. It's a huge city.

Russ Johns 2:42
Traffic, not a fan of the traffic. So catch us up. What have you been up to? Since last five years?

Sharon Lee Zapata 2:51
Let's see, well, 2017 I remember you stopped by my office to say hello and then Harvey hit and when Harvey hit, I lost all my business. I had just started this apothecary which is a consulting company and lost all my clients because my clients lost their business. I had four really good strong, medium sized clients. They got washed out. Our house flooded for the second time, everything just went to, I'm just gonna be like Gary, is everything went to shit. So I was like, well, shit, what am I gonna do? A depression sunk in. I mean, to see all your stuff in your home and you have to completely re-do a lot of the sheet rock and everything. So I picked myself back up. It was challenging. Then I wrote a book called, The Little Book of Startup Inspiration. 20 lessons learned the hard way, damn it, from the most outrageous year of my entrepreneurial life. So yeah, you know what you're getting with that little book. From that book, which came out in 2018, I wrote another book and I wrote another book. So in one year, I wrote three books. It's a New Day, Don't be a Shithead. It's a funny book. It's all the memes and quotes that I couldn't put out there because I've been blogging since 2015. When I got I got laid off in 2015, I was a recruiter for a staffing company. I was making some hefty commission checks $10-$13,000 commission checks and I was told one day, we know you're not happy. Toodaloo. So that's when I went boohoo crying to my girlfriend, who's an attorney, and she's like, hey, get your shit together. Go start The Zapata Group and then, of course, Harvey came. So there's a whole a boulder that's just chasing you going down hill.

Russ Johns 4:41
Years of getting kicked in the teeth, it feels like

Sharon Lee Zapata 4:46
Oh, God. When people complain, I'm like, really? I mean, yes, you're allowed to complain for maybe 30 seconds, but let's try to see what we can do to fix it and so then in October, which will be today, October 1, I signed my lease for my third year here in the studio.

Russ Johns 5:07
That's your art studio?

Sharon Lee Zapata 5:08
Well, it's my art studio, I don't know if you can here because it kind of echoes because these are like honeycombs.

Russ Johns 5:13
Is that the one on Taylor?

Sharon Lee Zapata 5:16

Russ Johns 5:17
Ok, I know the place. Yeah. I used to live right over by that. That's right in my neighborhood.

Sharon Lee Zapata 5:22
Oh, yeah. It's a lovely. In fact, you wouldn't recognize, well, you probably would recognize it, but all these new apartments are being built. There's a lot of growth, but I recently found... so it's 80,000 square feet. We're in the largest creative campus in the nation. I did not know that. There's attorneys here. There's therapists here. There's architects here, there's different creatives here. And I came in one morning, I've been eyeing this place for years, and I thought I could never afford it. What am I gonna do? You know, all that. That imposter syndrome, and looked into it, found out and I'll tell people every time, that pay $655/month rent for this little place. It's amazing. I don't want to give it up.

Russ Johns 6:09
There's a lot of great energy over there

Sharon Lee Zapata 6:11
It is. You walk in this place and something's going on around here. I can't explain it. But when you walk in here, it's like snowflakes are floating around you. Somebody told me that and I was like, oh, wow. So yeah, here I am, there is my writing nook, my little podcast area and, of course, the art. I don't think you can see it, it's in the back. So yeah, that's what I'm doing. So definitely pulled back the art. I've always been an artist. I just never told anybody.

Russ Johns 6:40
Yeah and for those that are listening, or those that are unfamiliar with Houston area, we're talking about an industrial area of town. It's been kind of converted into this really cool, artsy area this building that was on the rail line, and also very industrial and I think it served a grain or wheat...

Sharon Lee Zapata 7:08
It was the rice silos. The rice silos and the train still comes through here 20 times a day, which is still kind of cool. Sometimes you'll see us cuckoo artists spray painting something out there by the railroad tracks, you know, so the fumes will blow. But yeah, now you've got Buff Brews down the street. Holla Breweries down the street. You've got the drive thru...

Russ Johns 7:32
You got you the brewery, you've got everything all around the corner.

Sharon Lee Zapata 7:36
Dog parks restaurants. Yeah, you can spend your whole afternoon here on a weekend and not get bored. There's so much to see and do here.

Russ Johns 7:45
I lived right over on the corner of Studemount and Washington.

Sharon Lee Zapata 7:50
Oh, yeah. Yeah, that's got some new growth. There are new apartments. They're growing, this area's is popping. I can't believe it, it's crazy.

Russ Johns 7:58
My son still lives in the Heights.

Sharon Lee Zapata 8:01
I love it.

Russ Johns 8:02
He's over that way.

Sharon Lee Zapata 8:03
The Heights?

Russ Johns 8:04
Yeah, in the Heights. So did you just start up after Harvey? Did you start your art adventure? Or is that something that just kind of fell in line with the books and some of the activities it's just like this whole creative Sharon came out?

Sharon Lee Zapata 8:22
Well, I tell you what I did and maybe it will help somebody because that's what I'm supposed to do is help people. I had to cut off a narcissistic relationship with my mother. She's still around. Once I did that, it's been like seven years, six years. When you remove that toxicity, and I'm talking permanently, let's bold that word permanently, you blossom, you bloom and there's no looking back. If you're ready and you know, big balls, then you got to really do that. Cut off somebody. I don't care if it's your family. All of those amazing things that you have inside you. Like I tell people, you were born with factory installed gifts, just like a car comes with the fancy, I don't know what do we have. I don't know. Windows. Windows. Yeah. Y'all remember the old school rolling down the window thing that doesn't exist anymore.

Russ Johns 9:15
For those that have never seen a roll up window...

Sharon Lee Zapata 9:18
you're like, what's this for? But yeah, once you do that, I just really focused on my equipment, my tools, and I think I wrote this down. Oh, look over here. What defines you? And what are your reparative solutions? I think we're supposed to kind of chat on that. But yeah, what defines you? It's what you do. It's what you do or what you don't do. It's not the color of your hair. It's not your political stance. It's not your neighborhood. It's not what kind of car or clothes you wear. It's what you do or don't do. So I really took a stance and of the cheerleaders I have is my husband, Philipe.

Russ Johns 10:00
How is he? How's your son? You're family?

Sharon Lee Zapata 10:02
Everyone is good. The older one is moved out. He's living in Corpus Christi, and he's expecting a baby. He's married. I know, it's amazing.

Russ Johns 10:12
It's crazy.

Sharon Lee Zapata 10:12
Yeah, he's down there. Zach is 12. I believe everybody's growing. Everybody's getting old, including me.

Russ Johns 10:21
We're not. What are you talking about?

Sharon Lee Zapata 10:24
I still feel amazingly, I have a lot of energy. I have hamsterwheel energy. My husband's like, damn, you get out of bed and you're like Boom! That's with nine hours of sleep. Zach's in school online. He's doing great. He is an artist as well. And he's a little bit like his dad, of course, my husband's a design engineer. They're working on the backpack for NASA, which is super, super cool.

Russ Johns 10:47
Tell him I said hello.

Sharon Lee Zapata 10:48
I will, I will. He's one of the people, not because he's my husband, but he pulled me aside and we're really good friends. He said, you know, you really need to go back to your writing and to your art. Because he would see that at the house. And this would have just blown so yeah, dude, make a trip down to Houston. Come on in. Come see us.

Russ Johns 11:09
It's funny because I want to dive into this a little bit deeper. Because I think when you define who you are, by what you do, it's really a journey, you have to experiment a little bit to find out what that actually looks like, and how you can actually navigate those waters. I've been doing the #piratebroadcast for a year now and it clarifies a lot of things and it's kind of therapy for me. I'm just like, your art might be therapy for you.

Sharon Lee Zapata 11:36
Definitely, definitely writing is therapy. Absolutely.

Russ Johns 11:38
Writing is absolutely therapy. When I was blogging real heavy a number years ago, it was like, every week, you know, it would come out and it would be there. I just feel that a lot of people are in whatever circumstance they're in or whatever condition they're thinking their limits are, you know, you just have to get past that and start experimenting. Do I want to write, do I want to create video? Do I want to create podcasts? Word, images, audio or video, something is gonna come out.

Sharon Lee Zapata 12:16
Just do it. You know me, I'm the F bomb person, you know what our biggest goal should be to stop fucking around with our potential. When I wrote Middle Finger Happiness: Work hard, Live well, don't fuck with me. And it's about narcisstic people, but it's also about how do you turn yourself around and grab your own ass and turn yourself around. You can have the best therapist you can have. You can even be on medication, but it's up to you to do it. So I still have The Zapata Group. We still do consulting, I'm writing for Rock Stars Dream magazine. It's in competition with Maxim. So I'm writing for that magazine. Of course, the podcast came after Middle Finger Happiness. There's a podcast called Middle Finger Happiness and we're going on two years, this December.

Russ Johns 13:07

Sharon Lee Zapata 13:08
Thank you. I think it was Christmas Eve, I did my first podcast and I look back, it's like eight minutes. It's horrible. But you know what you keep going, you keep going.

Russ Johns 13:20
That's my point. You have to navigate through that uncomfortable zone, to get to the golden gifts. You know, like you said, we were all born with gifts. They're already installed. I think a lot of us hide and bury those gifts.

Sharon Lee Zapata 13:39
That's because society or maybe in our upbringing or whatever, I'm getting ready to do a series on, I can't say it, but it is going to have two therapists, two psychologists and we're going to talk about this because we are products of our environment. And like I said, if you have a toxic environment, you have to remove yourself from that. It is so challenging, It's probably the hardest thing you'll ever do. But once you're over the bridge, and you leave the trolls under the bridge, remember that fable? You're like, okay, there's no limit. The only limit we have is ourselves. Yesterday, this is how, maybe because I'm getting older, like shit, I run out of hours.

Russ Johns 14:24
I don't have time for shenanigans anymore.

Sharon Lee Zapata 14:27
No, nobody does, not really. So you just run out of hours in the day when you're really passionate and you have jobs and you, if you are a full time employee, keep your day job if you have to, because you have to, but start dabbling in what you've been wanting to do. And don't ask people what to think.

Russ Johns 14:45
You don't need permission.

Sharon Lee Zapata 14:48
No, never.

Russ Johns 14:48
Remember Oziel. Remember it was Oziel's podcast, no permission needed.

Sharon Lee Zapata 14:54
Yeah, that's it. You know, like when I started blogging, I never even read a blog and that blog was the Bitchy Business Briefs. It's still going strong, now we're rebranding, it's But that's what my tribe grew from, from the writing. Then when I did my podcast, I had never heard a podcast. I think I heard one, it was Joe Rogan's. That was it and then lo and behold, you just keep on going, keep on going and we're hitting 15,000 downloads last Monday in 20 months. To me, that's remarkable because I wasn't expecting it. It's organically grown.

Russ Johns 15:39
You're fairly active on Instagram as well.

Sharon Lee Zapata 15:42
I love Instagram. I'm having an affair with Instagram. I found my people on Instagram. I don't know what's going on. I don't have 20,000 followers.

Russ Johns 15:54
There's changes happening on Instagram, I know.

Sharon Lee Zapata 15:57
But I love it because I have engagement with the people in my 2900 or 3000 followers. I love it. Once it gets too big. Like Facebook, Facebook is just not what it used to be for me. I'm thinking about what can you do? You can combine your business page with your personal page now. I think I'm going to do that this week. Yeah.

Russ Johns 16:23
Are you going to expand in your reels?

Sharon Lee Zapata 16:27
The reels. Did you see my reel? I did one reel? It's goofy, my reel. I have the Instagram TV. I have that because I have some of the artwork that I do, but I haven't expanded. I just haven't. I should. It's super easy. I guess I just haven't really done one.

Russ Johns 16:44
I just found that even the expansion of your art and your creativity and everything that you're doing in life is still limited by the amount of energy and the amount of time we have. It's like there's so many more things I want to do every day.

Sharon Lee Zapata 16:59
Yeah. Oh, yeah and get to sleep. I sleep at least nine hours. People think I'm probably this night owl. I'm in bed by 9:30-10. I'm usually in bed by 10. Like, I need my sleep. Just like your phone has to what do you call it?

Russ Johns 17:15
You have to recharge your phone.

Sharon Lee Zapata 17:17
You've got to recharge yourself.

Russ Johns 17:19
Yeah. Hey, I want to give a shout out to some of the people in the community here, Sharon. You might meet a few new people. Good morning. Wendy, she's in the movie industry.

Sharon Lee Zapata 17:30
Hey, good morning.

Russ Johns 17:32
Great work. Love you, Wendy. Thank you so much for being here. Hiett Ives, you probably know, Hiett. He's a Houston icon. He's a networking crazy man. Good morning, y'all, one pirate to another. Thank you so much. Fred Costa. He's here today. Good morning, Fred. How are you doing? and Gabriel? He's another live streamer.

Sharon Lee Zapata 17:54
I like your picture, Gabriel.

Russ Johns 17:58
Good morning fellow pirates. He's simulcasting our show right now into his network, as well.

Sharon Lee Zapata 18:06

Russ Johns 18:07
So I don't know if you know this, but we're streaming to YouTube, Facebook...

Sharon Lee Zapata 18:13
Don't tell me that! Now I'm nervous. Well, shit. I thought it was just me and you.

Russ Johns 18:20
No, we're live. We're live.

Sharon Lee Zapata 18:22

Russ Johns 18:23
Yes. Howard Kaufman ,great resiliency. Thank you so much. Howard's an entrepreneur here in Phoenix as well. So Gabriel says good morning fellow pirates. I'm simulcasting the show. Then Slaptagz, I haven't received your package. Sheri Lally from Slaptagz is sending me some pirate eye patches.

Sharon Lee Zapata 18:47
Ah, love it.

Russ Johns 18:48
That's fun. Gabriel says, love her personality. I think you're talking about Sharon, right.

Sharon Lee Zapata 18:54
Oh, I thought you were talking about the pirate delegate. Hey, you know what you should make all our all your guests where the pirate patch.

Russ Johns 19:02
That's what I'm receiving from Sheri Lally. Wendy says, what's more fun than pulling back the curtains on your own magic?

Sharon Lee Zapata 19:16
Oooh, I like that.

Russ Johns 19:17
That's a good one.

Sharon Lee Zapata 19:18
That's a good one.

Russ Johns 19:19
You might have to write that one down. So there's some more people here, Russ says another good interview. Russ. Thank you so much. Great name, by the way. Kenyatta says, good morning to the piratey #piratebroadcast. Hiett says, crazy you say!! Hello, Sharon.

Sharon Lee Zapata 19:41

Russ Johns 19:40
So what's next as you turn the corner. You just had another hurricane season or you're probably still in it? I don't know. I I've just never paid attention to that stuff.

Sharon Lee Zapata 19:54
It's over. Isn't it over in October? I don't know.

Russ Johns 19:57
I think so.

Sharon Lee Zapata 19:57
I think so. Yeah.

Russ Johns 19:59
I think we're in the trailing end of it.

Sharon Lee Zapata 20:01
We're clear. We're in the clear.So yeah, we had a little rain scare, what about three weeks ago? Two weeks ago? I actually have PTSD from Hurricane Harvey. Thank you hurricane Harvey. We do. My husband I, we lay in there and I'm like, what's this? But it's over. It's gone. Move forward. October 1. Yay.

Russ Johns 20:25
So what is on the horizon? You got a book, you're writing for the magazine...

Sharon Lee Zapata 20:29
Oh, I've got a lot of stuff going on.

Russ Johns 20:32
Coming out,

Sharon Lee Zapata 20:33
The Zapata Group is still going strong and you know what, you just really tapped me on the forehead right now. Because LinkedIn, I have a community LinkedIn, but I've neglected it. So I'm going to have to revamp it. I'm barely on LinkedIn. You know what, it's there, you've got your other social medias. So I have to go back. Oh, hello and then Pinterest. I know. So there's all kinds of stuff. But I am working...If you follow me on Instagram, I post a small little video, like 12 seconds. Working on book number four. So it is a companion to Middle Finger Happiness, it's called Middle Finger Peacefulness. Fuck that anger, find your peace. It's a bullet journal for grownups. It's an eight week project journal. It is my cartoons. I have some amazing cartoons. I have short stories, it's got #inspiration. It's like a little tool. It's like this little book that you need when you have anxiety, and you're stuck. Or you have too many projects, and you don't know where to go. And I'm like, I'm writing this book for me, because I have not seen a book like this yet. So we're aiming for that to come out December 1. It's taken awhile because a lot of this stuff is hand drawn. I have to vectorize each little drawing. So it's for grownups, it's a happy book for dark times.

Russ Johns 22:00
When you want to turn the corner, right?

Sharon Lee Zapata 22:03
That's a good way to put it. It is when you want to turn the corner and you're not sure and you need to hear another person's story or another person's struggle, I always say this. I'm going to send you a copy of my books, I will hang up, you got to send me your address, but I don't write self help books. I write good struggle books. One of my favorite authors that follows me is James Altucher, and he wrote, Choose Yourself. It's kind of cool when you have that. We've even chatted briefly, but it's almost like a good struggle book, how to get over something, because always, every day, there's a struggle over something and you want to get inspired by someone else?

Russ Johns 22:45
Well, I'm an optimist, overall; however, that doesn't exclude me from struggling. It's like, okay, what do I choose to do at the moment with my time? And how do you know, because there's a lot of things that man, I've had so many startups and projects and creations that I thought would go someplace, and they didn't exceed my expectations. It's one of those things that you have to keep experimenting, you have to keep attempting to create something amazing. Through that process, we learn about ourselves, we learn about our voice, we learn about how we fit into the world. I think it's important for us to continue to experiment.

Sharon Lee Zapata 23:31
Yeah, process is messy. If you're gutsy enough to share it, and that's where I see the situation, that's my new word. It's not a such a situation, because I have people that will, email me or they'll DM me. I want to write, but I'm scared what people are going to think or say, and if you don't do it, if you're that scared, but if you want to go for it, and you're always going to have haters. I had a really nasty, nastygram the other day or something, and you just can't listen to that, you have to cut it off. Because there's always going to be douche canoes, you know, there's always going to be people out there that are ready to just piss on your wave or your fence. You can't because there's a whole other group of people that need that encouragement. They need that little push for whatever reasons. So yeah, I can just keep going, if you're going to write, write. I had a lady tell me at a book signing in San Antonio. She's like, oh, it was so cool meeting you, because I'm a writer, but I don't write. I said, you know, I'm a police woman, but I've never been to the police academy. She looked at me and her friend hit her on the arm. She's like, See? See? She goes, I should just start writing. I'm like, yeah.

Russ Johns 25:00
A writer that doesn't write.

Sharon Lee Zapata 25:03
And I'm a police woman that never went to the police academy. There you go. I was trying to give her this analogy. So she could like, connect the dots that she was like, oh, Lord.

Russ Johns 25:12
Holy cow. The lessons we learn. It's funny because I think there's a certain part of us that is always in fear of judgment. It's mostly judgment of ourselves.

Sharon Lee Zapata 25:28
Oh, yeah. Absolutely.

Russ Johns 25:30
Once we realize that we are going to just trash it immediately, we're going to navigate through this and it's going to be messy. Like you said, progress is messy.

Sharon Lee Zapata 25:39
I ask myself, who did I help today? Who did I help? If you've ever followed, you follow me on Instagram? My quotables are kind of like raw and I think people kind of like that. It's like, you know what, fix things up, don't fuck things up. Fix them up, try to leave things better than the way you found them.

Russ Johns 25:57
Right. What percent improvement every day, right?

Sharon Lee Zapata 26:00
Just a little bit will get you there and you're not for every audience. 1684, I think, Shakespeare said, you are not for every market. I am not for every market and I know that. It took me forever, but if you want everyone to like you, good luck. Your product is not even your product. Your customer is the product. People don't realize that. It's not your gidget widget, it's the people, that's your product.

Russ Johns 26:27
Do you struggle with that? Because I go back and forth. I think we could talk about this for a long period of time; however, I just want to plant the seed for the community here is that there are times where I create for myself. This show is my sister and I and I think it's also good because it gives everybody a new perspective on other people. By pulling that information out of someone like yourself is doing it, you're in the you're in the arena, you're getting dirty, you're getting messy, you're moving forward. That sets an example for somebody else. So it's also for the audience. However, there's times where, you think about, okay, well, I could look at the analytics, and I could do more of the same of this thing that made a bigger impression. And I'm thinking to myself, that's not chasing who I am. It's chasing who the audience wants me to be. Which is, again, the judgment that people place on me that keeps me from doing what I need to do. This whole big dichotomy of struggle, and just getting past it. I spend a lot of time thinking about that and I'm not sure why.

Sharon Lee Zapata 27:46
I call you analytical. Are you an analytical person?

Russ Johns 27:49
No, not truly.

Sharon Lee Zapata 27:52
So what do I do? You know, I don't read any of my posts, I'm just like, fuck it. I still, to this day, and until I'm probably 80 years old, I still write like nobody's going to read my stuff. Then I have a friend of mine who comes in and helps me once in a while. He's 27 and he added up all my social media, and we looked at it and it's almost at 30,000. I'm like, what? He's like, yeah, did you know that? Um, I don't even know it. I added it all up. Now that I know that, I'm nervous. So I don't want to know that. Like I said, I thought it was just you and me on this thing. We have all of these other people, which is cool, but just do your thing. Just do your thing. I do write for myself. Steven Pressfield, I love Steven Pressfield. Nobody wants to read your shit. Everybody should read that book, The War of Art.

Russ Johns 28:48
Great book

Sharon Lee Zapata 28:50
So you do create for yourself because I create things that I see that are missing that I want to see. That's what I do. If it's a flop, it's a flop, you know, and as a matter of fact, the first time you attempt...

Russ Johns 29:05
But is it a flop? That's the real question. It's like, you got it out of you. So it's really not a flop, right? You did it.

Sharon Lee Zapata 29:17
Well, I made meatloaf one time and I forgot to put the meat in. My husband teases me to this day, It was like 20 years ago and we're eating this brick. So yeah, it can flop.

Russ Johns 29:34
But it's a great story now 20 years later,

Sharon Lee Zapata 29:37
20 years later, it's like, you want some loaf? It's not meatloaf, it's just loaf. Um, yeah. Anytime you do attempt something, you know, for example, this is the first time I'm on the syndicate. I was like trying to get this all in and we were like a few minutes late. So I figure it out. But I think people love to see the messiness of the becoming and if you're brave enough, I don't even think brave, if you can just be like a 10 year old kid like, hey, I'm just gonna do my stuff and share it.

Russ Johns 30:12
That's fantastic.

Sharon Lee Zapata 30:13

Russ Johns 30:17
So how do people get ahold of you? How do you want people to be attracted to you, which platforms? I know you're on Instagram.

Sharon Lee Zapata 30:26
I'm on Instagram. So now everything is @SharonLeeZapata, so definitely Twitter, the old Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and even Pinterest. I'm trying to do more with the the Pinterest community. There's just so many hours in the day. You know that you can't be everything and everywhere. But yeah, you can find me there. Then I have my website is and it's going under a makeover. So, again, you'll see the process of it. That's where they can find me.

Russ Johns 30:59
That's fantastic. Gabriel says I need to have her on my show. So you got another invitation there.

Sharon Lee Zapata 31:08
Just me and you, Gabriel.

Russ Johns 31:10
It's just Gabe.

Sharon Lee Zapata 31:12
I get nervous when you have these lives.

Russ Johns 31:16
You cannot possibly be nervous. Jimmy Clem, says better late than never. Jimmy's from Houston. He was in Houston a number of years. Wendy says, I'm so disturbingly cocksure that I've been guided here by a big hand, that few other opinions matter. I'm certain that my job is to do great good. How is it up to that hand. Of course, the people whom we do listen to are exceptionally special, like Russ. Wendy, thank you so much. I love you.

Sharon Lee Zapata 31:53
That's cool.

Russ Johns 31:54
Sharon, it's a pleasure. I love you and thank you so much for being here. Say hi to your husband.

Sharon Lee Zapata 32:01
I love you, too. Take care. And you know what? Again, I really appreciate you inviting me. I hope I didn't disappoint. And if I dropped any f bombs, well...

Russ Johns 32:10
I am never disappointed from an episode. No exception.

Sharon Lee Zapata 32:17
Beautiful. Well, thank you and thank you everybody who tuned in and listened and shared. Have an awesome day.

Russ Johns 32:25
Yeah, we will have an awesome day. I want to ask you, is your artwork on Pinterest?

Sharon Lee Zapata 32:31
Not yet. Not yet. As a matter of fact, you know what, I've got a new iPhone that takes amazing pictures. So I think for myself, in this next week, what I want to do is to take some pictures and actually make some printables, so people can just order the printables because the pieces of artwork...can you see? I don't know if you can see the office? There's a lot to it.

Russ Johns 33:02
You have some canvasses up.

Sharon Lee Zapata 33:06
I do. And then let's see, there's the door and that's the writing nook, which I love. That's the writing area. Yeah, there's a little area so yeah, it's busy in here and then the sky lights on here. So yeah, anytime you guys want to just come on by, actually the weekend, the second Saturday is here in the silos. There's a call second Saturday from 12 noon to five. This weekend, they actually have the 2020 Art Walk. Sawyer Street Artwalk. So we're supposed to, but it's five to nine. So I'll be in here.

Russ Johns 33:43
All right. Thank you, Sharon. As always, it's always a pleasure and we'll be in touch. Now that you're a pirate, you're part of the pirate community and you people can connect with you.

Sharon Lee Zapata 33:55
Send me the eye patch!

Russ Johns 33:58
Thank you so much, everyone. As always, it's a pleasure. All the gratitude in the world for you being here.Thank you so much for following the #piratebroadcast and also connect with each other. It's all about the community and making sure that you're well connected, informed and appreciate the things that are going on around you. So thank you so much. As always, #kindnessiscool, #smilesarefree and you #enjoytheday. Take care.

Sharon Lee Zapata 34:32
Take care. Bye, Russ. Thank you.

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