Most Likely To Be a Talk Show Host

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

That picture there?  It's from my jr. high yearbook.  Maybe one of my proudest moments of my youth.  That should tell you how exciting my life has been, ha!

Yes, I was voted "Most Likely To Be a Talk Show Host." Yes, I actually played make-believe talk show host up in the trees in my family's backyard for years and years. Yes, I was Oprah's biggest fan.  Yes, I almost went into broadcast journalism.  Yes, I am always listening to a podcast of some sort.  Yes, I have wanted to do something with my gift of gab.

And yes--yes!--I have always talked myself out of it.


Well, friends, I have started a podcast.


What on earth do I have to offer the world of a million podcasts?

Well, let me tell you.  There are men and women out there who are major recovering perfectionists.  There are people who are paralyzed dreamers.  There are apathetic thinkers, who constantly talk themselves out of even trying anything because they don't see the point.  There are people so terrified of failing that they can't even get themselves to start.

And there are people who have pushed past these boundaries and other major obstacles, and tried and tried.  Sometimes they have tried, just for the sake of trying.  Sometimes, they have completely failed.  Sometimes, they have had to drastically alter their goals or completely re-route where they were headed.  Sometimes, they doubted themselves daily and almost gave up.

But every single one of these "tryers" have made something incredible of their lives.  They refuse to let failures, mis-steps, and obstacles prevent them from working on improving themselves and their lives.

These are the people I needed to see in my life ten years ago.  Ten years ago, when I was entering treatment for my eating disorders and major perfectionism issues. And I needed them for the ten years that followed where I alternated still being a self-hating perfectionist OR a paralyzed dreamer, apathetic about my own life.

I needed these people who have shown me that life really, truly, honestly is about PROGRESS, not perfection.  That things are worth trying and doing, one little step at a time, regardless of where one ends up.  That the trying, in and of itself, is the whole point.

These are the people I am interviewing.

Let's pretend this is my headshot...
I am well-aware that I seem to keep starting hobbies that cost me money rather than making it. . . And I can't tell you how much work and mental energy has gone into this.  It has been a far bigger learning curving than starting this blog, and that should tell you something.

This podcast will not be perfect.  I don't have Oprah's voice--no where close.  I say "Um..." and "like" far, far too often.  I ramble when I should be letting the guest speak. I search for the right words and questions.  And I make some technical errors as I learn these complicated recording and editing systems.

But interviewing the wonderful people I have so far is honestly changing my life.  Truly.  And I know it can change others' lives, too.


My first official interview will go live tomorrow.  But today, I have a short introductory podcast.  I speak a bit on my own history that went behind inspiring this podcast, as well as what I hope this podcast creates.  And for the record, that is NOT to create a fan-base; no, it is to create a community of fellow "tryers" who work on themselves and reach for their dreams, regardless of the hope for their success.

You can stream the podcast below, or you can find me on iTunes here, Soundcloud here, or search for "About Progress" on your podcast apps.  (There might be some apps outside of iTunes that are not totally working quite yet, but I am working on it! Please let me know if your all can't find me, so I know where to focus.)


I will be posting interviews every Wednesday.  And while you clean, exercise, or even fall asleep, I hope you are listening alongside me.

13 comments:

  1. Can't wait to listen! You are amazing!

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    1. Made me blush! I hope you enjoy the podcast amidst my stuttering and rambling. The people I've interviewed are so incredible!

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  2. Wow, I love the raw honesty. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Keziah!!! You are wonderful. Thank you for the support, friend!

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  3. Bravo!!! You are such an inspiration. I loved your first podcast and am all subscribed! I love that you want to build a community and know you will. It's such an important message you are spreading and is going to be such an inspiration for so many of us listening and reading.

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    1. Thank you for not only listening and for subscribing, but for hearing out all my ramblings on these topics for four years! I'm so glad we got to talk on Sunday. I hope you are ready for your interview one day...

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  4. Monica! I love everything about you!! Loved listening. Made me miss you. Your genuine sharing is beautiful and refreshing and your pursuit of progress is inspiring. And I loved the music you chose...got me groovin':)

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    1. Taryn! Thanks for that encouragement. Love that you love the music!

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  5. Monica, you don't know me, but I was in one of brad's wards at BYU! I found your podcast through Heather and LOVE it. A standing ovation to you for your beautiful honesty and pursuit in this podcast. I think there is so much power to be found in really opening up and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable about struggles and processes. I'm really excited to listen to your podcast regularly! (Also, I'm from the Bay Area originally, so I love the pictures you post of the area! It's so beautiful up there!)

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    1. Oh, this made my day! Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. You gave me a real boost to keep going.

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  6. You are amazing and a great interviewer to listen to. You can tell you admire your guests and really listen and pick out the inciteful things they say. You ask great questions. I was one of Heather Fujikawa's YW leaders And love her to the moon. That is how I started listening but now I look forward to each new podcast. I listen when I'm cooking and cleaning and walking. It really is inspirational to me. I found out I have leukemia this summer which has changed my life but I'm working on not letting it limit me. Thank you for helping me with that goal!!

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