Lots of fun stuff has been happening around here, not the least of which is:
- I finished my 2nd book ("Spiritual Sobriety" hits shelves March 2016! WOOT!)
- The kids went back to school
- I started a podcast!
Yep, I've joined the ranks of the podcasting. And let me tell you, it is SO MUCH FUN. I feel a new freedom! So much of my writing is serious. Podcasting offers a way for me to explore topics more loosely and in a casual, relaxed format. Plus, you get to hear my voice! My tone! My inflection!
My podcast is called "Accidental Expert" because I'm an expert on things I never intended on being an expert in.
I talk about everything from movie reviews (I just watched The Breakfast Club for the very first time!), tips for managing depression & anxiety, time-management for ADD, my irrational fear of the DMV and how I'm learning to reconfigure my understanding of God. Check it out! Here is the latest episode!
My plan is to do about TEN episodes of "Accidental Expert" and then sometime in October, switch to a new, book-themed podcast. Of course, I'll keep all the fun stuff because what's a podcast without the fun?
You can see ALL of my "Accidental Expert" podcast episodes here. You can listen on any device by pressing play or by opening it in your own podcast app.
Please give it a listen and let me know what you think! I'd love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions.
Other interesting stuff that happened in the last few months:
I wrote an article for TIME magazine about the Duggars (this was before the Ashley Madison hack):
"Whenever I watched TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting, I never questioned what I saw—I questioned what I didn’t see. I just knew too much. I grew up in a similar religious environment. As a little girl, I knew how to put on a good public performance, and I also knew what happened when nobody was watching."
For those of us who left isolationist, abusive, or restrictive religious environments, “making it” in the outside world is often much harder than we expected. There is so much to learn and so much to unlearn. It’s disconcerting to realize that even though we’ve left the cult, the cult hasn’t left us. And many of us need therapy, support groups, and an ongoing commitment to “deprogram” harmful patterns of thinking. Even with a super-positive attitude like Kimmy’s, adjusting to mainstream America was bewildering.
And today, September 2nd, I'll be joining my friend Jennifer Fulwiler on her radio show! SiriusXM, channel 129 @ 3:20pm EST, 12:20pm PST.