The Check Up

Simon Matzinger

It’s been a couple of months since we announced our plans to head off in to the wild and spend 2018 travelling, and quite a lot has happened since then. So we decided (somewhat foolishly, perhaps) to sit down, hit record, and just… talk. No notes. No plans. No idea.

I think honesty and vulnerability are important, but this episode? I’m not going to lie. It makes me nervous. I don’t know if you remember the historic and completely accidental release of the unedited poggie back in April 2016 (I still can’t figure out to laugh or cringe when I think about that) but this is like that, only we’re doing it on purpose.

Despite my misgivings though, I really do want to put this episode out in to the world because I think, in an attempt to be succinct and helpful, we sometimes present ourselves and the decisions we’ve made with a clarity that isn’t real. Or at least, it isn’t the whole picture. We sound like we know what we’re doing more often than not, when the reality is that we don’t. As we continue to make changes and grow and evolve, we struggle and stumble and question ourselves, and I think that’s normal. I welcome it.

We start out a little slow, given that both Ben and I were heartily jet-lagged at the time, but begin by chatting about the book and the vulnerability hangover I have at the moment, knowing people are reading the book and learning things about me that I’ve only previously ever thought about in the privacy of my own head. I’ve also started to receive some beautiful feedback (which means the world to me) and some not-so-beautiful feedback (which feels less horrible than I expected) so we talk about that a little too.

We also talk about the logistics of the upcoming 2018 adventure and the very handy way we’ve continued to procrastinate rather than tackle anything on our massive to-do list. (Although to be fair, we’ve since done a lot in preparation for the trip – bring admin things, house repairs, researching the rental market etc. And when I say we, I mean Ben. He’s the captain of that particular ship and for that I am very glad!)

The past few months have been massively busy for us as we went through the process of closing down our podcast network, Jackrabbit.FM, and we talk about the stress and worries that came along with that process, as well as the importance of boundaries now as we shift in to a new period of work and life.

It’s not a bad conversation – in fact, Ben actually told me after listening back to it that he really enjoyed it the second time around, but he also mentioned that this is the loosest we’ve been in a long time. I guess I’ll leave it up to you as to whether or not that’s a good thing…

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7 Responses to The Check Up

  1. I loved this episode! Love when you guys are doing deep, random, rambling thoughts. Makes me want to get deeper with my family and friends when we catch up. Not sure if I will give them pre-planned questions to ponder beforehand, although it’s a good idea! Looking forward to meeting you guys at Penrith Library tonight. You always bring happiness, hope and mindfulness to my day :-)

  2. For the gazillionthings you need to get done before you leave I thought I’d throw a suggestion out there that you can take or leave as you wish. Write down each thing on a post it or piece of small paper and just brain dump each item out as they come. Then once you’ve done that you can categorise them into groups like ‘house’, ‘kids’ etc so you can get a better picture of what needs to be done in different areas so you’re not doubling up or chasing around in circles a bit. You can easily add new items that arise into the right category then too. Good luck however you get it all done, what a fantastic adventure to be embarking on!

  3. I love hearing examples of how your tilting. Helps me understand that better. I also like your 3 things.. good sleep good eats and meditation. I am right with you.
    Your trip is gonna be amazing.

  4. Love this episode. You guys are so real and always inspire me.
    Emma’s ideas about post it notes is a great one and works well for all kinds of brainstorming

  5. Thank you for this episode, impeccable timing as I listened on the drive to our family’s new home 7 hours away in the Canadian Rockies. We have been on a journey of simplifying, de cluttering and downsizing for the past year, after 17 years in the same small town, my husband and I were feeling stuck and in need of a fresh change. As mom, I’m ‘project manager’ for the family move, and this along with the new job I will be learning would typically bring out the worst of my anxiety, instead I am inspired to take it one challenge at a time, choosing the simple path when it makes sense. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  6. Here at Strigidae Farm, we’re listening back over some of the old Eps, and decided this morning to listen to this one, and then we’ll be moving on to the second update.
    Even though we know how its going to ‘turn out’ (ie: selling the house and not renting it out etc), we both particularly love listening to the Eps where you both just delve into the deep talks, and give each other the space to have differing (or the same!) opinion on matter.

    Big Hugs from up here.