Today on the podcast:
Caroline also known as A County Down Under is a lifestyle and travel blogger.
She is the host of the podcast of the same name and founder of Sunrise Social.
This episode is very applicable to anyone who struggles with social pressure or worrying too much about the opinions of others. It’s a bit more of a ‘fly on the wall conversation’ than a traditional structured interview; so I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it.
Here are some of the things we talked about in today’s show.
- 03:49 Her backstory and the creation of A County Down Under
- 08:41 The social pressure around not being married and having kids in your 30s
- 15:54 Being single on purpose
- 23:28 Why you need to do regular digital detoxes for your mental health
- 35:33 Navigating the comparison trap
- 41:46 Giving up alcohol and casual drinking (and the extreme social pressure that can come with it
- Finding enjoyment rather than overwhelm on social media lies in authenticity and being true to oneself. Break the cycle of presenting a perfect life on social media and instead, share the struggles and downsides of mental health, relationships, and businesses. By being honest and vulnerable, we can have open conversations about sometimes unorthodox life choices and break societal expectations.
- Be willing to be single on purpose rather than molding yourself to fit societal norms. It’s easy to feel pressured into getting into relationships. Instead, prioritize yourself. Focus on your own goals and desires before considering a partnership, thereby giving yourself an opportunity to focus on self-love, self-worth, and personal growth.
- Be honest about whether alcohol has any real positive influence on your life. If not, it may be time to give it up. The decision to give up alcohol is not about following a trend, but rather about taking control of your environment rather than letting it control you.
Powerful Quotes by Caroline
- There’s this real pressure that you need to have your life figured out by 30. But what’s wrong with just living for the moment?
- Happiness starts with the first thing you do in the first hour of your morning.
- It’s okay to normalize being single—choosing to be single and not looking for anyone if you’re not ready to commit.