For Everything There Is A Season…

Including This Podcast

I’ve got a confession to make.

It’s a hard one for this showrunner to admit.

I need a break.

This November 2nd will be one year since the launch of User Defenders, and today marks nearly a year of consistent podcasting since.

I’ve loved every minute of it and can’t begin to explain how much I’ve learned and grown as a designer, and human being since its inception. I’ve met some amazing people that have become incredible relationships that would not have been possible.

I couldn’t have asked or planned for a more rewarding ROI.

Running this show is definitely a big investment of one of life’s most valuable resources…time. My sidekicks and I have had to make some significant sacrifices to keep this labor of love going.

I’ve also come to realize that many smart podcasters actually plan their episodes around seasons to allow themselves (and their team) a break and time to regroup and plan ahead.

My awakening to this reality has come from the fact that for the past six weeks my family and I have been going through one of the most mentally, emotionally and physically exhausting experiences possible…

We’re buying (and selling) a home.

This event comes immediately on the heels of having gone through another of life’s extremely stressful and time-consuming processes…buying a new car (our other one got totaled recently).

So two of life’s biggest purchases (car + home) have essentially been happening at same time. Not to mention, I’m also in the process of trying to find another artist to fill Cesar’s super-boots.

This show is not the only love I’ve had to place on my temporary altar. I’ve also had to step away from leading worship at my church, and cancel my first speaking gig as a result of just not having enough time to prepare. I respect the opportunity (and my dignity) too much to wing it.

Needless to say, I don’t currently have the affordance of time to invest in the quality of show I want to and hopefully, thus far (with the help of my trusty sidekicks) have been able to produce.

With all of that, here are two things that will occur as a result:

  1. I need to step away from releasing new episodes until probably mid-Nov (after escrow)
  2. Upon resuming, I will transform into a smart showrunner and plan episodes around seasons

Another nod to the great book Essentialism. The core message being:

As hard as you try, and as much as the world (and credit card commercials) would have you believe…you just can’t have it all.

I have to choose what’s essential right now and that revolves around being able to get my Brady Bunch sized family into a home that will take a little longer to outgrow.

It’s super-hard to do this, especially with seeing the inflection point the show is reaching–and more importantly, the privilege of hearing from many of you about how much it positively impacts your life and career.

I do this with much reluctance (just ask my wife). ;)

As a showrunner who takes the privilege of having your ears on a bi-weekly basis very seriously, it’s important to me that I clearly communicate to you what to expect and why new episodes aren’t popping up in your podcast playing app for a bit.

I sincerely want you to know how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve you in this way on your important design journey, and look forward to doing so in smarter, more sustainable ways in the not-too-distant future.

I will still be completing the interviews I’ve got booked so you’ll see some activity on Twitter about this.

I can still be reached in the midst of the chaos and promise to make time to reply at userdefenders [at] gmail [dot] com, or on the Twitters.

Thanks so much for listening Defenders, and until next time…

Fight on my friends!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1