Episode Zero: A Very Open Letter
Hello and welcome to the very first episode of Possible, the podcast that helps you banish negativity, and live a more optimistic life.
I wanted to take a moment to share with you why I started this show and tell you a little bit about what to expect in coming seasons.
When I was 24, I tried to end my life. Why? Well, throughout my childhood and into my early adulthood I felt like a misfit. I was in a pretty cultish church at the time but considering leaving and I didn’t think that I would ever find my place in the world.
That was then exacerbated by workplace bullying. I just felt useless and like there was no hope for me. I was angry at my parents and angry at life. I just wanted the pain to go away.
Thank God, when I swallowed those pills and downed that bottle of wine, I managed to stuff up suicide.
My friends called an ambulance and they sat there with me while I vomited the contents of my stomach into a bucket. I felt more embarrassed than anything else.
The Up Side
Life went on and things got better after making a few changes. I left that job and started studying again, and later I left the church I’d grown up in. What I realised, after some reflection was that I could stick out even the toughest moments. I just had to hang on tight. And there were many more of those to come.
Since then, I’ve experienced loss of an unborn baby, abuse, depression, PTSD, a near death experience, financial hardship, heartbreak, divorce… but even in the midst of all these things, something inside me was calling: “you got this… you will be okay, just hang on.”
I realised that my sense of optimism has developed over the years, and my trust that everything would eventually be okay has sustained me.
Looking back, I feel sad for that girl who felt like her life was so unbearable she had to end it. When I think of all that life has given me since: opportunities beyond my wildest dreams, the chance to help make others’ lives better, the chance to write a book and share my story with thousands of people, the chance to help my 3 beautiful babies–two who struggle with Autism and Aspergers– navigate their way through a world they find hard to understand, the chance to create songs, art and poetry that move people, the chance to share others’ stories through blogging and podcasting…. All of this would never have been had I succeeded that day.
Fundamentally Flawed Perceptions
Fast forward to years later and I was giving a talk at a local fundraising event. For some reason, I had decided to throw caution to the wind and share some of my deepest darkest fears. I shared that I had grown up feeling fundamentally flawed… which was true. When I looked up everyone in the room was crying. I realised, in that moment, that it wasn’t just me who felt that way. I had wasted years believing the lie that I was unworthy. That moment changed my life.
The Gift of Possibility
Possible. is my gift to you. It’s a legacy I want to leave, a message to you that “You’ve got this. You will be okay. Just hang on…” but also to help you see just how incredible you are.
I was told throughout my life that I would never amount to anything and that I’d probably end up in jail. I nearly ended my life. But you know what? Screw anyone who says such things to you! You are the captain of your own fate. You choose your path and anything’s possible.
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In the coming seasons, we’re going to explore what’s possible for you in business, relationships, life, education, health and much more. Yes, we’re going to explore lots of different things and the reason for that is because everything in life is interconnected. You can’t succeed in business or life if you suck at keeping yourself healthy… not really.
Possible will be broken down into seasons. Season one largely explores possibilities in entrepreneurship and business. We’ll be airing every two weeks but kicking off with five amazing episodes featuring Chris Ducker, Hal Elrod, The Merrymaker Sisters, and Michelle Falzon, so be sure to subscribe on iTunes to download the latest episodes.
I am so grateful to be here and to be able to do this. You’ll find lots of encouragement and inspiration on this show. What you won’t find is any sanctimonious bullshittery–yes that’s a word.
I look forward to hearing your feedback over the coming season and if there’s anyone you think I should interview on the show, I’d love to hear your suggestions.
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That’s it from me! Enjoy the show.
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