Seth and I just recorded my 300th podcast episode. I am absolutely in awe that I have recorded 300 episodes. It feels so huge that I need to write about and reflect on this amazing journey.
I would like to go back to the day that Seth presented me with the idea of me recording a podcast. Whenever Seth comes to me with any idea, I tend to look at him like he’s crazy. Why do I do that? Because I am a busy mom. I tend to automatically think that I don’t have the time, energy or ability, and man was I wrong. I have learned that we can make the time for whatever we think is a priority. I have learned that I tend to have a time scarcity issue. I tend to think that I don’t have the time. My podcast and other suggestions that Seth has had have led me to really examine how I look at time. I will write more about this another time, but the big lesson is that I can make the time.
I am so happy that I made the time for the Whinypaluza Parenting and Marriage Podcast. It has been so rewarding in so many ways and has taught me so very much. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I am talking to my guests. “This is your amazing job,” is what I am thinking when I get to talk to so many wonderful experts.
- I get to talk to amazing experts every week. I talk to coaches, therapists, counselors, psychologists, authors, educators and so many more. What could be better than that? They teach me a lot, or they reinforce things that I have learned along the way. They are teaching me, and I am making connections with wonderful, talented, smart women.
- Repetition is a gift. I keep getting messages and concepts reinforced that help me in my life. A perfect example is that we all have a different love language. I need to be reminded of that. Another good example is that I need to be calm during a child storm. I need to hear that one every day. Even if I may know what my guests are telling me, my guests need to hear it and I need to hear it again and again.
- I get to interview my friends and family and learn more about them. Interview your friends and family even if you don’t have a podcast. It will bring you closer together and you will learn about them. My husband also encourages you to record it so you can look back on it.
- I get to spread love, laughter and learning to the world in the theme of parenting and marriage. One of my guests told me that my podcast is a light in this world. That was the biggest compliment that she could have given me. If I can spread some light, love and joy to someone, then I am succeeding. If I can give a tip to a mom who needs it that day, then I am succeeding. If I can make a mom feel like she isn’t alone, then I am really succeeding. I only wish that I had podcasts to listen to when my babies were little. It would have helped me so much.
- Keep an open mind! I would say that my thought process about who is a good guest has changed over the last 300 episodes. I am much more open-minded and flexible than when I began this journey. There have been guests that I questioned if they were a good fit for the podcast and the interview turned out to be so valuable. I have learned so much along the way. As I learn to be open minded for my podcast, it has also generalized to other areas of my life. I tend to value being open minded. This is a value that has increased through the 300-episode adventure.
- I have become a better listener. I try to talk on my podcast to add value, but I want to showcase my guests. I want them to do most of the talking and I want us all to learn from them. As I practice my listening skills, that has also generalized to other areas of my life. People just want us to listen. I try to talk when I have value to add and not just to talk. This is another big change for me. I have seen so much growth in myself from the podcast.
- I had no idea the self-growth that I was going to have from doing this podcast. My goal was to serve mothers. I wanted to provide a value-added podcast to moms to help them through parenting and marriage. I want to help dads, aunts, grandparents too, but my main audience is moms. As I went on my quest to help moms, I didn’t realize it was going to help me too. I didn’t know that I was going to become a better mom, wife, and therapist from this journey.
- The podcast has made me more flexible. I was just thinking about a day in my life: a podcast, a blog, an errand, a school pick up, some laundry, some cooking and the list goes on. I am doing so many different things within my day and wearing so many different hats. I can turn on work Rebecca, mom Rebecca, wife Rebecca, friend Rebecca, volunteer Rebecca depending on which hat I am wearing in the moment.
- I have become more assertive and less shy. At first, the idea of asking someone to be on the podcast and them saying no really made me nervous. Now I know that they may say yes, and they may say no and that it’s no big deal either way. It has made me more comfortable with rejection as everyone doesn’t want to be a podcast guest. Some people are shy, and some people are just uncomfortable. If I haven’t asked you, don’t be afraid to suggest it to me. Maybe I didn’t think about it or maybe I don’t think you want to be a guest.
- Last but not least, staying true to my passion and maintaining my enthusiasm for my podcast and the subject matter keeps me authentic and engaging. The feedback I have gotten from my listeners and guests is that they love that I am authentic. I am authentic because I am genuinely interested in what they have to say. I want to learn and grow from my guests, and I want to provide that to all my listeners too.
- Bonus: As Jay Abraham said at my husband Seth’s mastermind meeting: “The most interesting people are interested.” People are going to find my podcast interesting because I am interested. I am interested in what my guests have to say. I am interested in what my listeners have to say. Stay interested.
I am so excited to see what I have to say next year at this time when I will hopefully have 400 episodes to discuss. Next up, I would love to look through my last 100 guests and tell you ten of my top lessons that I learned from my guests. I love this podcast journey. I want to sincerely thank every single one of you who has listened, shared it, rated it and/or reviewed it. What I have learned on this crazy adventure is that the more you rate and review it, the more moms they send the podcast out to. I hope you will continue to stay on this ride with me. Cheers to 300 episodes. I am really proud of myself for this monumental number. It still excites me so I will keep going. Join me as I continue to bring you parenting and marital experts to help us have an even more enriching life with our families.
Laughing, Learning, Loving,
Rebecca Greene, LCSW-R
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