053: Out with the Old, in with the PMA!

Anna and Maria are taking a break from recording episodes until February due to Anna’s upcoming international adventure, so they decide to wrap things up with an end of year reflection episode. They discuss what they’ve accomplished and learned in 2018, both as individuals and with the podcast, as well as disappointments. They then share their hopes for 2019, which include better conversations and community, and more PMA! And before they finish things up, they leave listeners with some recommendations to look into over the holidays, and ponder some poetic musings from T.S. Eliot to lead them into the new year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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