#20 Solo Episode: How to Quit

December 17, 2018

This episode is different from the others in that I don’t interview another amazing guest. Instead, I decided it was time for me to share a little more of my story. I started this podcast to share stories of the makers and creators who are being brave, showing up, and serving their communities. I didn’t feel that I could rightfully ask others to share the raw and hard moments in their lives if I wasn’t committing to doing the same. So it’s time for me to get a little uncomfortable and share what has led me to where I am today.

The last three months specifically have been transformational for me, and I’ve done a lot of soul work through meditation, reading books (check out my book list!), and protecting my time and mental state. Every podcast guest I’ve had on the show has helped me think about life a little differently, and there have been moments in my career and personal life that were catalysts to make big changes and take big risks.

I hope this episode is encouraging to you, just as the stories of others have encouraged me to move past the uncomfortable and the scary and to show up anyway. Listen in now, and if you’re new here I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 

In this solo episode, you’ll hear things like:

  • Who and what has inspired me to get me to where I am today
  • What events in my life have shaken me to the core, and caused me to see life differently
  • How I went from engineer to full-time entrepreneur, and the pivots I’m still making in my career
  • When I started dreaming about hosting this podcast, and how this show was instrumental in me making the jump from my 9-5
  • How I let my ego get in the way of pursuing what I’m meant to be doing

 

Favorite quotes from this episode:

  • “That was my soul making moves without me really knowing what was going on yet.”
  • “Sometimes you don’t realize you’re feeling something until you hear someone else say it in an eloquent way.”
  • “I want to live my life taking big risks and big jumps into the unknown.”
  • “At least then I know that I’m using every single day of this precious life that we have to pursue what feels right and to figure out what it is that I’m supposed to be doing on this planet.”
  • “What if I quit my day job?” turned more into “I have to quit my day job.”
  • “The only thing my day job was fueling (besides my bank account) was my ego, and you cannot sustain anything solely on your ego.”
  • “I want to live my life knowing that I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing.”
  • “I’ve had a lot of time to think and grow and jump into all the woo-woo trying to figure out, ‘what is my soul’s purpose?’”

 

Life-changing quotes from our podcast guests: 

  • “What if you’re holding on to this job so tightly, and there’s someone else that’s really right for this job?” — Jamie Gilcrease, Episode 2
  • I couldn’t ever be enough, I couldn’t be smart enough or witty enough or whatever, nothing made my career what I wanted it to be other than saying, I just have to do my own thing.” — Samantha Schmeltzer, Episode 4
  • “It’s just my path, and being okay not to understand it exactly but being willing to do that work.” — Lane Shull, Episode 13

 

Other places you can follow along on this podcasting journey:

 

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  1. Kacey Perez

    December 28th, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Emily,
    Just listened to this on my way to and from daycare and I am SO GLAD I did. I totally relate to your experiences working in a male dominated industry – it is our day to day struggle where I am working now with our little female dominated marketing team. Literally going through all of your podcasts now….I am a little sad that it took me this long to jump on the podcast bandwagon but it’s one of my new years resolutions…listen to things that inspire me whenever I have the chance!

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