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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 (103)

Thank you for sharing your story. It must have taken a great deal of strength to deal with the hands you were dealt. As mentioned by another commenter above, I've spent many depressed days being cheered up by your podcast, and as such, although you wouldn't know me from Adam, the GJB crew holds a spot in my heart. I was even featured in the listener mail of an episode... one of my prouder moments! Please take time to heal and know that you have many supporters on your side.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

I hope that all continues to heal for you. When new episodes are infrequent or I just need my fix of GJB, I never hesitate to go back and re-listen to the old ones. In the several years since your start, I'm sure I have listened to each episode at least three times. Thank you all for what you've given me.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Karen, without a doubt you did the right thing by leaving. It was probably the hardest thing you ever had to do but essential for your physical and mental health. My son and I listen regularly and appreciate you sharing what happened but it wasn't necessary. We will eagerly await new podcasts but only if you feel up to it. My son drove across the country and is in Seattle for the Summer. He listened to the podcast the whole way. What do you makes a difference, so keep healthy and sane.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I hope everything continues to get better for you Karen! You guys have helped so many of us to deal with our lives, and it's our turn now to send our blessings to you! I hope all the wonderful things in your life (GJB crew included of course) help you get through the rough patch! Miss the podcast, but happy to hear from you! Oh, and congrats for the award! Clearly shows that quality, and not quantity mattered! Go GJB! Peace!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAditya

Thank you so much for sharing your story! I was in an abusive relationship for years and when I first started the process of leaving him, it helped to hear other women's stories and how they survived it. It really made me feel like I wasn't alone, at a time when I felt like I was the stupidest woman on the planet for having put up with it for so long. But like you, I'm grateful for the experiences I went through because I believe it made me a much stronger person. You take some time, focus on yourself, and we'll all be waiting patiently for when you post new episodes! ❤

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I never comment on social media, but I have to say, GJB is fantastic and deserves every nomination and award you receive. You have a bigger impact than you probably imagine, on people all across the world. Personally, your podcasts have kept me sane at work, made me laugh on gloomy days, and made me feel part of a wider nerdy community. I have been through something similar to what you allude to, and GJB was part of how I stayed upbeat and smiled through the worst days. Your fans/listeners are here for you! Thank you for being you!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

Oh Karen, I posted once that I also was trying to cope with a very dark period, which you responded to. Although my situation was not as dire as yours, I was still in a state of panic, fear and worry 24 hours a day and my body was in constant high alert. The panic attacks always around the corner. Like I said then: GJB was such an important part helping me through that period, it was the one thing that would calm me down enough that I could function, that I could sleep. I went to bed with GJB in my earbuds every night for over 2 years. I cycled through all the shows twice. I have over 50 podcasts I listen to regularly, but GJB is still my Number 1, All time Favourite Podcast, and the four of you should be proud to know how much you have cheered, entertained and taught so many of us so much fun trivia! Four cheers for GJB, each new episode is like a little Christmas!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTina

It means so much to us that you are sharing something so personal with us. Wr are fans but more importantly we are your friends and supporters, AND we are all here for you! 加油加油!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill and Brandon

Karen, I've told you this before on other platforms. But it was GJB that got me through my year of hell of my own divorce. It distracted my mind and filled it with trivia instead of pain and anxiety. You, Chris, Colin and Dana became the only "friends" I wanted to be around, since there was no awkward conversations about the elephant in the room, nor did I have to feel judged for all my decisions or circumstances. Your podcast means the world to me -- it was the first podcast I ever listened to and it got me hooked.

In 2015, I had decided to start my own podcast and went to Podcast Movement, the convention where the Academy of Podcasters Awards take place. GJB was nominated that year, as well, and I was so hoping you guys would be there. When they announced the nominees and your cover art came up, I think I cheered the loudest and I remember sitting in that hall setting a goal to one day see my own cover art on that screen.

Fast forward to yesterday, I got an email from the Academy of Podcasters that said my show, The Story Behind, was nominated in the History category among amazing shows like Dan Carlin's Hardcore History and Stuff You Missed in History Class! But a few categories above that, LO and behold, I saw Good Job Brain had made the nominations as well! You have no idea how floored I am to see my show and your show on the same web page. You have entertained, encouraged, inspired and pushed me in the past five years since I found you guys.

Lots of love to you, Karen, and to the rest of the GJB crew. <3

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thanks for the news, I was worried about you. I'm glad things are getting better.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStubs

I'm very touched by you sharing. Though I didn't know the situation, I have been worried about the GJB gang. I love the podcast and have been a fan since like show #5. The show brings me a lot of joy, but it should not be on the heels of you exhausting yourself. Remember self care is always important. Keep doing what you need to do and we'll patiently wait for episodes. Much love and respect for all of you.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Karen, I so glad to hear that you're on the mend to help yourself be healthy in all facets of life. And like you said, you're not alone. All of us GJB Lobetrotters are behind you 100%. I always look forward to hearing from my favorite podcast "friends!"

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Dear Karen and the Good Job Brain Team,

Our prayers are with you as you go through this. We can't begin to imagine what it must be like but want you to take care of yourself first. We are most definitely fans of your podcast and enjoy listening to it very much, but care more about the safety and well-being of its hosts and the people who run it that we have grown to appreciate and admire. Please take the time that you need to do whatever you need to do and know that you have you have many people who are rooting for you.

May this new journey you take be a bright and shining one.

With gratitude for your hard work throughout the years,
Lyssa and Tegan from Michigan

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLyssa and Tegan

Thank you for opening up a bit. De-stigmatizing therapy and vulnerability is important and such a brave thing. GJB has kept me sane and given me a bit of sunshine to look forward to in a similar situation. Know that you have tons of knowledge-loving strangers rooting for you. We are so grateful for you! <3

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTirzah

So sorry for all you have been through. All you can do is go forward loving yourself and those who love you. And who could not love you and your amazing group at GJB??? All the best - we will wait for you!!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Dear Karen and GJB-ers galore!

First of all. Thank you for sharing your story and what you are going through. You are responsible for building a community of curious, but understanding people, so take all the time you need to heal.

I'd also like to remind you ou that the podcast has helped many people in their own rough times, myself included. So thank you for your time and dedication, and thank you for bringing some loght into so many people's dark times!

Stay curious amd see you soon!

Much love,
Helena

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

Thank you for sharing your story. GJB has been a big motivator and has gotten me through tough times. Sometimes taking care of yourself is the hardest thing to do. Happy to hear you're working things out. Thank you for all you guys do. Much love.

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterReggie

Get well Karen. Wish you the best and know there is lways a loving God willing to support us all. This podcast is my favorite and I thank you and the gang for taking the time to actually make it and bring us joy. Greetings from Costa Rica!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I had a feeling it was something big, and that it was none of our business, as much as we like to feel like we are your friends and family. But we are your fans. You do what you need to do to be well and happy. If that turns into more frequent shows, bonus for us. But take care of you!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNat

Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration to so many! Know that you are loved and this time has given me the opportunity to go back through old favorites. Y'all have gotten me through so many tough nights. I'm glad to know you are taking care of yourself!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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