Lessons from a Year of Podcasting

Welcome, my friends, to Episode 7 of Season 4 of “A Season of Me Stories.” I’m your host, Heidi Kleine, and I am thrilled to celebrate with you today. Can you believe it? We have reached the one-year mark of this podcast! In this super special episode, we will reflect on our journey together and celebrate our achievements. Just like I always say, setting intentions, reflecting, and celebrating are crucial parts of a season of you. So, let’s take a moment to look back on what we’ve learned over the past year and what’s in store for the future. I will share some exciting plans for the next season of “A Season of Me Stories” and how we’ll make it even better. Plus, I have some fun surprises and giveaways for our loyal listeners. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and join me in celebrating our podversary. Let’s embark on this joyous journey together!

Episode Transcript:

Heidi Kleine:

Greetings, my friends, and welcome to episode 7 of a season of Me Stories season 4. This is a super special episode, and I am so looking forward to celebrating with you because this episode wraps up 1 year of a season of Me Stories being a podcast. Woo hoo. Can you believe it? I this. I’m so proud of the fact that I’ve done this and that you have come along with me on this journey. And so this episode is all about celebration. Now you know, I say all the time, the importance of a season of you is setting your intentions, reflecting along the way and celebrating. And so today, my intention is that we reflect a little bit on the experience of our year together and celebrate.

Heidi Kleine:

And I’ve got some fun things for you at the end of this podcast because I wanna spend this whole week, this week between, Thanksgiving and the beginning of December. , I’m recording this Thanksgiving week of 2023. And we’re celebrating the fact that a year ago, that 1st week in December, I decided I was finally going to do the thing I’ve been saying I was gonna do for so long, and I was gonna launch this podcast. And. So as we celebrate 1 year, I’m calling it my podversary. I don’t know if that’s a word. I don’t know if I get to make that up, but that’s what I’m calling it. It’s my Podversary.

Heidi Kleine:

And I wanna tell you what I’ve learned over this year in this process and kind of what I’m thinking about for this next year, for this next season of A A Season of Me Stories. And so the first thing I just wanna say is I am celebrating just doing the thing. So often when we are pursuing our calling or looking out at the world and we see things that we think, gosh, I’d kinda like to do that or, yeah. I was really feeling like that would be a fun thing to do, and then we start to backpedal from there. Like, well, maybe I can’t do it yet because I don’t exactly know how. I don’t know what the system is going to be. I don’t know what I need to have a successful podcast. I don’t have the right mic or the right equipment.

Heidi Kleine:

And one of the things that I am celebrating about this 1st year of the podcast is that I just did it. This. Right, I looked up a few sort of simple entry-level ways of getting involved in doing this and I just did it. So I want to encourage you to just do it. If you have something that you wanna try, try it. Try it without the right equipment. Try it without the background education, the things that you think you need. Because what you’ll learn along the way is what you actually need.

Heidi Kleine:

And maybe this wasn’t the clearest recorded podcast, for this last year. Honestly, I’m super excited about gifting myself a present of a new mic, but it’s okay. It was right for when I first launched it. Which leads me to my 2nd point, which is that perfection is overrated. We have talked about this so many times before that perfectionism holds us back from putting things out in the world and from doing the things that we wanna do, waiting for them to be perfect. Things don’t need to be perfect. You can go ahead and, launch it dirty, so to speak. Maybe it won’t be as good as you want it to be.

Heidi Kleine:

Maybe it won’t, have all the I’s Dotted and T’s Crossed. But simply doing it sets up momentum. It sets up an energy that kind of moves you forward in the process. And you can learn. You can grow. You can add new equipment. You can hire new people to help you. You can change things along the way, but you don’t have to be perfect.

Heidi Kleine:

The first step out of the door on anything that you’re pursuing. It. Again, I’m thinking about this. I’ve got my little grandbaby on the way to visit for the holidays, and I’m so excited. But I don’t expect him to do anything without a bunch of mistakes as he practices and tries. And as we get older, we stop experimenting. We stop trying things before we know we are capable. And so I just want to encourage you to take that first step of the thing you want to do, even if it’s not perfect, you can put it out there.

Heidi Kleine:

The third thing I wanna talk to you about is that consistency matters. Right. It matters that you show up and do the thing, and do the thing as often as you can, and connect with people as often as you can. If you’re doing something like a podcast or you’re a marketer sending emails, your people wanna hear from you. And so being there and showing up consistently will make a difference as you pursue your project, your dream. This calling that you have on your life. And my next point is that I wanna encourage you to find the community that’s doing the thing you want to do. I have been so blessed by having this podcast, by sharing this podcast with others, and having them share their podcasts with me.

Heidi Kleine:

And through that, I have met people who are interested in being guests, people who are interested in having guests, people who are interested in having speakers. I’ve learned a lot about podcasting itself and about ways that I can use this podcast and things that can be done differently. And I am super excited about the community that I’ve found. And again, if you go back to the previous points, I wouldn’t have found the community if I hadn’t stuck my toe in. If I hadn’t gotten off the fence and stopped saying, I’m going to have a podcast someday. When things line up, I’m going to put a podcast out there. By simply doing it, And by being consistent and being present, I have met people that I would not have met otherwise. And it’s so exciting to learn from them and to connect with them and to think about what I can do next with this podcast because I’ve met them.

Heidi Kleine:

So I am super excited about the community that I have built, and I wanna encourage you to find the people who are doing the thing you wanna do. If you wanna write a book, find other authors. If you wanna make a change into a different career path, find out where you can hang out with people who are on that path. If you want to learn something new, go find the people who are doing the thing you want to learn. Because that’s what’s going to help you when things get hard. That’s what’s going to, get you the and and help you start to imagine what things could be, what things could look like next, how you are going to be different in this next season as you pursue the thing that you’re dreaming about. And again, we’re going back to these seasons of May pillars. Right? Intention and reflection.

Heidi Kleine:

Set your intentions, reflect along the way. Right? Be sure you ask yourself, what am I learning in this? So often we do something, and we we skip that part. I tell people that I am I’m coaching all the time. If we’re using the idea that this is an experiment. The thing about experiments is you try something and then you do an evaluation. And you say, did that work? Did it not work? How could it have been done better? How might I do it differently? Who do I need to get help from? That reflection process at the end of the experiment is what gives the experiment itself any value. And if you skip it, then that doesn’t really feel like an experiment, actually. It’s just something you did.

Heidi Kleine:

The. So I just wanna emphasize the importance of reflection and learning and actually looking back and asking yourself, what did I learn in this season? What did I learn by doing this thing? And so that all leads me up to sort of the final thing here, which is you have to celebrate along the way. Celebrate the baby steps, celebrate the big steps. And if you do something that really brings you joy, celebrate it, share the celebration. And so I wanna celebrate my 1st Podversary at the end of this 1st year of podcasting, of being a podcast host. I wanna celebrate all the guests that have been on my show in the last year. I wanna celebrate the things that I have learned. I already mentioned I’m going to gift myself some new equipment as part of that process, and I want to invite you to celebrate with me.

Heidi Kleine:

It. So for the next 2 weeks, as we celebrate the end of the 1st year of a season of Me Stories and look forward to year 2, which is going to have some changes. I’m very excited about the vision that I have for year 2 of a season of me, and how it’s going to be different. You aren’t gonna wanna watch episode 1 when it drops. You’re not gonna wanna miss it, I should and I want to celebrate you and how you have come with me on this journey. So I have a few requests as part of this celebration. I would love for you to go wherever it is you listen to your podcast and write a review. Reviews make a big difference and help us celebrate this podcast And help us reach more people so that our community can grow.

Heidi Kleine:

So write a review wherever you happen to listen to your podcasts the and send me a note on any of my social medias or, an email heidi@heidiklein.com and say happy Podversery. I Reviewed the Podcast. And I will enter you in a drawing, and we’re gonna be giving away some intention and reflection journals. We’re gonna be I’m gonna be giving away some actual coaching hours. Show. This isn’t a contest that you want to be a part of. The second thing you can do is share the podcast with friends that you think would really benefit from this. Share on your social media that you’ve enjoyed listening to this last year, and you’re looking forward to the next season.

Heidi Kleine:

This. I tag me. Be sure you tag me when you do that, and I’ll add your name to this drawing and to the contest as we celebrate. And then finally, I wanna celebrate you. Thank you so much for being a part of this season for me, for being a part of this 1st year of this podcast. And I can’t wait to see all the exciting things we’re gonna do in the next year of a season of me. Thank you, my friends. I really appreciate you being here.

Lessons from a Year of Podcasting