I hope spring has gotten off to a great start for you! Around this time it starts to feel like the year picks up speed! Based on the weather here in the pacific northwest, I can't wait for that to happen!
My golf season has begun and I stumbled coming out of the box with a pretty tough debut a few weeks ago, but I know what the fix is and I'm working hard to correct it. I am currently caught in between swings and that's not good when you stand over a shot and don't know which way it's going to go. I'm confident that things will get better and I'll play some great golf.
As most of you know, I'm a advocate for kids and adults on the autism spectrum and this month is Autism Awareness month! One of the reasons I continue to play golf is because of my autism community. My niece and nephew are on the autism spectrum and I do my very best to represent them and others whenever I tee it up and it feels awesome! This month my nonprofit organization (TeamWinfrey) will be accepting donations all month long as we continue to help those on the spectrum in need. There are a lot of families out there who are homeless, underprivileged and need your help. By you donating to TeamWinfrey you'll be able to do just that, so please visit TeamWinfrey.org and donate today!
My radio show is really thriving and we owe a lot of that to you! This month we will have guests on talking more about autism and bullying, so continue to tune in and support our show!
My health is pretty decent. My elbow is really not a issue, but my back continues to bug me and a lot of that is weather related. Anyone with a bad back knows what I'm talking about. I really have to stretch for about a hour before I start feeling loose. I can't wait for the hot weather.
It's Masters week and I know a lot of you are excited as am I. This week always makes me miss home. Augusta, Georgia is where I was born and raised and I can remember excited the city gets this time of year and Tiger is back after not playing there the last two years so you know the buzz around Magnolia Lane is going to be off the charts! I wish everyone in the field a great week there and I'm looking forward to a thrilling ending.
Thank you all for the continued support across all social media platforms. Have a wonderful month and continue to make someone or something better!
Well it's getting close to spring and my season is about to kick off! I'm very excited about it! I've really been working on my game and things are coming along well. My body feels great and I'll begin playing practice rounds this month. As always I try and have my game peak in the summer so I've learned to be patient and work on my misses during the first few events. Last year I won my first event and that led to three more wins and a great season. I hope to duplicate that but I know it's going to take hard work to do it and I'm up for the challenge.
No major equipment change this year other than my driver. I switched to the Taylormade M4 and I have to say, it's by far the best driver I've ever used. My irons are still Mizuno MP25's and the Pro V1X is really good for me.
As you know I love playing with a purpose and representing my autism, homeless, and low income communities. You all are so important in inspiring me to play my best and even when I don't play well, I know your support keeps me going. Golf has really been therapeutic to me on so many levels and I'm thankful for that. I hope I make you all proud I'll keep you up to date on my schedule and upcoming events.
I will play in my charity skins game with my good friend Tim Donnelly this summer! Our friend Mike Stas who played in this event passed away last year so we wont fill his spot this year. I hope to play in my annual charity golf event ( The Elijah Winfrey Charity Invitational ) in August. Right now all signs are pointing towards me playing. A lot will depend on how my body has held up and we don't need to have me take pics or other logistics during the week of. I haven't played in my event for the last five years, so I'm due. Proceeds will benefit my organization TeamWinfrey as we continue to help those in the community.
My organization will be sponsoring a PGA Junior League team this year courtesy of The First Tee Of Seattle! I look forward to meeting the team and maybe even practicing with them if possible. It's all about our youth and if there is any way I can help, I'm going to jump in and help.
My radio show will return Tuesday march six at 11 am pst on blogtalkradio.com and Toni and I are excited about the new day! We hope to continue to bring you great shows and answer your questions. The show is doing outstanding and I'm really proud of that.
Continue to LOVE HARD and give back!
Thank you for supporting me! I really appreciate it! Take care and God Bless
I hope the year has gotten off to a great start! My year has started well...... at least as far as my nonprofit goes. We have been very busy helping families and inspiring others to make something or someone better! I've been able to visit with Renee & her son Michael, as well as Sarah & Milo, & the Moresi family. Donations that you have given us have been fantastic in giving back and helping others! My fantastic team Directors, Lisa Winfrey & Julie Eigsti are such great leaders. We try to put each other in positions to succeed to be able to serve the community. Our goal has always been to help, teach, inspire, and be the voice of those who need it. We continue to ask you to donate as we expand to help more families. You are one of the driving forces that makes it possible to do what we do and we are very thankful!!
My radio show continues to trend upward and although Toni Boucher and I are a team, Toni is really one of the reasons the show is doing great numbers! Toni brings a different voice to the show and is able to educate the listeners on things I'm still learning and don't have first hand knowledge about. Our guests are second to none and are always ready to share a story about autism, homelessness, & underprivileged youth. Tune in every Saturday at 11 am pst on blogtalkradio.com.
As for my off-season. It's been tedious to say the least. The weather in the pacific northwest has been brutal with all the rain so I'm a bit behind, but I'm hoping this month things will get better and I can get back on track. I prefer hitting off grass because hitting off mats is just not good for my elbow. I have been able to workout and keep my body in shape and my weight is about where I want it. When I began off-season workouts I weighed 216lbs. Right now I'm 205 and feeling good. I'm really looking forward to the season. My goal has always been to build my game for the summer and continue to improve my short game. I'm currently still working on more of a body swing as it's the best for me takes my arms and hands out of the swing and forces me to use my lower body, something I've never really done. I'm close, it's all about trust which takes the most time when you are under pressure in a tournament.
As always, I want to thank you all for checking out my website and supporting what I do on and off the course! I hope you all are super successful this month and remember, it's not about what you have, it's about what are you doing with what you have to inspire, and make things around you better. Take and I'll see ya next month!!
Happy New Year Folks!
May all your dreams and goals come true this year! As we embark on another year, I look forward to sharing my journey with you. This will be a busy one for me as we continue to grow with my nonprofit, radio show, and playing golf, I have to remember to pace myself.
My playing schedule is set for the most part. I will play in 10 events, which is down from the 12 I usually play in. I still haven't tested my elbow hitting golf shots yet but that will change the first weekend of this month. My body is feeling ok and it feels good to be back in the gym. When we started my weight was 216. I'm down to 206 and hope to get to 195 which for me is perfect. I hope to build off of my great season last year where I won 4 times and overall hit the ball really well. My short game was decent. I still need to work on my putting which was spotty. I'm excited to be playing in Texas for the first time ever! As most of you know, I'm a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan and I've always wanted to visit Texas. I can't wait to start my season!!
My nonprofit organization will be very active this year! along with sponsoring a youth golf junior league, we will be very active in the community. Helping families is what we are all about and you are a big part of that! Your donations go right back into the community to ensure families are able to get the things they need. We look forward to sharing photos, and stories so that you feel connected. We are always taking donations so please continue to help us give back.
My radio show is doing fantastic! I owe a lot of my shows success to my amazing co host Toni Boucher! Toni has been an incredible host with a strong voice and the listeners love her! I also am thankful for all of you who tune in each weekend! As we continue to grow, we encourage you to come on the show as use the platform to help those who need a voice, or educate others who may not understand autism, homelessness, and low income families. We are on every Saturday at 11 am pst on blogtalkradio.com. The day of the show will at some point change because of my playing schedule so stay tuned.
As you can see, I'm going to be busy and I have a lot dreams and goals I'm still chasing! Over time I've learned to be patient and trust the process. You can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future. You have to trust and believe in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, or something because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads off the tracks from time to time during your journey. Our time is limited even though we sometimes think we have forever to accomplish things. So don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other people's opinions drown out your own. I see that a lot .You've got to find what you truly love to do. Your work will fill a large portion of your life and the only way to truly be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do! If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle! I marvel at how well my wife does her job. I feel her passion everyday. She loves what she does and she never settled for who and what she wanted to be. She had the courage to follow her heart as have I and so should you. It somehow seems to know what and who you truly want to be. Remember, you are going to have ups and downs. I've had a ton and I'm sure I'll have more but I won't give in or give up. I've seen folks give up on themselves and it makes me sad because I see things in them that I know will make them great. The human spirit is powerful. Never forget that. Sometimes we get so caught up in our feelings that we miss the principles in the journey. I'm guilty of that and have learned to contain my emotions and channel them into something positive. I guess what I'm saying is continue to believe in yourself, even when others don't or try to derail you. Let your work ethic be your principle. embrace your short comings not as a failure, but a learning tool and live with passion. Remember, IT'S THE MOMENT BEFORE THE MOMENT THAT MAKES THE MOMENT POSSIBLE! Grab it and hold on to it. Make this year the year you find what it is you have been looking for. Own it!
I appreciate the love and support you always show me! Enjoy the new year and always continue to make someone or something better!
I wanted to write a special blog thanking all of you for donating and supporting my nonprofit organization (TeamWinfrey). During this time of year I go out into the community to spread love and deliver gifts to families who have kids on the spectrum while also helping the homeless and low income families. This year has been the best one thus far as we were able to help provide 20 life saving meals and care for the homeless. I met families who have kids on the autism spectrum and can't wait to deliver gifts to them! This is all made possible because of you! Growing up I can remember not having very much, but the thought of sharing and making sure those around were happy meant everything to me. I wish I could really show you how special you all are to me and my team! You all inspire me to find ways to improve myself and always remember that it's never about me. It's about love, sharing, kindness, community, family and giving. Tomorrow I start giving and it's a great feeling!
To my outstanding Team, Lisa, Julie, & Kris, thank you so much for helping me continue to find ways to help others. TeamWinfrey doesn't function without you! I've been blessed many times over to have such an amazing staff! Our mission is to continue to make someone or something better and we are definitely doing that!
In closing I want to wish everyone a very happy and merry holiday season! Continue to help those around you. Continue to inspire!!
Well, the holiday season is here and it feels like it here in the Pacific Northwest! My nonprofit organization will be busy helping families and individuals in the community! I will once again play Santa which makes me happy! Anytime I get to make people smile does my heart good. I want to thank everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday. We really appreciate it. We promise to put this money back into the community to help families this holiday season and beyond. I will be making a few big announcements soon about some of the opportunities coming up for TeamWinfrey in 2018.
My radio show is doing outstanding thanks to all of you! My wonderful co host Toni Boucher is also one of the reasons. I have been very thankful for her time and energy she has brought to the show. We are now heard in India, U.K, Canada, & Denmark! We appreciate all of your questions and love answering them!
As far as my golf off season goes, I had a little setback. My elbow is still healing and there is still some pain, but my lower leg around my shin and calf have been giving me some trouble. I hope to get back in the gym next week and hopefully start chipping and putting by mid December. My playing schedule should be set in the middle of the month also. I'm anxious to start getting after it for sure!
Thank you all for love and support you show me and my nonprofit TeamWinfrey. I hope I inspire you as you inspire me! Take care and God Bless.
It's been a while since I've written a blog. I'll do my best to get you caught up! Let's start with my golf season. This season has been pretty special to me because it was dedicated to my dad. Winning four times and getting better each time out would have made him proud. I wish I could have played more with him because he really loved the game. I still have tons of room to grow and hopefully when I get healthy I can begin off-season workouts. I suffered a elbow injury during my last event and played the final two rounds in a lot of pain. Right now we are seeing if rest will do the trick. If not then surgery is a real possibility and that would push back or even limit my playing schedule for the 2018 season, so I have my fingers crossed. overall, I hit the ball pretty decent, but I really have to work on everything. Golf is very fickle, one day you got it and the next day it's gone.
My nonprofit organization is doing well. We are in a bit of a transition, as we are looking to replace one of our fabulous directors and also bring on a website manager. We are excited that the holiday season is coming as we look to put smiles on the faces of families while also getting ready for next year. Stay tuned for updates and follow us on Facebook. We will be joining Instagram very soon and I can't wait!
My radio show (The Elijah Winfrey Show) is doing really well! I have all of you and my fabulous co host Toni Boucher to thank for that! We are two episodes away from finishing season one and the show is receiving tons of love. Toni has been an amazing voice and her knowledge about autism is something the listeners really gravitate to. We are on every Saturday at 11pst on blogtalkradio.com.
In closing I want to thank all of you for your support. I encourage you to get out and make someone or something better. Love hard and reach out to help those in need. Praying for those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Las Vegas. We need each other.
I hope you all are doing great! This is normally the part where I fill you in on what I'm up to, but this month, I decided to change things up. I met this amazing mom, (Julie Eigsti) who shared her powerful story to me about her son who is on the autism spectrum. I wanted to give her this platform to share. Check out her story below in her words.
Did you know that the definition of COURAGE is having the strength to overcome fear and carry on against difficulties? Doing what you are afraid of! When I think of courage, I think of my son and all the other people on the AUTISM spectrum, they are the most courageous people I know!
Joel was diagnosed at the age of three, it seemed that overnight he went from a calm, happy child to one who was screaming all the time. We felt like someone had kidnapped our beautiful boy and we just wanted him back. Our world was turned upside down trying to find the answers to help our son. Everyday was spent doing therapy, seeing doctors, and putting into practice what we had learned. It amazed me the perseverance Joel had through it all, even though we continually pushed him to grow. He was diagnosed with severe anxiety at age 5 y/o, at this point we couldn't take him anywhere without him having a panic attack. This had a lot to do with his sensory processing disorder that comes along with autism. This is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in from the senses. For Joel everything was painfully loud, bright, dizzying to look at with too much information coming at him, (think teacups at Disneyland, on super speed with bright lights and loud music!), it was to much. Thankfully Joel has bravely made so much progress in this area, and we are so proud of him.
I always knew Joel was bright and intelligent, even though it took him longer to talk he still learned the alphabet and would form all the letters out with sticks, rocks, or toys! He was SO curious, always wanting to learn new things. School was always a challenge for him, dealing with the sensory issues, (remember the teacups, now add little children to the equation!), and he was also diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia (writing disability). The school district just did not have the ability to help him, he left feeling “stupid” and having gained anxiety issues about school. Joel entered another school for two years that had special education, here he did learn to read but was bullied, and the school disregarded him as “unable to learn”. I absolutely knew this was not true and that we just had not found a school that knew how to teach him correctly! I stepped out in faith on that slim thread of hope and found another school for Joel. The second year he was there he went up THREE grade levels in all subjects!!! He stopped saying he was stupid everyday and grew in confidence! Wherever you are at there is always HOPE, don't give up!
Joel has a very sweet, gentle, and generous nature. He always amazes me with how willing he is to freely share with others. Unfortunately, some take advantage of this. Joel was assaulted on the school bus this year, which led to some crippling anxiety. When we notified the school of what was happening, though they found video evidence, they did not remove the offender from Joel's classroom. Because of this he could continue harassing Joel in the classroom setting. At this point we were advised by Joel's Dr. that we needed to remove Joel from this school, that he was having a PTSD like reaction from the assault and continued bulling, without support from the staff. It's hard to express just how painful it is to watch your child suffer like this. I knew I could not give up hope, as previous experience had taught me, the answers were out there and God would be with us.
We were so grateful to find Brightmont, where Joel could learn in a 1:1 setting and thrilled that they had a scholarship through TeamWinfrey. Though there are still challenging days ahead of us, the future now seems possible. We feel hopeful that Joel will have a safe place to continue his education while he recovers. Thank you for taking the time to read this and supporting those on the spectrum! If we all do a little we can change the world, one kindness at a time. ❤ Julie Eigsti