Hi Pod Pals!
I hope everyone is having a glorious summer and listening to lots of pods (some GREAT ones have come out this summer)! I’m writing in today to share some news with you all—I have decided to leave the podcast and will not be joining Lainey and Alex for subsequent seasons of Do You Even Podcast?.
We felt it was best for me to give y’all the news directly, and in true DYEP fashion, I want to be transparent about this transition. This decision was not made lightly, and I spent months agonizing over the decision before approaching my fellow co-hosts about it. My life changed quite a bit after we wrapped season 1 in early summer 2018. I moved from New York City to Atlanta and started graduate school at Georgia Tech. As much as this new adventure has been tremendous for my personal growth and my professional prospects, it also made recording season 2 of DYEP a lot more complicated. Balancing the podcast with school and a variety of other personal challenges (read: long-distance relationship! resurgent insomnia! being broke and in student debt up to my eyeballs!) became increasingly difficult over the course of season 2. Recognizing that my second year in graduate school will require even more of my time and consume even more of my headspace, it didn’t seem fair to continue being only partly committed to the podcast. My podcasting partners deserve more than that, and you all deserve more than that.
And so with that, I am leaving DYEP in the very capable hands of Lainey and Alex, and I will be cheering for them from the sidelines as they continue to move the podcast forward and nurture this project we started in the fall of 2017.
Do You Even Podcast? has been a hugely fulfilling part of my life. I’d never embarked on a collaborative passion project before and had zero experience producing audio content, and yet, with two partners equally as enthusiastic about podcasts, we were determined to make it happen and make it great. DYEP challenged me in ways other projects hadn’t, pushing me to reignite my creativity, be thoughtful in my word, and reflective of my judgement.
To Lainey and Alex—thanks for being the best co-hosts a podcast nerd could ever ask for. I am so excited to see where you take Do You Even Podcast?. I know it’s headed toward a bigger and brighter future with you two at the helm!
This podcasting experience with Lainey and Alex has given me so much more than can be sufficiently explained in a blog post. Just know that I’m grateful to have been a part of this project for two seasons, and I’ll continue to fan-girl over podcasts forever. What can I say? It’s kinda meta.