Ep 1 Find Your Way – Launch Episode

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Hello and welcome to Find Your Way, the podcast. I’m your host Gena McLean, author of the book Find Your Way and writer under the name Seeker and Sage. It’s a joy to be bringing this content to you, and my hope is that it finds its way into your mind and heart, nourishing you and supporting you as you find your way. 

Let me give you some context for this podcast, which is based on my new book Find Your Way, which is hitting the shelves on the 31st of May this year of 2021, which is really, really exciting for me. 

On the back of the book, I say we’re all on a journey. That’s what life is. 

But rarely is it a smooth one. 

The unexpected twists and turns can make it hard to navigate and the challenges change induces can be troubling and difficult to manage. 

It’s little wonder we resist change, but it has much to bring us and teach us. 

The question is can we open ourselves up to all that it offers? 

Can we meet it with curiosity, with interest, with a willingness to learn from it and grow through it while we find our way consciously, purposefully and compassionately? 

To navigate is to find the way. 

But there is no right way or wrong way – just your way.

So the goal of this book and this podcast is to help you, the reader, and listener start navigating the challenges that you’re facing in life with greater awareness and in a much more open and honest way, and with a lot more love for yourself and where you’re at. 

From what I’ve seen and experienced along the way, I know that we can be quite hard on ourselves. Denying our experience, our emotion, our struggle, our needs. And by doing so, we deprive ourselves of the love and the care and the support that we need as we’re going through tough times. 

So this book and this podcast are centered around you. And me ’cause I still need to be reminded, so centered around us, finding our way much more gently and lovingly and authentically. 

Because we’re all unique and our journeys are unique to us. And we have to find the way that suits us best. 

So I hope you’ll join me on this journey. This journey through the book Find Your Way. 

And through the journey of this podcast, and also as I journey and your journey, let’s do it together because the older I get and maybe the wiser I get I realize that we need each other. 

People need people. And no one needs to walk this journey alone. 

Let me leave you with the dedication in the book that starts with the words “Dear fellow traveler” 

it’s on page 14. 

The longer I live this journey, the more I realize how important it is for all of us to live it in our own way. 

I’m a recovering perfectionist which means I’m prone to and known for being a bit of a control freak. I have spent the bulk of my life blindly believing there is a right way – the right path – and therefore also a wrong way, to my detriment. 

When the goal is perfection, there is zero tolerance for mistakes. Striving for ‘the right way’ for fear of being ‘wrong’ or judged is no way to navigate life or live it. 

My self-esteem has taken a pounding over the years because of this faulty thinking. 

And I have spent many periods of my life feeling discontent, discouraged, and disconnected – from myself, from others and from life. 

I have let the fear of being ‘wrong’ rule my choices many times over, which has seen me miss out on countless opportunities for fulfillment and happiness. 

But after all the soul searching I’ve done, I know ultimately it’s about giving ourselves permission to be who we are, where we are, honoring the unique journey we are each on. 

It’s called self-acceptance. And it’s called self-love. 

And there isn’t one path – no right way or wrong way. 

We must each find our own way. 

So this book is for me as much as it is for you. 

May you find your way compassionately and openly becoming all that you are. 

With love, 

Gena 

Thank you for being here. 

Thank you for listening. 

It’s an honor to have you with me.

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