The podcast revolution has changed the way we consume content. Being an LA-native, it has changed my experience as a regular commuter, making it immensely more enjoyable than listening to talk radio. Recently, I started listening to Brandon Harvey’s Sounds Good. Brandon’s approach to his podcast is simple: share hopeful stories that inspire optimism and ultimately drive the change we want to see in the world. Earlier last year, as Brandon was getting his podcast off the ground, he interviewed speaker and stylist, Ruthie Lindsay, on finding purpose in the pain.
In case you haven’t heard of her, Ruthie suffered from a traumatizing car accident as teenager and suffered from severe chronic pain that led to the fall of her decade-long marriage and life as she once knew it. However, through her trials and tribulations, Ruthie embraced suffering as a part of the human experience, allowing it to connect her with others through story and admiration. Today, Ruthie (@ruthielindsey) has amassed a small army of followers on Instagram—116K to be exact. According to Ruthie, this is because while going through her divorce and suffering financially, she didn’t have “the luxury of fear” and said yes to any opportunity that came her way, even when she, admittedly, had no idea what she was doing. You can listen to her interview above.
Over the past 75 episodes, Brandon’s delivers interviews that are a compelling, fascinating, and inspiring. Even some of some of ENDPAIN’s own contributors, including Nirrimi Firebrace (“Losing My Little Brother”) and Devin Allen (“Meet Devin Allen: A Photo Essay”), have been featured on the podcast. Ultimately, I tune in every week because in a world in which cynicism creates obstacles that push us away from facing fear, Brandon uses storytelling to remind us of the light, beauty, and determination that exists in every individual.