84. “Be Yourself No Matter What They Say”

Happy Monday, Listeners! On today’s mini-pod, Karen and Katie are taking a page from the great work of Sting (swoon) and discussing a lyric from his song “Englishman in New York,” where he sings, “Be yourself, no matter what they say.” The pair discuss embracing uniqueness and the beauty that comes along with that mentality.


83. Knowing When To Tap Out

Happy Monday, Listeners, and welcome to installment #2 of our five-part mini-pod series while Katie is out of town! In this week’s episode, Karen and Katie discuss the concept of knowing when to walk away from something (or “tap out”).

We hope you enjoy – thanks for listening!

82. Spring Fever

Happy Monday, Listeners! On this week’s pod, Karen and Katie chat about a few of the hormonal changes that happen to us when the weather gets nice again. The pair also discuss how this is their first mini pod in a series of five mini pods while Katie is out of town. They recorded them ALL IN A SINGLE SITTING!

Thanks for listening – we hope you enjoy!

– Want to read what happens to us in the spring? Check out this WebMD article: https://www.webmd.com/women/features/you-give-me-spring-fever

81. Religion

Happy Monday, Listeners! On this week’s show, Karen and Katie chat all about religion. They discuss finding out about their friends’ religions long after they’ve been close to them, about how religion showed up in their lives growing up and much more. Karen takes us on a journey that involves prayer and spontaneous baptisms while Katie explains her Mom’s “musical chairs” approach to religion. The pair also discusses the connections between religion and spirituality.

**Exciting announcement: Rebellious Magazine for Women, this podcast’s mothership, is in the midst of a fundraising campaign. Help them reach $5,000!! They are a little more than 1/2 way there. Click the following link to donate – even $1 makes a huge difference! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebellious-magazine-s-10th-anniversary#/

Thanks for listening!

80. Practicing Empathy & Grace

Welcome back, Listeners! In today’s episode, Karen and Katie discuss the importance of empathy when approaching/talking to other people, and the fact that you never know what others are going through. As Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “We are, each of us, a little universe.” Karen discusses what her life has been like lately, Katie gets into how empathy has presented itself in her marriage and the pair also talks in depth about the concept of giving ourselves grace when things don’t go to plan. This is an amazing episode that also covers topics like leg warmers, onboarding for Trader Joe’s cashiers and more. You won’t want to miss it.

Thank you for listening – we appreciate each one of you so much!

Resources from today’s episode:

– Please check out the obituary of Annie Pearl Cole, Karen’s late grandmother: https://www.thompsonandsonfuneralhome.com/obituary/annie-cole

– Turns out ‘humaning’ is a term – yikes: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Humaning

79. (MINI POD) Teen Vogue Q&A

Happy Mid-March, Listeners! In today’s episode, Karen and Katie ask each other impromptu questions from a Teen Vogue article. We learn about their most embarrassing moments (let’s just say sex and sweating are involved in very a few unfortunate scenarios!) and other fabulous facts like their favorite podcasts and more.

We hope you enjoy – thanks for listening!

Resources from this week’s episode:

– Check out the 5 Love Languages: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/learn

– Looking for a dance song? Listen to Diana Ross’s “If The World Just Danced” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZafKchoygo

– Check out Esther Perel’s amazing podcast “Where Should We Begin?” https://whereshouldwebegin.estherperel.com/

78. Living Life On Your Schedule

Happy Almost-International Women’s Day, Listeners! In this week’s show, Karen and Katie give a much-deserved shout-out to the 10th anniversary of Karen’s creation, Rebellious Magazine For Women! They talk about how amazing Rebellious is, Katie explains that she’s had a horrible mental health day and how talking to Karen helped fish her out of the gutter, and one of Karen’s cats tries to climb the walls.

The duo then gets into a conversation about giving ourselves permission to live life on our own schedules. Karen keeps the conversation current while Katie goes full-on extensional crisis on us.

We hope you enjoy and have a good week!

Resources from today’s show:

Check out Rebellious Magazine For Women: https://rebelliousmagazine.com/

Donate to Rebellious Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Indiegogo campaign through May 4, 2022: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebellious-magazine-s-10th-anniversary#/

Read all about Michael Neill’s Three Principles framework: https://www.michaelneill.org/the-three-principles/

77. Reasons To Smile

Happy Monday, Listeners, and welcome to an episode all about positivity! On today’s show, Karen and Katie chat about the importance of focusing on the things that are bringing lightness into our lives. Even when things around us may not be going to plan (and the news is rough), the pair discuss how noticing the things that bring joy can really lighten the load. 

Thanks for listening – we hope you enjoy!

Resources from today’s episode: 

– Check out the GoFundMe page for Twisted Hippo Brewery, a beloved Chicago spot that recently burned down (in Karen’s neighborhood) https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-twisted-hippo

– Make sure to listen to Wokefield!, an amazing podcast with a recent episode featuring our very own Karen Hawkins! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wow-dating-was-also-terrible-in-the-90s/id1537508674?i=1000552009361

76. (MINI POD) “Life is Not a Race”

Happy Monday, Listeners, and thanks for tuning in! In this week’s mini pod, Karen and Katie chat about how problematic a sense of urgency is in our work and personal lives. They also talk about how “life is not a race” and how taking things a bit slower can be better for ourselves and others.

We hope you enjoy this episode – thanks for listening!

75. Galentines Day & Heart-Shaped Salami with Ginger Buddha

OhMyGooooddddnnneeeesss, FOLKS! (insert excited screaming here) Today’s show is one of our best ever because we have on the one, the only, the incomparable….GINGER BUDDHA (a.k.a Tori Ulrich) on the show!

Karen, Katie, and Tori get into a lively conversation about female friendship – a convo that reveals itself to be one of our most deep and revealing yet. It is one you will not want to miss, and, as Karen explains, is a “master class in what it is to be a good friend.” The trio also chats about what it is like to have red hair (some shockers there), the untruthful portrayal of female friendships in the media, and how celebrating our female friends is always an excellent idea (on Galentines Day – Feb. 13) and every other day of the year.

We hope you love this one as much as we enjoyed recording it. Huge thanks to Ginger Buddha for chatting with us!