I am in love with Elizabeth Gilbert

Sooooo I keep listening to podcasts with Elizabeth Gilbert in them.  I love her rawness, her humanity, her wisdom, her wit, her realness.  The latest one I listened to was with Rob Bell on the Robcast.  Literally they are just shooting the shit in his dining room.

What spoke to me:

  • Just take care of “your poor, tired, human animal body:” to the woman who is not finding time to write with her infant that is up all night.
  • When something is bothering you, to run it off/run it out.  Take a run, spew all the shit, and as you do it over time, it will take you less and less and less time to dump it all.  But it has to be dumped, it has to be said, even if to no one, or it will fester and become more powerful.  The other analogy – like putting it in a bucket and putting on the lid.  If you put on the lid and let it rot, it will be a worse situation than the initial grossness of just dumping it all out and naming what you see.  This didn’t just speak to me, it SCREAMED to me.

Podcast Reflection: TLS #49: Approaching the Holidays with Less with Courtney Carver

I just re-listened to The Lively Show #49 featuring Courtney Carver of Be More With Less.  This was the episode that sparked my love for the show!  My very first Lively Show.  Awwwww.

Personal highlights:

  • Anything about decluttering or paying off debt is fascinating to me, so I liked the topic, probably why I listened in the first place.
  • The advice about gift giving and receiving was important to hear.  She advises speaking with people about a desire to cut back or eliminating gift giving, and if they don’t want to stop, don’t.  Also, the advice she has to receive gifts with the intention given is important.  The person giving the gift wants to really give you their love, or caring, or whatever, and don’t (usually) care if you graciously accept and appreciate their gift but still later decide to part with it.  Because in accepting it you have accepted their love, etc.  I think my husband and I made a mistake with a family member in this regard.  The person is attuned to gift giving and receiving and we just stopped doing Xmas gifts one year, and that did not sit well for that individual.
  • Reminders to start small are always important.  I tend to want to snap my fingers or flip a switch to get to where I want to be, and that isn’t how it happens.  The changes that stick are the ones implemented slowly and grown over time.

Podcast Reflections: TLS#76: Myleik Teele

I am nutso over The Lively Show.  I have been binge listening but without having taken time to digest, a lot of the copious wisdom is lost to the night air.  So starting now, even though it’s episode #76, I will try to jot a few thoughts when I hear a good podcast, whether TLS or other.

Tonight’s was episode 76 of The Lively Show where Jess speaks with Myleik Teele of Curl Box, a subscription box of products for African American hair.  I loved Myleik’s ease on air and genuine self – Jess was right when she said she is so authentic.  I think the biggest nugget that stood out for me from the show was that not everyone will like everything you will do, so basically, you might as well do what you want to do, because if you do what you think people will want, or sugar coat it, someone’s not going to like it anyway, and then you haven’t even done what you wanted in the first place!