Talking About Identity
Last June, my amazing friends Kaila Prins and Ito Aghayere interviewed me on their podcast, Finding Our Hunger. This was in the early days of the podcast, which has gone on to include luminaries such as Jimmy Moore, Liz Wolfe, Stefani Ruper, Dietitian Cassie, Abel James and others. Kaila and Ito have been guests hosts on the Living La Vida Low Carb Show and have generally gone from strength to strength. I am privileged to have been part of their beginning.
This morning Kaila posted the following tweet:
— Kaila Prins (@MissSkinnyGenes) March 14, 2014
So of course, I had to go back and listen to myself from nearly a year ago. First of all, I sound about twelve years old, which always amazes me, given that I am actually forty years older than that. I also hear my mother, my sister and my niece in my voice, which is very, very cool.
The conversation was about identity and re-invention, of course, because that has been my thing for the past few years. I certainly wrote lots of blog posts on the subject, around the time I had this talk with Kaila and Ito.
So I’m thinking about what has changed. The newsletter I started so hopefully back then petered out, mostly because I got bored writing about the Lizard Brain.
I started a new newsletter about BlackBox (see the signup form to the right!) but I haven’t figured out the best way to keep that interesting and fresh – I don’t just want to talk about the products, wonderful as they are – I know I’ll get bored with that, too.
I’ve also noticed that my production here on the blog has dropped off considerably since that time, and that makes me sad. I feel like I’m losing my connection with the community I spoke about on the podcast. I have been very good with staying with my 750 words, but those are never seen by anyone else. I hereby pledge to be better with my blogging, especially as we approach Pesach, again.
I believe it has to do with the amount of time and effort I am putting into my real life ventures – mainly BlackBox Cosmetics, and of course Torah reading takes a lot of time, too. It isn’t a bad thing from that point of view, but I need to make sure I don’t become one-dimensional.
I’m counting on you, my people, to help me stay relevant to you. Respond to me and tell me how you want me to serve you, because that is the only way to find true meaning in life. Everything else eventually becomes boring, but helping people is the kick that never wears off. I would love that to be the defining trait of the identity I am still struggling to put together.
How about you, how is your identity evolving? Are you similar to whom you were a year ago? Different? How and why?