Episode Transcript

The End of Love Your Enthusiasm

[INTRODUCTION]

[00:00:08] BC: Hello, everyone. This is Britt Skrabanek, the host of Love Your Enthusiasm. As you can tell from the title of this episode, this is the last episode of the show. This is the end of Love Your Enthusiasm. This is not the one-year anniversary episode I was expecting to record, but here we are. Quick explanation if you even care to know. Yeah, so being busy and doing too much. I mean, that’s always been an issue for me, and I know it is for a lot of us. A podcast is a lot of work, you guys.

If you listen to my episode, where I was interviewed by Victoria Doherty at the beginning of the year, my enthusiasm is being a life enthusiast, and that means enjoying life and really savoring it. What I’ve learned through this entire year of running a podcast and over the last nine years of having my blog and writing fiction and running a business, a marketing consulting business, super neat marketing, I’ve been doing that for four years, it’s just too damn much.

Big lesson for me through all of this is that I need to slow my shit down. Unfortunately, the podcast, as much as I have loved talking to all of these wonderful guests and sharing all of these stories with all of you, this is something that has to go. Along that same note, I have decided to quit my blog as well, which is another big step for me. I have had my blog for 9 years, going on 10 years. Yeah, these were all tough decisions I made actually months ago. So I gave myself plenty of time to make sure that it was the right decision and I can tell you that it is. It was really difficult at first, and I did go through a grieving period for both the podcast and my blog. But I’ll tell you a quick story.

As a lot of you know, I actually lost my cat, Panda, of 16 years. She had been with me throughout my entire adult life and just lost her in May actually. Thankfully, I had started slowing some things down in my own life back in March, and I was able to spend those last months with her and be really focused on her and spending time with her. I think had I been not – Not I think. I know if I had been so busy with everything that I was doing before, I would have missed those final moments. So that’s just one example of many.

Overall, my life has just been a lot lighter, without doing quite so much. So you will see me taking quite a step back from social media as well. This is another part of my plan of not doing quite so much and, of course, not having so much screen time in my life, which is between the podcast and the blog and social media. I mean, it’s just constant screen time and constant productivity and working and also paying to produce those podcasts out of pocket. All of this has been going on in my free time.

Now, my free time has been filled with a lot of other things and a lot of nothing. This is really, really good for me. I hope that this is a lesson that you might find valuable. I do still believe that we should all love our enthusiasm. Mine was never being productive at all times. Even creating content, which is something I do both professionally and creatively, is not my greatest passion. My greatest passion is life and enjoying it and making sure that I keep that enthusiasm.

Without further ado, I do want to thank all of you, the listeners, and also thank all of the beautiful guests that have been on this show. I have enjoyed these conversations and learned so much from all of you. If you have missed the previous episodes, I will actually be paying and continuing the hosting throughout the rest of 2021, so I do encourage you to go back into the backlog. This is episode 45. So there are quite a few episodes that stretch all the way back to last year, when most of us were in lockdown all over the world. There’s a lot of really amazing conversations that have happened on the show throughout the past year.

The other thing I want to say is I want to give a special shout out to four guests who had prerecorded interviews that unfortunately will not be released. I will leave links to all of these wonderful people in the show notes, so that way you can check out their websites and the amazing things that they’re doing. These four women, there is no particular reason for me not to release their episodes. Their interviews were awesome. It just worked out with the timing where I had to pull the plug on the show just for my own self. Thank you, Tara Fitness, Kelly Ryan, Tanya Willis, and Lori Marini.

Well, yeah, I guess that’s it, so signing off. Thank you all for loving your enthusiasm with me. I really appreciate it and I won’t see you next time, as I always say. But hopefully, I’ll see you around. Stay in touch. Thank you.

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