Last Summer, I started The Currently Newsletter to create the type of content I craved. The type of content that didn’t assume I only cared about lipstick but that knew I cared about the world, and the people in it too. The kind that recognized that our lives and our careers do not exist in separate spheres. The kind that knew that sometimes we do want to know where to find a great product to prevent wrinkles! But simultaneously want to know how to create more goodness in the world.
The internet is so vast that people want to know where to direct their attention. This is also a golden age for content, there are many creative people putting innovative thoughts, movies and television shows into the sphere and I wanted to share that too.
When you have multiple channels screaming at you, sometimes talking to one person can be the best refuge, whether it’s by reading a curated newsletter or escaping into a podcast.
That was true last year, and even more true now.
Almost one year to the date, I am excited to launch The Currently Podcast.
Let me tell you how I came to this point.
Last year, as the election came to I head, I was convinced that there was a sense of inevitability about the female candidate in the race. Not because she was perfect but because everyone knew enough about the other candidate to know that he wasn’t an option.
Of course, I was wrong. Many of us woke up with an unfamiliar feeling.
Once again, our generation had been shaken to its core. The things we thought we knew about the world had been slightly altered.
The economic recession changed how people thought about work.
9/11 changed how we thought about safety.
November 8th will be a day we will remember too.
Even if nothing changed for you personally on November 8th, things changed for many people and that in itself has created a ripple effect that will be felt for years to come.
Don’t be scared. This isn’t all bad news.
Since that day we have seen a record number of young people run for office, people giving time and money to causes they care about. People really do want to get more involved. People are exercising their voices and speaking out in various ways with their wallets and on the streets.
We were already in the midst of change before this cataclysmic election.
Millennials have been pushing the boundary of what it means to “work, whether by seeking more fulfilling work, becoming self-employed and by creating numerous side-hustles. Our generation is adapting to the new ways to work, live and consume information.
Whether by saying I don’t need to buy this house, or by saying I don’t need to have children at a certain age.
But these topics seemed almost too big for me to take on in a podcast platform.
I decided to stop being afraid and just do it!
That’s the other story here, about all the self-doubt that goes into putting yourself out there in a new way. There are questions about failure and relevance that scroll through my mind even as I type this.
I am trying to reckon with those parts of myself that don’t fit into the narrative of empowerment that permeates the social media landscape.
Here I am, with some new lessons under my belt and in a more accepting place of who I am, and who I am not and with some more clarity of who I want to be. I am not coming from a place of knowing but from a place of wanting to build a community where we work through things together.
I want to make sense of the now and ourselves-together!
This newsletter will remain the same, with a few cool added features. I hope you consider checking out the podcast. If you are new to podcasts, think of them as curated radio shows that you can stream at your leisure. You can listen to the trailer for the podcast here!
You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking the sign-up button at the corner of your screen. Subscribe to the podcast here.You can always e-mail me and let me know what you think! I am honored to have you here given the millions of places you could choose to spend your time.
Don't forget sometimes the best way to get going is to decide you are just going to start!