Monocycle: Episode 11, Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Leandra Medine | February 5, 2016

Fake it ’til you make it?

Welcome to Monocycle, episode 11.

It seemed vaguely sociopathic not to acknowledge my dramatic cracking voice and crying from last week’s episode, so this week’s starts reflectively until the dance floor is opened up to express this new thing I’m trying: faking it (happiness) until you make it. People talk about the notion of “fake it ’til you make it” all the time, but I wonder how many people religiously practice it. In an attempt to do just that, I end up doing what I said I wouldn’t do (pretend I’m Gandhi) and expound upon the benefits of manufactured happiness.

The most important takeaway for me thus far has been that you can trick yourself into thinking you’re happy and frankly speaking, that’s kind of enough. So do enjoy and then hit me up if you feel like talking about it.

Monocycle is edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander; background photograph by Axel Oswith

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  • Aydan

    This is hard. Changing jobs, losing team members, etc. is always so disorienting. Its exactly as you describe–you’re happy for them but at the same time quite sad. Its a really indescribable situation to be in and I totally empathize with that. I guess, the key for our mental health is to continue acknowledge the negatives, but see and focus on the positives!

    • Anna Thorpe

      My current salary is more than 4300 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition,,,f jobless and no bank credit . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 59 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

      Look here for details
      bt…

  • Luce

    Praying that Amelia isn’t leaving MR, she’s by far one of my favourite writers on all the websites I read!!

    • Leandra Medine

      She’s handcuffed to my wrist.

      • sofia

        Giant sigh of relief! Is there an emoji for that?!

        • Amelia Diamond

          Anything involving food?

          • http://www.werenotexclusive.com Cortne Morgan

            🌭🌭🌭🌭🌭🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

          • Margaret Weller

            My current salary is more than 4700 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition,,,,r jobless and no bank credit . Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 58 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

            Look here for details
            xw…

      • Kerrith

        Thank gawd! I had a mini anxiety attack at the thought that it might be Amelia. Her writing is sooooo hilarious and often puts an unexpected smile on my face when I need it most. Hey, things could be worse! Amelia could be leaving. Another great podcast, Leandra!

    • Amelia Diamond

      You are stuck with me!

      • Luce

        Not a bad thing!

        • Lynn Watson

          My current salary is more than 4300 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit….e Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 59 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine.

          Look here for details
          xw…

  • Lisa

    i feel like part of why i stay in a bad mood is so that the next time something shitty happens im already there.

    good thoughts.

  • Miriam Juan-Torres

    Hello!
    Great podcast, as always!
    I was wondering what type of position MR is hiring for, I could be interested.
    Thank you!

    • Kate Barnett

      Sales! Sr. Account Exec and media planner!!!

  • Living Paula Blog

    Yes great stuff! Always look forward to these!
    http://www.livingpaula.com

  • sofia

    You’ve got this! Hang in there in style and quirky grace (like this Corgi)

  • me

    Sis: These last 3 podcasts have helped save my sorry-ass life more than you will ever know.

    I should just play them over & over in a loop in my head until I get my mindset back up where it should be. For my own damn sake, as well as my team’s.

    YOU GET MY VOTE FOR THE PODCAST PULITZER PRIZE, SISTEH.

  • Gigi

    Hi from Australia!
    I have been loving listening to these recently whilst I have been making some life decisions. (I just quit my job as a Lawyer -at 25 LOL- and decided to be a Teacher) And I am totes faking ’til I make it at the moment whilst everyone is like ‘thanks for letting me live vicariously through your mid-twenties meltdown’, when I’m quietly panicking and browsing Mr Picks… Anyway THANK YOU for the real talk/positivity. I would love to move to NY and work for you, but I am now resigned to a life of poverty being a man-repelling teacher.

  • http://abdsign.blogspot.it Alba B.

    Dear Leandra,

    these podcasts are making me going crazy, I extremely love them. And in regard to this last one, I have already followed your advice and candidate myself.
    Hope you will have the chance to view my application…hope and is it not FAKE IT ’TIL YOU MAKE IT 🙂
    abdsign.blogspot.com

  • Jessica

    Hi!
    I usually don’t leave comments but today I felt the topic resonated with me.
    Trying to create your own business, meet the demands of your current job plus your personal life – are not easy task – but hey, I’m faking it until I make it!!

    BTW – I’ve been listening to your past podcast and I absolutely love them!
    and I love that you relate fashion into the subject you talk about.

    THANK YOU!

    http://www.catalystinspired.com