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Launching My Podcast: How I Turned a Pain Point into a Passion Point


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So I have been secretly working on a podcast for the last few months. Surprise! The crazy part is that I didn’t even want to create a podcast, I just wanted to be able to use a platform to voice my experiences, and after combing through my journal, I realized that most of my entries revolved around my job and it had been a topic of discussion almost every day for the past 7 years. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job… sometimes… And it took a long time for me to be comfortable to say that.

We are bred to believe that it isn’t okay to change our minds about the things we said we wanted. It is as if we are all supposed to have our lives figured out and if we dare say that something is no longer serving us, we are wrong and should feel guilty.

I say this all to say that I have been struggling for years with finding the right balance between my personal life and work life. I have always been a hard worker and sadly enough, a self-less people pleaser who put others before myself. Working in any fast-paced industry is difficult and comes with its own set of rules and exclusive set of issues. One big one is the fact that the fine print often requires people to be okay with sacrificing years of their lives for what seems like a finite amount of time just to “make it”.

It can get really overwhelming and I remember dreading Sundays around 3pm because someone would send me an email reminding me that work was the next day. Yes. My swanky ad agency job was cool on the outside but pretty miserable at the same time.

It was a rough time but I found some coping techniques over the years that helped me make my situation a bit better. (writing in my journal, seeking a therapist, talking to mentors, and meditating.)

So, there. I turned one of the most stressful parts of my life into one of my favorites. I will now get to talk about work in a way that will be more constructive, solution based and setting appropriate. This new venture will allow me to use my experiences in a way that will possibly help someone help themselves. Work is tough… for everyone…and I am going to talk about it.

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Dominique Lyric Robinson

Dominique Lyric Robinson is Founder and Content Curator at Lyrics By Lyric. She is also a badass advertising exec with a proven track record to build brands, client relationships and looks to educate young and seasoned professionals on the power of personal branding and self- advocacy.

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