Wonder + Wildness

Chasing wonder on a science guided journey through the natural world in search of meaning, connections, and the courage to hope

The Journey So Far

The other day, I was going through a pile of junk (which I have a lot of) and came across this.

This intentionally blurred piece of paper was the very beginning of #TheWildLife. It’s just a bunch of notes and ideas that I was jotting down while I tried to decide what I wanted to do and what I wanted it to be. There’s even my initial logo sketch! A lot of the ideas ended up scrapped or simply never came to fruition. I blurred it because some of the ideas are ones that I may still want to implement down the line—and who likes spoiled surprises?

Last week, we had our 50th episode. We’ve come a really long way and I truly, deeply, believe that it’s still just the beginning for us. I have high hopes and deep dreams about the future of The Wild Life and am eternally grateful for each and every person who has supported me in this journey. Whether you’ve listened, read, followed me on social media, shared my content with friends and family, or become a member supporter on patreon, you have no idea the impact you have had on me and I want to thank you.

I am a chronic procrastinator, a perfectionist, an anxious wreck, I’m hyper self-critical, and find myself in a funk more often than I care for. I’ve found myself taking breaks and hiatuses, and I’ve found myself wondering why I do this at all. More often than I’d like to admit, I’ve felt like what I do is pointless, will never have an impact, and is a waste of time that no one enjoys anyway. I tell myself that it isn’t good enough, and I’ll never be able to achieve more than what I have, so why try? But you all, the one who have read this far, are who keep me going—who keep this experiment, or passion project, or community, whatever you want to call it, going. Thank you so much.

I have one ask: if you’ve ever listened, leave a comment and let me know. Leave us a review wherever you listen, become a member at Patreon.com/TheWildLife, or whatever you feel. It’s hard to know if what you’re doing matters, is being heard, or has an impact without hearing from people like you, and every time we do, we gain like 7000 serotonin. There’s nothing like hearing from a fan to encourage, motivate, & fuel to create!

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