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Serious Business

Make creativity, career, family and fun work better together. Join your decidedly unserious hosts Mike Morrow and Toni McLellan as they discuss creative work, life in the sandwich generation, and being a person.
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Nov 22, 2017

You don't have to like it, you just have to do it. This week, we touch on the upcoming holidays and the sensation of mandatory fun and enforced renewal. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Team cake!

Nov 7, 2017

This week, Toni and Mike take on the insidious Impostor Complex, and it's evil twin, Inferiority Complex. BUT ARE WE QUALIFIED?

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Oct 18, 2017

This week, we turn to beauty, joy, and delight. It’s a celebration of things that make us happy, the little dopamine hits and attention resets necessary to thrive in today’s chaotic environment. +

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Oct 10, 2017

Yakspo! We're trying to turn our emotions from the tragedies of the week into being part of the solution (or at least not caving to the continual chaos and outrage). Turn on Do Not Disturb and stay to the end for our special tribute to the late Tom Petty.

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Oct 3, 2017

We needed some comforting last week, so we turned our attention to fur pants and comfort-food genre media. Toni and Mike talk at length about the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, and its (frustrating) distribution model. We touch upon the value of genre, “lowbrow” media and outrage fatigue.

We might have made the Trekkies mad.

Sep 25, 2017

We are back for Season FOUR, and we're going back to our roots. That is: tasteless humor and occasionally insightful observations on making creativity, career, family and fun work better together.

This week, Toni and Mike catch up on what's new in their writing lives, Toni's Nested Set of Skills™, and the power of empathy in communication. We discuss reward system and getting kids to help out. Also: vengeful peanut stains and Letterman's beard.

May 22, 2017

It's our 50th episode! How is this possible? While we ostensibly talk about being a parent in the Internet age, balancing keeping an eye on your kids while giving them autonomy to make mistakes, we’re also discussing all the tradeoffs we each have to make to stay sane.

Mike and Toni revisit classic themes of feeling overwhelmed, getting involved, and how to keep the demon dogs at bay.

Mar 20, 2017

Toni and Mike continue their ongoing conversation about how we cannot limit external inputs to help us focus on what matters most. They push back against the notion that not being on social media makes you somehow less “real” of a person, and building your platform before you build the project your platform is designed to promote. The discomfort is were the work happens.

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Feb 13, 2017

Toni’s on a 30-day social media hiatus, which is our starting point for a discussion of the intentional consumption and sharing of news and content. Ask yourself: “Is what I’m sharing furthering my priorities? Is it useful?” And “How do you know which hill to die on?”

Mike and Toni share their favorite daily and weekly news sources among the shock and awe of American life in 2017 (see show notes below).

Here’s our recipe for fighting overload and prioritizing your own thoughts instead of others’ when you’re “emotionally porous.”

  • Turn off the fire hose
  • Firewall higher quality sources of information
  • Consume them intentionally
  • Take action accordingly

What about you? How do you manage the media onslaught? What are your go-to resources?

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Jan 30, 2017

To all our many enemies, we’ve handcrafted an episode about priorities — discerning and setting them, managing, and living with them.

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