I have been lucky enough to start FnF and gain a readership mostly through the lovely nonpareils of Gala Darling, the pink-haired first lady of lady blogging. She has recently launched a new pay for service, a series of podcasts entitled Love and Sequins.
I decided I could spare the $12 for a one-time download of this second installment, all about how to manage money and work for yourself, a topic where Gala, who makes her living off her blog, is now an expert.
The first thing I noticed about Love and Sequins is that it is very long, longer than an hour long. Generally I tire of podcasts fairly early, and can only stand full hours for actual radio shows. Maybe I’m just too manic for it. But I cleared a space to hoop to while I listened and pressed play.
I love Gala’s voice and accent. She’s soothing and her awesome New Zealand affectations are charming. Her candor in the podcast is level, slow enough to understand, and doles out the same level of advice as she does in her blog.
Most of the beginning is on how to figure yourself out of a rut in your work, and find something meaningful. One thing Gala says that I disagree with is that if work is a chore, you should change your habits. While ultimately this may be the case, there are several times, internships, required schooling, that sometimes you have to slog through the not fun stuff to get to the good stuff. It’s not the pretty answer, but it helps give those bad times meaning for the good ones to come.
Next Gala outlines some helpful hints about starting your own business, making a career change, and basically remaking your life. Some of it is rehashed if you’ve read iCiNG for a long time or Tim Ferris’ blog, but it never hurts to hear it twice or three times.
Lastly, there is a long interview with Molly Crabapple, founder of Dr. Sketchy’s and another entrepreneur. It is fun and sounds more like a conversation between friends than an interview, but sometimes lags and could have used a good edit.
In my opinion, this could have been shortened quite a bit with some editing. Gala repeats herself a few times, which works in a writing setting, but audibly it kind of sounds like she’s yelling at you. Breaking up the segments might alleviate some of that as well. For a beginner podcast series though it’s pretty delightful. If you like Gala’s blog and spend a lot of time commuting, I would say a subscription to her podcasts would definitely give you some sparkle on your way to work/class/the gym.