Life is surprising. The journey is full of surprises. The journey is not always easy, but still full of surprises.
For me, on this journey of publishing pursuits and podcast production, I have been surprised by myself—more often than not. I am an introvert. Much like many authors, I love my quiet solitude. I have managed to develop an extrovert persona. That persona allows me to function at work and around others at a joyful, bubbly state. What has surprised me the most about this journey is my ability to step out and reach out to individuals I do not know.
Some of the authors on the podcast, I know personally, and I call them friends. They are few but precious to me.
Most of the authors, I had never personally met, face-to-face. I found them through word of mouth, researching blog posts, and through author associations. I had to move past my trepidation and self-doubt to email them and make the first contact.
The second surprising part of this journey was the openness and graciousness of authors I have interviews. Eventhough they may have started as strangers to me, many have become my friends. We communicate back and forth after the interview—exchanging ideas, tips, and support for one another.
The most significant surprise is that when I needed community the most, I found that building that community did depend on me.
I had to surprise myself with bravery. I had to surprise strangers with an email invite to a podcast. All in all, I am mostly amazed by how calm I have been in my extroverted skin while I walk along this journey.
How about you, what surprised you about your journey?