Saturday, June 25, 2011
I've spent the last few months working hard on my book "Fresh from the Kitchen." Above is a rough draft of the book cover. I'm eagerly awaiting the first printing of the book.
The book contains over 40 unique chapters. They are a collection of my speeches, memorable blogs, articles I have written and fun stories. The book was written to educate, inspire and entertain. Each chapter can be read individually or together. Essentially you are reading a print version of my blog. Except their are new stories and a few tips and tricks on how to turn your dreams into reality.
I am currently accepting pre-sales for the book. The book should be ready to go buy the 3rd week of July. (More Details) are coming soon. The E-book version will come out later this summer.
The book will retail for $15 plus $3 for shipping and handling. I will personally sign every book purchased.
If you would like to place an order now, simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Send a check or money order to:
Frank Kitchen Enterprises
20118 N. 67th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308
Or Click here to use Pay Pal.
The first button is for the book with a small shipping fee. The second button are for local orders I can deliver personally.
Thank you everyone for your support and reading my blog. To Kat....thank you for reading and sharing the info with my mom!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Last weekend I had the exciting opportunity to give the graduation speech for the Best Buddies Arizona Ambassadors Graduation.
I was asked at the last second. I needed to put together a speech that would inspire and motivate. The pressure was on. I wanted to do a great job because I knew all of the people graduating. I also wanted them to know that they had accomplished something special.
During the week I put a few ideas down on paper. The morning of the graduation I looked at what I had. I added a few words and moved a few paragraphs around to create my speech. I have a unique way of writing, but it works for me. I never write things in order. I just clear my mind of the thoughts and ideas I want to convey. Then I put them together in an order that makes sense.
The graduates and their parents enjoyed the speech. A lot of people said thank you, but one of the best compliments I valued most came from my wife. Kelly knew I had limited time to write the speech and barely had time to practice it. She told me, "I liked the speech, you are really good at writing." When you receive a compliment from someone who loves you, you get a fuzzy feeling inside.
Here is the speech I wrote. Enjoy
Good Afternoon my name is Frank Kitchen
On behalf of the Best Buddies Arizona Board of Directors I would like to welcome the Best Buddies Ambassadors, their family and friends, and the Best Buddies staff. We thank you for attending today’s Graduation Ceremony.
I work at the Phoenix Zoo, I travel around the country as a motivational speaker, I am a husband and I am proud to say that I am a Best Buddies Speech Coach.
A few months ago I was asked by Dakota and his mother Gina to volunteer as his speech coach. I am so happy I said yes. Working with Dakota at the zoo is fun. But working with all of you at Best Buddies has been fun and life changing. My life has been full of incredible experiences. Working with all of you puts a smile on my face.
Today we are here to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our New Best Buddies Ambassadors. These individuals have been participating in a program that provides personal and professional development skills.
I read a shirt in the Best Buddies office that says “Be Jealous.” That shirt is so right. I am so jealous of the skills you have learned while attending your training workshops. The workshops will not only make you great ambassadors, they are providing you with the needed skills to make you positive role models in the community.
I’ll admit I didn’t know much about Best Buddies when I was first asked to volunteer. I was told I would be working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. All of you are so much more.
I used the dictionary to find the definition of the word Disability.
Disability - A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.
I know many of you, and you have displayed that you are not limited.
All of you have talents and special skills. These talents and special skills enable you to achieve your goals and dreams.
How many of you like movies? They are calling this the summer of Superheroes. I met a few superheroes this spring. The Best Buddies Ambassadors are my super heroes.
A hero is someone who is admired for their abilities, deeds and noble qualities.
Just like a superhero you have special abilities you can share with the world. Some of you know what your special abilities are; some of you are still learning them.
You have qualities that people admire. You are role models for the community. You always hear people focus on what superheroes can do not what they can’t.
No one says Superman can’t drive. Did you ever see him drive a car? He didn’t need to. He could fly.
Did you ever see Spiderman use an elevator? Nope. He just climbed the wall or used a web.
Batman didn’t have any super natural powers, but he uses his mind to build what he needed.
Ladies, you have Wonder Woman. She has brains and strength. You never see her waiting in line for a plane at the airport. She has an invisible plane she can fly. Do you think she complains about airline tickets?
You may not notice it, but you’ve done some amazing things. Raise your hand and say me too if you have these abilities.
Who has the ability to:
Play an instrument
Play a sport
Travel outside of Arizona
Be a good dancer
Have a job
Go to school
Be a role model
You all have special abilities, and just like super heroes, you have snazzy costumes. Don’t you look good today?
Look how much everyone in the room has in common. The
World would be a better place if people spent more time focusing on what we have in common versus focusing on our differences.
I have worked with all of you over the last three months and I have learned how much I have in common with you. I have also learned that you have abilities that I am jealous of and would love to have.
Over the past few months, I watched Rachel and Adrienne provide you with the skills to be an ambassador. You’ve learned how to give a great first impression, network with others, develop a elevator speech, use props, set goals, and you were exposed to countless professional skills many people in the real world pays thousands of dollars to learn.
Along the way, your coaches were there to help you. The truth is, you helped us. You showed us hot to enjoy life. You passion is so inspiring.
You were all ambassadors before today. You showed everyone here what people can do when they are passionate about life. You showed us how to:
Create a game based on colors…the Color Game
Text on phones
Give great Hugs
Display huge Smiles
Teach us what is good music and bad music
Some of you graduated from High School
And other here are getting their Driver’s License
Some of you will be attending College
Other will be representing their community
And all of you have showed us how to be a Role Model
These are just a few of the things a good ambassador does. These are a few of the reasons I’ve accepted a position on the board of directors. You made an impact on my life and I want to assist you impact the lives of others in a positive way.
No one here is disabled. Everyone here has god given abilities and talents. Those talents need to shared with the world. That is why you are Best Buddies Ambassadors. It is your time to show the world what you can do! When you do that, the world will be a better place.
My buddy and friend Dakota always tells me, “It’s ok to have a disability.”
All of you are truth to that statement.
I ask everyone to please stand in your honor and say “thank you” and say “CONGRATULATIONS!”
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sad news and inspiring news. A few days before the raise she fractured her pelvis. Most people would quit. Not Katie. Somehow she found a hand pedal bike and she's using her arms to power her way across the country! Amazing woman!
To learn more about her adventure that started yesterday, click HERE
Friday, June 17, 2011
On Tuesday, I took our car to get the brakes changed. I was sitting in the waiting room working on my computer when I heard some of the employees talking. They were talking about a snake that got stuck in a guy's car. I'll admit that I was ease dropping, but who wouldn't.
I discovered the car was only a few feet away, so I went to investigate. I observed about eight people standing around a car. Some had camera phones, others had tools. The auto mechanics were literally taking a car apart. When I approached I was told to stay back. "There's a snake in the car, be careful." I told the group of employees I worked at the Phoenix Zoo and I would like to help.
At that instant one of the mechanics says, "We've got a zoo keeper here who can help us!" I far from a zoo keeper, but I have been trained to handle non-venomous snakes. As I got closer to the car, I talked to the owner. He told me his nine-year old son's snake got away from him while he was in the car. It slithered up into dashboard and wouldn't come out. It was a baby python and had been stuck inside the dashboard for about a day.
As we talked, the mechanics continued to take the inside of the car apart until they found the snake. Many were scared. I heard comments of: "will it bite me?" "I'm not getting bit by a snake." "I'm not getting near that thing." and "How did it get in there?"
The snake started to go behind the car stereo and make it's way towards the speedometer. That's when one of the mechanics got the radio pulled out and told me to get in there and get it. I reached inside the console and grabbed the snake just behind it's head. After that we untangled the snake from the cords and radio housing. I'll pulled the snake out and tons of photos were taken.
The owner thanked me, the mechanics and the dealership employees. Laughs were shared and looks of amazement were displayed. The snake was about 2 1/2 feet long. Nothing to big or dangerous. I was allowed to hold Isabella for a little bit as the car was put back together.
The owner left with the snake in it's pillow case. I waited for my car to arrive. When the car was ready, I got a nice surprise. I got a 10% discount. The reasoning? "Snake removal services"
Life is full of interesting adventures. I hope you enjoyed my adventure with a snake.
Kelly is doing her annual Spring Cleaning and during the process she found fortune cookie quotes.
We've been keeping them for years. We keep the ones we like. The fortunes inside of fortune cookies are amazing. They are inspiring. You read some at just the right time.
I've decided to share a few of the fortunes with you. Enjoy!
Character development is the true aim of education
In life, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are
Many pleasurable and memorable adventures are in store for you!
Be direct, usually one can accomplish more that way
You will soon discover your hidden talent
A healthy way of living is be good to your health
Aim high in hope and work
Make your dreams a reality
Be an optimist. There does not seem too much use being anything else
Believe in miracles
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Our goal is to fill the bleachers with Best Buddies and Best Buddies supporters. If we get these seats filled (150) we have the chance to have an exclusive with Fox Sports!
We need you! Tickets for bleachers are $15 and from that $5 is donated back to Best Buddies, so now we have several reasons to buy that ticket. Then come celebrate and have some fun with us.
Order tickets here online:
Email me and I can send you a form to mail in.
If you cant make the game, please buy a ticket and donate one to our Buddies in the program. This is an opportunity that doesnt happen often for these incredible individuals.
The D-backs along with Best Buddies invite you to bring your family and friends to an exciting inter-league game as the D-backs take on the White Sox. No matter if you come with children or adults, longtime baseball enthusiasts or new fans; everyone will leave Chase Field with memories that will last a lifetime.
Tickets are specially discounted. $5 from every ticket sold benefits Best Buddies. A Pre-game Resource Fair will be located in the upper level area outside of section 300. Stay for the Fireworks after the game! (weather permitting)
Best Buddies Mission is pairing individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities with someone without disabilities. These are friendships that last a lifetime. The goal; INCLUSION for all of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. They need us. Please buy your ticket today.
Left Field Bleachers @ $15 (reg. $16)
Left Field Baseline Reserve @ $23 (reg. $27)
Left Field Infield Box @ $45 (reg. $50)
Order must be received by:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Online available up to game time
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The spiral bound journal contains the following:
12 Month Calendar
50 lined journal pages
50 blank pages for creativity
1 Personal letter of inspiration from the BAD BAD Apples
12 Inspirational quotes from the BAD BAD Apples
The BAD BAD Apples 5-Step Battle Plan for Success
For more information, view the video posted on 5/31 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Several other people participated with me and set their own personal goals. Congratulations on pushing yourselves too.
If anyone has any ideas for me, please send them my way. I'm working on improving my health and adding on 20 "healthy" pounds by the end of the year. The push-up challenge added 3 lbs to my frame.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org