Episode: 125 Stuck in Machine-Mode? | How embracing the seasons and leaping bravely into change can help you find more joy

Mar 28, 2022

Subscribe on iTunes Now

As much as we humans feel productive and adept when we run efficiently, we are not machines. 

We are nature. 

And nature has evolved to work most efficiently in cycles. These seasons are synonymous with alternating periods of bloom, of letting go, of rest, and renewal.

When we allow ourselves to embrace our seasonal nature, we’re working in allyship with our bodies, allowing us to sustain our personal growth and professional success. 

This week, Karlee starts off by introducing a new, more cyclical rhythm to the show that’s going to allow Messy & Magnificent to live into what we know to be true about our nature as humans. And through the process of this shift, in real-time, you’ll hear how Karlee is personally navigating this big change, along with the risks and potential rewards it carries with it.  

In this episode, you’ll learn why being brave enough to say yes when something feels right, even through the uncertainty, is worth the risk regardless of whether you fail or succeed. You’ll hear why piloting our bodies in machine-mode leaves so little space for discovery, the very thing that helps us launch new and fresh ideas. Finally, you’ll hear examples of how our bodies provide cues, and why going with that flow rather than staying in auto-pilot tends to lead to better, and sometimes surprising, outcomes. 

If you’re ready to embrace the cyclical nature of change and allow the seasons to do their thing then this is the episode for you.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • How prolonged periods in machine mode can rob us of space for joy (1:03)
  • An example of how listening to your body can save you (10:53)
  • Embracing our cyclical nature (14:40)
  • The big change we’re tapping into on Messy & Magnificent (19:06)
  • Accepting the risk that change brings with it (22:42)

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Book: Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination by Barbara Hurd 

Episode 122: Ready to Make Great Decisions?

Episode 123: When Tradition Lays a Trap

Episode 124: Exhausted? Achy? Out of Steam?

Send your Audio Comments and Questions to [email protected]

People Mentioned in this Episode: 

Glennon Doyle

Mary Oliver

Maria Sirois

Connect With Karlee: 




Messy and Magnificent is produced by the folx at Ginni Media.

Pick another episode.