032: Self Care

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.

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031: Creative Inspiration

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!

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030: Alanna Okun on Crafting & Writing

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.

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029: Happiness

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.

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028: Body Image

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.

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027: Stress

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.

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026: Periods

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!

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025: Eva Peterson on trusting your intuition, traveling, creativity, meditation, & more

This week, Anna and Maria interview special guest Eva Peterson! Eva is an artist, illustrator, vlogger, world traveler, and a fellow journaler and meditator. We talked to Eva about listening to your intuition and how Eva’s led hers to quit her job and travel, what she’s experienced so far in her travels, drawing, creativity, what it’s like to do a 10-day silent meditation retreat, editing videos, and more!

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024: Perfectionism

On this week’s episode, Maria and Anna discuss perfectionism. They offer answers as to why some of us are perfectionists, what areas of life we apply perfectionism to, and how it both hinders and helps us. They also discuss how perfectionism relates to control, how it affects collaboration with others, and ultimately how we can change our views on perfectionism in order to benefit us. And, they round out the discussion with some classic wisdom from Voltaire.

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023: Sock Talk: Updates & Reflections

A lot has happened since Never Wear Boring Socks was born, so our hosts took the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share a few updates. Topics include charitable donations, a newly released EP from a past podcast guest, the PMA award of the year (yes, of the year, even though it is only February. This was a very impressive display of PMA), the statuses of Anna’s and Maria’s New Year’s resolutions, current creative projects, some general life updates, and a discussion of what Anna and Maria have gained from the podcast over the course of the first 23 episodes.

 

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022: Sharing Creative Work

Anna and Maria return to the topic of creativity this week, specifically addressing the process of sharing creative work. They tackle the various fears that might preclude us from sharing work, discuss the benefits of sharing our products with others, and some things to keep in mind along the way. Ultimately, they decide that although sharing work is scary, it helps us become better and more confident artists. And it makes us want to share more!

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021: Habits

This week, Maria and Anna talk about habits (and struggle to correctly say “habit” throughout the episode… what is up with this word?). Our fearless co-hosts attempt to answer some elusive questions: What makes an action a habit? Why do we label habits as good and bad? How do we keep the positive habits in our lives? They also talk about how habits relate to creativity, time, decision-making, and more. We hope you find some of our suggestions helpful as you continue your resolutions for the new year—habits are a good way to follow through on your goals!

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020: Katie Dalebout on indecisiveness, long-distance friendships, social media, and living in New York

Anna and Maria are joined this week by a very special guest, Katie Dalebout! Katie is the host of the podcast Let It Out and author of the book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling. She’s also a speaker, mentor, eating disorder recovery advocate, and an enthusiast of many things. Her work has been featured in places like Refinery29, The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, The Telegraph, and many more. Since Katie’s an advocate for journaling and creativity, of course we had to invite her to join us on Never Wear Boring Socks! Our hosts chatted with Katie about living in New York City as a midwesterner (Katie recently moved to NYC from Michigan), indecisiveness, maintaining long-distance friendships and letting friendships go, and the different ways (some positive and some negative) in which we interact with social media. Listen to the end to hear a few of Katie’s current favorite things, and a fun Katie-inspired call to action for our listeners!

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019: Traditions

Anna and Maria have traditions on the mind coming out of the holiday season, so for this week’s episode they dive into the topic and explore their own relationships with tradition. Some of the questions they ask, and attempt to answer: What makes a tradition a tradition, and in what ways do traditions add value to our lives? How do our traditions evolve with us as we change and grow, and when is it time to let them go? Why did Maria wear plaid on the same day every year until she was 18? They also discuss why traditions may be particularly useful for young adults in periods of transition, and the ways that traditions can help us be more mindful and present. Our hosts wrap up, unsurprisingly, with a quote and a dose of PMA.

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018: Resolutions

This week, Maria and Anna welcome in 2018 with a conversation about resolutions. They tackle the conundrum of why New Year’s resolutions often don't result in the way we want them to, and discuss what provides for an optimal environment and plan for fulfilling your goals. They end this week's episode with some concrete tips for creating your resolutions this year, as well as with some wisdom from Henry David Thoreau.

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017: Nostalgia

What feelings do you associate with nostalgia? Is nostalgia positive or negative? These are some of the questions Maria and Anna ask this week in their discussion about nostalgia and all its complexities. They begin by sharing their experiences with nostalgia, then explore some recent research which argues that nostalgia is actually good for us. They discuss how we can use nostalgia to our own advantage and in order to make meaning out of our lives, and how, ultimately, utilizing nostalgia is just all about PMA.

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016: Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are upon us! For many people, the holiday season means gift-giving, so Maria and Anna set out to compile some gift-giving approaches and ideas. They discuss the five different love languages and how these can inform our methods of gift-giving, and the importance of giving something that will make the recipient feel loved and appreciated. They then share some of their favorite small businesses and artisans that create wonderful products and gifts, because supporting independent artists means supporting creativity. Gift giving doesn’t always have to be about purchasing items, however, so Maria and Anna give some gift ideas that don’t necessarily cost money, but do communicate love and thoughtfulness. Finally, our co-hosts encourage listeners (and each other) to remember that giving gifts is not just about spending money, but about showing our love for others and also for enriching our own lives.

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015: Four Weirdos with a Podcast

This is a very special episode because Anna and Maria are joined by not one, but TWO special guests: their siblings, Martha Barnard and Ben Ramsey! Because it’s the holiday season, our hosts decided it would be fitting to invite family to join them...and it’s a party! The four cousins discuss long distance cousinhood and staying in touch, music, favorite colors, spirit animals, life cakes, and more.

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014: Creative & Productive Spaces

This week, Maria and Anna talk about the way we interact with our spaces. Based on their own experience, they focus on how physical space can affect creativity and productivity, as well as some of the space-related challenges common to young adults (like living in a dorm room or other shared or small space). They discuss a variety of topics that can affect how we perceive a space, including color, layout, size, lighting, decor, clutter, and feng shui. They also talk about some of the helpful changes they’ve made to their own spaces, and how they’ve tackled the challenge of living in a room that serves many purposes. Our hosts also wonder how their artistic inclinations may affect their experience of the spaces around them, and how perceptions of space vary according to individual differences.

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013: Making Decisions

This week, Anna and Maria ponder the decision-making process, something they’ve both continually struggled with. They reflect on some of the big decisions they’ve had to make in their own lives, highlighting choices they’ve had to make in college and decisions regarding the activities they have participated in. In addition, they discuss what makes decisions so complex and difficult, and the differences between “big” and “small” decisions (apparently, small decisions can be deceiving in their smallness). Finally, they brainstorm some ways to make decision-making a little easier.

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