I Was Interviewed for Two Awesome Podcasts Last Year! [2018 Podcast Roundup]

Hey y’all, happy 2019! It’s cold and rainy here in Asheville, and I think everyone is collectively o v e r winter. I’m super excited to be “back in the office” and on to a new year, but I don’t want to gloss over the awesome things that happened last year…specially, two awesome podcast interviews!

I was so honored to be a guest on two very different and very fantastic podcasts. I’ll share a bit about each podcast, what I specifically talked about, and links to where you can listen!

Hysterics Podcast

First things first, I should say that Hysterics is the brainchild of my best friend and favorite person, Kate Averett. I’ve known Kate since our freshman year of college, and I was so honored to be her inaugural podcast guest. Here is the lowdown on Hysterics, in Kate’s own words:

“[Hysterics is] a podcast about what it means to be ill in a body outside the norm. Each month, I interview friends, family and activists about their experiences living with chronic illness and disability. Together, we dig into the nitty gritty of navigating everyday life and the medical system, empowering listeners and de-mystifying disability with a dose of dark humor thrown in for good measure.”

I have never looked cuter than I do here in this watercolor portrait by Kate!

I have never looked cuter than I do here in this watercolor portrait by Kate!

I sat down with Kate to talk about mental illness, specifically my experience with depression and suicide. I speak a lot about my body image issues and ED recovery on social media (as “the body stuff” is so related to my work), and it was a nice change of pace to dive deep into the other mental illnesses that occupy a big part of my brain space. It’s not the lightest subject matter, to be sure, but Kate and I keep it entertaining (or so we’d like to think!).

Tune in to my Hysterics interview here, and if you’d like to support Kate and her work you can purchase your very own custom watercolor portrait!

Real Talk Radio Podcast

When Nicole invited me to be a guest on Season 18 of Real Talk Radio, I jumped at the chance! Nicole has interviewed some of my favorite people (including my dreamy consultant Melissa A. Fabello and Esmé Weijun Wang, one of my favorite authors), and I’m so honored to be in such good company. I’ll let Nicole’s words about the show speak for themself:

“This is Real Talk Radio, the podcast that's filled with refreshingly honest conversations about the wonderful mess of being human.

In a world that's hell-bent on selling us things to "fix" ourselves, this show represents a small but powerful rebellion by people who are sick of all the BS. During each eight-episode season, show host Nicole Antoinette sits down with a wide range of beautifully imperfect people - athletes, writers, entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, activists, adventurers, artists, and more - to dive into the truth of what’s really going on in their lives. The goal is for each episode to feel like a sigh of relief, reminding you that we’re all just doing the best we can, and that no matter what we’re in this together.”

Fun fact: this picture of me was taken at my favorite bar, and while he got cropped out of this shot there’s a stuffed crow in the background! (His name is Harvey.)

Fun fact: this picture of me was taken at my favorite bar, and while he got cropped out of this shot there’s a stuffed crow in the background! (His name is Harvey.)

How refreshing does that description sound? I sat down with Nicole to talk about my experience with an eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, why “flattering” is a pretty useless concept when it comes to getting dressed, and what I mean when I say that old clothing can help us form better relationships with our bodies.

Not going to lie, I was so nervous to do this interview (cool people I admire interviewing me, what?!), but Nicole made me feel so comfortable and the experience was just a dream. I highly encourage you to check all the seasons of Real Talk Radio, and you can find my interview here.

I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts myself, so it’s quite surreal to see my name attached to a podcast in the iTunes store (let alone two)! If you listen to either episode, be sure to drop me a line and let me know what you think: I always love hearing from y’all!

Virginia

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