Ep 01: For When You Want To Create Something
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I got the idea to start a podcast in May 2016. It is now practically April 2017, and the first episode is just coming out.
That's almost a year (math!). And no: It's not because creating a podcast is hard work. It is, but that's not why. It's because for about eight of those months, I didn't do a single thing to get it going.
I thought about it a ton, though. Every so often I'd record an interview, wait 6-8 weeks to listen to it, finally sit down at the computer, and then immediately run back to Netflix, because The Fall was way less scary than learning Garageband and hearing how much I sucked at it. Every day that went by without my taking a single action, I gave myself a harder and harder time. But beating myself up was exponentially more comfortable and familiar than putting myself out there via a podcast, so that's what I did. I stopped myself before I even got fully started.
Until enough was enough. Regret for not moving forward was becoming more threatening than the fear of getting it wrong. I couldn't just (literally) sit on the idea anymore. I had to make shit happen, however scary or messy it was. However at risk of failing or looking stupid I felt.
When I thought about who to interview for the show, my friend, Chelsea Hylton, was one of the first people to come to my mind. She created Project Peaceful Warriors, a non-profit that brings trauma informed yoga and other coping skills to New Orleans youth (who, by the way, are 89% more likely to experience a traumatic event by age 16, four times the rate of the national average. YEAH. That's fucked up. She's a goddamn saint).
Chelsea is proof that when you start acting on your ideas and putting them out into the world, amazing things come back to you. But I wanted to know: Ummm, WTF. How the hell are you doing that instead of succumbing to your own fears and other bullshit like me? What the hell's your secret, Chels?!
So I asked her. And what she had to say will help all of us.
- 4:15 - Chelsea shares how feeling out of control led her right where she needed to be to get started
- 9:00 - Having no more fucks to give and running to Africa
- 9:27 - The ultimate life hack for you cryers out there
- 15:37 - The fun fact about the teenage brain that explains my entire life
- 18:00 - Chelsea spits some (depressing) facts of what New Orleans youth have to deal with
- 23:42 - What we wish self-care really was
- 25:09 - Being afraid to tell people about your idea
- 26:00 - The first action step (hint: NOT binge-watching The Fall)
- 36:46 - Why not having experience shouldn't stop you
- 38:20 - Her advice to you
No matter if you're looking to create your own business, or write a book, or start a new chapter of your life, this episode will help you feel like it's not just you struggling and you're gonna be okay (in case you didn't already know that).