It really is. A chance to do better. To work on fixing yesterday’s foibles. To make better choices. To work on remaining present and living intentionally. To be grateful for what I have and use it to bring positivity into the world.
(Sorry. That may sound cheesy but it’s just a pep talk I am giving to myself. Trying to remember this as I feel stuck in a rut but determined to crawl out. It is true — we get to start over every morning. This is one reason I love planners with daily pages!)
This week’s podcast episode features Jennifer Nagel, owner of personal training/coaching company Figured Out Fitness in East Lansing, MI. Her training is done entirely virtually which means she has been able to continue to help her clients over the past several months. It also means that anyone can work with her, even if you are nowhere near East Lansing.
She was a fantastic guest and I think I am going to sign up to experience her company’s services first hand after I finish my current 80 Day Obsession 🙂 She looks amazing (clearly, as you can see above!) and her story is inspiring but at the same time she really has a calm and nurturing presence. I am sure her programs reflect this.
This episode was arranged long before George Floyd’s murder, and recorded before the incident was receiving significant national press. So it is coincidental that we are featuring a Black woman in the wake of this tumultuous time with so much new attention on anti-racism.
However, I would like to state outright that we would like to feature more Black women and women of color on BOBW in the future. The reason for the relative Whiteness of our prior guests is . . . well, we generally select from those who pitch to us. If anything, I would say we were more likely to say “yes!” to a potential guest of color. BUT the submissions we received from Black women or other women of color were relatively few. I’m guessing this is likely due to who listens to our podcast and shares our networks in the first place, and also due to the societal factors that make it so difficult to succeed in the incredibly unfair playing field we currently live in.
I will actively admit we did not do the work of actively seeking out those with different perspectives. But I am determined to, moving forward. Laura is in full support of this as well. If you happen to have ideas of who we should approach, they are welcome!! Send them via email, in the comments, or on our Insta.
Two recent podcast episodes I have enjoyed:
- Discussing Flipping the Script on Health Disparities with Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako from Physician’s Guide to Doctoring. (The guest, a Yale med student, also has his own podcast Flip the Script — I added the subscription but haven’t listened yet!)
- A Summer Reading Pledge from The Lazy Genius Podcast.