“Anybody who comes into your life and leaves it in a way that isn’t respectful doesn’t get to reenter” says Kate Hendricks in her new podcast “Good on Paper.” For those of you who do not know her, Hendricks a comedian who has appeared on The View. She is self published author (the seven hilarious chapters can all be found on Amazon), social media star with a total 36,000 followers between Twitter and Instagram, and a Youtuber known for her series with over 230,000 views playing the character, Kate the Wasp, who is “an entitled, sheltered, but well-intentioned and highly curious white woman.”
Hendricks is described as the big sister and best friend we all need in our life, even if we do not know it yet. She has a way of talking about politics, relationships, and corporate America, in a way that is insightful, funny, and – most importantly – relatable. I have listened to many podcasts targeted at young women hosted by celebrities. The podcasts, while funny and even exciting when their celebrity friends guest host, are often out of touch. They are not applicable to the trials and tribulations that us twenty-something’s face in our careers and relationships.
“Good on Paper” does not fall into that superficial trap, though. Hendricks, who leans more conservative, has now had two guests on her show, Sarah Solomon and Ita Ekpoudom, CEO and Founder of Tigress Ventures. Both women were supporters of Hillary Clinton who not only discussed their careers, but also their thoughts post-election. Solomon elaborated on the realization that she could not simply cut everyone out of her life who voted for President-elect Trump. For her, it would mean cutting ties with many close friends. Hendricks also read letters on her podcast from women who voted for President-elect Trump. These letters explain choosing who to vote for was no easy decision and one that many did not take lightly. A major takeaway from the conversations between Hendricks and her two guests is that people should be having a more open dialogue about the election, especially between friends on different sides of the aisle.
On Christmas Eve, Hendricks released a recent episode of “Good on Paper.” She elaborated that as she was visiting her parents’ home for the holidays, she saw a sign that read, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” This quote is from President Calvin Coolidge and is relevant as we begin the New Year. Hendricks pointed out that if you are one of those people who have a personal timeline of meeting a boyfriend, getting engaged, getting married and you aren’t on track, take a deep breath. Exhale. She pointed out that if you are not dating someone right now, it is okay. Enjoy this time with your family and don’t compare your timeline to everyone else’s. Everyone goes through life at different paces. Even after a bad date, Kate continued, don’t give up. This perseverance doesn’t just apply to relationships, it translates into career and life goals.
Most young women can relate to the struggle of finding the right guy at the right time. Hendricks addressed this in her first episode where she covered “cuffing season,” “ghosting,” and “why does it seem that your ex always resurfaces around the holidays?” How often do smart, confident young women meet a guy, develop feelings for him, and all of the sudden he goes off the grid and never heard from again? But yet she feels like she isn’t allowed to feel upset because it was never “official.” Hendricks validated these feelings in her podcast, pointing out that you are not “crazy” for thinking he felt the same way, and who knows why he “ghosted” you like that, but it happens. You are allowed to be disappointed.
Hendricks takes the time to answer emails, SnapChats, and tweets from listeners. These include not only suggestions on content, but even criticisms and feedback. She is honest, wise, and down to earth. “Good on Paper” will have you aggressively nodding your head in agreement and laughing out loud. “Good on Paper”can be best paired with a large glass of Chardonnay or Diet Coke and Swedish Fish. So this year, take time for yourself to relax and enjoy Kate’s new podcast – you will not regret it.
Image Credits: Good on Paper via Kate Hendricks