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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012: Fear

This week, Anna and Maria tackle the topic of fear. They talk about fear’s relationship to other emotions, notably excitement and love, and why thinking about these relationships can be helpful.  They also discuss some of the different feelings that we lump together under the English word “fear,” and their thoughts on how our language affects our perceptions of situations. They also talk about some tools we can use to confront and let go of fear, while acknowledging that the goal is not to eliminate fear altogether, but rather to focus more on how we can cultivate other feelings, like love and gratitude.

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011: Variety is the Spice of Life!

This week, Maria and Anna switch things up a bit (because, after all, variety is the spice of life). To remind themselves (and listeners) of the inner childlike wonder and creativity that is always somewhere inside them, they transform the Never Wear Boring Socks podcast to the Never Wear Boring Socks theatre company, and read from a play they wrote, directed, and acted in along with their siblings when they were younger. Following this reading, our hosts put each other on the spot and ask one another some thought-provoking questions. Finally, they finish up the episode with their recent favorites in regards to food, fall, film, and more. Maria and Anna needed a break this week from the craziness of life, and we hope you enjoy listening to this fun, relaxed, and somewhat silly episode as much as we did recording it.

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010: Getting to Know Yourself with Rebecca Cooper

In this week’s episode, Anna and Maria are joined by special guest Rebecca Cooper. The three of them chat about a few topics that fall under the umbrella of getting to know yourself better, including introversion vs. extroversion, quitting before you burn out, and Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies framework (a way of understanding how people respond to inner and outer expectations). They discuss similarities and differences between the ways each of them interacts with the world and consider how the self-knowledge they’ve gained can be applied in their work, social lives, and creative pursuits. Also discussed: the merits of winter squash, how the Never Wear Boring Socks philosophy applies to cooking, and memories of high school marching band.

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Never Wear Boring Socks 009: Identity

On this week’s episode, Maria and Anna discuss the complex topic of identity. They share what terms and phrases they use to identify themselves, and delve into the ideas of self-image, having multiple or conflicting identities, and how others’ perceptions of us affect our identities. How do stereotypes play in with identity? Do we need to be sure of our identity or identities? Can our identities evolve? Should they evolve? The cousins offer possible (and maybe somewhat questionable) answers to all these questions. Some fun tidbits from this episode include thoughts on Kesha’s awesomeness, analysis of the phrase “be yourself,” and the sentiment that we all should strive to be juicy, ripe peaches. (Trust us on this one.)

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Never Wear Boring Socks 008: The Post-College Period

In this episode, Anna and Maria discuss the transition from college into the somewhat murky yet very exciting post-college period. Maria talks about her experience finding community out in the Real World, how it’s different from finding community in college, and what has worked well for her. The cousins also dive into the topic of career: the pressures we put on ourselves to find the perfect career and start pursuing it right out of school and why this isn’t helpful. They offer what they believe to be a better option (at least for those of us who haven’t known our ideal occupation since we were four years old). To offset some of the existential quarter life crisis vibes, the episode ends on a positive note with a few of the things Maria is enjoying about this period of life, and both cousins express their gratitude for their college experience and for the support and opportunities they’ve received along the way.

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Never Wear Boring Socks 007: Productivity

On this week’s episode, Maria and Anna attempt to tackle the topic of productivity. They discuss its complexity and how it has taken shape differently throughout their lives, and how focus, prioritization, and procrastination come into play. And, they decide that productivity is basically just another form of mindfulness (it’s everywhere!). At the end of the episode, following all their musings, our two hosts come up with some practical ways to find motivation and maximize productivity on a regular basis (hint: it includes some PMA).

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Never Wear Boring Socks 006: Creativity

This week Anna and Maria talk about creativity, and they both have a quite a lot to say about it...so much, in fact, that it was agreed there will definitely be more episodes on this topic in the future. The cousins discuss the benefits of creativity, what counts as creativity (hint: it doesn’t have to be painting or writing a novel!), what it means to identify as a creative person, dealing with judgment from yourself and others, doing creative work as a career, and how Anna and Maria’s relationships to their creative outlets have changed over time. Also, Maria’s recent experience getting out of a creative rut leaves Anna hopeful and with some practical takeaways. Plus, a fun call to action to our listeners at the end of the episode!

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Never Wear Boring Socks 005: Music, Travel, and the Creative Process with Monica Hunter-Hart

In this episode, we're thrilled to welcome our very first guest, Monica Hunter-Hart! Monica is a talented musician and a truly wonderful person, and Anna and Maria had a great time talking to her. There's a lot of discussion about music, songwriting, and the creative process, and Monica also talks a bit about her travels and how her experience in Turkey influenced the way she thinks about music.

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Never Wear Boring Socks 002: PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

In the second episode of Never Wear Boring Socks, Anna and Maria discuss the concept of PMA, otherwise known as Positive Mental Attitude. They talk about what practices they use to cultivate PMA, how it has impacted their lives, the power of choice, and how the benefits of PMA relate to their overall goal of living intentionally and creatively. 

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