The Woman Behind the Podcast Bringing You Joy and Wisdom Each Week
If you've ever fallen victim to self-doubt, heard an insidious little voice in your head telling you you're not good enough, or simply feel overwhelmed and anxious, then Sydney Weiss' Seek the Joy Podcast is for you. Sydney created Seek the Joy as a place for honest, heartfelt conversation, inspired by her own ongoing journey toward self-love, empowerment, and growth. Her insight is remarkable--she has the ability to identify the struggles that plague so many of us in a way that will make you go "Wait...that's me!" And her conversations with women from all walks of life are genuine and heart-opening, bringing out stories and wisdom that will stick with you throughout the week. It may be obvious, but it's no exaggeration when we say that Sydney is, quite simply, a joy.
Describe Seek the Joy in your own words.
Where do I even begin!? Seek The Joy Podcast is your go-to podcast for heartfelt storytelling and conversations on all things self-love, joy, connection, wellness, and spirituality. Through stepping into our authenticity, we’re reconnecting to the light within and exploring our joy blueprint.
Every episode is a space for real, honest, and open conversation and an opportunity to connect, inspire, empower and grow. Over the last 10 months Seek The Joy has developed into a really wonderful community of people who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and show up for themselves in ways they never thought possible.
Where did the idea come from? Why did you pick podcasting as a medium?
Seek The Joy Podcast is an idea I dreamt up in September 2017 while I was waiting for California Bar Results. It was the second time I sat for the exam (p.s. I passed! Hallelujah!) and I was sitting in my apartment reflecting on the last year. The woman I saw in the mirror staring back at me was different. She was calmer, kinder to herself, and happier. She was no longer the panicked negative self-talker she was a year ago.
I should probably rewind a little bit. In 2016 I had a slew of health issues – from shingles to appendicitis – and when you couple that with graduating from law school and sitting for the California bar exam, and not passing, I wasn’t in a good place. When I found out I didn’t pass the bar exam in November 2016, the negative self-talk I’ve carried with me my whole life got worse. I was in a space of shame, anger, and embarrassment, and months of not listening to my body, running myself ragged, and being down right mean to myself took its toll.
I decided it was time for a change, and over the next year I made space for myself. I took time to get to know me and I started listening and trusting my gut more. For the first time in my life I started to peel back the layers and understand and love who I am, and who I wanted to be. I was in a different place, mind, body and soul, and little did I know it was just the beginning.
While staring at myself in the mirror in September 2017, I remember experiencing this moment of insane inspiration. I knew I wanted to start a conversation and create a way to connect with others who had similar stories and experiences. I wanted to build a community and a space to share personal stories, explore our joy, and learn and grow through stepping into our vulnerability, courage, and reconnecting to our authentic voice. That night it clicked – why not start a podcast? I took out my journal and started sketching out my idea. The next thing I knew Seek The Joy Podcast was born.
I’m a podcast fanatic. Seriously! I listen to about 8-10 podcasts pretty religiously every week. I’m really a big talker (both a blessing and a curse) and I love to learn about people through listening to their stories. For me, sharing my story and connecting with others through podcasting felt like a no brainer.
What was the process of starting a podcast like? What kind of challenges did you run into? Did you have any background in this? How did you learn?
I really loved the process of starting Seek The Joy. It started as just an idea on a piece of paper, and it’s slowly grown into my biggest source of joy week in and week out. I’m completely self-taught and I had absolutely no media or podcasting experience before this. I do have a ton of research experience though (shout out to law school for that one!) so I spent a lot of time with my BFF (Google) learning as much as I could. I spent hours researching microphones, platforms to publish my podcast, and programs to edit my episodes. I was so inspired and excited to get started that I just threw myself into the podcast. I honestly learned through fully immersing myself in it. I sat in front of the computer for hours on end almost every weekend for a month teaching myself how to do it all.
While I was sketching out my idea for the podcast, the challenge was figuring out who I would interview. I have so many incredible, brilliant, and inspiring people in my life, and I knew I wanted to interview my friends and share their brilliance with the world. I’m grateful every single day that they said yes and that they were so willing to put their stories and voice out there. I came up with a list of questions and just ran with it.
Once I figured out the logistics - who I would interview, what I’d ask them, and what I’d use to record and edit - it was time to actually record. I’m pretty sure I recorded my trailer at least 20 times. Even though it was just me and the microphone, I was so nervous. Like, palms are sweating (knees weak arms are heavy) nervous. As a kid who grew up with a pretty strong lisp and embarrassed by my own voice, I had no idea what I’d sound like or if I’d even sound okay. I have a good amount of public speaking experience (I was on the moot court team in law school – a scary yet empowering experience I’ll forever be grateful for), but I had never hit publish on something that could potentially be heard by thousands of people all over the world.
My next challenge was figuring out how I’d promote the show and start to share the podcast’s message with the world. I use social media just as much as the next 27 year-old, but learning how to market the show has been an experience of trial and error, and it’s something I’m still figuring out! I spent so much time worrying about doing everything perfectly, and I’ve learned there’s really no such thing as perfect when you’re learning something new. You just have to hit publish and keep putting yourself out there. I’m really grateful that so many people have connected with the podcast, love it, and are sharing it with their communities.
What is your goal for Seek the Joy?
I’ve really come to realize that Seek The Joy Podcast is a reflection of me and what I’m passionate about – changing the world through creating connection and community, and sharing our stories of vulnerability and courage. It sounds so cliché, but my biggest goal is to share the podcast and its message with as many people as I can. Seeing the impact Seek The Joy has had on so many people’s lives has been really wonderful. It’s also had an incredible impact on my life too. This podcast has taken me on an incredible journey, mind, body and soul, and I’ve changed so much in the last 10 months. I’m excited to see the community continue to grow and watch myself grow right alongside it.
Eventually I’d love to be able to create a way to connect with this community in person through events, workshops and meet-ups. I’m not totally sure what that looks like yet (and if anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears!) but it’s definitely a huge goal of mine!
What has been the response you’ve gotten?
Incredible and insane, in the best way possible. Over the last 10 months I’ve received countless e-mails and messages from people all over the world who love the podcast. They write in and share their stories and the impact the podcast has had on their lives. Every single message has blown my socks off, seriously! I recently received an e-mail from a woman who found the podcast during a really difficult time in her life. She started writing down the tips and messages that are shared in each episode and she’s noticed an obvious difference in how she speaks to herself now. Another woman recently shared with me that for the first time in her life, she felt like she had a community she connected to and a safe space to be herself. Another recent e-mail came from a woman who shared that Seek The Joy has helped her manage her anxiety.
Every message reminds me of why I started, and to say that I’ve been blown away by the response to the podcast is definitely an understatement. You really never know how your bravery, courage, and joy will inspire another to stand in their truth and share their story.
Why do you think this podcast resonates with listeners so much?
So many of us spend our lives running away from vulnerability and connection (me included), and hiding from who we are, what we love, and what really lights us up. I’ve learned that vulnerability and connection are two of our greatest assets, but it takes strength and courage to be vulnerable. I think the podcast resonates with listeners so much because it’s a space free of judgment to authentically share who we are. Every week someone hops on the microphone with me and chooses to stand tall in their vulnerability and show up just as they are. It’s really empowering to witness. We’re all searching for connection, to be seen and heard for who we really are, and I’m grateful that Seek The Joy Podcast provides the space to do just that.
I really believe that we’re here for love, for joy, and for connection. We’re here to share our voices and our magic with the world. We’re here to remember that we’re always connected, and that life is meant to be lived in color. I really believe that connection matters, and remembering that there’s someone out there that has been there, that gets what you’re going through, is really comforting. We’re human which means we ebb and flow, we have moments of struggle, but then we also have moments of profound victory and joy. On Seek The Joy, every episode, every message, and every story that I share resonates with listeners all over the world because they’re about celebrating every aspect of our journey, not hiding our authentic selves, and not being afraid to feel our way through it all.
That’s what’s so cool about this community – our collective willingness to be open and vulnerable. There’s always a moment during every conversation where something is said that stops me in my tracks or where a lightbulb goes off in my head. We all have so much wisdom to share, and what’s shared is always so wonderful and tangible.
What’s one lesson you’ve learned from your guests that has stuck with you?
To unapologetically be who you are. To embrace the skin you’re in and share your voice with the world. There is no one else like you, and that itself is something to celebrate.
What would you say makes you different than so many other podcasts out there?
What I love so much about the conversations I get to have is that they’re unlike any I’ve heard on any other podcast. Every conversation is honest, vulnerable, unique, uplifting, and real. Life is a journey, we are constantly evolving, and this podcast reflects that. This is really what makes Seek The Joy Podcast different.
Plus, I’ve fallen in love with sharing stories and connecting with this courageous, brave, and vulnerable community we’re building together. Seek The Joy is really just getting started, and I’m so excited to continue this journey of connection, love and joy.
Learn more about Seek the Joy Podcast and start tuning in here.