personal development

Ep. 73: How Laura Creates

This week, Meadow interviews Laura on her creative process. How does she decide what to work on? What would she do if she didn't have to make money? How does she know what needs to be a book, or a course, or a talk, or nothing at all? Is there a muse, or is it more practical? If you're someone who's curious about creativity, this is for you.

Ep. 72: Support of Nature

This week, we explore the Vedic concept of "Support of Nature" and how we can always tune into this knowing, elemental force as a guide and powerful feedback mechanism for decision-making and navigation through life. We walk through Meadow's current process of book writing and how this concept is playing out for her in real-time.

Ep. 70: The Anatomy of Anxiety

Earlier this week, Laura came within inches of a panic attack. In this episode, we dissect the thoughts and feelings leading up to that moment, how she pulled herself out, and what we learned from it. This one is a meditation on friendship, dating, foreboding joy, worthiness, and the futility of trying to control what we cannot.

Ep. 69: How to Think About Spending Money

Money is one of those hazy, scary, and often shameful topics for a lot of people. But so much of the confusion is about seeing it the wrong way. This episode will help you get more clarity and confidence in how you spend your cash and how you think about spending overall.

Ep. 67: Getting Pissed Off at God (The One About Wanting More)

This week we talk about wanting more. Even when we have a lot! EVEN WHEN WE SEEMINGLY HAVE IT ALL. We talk about finally putting your foot down and no longer settling for smallness or "good enough". Whether it's money, work, love, friendships, your health, ANYTHING, you're allowed to want more.

Ep. 66: Tie the Dog to the Damn Tree

"Tie the dog to the damn tree" is some advice Laura heard a few years ago and in the past month, as things started to fall apart, she realized she needed to listen. This week we talk about the anxiety and problems that ensue when we can't tell the difference between what's urgent and important, how to learn to discern between the two, and what to do.

Ep. 65: Committed to Failure

What if you consciously committed to failure and rejection? This week we share some of our own big failures (past and current), how to actually tell if you’re failing (because sometimes it’s not obvious!), and the difference between failing smart and failing, well, dumb.

Ep. 64: Girl, Stop Talking

This week's original episode went in the trash. We spent 90-minutes talking about the history of our love lives and when we pressed "end" on the recording, knew that it would never see the light of day. So, we recorded another, wherein we talk about the things we don't share, and why, curiosity, trauma porn, privacy, secrets, secure relationships, and more.

Ep. 62: Becoming Laura

This week, we get the full backstory on how Laura came to do the work she does. She talks about what she did for work in the fifteen years before she quit her job in 2016, how and when and why she started podcasting and blogging, what led up to the moment she quit, making big leaps, the angels along the way, and more.

Ep. 61: Balance is Bullshit. Maybe?

Not the typical Spiritualish episode, this week we work out a question in real time. What is this elusive myth of balance? Work-life balance. Love-work balance. Family-work-love-life-home balance. Anything-balance. Is it possible? Is it even desirable?

Ep. 60: Selfish

This week, we dig into that awful four-letter word: SELFISH. To many, being selfish—as in, putting your needs above the needs of others—is one the worst possible ways of being, and it’s avoided at all costs. So, what does it really mean to be a selfish person? What does this belief system create in our lives? Is there a balance? Let's talk.

Ep. 59: Less, or More?

One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves in this life is: how much is enough? In our home, our relationships, money, work, success, our belongings, what is the value of going bigger, and what are the costs? This week, we talk about how we've been wrestling with this question in our own lives and the surprising contrasts in our desires.

Ep. 58: Friends

This week, we answer a letter from a woman who's wondering about her friendships. What do friendships actually look like as an adult? Do they look like an episode of Friends, or something else? How do Friends fit into our lives as we get older? And how the hell do you make new friends? Meadow and Laura both talk about the shifts in their friendships over the years, what people tend to think vs. the reality, and where friends fit into their life now.

Ep. 57: "It's Not That Bad"

Alt. episode title: "Examine What You Tolerate". This week, we recount times when we've told ourselves "It's not that bad" when in reality, it was that bad--and actually a lot worse. Why do we do that? What's the price? And how can you be onto yourself before you dig yourself into a too-deep hole?

Ep. 56: Digital Minimalism

“Philip Morris just wanted your lungs; the App Store wants your soul.” - Bill Maher.

This week, we explore the concept of Digital Minimalism, as described in Cal Newport's new book of the same title, the significant changes we've both made in response, the early results we've seen, as well as some of the open questions and fears we each have. This isn't about hating on tech (we love it!) but rather understanding the real impact of how we are now "connected", making choices based on what you value most, crushing some of the myths of being an online entrepreneur and "needing" social media, and deciding how you really want to spend your life.

Ep. 55: The Price of Giving a Shit

As a culture, we tend to glorify the idea of chasing your passion. We've all heard the adage, "Find something you love and you'll never work another day in your life." What we don't hear about all that often, though, is the real price of giving a shit about your work.

This week, we answer a letter from "Basic Millennial." He's at a crossroads, between jobs, trying to figure out how he can do something he really loves and finds meaning in, while also being a breadwinner.

Ep. 54: The One About Anger

Meet Anger: one of the five core emotions, and also one of the most demonized and misunderstood. This week, we take a deep dive into what emotions actually are, what anger exists for, and why it is so critical to your sense of self and emotional health.