What is the Sonderlust Podcast?
On the surface, my life is great. I am a pastor. An author. A speaker. I have great friends. My life should be incredibly fulfilling. Yet, somewhere deep down, I have a feeling like something is missing. Like I don't measure up. It feels like every time I scroll through an Instagram feed or stare at a Pinterest board, I feel like my life isn't good enough.
Sonderlust is a deep feeling that you are watching everyone else live these great lives, while your life doesn’t measure up to what you thought it would be.
My best friend gave me a challenge. One year to figure out how I want to live my life by focusing on four major areas.
Dating Life: I need to go on dates. Where I Live: I need to love and appreciate where I lived. My Job: I need to love my job. Friends: I need to find friends outside of my work circle.
While the Podcast started with these four challenges, it has expanded into so much more. With the help of friends and experts, I have been given dozens of new and exciting challenges that is moving me toward happiness, and ultimately, ridding myself of Sonderlust.
CLICK BELOW TO HEAR OUR FIRST TEASER EPISODE!
How has the experience been so far?
This has been the most rollercoaster experience of my life from highs to lows.
First the Highs: I’ve gotten to talk to some of my heroes from acclaimed therapists, to enneagram experts. I've gotten to try new things and risk trying different patterns.
And now the lows: I was hard to be honest about situations I wasn't ready to share, and trying things I was afraid to try... but it has all been worth the journey and I am excited about what is next...
So far I've talked to some incredible people with such helpful advice!
Here are just a few of my favorite interviews.
You can listen to all the podcasts available so far here!
Why am I doing a Kickstarter?
Over the last six months, it has been overwhelming how the podcast listenership has grown. Up to this point, everyone working on the team has been volunteers, and all the start up fees have been out of pocket. Eventually, the editors got new jobs and they were unable to continue producing the episodes. The podcast was at a crossroads -- Do I continue trying to put this out to the world, or do I close up shop. At the same time, I was getting tons of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from folks who were doing the challenges from the podcast. That’s when I knew what I had to do...
The only problem --- I am a pastor, which means that my pockets aren’t very deep and I couldn’t hire the talent I needed. I also love the idea of crowdsourcing this whole thing and bringing my friends and fans alongside me. I love the idea that this isn’t just my journey, but a shared journey!
How will I use the money?
Very early on, I realized that sound quality is the hardest part of any podcast. It’s also very expensive to produce an episode of my podcast, especially when you have to hire a professional sound engineer. I also need to hire a communication team to walk alongside me. Let’s face it, my pastor skills don’t always lend to the technical and marketing aspects of producing a podcast. It’s time we hire the right people to help!
So I'm asking for $8,000 to keep this going. Here's the breakdown:
$6500 is going to a sound engineer to keep producing the Podcast
$1500 to get a marketing team to walk alongside me as I produce new content to make sure we get it out to the largest audience we can so that others can join the Sonderlust journey.
I am grateful to all of those who have reached out to me through private messages, emails, and phone calls. I am also grateful to all the podcast host that have had me on their podcast to share the Sonderlust story.
What are the incentives?
Though the podcast might be free of charge, there are still some other amazing incentives that I putting up for grab!
- 21 Day Sonderlust Challenge Book (PDF)A three-week daily challenge guide to help you let go of Sonderlust.
- (1) Free Secret Podcast Episode, as well as Extra Bonus Material for only extreme Sonderlusters.
- (2) Episode Sponsorship of my podcast, including commercial space before and after the program. This can also be redeemed as a 1-hr coaching session, Q/A or brainstorming your own Sonderlust challenge.
- A code to download my original Artwork (PDF) You'll have the pick of my original typography artwork. After the end of the campaign, you will receive a link to choose from Original art pieces. Once you choose a piece a high-resolution image will be sent to you to download and print out or post wherever you wish.
- A shoutout on the SonderLust Podcast
- A signed copy of my book, “What’s Your Story.”
Check out all the incentives to the right!
Risks and challenges
Thus far, our biggest difficulty has been having a team around me to produce the episodes. Luckily, in the past week, we have hired my dream sound engineer that has already started work on the Podcast episodes. As far as the incentives, most of what I chose were things that I already do. I love speaking, I love Q&A sessions, I have available copies of my first book, "What's Your Story," I have the 21-day challenge book already in mind, and I have future episodes ready to be sponsored. I'm ready to do this :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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