37 episodes

Welcome to the podcast that gives you permission to say no. No to boring. No to putting off your dreams. No to a job you hate. No to old habits that no longer serve you. No to imposter syndrome. No to normal.

I’m your host, Danielle Renee, and I’ve spent the past 10 years trying new jobs, starting my own businesses, and moving across the country all in an attempt to build a life that doesn’t give the Sunday Scaries (if you know, you know). With this show, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ventures, like when I converted a school bus into a mobile gift shop, and when I discovered the wonderful world of seasonal work by googling “jobs that pay your rent.”

I’ll also have weekly interviews with creatives, industry-disruptors, and adventurous souls who said “no” to the normal 9-5 life, and are defining happiness and success on their own terms. Basically, I started a podcast so I’d have an excuse to chat with some of the coolest humans I’ve ever met, and I’m excited to invite you along for the ride!

No to Normal Danielle Renee

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Welcome to the podcast that gives you permission to say no. No to boring. No to putting off your dreams. No to a job you hate. No to old habits that no longer serve you. No to imposter syndrome. No to normal.

I’m your host, Danielle Renee, and I’ve spent the past 10 years trying new jobs, starting my own businesses, and moving across the country all in an attempt to build a life that doesn’t give the Sunday Scaries (if you know, you know). With this show, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ventures, like when I converted a school bus into a mobile gift shop, and when I discovered the wonderful world of seasonal work by googling “jobs that pay your rent.”

I’ll also have weekly interviews with creatives, industry-disruptors, and adventurous souls who said “no” to the normal 9-5 life, and are defining happiness and success on their own terms. Basically, I started a podcast so I’d have an excuse to chat with some of the coolest humans I’ve ever met, and I’m excited to invite you along for the ride!

    36 - Finding Focus When You Have Too Many Ideas

    36 - Finding Focus When You Have Too Many Ideas

    If you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur or creative, it can be so hard to decide on which idea to follow! When you’re constantly dreaming up new ideas and projects, how are you supposed to figure out which one is worth doing? And if you have multiple things you want to chase after, how do you make time for all of them in your day-to-day?

    In this episode, I’m sharing the BEST question to ask yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed with possibilities to help you narrow your focus and actually start moving in the right direction!

    Follow along with the show at: Instagram (@notonormalpod)

    • 18 min
    35 - How to Build (& Monetize!) a Community with Substack

    35 - How to Build (& Monetize!) a Community with Substack

    Are the peak days of blogging long gone? Based on the growing popularity of Substack, it seems like written content is actually thriving more than ever!

    Substack is a way for writers and content creators to easily share newsletters with their readers, without all of the complicated & expensive tech that comes from normal email marketing platforms.

    On today’s episode, Karen Cherry talks about how she grew her Substack from zero to $18k and how you can do the same thing! Regardless of your niche or experience writing, this episode will show you that there IS a place for you to build your community on Substack.

    Follow the podcast on Instagram: Instagram (@notonormalpod)
    Get more Substack tips from Karen: PubStack Success | Karen Cherry | Substack

    • 25 min
    34 - The Mindset Shift You Need if You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind

    34 - The Mindset Shift You Need if You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind

    “You’re not working hard enough. You’re not committed enough. Everyone else is doing better than you.” If this sounds like your internal monologue, then this episode is for you!

    Trust me, I know what it’s like to be your own toughest critic, but I think I’ve finally cracked the code on giving yourself grace and accepting where you’re at in your journey, even if it’s not as far along as you would like.

    By the end of this episode, you’ll have a new, simple strategy for reframing your negative thoughts that you can apply to work & personal issues alike.

    If you enjoy today’s episode, please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and hit that 5-star rating, so other listeners can find the show!

    Follow along with the show at: Instagram (@notonormalpod)

    • 16 min
    33 - Paying for library late fees with cat photos (& other stories I love)

    33 - Paying for library late fees with cat photos (& other stories I love)

    Book-lovers rejoice! This week’s minisode is all about the joy of libraries.

    Today’s stories include:The library that looks like a park inside (& my inspiration for this topic)How Little Free Library grew from 1 location in Wisconsin to over 150,000 worldwideTwo librarians who went viral on social media for spreading their love of reading, destigmatizing mental health issues, and increasing access to books in their neighborhoodsA month-long initiative that allowed patrons to pay off their late fees with cat photosFollow along with the show, or ask me questions about today’s episode at: Instagram (@notonormalpod)

    • 11 min
    32 - Wrangling the Doubt Monster: Tips for Dealing with Self-Doubt

    32 - Wrangling the Doubt Monster: Tips for Dealing with Self-Doubt

    Whether you’re applying for jobs, trying to book new clients for your own business, or putting creative work out there as an artist, self-doubt is just a natural part of the process. Questions like “am I good enough?” and “why is everyone saying no?” are bound to pop up at some point. It’s those little thoughts that motivated Amy Bernstein to write her new book, Wrangling the Doubt Monster: Fighting Fears, Finding Inspiration.

    In today’s conversation, we cover Amy’s transition from a steady, full-time job in the government sector, to a more creative path later in life. She shares great insights on how to prepare for a big change like that, how to continue to put your creative work out there when you’re feeling discouraged, and steps you can take to wrangle your own doubt monster next time it pops up.

    Follow today’s guest on Instagram: Instagram (@amylbernstein)
    Follow No to Normal on Instagram: Instagram (@notonormalpod)

    • 35 min
    31 - Is being a poet a “real” job? (Spoiler: yes!!)

    31 - Is being a poet a “real” job? (Spoiler: yes!!)

    Not only has Jennae Cecelia earned a living as a poet, she has self-published 13 books in the past 8 years! While her first book didn’t get the sales she had hoped, she just kept writing, and is now a best-selling author who writes commissioned poems and coaches other authors, in addition to releasing her own books.

    In today’s episode, we talk about how she stayed motivated when she was first starting out, how she markets herself as an author in 2024, what inspired her to write her new book, Come Be Cozy, and how she has handled people in her life who questioned her career path as a professional poet.

    Follow Jennae Cecelia on Instagram: Instagram (@jennaececelia)
    Follow No to Normal on Instagram: Instagram (@notonormalpod)

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

teag5562 ,

Inspirational and Fun

Danielle is a natural interviewer and the folks she finds to chat with have such unique and interesting experiences. I leave every episode suddenly wanting to deep dive into new opportunities or reminiscing about somewhat similar experiences. Can’t wait to keep listening every week ♥️

Bunchbunch ,

We needed this!

I am so excited about this podcast. It’s so easy to conform to what is “normal” and what we are “supposed” to do. Knowing so many other people are paving their own path and doing it successfully is honestly so comforting. Love where this has started and am so excited to see where it goes.

YouDaRealMDP ,

A must listen!

Well done Danielle! Always cheering you on! Subscribing and adding this to my rotation

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