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Ever wonder what tools and advice psychologists are inspired to use in their own lives? Join Avery, Jamie, and Lucy, three psychologists, and moms, as they discuss what they’ve figured out, what they’ve yet to figure out, and what there’s just no figuring out. Through our stories and pearls of wisdom, we hope we can inspire listeners to connect to themselves and others more mindfully, authentically, and powerfully. It’s sure to be fun, and you may learn a little something along the way!

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Ever wonder what tools and advice psychologists are inspired to use in their own lives? Join Avery, Jamie, and Lucy, three psychologists, and moms, as they discuss what they’ve figured out, what they’ve yet to figure out, and what there’s just no figuring out. Through our stories and pearls of wisdom, we hope we can inspire listeners to connect to themselves and others more mindfully, authentically, and powerfully. It’s sure to be fun, and you may learn a little something along the way!

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English


Episodes
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EP 106: Adult Friendships

5/23/2024
In this episode, we revisit the topic of adult connection and the importance of adult friendships. We review the mental health benefits of social connection (hint: it’s more important than diet and exercise for longevity!). We talk about the advantage of the friend role as compared to other roles. We also discuss what it takes to be a “good friend” and what to do if a friendship becomes unhealthy. Lastly, we provide some advice for deepening friendships.

Duration:00:36:43

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EP 105: Lost Pieces (of Yourself)

5/9/2024
In today’s episode we talk about the parts and pieces of ourselves that we’ve lost along the way. Some of these might be aspects of ourselves we’re glad to be rid of (like people pleasing or caring about what other people think), whereas there might be other facets of ourselves (like seeking adventure or having/feeling fun) that we’d like to reclaim. We explore how this comes up in our lives and the lives of our clients, driving factors, and ways to notice and reintegrate missing pieces that we like and want back.

Duration:00:32:08

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EP 104: Preparing for Liftoff: Is your kid a quitter?

4/25/2024
Perseverance and grit are great to teach our kids but when is it appropriate for them to quit or change directions? In today’s episode, we talk about all of the complicated reasons that we may pressure our kids to stay with things longer than what’s good for their well-being (including our “own stuff” as parents!). We talk about why quitting can be courageous and how you can assist your kids in taking ownership over that. We give pointers and strategies on how to approach the “quitting” conversation and highlight the importance of curiosity and intentionality. Resource: https://www.amazon.com/Quitting-Strategy-Perseverance_and-Science-Giving/dp/1538722348

Duration:00:34:29

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EP 103: Preparing for Liftoff: Financial Literacy

4/11/2024
Today’s episode is all about fostering financial literacy in our teens and young adults. We start with some of the main financial related concerns we hear from kids during and after college, and we work backwards, highlighting specific tools and skills we can teach our kids before they leave home. We explore methods of payment, tipping, budgeting, and allowance/income. We also talk about natural opportunities to grow these skills, as well as opportunities for financially oriented natural consequences (e.g., how to respond when your teen loses her laptop stylus for the 3rd time in 3 months!). Lastly, we highlight how financial literacy can be complicated: it’s hard to talk openly and directly about finances, and money tends to stir up all kinds of emotions (which makes it even more uncomfortable).

Duration:00:32:32

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EP 102: Preparing for Liftoff: Stepping Back

3/28/2024
We sometimes forget that one of the most effective things we can do as parents is to simply get out of our kids' way. In today’s episode we talk about the importance of allowing our kids to face natural consequences. We touch on issues that can make it difficult for us as parents to take a step back, and we review specific strategies to help us “get out of the way.” We talk about specific life skills that are easier for our kids to develop without our interference and when it can be helpful to offer support.

Duration:00:29:28

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EP 101: Disappointment

3/14/2024
In today’s episode, we focus on disappointment, a feeling most of us don’t name or talk about enough. We explore what makes disappointment a harder emotion to acknowledge, highlighting the tendency to quickly detour to anger, judgment, shame, or embarrassment. We discuss our own experiences with disappointment. We talk about how disappointment often presents, including the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that tend to accompany it. We notice that there’s power in being able to name our disappointment – the trick is in letting disappointment coexist with other, often contradictory, emotions. We explore the relationship between disappointment and our expectations (there’s a strong relationship between these two!), and we talk more specifically about how disappointment shows up in parenting. Lastly we discuss both unhelpful (maladaptive) and helpful (more effective) ways to cope with disappointment.

Duration:00:32:44

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EP 100: Milestones

2/29/2024
It’s our 100th episode! We mark the occasion by talking about milestones and taking a walk down memory lane. We discuss the different lessons we’ve learned along the way and relive some of our favorite moments on the podcast. We talk about some of the struggles and disappointments we’ve faced along the way too. One of our favorite parts of doing the podcast is getting to hear from our listeners and we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at connect@badassrebellion.com And please don’t forget to rate our podcast on itunes! Check out some of our favorite episodes: Episode 3 Play https://badassrebellion.com/episode-3-play/ Episode 5 Trance of Scarcity Book Club https://badassrebellion.com/episode-5-the-trance-of-scarcity/ Episode 7 Do It Afraid https://badassrebellion.com/episode-7-do-it-afraid/ Episode 13 Compassion https://badassrebellion.com/episode-13-compassion/ Episode 31 Intentional Holiday Season https://badassrebellion.com/episode-31-intentional-holiday-season/ Episode 34 Joy https://badassrebellion.com/episode-34-joy/ Episode 38 Comfort https://badassrebellion.com/episode-38-comfort/ Episode 40 Healthy Relationships, Part 1 https://badassrebellion.com/episode-40-healthy-relationships-part-1/ Episode 41 Healthy Relationships, Part 2 https://badassrebellion.com/ep-41-healthy-relationships-part-2/ Episode 46 Swimsuit Season https://badassrebellion.com/episode-46-swimsuit-season/ Episode 55 Dialectics https://badassrebellion.com/episode-55-dialectics/ Episode 84 Not Enoughness https://badassrebellion.com/episode-84-not-enoughness/ Episode 86 You and Them https://badassrebellion.com/episode-86-you-and-them/ Episode 87 Being Human with Taylor White Moffitt https://badassrebellion.com/ep-87-being-human-with-taylor-white-moffitt/ Episode 90 Unicorn Space with Eve Rodsky https://badassrebellion.com/episode-90-unicorn-space-with-eve-rodsky/ Episode 93 Delights of December https://badassrebellion.com/episode-93-delights-of-december/

Duration:00:32:00

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EP 99: Envy

2/15/2024
Today, Jamie, Lucy, and Avery discuss the often misunderstood emotion, envy. In short, envy can occur when someone has something or is doing something that you want for yourself! It often involves some sort of social comparison, usually with people who are similar to us in some way. We talk about the difference between envy and jealousy and why envy often feels “worse.” We share our own experiences with envy, a universal emotion, and what happens when we ignore it.. We also explore the upsides of envy and why it’s important to label envy when it crops up. Resources: https://www.eliseloehnen.com/onourbestbehavior https://www.instagram.com/backwards_hat_dancer/

Duration:00:28:02

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EP 98: Self Love

2/1/2024
Love is on our mind as we’re preparing for Valentine’s Day, and today we’re talking about self-love. While we may not be super-fans of the terminology (something about the phrase kind of gives us the ick), but we do actually do love the concept. In this episode, we define “self-love” as loving ourselves unconditionally and taking care of ourselves the way we would someone we love. We touch on the beautiful book The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor and talk about the quote by Glennon Doyle: “I have met myself and I am going to care for her fiercely.”. We end with an exercise to help us hold and treat ourselves with love.

Duration:00:25:15

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EP 97: Out of sync, out of step, out of sorts

1/18/2024
Today’s episode was listener inspired! In this podcast, we talk about what it’s like when the trajectory of our lives is out of sync with what we imagined or expected. We see this during transitions and turning points (whether they are expected or unexpected). We discuss some of the major developmental tasks that we undergo throughout our lives and what it’s like to feel not quite in step with our peers. We also talk about how stories, expectations, having a scarcity mindset, and engaging in social comparison can make us feel even more out of sorts. Lastly, we offer tips and tricks along the way to help navigate all of this change!

Duration:00:32:57

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EP 96: The Dilemma of Self-Discipline

1/4/2024
It’s the New Year, and resolutions are a hot topic! The concept of “self-discipline” has a tendency to sneak into our conversations about goals and resolutions. So in today's episode, we take a deep dive into self-discipline: what it is, our (unpleasant) emotional reaction, how it can be helpful, and where it can lead us astray. We also offer alternative approaches to the strategy of “have more self-discipline” when we’re trying to make changes in our lives.

Duration:00:29:43

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EP 95: When the holidays get hot

12/21/2023
One of our favorite analogies when it comes to stressful situations is temperature. Conflict can heat things up and everyone can help keep the environment cool and comfortable. In this episode, we talk about what can cause us to come in “hot” to the holiday season and we discuss strategies that can help us keep ourselves cool.

Duration:00:18:41

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EP 94: Staying grounded during the holiday season

12/7/2023
For many of us, the holidays can feel like a whirlwind! When we’re busy with the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to stay centered and tuned in. In today’s episode, we explore what, specifically, about the holidays pulsl us off center and leads us to disconnect from ourselves. In addition, we share some principles and practices to facilitate a more grounded and connected holiday season.

Duration:00:25:14

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EP 93: Delights of December

11/23/2023
Today’s episode is all about delight! We explore how to be more present to delight, how to choose and feel more delight, and how delight can bring us together. We share some of our favorite, specific delights of the holiday season and what can interfere with being delighted. We also invite our listeners to join our December delights challenge (join our email list for more info)! Links: https://www.rossgay.net/the-book-of-delights https://www.rossgay.net/the-book-of-more-delights https://www.amazon.com/Power-Fun-Feel-Alive-Again/dp/0593241401

Duration:00:22:33

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EP 92: Rock your Midlife with Ellen Albertson, PhD

11/16/2023
Dr. Ellen Albertson is a psychologist, registered dietician, board certified health and wellness coach, reiki master, and mindful self-compassion teacher. She’s an author and has over 30 years of experience in the healing field. In today’s episode, Ellen joins us for a conversation about mental health and how to “rock your midlife.” She shares several tips on how to change your mindset, empower yourself, improve your relationships, and find joy from her latest book, Rock Your Midlife: 7 Steps to Transform Yourself and Make Your Next Chapter Your Best Chapter. Where to find Ellen: https://themidlifewhisperer.com/ https://rockyourmidlife.podbean.com/ https://www.instagram.com/the_midlife_whisperer/ https://www.youtube.com/@themidlifewhisperer

Duration:00:32:03

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EP 91: Shed what no longer serves you

11/9/2023
Today we talk about 7 ways of thinking – 7 cognitive traps – that increase our suffering and increase the likelihood we’ll abandon ourselves. They are: We define each of these, exploring how they show up in our lives. We talk about how to shed these ways of thinking when they no longer serve us. We also discuss what makes these thoughts so sticky, ingrained, and hard to get rid of.

Duration:00:35:18

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EP 90: Unicorn Space with Eve Rodsky

10/26/2023
“Life is a series of storms. As we get older, they tend to be more frequent. Taking time to have “fun” is how we weather them. The storms will keep coming so we must learn to dance in the rain.” Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky Eve Rodsky is known for her game-changing book and social movement, Fair Play. Fair Play is a groundbreaking system that uses organizational management strategies to more fairly divide unpaid labor in the home. In today’s episode, Eve joins us for a conversation about gender equality, mental health, creativity, and her most recent book, Find Your Unicorn Space. Eve explains that a successful organization has boundaries, systems, and communication, but her research indicates that boundaries become barriers for women when they don’t believe they have permission to be unavailable from their roles, when guilt and shame ruin their experiences, and when boundaries are met with push back. Eve’s work focuses on helping women reclaim permission to be unavailable and ask for what they need, burn guilt and shame, and hold space for boundary breaches. We love Eve’s definition of mental health: having the appropriate emotion at the appropriate time and the ability and strength to weather it. Eve’s newest book, Find Your Unicorn Space, focuses on weathering the storms of life with curiosity and developing consistent interest in our own lives (rather than singular focus on the roles we fill) as an antidote to burnout. Where to find Eve: https://www.everodsky.com/https://www.everodsky.com/fair-playhttps://www.fairplaylife.com/unicorn-spacehttps://www.instagram.com/everodsky

Duration:00:51:45

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EP 89: Self-Abandonment, Part 2

10/12/2023
In today’s episode, we continue talking about self-abandonment, briefly reviewing the 8 types of self-abandonment (i.e., people-pleasing, not speaking truth, not trusting yourself, over-working/uber-productivity, the quest for self-improvement, checking boxes/collecting gold stars or external validation, numbing out, and getting stuck in your head or ruminating). We talk about how the various types of self-abandonment overlap with one another and share personal examples of which ones we default to in our own lives. We also share several examples of how easily and unconsciously self-abandonment appears in our lives and those of our clients, in big and small ways. Lastly, we offer several ways to interrupt self-abandonment including slowing down, tuning in and making space, letting our entire experience belong, shedding unhelpful expectations, comparisons, rules, judgments, and stories, and being self-compassionate.

Duration:00:29:53

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EP 88: Self-Abandonment, Part 1

9/28/2023
In today’s episode, we talk about self-abandonment, all the ways in which we “go outside of ourselves” or lose touch with ourselves in order to determine how to think, feel, or behave. We discuss the 8 types of self-abandonment including people-pleasing, not speaking truth, not trusting yourself, over-working/uber-productivity, the quest for self-improvement, checking boxes/collecting gold stars (external validation), numbing out, and getting stuck in your head (ruminating). We share our own struggles with self-abandonment and provide lots of examples to help you identify where you fall in the self-abandonment spectrum. Stay tuned for part 2 in which we discuss how to interrupt the self-abandonment process.

Duration:00:32:43

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EP 87: Being Human with Taylor White Moffitt

9/14/2023
“Rarely is there ever a hack. It’s me learning to relate to the thing differently that creates more peace and ease.” -Taylor Taylor White Moffitt is one of our most favorite teachers and mentors. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and yoga instructor who lives in Boulder, Colorado, and she’s incredibly gifted at helping humans live with more peace, ease, and joy. During our conversation we explore her three cornerstones for transformation: mindfulness, movement, and mental health. We talk about the power of embodiment and experiential practices. We also speak more specifically about midlife, including some of the challenges and gifts (e.g., clarity of what matters most; shedding layers so we can feel ourselves more and so we can live a more connected and authentic life). Taylor’s offerings: To learn more, visit Taylor’s website: https://www.humanityshared.com/

Duration:00:43:04