EP. 60 // Working Smarter, Not Harder

…aaannnddd WE’RE BACK from our holiday hiatus with the second half of Season 3 and our 60th (!!!) episode. We titled this episode “WorkING Smarter, Not Harder” because the theme is no longer a concept we’re merely just discussing or brainstorming about; WE’RE LIVING IT the best we can, like, presently…right now.

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin talk about how they’ve been actualizing this season’s theme WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER, while sprinkling fun chit-chat back and forth about TV and TV Guide Christmas trees and other things on their mind. (Let’s keep it casual.)

A + K also talk about working smarter in terms of reorganizing your space, and shifting the way you react to the alarm signals your brain can send you.

BOOKCLUB // 

In this episode, we also reveal our new book for the Crafty Ass Bookclub, which you can become a member of by signing up on OUR PATREON PAGE at the $5/month level! Look out for an upcoming giveaway of the book! Wooo!

CALL TO ACTION // 

Lastly…we’d love it if you took the time to leave a comment below or connect with us on Instagram letting us know how you’ve been liking or applying our season 3 theme WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER. Love you! Talk soon! xo


EP. 56 (FROM THE VAULT) // 'best nine' on IG

Hey, crafty ass females! Happy New Year’s Eve! This post is our first re-release from our episode archives that we are affectionately calling ‘FROM THE VAULT’. Today and for the next few Mondays - as Amanda + Kristin are prepping for the second half of season 3 - we will be pulling some of our most relevant & favorite episodes from seasons 1 + 2 to share with you again. First up: a re-release of EP. 05 on the social media phenomenon known as BEST NINE. Enjoy, if you’ve never heard it before.

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This will be the week you'll probably see all your Insta-buddies' #2018bestnine posts, if you haven't been seeing them already. We are only a day away from the new year (!!!), and everyone wants to know: what were my most-liked nine posts on Instagram this year?

SUMMARY //

In this episode Amanda + Kristin discuss the Instagram phenomenon referred to as 'best nine' + offer an alternative way to think about it. Also on their minds going into the new year is the toxicity of posturing - on the internet, in crafting, and in life.

NOTE FROM AMANDA: We express some strong opinions in this episode, but we hope you know it's just to make you think...to bring awareness to the weirdness that is wrapped up in using social media. Nothing more. The core message we hope comes through is this: YOUR VALUE IS INHERENT + not determined by the number of 'likes' or what a website calculates is important content. xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

We talked about a buttload of social media stuff in this episode, but toward the end we called you to action by posing the #2018bestnine VS. #mytrue2018bestnine challenge! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Search what your #2018bestnine are, and assess the images that appear. What did followers and viewers find most appealing from your feed? Then reflect on what moments posted to your feed you would consider your TRUE best nine of 2018. Make a collage of THAT & tag it #mytrue2018bestnine + #craftyassfemale! 


EP. 55 // The Holiday Mid-Season Finale

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year, you crafty ass females! Welcome to the mid-season finale of our beloved Season 3 of the show! It’s sort of holiday-themed, being released on Christmas Eve, but it’s also filled with plenty of recent happenings from A + K’s December that hopefully provide some gems you could reflect on and take with you into the new year. The girls talk crafts, life, mental health, growth…you know the deal. ;)

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin start the episode chatting about where they are with their December Dailies and what’s been working. They then go into talking about how they got “so much better at life this year” and explore if the podcast could have had something to do with that. (Ummm…DUH.)

A + K also talk about growing up, how self-respect means being able to take care of yourself, the pursuit of happiness vs. happiness, and the importance of asking for HELP.

CALL TO ACTION // 

Ladies! We’d love it if you took the time to leave a comment below or connect with us on Instagram letting us know how you’ve been liking or applying our season 3 theme WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER. Is there anything you want to see/hear from us next year during the second half of Season 3? Don’t hesitate to let us know!

Thanks, as always, for listening & all the good vibes + support you give the show! We love you, and hope you have a wonderful holiday & transition into the new year!

THE NEXT FEW WEEKS // 

For the next few Mondays, Crafty Ass Female will be on break. A + K will re-release some of our best and applicable shows from “from the vault” of Season 1 and 2, starting next week with one of our earliest favorites: the BEST NINE episode. // We’ll be back with the second half of season 3 at the end of January.

In the meantime, you could always connect with us on our DISCORD channel, or through PATREON, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, or TWITTER.


EP. 54 // the 1 year anniversary episode

You guys!!! The podcast launched one year ago on December 15th, 2017 (with episodes 1, 2, & 3) and what a learning experience creating this show for you has been! This is our 1 year Anniversary Episode, and whether you’ve listened to us from the beginning or just stumbled upon us today, we’re happy you’re here and we hope you’ve found value in A + K’s crafty conversations! Happy Birthday, podcast! We love you!

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin reflect about favorite moments, lessons learned, + what it’s been like to host this podcast for the past year.

A + K talk about how they measure success when it comes to the podcast, a little behind the scenes of how the show’s produced (thanks, Jeff!), and the difference between being driven and being drawn.

Many Thanks //

…and here’s the part of the post where we ugly cry face our gratitude for YOU, listener + reader + crafty ass female.

This show is for YOU and it wouldn’t exist without you ladies “getting it”. Thank you for getting it. Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. That you for being your fierce, authentic selves & for all your good vibes & support.

Here’s to another year or two or ten! xo

Listen to this convo continued over on Patreon!

CALL TO ACTION // 

Ladies! We’d love it if you took the time to leave a comment below or connect with us on Instagram letting us know how long have you been a listener of the show, and what episode or few episodes have been your favorite(s). Again, thanks so much for being part of this & we look forward to continuing to produce the show! Cheers to 1 year!


EP. 53 // diving deeper into one little word®

It’s that time of year again, crafty ass females! Time to choose a guiding word for the upcoming new year based on some aspect of your existence you want to explore. It’s been a whole year since our first one little word® episode went live (our fourth episode of the whole podcast!) and in today’s show, we’re diving deeper! // Listen to Ali’s one little word® interview with us here.

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SUMMARY //

According to Ali Edwards, the creator of the annual one little word® project, a single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting, or rich and soft and slow.

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about their experiences leading up to choosing their words for 2019. After ‘trying on’ many different words, Kristin recently woke up to her new one little word®. Amanda, on the other hand, has known her word for a while, and in explaining how + why - for the first time in the podcast’s history - sheds some tears. This episode reveals just how important this project is to us. xo

AMANDA'S PAST OLWs //

2012 - MOVEMENT start + end reflection
2013 - MAKE start + end of year w/ it
2014 - WORK start + end reflection
2015 - PROOF start + end reflection
2016 - BIG start + end reflection
2017 - REFRESH start, documentation, status update
2018 - LIMITLESS blog post
2019 - FOUND (listen for more)

KRISTIN'S PAST OLWs //

2013 - WRITE start
2014 - HEROINE start
2015 - HOME 
2016 - ME 
2017 - GREAT
2018 - CULTIVATE blog post
2019 - PROJECT (listen for more)

CALL TO ACTION // 

How ‘bout you babes? Are you choosing a guiding word to explore in 2019?! If so, SHARE IT in our Discord, in the comments below or on IG + hashtag it #craftyassfemale! As always, thanks for listening, reading, and all your positive vibes + support. We love you.


EP. 07 // Planners + Organization for the new year

Okay, okay: it might SEEM like this episode is late to the Planner Line-Up 'Listing Party', but A + K beg to differ! They say one week into the new year is the perrrrfect time to focus on your planner game.  

2018 Planners + Organization // Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin reveal their 'planner' plans going into the new year, and how they organize projects + tasks.  They also discuss putting life's 'negotiables' & 'non-negotiables' into their planner, how early they plan in advance, & answer the very frequently asked question: "Do you throw out your old, used planners?" GASP!

KRISTIN'S PLANNERS //

GET TO WORK BOOK®
main 6x8 Binder

>> >> >> K'S PLANNER BLOG POST << << <<

AMANDA'S PLANNERS //

The BIG Happy Planner® w/ planner strips
The CLASSIC Happy Planner® for memory keeping
The MINI Happy Planner® for fitness
Trendsetter Happy Planner® 
Lara Casey's POWERSHEETS®
• BIG (free) Wall Calendar from dad

>> >> >> A'S PLANNER BLOG POST << << <<

CALL TO ACTION // 

What's your planner line-up at the start of this year, or items you use to organize your projects and 'stuff to do'? Share in the comments section below, or tag #craftyassfemale on IG.


EP. 06 // GOALS for 2018 + inspo for the new year

Happy friggin' New Year!!! What? Huh? 2018?! How?! Time...CHILL. Please. Why you punish me?

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin discuss how they come up with focuses going into the new year, and list their own personal projects, goals, + inspirations for 2018. 

KRISTIN'S INSPIRATIONS //

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Baby Driver
Nicki Minaj
Tiffany Han
'Raise Your Hand and Say Yes' podcast
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Broad City
Drucilla Cornell

AMANDA'S INSPIRATIONS //

How I Built This with Guy Raz
Austin Kleon
Mari Andrew
Melody Hansen
Leah Reena Goren
Tina Aszmus, lifelovepaper
Studio Calico
Frankie + Flow
Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep, Bette Midler
This Is Us
Stranger Things
Rupi Kaur

CALL TO ACTION // 

What are a couple of your biggest goals/intentions for this new year? Share in the comments section below, or tag #craftyassfemale on IG.


EP. 05 // 'best nine' + thoughts on posturing

This will be the week you'll probably see all your Insta-buddies' #2017bestnine posts, if you haven't been seeing them already. We are only six days away from the new year (!!!), and everyone wants to know: what were my most-liked nine posts on Instagram this year?

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SUMMARY //

In this episode Amanda + Kristin discuss the Instagram phenomenon referred to as 'best nine' + offer an alternative way to think about it. Also on their minds going into the new year is the toxicity of posturing - on the internet, in crafting, and in life.

NOTE FROM AMANDA: We express some strong opinions in this episode, but we hope you know it's just to make you think...to bring awareness to the weirdness that is wrapped up in using social media. Nothing more. The core message we hope comes through is this: YOUR VALUE IS INHERENT + not determined by the number of 'likes' or what a website calculates is important content. xoxo

CALL TO ACTION // 

We talked about a buttload of social media stuff in this episode, but toward the end we called you to action by posing the #2017bestnine VS. #mytrue2017bestnine challenge! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Search what your #2017bestnine are, and assess the images that appear. What did followers and viewers find most appealing from your feed? Then reflect on what moments posted to your feed you would consider your TRUE best nine of 2017. Make a collage of THAT & tag it #mytrue2017bestnine + #craftyassfemale! 


EP. 04 // A + K talk about one little word®

According to Ali Edwards, the creator of the annual one little word® project, a single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about their years of experience participating in Ali's one little word® project, and share what their words are for 2018.

AMANDA'S PAST OLWs //

2012 - MOVEMENT start + end reflection
2013 - MAKE start + end of year w/ it
2014 - WORK start + end reflection
2015 - PROOF start + end reflection
2016 - BIG start + end reflection
2017 - REFRESH start, documentation, status update
2018 - LIMITLESS (!!!) - listen for more + blog post

KRISTIN'S PAST OLWs //

2013 - WRITE start
2014 - HEROINE start
2015 - HOME 
2016 - ME 
2017 - GREAT
2018 - CULTIVATE (!!!) - listen for more + blog post

CALL TO ACTION // 

Are you going to choose a guiding word to explore in 2018?! If so, SHARE IT in the comments below or on IG + hashtag it #craftyassfemale! BOOM, baby!