#150: Jen Brown on the Discomfort of Growth [Podcast] - Sparta Chicks

#150: Jen Brown on the Discomfort of Growth [Podcast]

Sparta Chicks Radio

Nov 01
I'm back. This time Katee Gray Pedicini interviews me
Growth only comes after a period of immense discomfort. It doesn’t come easily and it doesn’t come otherwise.

I’m back 🙂 

Sparta Chicks Radio has (at the time of writing) been running for over 3.5 years.

In the early days, through 2017 and into 2018, I was asked multiple times when I was going to be interviewed for the show.

And I very strongly resisted for all the usual reasons (excuses?) we come up with when faced with doing something uncomfortable - fear, self-doubt, who am I to do this and feeling like a fraud etc.

But eventually - about 2 years ago, in July 2018 - I handed over the reins to one of the many amazing women I’ve met thanks to the podcast and who I am now grateful to call my friend, Richelle Olsen (also a podcast guest in her own right).

That episode covered my background, the origins of Sparta Chicks and how I got to where I was at that point. You can find that conversation here.

That was 2 years ago and a lot has changed, personally and professionally, since then.

So I thought it was time to do it again. 

This time I handed over the mic to another woman I've met thanks to the podcast and who I now call my friend, confident, advisor and butt-kicker, Katee Gray Pedicini (another popular podcast guest in her own right). 

In this episode, we cover what’s happened, professionally and personally, over the last 2 years.

Stepping out and stepping up

As with Richelle’s episode, I gave Katee complete creative control. I had no idea where she was planning to go or what she was planning to ask. Basically, I made her the boss!

So you’ll hear me squirm with vulnerability at times during this conversation.

Funnily enough, before I pressed ‘record’ I commented to Katee that one day we’ll do an episode that doesn’t produce - in one or both of us - a vulnerability hangover.

But then we realised we’d have nothing to talk about because that’s not the nature of our friendship or how we do things! So you can expect the same from this episode.

In this conversation, Katee and I discuss:

why I talk so much about bravery, shame and vulnerability on the podcast while, at the same time, openly admitting I’m not comfortable being vulnerable myself,

* how my level of discomfort with sharing my story this time compares to the first time I was interviewed on the show 2 years ago.

* the results of my experiment with an LCHF (lower carb, healthy fat) lifestyle two years ago and what was the mental shift or decision that prompted me to experiment with it,

* hormonal shifts and peri-menopause,

* the work I’ve been doing over the few years sharing everything I’ve learnt as a sports coach around resilience, peak performance, personal leadership, fear, self-doubt, courage and confidence with a broader (non-athletic) audience (as well as the new website and brand I'll be launching soon to support it),

* the irony about how much fear and self-doubt has bubbled up in me as I’ve stepped into the role of a Performance & Mindset expert over the last few years, and

* the common thread I’ve seen across my work as a Performance & Mindset expert.

Katee also asks me some rapid fire questions about the podcast and I give some not-so-rapid fire answers! 🙂 

Click here to listen on iTunes.

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