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This episode marks an important milestone as it is the first episode I create as a thirty-year old (woah, weird to type that). BTC has been so special to me because it's really made me embrace being imperfect and showing my more vulnerable side. For example, I kinda shed a tear in this episode's introduction when thinking of my best friend, Patty. Before, I would've re-recorded that to avoid showing my voice cracking. I think under 20 people have ever seen me cry in person, so publishing audible proof of that level of emotion feels like a real victory.
Patty also turned thirty with me (we're a day apart), so we got two articles to just think out loud, laugh, and goal set how we want to live through this new chapter of our lives. Here are the articles we used:
Those of you who have purchased and read Break Through Fear (my first book!<3) have read that it's so important to listen to the right information to really be happy. Patty has ALWAYS been that loving voice in my life that is more forgiving of me than I am of myself. Without her, I wouldn't have met my husband, written my book, or even published my podcast. She really is a major source of fuel for my fire.
Favorite Takeaways From This Episode:
Let yourself have fun. Even just filming this episode felt a little weird for me because I wanted to be militant and continue with the vision I had in my head (12 episodes; bonus; repeat). This is a disruption of the usual timeline, but that's okay. We have to be just as comfortable with the lack of control as we are with full control of our time to really find new versions of ourselves.
Voice how you feel to your loved ones. I talk to Patty more than anyone else (literally more than my husband sometimes), and we still covered a lot of things we wouldn't normally do. This episode was a conscious effort to make that moment happen. Do the same in your own life.
Clichés and simple truths are the hardest to truly understand: we didn't say some of the most groundbreaking information, but the lessons we have learned are universal. I do feel that we are learning them at a faster rate than other people, and that's only because we're willing to see it. It may seem unnatural or feel like you're settling to accept universal advice, but there's a reason why philosophers, artists, and academics alike still study much of the same issues within the human experience.
What did you think?
I'd really love to know if you would like to see more episodes like this (more informal, personal, etc.). It was fun, and I'm still super open to chiseling the voice of this podcast. I'm getting so much closer now with the format changes, but where this goes is ultimately determined by the community that supports this endeavor. :)
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