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Wednesday
May312017

The Long Answer

“What happened to GJB?”
“Are you guys okay?”
“When is the next episode coming out?”

 

I have probably circulated and responded every nebulous permutation of The Short Answer: “Sorry, life happened.”

Don't worry, GJB isn't ending! It just isn't coming out as regular as before. But something seemingly minor happened today that is inspiring me to share The Long Answer. (We sure like our questions and answers here at GJB!)

I had a troubling relationship at home for numerous years. And in retrospect, a lot of the effort and time spent on GJB or on my other “cool” activities (running races, cosplay, writing books, having a tech job) was really a form of escapism. I overloaded myself with so much distraction to the point of having multiple crippling meltdowns just so I didn’t have to deal with the bad situation at home. I was in constant denial. It was not healthy, *I* was not healthy, and it made life at home even worse.

I somehow hoped that if my output to the world was bright enough, no one would suspect how dark it really was.

Almost a year ago, something big happened that I legally can't talk about. It was like a tornado siren that finally woke everyone up and I finally realized, I have to leave and get myself to safety. And I did, I moved out— even though it felt like the warpath of the tornado pretty much destroyed everything I had, and everything I knew. I was relieved that my eyes finally had opened, but the hardest part was finally seeing the emptiness and rubble I now was standing in. And then I found out my uterus was having problems.

Then I had to take time to rebuild while dealing with the aftershock of legal and emotional matters. I’ve gone to a lot of support groups and sessions with my therapist to help me manage all my fear, rage, and pain. Ironically, devoting time to let my brain heal and rest meant I had very little time to work on Good Job, Brain! I’ll admit - it was difficult recording some of those GJB episodes during this time. I had to force every word out of my mouth; keeping up the cheeriness for my GJB friends, and downplaying the severity of my situation. And our recording and editing schedule became less frequent and more irregular.


Fast forward to today. 

GJB listener Vanessa Mathieu posted on the GJB Facebook page to congratulate us on being nominated for 2017 The Academy of Podcasters for Best Games and Hobbies Podcast. 

 

Shocking and humbled? Yes and yes! Despite the fact that I run a podcast, I’m really not that up on my knowledge of awards given to podcast. To be honest, I’m actually embarrassed by this nomination since we’ve been only put out a handful of new episodes in 2017 but yet, here we are: this little blip amidst the vast internet landscape is recognized to be something worth mentioning. And it hit me, though our publishing schedule is extremely crappy, the content we put out is something people actually enjoy. Because in the end, learning is fun. Being curious is great... but being curious together is even better

And now, my being, my brain, my relationships; they’re all on the mend. Different, but better. I finally have settled down in a place after relocating a few times, the divorce process is annoying but it's going, still going to trauma therapy, going to support groups to now help others in similar situations cope, and finding/appreciating love from friends and family. And weirdly enough, I am grateful for all of it - the good stuff and the very bad stuff. GJB wouldn’t have become the thing it is today. I wouldn’t have become the person I am today. 

-Karen

 

PS. New episodes are still being recorded, just not on a very regular schedule. I’ll update the site this weekend since it’s not showing the newer episodes. But you can always use our podcast RSS feed on podcast apps since they’re more reliable!

PPS. Thank you all.

PPPS. I've learned that no one is ever alone. Whatever you're dealing with, there's a support group for almost everything and anything.

 

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Reader Comments (79)

Blessings, Karen. Wishing only the best as you heal and move forward. I think you and the GJB gang feel like good friends to all of us listeners, and we cheer your highs and console your lows. We appreciate the update, we get it, and we'll still be here.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan O

Peace and contentment be with you.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan Calloway

Dear Karen and GJB gang,
Glad to hear you are finding your ground and on the mend. The GJB gang has been together for several years now. Life has happened to all of you in many various ways yet your friendship has persisted through all of it. Think you guys have many more years together. We all will wait for your magic and will listen to you when you are ready to tell your discoveries. As I always say " you'll get through whatever it is because you always do. "

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Nelson

You got this girl! It's tough at times, but as long as you keep swimming and never give up, you will pass through the lows. I definitely appreciate the long answer as I am a huge fan of GJB podcast. Your listeners will be here cheering you on!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShi B

<3 <3 <3 to you.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKM

Hey Karen, When all else fails, there's always pets. Wishing you peace.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

So glad you are doing well. Congrats on breaking thru and thanks for the update. You are most definitely not alone. We miss you!!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElaine B

Rest, breathe, heal. We want you whole and truly, happily functioning. Divorce is a big ol' be-otch, not to mention what brought you to it. You are in our hearts and prayers. Can't wait to see what's coming! Love to you all!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJHouse

So glad you are recovering. We've never met, but know you are loved.โค๏ธ

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Thanks for everything Karen! We're always here for you!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Take the time to heal yourself, your mental health is more important than a podcast.

We will wait for a return, but don't push it. I bet the others would help with editing if needed

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

You are amazing. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the awesome podcast (I like being surprised by the schedule!)

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

Prayers for you, Karen. I really enjoy GJB and you all seem like a great group of friends. You take care of you and don't worry. Your brainiacs will be here whenever you're ready with a show. We're patient and grateful for whatever we get!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris R.

I'm glad you have found (at least relative?) safety. I hope you very soon find peace and healing.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBob P

I don't know your situation, but I know a lot of those feelings. Congratulations on taking the actions that are within your power. There's no forcing the time you'll need to fully bounce back, but you will make it. You're as strong as they make 'em. Much love, Karen.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJake

My husband calls you guys my virtual friends.

Sometimes over the last few years, my depression got so bad, I couldn't even call my best friend, the woman who has been my sunshine for 24 years. But you guys are always there (even in reruns) to make me laugh and think and learn. I know how hard it is to have to (or think you have to) put on a face for everyone. I run a coworking community and am the face that greets, cares for, connects, empathizes, and celebrates with each of our members.... Which is difficult when sometimes you don't want to get out of bed. However, my struggles, addiction, self-destructive behavior, hostal workplace and major life changes (which were frowned upon by a lot) made me who I am today.... Stronger and more thankful.

You will get through all of this and know that, even if you don't know us personally, you have touched each of us in big ways and we are behind you and proud of you!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Thank you for sharing your story! I am a huge fan of GJB and I feel as if I've gotten to know each of you as a virtual friend. Karen, I am just happy to hear that you seem on a path to a better place and I wish you nothing but the best!! Us fans of the podcast will just have to be patient and then celebrate when we see a new episode pop up occasionally! Be well ๐Ÿ˜€

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEric Spink

Everyone that listens to this podcast is determined and curious, can you blame us for asking what's going on? :) I'm glad that you've taken the time to care for yourself. You're strong and will only get stronger.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Wow. I know that you had mentioned in the past that you were getting divorced but I knew there had to be something much bigger going on because certainly you wouldn't have decided to release a book and then just drop the normal recording schedule. As much as I longed for new episodes, I knew it had to be serious. You are an amazing woman and even though we don't know the full story, I can say with full confidence, you are a lot stronger than many women. Cheers to you for getting yourself out of the situation you were in and starting to heal what needs mending. As others had said, we may have never met before but your podcasts make us listeners feel a bit like we're friends and I hope you know how many of us are cheering you on and sending happy, healthy thoughts your way! Thank you for being so open with us and sharing your story. Keep your head held high.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congrats on the nomination GJB! And thank you,THANK YOU, for sharing your story Karen. I began the divorce process about a year ago as well, after a few traumatic incidents, and although I hate knowing that you've suffered, it's good for that little voice in my head to say, Hey, it's not just me!
Your podcast has gotten me and my 2 boys through many tense times. We always know that as soon as that old timey opening music comes on we are about to laugh and learn. If my boys are giving me a hard time I put it on to give my brain some "me time". In fact, sometimes in the car my 4 year old says, I need to relax can you put on GJB?
Thank you so much for all of this. And we will continue to be devoted fans no matter how sporadically GJB comes out. Take care of yourself!!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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