FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Omaha? That’s in Nebraska, right?
Yes. And, no matter where I go, somebody inevitably asks me this question. Omaha is actually a terrific (and highly underrated) city with a lot to offer. I usually just encourage people to read about it on Wikipedia.
Why did you start your blog?
Well…for one thing, I love writing. And, I’m endlessly fascinated by psychology and human behavior. I’ve spent years studying the research on things like happiness, confidence and relationships – mostly because I’ve wanted to overcome my own struggles. I’ve also read hundreds of self-help books, many of which explain what to do but not how to do it. Love myself? Ok. How? Practice mindfulness? Sure. But, how? Be a non-judgmental observer of self? How the hell do I do that? Writing helps me sort a lot of this shit out. And, with any luck, I’ll help some others along the way.
Why did you decide to get certified as a life coach?
Admittedly, I used to assume that “life coaching” was nonsense. But, one phone call with a refreshingly vulgar, no-bullshit, in-your-face life coach single-handedly changed my perspective. I battled depression and anxiety for many years. I saw several doctors and therapists, tried a variety of medications, even experimented with hypnosis. Nothing seemed to work for me. I genuinely thought I was a lost cause. A life coach pushed me to change my thinking, set goals, stop making excuses, grow some balls and take control of my future. After working with a coach, I knew I wanted to become one.
Do you still do stand-up comedy?
No. But, I think about it a lot!
Do you still work with Neil Strauss?
I don’t. But, we keep in touch and I’m lucky to call him a friend.
You say you’re an author. Have you had any books published?
Yes, I’ve had two books published. One is a collection of personal essays called I Hope There’s Pie. I wrote much of it when I was 22 years old, and I don’t suggest adding it to your collection. The writing is sloppy and many of the stories are disjointed. Whenever I go back and skim through it, I cringe a little. Quite frankly, I’m surprised it ever saw the light of day. However, if you’re interested in reading about my childhood cat, my experience at a Jewish summer camp or my awkward encounter with a hooker in Chicago, you can purchase the book here. Shit, maybe it’ll become a cult classic or something.
I also had a humor book published called Randy Penny: Cordially F*^#ing With People. It’s pretty damn funny, and I highly recommend keeping a copy on your coffee table or in that wicker basket next to your toilet. Here’s what my friend and one of my favorite comedians, Nick Griffin, said about it: “In the grand tradition of the Lazlo Letters and Letters from a Nut comes the next generation of mess-with-their-heads correspondence, Randy Penny. This stuff is Laugh Out Loud Funny from beginning to end. No cursing, no yelling – all of it hilarious. If you don’t think this book is funny – kill yourself.” You can buy Randy Penny: Cordially F*^#ing With People on Amazon, but I’d rather you buy it here instead.
I’m currently working on a book more closely related to the content on this site.
Why did you move to New Orleans?
New Orleans is the most bizarre, beautiful, interesting, exciting, fun, frustrating, and culturally rich place I’ve ever experienced. There’s really nowhere like it. If you live in New Orleans and you’d like to work with me, or just get together for a glass of whiskey, shoot me an email at [email protected].