Episode 1: The Work of Becoming

Hello Hello, my friend and welcome to the first ever episode of the work of becoming podcast. My name is Dr. Karin Nordin, I will get more into me and this podcast and what we’re doing here in a minute.

But to start off today’s episode, I really wanted to do some time traveling. So I invite you to time travel with me back to the summer of 2017, which is when I made the move from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I had been living for two years doing my master’s degree to Fairfax, Virginia, where I moved because I was entering the Ph. D. program, that is the Ph D. program I graduated from which was centered around health behavior change. So when I moved to Fairfax, Virginia, in late summer of 2017, I was feeling really, really last. I had just gotten out of like, a weird pseudo relationship with a boy and was feeling heartbroken over that I was in a brand new space meeting all sorts of brand new people, I had roommates that I was living with who I sort of knew, but didn’t really no. And I wound up at a coffee shop one day, just desperately trying to get some work done. And I was sitting there in this coffee shop feeling totally overwhelmed and totally lost. And I decided to help turn my day around, I would just create a playlist on Spotify. So I made this playlist on Spotify. And the first song on the playlist was, this is me by Demi Lovato. So that gives you an indication of like where I was at mentally.

But I named this podcast, the work of becoming. It just came to me in that moment that that was the name, the work of becoming. And this podcast, honestly, and truly, this playlist, I should say, honestly, and truly got me through the next three months of transition. I remember listening to it at like 5am When I was up at the crack of dawn working on, you know, reading academic articles about mindset and self efficacy and behavior change. And I remember listening to it as I drove to Arlington, Virginia to go on the first date of what would then become my now five year relationship with my partner, John. I remember listening to it at the gym, as I started to strength train for the first time. And really like these first three to five months in Fairfax, Virginia were a massive period of personal evolution for me. And within that period of personal evolution. Whenever I was feeling lost, whenever I needed to pivot my day, whenever I needed to ground myself in the vision of what was possible for my life, whenever things got really hard, I would come back to the playlist. And I would listen to the work of becoming playlist. And so when I thought about creating a podcast, I knew immediately that it would be called the work of becoming podcast. And I knew that I wanted it to do for you what the playlist had done for me back in the summer of 2017, which is that I want this podcast to be a place of hope for you. I want you to listen to it. When you have woken up in the morning and you’re in the wrong mood. I want you to listen to it. When you are having a really rough day and you just can’t focus I want you to listen to it when you feel like the version of yourself that you’re trying to become is impossible or far away or that it’s going to be too hard to get there. And you just can’t make it in those moments where you are feeling lost or hopeless or confused. And you need a boost or you need some tangible tips. I hope this podcast will be that resource for you. So we’re going to do five minute episodes, three times per week. They are going to be tangible tips, small stories, tools, things that are going to help elevate your life and pivot you back to be on the right track. And so that is what we’re doing here. So welcome, my friends, to the work of becoming podcast, where we become the people we’ve always wanted to be and where we become the people who want to be exactly who we are. Thank you so much for listening. I will see you in the next episode.

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Hi, I'm Karin

I’m a funfetti flavor super-fan, a loving dog mom, a PhD expert in mindset and behavior change… and I’m here to help make personal development and transformation a process that’s actually fun.


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