65. Navigating the Fire

Welcome back, Listeners! In today’s show, Karen & Katie chat about how to deal when the universe seems to continue piling on not-so-ideal scenarios into our lives. The duo goes deep into talking about strategies that help them mentally and physically, and explore dark dumpster metaphors. Additionally, they chat about Katie’s experience with the COVID booster and Karen’s blissful reunion with Erin from Estonia (check out episode #5 for our fun interview with her!). 

Thanks for listening, Friends, Enjoy!

64. Rage Revisited

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

63. Zooming Out & Mainteance

Happy Monday, Gorgeous Listeners! In this week’s episode, Karen & Katie chat about how healthy it can be to “zoom out” on our lives. This is a useful exercise to help us see what goals we have for the future and what kind life we want to live. It can also be a fabulous activity when thinking back on our past and celebrating all of the things we’ve accomplished. Karen makes the smart observation that including “maintenance” in that zoom-out is also a useful thing to do to touch base with ourselves and check in on how things might be going. 

The pair also talks about the joy of being petty, Chicago’s aggressive “dibs” concept, and Katie shares her recently foray into community building in Bend. 

Thanks for listening everyone! We appreciate every one of you! xoxo

62. Social Fuel Tanks

In this week’s episode, Karen and Katie chat about the concept of social fuel tanks (i.e. what fills up our energy and makes us feel connected to humanity). Turns out, the things that fill each of us up are very different. Some find fuel in spending time with loved ones, while others fuel up listening to their favorite musical artists or watching a show that makes them feel connected to the wider world. The pair discuss the concept and the study that coined the term. 

Karen and Katie also talk about Halloweens past and present, and their complicated feelings about daylight savings. 

Thanks for listening – hope you enjoy!

61. Perspective Shifts As Life Shifts

Hello, Listeners and welcome to the launch of SEASON 6!! In today’s episode, Karen and Katie discuss how shifting our perspectives on life events can really make us feel differently (and often in the best possible ways). The pair then gets into a wide reaching convo about everything from cats shitting to Agent Orange to leaves falling off the trees as winter descends upon us. Trust us, though, this episode is FUN and there are some surprises, so be sure to tune in. 

Thanks for listening, we appreciate each of you!

Resources from today’s episode: 

– Check out Michael Neill’s Three Principles modality: https://www.michaelneill.org/

– Check out Byron Katie’s The Work – both a book and a modality: https://thework.com/

60. Community

What does it mean to cultivate community? How are we all thinking about community as we enter our second COVID winter? In this week’s episode, Karen & Katie chat about how being in community positively impacts their lives, and how there are a myriad of ways to think about the topic. The show also starts off with Katie’s story about babysitting a cat named Guillermo. 

Thanks for listening, Enjoy!

59. Quelling Negative Self-Talk with G.L.A.D.

Hello, Listeners! Karen & Katie have a great episode for you this week, one about the acronym G.L.A.D. Developed by mindfulness expert Donald Altman, the acronym is designed to help reduce ruminating thoughts that can lead to negative self-talk. 

G = Gratitude 

L = Learning 

A = Achievement

D = Delight

The pair talk about how to use this tool and how it can help each one of us live happier lives. They also talk about Karen’s fabulous new glasses, and Katie’s fun time visiting San Francisco. 

Resources from today: 

– Check out this article all about G.L.A.D. – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/practical-mindfulness/201908/get-glad-and-scrub-away-rumination-and-anxiety

58. Stopping The World

Welcome back, Listeners! After a few weeks off, this week Karen and Katie discuss the concept of ‘stopping the world’ for major events in our lives. While most of the time those events tend to be negative, the pair makes the case for taking a stopping-the-world level of downtime whenever we need it. Karen makes the astute declaration that it is often a choice to keep going when we know we need to stop (HELLO MIC DROP). The pair also talks a bit about the Facebook shutdown and how that was a stop-the-world moment. 

We hope you enjoy – thank you for listening!

57. Time Abundance & Time Scarcity

Inspired by a recent tweet by Adam Grant, this week’s episode centers around time abundance and time scarcity. What are these things, you ask?? Karen & Katie dive into the research-backed amount of time that is required to feel a general sense of well-being and the amount of time that adds stress to our lives. 

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

Resources for this episode: 

– Check out Adam Grant’s work: https://www.instagram.com/adamgrant/

– Check out What Fresh Hell Is this? By Heather Corinna: http://www.heathercorinna.com/project/what-fresh-hell-is-this-perimenopause-menopause-other-indignities-and-you-a-guide/

56. Pop Culture Palate Cleanser (with Brianna Wellen)

Oh, Listeners, you are in for such a FUN episode! Today, Karen & Katie welcome back the fabulous Brianna Wellen (also known as one of the most fun people on the planet) for an in-depth convo about what to watch and listen to right now. The trio end up talking about all-things pop culture past and present (heeelllooo ‘Battle of the Network Stars’). They also discuss how to pair alcoholic beverages with shows and what to watch when you want to be sad, happy, and angry. 

So many resources for this one – hope you enjoy!

**Connect with Brianna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BriannaWellen

**And on IG: https://www.instagram.com/misoandtofu/?hl=en

– Tuca & Bertie: https://www.netflix.com/title/80198137

– Impeachment: American Crime Story: https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/american-crime-story

– Bachelor In Paradise: https://abc.com/shows/bachelor-in-paradise

– What We Do In The Shadows: https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/what-we-do-in-the-shadows

– Battle Of The Network Stars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Network_Stars

– Bo Burnham INSIDE: https://www.netflix.com/title/81289483

– Crazy Ex Girlfriend: https://www.netflix.com/title/80066227

– (PODCAST) Urgent Care with Joel Kim Booster and Mitra Jouhari: https://www.earwolf.com/show/urgent-care-with-joel-kim-booster-and-mitra-jouhari/

– Schitt’s Creek: https://www.netflix.com/title/80036165

– Little Shop of Horrors: https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GX-zqnAVh8cNvuwEAAAAQ

– Bob’s Burgers: https://www.fox.com/bobs-burgers/

– Sharp Objects: https://www.hbo.com/sharp-objects

– Happiest Season: https://www.hulu.com/movie/happiest-season-8bd1884d-b39d-4dc7-9c44-29f07de2f1ef

– He’s All That: https://www.netflix.com/title/81446038