"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver
That's what I want to ask people. That's all I ever want to ask people. It's what lights me on fire and makes me cry. It's what moves communities to cross oceans and climb higher than mankind had ever gone before. The things that people fill their wild and deeply precious lives with - and the decision to choose those things for themselves - fascinate me to figure out and reflect back upon. I quite literally can never get enough of these stories - no matter who tells them or when.
So when COVID-19 ripped away every professional experience the friends of mine had so longingly fought for, I couldn't sit still. Yes, I recognize there are a million ways to serve the planet during this time. Starting a podcast isn't going to save the world. But in thinking about the unthinkable, I stared at my hands, and my role and interest in media & communications, and thought: what can I build? What could serve these people I love - even for only a season? A blog post felt too quiet. One conversation felt too fleeting.
Thus, a podcast was born.
I thought of the name "Passages" quite spontaneously and never looked back. A passage is a journey. It's a bridge from here to there. It's the permission granted to move any which way you need to, to get to the other side. It's also the best parts of stories, the excerpts, and the quotes. It's all the good stuff and the ways that good stuff changes you for the better. That intention drove me forward. Here we are.
I'm calling this a "project" for the sake of my creativity, inspired by one of my favorite books Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. If I laid the responsibility of something long-term, famous, or magnificent on my own two shoulders, I'd crumble. I've done that before. It didn't work out so well. So for now? We are in Season 1. And I'm so glad you're here.
Here's the plan: Weekly conversations with best friends, career coaches, coworkers, and keynote speakers. We're talking to health coaches, graduate students, the old and wise, and the newly embarked. No story too small; no ambition too great. We're unlocking life, work, and crazy real empowerment from the ground... up.
If you have a recommendation on someone I could talk with - let me know! I started a dedicated email: firstname.lastname@example.org as well as Instagram account: @passagespod to keep track of all things Passages. I'd love to hear what you have to say and who you think I should sit down with next.
Today you'll find a prologue and not one but two new episodes for you to binge until the next goes live. I hope you love these as much as I did. Ready?
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photo by Alanna McArdle
Hi! I'm Chloe, a twenty-something writer and communications strategist figuring it out as I go along. I love airplanes, oat lattes, and deep chats over cheap wine.
I hope you leave here inspired to explore the world and love its people, or, keep reading all the things. It's good for you!
Follow along: @chloe.belangia