Episode 35: Hobbies

Perfectionism can get in the way of starting or enjoying hobbies. This week Shannon and Janine talk about  their hobbies (and attempted hobbies) and share strategies for getting past perfectionism so you can enjoy your hobbies.

Discussion topics include:

  • How every hobby Shannon’s had has been marred by perfectionism
  • How perfectionism can get in the way of starting and enjoying a new hobby
  • The fact that new hobbies usually have to be bad before they can get good
  • How Shannon inspired Janine to start knitting fourteen years ago (spoiler alert: only one of them is still knitting)
  • Process versus results in doing hobbies (like knitting)
  • Janine’s 12-year adventure with Barbara Walker’s Learn-to-Knit Afghan
  • Why starting a hobby by shopping can be a mistake
  • How Shannon is managing to stick with her latest hobby: Learning Portuguese
  • How guided lessons can help provide structure to make learning a new hobby fun
  • Figuring what counts as engaging in your hobby when you’re starting out
  • How frequent practice can make learning a new hobby easier

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P.S. During the episode, Shannon asked Janine what she was knitting. The answer, which Janine couldn’t share at the time, was that she was finishing a cat bed for Shannon’s cat, Cleo! She used the leftover yarn from the afghan and sent it to Shannon and Cleo as a surprise.

Thankfully, Cleo loves the bed. And we love her. So we just had to share a couple of pictures.

Shannon's cat Cleo enjoys her new bed

Episode 34: Letting Go


Janine and Shannon are experts in letting go. Janine helps people with tangible stuff and Shannon helps them with intangible stuff. So we have a lot to say in this episode about the benefits and process of letting go!

Discussion topics include:

  • How January is a great time for letting go
  • That Janine rarely, if ever, regrets having let go of something (and neither do her clients)
  • How the various terms for decluttering process can change the way you feel about it–and the importance of finding the language that works for you
  • How letting go of beliefs (like perfectionism) can allow you to open up space to do more of what you love
  • A change to our podcast’s tagline!
  • A deep dive into the process for letting of thoughts and beliefs that aren’t helpful
  • How your goals can help your underlying beliefs come to the surface
  • The magic of thinking about your beliefs that might not be serving you and recognizing they’re not true
  • The perfectionistic beliefs Janine had to let go of in order to start a daily yoga practice

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Episode 33: Closet Curation


 

Most people we meet have more clothes than they wear. When closets are crammed with unworn and unloved clothes, getting dressed (and putting away laundry) is difficult. In this episode, Shannon and Janine talk about curating your closet so it’s a pleasure to use and contains only clothes you love. This is a long episode–we just had so much to say!

Discussion topics include:

  • How most people we meet have some sort of struggle with their clothes
  • The domino effect of a crowded closet
  • The benefits of having a one in/one out policy in your closet
  • The joy and convenience of an uncrowded closet
  • Project 333, the minimalist clothing challenge
  • How Janine really likes wearing the same thing all the time
  • How Shannon had a uniform that she didn’t love–until she went to Stasia’s Style School
  • Janine and Shannon’s recent (painless) closet clean outs
  • Organizing clothes by color
  • Folding shirts like Marie Kondo (which Janine has been doing for many years)
  • How frequent travel can help you pare down your wardrobe
  • Shannon’s patented DIY closet-clearing method
  • Why all this matters and how perfectionism plays a part

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