Holidays, man! This week Mike and Toni talk about the annual onslaught of holiday overwhelm. Even as we’re Christmas shopping for more stuff, we discuss breaking free of our attachments—be they to physical objects, social media interactions, or information—and avoiding the inevitable disappointment of overly specific expectations.
See you in 2016!
A shortie from the holiday week-that-was. Toni and Mike talk grocery shopping and food delivery before diving into the rich world of ideas—generating them, capturing them, and making room for new ones. The problem isn’t usually too may ideas, it’s which ones to chase. Also: believing in things you can’t see, trusting our instincts, and the difference between stroking and petting (spoiler: one sounds dirty).
Happy Thanksgiving week! Toni and Mike send you into the holiday with a discussion on social media completionism and how early is too early with holiday lights. More seriously, they discuss Toni’s adventures with ADD, how people come back when they don’t get what they want, and how small inroads are the only way to make progress on big audacious projects.
The importance of pauses: it's not a failure if you need a break from everything. Accepting, delegating, and rejecting perfectionism can help you "go pro." Toni and Mike discuss balancing ambition with appreciation, completionism and media overwhelm, and a few minutes on what the hell is wrong with Tumblr (and, frankly, all social networks).
The all-new second season of Serious Business begins with Halloween and cosplay shenanigans before taking on Dan's aspirational chaps purchases. We also talk spoilers, anticipation and recent sci-fi/adventure movies, including X-Files, Star Trek, Star Wars, Prometheus and The Martian, Jurassic World, James Bond, and the possibilities for a a plea for a Serious Business fan fiction marketplace.
Little free libraries, treemail, bird talk as prelude to talking about Mike's new running habit as a metaphor for starting anything new.
This week focuses on work-life balance – what it means, how it's different for men and women, and how it all boils down to your priorities and what you're okay with.
Toni and Mike talk avoidance vs laziness and our resistance to going deep to do our best work. We discover that, like great customer service, going deep always come back to love rather than disbelief and fear.
Who you were vs. who you are. Lessons in not being a jerk, sports martyrdom, seeing bands you love, and avoiding harmful self-talk. Walk on, friends.
Money consciousness, commencement speeches and the lesson that life is not easy. Fear and our ability to fight it with curiosity. And if that wasn't heavy and personal enough, we explore some end of life issues and the idea of "good death."
We start with ham radio versus actual ham before moving on to being disillusioned with politics and limiting your exposure to negativity. Mike's struggle with consumption vs. production leads to a discussion around making space and radical prioritization as a way to make space for what you value most. Plus a really good pep talk on leveling up from Toni!
Toni and Mike receive a coffee delivery and discuss getting dressed for the weekend, curating your online persona, and finding the touchstones that anchor your life when all doesn't go as planned.
This week Mike and Toni offend garbage-men and -women and answer a listener question about staying positive (and/or motivated). We use Toni's experience as a freelance writer and writing student to explore grad school, working with a writing coach, and being possessed by the devil.
Toni and Mike discuss arborists and other jokes of adulthood as well as tornadoes, flying, and the ongoing practice of living with anxiety. They also consider looking ahead to the next phases of life and reinventing yourself while still engaging with the present.
Homonyms for bald. Shootin' pool and how we all suck as beginners. Just showing up summons the muse. and bite-sized, achievable goals get things done. Caffeine, sugar, diet coke, smoking and other habits.
We begin accidental Season Two of the podcast with the elemental parts of ourselves, not getting hung up on perfection and the thrill of being a beginner. They're not men, they're machines.
On a roll, or rather a foam roller, this week. Amid discussion of ungulates, Merlin-worship and being too old for music festivals, Toni and Mike address why our best thinking happens in the shower, capturing ideas, the tyranny of systems that prioritize busywork over real work, perfectionism, and refilling the well. Phew!
An episode about paying attention, whether it be through poetry, creative nonfiction, or to time. Also, romantic gestures ("artistic" or otherwise), not knowing what shape your endeavors will take, & answers to listener questions about taking control of your schedule & making time for family dinners.
Toni and Mike tackle the fun in frightening grandparents and revisit losing before exploring autonomy and respect, inertia, assumptions, making the time to practice a craft, and seeing things for what they really are instead of what you think they might be. It's a good one!
This week Toni and Mike recap art night and the unvarnished life on the way to a discussion of autonomy and happiness, resilience and finding balance. Along the way: Listener feedback, setting priorities, and of course, pooping.
Mike and Toni have cabin fever, but take the opportunity to discuss the origins of nostalgia, getting organized, digital vs analog tools, using systems to categorize priorities and living intentionally. Lots to think about from this episode!
In and around superhero shows, Mythbusters, and Larry Sanders, Toni and Mike talk transitions, getting okay with being lazy, overcoming inertia, and making small changes that can affect big plans for the new year.
Surprisingly jam-packed episode with insight into kicking off the new year. Also: Owning a big phone, liking old music, money & happiness, cracking the code for thriving in your life, planning the year ahead, & change as a series of small steps. PLUS, The Very Important reveal of a new segment: "Dan Reads Yelp Reviews.”