74. Embracing Your Uniqueness

Happy Monday, Listeners! On this week’s show, Karen and Katie chat about how important it is to embrace what makes each of us unique. Toss aside social conditioning, crappy comments from past loves/friends/colleagues, and think about what makes you YOU! Let your freak flag fly, Friends!

In addition to discussing this soul-nourishing topic, the pair also talk about some Hollywood heartthrobs of the late 90s and question where they are now and how old they might be (spoiler alert: Jude Law is only 49! WTAF.)

Thanks for listening, enjoy!

Resources from today’s episode:

– Check out The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: https://the-happiness-project.com/

– And follow Gretchen on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gretchenrubin/?hl=en

73. Ideas for Exhaustion

Good morning, Listeners, and welcome to SEASON 7! This week, Karen and Katie are discussing exhaustion, and how common of a feeling it is right now. The pair discuss an amazing Harvard Business Review piece about what to do when in survival mode – get ready to take notes! They also chat about how bears can teach us a lot about resting, and Karen brings back the 90s with a mini-rendition of Lovefool by The Cardigans. 

We are sending you all love, light, and energy for the week – thanks for listening!


– Listen to Lovefool by The Cardigans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI6aOFI7hms

– Check out the book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times: https://bookshop.org/books/wintering-the-power-of-rest-and-retreat-in-difficult-times/9780593189481

– Take a look at the Harvard Business Review piece ‘What to Do When You’re Stuck In The Survival Zone’ by Tony Schwartz: https://hbr.org/2022/01/what-to-do-when-youre-stuck-in-the-survival-zone

72. (MINI POD) Making Time For Art

Happy Monday, Listeners! On today’s mini pod, Karen and Katie chat about how great it feels to make time for art, whatever that means to you. Even if it is five minutes in a day where you do the thing that makes you feel good, it is worth it!

Thanks for listening – enjoy!


71. Reimagining Dualistic Thinking with Dr. Tania Israel

The fabulous Dr. Tania Israel is BAAACCCKK!!! On this week’s show, Karen and Katie get into a really exciting conversation with Dr. Israel about dualistic thinking (otherwise known as ‘right/wrong’ thinking), and how critical and nuanced ways of thinking/seeing the world can help us all. 

The trio also picks up last week’s conversation about bidets, Katie discusses her wedding ring melodrama and Dr. Israel offers TONS of amazing resources for listeners looking to heal dualistic thoughts. 

Thanks for listening – Enjoy!

Resources from today’s episode: 

– Check out Dr. Israel’s book Beyond Your Bubble: https://taniaisrael.com/beyond-your-bubble-book/

– Dr. Israel’s latest article on vaccines:

– And her podcast Prajna Sparks: https://www.prajnafire.com/sparks

– Make sure to follow Dr. Israel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bybdialogue/?hl=en

– And Twitter: https://twitter.com/BYBdialogue?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

– Check out StoryCorps: https://storycorps.org/

– Check out Love Has No Labels: https://lovehasnolabels.com/onesmallstep?gclid=CjwKCAiA_omPBhBBEiwAcg7smVn6t-_ApK8kmSHWYibgleUFeh-fgFyluIn3pc87nVVbHjFJp2AZ8hoC0uIQAvD_BwE

– And Living Room Conversations: https://livingroomconversations.org/

– Braver Angels: https://braverangels.org/

– And Civil Squared: https://civilsquared.org/

70. Rest

Listeners you are in for a TREAT today! On this week’s show, Karen & Katie discuss the importance of rest in the middle of our New Year’s resolution-crazed time. They also discuss a WIDE variety of other topics, such as their holiday breaks, the beauty of puttering around the house, how keeping a travel journal even when you are home is an excellent idea, and, of course, bidets (you will want to listen until the end for gems in that department – trust us). 

Thanks for listening. Enjoy!

Resources from this episode include: 

– Glennon Doyle’s podcast We Can Do Hard Things (recent ep on New Years): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-year-same-you-good-news-about-bad-january-branding/id1564530722?i=1000546851114

– The Guardian article on the Rest Test: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/07/self-and-wellbeing-how-to-rest-relaxation-gardening-travel

– Calm’s Gently Back to Sleep meditation: https://app.www.calm.com/program/kNLRlg4tdg/gently-back-to-sleep

– Tushy bidet products: https://hellotushy.com/products/warm-water-bidet-tushy-spa

– fe CBD products: https://feearthtobody.com/pages/our-story

– Tiny Love Stories in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/31/style/tiny-love-stories-fresh-starts.html

69. (MINI POD) Reclaiming Past Joys

Happy 2022, Listeners! We hope you are all feeling great. On today’s show, Karen and Katie talk about how it can be difficult to access joy at times (unless, as Katie – queen of metaphors – says, “if you are shitting rainbows, keep on shitting”), and when it is, to think back to the things that brought you joy in the past. These could be things like books and movies/TV shows. If you liked them in the past, you might like them again, so tee ’em up and see what happens to your mental state!

We hope you enjoy this episode – thanks for listening!

Resources from today’s episode:

– Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27071490-homegoing

Our Most Popular Podcast Episodes of 2021

A version of this post originally appeared on Rebellious Magazine for Women.

What a treat! In today’s episode, Karen & Katie welcome the amazing Rachel Kramer Bussel, a wildly creative and kind person who is also the editor of the long-running Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year anthologies. The trio cover a TON of topics, including erotica, if Rachel ever gets sick of writing/editing sex topics(!!), talking dogs, jigsaw puzzles, mental health, YouTube stars, and upcoming books we don’t want to miss.

This week’s episode is a MUST LISTEN. One of Karen & Katie’s favorite guests, Dr. Tania Israel, returns to talk about unity. The discussion covers everything from how to talk with people across the aisle to how many of us could benefit from rethinking our news consumption to real talk about anger around politics.

Anyone feeling some sort of way about their bodies these days (or every day)??? If so, this episode is for you. Today, Karen & Katie chat with the incredible Dr. Renee Englen, Northwestern psychology professor & leading body acceptance researcher about ALL things related to body image.

Has anyone else been feeling a bit low lately? If so, the reason may surprise you. According to writer and grief expert Hope Edelman, many people experience a “dip in functioning” around the one-year anniversary of a trauma or loss. This week marks one year since COVID descended on the U.S., and in today’s episode, Karen & Katie chat with Hope about the concept of Pandemic Grief.

Get ready for an epic episode! This week, Karen and Katie welcome Saya (pronounced Sigh-A) Hillman, a.k.a. ‘The Accessible Oprah,’ for a far-reaching and very real conversation about living what Saya calls ‘A Life Of Yes.’ As founder and CEO of Mac & Cheese Productions, a Chicago-based lifestyle business that creates events (and many other things) for its clients, Saya explains how getting fired in 2004 was one of the best things that could have happened to her.

68. (MINI POD) 2021 Time Capsule

Happy Almost-New Year, Listeners! On this week’s show, Karen and Katie discuss the things and experiences that they’d put in a 2021 time capsule. The conversation ranges from light to dark and everything in between. 

While you listen, play along! What are the top 5 things you’d keep/want to remember from this year? 

Thanks and enjoy!

Resource from today’s episode: 

– Please be sure to check out the 1619 books! https://1619books.com/

– Check out the amazing artwork on Pretty Awful on IG: https://www.instagram.com/prettyawful/

67. (MINI POD) Celebrating Solstice Fabulousness

Happy Winter Solstice, Listeners! For today, mini-pod episode, Karen and Katie chat about incredible solstice traditions. The pair also discuss stargazing, finding hair from the 1800s in a cedar chest (you’ll have to listen to find out!), and Marie Kondo. 

We hope you all have a fabulous week!

Resources from today’s show: 

– Check out the International Dark Sky Parks to see if there is one near you: https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/parks/

– Try downloading SkyView, a free app that helps you find constellations! https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skyview-lite/id413936865

– Tune into Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: https://www.netflix.com/title/80209379

66. Following Your Bliss

Happy Mid-December, Listeners! In this week’s episode, Karen and Katie discuss how we can all follow our bliss when it comes to dreaming big (even if we aren’t able to go anywhere at the moment). The pair also talks about vision boarding, waiting in line for concerts, and Karen as a MAJOR mic drop moment when she asks, “Post-COVID, WHO ARE WE NOW?” 

Thanks for listening – enjoy!

Resources from today’s episode: 

– Check out Adam Grant’s WorkLife podcast: https://www.ted.com/podcasts/worklife