WOW OH WOW. This is so unbelievably surreal to type out, I can barely contain myself.
Actually, I have zero chill. No chill whatsoever. I’M FREAKING THE FREAK OUT OVER HERE, FRIENDS.
After years of it being a backthought and months of it being on the actual backburner, it finally came to fruition: I lanuched a podcast! While a podcast was something that readers + followers threw out there once in awhile, it was never really something that I truly considered. I always figured I had enough on my plate (truth), and that I couldn’t possibly add something else that would be valuable enough to you to justify the time commitment.
Buuuuuut I got to thinking. And my personal favorite kinds of content to create for you are often of the personal development type – things that spark conversations between us and get us thinking about bettering the bits of ourselves and the parts of our lives that we’re not totally thrilled with as of yet. While I definitely (+ obviously) lovelovelove writing, I think there’s just something to be said for, well, SAYING things! Podcasts just have this amazing way of bringing things + theories to life all the more.
And here we are.
First thing’s first: How to listen in.
iTunes is notoriously wonky for new podcasts, and apparently won’t actually show you an actual podcast through this link if youre not subscribed. Which makes approximately ZERO sense to me because HELLO, how will people know if they like you enough TO subscribe without being able to search/listen!?!
Anyways, if you click to listen to an individual episode, you should be able to listen and then subscribe from there, and put THRIVE in your Podcasts app queue, etc.
Alternatively, if you SEARCH “thrive podcast” in iTunes, then hit SEE ALL, we’re there! You might have to scroll for a hot sec (I think we’re about 12th on the list???), but you’ll see the above image pop up and BOOM – there you are.
Pleasepleaseplease feel free to subscribe (+ drop us 5-stars if you’re feelin’ it???) and let me know what you want to talk about together on THRIVE! If you have a topic request, a specific question, a guest you’d like to see me have a conversation with on air – WHATEVER, your wish is my command. Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), comment on this blog post, shoot me an Instagram DM – anything goes. 🙂
We’re also here on Spotify! (Again, searchable there as well, but scroll down a bit after searching “thrive podcast” – we need some lovelovelove from you guys listening in before we get bumped higher on the lists! 😉 )
OK, so THRIVE.
THRIVE was born from the idea that so many of us live our day-to-days simply surviving. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes, survival mode is all we’ve got.
But other times, we get STUCK in survival mode and can’t find our way back to anything better than that.
Every week, we’ll dive into a practical, tactical tip to help bring you from a life of simply surviving, to thriving. It’s personal development for the everyday girl who is DONE with coasting through her days, done with feeling like she’s missing out on the deeper meaning of her own life, and done with mediocrity once and for all. 🙂
I say this in our intro episode, but I’ll say it again since it bears repeating:
I strongly believe that while you are ENOUGH as you are right now, you’re not FINISHED. If you’ve got a growth mindset too, I’m sure you already know that there is SO DANG MUCH out there to learn and do, so that you can BE the best you for your family, your friends, your co-workers, and yourself. It’s up to us to CHOOSE to step outside of the survival box that we can too easily and too often slip into – a box of familiarity and mediocrity that can keep us caged in and comfortable – and into a space of newness…a fresh stomping ground where we have the space and a place to truly THRIVE.
And while oftentimes we forget it, lucky for you, you already have it in you what you need to succeed and what you need to go from merely surviving to vividly THRIVING in your everyday life, whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or the CEO of a household of five crazy adorable kids.
I once read an incredible description of the difference between the two from a psychologist named Dr. Ellen Albertson. She said Survive means to “continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.” Thrive means to “prosper, be fortunate or successful, to grow or develop vigorously, to flourish.”
Like, WHOA – what a difference. And I think it’s such an important difference to point out, because it’s something that we all face at some point or another in our lives, because we’ve all been through crap.
We’ve all been through something – something that maybe threatened our ability to thrive – heck, maybe even our ability to survive.
We’ve all experienced heartbreak, be it through bullying or a breakup, or the death of someone we love.
We’ve all experienced sadness, whether that sadness was a moment in time because of something, or a deeper depression because of nothing and everything all at once.
We’ve all experienced pain. Everyone you know is fighting some kind of battle inside, and you have no idea how close someone could be to thriving again…or how close they are to barely hanging on and barely surviving.
But I believe that regardless of the hand you’ve been dealt, you CAN find your own personal place of thriving – beyond simply surviving. You CAN create your own joy and appreciate your own blessings, even amidst the seemingly endless devils and trials that try to take that all away. And you CAN do better today, to feel better and be better tomorrow.
All it takes is a simple perspective shift. Whether the glass is half full or half empty, the volume inside is exactly the same.
So why “THRIVE”?
Because for years, I was afraid to do exactly that. I was in a comfort zone I didn’t even know I had. I had the chaos of my life on repeat, forgetting that I already had the tools in my toolbox to make change and edit my own life accordingly.
The worst part? I had grown comfortable in the wrong kind of uncomfortable.
My “survival” looked like this:
- Constantly waking up feeling tired
- Not really eating all that healthily or truly taking care of myself
- Looking like a tornado ripped through my house basically always
- “No time” for me – no time to work out, no time to read a book just for fun, heck sometimes no time to just enjoy my shower with some solid pampering
- Moping around the house crying over all of the things I wished were different, whether that was my body or my job or my marriage or my house or whatever.
I was somehow always “busy,” but I wasn’t really being productive. Well, at least not the kinda productive that would move the needle in my business, or further my faith, or get closer to goals. And because I had gotten really freaking good at being BUSY, it always felt like I just couldn’t possibly have the time and was therefore just STUCK in a cycle of SUCK that I didn’t know how to break free from.
Really, half the time I didn’t even realize that I was in “just survive” mode instead of thrive mode.
But I was just getting by.
And if there is one thing I know for certain in this life, it’s that it’s too dang SHORT and full of too much potential to just get by.
For years I was living my life afraid to be 100% myself – and I didn’t even know it. I was always looking for validation from other people that my dreams, my goals, my ideas, my SELF was good and worthy and enough.
And that is just. So. wrong.
You don’t need permission from ANYONE
But just in case you’re sitting there feeling like I did – like there’s the Worth Police that’s going to knock your door down if you’re not living on their terms or by their standards, let me be the first to say that
Here, you have permission to be yourself.
Permission to show up authentically, transparently, vulnerably.
Permission to dream.
Permission to THRIVE.
Let’s thrive together.
Again PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE make sure to hit SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, throw us 5-stars if you’re feeling generous, and maybe even leave your thoughts in a review? A new episode of THRIVE will come out every single week (on the hump!), so stay tuned for more + drop a comment with any + all suggestions for future episode topics to dive into together.
OH – and here we are on Spotify, if you prefer following there!
THANKYOU for being here. THANKYOU for thriving with me.