If you don't know, you will know now - I'm Misty Noel, your Trucking Nation Podcast Hostess. Whewww what a title ;) For my first show of 2015, I chose to tackle some important topics for my dearest Trucking Nation like stress, anxiety, and the always important health issue. New Year's Resolutions are first up, then a few news article reviews from Truckload Authority, and a good ol'talk on video cameras being used in cabs to collect data. Video data is going to be a very important topic coming up here real soon in the trucking industry, if it isn't already.
New Year's Resolutions
Have you given up on making New Year's Resolutions? Don't do that...you can always keep your resolutions, and I have some great advice on how to achieve each one. Well most of them anyways, we all break a few, right? In the podcast I go over the history of resolutions, and wouldn't you know it, they are not something that was recently created by money hungry marketing firms! Most of my resolutions deal with getting healthy and then there is: I'm not going to be late for work, I'm going to watch the sun rise and set every day I can (you never know when you won't get that chance anymore) and my last one is to just be more positive and enjoy life. We only get one life to live, and in 2015, let's rock it.
For the best resources on being a healthy trucker, head on over to healthytrucker.net. They are the best for workout videos, recipes, and advice to changing bad habits. It's one of my favorites and I highly recommend it if getting healthy is one of your main goals this year.
News Articles in Truckload Authority
The other day, I was sitting in the studio and came across a magazine - Truckload Authority. I'm always looking for more trucking mags to read, and this one really delivered some good articles. The magazine is published by the Truckload Carriers Association, and it is one of the best ones I have read. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good read and some informative articles that don't bore you to death.
Dealing with Stress & Anxiety As A Trucker
For the latter half of the show, it's time to chat about some de-stress hacks and dealing with anxiety as a trucker. When I was researching, there wasn't really and de-stress hacks that would work for a trucker. I mean I highly doubt a trucker will light a few aroma therapy candles and lie down and put on a lavender eye mask. It is a highly effective way to de-stress, but c'mon, truckers aren't going to believe it. So I created some great de-stress hacks just for you Trucking Nation. Here are my favorites I mentioned:
Count backwards from 20
Hum We Are The Champions by Queen
Take a walk
Find a happy place
Then we move onto the topic of Anxiety. I personally have really bad anxiety and in my research I found there really isn't a lot of talk about how to deal with anxiety as a trucker. Your surroundings are constantly changing and you deal with so much on the road and no one has really addressed this topic. You might even have anxiety issues and not even realize that is what it is. So I go over some great ways to decrease anxiety and what to do during an anxiety attack when you're out on the road.
January Deadline Reminders
There are a few really important deadlines for the end of January. First you have your 4th Quarter IFTA due by the end of the month. You can get it done right now over at ExpressIFTA.com.
If you don't want to deal with it and would rather have a professional handle your IFTA filing, Truck Services of North America is exactly who you need to call. I talk about this business all the time on my show and that is because they are so great. They can take care of everything you need to stay compliant including: UCR, IRP, every authoritiy under the sun, trip permits, IFTA filing, startup packages and so much more. Check them out, give'em a call, and I promise you won't regret it.
The other big deadline is a tax one. W-2s and 1099s are due to recipients by the end of the month. If you have employees that you need to file for, you can take care of it all on ExpressTaxFilings.com Everything you need to transmit W-2s and 1099s is there and it will only take you a few minutes.
Alright Trucking Nation, I believe I've gone on long enough. I have a lot of great things planned for 2015; fingers crossed I get to go to MATS and report and post all the trucks, competitions, demonstrations, presentations, just all of it. Thank you so much for listening to the Trucking Nation Podcast and for supporting little ol'me as your overly-positive hostess. Remember you get what you give in this world, so try and be kind and enjoy the ride. I will talk to you all next week - Misty Noel.