Whenever possible I do love to record in person, for which I use the following equipment:
- On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand (x2)
- Shure BETA 58A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone (x2)
- Shure A58WS-BLK Foam Windscreen for All Shure Ball Type Microphones (x2)
- Cable Matters 2-Pack Male to Female XLR Microphone Cable 6 Feet (x2)
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface
Do you edit the podcast by yourself?
Hell no. I’d be lost without the great Adam Day. If you have an audio/music project, you should definitely reach out to him!
How can I apply to be a guest on your podcast?
You can use this form right here. That helps me to keep everything organized, and it gives you the best shot at being considered for a future season of the show. (But please know that I book out far in advance, and that if I don’t get back to you it either means I don’t have a spot open for you yet, or that for any number of reasons you might not be the right fit right now. Don’t take it personally, please!)
Which services/products do you use to keep your website and podcast running smoothly?
- To schedule recording sessions with podcast guests: ScheduleOnce
- To power the website: WordPress
- For email, associated apps, and extra storage: G Suite by Google
- To fund the podcast and interact with our awesome community: Patreon
- To host the podcast audio files: Libsyn (I used to use Amazon Web Services, until that proved to be too expensive)
- To send my weekly email series to Patreon community members: Aweber
Which podcasts do you listen to regularly?
You’ve been a guest on lots of other podcasts. Can you share links to a few favorites?
How can I best support your work?
This is a lovely question, thank you! The best way to support the podcast is to join our Patreon community with a pledge of $8 (or more) per 8-episode season. If you’d instead like to make a one-time donation to support my work, you can do that here.
How can I get your weekly email series, Notes of Grit & Grace?
After I wrapped up my blog in 2015 I transitioned into sending a weekly email, filled with honest stories from my real life in real time. These emails are available exclusively to the members of our Patreon community, and they are a joy for me to write and send each Friday.
Which newsletters/blogs do you subscribe to and read regularly?
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
I am only on two social media platforms, Twitter and Instagram, and if you follow me on both you know that I use Instagram 10x more than Twitter. So, here are my five favorite people to follow on Instagram:
- Hannah Shaw (aka Kitten Lady) // @kittenxlady
- Carrot Quinn // @carrottquinn
- Holly Glenn Whitaker // @hipsobriety
- Dana Shultz (aka Minimalist Baker) // @minimalistbaker
- Laura McKowen // @laura_mckowen
(And yes, all of these incredible women have been guests on the podcast, which totally proves how hard I fangirl my own guests, lol.)
Why and how did you quit drinking?
Pretty much everything you’d want to know about that can be found here, in the special edition episode of the podcast that I recorded on my 5-year soberversary. (If you are looking for a resource to help you on your own sobriety path, check out Hip Sobriety.)
I know that running was a big part of your early sobriety. I really want to start running myself and am a beginner – do you have any advice for a newbie?
Just start. It’s likely going to be shitshow for quite a while, but that’s okay. Change is hard. Running is hard. Hard things feel hard. But you don’t have to be in the mood to do something in order to do it, and running becomes much (MUCH) more enjoyable once you’ve reached a base level of fitness, which usually takes a minimum of 8-12 weeks.
On the practical side of things, you can start here. That’s the beginner’s section of Coach Jason Fitzgerald’s website, and he’s the best.
I’m feeling sad. Can you link me to something that will make me smile?
THIS. You’re welcome.
You’ve mentioned that you donate the equivalent of $5+ per day to organizations, causes, & charities that you believe in. Can you share those?
My husband and I currently give monthly to the following organizations (in addition to occasional one-time donations for urgent/emergency humanitarian needs as they arise worldwide, as well as local food bank donations and an end-of-year “adopt a family” program through the local domestic violence shelter).
- Planned Parenthood
- Black Lives Matter
- Against Malaria Foundation
- Give Directly
- Mercy For Animals
Why are your cats so cute?
I ask myself this question every single day, even when they are being tiny fuckface terrors, because eventually they stop being terrors and instead do something ridiculously adorable – like spend an entire afternoon cuddling together on a blanket.