How to Start a Podcast

Since October of last year, I’ve been growing my chronic illness podcast, Chronically Healing. I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I got started, so I thought I’d take you through some of the basics of what I use! Now, these aren’t the only options out there – just what I use.

How to Start a Podcast
Name & Artwork

To me, the name is the hardest thing to come up with! Thing of something catchy, but also something that has a keyword in it. What would listeners be searching for? I’ve gotten quite a few podcast interviews because my podcast pops up if you search chronic illness.

For my thumbnail, I was trying to save money so I created mine in Canva. We all know how much I love Canva – haha! I have two types – one with episodes with just me and ones with a guest so I can quickly just add something in. Now, I don’t lovvvvve my thumbnail and it’s probably something I’ll get designed once I have a little extra cashflow! It really doesn’t matter for now!

And unless you’re already a popular podcaster or celebrity, I wouldn’t name your podcast something like “Jessie’s Jams!” – honestly it’s just not searchable. Angie Lee talked about this on her podcast – she waited until she had almost a million downloads before she changed her podcast to the Angie Lee show.

Recording & Editing

If I’m doing a solo episode, I record straight into the program Audacity. If I have a guest, I record a Zoom chat

I honestly hate editing, so this will be the first thing I hire out when I’m able to. Just not my zone of genius! I currently edit right within Audacity and then export it as a MP3 to upload to Libsyn.

Hosting

For hosting, I use Libsyn. I’ve heard of other options, but for now – this works for me! I pay about $15/month.

Equipment

You can go ALL OUT for podcasting or just start small. Honestly, all I have is this inexpensive mic from Amazon and it works just fine! I hook it up to my Mac, sign into Zoom and off I go! If my podcast keeps growing, someday I may change out my equipment, but honestly – that’s all you need to start out!

Scheduling Interviews

I’m using the free version of Acuity Scheduling (for now – may bump up to the paid version at some point!) in order to schedule my interviews. I fill out my availability and when someone signs up, they get sent a questionnaire to help me have enough information to actually interview them.

Once scheduled, I’ll send them a Zoom link and an email explaining what the interview will be like and typical podcasting tips (AKA go to a quiet room.) I also send a reminder email the day before our chat to be sure they’re still ready to talk!


I hope that helped! If you have any questions or want me to go more in depth on anything, let me know!

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Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 18 – Moving Past Being a Victim in Chronic Illness with Marci Nevin

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 18 – Moving Past Being a Victim in Chronic Illness with Marci NevinToday’s episode is with my friend, Marci Nevin! Marci and I “met” via the wonderful Instagram and we’ve continued to follow each other over there for awhile. I knew I wanted to interview her once I started this podcast, so I’m so happy to have her on!

Marci and I talk about chronic illnesses that she deals with (Hashimoto’s, gut issues, psoriasis, Lyme, etc.) but more importantly, we talk about getting out of that victim mindset that’s so easy to fall into when you’re dealing with chronic pain and fatigue. We talk about the ways that we stay positive, healthy and moving forward in our lives while not letting our autoimmunity mess with our lives.


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Ep. 18 – Moving Past Being a Victim in Chronic Illness with Marci Nevin

Today’s episode is with my friend, Marci Nevin! Marci and I “met” via the wonderful Instagram and we’ve continued to follow each other over there for awhile. I knew I wanted to interview her once I started this podcast, so I’m so happy to have her on!

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • Marci’s autoimmune root cause and what she does to keep herself healthy
  • Her divorce and how she moved past that
  • Not allowing yourself to be a victim when it’s so easy to fall into that trap
  • Exercise addiction and working as a personal trainer
  • Our mutual love for California 😉

Links and things …

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Health + Life Update

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend?

Today I wanted to give a quick update on my health (some great updates!) and a few life ones as well (which you can also watch in video here.)

Update

Health

So as far as health goes, I’ve got some great updates! If you happen to keep up-to-date on my Instagram, you may already know some of this, but my Hashimoto’s levels went down again! Since getting out my IUD about a month ago, my breast pain has gone away, my brain fog has lifted and now my levels are doing SO well that they’re lowering my medication dose!

I truly feel like things have been going better health-wise and I’m so proud of myself for the physical and emotional healing I’ve done in the past year. I know there’s a long way to go, but I’m within the “healthy” range for my levels, which is all I can ask for! It literally took me almost a full year to recover from my flare last summer!

Life

Life is a bit all over the place, but I’ll give you a bit of an update.

As far as the wedding goes, we’re well on our way – less than two months away and guys? I’m wiped. I’ve over it. I really hope it’s a beautiful wonderful day, but I can’t plan a third wedding. It’s been a bit of a struggle trying to get all the little things figured out, but I feel like we’re almost there.

For work, some big changes happened. My boss and colleague left unexpectedly, so the small team I’m on is currently recovering. I’m hoping to go remote (possibly entirely remote) in the next year, so I’m hoping I’ll still be able to work with this team in that way.

For me, I’m continuing to create content because I love it! YouTube, this blog and my podcast are all doing pretty well and I’ve been loving it.

Ben’s business is doing well! He’s been spending a lot of time building that and I’m super excited for him and trying to help in any way that I can.

Cora is amazing, obviously. 🙂

And that’s about it! We’re heading into a busy few months with Easter, bridal shower, bridal updates (AKA multiple hair appointments, tanning appointments, trying to get my dress to fit, etc.) so it’s going to be a crazy few months!

Creating My Wedding Invites in Canva

Happy Friday, friends! Who here is ready for the weekend? 🎉

A couple of months ago I showed you how I created my resume and my vision board in Canva, so why not try out the wedding invites? Ben and I aren’t interested in the “traditional” wedding invites anyway, plus everyone that’s invited to our tiny wedding in Chicago is aware of it, so it was more to send for fun! This will be a quick and simple tutorial, so here we go!

To get started, I went into Canva and searched for “Wedding Invites” in the templates section. I don’t consider myself a graphic designer, so I love using pre-made templates and making them my own. I found this template, and just filled in my information and photos.

Creating My Wedding Invites in CanvaP.S. obviously that gray bar isn’t usually there, but I’ve blocked out the address of the wedding for privacy!

From there, I proofed it with Ben and then set to print them. Did you know you can print AND get envelopes within Canva? We only needed about 25 copies, so we spent less than $30 on our invites and envelopes, plus they were shipped to me in just a few days!

Creating My Wedding Invites in Canva
And this is the final RSVP – what do you think?

Creating My Wedding Invites in Canva

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Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 17 – Being a Patient & Doctor of Lyme Disease with Dr. Julia Greenspan

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 17 – Being a Patient & Doctor of Lyme Disease with Dr. Julia GreenspanThis is one of my favorite podcast episodes ever! I had such an in-depth and enlightening chat with the brilliant Dr. Julia Greenspan on not only living with Lyme Disease, but also diagnosing and treating it in her practice. Even if you don’t have Lyme Disease (like me) I still recommend listening in on this episode to understand what the disease is, how it affects people and how you can prevent it.


Listen to the podcast:

Ep. 17 – Being a Patient & Doctor of Lyme Disease with Dr. Julia Greenspan

This is one of my favorite podcast episodes ever! I had such an in-depth and enlightening chat with the brilliant Dr. Julia Greenspan on not only living with Lyme Disease, but also diagnosing and treating it in her practice.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • Treating patients with Lyme Disease
  • What it’s like to be a patient of Lyme, while still working as a naturopathic doctor
  • Different Lyme treatments
  • Why Julia wrote “Rising Above Lyme Disease”

Links and things …

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Weekend Recap – Suburbs & Wheat’s End

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend?

This past weekend was a good one! After a stressful week for me at work, I was happy for the weekend to come. I honestly didn’t do much on Friday after work besides watching some TV and hanging out with my little fam. (If you’d rather watch the video, scroll to the bottom!)

I slept in a bit on Saturday, so when I got up I played with Cora and did some cleaning while Ben was at work. When he got home, we took off for the suburbs to let Cora burn off some energy while we sat outside in the nice weather.

Weekend Recap - Suburbs & Wheat's End Weekend Recap - Suburbs & Wheat's EndWe got back pretty late on Saturday night, so we watched a quick show on Netflix before heading to bed.

I slept in a bit again on Sunday (AKA 7:30) before Ben and I got ready to go to brunch at Wheat’s End in the city. Everything at the restaurant is 100% gluten free and celiac friendly. It was so exciting to go to a place where I didn’t have to worry about cross contamination at all.

Ben and I shared a cinnamon roll before we got the rest of our food. Ben got biscuits and gravy and I got their weekend special of spicy breaded chicken & waffles. SO GOOD!

Weekend Recap - Suburbs & Wheat's EndThen we headed back to our favorite little coffee shop to get some work done. Once we got home, we had TONS of wedding registry gifts waiting for us (random!) and we just got some work done for the rest of the afternoon. We ended the night with some Queer Eye and went to bed early.

And, if you’d like, you can watch our weekend here on our channel!

Vlog: Weekend With Us | Wheat’s End & Wedding Gifts

Come hang out with us for the weekend! We had just a chill weekend at home and in the suburbs of Chicago, including some time outside in the beautiful weather and hitting up the all gluten-free restaurant, Wheat’s End! Hi – we’re Jessie & Ben!

What did you do this weekend?

Adding a Singing Bowl to My Meditation Practice

*Please note: The wonderful Shanti Bowl sent me this singing bowl in exchange to try out. This post is my honest experience!*

Okay, who here has heard of a singing bowl? My first contact with them was when Ben and I were in Denver last summer and I had my first experience playing with one. I couldn’t figure it out, but when we could get it to make a sound, it was the most soothing sound in the world.

Once I got my singing bowl, I immediately jumped into learning how to use it. It doesn’t take up a bunch of space and it was pretty easy to learn how to use. After watching a few videos on the Shanti Bowl website and playing with it, I learned pretty quickly. Plus, Cora LOVES the sound. We’ve added it to our meditation space in our apartment.

Adding a Singing Bowl to My Meditation PracticeHere are just some of the MANY benefits the vibrations of a singing bowl can make (these are all from Shanti Bowl’s website!):

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Increasing energy
  • Improving sleeping
  • Aiding in digestion
  • Aiding fibromyalgia and psoriasis.

Adding a Singing Bowl to My Meditation PracticeThere’s so many more benefits than just that list above, but the biggest one for me has been the deep relaxation it can put me into. Just a couple of minutes with it totally calms me down. I know it sounds so crazy, but there’s something about the sound and vibration that just chilllllllls me out. Which is definitely what I need when I’m constantly online and working all the time. The little bit of time I have with my singing bowl every day is so wonderful.

When I talked to the owner, she told me she started the company with her boyfriend about two years ago. They went to buy one for themselves and they couldn’t find a high quality one that was reasonably priced. They were so overwhelmed with options that they decided to make their own! All of these bowls are handmade and transportable because they’re smaller in size.

Adding a Singing Bowl to My Meditation PracticeIf you’re interested in learning more about my singing bowl, leave me a comment below or you can find out more at Shanti Bowl’s website!

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 16 – Mirena IUD Removal Update with Jessie

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 16 – Mirena IUD Removal Update with JessieToday on the podcast I’m taking you through the good, the bad and the ugly crying that has happened in the last month since getting my IUD out. Things haven’t been as picture-perfect as I was expecting, but there have been some amazing things that my body has already healed in the past 4 weeks! Listen in below!

P.S. Any talented designers out there? I’m looking to update my podcast art with something more eye-catching! Email me at jessie@jessiedeschane.com!


Listen to the podcast:

Ep. 16 – Mirena IUD Removal Update with Jessie

Today on the podcast I’m taking you through the good, the bad and the ugly crying that has happened in the last month since getting my IUD out. Things haven’t been as picture-perfect as I was expecting, but there have been some amazing things that my body has already healed in the past 4 weeks!

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode I chat about … 

  • The best symptom having my Mirena out has reversed
  • Where I wish I was seeing better results
  • Some of the “bad” symptoms that have come along for the ride
  • Have I gotten my period yet?

Links and things …

Happy Birthday, Cora!

Happy Monday, friends! And happy birthday to my TWO-YEAR-OLD golden retriever, Cora. 😭

Happy Birthday, Cora! Happy Birthday, Cora!This intuitive, sweet, spunky, sleepy, sassy pup has lightened our lives in every way possible. She’s the first to hop in my lap when I’m having a bad day (or, okay, any time…) and she lives to make us happy.

Dogs, to me, are more than just a pet. In fact, we can all learn lessons from pups.
🐶 Love everyone
🐶 Never stay mad
🐶 Be excited to see your loved ones
🐶 Assume the good in everyone and everything

Love to my little Cora-boo today. And every day, really… but today just a teensy bit more. ❤️

Apologies on the lack of posts recently – we got some crazy news at work this past week and I’m still processing it. I’ll update you soon, but in the meantime I’m back with three blogs a week! Let me know in the comments what else you’d like to see!

** All photos done by Grey Garden Creative **

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 15 – Chatting Gut Health & Tonic Bar with Kate Garrity

Chronically Healing Podcast Ep. 15 - Chatting Gut Health & Tonic Bar with Kate GarrityToday’s episode is with the wonderful Kate Garrity of Tonic Bar! We chat about all things gut health, over exercising, food restriction and the products Kate has at Tonic Bar! I hope you enjoy this episode!


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Ep. 15 – Chatting Gut Health & Tonic Bar with Kate Garrity

Today’s episode is with the wonderful Kate Garrity of Tonic Bar! We chat about all things gut health, over exercising, food restriction and the products Kate has at Tonic Bar! I hope you enjoy this episode!

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes!


In today’s episode we chat about … 

  • How Kate’s gut health changed
  • Why paying attention to your gut health is SO important
  • The problem with restrictive diets and over-exercising
  • Why Kate started Tonic Bar

Links and things …

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