I had a long internal debate about launching my podcast, Love Your Enthusiasm, after everything that transpired this past week. It’s hard to be enthusiastic when you can’t make sense of your world…when you can’t unsee social media images and videos and you feel like you can’t help anyone or solve anything.
Every night I see my curfew phone alert while double-checking my alarm. I read my book in bed while helicopters hover over my apartment building. Sirens scream across the city and inside my dreams.
When I woke up this morning, yet again I wondered if my city would still be here. Yet, the world continues waking up. The sun is brilliant and the skies are blindingly blue. The wind chimes and the birds send sweet harmonies to anyone who will listen.
We keep on keeping on, don’t we? When everything seems impossible, we take a rocket to space. We hug each other when we don’t think we have any love left to give.
While tossing and turning in bed, I thought about something Jessica Korteman said in Episode 01 of Love Your Enthusiasm.
Stay present and keep coming back to why you’re doing whatever it is that inspires you.
My why for this podcast is to bring more positivity into a world that always needs it. So, I am officially launching Love Your Enthusiasm in the midst of a global pandemic, after a week of riots and protests across my country. Because this is something that I can do.
I want to take a moment to express my indescribable gratitude to the 11 amazing women who were the first guests on Love Your Enthusiasm.
Ten of these women agreed to do a second podcast interview with me when I decided to launch Love Your Enthusiasm. Six months ago they were interviewed for Clove Travel & Wellness, a publication and podcast that never saw the light of day because of COVID.
They all trusted me not once—but twice—when I didn’t have a website and I had never hosted a podcast before. They said “yes” to giving up their time to talk about very intimate things. Nearly everybody was recording a podcast for the first time in their lives.
All guests were interviewed during the quarantine. I know how difficult it was for everyone to rise up from the lockdown to speak enthusiastically and candidly about their greatest passion. I know how difficult it was to think positively and share positivity with others.
Just yesterday morning I recorded a podcast with Victoria Dougherty, an author and blogger I’ve known for eight years. We were both sleep-deprived and kooky after the weekend. I warned her at the beginning of the interview—I was skeptical about whether or not I could do it. We decided to lean on each other’s enthusiasm…and it worked.
I am proud to know all of these women and I am happy to bring them into your lives—with the hopes that this podcast will serve as a healthy distraction that inspires and motivates you, no matter what is going on in the world from here on out.
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All episodes live on the website—with detailed show notes that include episode descriptions, guest links and information, related resources from the discussion, and an embedded player in case you want to listen right then and there.
Normally, a new episode will release every week. But today for the launch of Love Your Enthusiasm, you have three episodes to enjoy.
Take your pick to get a feel for what to expect on the show, or binge-watch all three episodes if you need extra enthusiasm in your life right now.
Overcoming Solo Travel Stereotypes with Jessica Korteman
Jessica has circumnavigated the globe three times and traveled to 50+ countries…about half of them as a solo traveler. She shares her personal encounters with solo travel stereotypes as a female solo traveler who is married and now a new mom.
She first started her award-winning travel blog, Notes of Nomads, in 2011 to document the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Today Jessica is pushing the envelope on women in travel with her latest blogging venture, Travel Solo Anyway—and she is here to encourage you to think differently about solo travel, destinations, and relationships.
To say that every woman who is stepping outside of her backyard is doing so to find herself is completely inaccurate. There are so many reasons why we might take a trip. We might be traveling for work or other passions—not simply finding some inner sense of peace.
From almost zero fitness, Jennifer decided she wanted to tackle triathlons at the age of 26. Although she never identified as an athlete in her life, she thought: I can do this if I try.
Recently Jennifer started a non-profit organization called Tri Girls Rise as a way to help girls aged 8-16 feel empowered and more confident through the sport of triathlon. Jennifer talks about how feeling accomplished has taken on new meaning for her, that success comes from liking yourself and what you do—even if you’re not the best at it.
Maybe it looks like everyone else knows what they’re doing and they aren’t afraid to fail, but no one feels that way. We are all pretending like we know what we’re doing. So don’t worry about that. Everyone else is feeling the same as you. It’s just whether or not you have the gumption to try it anyway.
The Choice of Living Consciously with Julie Klene
Julie walks us through her choice to live consciously, to truly see things rather than take them for granted. For Julie, that means breathing and slowing down and being more mindful of her choices, whether she is traveling or buying something.
A long-time advocate of a zero-waste lifestyle, Julie continues to learn new ways to live in harmony with what’s around her and share these personal experiences on her travel photography blog, Les Petits Pas de Juls, which has been around since 2011. And she is excited to help you shift your perspective and live more consciously.
Living consciously is that little spark before you actually light up a whole thing—you’re thinking about every action and their consequences. If I am more careful about the things I put into my life, I am giving myself an opportunity to be more conscious about everything else.
Hope you all get tons of takeaways and inspiration from Love Your Enthusiasm. And, if you love it…please show your support by leaving a review wherever you listen.