049: Beauty and the PMA

Tale as old as time, socks as old as rhyme…but don’t worry, we did wash our socks before sharing them with you today. The topic of beauty has come up so many times over the course of Never Wear Boring Socks that Anna and Maria decided to dedicate an entire episode to it this week. They both feel pretty strongly that beauty is a topic worth discussing, because it’s not as superficial as we sometimes think; this has a lot to do with the language we use, and in what contexts we use the word “beauty.” As artists, our hosts are particularly interested in the relationship between beauty and art. A few questions Anna and Maria tackled in this episode: Does art have to be beautiful to be called art? How can we understand beautiful art that depicts terrible things? And how does beauty relate to PMA?

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048: Home (and foot) Decor

Anna and Maria discuss decor this week, and how decorating our spaces can help us encourage creativity and wellness. They consider decorating as a creative act and project; a tool to promote mental health; a method through which we can curate body positivity; and much more! They also cover how decorating may be different for a young adult without much space of their own than for a homeowner, and how those of us with limited space can still maximize our spaces for different purposes. Anna and Maria also bring in some connections to past episodes on space, seasons, and values (proving just how holistic creativity and wellness can be!).

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034: Updates & End-of-season reflections

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.


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033: Envy, Comparison, & Creativity

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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