Welcome to 2023. The Global Resilience Project has a lot of fun goals they are working towards this year. Tune into Blair and Alana while they share how they wrapped up 2022 and what is in store for 2023.

 

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Blair Kaplan Venables:

trigger warning, the Resilience Project provides an open space for people to share their personal experiences. Some content in this podcast may include topics that you may find difficult, the listeners discretion is advised.

Blair Kaplan Venables:

Hello friends, welcome to radical resilience, a weekly show where I Blair Kaplan Venables have inspirational conversations with people who have survived life's most challenging times. We all have the ability to be resilient and bounce forward from a difficult experience. And these conversations prove just that, get ready to dive into these life changing moments while strengthening your resilience muscle and getting raw and real.

Blair Kaplan Venables:lan. Hey, so first episode of:Alana Kaplan:hours. And then:Blair Kaplan Venables:

Bread and bad bread and bad. Did you stay up till midnight?

Alana Kaplan:have giggled, but here we are:Blair Kaplan Venables::Alana Kaplan:

Mellow is such a nice way to start the year. And if you have not yet started a year, I mean or a season or whatever, however you bring in a new something or other whether it's a season or a year, I highly recommend it. It's really, really nice. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to be sober. But if you can intent, like be intentional about what you do and how you relax, it feels good. Like I was on my treadmill listening to Michelle Obama's new book yesterday and then and then relaxed on my couch the rest of the day.

Blair Kaplan Venables:million people by August:Alana Kaplan:

No, I could definitely say that's not something I've done before. So we're

Blair Kaplan Venables:

trying it out. And you know that if it works out well, like we wanted to keep doing that maybe we're you know, maybe we come to a community near you. And it's an interactive experience where we have conversations that end up on our podcast so we're in this place of experimentation and helping people strengthen the resilience muscle and navigate challenging times. What are you Atlanta excited about for the coming year? In your personal life and the projects in survivor, whatever.

Alana Kaplan:nt. So maybe more of those in:Blair Kaplan Venables:

oh my god Should we do a live from grief week? Should we record an episode Alicia live from grief? I'm actually really excited for grief grief week like yeah, like something enjoyable around something so dark first of all one we both live in Canada, Atlanta. Listen, we were against like minus 40 minus 50. I live Some over the snow and sometimes it's minus 20 minus 30. But not very often in February, but it's still winter and kind of crappy weather. It is way better to be warm and sad than cold and sad. Trust me warm and sad. really

Alana Kaplan:

true. So after our dad, so because we were gonna have our first grief week, last year. But then our dad died. So we pushed it a bit. And it wasn't necessarily a grief week, but it was more of a place for us to just kind of go and be and we floated in the pool and relaxed and it was so much nicer to be sad in the sun than it was to be. Yeah, sad in the dark and the cold. So, yeah,

Blair Kaplan Venables:

so grief week, like what kind of, you know, it's like college Spring Break grief week, you know, we're kind of like, do we make matching shirts like, do we make this a thing, I don't know what we're going to do. But it's our first annual grief week, we're going to be in Palm Springs, we are going to be floating in the pool and warm, we're going to, you know, in between the anniversaries, we're doing something really fun. We're actually going to Disneyland. I haven't I've never been my mom used to say she would take us but she was a single mom raising two kids on her own. And, you know, finances were tight. So the fact that we get to go and I get to go for my very first time and I get to meet Cinderella, I'm so excited. So we get to do something really exciting and beautiful. You know, with me and me in Atlanta making these memories together in between such dark days, literally like dark days. And so this is the first time we're doing this and every year is probably going to be different, maybe somewhere else who knows, we're just going to roll with it. But our commitment is to always be together over the February 18 And February 23 anniversary of our parents passing. So yeah, I mean, this is what we're doing. This is a ritual we're creating, this is something that we're committing to, you know, for some reason, if one of us can't travel will will come to the other person, I think it's really important to hold the loved ones you have close to you because you don't know when they're going to die. It could be in an instant, in a minute in a week, or four and a half years or whatever it might be, you know, it life's wild. And you can't really prepare. But what you can do is when something happens, you can choose how you want to navigate it and move forward from it. So we're choosing to have grief week. What else are you excited for? So we have grief week we're recording live together, which is going to be fun, maybe more events? We don't know what else?

Alana Kaplan:

Oh, because we're recording live together? You're going to be with me? Not necessarily on my birthday. But near that. So I'm excited for that. Who knows what that will entail. But my last two birthdays have sucked because they've been so close to after people dying. What else am I excited for? Oh, Blair and I'm are gonna do a little adventure together in June. Oh, yeah, I'm looking forward to that, and actually getting some vacation time this year. So because I started a new job. I didn't get any vacation time over the last year. So paid vacation time, I want to say. So I'm looking forward to being able to do things and have vacation. And so I want to share with the group and by the group. I mean, our listeners, I've actually been on a mini grief Leave to work that I've been on since mid December. A delayed leave. It's just everything was getting to me. And the work I do is pretty tough work. And I was finding that I wasn't my best self at work anymore. And I was in this like state of blah, kind of like this Dysthymic type of depression. And so I've been on leave and I'm actually feeling good. And and so I'm actually looking forward to going back to work next week, which is very exciting.

Blair Kaplan Venables:

That way, round of applause for Atlanta. Yeah.

Alana Kaplan:

So that's my message to you. You have sick days take even if it's not a physical illness, like your mind counts as well. And if you need longer take the time, it will be better for you in the long run.

Blair Kaplan Venables:

I love that. That's such good advice. I definitely agree. And if you're an entrepreneur like me, like tell your clients you need some time and make that space. So as we wind down this episode, because you know we have obviously a whole year with you. We have a lot of great guests. Atlanta is going to make more of an appearance for a grief female segments. Maybe we'll even do more lives. Who knows what's in store for us? We don't but you know some things that I'm going to do to bring joy to my life. Alanna can see this right now. But I've I've started putting disco balls around my house like little disco balls. They're scattered in the living room and here I want to say yeah, I want more animal print more sparkles, more plants. You know I want to spend more time outside more time reading and listening to audiobooks and music. So I'm going to I'm going to spend a lot more time outside it's going to be you know, I'm taking back my my my time and my energy and it's going to be a really beautiful year. And what about you? What are some things you're doing for joy?

Alana Kaplan:

Reading I started my own Bookstagram account if you want to follow it, it's at Pino memoir. Play on of Pinot Noir. Not that I'm a big wine drinker anything. Reading is something that's bringing me joy and moving my body finding things I love again, like I love yoga, and I spent the past year barely doing any and I want to intentionally move my body more spending time with loved ones. Those are the things that are bringing me joy.

Blair Kaplan Venables:

That's so good and making bread.

Alana Kaplan:

Oh, yeah, of course and making bread I'm

Blair Kaplan Venables:

wanting to buy holiday this year you need to master before I come to see you. cinnamon raisin bread done. And if you can make a gluten free even better, because I shouldn't eat bread. But one other exciting announcement. The project started off as the I am resilient project. The website is I am resilient dot info. But the name has evolved over the years. And unfortunately, our social media never was consistent with handles across it. I know I know. I'm a social media expert like how did I let that happen? I did. I just let it happen because that wasn't a priority. But I'm very proud to say that our Facebook and our Instagram have the same username and it's a new username and it is at global resilience community at global resilience community, and we're going to have an new domain for our website, I am resilient dot info is still going to go like if you put that in, you're still going to get there and we have a new domain. So I'm really excited our branding is enhancing and growing. And I don't know as a marketing expert that was just a fun little exciting tidbit. I was excited I texted Alana, I'm like I got I did it. It took a lot of tries to find something that was available on both Instagram and Facebook. We do have a Twitter account, but it's not currently active. So if you're on Twitter and you want to reach us, come find us on Instagram and Facebook or at our website. I'm resilient dot info. So thank you for following along our journey over the last year for tuning in for being our friends, for letting us into your ears. And for walking alongside us on this journey and for opening up your mind and your heart and sharing your stories if you have. Remember it is okay to not be okay. Life is hard. There's ups there's downs. Let us be the lighthouse in the storm. You are resilient. You got this.

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