Me: I wonder how to do a podcast?
Also me: *doing a podcast*
You guys. Yesterday Be Well ATL was just an idea. Granted, it was an idea with a purchased domain (can we all rave about the great name and how I can't believe it hadn't been snagged before?!), a microphone, downloaded free audacity software, and a scheduled guest, but it was still just an idea. Then, me and my friend and colleague, the amazing Nzinga Harrison, sat down and recorded a loosely-mission-driven conversation, and now it EXISTS. It's an actual thing that is real now. And before the domain, the schedule, the mission, and the supplies were real things, they were just ideas too. Isn't it amazing, y'all? This is how the world works. We hold the power to have ideas, and then *poof*! They're HERE. (Dislaimer: *poof* = action steps). They're THINGS THAT EXIST and OTHER PEOPLE CAN PERCEIVE THEM. I don't think I'm being overly excited here. Let's allow ourselves to be amazed at our own creative power. We. Can. Make. Anything. (I'll pause for you to take a moment to oooh and ahhh in awe and wonderment).
And let's also talk about the things that almost prevented this podcast from happening. (and also almost prevented me from doing yoga teacher training and moving to Atlanta and applying for big jobs and asking for more money and so on and so on...) Or, at least the chief-among-them culprit. This guy: "who am I to host a wellness podcast?" "who am I to interview experts?" "who am I to put myself in some kind of leadership role in this community of amazing people?" Sound familiar? As I share all of my "who the hell am I?" thoughts with friends, they all have that voice too. (whew!) Well, let's answer the question. Who am I? I'm a therapist. A leader in my industry. (true statement, still hard to say). I'm the founder of a nonprofit. I'm a business owner. I'm a yoga teacher. (new one, so also uncomfortable to claim!) I am a wellness-enthusiast. I have some qualifications, sure. But I don't have any more special knowledge, skills, or abilities than any of my guests, nor than any of my listeners! By hosting a podcast, I am laying no claim to any expertise or mastery that is any more than anyone else. Or any less. We are all just people, sharing what we know and how we've grown in the hopes that it's helpful to other people. And really, the thing I have in common with all of the other podcast hosts out there: I decided to do it and I did it. And the only difference between that thing that you've been wanting to be, and maybe even that you've been afraid to want to be... the only difference between you and that person is that you haven't decided to do it and done it yet. So, I'm not a leader in the Atlanta community of wellness professionals. Except that I had an idea to create something that might be of benefit to others, and I chose to ignore that scary voice telling me all of the reasons I shouldn't/can't/don't deserve to do it, and I am doing it anyway. Will you do it, too? That thing you want to do but don't think you've "earned the right"? I hope you will. It's kind of great out here - in a chaotic, unstructured, terrifying but "good-terrifying" (whatever the hell that means) kind of way.
Episodes are being recorded, and will launch bi-weekly beginning in October. Stay tuned for our first episode: The Grand Slam with Nzinga Harrison.