Jaysus, I feel as if I’ve birthed a child! I am thrilled to announce that I have launched my very own podcast! I present to you “The Baggage Reclaim Sessions“. It’s a weekly podcast where I’ll be sharing inspiration, practices and stories, for living and loving with healthy self-esteem.
Em (my husband) has been on my case to do a podcast for ages and combined with guesting on my local radio station each month, I realised that I love gassing away but also that there’s a real need for Baggage Reclaim to have this show.
I must admit that launching the podcast has stretched me. Stretched the hell out of me.
Doing something big and new has meant that I was overthinking things for a bit, trying to work out the “perfect” show and trying to figure out how the hell to do it.
It activated my inner perfectionist. I’ve had to do plenty of self-soothing and push through the resistance that came up.
I kept buying this and that piece of equipment, and then it would arrive, and I’d be stressing about how to use it so things would go on the long finger. So… I planned it all, booked to record at the radio station and it fell through! Someone had man flu. I could have panicked, but something else kicked into gear. Thanks to my friend’s husband, the brilliant musician Si Cranstoun, who sat me down, talked me through what the hell I’d bought but also gave me loads of great advice, I stopped worrying about how to record and got on with it. I then called up my little brother and asked him to put all of that equipment in his dark bedroom to use and put the recordings together for me. He also created the music for it as well. That’s something else I’ve had to do a lot of– ask for help!
The funny thing about inner critics is that they love to play the ‘ole switcheroo. When I hadn’t recorded yet, it would pipe up about it. Once I recorded, it piped up then too. I thanked it for its opinion and let it know that I’ve “got this”. It’s like the bait and switch that I talk about in Mr Unavailable and the Fallback Girl. You can’t win!
Anyway! Each week I’ll do three segments where I cover topics around empowering you to discover and reclaim the great you that already exists, offloading excess emotional baggage, and navigating dating, interpersonal relationships and tricky situations.
I’ll also feature a listener question plus I’ll share something from that week that has helped me to know and care for me better.
Here’s what I discuss in the launch episode:
How do you know when you’re ready to date?: I talk about what can happen when you move too quickly or too fast and about how to find the middle ground with four key things to consider.
The self-care practice of Unsent Letters: Why Unsent Letters are transformative and the typical barriers to wanting to write out your feelings and why they exist. You can sign up for the free Unsent Letter Guide to help you along.
How do you know if you’re doing something for the wrong reasons? What are our motivations when we do good things for the wrong reasons and how to home in on whether you’re doing something with a hidden agenda.
Listener Question – How do you calm down negative chatter? Some quick tips for getting mindful when you experience things that set off a negative train of thought.
What Nat Learned This Week: I got ‘hangry’ (hungry and angry) and it reminded me of some vital lessons about self-care. You can read about the conference that I mention here.
You can listen to this podcast below.
Leave a comment or post on Facebook, and please, if you enjoy it, subscribe. If you know someone who would enjoy it, please help spread the word. It all helps. Listener questions can be emailed to podcast AT baggagereclaim DOT com. If there’s a topic you’d love me to talk about, let me know!