Last month we shared in our newsletter the incredible milestone of Everyday Positivity: 22nd of December marked the 2000 episode of the daily show! We caught up with host Kate Cocker to find out more about the show and how it came to be…
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
Hi there I’m Kate!
Everyday Positivity is a short daily podcast that reminds you to be kind to yourself, and gives you ways to take on the world with a positive mindset. You might get a nugget of advice, or a story from my ridiculous life that will help. More often than not I pick up great morsels of wisdom from talking to people day to day and I think “I HAVE to share that with the community”.
My key message is that positivity is not about pasting a smile over the cracks of life, it’s about knowing you can cope with the cracks of life…. It’s just that sometimes you need reminding that you have 100% got this. And that is why Everyday Positivity exists.
What was the first podcast you ever listened to?
The moment I “got into” podcasting was with the audio drama We’re Alive from 2009.
The story starts in LA as a “virus” starts spreading across the city. It evolves into a full blown zombie apocalypse. The story is told by “Michael” and the people he meets, via the diaries he encourages them to keep. The narrative is the diaries, and it was beautifully crafted.
It was the first time I had heard something that I could see in my mind’s eye as a movie. It also felt that you had found this gang of underground actors that were making a name for themselves. They felt like my own special discovery. At the time they were sponsored by a company that put fish tanks in office vestibules. It was a proud moment when the advertising voice said “with Audible…”, I thought “they’ve made it”.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
At the beginning of 2017 I went through a bout of depression. I had suffered before, but I could always boil it down to some sort of reason – loss of a job, change in life situation, postnatal depression. This time I couldn’t understand it. So as part of my healing, I deployed some self care. I started with a new trainer at the gym and got in with a group of amazing women (they had a Whatsapp group called “PMA Ladies”). In both cases they were vocal with their praise and positivity – it made me feel so much better, and I healed.
This podcast was born out of that. I felt that if I needed reminding every day to be positive, feel good and be kind to myself, there would be others too. All I wanted to do was remind people to be kind to themselves. You can do so much more when you are not beating yourself up – what a waste of time it turns out to be.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
I love podcasts like The Hidden Brain, Work Life with Adam Grant and Dolly Parton’s America. Podcasts that are sort of documentaries but actually well curated, and designed interviews. There is a neat podcast called Lobster Brain (my podcasting company Purposeful Podcasts produces this), their guests are very wise, and I enjoy hearing Scott Thomas interview some really wise Millenials in Learning As I Go (which we also produce).
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
Easy. The listeners and I decided last year that Dolly Parton is the Patron Saint of Everyday Positivity. Every time you see her interviewed she is so REAL, and draws her positivity from accepting things as they are and rolling with them. If I could bottle that for the world, I would.
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
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