This week, Anna and Maria talk to graphic designer and wellness enthusiast Jackie Randall. They get into many aspects of creativity, including creative collaboration, the importance of beauty, and the emotional impact of art. Jackie also talks about how she got into graphic design, her experiences in art school and working in a creative field, finding creative community, and her many sources of inspiration. Plus, a Hamilton tangent and lots of recommendations for things to check out!Read More
On the podcast this week, Anna and Maria talk about style. (Considering we have a podcast dedicated to unboring socks, this may be long overdue...but oh well.) They discuss how the clothes we wear can affect how we feel, and how we can use clothes as a tool for body acceptance. They also delve into the necessary evil of cleaning out your closet, and how it really can make a difference in decluttering not just our wardrobe, but our lives. As you might guess based on that idea, they end the episode by proposing a particularly challenging call to action….Read More
In this week’s episode, Anna and Maria dive into the very complex topic of spirituality. Some of the questions they attempt to answer: How does spirituality play into wellness, and specifically the mind-body connection? Do we have to separate ourselves from our physical experience in order to have a spiritual one? What is the relationship between spirituality, art, and creative inspiration? Is there a difference between spirituality and religion? Our hosts discuss how their relationships to spirituality have changed over time, how the language we use impacts our relationship to spirituality, and the importance of empathy, community, and compassion.Read More
On this week’s episode, Anna and Maria assert that food is not a moral issue—what kind of food you eat does not make you a good or bad person! Societal norms have made us think this way, however, and our fearless hosts explore the roots of this deeply ingrained misconception. From diet culture to fatphobia to vicious comparison, Anna and Maria discuss the many forces that have contributed to the ways in which we develop relationships with our food. They dive into the mind-body connection and how it can affect the way we consume food, as well as ponder the effect of mindfulness on how our bodies accept the food we choose to eat. Most importantly, Anna and Maria offer ways in which we can challenge the assumption that certain foods are inherently “good” or “bad.”Read More
How can creativity make a positive impact in the world? What is our responsibility as artists, musicians, writers, and people who are making things and sharing them with the world? From choices we make about our supplies, to carefully considering the content of what we share, to the added opportunities for impact if and when we decide to turn our creative pursuits into a creative business, Anna and Maria discuss a few of the many layers of this complex topic. Also discussed: how does this all fit into the topic of wellness?Read More
This week, Anna and Maria are joined by Alicia Hunter, wellness wonder woman! Alicia is a massage and craniosacral therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga instructor, and herbalist, and we talked to her about many of these fascinating practices! Have you been wanting to learn more about Ayurveda? We cover doshas, dinacharya, and some of the other things that Ayurveda encompasses as the “science of life.” Been wondering what herbs to use in order to spice up your slice of pizza? We’ve got you covered. Alicia also discusses how creativity fits into her view of wellness, and we how we can best strive to be well while living fast-paced, complicated lives.Read More
One important factor in the realms of creative work and wellness is routine. Morning routines, evening routines, in-between routines...Anna and Maria discuss their value, and some of the things they personally do each day to set themselves up for success. They also talk about finding balance between the structure of routine and the joy of spontaneity, as well as allowing our routines and habits to change as we experience change in things like our life situations, seasons, and hormones. Plus, our hosts discuss ways in which wellness routines and creativity can sometimes be in conflict, and share some of their favorite skincare rituals.Read More
…and so is knowing yourself. On this week’s episode, Anna and Maria talk all about self knowledge: how it benefits our creativity and wellbeing, tools we can use to discover self knowledge, what your star sign is… Yep, our hosts get into everything from the Enneagram to astrology, and they’ve got a lot to say about it. Most importantly, they recognize that these tools are helpful because of the potential they have for various interpretations, and that we should use them in order to be compassionate and accepting of ourselves. Getting to know ourselves is hard--but it’s worth it.
A fitting follow-up to last week’s episode, Anna and Maria dive deeper into the intersection between creativity and wellness. This time they focus on how we can view wellness with a creative and intuitive lens, rather than a rigid and dogmatic one. Our hosts discuss some of their favorite outside-the-box “wellness” practices, how to get more creative with the inside-the-box ones, and talk about what specific actions they’ll be taking to infuse their wellness routines with a bit of fresh creative energy. Plus, some discussion of delicious Ayurvedic dishes, wisdom from Amy Poehler, and another listener challenge!Read More
How do self-care and wellness help us cultivate more creative lives? Following a discussion on the symbolism of watermelon and Harry Potter socks, as well as Maria’s coining of our listeners as “creative soles” (the more sock puns, the better, yes?), Anna and Maria delve into this question on the podcast this week. They cover a range of topics from the complicated issue of the tortured artist archetype, to how nourishing our mental well-being can help us share our creative work. They also take time to appreciate the benefits of food and sleep (is there ever enough time to devote to these topics?). Throughout the next week, Anna and Maria agree to commit to one wellness practice that will help nourish their creativity, and invite listeners to join them in this pursuit! To wrap up the episode, Anna breaks the rules by leaving our creative soles with not one, but TWO quotes.
Your favorite sock-loving, podcasting cousins are back! To kick off Season 2 of Never Wear Boring Socks, Anna and Maria are joined by Dr. Nancy Van Sloun for a conversation about integrative and holistic medicine, the importance of mind-body practices, and more. Our hosts also share some updates about what to expect in the new season, and the new direction they’re taking with future episodes of the podcast.Read More
As Season 1 wraps up, Anna and Maria give some updates on the podcast and on their lives as a whole. Maria starts things off with yet another PMA story involving an airport (is it fate?). Our two co-hosts then discuss where they’re at in their college and post-college lives, and the insights they’ve gained in the past year. They also reflect on their experience with Never Wear Boring Socks thus far. Finally, this week’s episode wraps up with some quick co-host questions and some favorites.
This week’s episode is all about envy and comparison. In particular, Anna and Maria delve into what it’s like to experience these feelings in the realm of our creative outlets. We regularly compare ourselves to others in all sorts of ways, but as creatives, we can get particularly obsessed with comparison when it comes to our craft. Our hosts talk about their own experiences being both inspired and discouraged by others’ creative output, and explore the ways in which comparison can get in our way when we’re trying to produce original work. Ultimately, they apply PMA to the situation and arrive at a conclusion that allows them to use envy as a tool for self-reflection. Maria shares an envy-exploring exercise involving alumnae/i magazines, and Anna brings in a classic bit of wisdom from none other than Dr. Seuss.Read More
Anna and Maria delve into the diverse topic of self care this week. Self care is pretty trendy right now, but what is it exactly? Our co-hosts discuss what it means to take care of ourselves and how this fits into the traditional perceptions of self care, and why self care is so important (especially within our current busy lifestyles). They talk about some of their favorite self care practices and the individualized nature of self care, as well as the need to evolve our self care routines. Ultimately, self care is about being in touch with our bodies and minds and taking time for ourselves in order to be well and do well. Remember: self care is not selfish, and it allows us to be present in our own lives and in our relationships with others.Read More
As creative people, we love inspiration. It feels great...that is, when you have it. So how do we go about getting inspired? What is inspiration, anyway? Our hosts discuss a wide range of inspiration-related topics, including the inspiration we find in other people’s work, and the mysterious and ineffable qualities of this elusive force. Is inspiration something we take in from the world around us, or is it something that already exists inside each of us? Is it a unique entity with a mind of its own? Is it, perhaps, all of the above? We hope you enjoy this fascinating and rather philosophical discussion as much as we did!Read More
This week Anna and Maria welcome a very special guest, Alanna Okun. Alanna is a writer, editor, and crafter...in other words, a very appropriate guest for Never Wear Boring Socks. An avid knitter, she even makes her own un-boring socks. Alanna’s work can be found on Racked, Buzzfeed, NPR, Apartment Therapy, The Hairpin, and The Billfold, and she’s appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Our hosts talk to Alanna about crafting, writing, and her recent project that merges the two: her first book, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater. Alanna also talks about paid creative work vs. creativity for its own sake, why crafting is so welcome in today’s tech-focused world, and her extensive yarn collection.Read More
Anna and Maria discuss happiness this week, which is not quite as straightforward as it seems… They consider typical conceptions of a happy life, what it really means to be happy (and how this can be different in the long- and short-term scheme of things), and some ways we can cultivate happiness in our own lives in realistic ways. They agree that happiness is all about an internal appreciation of your life, and that PMA can help make happiness a more regular occurrence.Read More
This week, Anna and Maria tackle the topic of body image. First, they discuss their own experiences with body image, and offer some reasons for why it’s such a painful issue for so many people. They also offer some ideas for how we can improve our own relationships to our bodies, as well as move things in the right direction on a larger scale. Our hosts bring in some supporting voices: first from the field of science showing us that health is WAY more than weights and BMIs, then an essay with a really important message, and finally a poetic and inspirational metaphor that makes Maria rather teary.Read More
This week, Anna and Maria discuss stress. We all experience it… but we each experience stress in different ways and manage it differently. Our co-hosts delve into the causes and types of stress, how stress is different for both young adults and for creative people, and the mind-body connection in regards to stress. They ultimately provide some possible ways to develop a better relationship with stress, and recognizing that managing stress is a question of changing our perspective on time.Read More
This week Anna and Maria talk periods! It’s a topic that doesn’t get discussed enough (which is silly, because periods affect half of the population on a very regular basis). Our co-hosts consider why periods aren’t talked about more, discuss their own experiences with periods, what’s so AMAZING about menstruation, and some cool new period products and organizations. Remember: your period is a cycle that regulates your body and lets you know how you’re doing. Get to know your period!Read More