• Mercedes Blendzz

Starting Too Late

It is 2020. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. We are in the middle of extreme civil unrest, really on the brink of a revolution. The pentagon has officially confirmed the existence of UFOs, acknowledging they don't even know what they are. And I want to start a podcast. Who the hell do I think I am? Why would I think anyone wants to hear what I have to say? What DO I have to say?

Podcasting has been around for quite some time now. In fact, when I began writing my list of equipment necessary to begin, every single thing I wanted was sold out or on back order. Seemed like the pandemic had everyone and their mother starting a podcast. The process of even figuring out what I needed required research, after all, I only knew how to talk, not how to be a video and sound engineer. I needed guidance. A push in the right direction. I had so many ideas, so much information was coming to me, I needed someone to help me sort everything out.

Enter Natasha McCrea from stage left. My impossibly cool and strategist life coach of a cousin. She is the definition of radiance and grace, yet with her own fun, quirky twist. She has always inspired me to be exactly who I am, without restraint. Her honesty has often left people speechless, and I love every moment with her. Working with her is like batting in the major leagues. I'm talking C-suite execs, alphas in their fields, go to her for life, love, and career coaching. I knew working with her would be a commitment, and I was ready for it, but first I had to ask if she would even take me on as a client.

To say I had an idea would be giving me far too much credit. AT BEST, I had an abstract thought with feelings and glimpses of visions that formed odd puzzle pieces with absolutely no idea where the box with the completed photo was. By this point, I didn't even know what I wanted was a podcast. One session with Natasha and she had my entire life laid out in a neat little checklist so simple, you would think I was headed to the grocery store. Now, I was able to take this storm of information and peacefully place them in her hands. It made space for me to be creative and I was given bite-sized chunks of the masterplan.

Now that I was armed with my coach, the grind began. I wish I could say that a switch flipped in me and I was all-of-a-sudden able to focus and hammer at these goals. This was not the case. I still struggled, every day, as I had been for the past year and a half. Some days, I would feel a surge of energy and I would get as many things done as I could. Other days, I could barely bring myself to get out of bed and take a shower. At times, I'd have crippling anxiety and other times I'd have manic episodes. These are always most apparent and frequent when my inner world is out of sync with my outer world. And wouldn't ya know it, that's the entire theme of my podcast.

Now, this begs the question: why would you take any advice from me? My realities are not always in harmony, often times they are in chaos. So, who am I to give advice? Well, I thought the same. I doubted and minimized my own experience, even pushing the narrative that "you wouldn't ask someone who has terrible credit for financial advice." However, my aunt, who has claimed bankruptcy twice, tore her mother's and her credit up twice, and has gotten her self out of it thrice reminded me that she is exactly the person to learn from, even if it's just to know exactly what NOT to do. Luckily, what not to do isn't the only information I have to offer.

So, now I have an idea and focused purpose. I can not only offer advice on what not to do, but on what has helped me bring these realities into harmony, and ultimately, allowed me to thrive. See, this is the thing about life: it's not always sunshine and unicorn kisses. There will always be things that throw us off track and out of balance. The key is to be so in-tune with yourself, you not only recognize when you're off track, but you can identify and remove anything that is inhibiting your progress. As someone who has had everything in life try to throw me off-track (often times successfully), I can help guide you and teach you the tools to bring peace back into your life and keep it.

So, is it too late to start a podcast? Is it too late to do anything in life? Never. Because no one, and I mean NO ONE, can do it like you. We are in this together. Welcome to Duo Reality Podcast.

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