54. MINI POD: Delta Real Talk

Happy Thanksgiving, Listeners! This week, Karen and Katie get into a deep discussion about everything from travel (Katie once lived in Nepal, while Karen once lived in Cambodia!) to the VERY problematic history of Thanksgiving to Katie's reasoning for wanting to have a funeral for coffee. Sadly, Katie's microphone didn't work properly for this episode (something we didn't notice until the editing phase), so this show also introduces 'mic gate.' We hope to fix all sound issues by next week! The pair then gets into a discussion around rage: allowing rage, how rage and anger can be expressed without emotional or physical violence, and how healthy it can be to encourage ourselves to express and feel a wide range of emotions.  Thanks for listening!  Resources from today's show:  – Check out Patrick Is A Navajo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJC-2WmfoQCzwMtK9oC6jQ
  1. 64. Rage Revisited
  2. 63. Zooming Out & Maintenance
  3. 62. Social Fuel Tanks
  4. 61. Perspective Shifts As Life Shifts
  5. 60. Community

53. The Case Against Multitasking

Happy Thanksgiving, Listeners! This week, Karen and Katie get into a deep discussion about everything from travel (Katie once lived in Nepal, while Karen once lived in Cambodia!) to the VERY problematic history of Thanksgiving to Katie's reasoning for wanting to have a funeral for coffee. Sadly, Katie's microphone didn't work properly for this episode (something we didn't notice until the editing phase), so this show also introduces 'mic gate.' We hope to fix all sound issues by next week! The pair then gets into a discussion around rage: allowing rage, how rage and anger can be expressed without emotional or physical violence, and how healthy it can be to encourage ourselves to express and feel a wide range of emotions.  Thanks for listening!  Resources from today's show:  – Check out Patrick Is A Navajo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJC-2WmfoQCzwMtK9oC6jQ
  1. 64. Rage Revisited
  2. 63. Zooming Out & Maintenance
  3. 62. Social Fuel Tanks
  4. 61. Perspective Shifts As Life Shifts
  5. 60. Community

52. Cultivating Spaciousness, Teaching Dharma, & Pursing Creative Endeavors (with Prajna Sparks’ co-hosts Dr. Tania Israel & Karma Yeshe Chödrön)

  1. 64. Rage Revisited
  2. 63. Zooming Out & Maintenance
  3. 62. Social Fuel Tanks

Listeners – great news! The great Dr. Tania Israel is BAAACCCCKKKK and chatting with Karen and Katie for this week’s pod. What’s more: she’s brought along her dear friend Karma Yeshe Chödrön to talk all about their podcast Prajna Sparks. The pair started their podcast around the same time as Karen and Katie did, so in today’s podcast they discuss the creative process, the mental health benefits of being creative, and how wonderful it is to pursue projects with friends. Yet there is SO MUCH MORE to this conversation. Yeshe explains her path from litigator to Buddhist translator and teacher, and how she and Tania are putting something gorgeous into the world in every episode of Prajna Sparks with Dharma talks, original songs (lyrics written by Tania), and guided meditations. 

The group also discusses meditation, how to talk about the issue of vaccinations without getting triggered(!!), and more. We really hope you enjoy this one. 

Resources for today’s episode: 

– Check out the Prajna Sparks podcast on any podcast platform: https://www.prajnafire.com/sparks

– Make sure to listen to Episode 11 of Prajna Sparks for Meditation Myths: https://www.prajnafire.com/sparks/episode/64b4bcc3/11-or-meditation-myths

– Check out the new Chicago Reader website – huge congrats to Karen and her team! https://chicagoreader.com/

51. Getting To The ROOT Of Our Feelings (+ A Chat About ANGER)

Summary

Oooh, Listeners, you are in for a TREAT today! In this week’s episode, Karen and Katie chat about how it can be challenging to excavate the WHY behind our feelings in any given moment. And then the pair go into an in-depth discussion on anger (it is JUICY!). The convo is also peppered with fun stories about Karen as a wine competition judge and Katie’s recent success at manifesting a housing swap. You won’t want to miss this one. 

Enjoy and thanks for listening – we appreciate all of you!

50. Our LIVE One-Year Anniversary Show!

Summary

Woot Woot! Today’s episode is the recording of our LIVE one-year anniversary show, which took place on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 

Huge thanks to everyone who joined and to everyone listening now! Karen & Katie started off the show with a general catch up and love letter to the great Simone Biles, then went into a Q&A portion of the event with the live audience, and the show ended with a lively trivia game. 

Enjoy!

49. The Case For Taking A Vacation Right Now

Summary

Hello, Listeners! Karen & Katie are so excited today because TOMORROW (Tuesday, July 27th) is their LIVE (on Zoom) One-Year Anniversary Show! Wanna join them? Please do – just click on the link the Instagram bio for this pod (@not_ok_pod) and purchase one ticket for your household for $25. They can’t wait to see you tomorrow. 

On today’s show, the pair chat about their feelings about the new COVID variant news and make a strong case for taking vacation right now (even if it is just to take a prolonged lunch break and look out at some nature). The mental health benefits cannot be underestimated and both Karen and Katie discuss how recently taking time off has helped them in a myriad of ways. 

Looking for some cool hiking trails in your area, or on vacay? Check out the AllTrails app – it’s free to download: https://www.alltrails.com/

Have a fabulous week, and thank you for listening! xoxo

48. Coffee Talk & Intuition

Summary

On today’s episode, Karen and Katie get into a deep conversation about how quitting caffeine has helped them in many aspects of their lives. They then dovetail that topic into the topic of intuition – something that is louder for both of them since quitting coffee – and discuss the importance of listening to one’s deep wise voice inside. 

Resources from today’s episode: 

– Check out the Shattered Glass podcast episode with Oprah – it is EXCELLENT: https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/oprah-winfrey

47. Turning A Crowd Corner

Summary

Happy Monday, Listeners, and a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ONE AND ONLY KAREN HAWKINS! Our brilliant co-host, Karen, is celebrating another amazing year around the sun, and we couldn’t be happier that she was born. 

This week, Karen & Katie discuss their feelings on turning, what they call, “a crowd corner.” As the world opens up, they are finding themselves more and more OK with socializing. Katie discusses her recent journey to a family wedding and then a vacation in Washington (quite a bit was involved with each trip and she goes into great detail on the ups and downs), and Karen talks about how she is regulating her entrance back into society and introduces the concept of pacing herself when newly seeing people. 

Resources from this episode: 

– Check out Getaway, a company that offers beautiful, digital-free cabins near many major metro areas: https://getaway.house/

– Take a peek at the tattoo artist that did Katie’s most recent tattoos: https://www.instagram.com/winterstone/?hl=en

46. Big Emotions

Summary

Happy Monday, Listeners! This week, Karen and Katie are talking about how BIG EMOTIONS can creep into our minds when we least expect them and how to accept them and allow them to move through our bodies. Katie talks about a rental car meltdown she recently experienced (looking at you, Hotwire.com!), and Karen shares how framing situations as temporary often helps her calm down when feelings get heated. 

Hope you all are having a good July – thanks for listening!

P.S. We are having a Live One Year Anniversary Show (on ZOOM) on Tuesday, July 27th! Tickets are $25/household and you all are invited! Snag your tickets with the link in our IG bio (@not_ok_pod) or on Katie’s IG bio (@katie.i.morell). 

45. PRIDE

Summary

Happy PRIDE, Everyone! 

In today’s episode, Karen and Katie chat about Pride weekend and the importance of the worldwide festivities every June. They also talk about the concept of pride in ourselves, and being proud for who we are at at whatever stage of life we find ourselves in. 

BONUS: Karen & Katie will be hosting a LIVE SHOW to mark this podcast’s one year anniversary on Tuesday, July 27th! The pair is SO excited about this and encourage everyone to purchase a ticket ($25/household) with the link on @not_ok_pod’s IG and Katie’s IG @katie.i.morell. 

Thanks for listening!