When I was 24, I quit my desk job in Portland, OR to seek greater self-actualization, creative fulfillment, and a way to make a positive contribution to the world. I had no idea what was next for me; in terms of progress, it felt like moving home to Montana in order to figure this out was something of a step backwards. But as a lifelong writer, narrative was a natural process through which to understand this moment of my life. And the visceral, long-form medium that is radio fit like a glove.

 The Millennial Search for Meaning podcast is far from perfect. If you listen from the beginning, you'll hear an evolution of framing, ideas, technique, and skill level. Now, I'm on an extended road trip through the Western United States, and as I connect with more people, I still feel the idea shifting. I know that my sound is gritty, a little unpolished, never concrete. But my goal is to capture this feeling of uncertainty, and when you listen, I want you to hear the mistakes along with the successes. You get to come along for the ride. 

Since the start of the project, I've been lucky to have had many real conversations with people who are finding interesting ways to glean meaning from everyday life. I've talked to people about stuff like making art, being in prison, becoming a parent, donating eggs, experiencing loss, falling in love, looking for jobs, facing fears, and, of course, making choices. And guess what? I've find so much meaning. 

As I attempt to plan for the future of a project in my own still-uncertain future, there's a lot of -- guess what? -- uncertainty. I'm ready to leave Montana and put down roots elsewhere, but also, I'd love to continue traveling, producing this podcast, and adding new forms of media to the project. What I do know is that the world is full of people who are willing to ask for more, and willing to chase it. It's been happening for millennia, and it's not going to stop now. 

keep in touch & keep it real ~


Mariah Ore is a multimedia narrative creative. You can view more of her work at 

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