EP. 59 (FROM THE VAULT) // Comparison-itis

Hey, crafty ass females! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today’s show is our fourth re-release from our episode archives that we are affectionately calling ‘FROM THE VAULT’. As we prepare for the second half of season 3 - we will be pulling some of our most relevant & favorite episodes from season 1 to share with you again. TODAY: a re-release of EP. 14 where Amanda + Kristin talk about the 'rut of the mind' called COMPARISON-ITIS. Enjoy, if you haven’t heard it yet.

above image credit:   Mari Andrew  |  @bymariandrew

above image credit: Mari Andrew | @bymariandrew

Do you got the 'ITIS'? ...you know...that monster inside your head that makes it reeeeaaallly hard NOT to compare yourself to other crafters, artists, and humans who you feel are just doing better than you are. There's a definite difference between feeling INSPIRED by who someone is + what they do, and catching the ITIS about it.

SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about the 'rut of the mind' called COMPARISON-ITIS.

They touch on a variety of topics including:
• looking 'behind the curtain' of Design Teams
• tapping into yourself for joy
• knowing + setting up boundaries
• unfollowing those that don't serve your emotions
• the pressure of 'timelines'
• having a growth mindset vs. stuck mindset
• meditation - different types + how they help

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"When you feel like you are comparing your lows to someone else's highs, it's just not working for you...just don't..." -- KRISTIN

CALL TO ACTION // 

Is comparison-itis getting you down?! If so, SHARE your thoughts & how you're dealing with it.

WHAT'S NEW w/ CRAFTY ASS FEMALE:
The podcast is happily growing + we've recently created the following new places to connect with us: INSTAGRAM, TWITTERFACEBOOK, AND PATREON!!!!

We've set up a PATREON page where you, the Crafty Ass Female community, can help support the rapid growth of our show with amazing rewards, great bonus content, and exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff you won't see anywhere else! You can listen (AND WATCH!) our the first exclusive Patreon episode: Where We're Going + How We're Taking You With Us. 


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. 30 // social media here & now

FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. It seems like communicating and functioning in the middle of 2018 means taking it day by day, post by post, picture by picture, caption by caption, hashtag by hashtag (you get the point)... 

A + K felt the need for an episode solely on social media since the topic has popped up in so many of our previous 29 shows from one angle or another, and since we as women need to become more aware of its pervasive nature so we can better protect ourselves while still utilizing it to keep connected with our friends and support our creative endeavors.

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin start the conversation talking about PROTECTION, and then ease into discussing 'big business' on the Internet using YOUR data for THEIR bottom line.  

In the second half of the episode, A + K address the more indirect danger of the pervasiveness of the social media culture we now live in: the mental + emotional toll that it has. The girls also discuss the 'antidote' & what we could do as resourceful women to navigate through the 'mess'.

This episode contains a lot of the ins + outs behind the functioning of major social networks, and touches upon some major points that will come again in next week's culturally important episode. 

FAVORITE QUOTE THIS EP //

"...I think of Instagram as this fun little space to share my stuff, to get content out there that I would love to be shared 100 times, never post anything that would make me feel...exposed, but at the same time you DO want to be vulnerable and real and authentic, so there's THAT battle...BUT then when you think of Instagram as this fun place to share and ONLY that, you're not also realizing that it's now 'the land of brands', the 'epicenter of advertisements', the 'posturing capital of the world'...the fact that it could labeled as those three things as well...you HAVE to be aware of that!" - Amanda
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WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

SHOW NOTES //

will.i.am on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday
The Social Network
California's Revenge Porn Law
• EU's new privacy law: the GDPR
posturing definition 
Mark Zukerberg's booster seat
Inventing Joy by Joy Mangano
Dunkin Donuts
being an empath
our AFTER-CHATTER on Patreon
difference between a product & a brand
Austin Kleon's flow & stock
Amanda's 100 Haikus
• Amanda's 'losing followers' poem
Anthony Bourdain + Kate Spade
• Nita (@neatlyplanned)
• Jen Gotch on mental illness HERE | HERE | HERE
"You can be sad and be inspirational too."
The Awesome Ladies Project
the new Instagram algorithm
Awesome Ladies LIVE
• Kristin's book: '100 Days of All About Me'
The Sarah R. Bagley podcast
Michele Cushatt's  'I AM' podcast

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up and hang out backstage with A + K talking about the new platform Kristin created to connect w/ other crafty ass female on the internet.

AWESOME LADIES LIVE // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!


EP. 14 // Comparison-itis

Do you got the 'ITIS'? ...you know...that monster inside your head that makes it reeeeaaallly hard NOT to compare yourself to other crafters, artists, and humans who you feel are just doing better than you are. There's a definite difference between feeling INSPIRED by who someone is + what they do, and catching the ITIS about it.

above image credit:   Mari Andrew  |  @bymariandrew

above image credit: Mari Andrew | @bymariandrew

SUMMARY //

In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about the 'rut of the mind' called COMPARISON-ITIS.

They touch on a variety of topics including:
• looking 'behind the curtain' of Design Teams
• tapping into yourself for joy
• knowing + setting up boundaries
• unfollowing those that don't serve your emotions
• the pressure of 'timelines'
• having a growth mindset vs. stuck mindset
• meditation - different types + how they help

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS EP //

"When you feel like you are comparing your lows to someone else's highs, it's just not working for you...just don't..." -- KRISTIN 

CALL TO ACTION // 

Is comparison-itis getting you down?! If so, SHARE your thoughts & how you're dealing with it.

WHAT'S NEW w/ CRAFTY ASS FEMALE:
The podcast is happily growing + we've recently created the following new places to connect with us: INSTAGRAM, TWITTERFACEBOOK, AND PATREON!!!!

We've set up a PATREON page where you, the Crafty Ass Female community, can help support the rapid growth of our show with amazing rewards, great bonus content, and exclusive behind-the-scenes stuff you won't see anywhere else! You can listen (AND WATCH!) our the first exclusive Patreon episode: Where We're Going + How We're Taking You With Us. 


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!