275 episodes

A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
If you are looking for some career coaching or just want to reach out
contact me at janice@thecareerintrovert.com

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A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
If you are looking for some career coaching or just want to reach out
contact me at janice@thecareerintrovert.com

    Moving On from a Failed Business or Career Opportunity.

    Moving On from a Failed Business or Career Opportunity.

    Hello and welcome to The Traveling Introvert. Today, I would like to talk about how to bounce back a little from maybe a failed business venture or a career or job opportunity. It's really difficult when you've recently experienced a business or career setback because sometimes it leaves you feeling maybe lost, overwhelmed, anxious, unsure of your next steps, and wondering if where do you go from here? Are you able to bounce back? And everyone kind of experiences this. You are not alone. Everyone on the planet experiences failures and setbacks at some point in life. That is just a part of life, but it hits harder when it's to do with the way that you make money. And it really is very natural to feel upset and discouraged when something like that happens. But understanding that the incident or the failure that has just happened is a normal part of learning and growth, and that will help you get through it and also change your perspective a little bit. And this is how to make sure and figure out if you're ready to move on and start something new. And so here are some steps that will help you get back on track and put that past failure into perspective.
    Go ahead and reflect on what went wrong. Take some time to think about what might have led to that failure. What were the challenges that you faced? What mistakes or missteps did you make? What could you have done differently with the knowledge you knew then? Because don't do the hindsight is 2020 thing. And then when you reflect on what went wrong or not the way that you thought, you might start to identify patterns or areas where you need to improve if this is something that happens frequently.

    Another thing you can do is get some support. If one thing is vital to your ability to bounce on back, it's having a supportive network of folks who want to and are willing to help you get through tough times and provide you with guidance and encouragement. Reach out to people you trust and talk to them about what's going on, what you're thinking. Maybe they can help you with your reflections. They might be able to offer you really valuable insights and advice, or simply provide you with the emotional support you need to get through this difficult time or be a sounding board. The next thing you need to think about is taking care of you.

    After a setback, it's really easy to get caught up in negative thoughts and feelings. However, taking care of your physical and emotional wellbeing is really important, especially when you're dealing with a difficult situation. So, ensure that you get enough sleep, eat well, and engage in behaviors that help you relax and recharge so that you can go and move forward with your life.

    Now, with the review that you did, learn from those mistakes and those missteps. The fact is, pretty much every failure is an opportunity for growth and learning. Try to take the lessons that you've learned from your experiences so you can apply them to your future endeavors. Use your experiences to make better decisions, and with each choice you make, you're going to become better at it.

    Don't beat yourself up. Be kind to yourself. It's really natural to feel disappointed and upset after a failure, but it's important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and experiences setbacks. So be kind and don't beat yourself up over what happened. Instead, focus on the positive things you've accomplished and the progress that you have made. Use it as a motivation to keep moving forward. If necessary, take a break. If you're feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, it may be helpful to take a break from work or whatever it is and focus on other aspects of your life for a while, as long as you can afford to do it. Use this time to relax, recharge, pursue hobbies or activities that bring you joy so that you can return to yourself with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

    And look for new...

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    300th Episode AMA

    300th Episode AMA

    Hello and welcome to the 300th episode of The Traveling Introvert. This is Sparta? I don't know. When I started this journey, I didn't have any thoughts about where it would go or things I'd be able to do or even the thought that I would get to 300 episodes. To the point that when I hit 50, 100, 200, I didn't do anything special. They kind of like went past and I was like, “Oh, that's how many episodes I've done!”.
    This one almost went past. But because I'm trying to batch a lot of episodes, I noticed, and because I also I made a hosting company, I noticed that, Oh, I've done this many episodes. I probably should do something. So I put a little call out and asked people to send me their questions. So there might be questions that they've been wanting to ask or write in about. And so I have a list of questions here. We're going to see how long this lasts that people wanted to ask. So here we go.

    Question number one, how have you kept on podcasting for so long?

    That is a great question because I think 300 episodes is just under two…three…no, five years? A long time. Especially as I've had an episode out every single week. And I've only had one month in there where I had adjusted reruns. And there've mostly been several episodes, apart from the past three that have had other humans that I've interviewed.

    And how have I kept podcasting for so long? Because I draw a lot of the things that I talk about from life. So as long as my life keeps going and I keep meeting new humans and coaching new people and hearing about new companies and working within organizations, there's always going to be something for me to talk about. I do get paranoid that I'm repeating myself or I've already covered a topic, especially over the past couple of years when there hasn't been as much travel-related topics. So that has been interesting. I did at one point think about stopping, and I just had to kind of and that's when the episodes came out that were reruns. Then I got inspired again and carried on. That's also a reason why I batch record my episodes. I record a bunch of them and then I have a break. I don't have to think about it, or if I get inspired, I will record one off the cuff. But generally that I found has helped me keep going for as long as I have.

    Also, just the way I set up the podcast to be a solo podcast for only five minutes, so I don't have to book people to talk to and arrange schedules and all of that sort of thing. And there's not too much back-end work to go with it. So how have you kept podcasting for so long? An accident? Sort of planned it. Happy that I have. But yeah, it’s definitely been an interesting journey.

    Okay, next question is, where are some unusual places you have visited?

    Travel one. Depends what you mean by unusual. Instead of unusual, I'm going to say one of the most unexpected places I've been to has been Sri Lanka. And this was because I ended up finding a website where you could bid on vacations. And this site isn't as popular now because of everything that's happened in the past couple of years. But it was frequented by a lot of hotels that were looking to get people to go to give reviews or just get the name and the words out there. And so it's really interesting that I did this random bid, and I was happy to do it because PayPal was an option, and I knew I could get my money back if it all went Pete Tong. And I won. I won this seven day vacation in this boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. And I'd already had a planned trip out to Asia anyway. So I was already going out in that direction. So I just had to tack this on. But not only was it a surprise that I won and that it was legitimate. Even still, when you get to the country, you're not sure what's going to happen, what to expect. And this place was gorgeous. And we were the only people in the entire place. It was, I think, no more than 10 room...

    • 10 min
    Diana Robertson Career Conversations

    Diana Robertson Career Conversations

    Shy Introvert
    This is the type of person who happens to be very quiet and thus avoids all contact with other people.
    Even knowing the answer to something they would still choose not to talk since they avoid all attention.

    Difference between Shyness and Being an introvert
    People tend to confuse the two. The main difference is that shyness is a lack of confidence. In this case, it is important to note that confidence can be boosted or learned.

    Introversion on the other hand is the people who tend to avoid other people or look inwards for their daily energy. They might be socially awkward.

    Misconceptions About Introversion
    A lot of people who struggle with communication believe that they were born like that and cannot change their introversion. Most of them need to know that they can work on their communication skills and later be best at what they do. You might be an introvert but that can change

    Most introverts are aware of what they go through but, they are not aware that there are ways to 'fix' the issue. With time and dedication, they can turn their lives around. Of course not be Extroverts but mostly just be able to handle public speaking and such.

    As a public speaker, you should realize that people will listen to you and will hold what you say, dear to them. Even if you might think that your actions and words do not influence people, keep in mind that they might affect somebody's life.

    Life Lessons
    ● Do not be afraid to take risks in life.
    ● Always try harder even after failing.
    ● Do not be afraid to take disappointments positively.
    ● Learn from your mistakes.
    ● Do not be obsessed with making profits. Do what makes you happy.
    ● The first startup might not be the best for you. Learn to pivot in life.

    Is a hotdog a sandwich?

    Find Diana https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-robertson-skillsme/

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    The Role of Rest and Recovery in Achieving Your Goals

    The Role of Rest and Recovery in Achieving Your Goals

    Hello and welcome to the Traveling Introvert. Today, I'm going to talk about rest and the role it plays in helping you achieve your goals. As you work towards your goals, or your career or your business or whatever it is that you're doing these days- making the best sourdough ever, it is essential to remember the role that rest and recovery play in just your overall health, well-being, and success.
    Your body and mind need time to recharge to perform at their best. Without adequate rest, you might feel tired and sluggish and unable to focus. In the long run, quite frankly, this leads to burnout and may hinder your ability to reach any goals you might have set. This is especially important if you're starting a new job because it tends to be the case where you start a new role, and they throw everything at you. They've got all these manuals that you need to look at and you've got all these PowerPoint presentations, and health and safety and paperwork, and meeting new people, and meeting new clients. And all of these things, all fire hosed at you. And you're also supposed to do your job. And never do companies put in their time for you to rest and recover. Because they assume when you go home that's what you do. Do you though?
    So the role of rest and recovery, your body and mind need it. When working towards a goal, it is easy to become consumed by the drive to succeed. You may push yourself to the limit, sacrificing sleep and leisure time to pursue that singular objective.

    However, this approach is not sustainable. Your body and mind need regular breaks to function correctly. Your body repairs itself during rest. One of the critical benefits of rest and recovery is that it allows your body to repair and rebuild itself. Engaging in physical activity puts stress on your muscles, bones and connective tissues.

    For example, if you lift weights and exercise and ignore your body's needs, it might lead to muscle soreness, fatigue, and injuries. However, allowing your body time to rest ensures it will repair and rebuild itself, becoming stronger and more resilient in the process. Just like you're not supposed to exercise the same muscle every day, there's a reason for that. Also, rest and recovery will help increase your mental wellbeing. In addition to the physical benefits, rest and recovery are crucial for your mental wellbeing.

    Constant stress, chronic stress and overwork can negatively affect your mental health, leading to feelings of anxiety, depression, burnout. Taking regular breaks allows you to relax and recharge, improving your mood and helping maintain a positive outlook. Making rest and recovery a regular part of your routine is essential to reap the benefits of rest fully. Ensure that you set aside time in your calendar for rest and relaxation and prioritize it. You can make time for whatever you need, including meditation, exercises like yoga, or simply taking a break to read a book or even listen to music. You will be more mindful regarding your needs with rest.

    Listening and being mindful of your mental and physical needs is vital. If you are tired or overwhelmed, take a break. It's almost always better to take a step back to recharge rather than pushing yourself through. The more you listen to yourself and are mindful of your mind and your body's needs, the better off overall you will be. There is no doubt that rest and recovery play a huge role in helping you achieve all your goals.

    We just don't think about it that way. We think about all the work that we do and the meetings that we have and the ticks we put on our To-do list. But it's rest and recovery that are real pillars. When you let your body and mind recharge, your physical and mental wellbeing improves, therefore increasing your chance of success. Take the time to learn how important it is to allow your body and mind to break.

    Make rest and...

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    Crafting the Perfect Daily Routine for Your Needs and Goals

    Crafting the Perfect Daily Routine for Your Needs and Goals

    Hello and welcome to the Traveling Introvert. So today, I want to talk about crafting the perfect daily routine for you, your needs, and your goals. So many times, we see articles, blog posts, podcast episodes-Top Five Things You Should Do To Be Successful. What are these five humans doing every morning? You got to get up at five and exercise and do something. Okay, great.
    But we're all individual. We all have individual needs and goals and things we're working towards. So, creating a workable daily routine that works for you is vital for achieving your goals, right? And vital for keeping you happy and healthy. A well-designed daily routine can help ensure that you stay organized and on task. It can also help reduce stress by improving your productivity.

    And I'm just going to talk about ways you can do this and things for you to think about. Some things will apply to you and some things won't, and that's okay. Identify priorities and goals. To understand your priorities, you need to know ultimately what it is you want to achieve. Ask yourself questions and be open to your answers. What are the essential things in your life?

    What do you want to achieve? What would you want your obituary to say about you? Once you have this information, you can write down goals and use them as a guide or North Star when designing your daily routine. Know your energy levels. Introverts, you know how important this is. Know your energy level as well as your natural rhythm.

    Plan your daily activities for when you're most alert and energetic. It is important to note that while your natural rhythm can be a factor in when you're more energetic, maybe in the morning or at night, daily habits and routines will also play a role. You can establish healthy sleep habits and a regular sleep week schedule, regardless of whether you are naturally a morning person or a night owl like myself. However, for most people, it's better to work within your true nature instead of trying to fight it.

    If it takes you two hours to get going in the morning, respect that about yourself and plan accordingly. Set aside enough time-set aside time for self-care. While self-care is more than bathing and brushing your hair, if you're not giving yourself enough time to do the basics, you'll not have enough time to take it up a notch. Caring for yourself is vital for maintaining good physical and mental health. Make sure to include exercise, meditation, and relaxation in your routine along with other daily activities. Plan meals and snacks.

    Proper nutrition is essential for good health and wellbeing, we all know. You wouldn't leave nutrition to chance for your kids or your pets. So why do you do it for yourself? Plan what you will consume and avoid unhealthy snacks or food. I mean, you don't have to eat healthy all the time, but say at least 80% of the time.

    Consider switching out snacks for fresh fruit and vegetables and replacing fizzy beverages with filtered tap water, for example. A crunchy sliced apple can be more enjoyable than a bowl of chips. It's just most of us habitually choose cheap chips over apples. And please, please, please do not forget to schedule fun. Your daily routine should not all be about work. There should be play. Make sure to include activities that you enjoy, like reading, watching a movie, listening to a podcast, spending time with friends or family, petting your cat.

    In fact, practice scheduling time to do these things- family time, friend time, you time. Schedule that stuff first and then put the other stuff into your schedule. Daily routine should be a guide, not a rigid schedule. Be prepared to adjust and adapt your routine when necessary, depending on the changing demands of your life rather than setting specific times for tasks. Some people benefit from using block schedules that allows them to be more flexible in the...

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    The Power of Celebrating Your Accomplishments and Progress

    The Power of Celebrating Your Accomplishments and Progress

    Hello and welcome to the Traveling Introvert. Today, I want to talk about the power of celebrating your accomplishments and progress? This is something that I go through with my clients very frequently just because we get so stuck in the day to day of doing things that we forget how awesome we are. And so, have you ever stopped to celebrate your accomplishments and progress, no matter how small they might seem? And to be honest, if you haven't started doing it, you should start now. No time like the present.
    Celebrating your successes, no matter how big or small, is a really integral part of the journey of life. Giving yourself that moment to celebrate solidifies the memory of what you have done in your mind so that you now know and will remember what success feels like. And once you know, you can bring back that memory anytime you feel stuck or overwhelmed. Celebrating accomplishments and progress can provide so many more benefits.
    For example, it can boost your confidence and motivation. Recognizing and celebrating your achievements reminds you of your capabilities and reinforces the idea that you can achieve your goals. This in turn gives you the confidence and motivation you need to keep pushing forward and to continue making progress. Not only that, it keeps you focused and on track. Celebrating your progress serves as a reminder of how far you've come and the progress you still have to make.

    This can keep you focused on your goals and prevent you from being sidetracked or with shiny things on losing sight of what you've been working towards. Not only that, it can help build momentum. Celebrating your accomplishments doesn't mean you need to have a big party every time. You could just take a moment and sit and acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and effort that you've put in. Noticing and recognizing how the accomplishment feels will help build momentum and make it easier to keep moving forward and easier for you to recall it at a later date when you're feeling a little low.

    It can also help maintain a healthy and positive mindset. Celebrating your progresses and your accomplishments can help you stay positive even when things get tough. It will remind you of good things that happened and are currently happening and will enable you to keep that positive attitude. Not only that, it provides your mind with the memory of success. Once you have the experience of knowing what it feels like to accomplish something, even if it is small, that memory will fuel your motivation and continue pushing you along that road of progress, even when things become more complex or challenging.

    Evaluating your progress feels good and that feeling will keep you going. Now those are some of the benefits of just celebrating your accomplishments and progress, no matter how big or small they are. But how do you go about celebrating if it's not going to have a big party every time? And so, I want to talk about ways that you might want to think about celebrating your accomplishments and success. I mean, the first thing is, what I tell all my clients is have a little pop that you can put on a mug or anything of that nature that you can put piece of post-it notes in and write down anytime you achieve something and put it in this particular vessel. And then when you're feeling low, you can dip into the vessel and pick out something that reminds you how good you are. And or at the end of the year, you tip it all out and read them.
    But here are some other things that you can do. You can reflect on what you've achieved so far and how far you've come. You can share your accomplishments with others, whether that's through social media, a group chat in person, whatever works for you.

    Treat yourself to something you enjoy, whether that be a walk on the beach, a favorite meal, a new book, or something else that sparks joy. Set aside time to celebrate with friends or

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Janice Chaka breaks it down that being an introvert can be a strength for any brazen careerist or aspiring entrepreneur. There are no apologies about not being an extrovert here!

plus, she has a pleasant English voice so it makes for good info and good listening.

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