I can't believe my podcast, The Parent Equation, has been going for a whole year! What started as a lockdown passion project has become a wonderful space for honest conversations about parenthood, careers and a shared mission to make the voices of working parents heard.
I started it back in November 2020, after months of lockdown planning, as a way to keep connected with my working parents community. We were all struggling, with job losses, with homeschooling, with illness and it broke my heart that I couldn't get out and see people face to face.
So the podcast was a way (and still is) to keep in touch, share stories and support each other.
This is what I've learnt along the way...
1. Comparison is the thief of joy
At the start, I beat myself about not being in the Apple Top 10. Why? Because I was looking at other coaches with podcasts and assumed they were more successful because they had more ratings.
What I know now is that many people have a team behind them - editors or VAs taking on some of the load.
I don't, so getting as far as I have is a major achievement and one that I'm (now) very proud of.
2. Consistency & routine = control
A top tip for having a podcast is that you release your episodes on the same day so that your listeners know what to expect. So why not apply that to everything that we have to do? Routine brings control, control brings calm.
3. Go through every door
Conversations can lead to new, exciting opportunities. Building a network of like-minded people is energising so when you see an open door, go through it as you never know where it might lead.
If you do get a chance to listen then I really would appreciate a share, a like or a review as it helps me reach a wider audience of working parents who could all do with knowing that they're not alone.