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KAREN // @momopeche

Game geek, candyfreak, bad runner.  

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Cannot tolerate lines that are not 100% parallel or 100% perpendicular.

EXPERTISE: Classic Rock, Academy Awards, NBA, Star Wars, Sniper

 

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Kinda sweet, kinda hilarious. Game designer extraordinaire.  

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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)

GJB for life! Hey guys, it's Alex (SF fan who went to Vegas during the first meetup, remember?) Life will always have its ups and downs, but having GJB to listen to makes everything so much better. Thank you Karen, Dana, Chris, and Colin for sharing your passion for trivia with all your listeners, wth laughter and learning and all your love <3

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra M

To feed the remainder of life with one hour of fulness and freedom!
With one brief hour of madness and joy.

-Walt Whitman

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJason D.

Take good care of yourself Karen !
We can't very well have you making Good Job Brain episodes if you should be devoting that energy to not losing your mind. We will wait for you !

I don't know if it is helpful, but I had a few rough years myself and GJB was a part of what helped me get through all that stuff. Now it is your turn to take good care of you and you seem to be on the right path. Now I'm thinking that I should start a podcast to reciprocate !

So again, take all the time your need and we wil welcome any GJB episode that comes our way whether that is once a year or 104 times a year!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastien

Wow, I'm so sorry to hear you've had to go through so much. Your bravery in sharing your story is inspiring and I wish you all the best from here on out! GJB is the reason I fell in love with podcasts :)

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterErin N.

Thank you for your brave heart. I miss all of you. From listening to your podcast I feel like you are all friends of mine. My heart breaks for you. Take all the time you need you have my support. ❤

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Karen, I'm sorry for your suffering, grateful for your escape, hopeful for your future. It sounds like a long path, but also like the worst is behind you. I know we've never met, but it's always felt like you guys were potential friends, friends I just hadn't met yet... Because you're great, and your show is special - the work of someone special. Best wishes for your continued recovery, like so many people have said, we'll be here, whenever it's good for you to come back. And, I hope it's okay, I would like to offer you a Thai blessing...
May you be well,
May you be happy,
May you be safe,
May you be peaceful.

<3

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Wow, thanks for sharing Karen! I am happy to hear Good Job, Brain! is still alive, but even happier that you are on the mend. Keep up the good work, both on GJB and on your healing process!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeroen

Thank you for being so open and for sharing so much of yourself. Stay strong and be well x

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Wow. My heart goes out to you. You guys were my source of laughter and happiness on many a lonely nights.

Love from Pakistan.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterN

Karen, I'm so sorry to hear what you have been going through. Your honesty and courage in writing this is remarkable, and while we cannot know what you are going through, you have thousands of people who care that you are safe and getting the help and support that you need. We are here for you in whatever way we can be.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I'm so sorry to hear about your problems, and hope they are clearing up for you. Thank you for the update, and we will be thinking of you and praying for you. Take all the time you need, and we'll be here when you're ready to come back. P.S.- My daughter (age 7) sends her well wishes, too.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKuzibah

Sometimes life has a way of letting you know what is really important. GJB listeners will always be here for you, whenever you're ready. It may be in 5 minutes or 5 years. It's OK. Life is long and true friends are forever. I'm glad you found the safe space you needed to heal. Sending you hope and love!

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Hey my friends and I love your show so much! No rushing on putting out episodes just keep up the good work! Much love <3

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWalid

This is heartbreaking to hear. Sometimes the only thing harder than being forced to face the music is changing the station but in the end you walk away stronger for it. You have the love and support of your fans and we are here with you guys every step of the way.

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKira

Thanks for the update, and congrats on the nomination! We are patient and understanding people, and glad to hear that you're on the mend. We'll be here to laugh and learn along with you whenever​ you're able to!

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Thanks for sharing, Karen. As much as I'd love for another episode of GJB to appear on my list of podcasts I'd much prefer everything is going well for you guys and if a break is what you need then we can all live with that. Take care!

June 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Lots of love to you, Karen. Here's to a bright future!

June 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMouseThe

Waiting for the rise of the Phoenix!
Thank you for all the new podcasts to come and accompany me on my runs!

June 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterToni P

We absolutely love what you guys do, and how your personalities shine through is a big part of that.

Keep on keeping on. We'll leave the speakers on for you.

June 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMikeS

Thank you for sharing, Karen. I'm glad you're doing what you need to do to take care of yourself.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrannyprof

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