On May 11, 2021, I took a leap of faith and released the very first episode of my podcast. It was, in essence, my own story – a personal account of surviving armed robbery and abduction. However, as I looked ahead to releasing another episode just two weeks later, uncertainty, doubts, and apprehension washed over me. Would I even have another story to share?
I decided to divide my initial episode into two parts The second part wasn't just about me; it featured valuable insights from a mental health expert aimed at dissecting my experiences to help others.
My podcast isn't mere chitchat; it's storytelling, a quest to uncover and share the most challenging and emotional experiences in the lives of strangers. Finding willing participants proved to be a daunting task. I resorted to Nextdoor and Facebook, seeking individuals willing to share their stories.
I had one gentleman come forward. Episode #3 was recorded, edited, and released two days later. I posted on FB. I got a reply. We recorded a week later, and I immediately edited and released it. I was sweating bullets, but I managed to maintain the every-other-week schedule each time.
Six months in, I had an epiphany. I realized my community was blooming with opportunities to help others share their untold stories. Networking and connecting unveiled a treasure trove of opportunities to make a difference. The connections, coffee chats, and events lead to a sense of purpose and giving back, increasing the “fire” of purpose already burning inside. I was thankful.
Fast forward to today, 2 ½ years later, and I'm no longer sweating over stories. My calendar is meticulously planned, episodes are scheduled through February of 2024, and a deep sense of trust has replaced the fear of running out of content. I've come to understand that when we release our fears, the universe, God, takes over, guiding us to where we need to be, when we need to be there, and in front of the people we need to speak to.
This journey has been nothing short of incredible. As I look forward with curiosity and anticipation, I've learned to stop sweating the small stuff. When we free ourselves from fear, we can focus on what we were designed to do.
This is a testament to the strength that resides within each of us. The power to overcome doubts, the courage to chase our dreams, and the resilience to transform our fears into abundance.
You are stronger than you think!
With gratitude and purpose,