Body Kindness Podcast Production

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Raised by 56 people in 19 months
Hi, I'm Rebecca, host of the Body Kindness podcast, in its fourth season. 

The podcast is FREE for everyone. Listeners are working on breaking free from body shame, dieting, and eating disorders, helping their kids grow up with body kindness (while still evolving themselves), setting boundaries with doctors, families and friends, and pretty much doing everything they can to resist judgment and shame around health, weight, and shape.  

Throughout the 100+ episodes, I have received some of the most heartwarming messages from listeners... everything from "I finally got the courage to stop dieting and be good to myself"  to "I had my first orgasm at 45!"  

I'm really proud of the show's evolution, tackling systemic issues that influence our well-being, such as race with bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo, and racial disparities in pregnancy and postpartum with Miriam Zoila Perez "the radical doula".  

After more than three years at this, I've learned that the time and money costs are significant and most people really don't know what it takes to podcast consistently.

At the encouragement of a friend, I'm posting this request for contributions to help keep Body Kindness up for 2019. (And seriously, I don't care if it's $5... it matters to me!)

What It Takes to Run the Body Kindness Podcast

Each episode takes at least 4 hours of my time (research topics, prepare for and conduct interviews, communicate with production team, listen to rough cut and provide edits, listen to final cut, write the show notes, and share on social media.) 

In addition, I have out of pocket costs that include: hardware, software, producer, editing team, co-host stipend (I pay Bernie for his episodes, though he is worth 10Xs what he gets.) I have estimated that I spend $600-800 a month out of pocket on actual expenses to keep it running. If I put out fewer shows, most of my expenses remain because they are flat, but I save a little on hourly rate production costs.  

It's critical to me to continue providing FREE content in the podcast. While it's not a replacement for in-person support, I've heard from helping professionals and clients that the shows are significantly improving well-being and helping people move away from dieting practices and poor body image. One listener e-mailed me to say it's her "weekly morning coffee date with Rebecca". I love that. 

I estimate based on downloads and social media reach the Body Kindness podcast is reaching 80K+ people a month! (That's a big impact... and I plan to keep it growing!)

Supporting Do-Gooders, Solopreneurs, and People With a Purpose

I prefer to avoid typical "paid ads". Frankly, the systems in place favor of big brands, not the podcaster. And do we really need another marketing ad? 

I'd rather give space to "people with a purpose" -- people who are doing GREAT things and could use a boost spreading the word through the podcast and all the social media that comes with it. 

One example is my neighbor. Her daughter is friends with mine. We learned that she had a sister with a terminal illness. Now, the mom has a non-profit in her daughter's name that helps other families. I'd rather support her cause through the show than advertising that doesn't really mean anything to me. 

So, I'm hoping to get a boost of funding through the power of community -- and I'm grateful to everyone who can share this message or donate themselves.

How You Can Help

If you are a listener or like my work, give anything you can to my Body Kindness podcast cause. It all helps. 

How Can I Thank You? 

I'd love to recognize you as a donor on the podcast page, an upcoming episode, and donate an ad space to a person with a purpose. 

After you donate, shoot me an email about how I can help recognize your contribution. (Rebecca at Body Kindness Book dot com) 

Thank you, again, for supporting this podcast. It's a passion project of mine. I love doing it. And I'd love even more to continue with an uplifted heart from your generosity.

With gratitude, 
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Did you hear that burnout (at work) is now a medical syndrome? Not that we need another reason to be sick, but we can honor that the way we work work work is not good for our well-being. I have a two part interview with the authors of Burnout Emily and Amelia Nagoski. This is the new stress resilience book I'm using and recommending to clients.

Part 1 https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/2019/06/03/podcast-118-burnout-part-2-changing-your-relationship-to-your-madwoman-in-the-attic-with-emily-nagoski-and-amelia-nagoski/

Part 2

I am now doing transcripts which run $40-100 an episode. Please consider donating to support the show.
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In this two-part episode, fellow anti-diet mom Virginia Sole Smith and I discuss the ways in which culture sabotages parents, especially moms, by upholding unhelpful beliefs about food and weight. Virginia shares her rock bottom moment of what it took to finally give her daughter chocolate milk and why she had to unlearn much of what she learned from culture, her childhood, and her work as a writer and editor within the health and beauty industry. Swipe to see her “did she just say that to my kid” quote... and share yours in the comments below.

Please tune in to part two of our conversation on Virginia’s Comfort Food podcast.

**THANK YOU for any support you can give for this work.**

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It's a BIG day for me and the Body Kindness podcast. The research I conducted last summer with the research lab at UNC Charlotte is complete and we have data to share with you. We will be presenting it to a large interdisciplinary audience in medicine, helping professions and research. The focus of the research was for mindful self care in pregnancy and postpartum, but our podcast chat and advice we share is helpful to all. Please consider donating or sharing this campaign and THANK YOU for your support of my work and keeping Body Kindness podcast free for all. https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/2019/03/04/podcast-111-negative-body-image-depression-and-mindful-self-care-in-pregnancy-and-postpartum-with-dr-jennifer-webb
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Folks, you can now go to my podcast page and click through several themes to listen to a show playlist! More themes coming... also you can ask a question for the show! Thank you for donating to support the 2019 season. https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/podcast/
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