Reasons Why I'm Starting a Podcast
If you haven’t heard yet, my good friend, Susan, and I are starting a new podcast!
The name of our podcast is Pockets of Time, and it’s something that we started in order to create a space where we could share honest conversations about motherhood, entrepreneurship, wellness, and creativity. The idea to start a podcast came about years ago during our mastermind calls, where we would talk for hours about life and business - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
We had a passing thought - why not share these unedited conversations on a podcast? And here we are just a few years later, making that little idea a reality.
For me personally, there were three main reasons why I wanted to take on this project, and I’d love to share them with you below.
Reason #1: Personal Growth
Selfishly, this was a project that I wanted to start in an effort to show up, get uncomfortable, be vulnerable, tell my story, and share my perspective.
Since starting my creative business, I’ve shared a lot of things on social media and other public platforms, but in a sense, I’ve felt like I’m been holding back so much. Not until recently was I able to open up about my story, and even still, there’s so much of it that I haven’t told.
What if people judge me? What will my acquaintances think? What if I say the wrong thing? These are the thoughts that have constantly filled my mind every time I wanted to share something deeper. But this year, something changed, and I knew it was time to push forward and allow myself to share more openly about the things on my heart.
On the podcast, I’ll be talking about things like my honest thoughts on motherhood, my family dynamics, my lifelong struggle with depression, the rollercoaster of emotions trying to run my own business, and all the other (sometimes difficult) things that make me who I am. I can’t wait to share all these things (and more) with you, and I hope it will give you a better idea of who I am, the work that I strive to do, and the life that I strive to live.
Reason #2: To Build Deeper Connections
I know it’s easy to bash on all the negative things happening on the internet, but it can also be a space where you can connect with like-minded people who share similar interests, hobbies, and beliefs. I mean, that’s how Susan and I met, and look at us now, real life friends doing life together and working on such exciting endeavors together.
Since starting this business and even after becoming a mom, I’ve had so many moments of feeling isolated and alone. But through the connections I’ve made online, I feel like I’ve become part of a community of people that make me feel safe, accepted, and understood. And that’s exactly how I hope others will feel when they tune in to the podcast. I want people to get to know us as real people (not just the highlight reel) and connect with us on a deeper level.
I’m so excited to see all the new friendships and connections we will build :)
Reason #3: To Encourage and Inspire
When Susan and I first sat down to write down the reasons why we wanted to start this podcast, one of the biggest things that came up was this desire to encourage and inspire other people. I think this desire to help people is at the root of both of our businesses and probably why this all came together so naturally.
By sharing our stories, experiences, and perspectives, I really hope that our listeners will feel encouraged and inspired as they go through their own ups and downs of life. I want people to feel heard, understood, and empowered, and my biggest hope is that our conversations inspire people to take action, live fuller lives, embrace imperfection, and create more space for the things that make them happy.
“When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.” - Janine Shepherd
We all have unique experiences and perspectives that are powerful when shared, and hopefully by sharing ours, you'll also be encouraged and inspired to share your stories and connect with others as well.
If you give the podcast a listen this week, let me know what you think! And be sure to subscribe if you'd like to be notified when new episodes come out! Thanks for reading!