I’ve always thought of myself as pretty unfiltered, and most who know me have confirmed that opinion to be true.
I’m direct to the point of unintentionally offending people who aren’t used to my level of honesty. I won’t bullshit you, falsely build your hopes up or blow smoke up your ass. If I don’t like you, you’ll know it, because I’m incapable of pretending to be someone or something I’m not and my facial expressions & tone manage to betray my true feelings every time. I’m *fiercely* protective of anyone I consider to be my people and compassionate to a fault. I call things as I see them, I’m not afraid to call people out in real life OR on the internet, and I’m more than willing to get as uncomfortable as it takes to have high level, dial-moving conversations.
And yet… This situation we’re in as a collective has offered a great deal of clarity and shone a light on the fact that I’ve been more filtered than I realized.
Not wanting to step on too many toes, risk being disliked, or pushing too many buttons has held me back.
I spent 9 years in a relationship where, much as I still always remained a huge personality, I chose to water myself down for a partner who occasionally found me to be “too much.” I wanted to be loved. To fit in and not rock the boat too much.
A long-time close girlfriend described me as having been a muted version of myself the past few years, to the point of being downright eerily quiet and calm in the months that followed my breaking off that long term relationship. Upon my return from the better part of a year spent living on the other side of the world, she said it was as though I had finally stepped back into the full technicolor version of myself she’d always known from long before I “settled down,” and in bigger ways than ever before.
I’ve felt that shift down to my very core.
So here’s the deal: I’m done filtering, and in that same vein, I’m launching another podcast with one of my internet besties, Sarah Swain. It’s called WTF IS HAPPENING. Yes, for real. Just a taste of WTF is to come, in all of its full, technicolor, unfiltered glory.
Don’t worry! The Room to Grow™ Podcast is continuing every Tuesday & Thursday as it always has alongside this new podcast endeavour, and is going to 👏🏽keep👏🏽getting👏🏽better. I’ve brought on an additional team member (shoutout to Meags!) whose sole focus is to free me up to focus on nothing but exceptional content, guests, and all the badassery you’ve come to love and expect about this beloved little podcast of mine that started as a tiny seed of an idea buried amongst my many Google docs and continues to climb charts globally, thanks to YOU 🙏
WTF IS HAPPENING: The Podcast with Emily Gough & Sarah Swain launches April 29th on what we’ll be referring to as What The Fuck Wednesdays from now on 🤣
Prepare yourselves, yo. It’s about to get REAL up in here.
And here’s my question to you: Where are you filtering yourself? Watering yourself down? Showing up as a shadow of your true self? More importantly: aren’t you ready for more?
See you on the other side ✌🏽