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Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Podcast - A conversation with Sean Barron of The Portland Cool Podcast

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Guess what? Being an avid podcast listener can lead to surprising outcomes.

As you know, I love podcasts. They keep me grounded, teach my a lot and make me discover incredibly talented people.

I sometimes reach out to their hosts to share my enthusiasm and opinions. But what happened this time was pretty amazing because, one thing leading to another, I ended up being invited to participate in one of them.

And what better podcast could it be, than Portland's coolest podcast?

I was pretty sad to learn that the Portland Sustainability Podcast was going to broadcast its lasts episodes, and was really surprised to be invited to talk about sustainability on its sister podcast, the Portland Cool Podcast. But in the end, it makes perfect sense. Sean is a Master Recycler, Portland is the greenest city I've ever lived in, everything's cool!

Amongst many subjects, Sean & I talked about how I got interested in sustainability, what particular event led me to open Conscious by Chloé last September and how one can start shopping in the bulk aisle.

Here is the conversation we recorded a couple weeks ago (in my kitchen). I hope you'll enjoy it.

PS: I may have mixed the information about recycling in Switzerland. Don't believe the numbers I give. Just know that I'm pretty proud of countries and counties that have a strong recycling policy, but that I would like to see more efforts made into avoiding waste production ahead.

Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes & co and to leave a comment to support it. I would really like to be able to listen to more and more episodes about the people of Portland. Also, I'd love to know what your favorite eco-conscious podcast is. Fire up!

Have a blissful week-end #1

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What are you up to this weekend?

I'm gonna go to the farmer's market on Saturday morning and clean the house like a mad person because my parents are coming from France on Saturday night! I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

Photograph by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Podcasts I've been listening to lately

Current favorite podcasts 2016 by Conscious by Chloé

Last month, I traveled to Europe. Besides the usual plane tickets buying, housing booking and packing, I decided this time to take some extra time preparing for the long hours I would be spending on the plane and in airports.

Long flights used to be an exception, and thus an adventure. But they keep getting more frequent, and less fun. So I'm starting to get more serious in anticipating them, especially on the flight entertainment side.

First, I already have a full reading list sent directly to my tablet as soon as items get available at my local library (both e- and audio-books).

Then, I downloaded a couple TV shows & movies (I have stopped trusting airlines and relying on their watchlist/screens).

Also, my favorite and most recently downloaded music is always automatically synced on my phone.

Lastly, as you now know I'm a podcasts fan, so I've added them to the equation.

I continue listening to my old favorites, added a couple new ones I discovered recently and subscribed to a few that have been recommended to me.

Here are the podcasts that I have been listening to on the plane, between Portland, New-York and Geneva.

1. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This was the podcast I was waiting for impatiently when I published my first article about podcasts. Besides being my star twin (we were born on the same day of the same year), Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of #Girlboss (and soon Nastygalaxy) launched #girlboss radio where she interviews world-class Girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way.
I love discovering awesome entrepreneurs, what their first job was and how they started their professional career. The candid introductive discussion between Sophia and her friend Liz Carey is priceless & the #girlbossmoment of the listeners are a great source of inspiration!
Favorite episode: Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder & CEO Ellevest, Former CEO Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Category: Society & Culture

2. Modern Love
In the podcast based on The New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essay, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones go deep, sharing some of the best stories about love today, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves.
I shed tears on various occasions, be prepared!
Favorite episode: One Last Swirl
Category: Society & Culture

3. Women of the hour by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham hosts this podcast miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more.
This is a pretty short series, and it left me wanting more. After reading Not That Kind of Girl, subscribing to the Lenny newsletter and waiting patiently for the final season of Girls, I can't wait to see what Dunham's got for us next.
Favorite episode: Lena & Lola Pellegrino
Category: Personal Journals

4. Serial
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her.
I've already talked about the first season earlier. Season 2 focuses on the story of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban for five years (Homeland, anyone?). The interviews with the protagonist, phone calls to the Talibans and latest episodes where Koenig reports from court for updates on the first season kept me on the edge of my (car) seat.
Category: News & Politics

5. Pardon my French by Garance Doré
Pardon My French is a podcast hosted by Garance Doré, founder of the eponymous website, illustrator and photographer. Grounded in her love for fashion, creativity and self-expression, she shares stories and her point-of-view on everyday subjects with her friends and guests, in a relaxed and open conversation.
I was pretty disappointed by the sound quality and structure of the first episodes, but Doré and her team now seem to have gotten into their stride. As a long term reader of the blog and a fellow Frenchy, I am fascinated to discover another facet of Doré's personality and eager to find in another media the sense of humor and authenticity that has made her known around the world.
Favorite episode: La Parisienne - Isabel Marant & Caroline de Maigret
Category: Society & Culture

6. The Portland Sustainability Podcast & The Portland Cool Podcast by Sean Barron & Tony Hair
I just discovered these two local podcasts and cannot wait to listen to more episodes about what makes Portland cool & green. It already inspired be to do some more volunteering and sign up for a Master Recycler program, so there's that!
Favorite episode: Leave no Trace While Camping with Ruby
Category: Natural Sciences

7. Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
My friend Rachel recommended me this podcast and Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is also of my 2016 reading list. I need to dive more into the podcast but can so far say that Elizabeth's laugh is contagious and that I am utterly jealous of all the talented & famous friends she can rely on for advice.
Favorite episode: Sexy, Dirty, Nasty, Wicked
Category: Literature

8. Dear Sugar Radio by Cheryl Strayed
Another friend told me that this podcast will be live from PDX on Friday 8th July. I guess that's enough of a good reason to start listening to it, besides the fact that I am still obsessed by Strayed's Wild and keep crossing paths with the Pacific Coast Trail (see what I did here?). Get your tickets!
Favorite episode: TBD
Category: News & Politics

Finally, there is one thing I still need to do to make this whole music and podcast-listening experience the most enjoyable possible for my next trip. It is to find a sustainable replacement for my distressed mobile phone cover and the best possible earphones now that I've decided that noise-canceling properties are more important than sound quality. Your recommendations are welcome. I'll probably share my selection in the shop as soon as I've finished my research.

What about you? How do you make long plane rides more bearable? I'd love to hear your tips!

Podcast - A conversation with Matt Hanna of Thought Mixing Bowl

Thought Mixing Bowl Podcast with Matt Hannah by Conscious by Chloé

Last month, I got an email from Matt Hanna, Director of Curiosity at Thought Mixing Bowl, who had come across my profile on Creative Mornings, the breakfast lecture series for the creative community and asked me whether I'd be interested in having a conversation with him on his podcast.

Thought Mixing Bowl is a different kind of podcast, rather than a one-sided interview, it's meant to focus on real connection and conversation. Matt is particularly interested in exploring the idea of how to live a better life with other creative people.

The interview revolved mainly around the following questions:

  • What are a few mottos you live by to try to live a better life?
  • What are the important questions you find yourself tackling routinely?

and was followed by a couple questions I asked Matt in return.

Also, Matt composed a short instrumental piece of music inspired by our conversation (what he's calling "Conversation Pieces"). He based the piece around my motto of simpler, greener, and happier.

I was both flattered and scared to be asked to participate in my first recorded interview and I have to admit that it took me a long time to decide whether I would share it with you. But hey, it's the 21st century, and nothing can be kept secret for too long, so here it is. I hope you'll like it!

(Please pardon my accent and the 1'000 "basically", "definitely", "actually", "eventually", "you know", "I mean" and "realize" you'll be hearing in the next 30 minutes.)

Here are the books, articles and links I referred to in the interview:

What about you, what are a few mottos you live by to try to live a better life? What are the important questions you find yourself tackling routinely? Also, what did you think of this podcast? Would you like to hear me talk a little more? I have this slight obsession with podcasts and contemplate on starting my own. Do you think that would be a good idea? Picture by Candace Molatore​ for Conscious by Chloé.

5 podcasts for a happier life

5 podcasts for a happier life by Conscious by Chloé

Podcasts are a totally new thing for me. You tell me audio entertainment, I tell you either music or radio shows. You tell me fiction, I tell you movies, books, TV shows.

In 2013, in the small creative communication agency I was working for, my friend and former colleague Christelle would put on her headphones and work to the sound of this show called the Ten Minute Podcast. She told me I should listen to it, I tried but didn't get into it (I still suspect she liked it only because she had a crush on Chris D'Elia).

Fast forward to November 2014, all my new friends in California are talking about it, my Twitter timeline is full of references to it. I cannot not listen to it. I'm caught in the Serial storm. I started pretty late in the game but caught up fast enough to be able to listen anxiously to the final episode with the rest of the (English-speaking) world.

Since then, I've added a few ones to my collection according to my own taste, and fellow bloggers' recommendations. I usually listen to podcasts while I'm driving, but mostly while taking a walk in my neighborhood.

As I work from home, I need to get some exercise or, at least, force myself to get out of the house. So I took the habit to go for a walk and create a "fake commute" before getting back to work after lunch.

5 podcasts for a happier life by Conscious by Chloé

Here is the list of my past, current and even future favorite podcasts:

1. Serial
My first and favorite podcast which tells one story - a true story - over the course of an entire season. The first season was about Adnan Syed, who was arrested, convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend & a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland.
I cannot wait for the next season and really, really hope that it will be as good as the first one, second seasons can be tricky (True Detective, anyone?).
Category: News & Politics

2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
A podcast where Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and co-host Elizabeth Craft, her younger sister, bring practical and manageable advice about happiness and good habits.
I started listening to it after finishing Gretchen's book, The Happier Project which progressively inspired me to launch this blog.
Category: Self-Help

3. Limetown
A seven-part podcast where narrator Lia Haddock tries to answer the question "What happened to the people of Limetown?" who all disappeared one night some ten years ago, never to be heard from again.
I've only listened to 2 episodes (the third one came out yesterday), but I'm hooked.
Category: Fiction

4. The Mortified Podcast
A podcast where adults share their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives.
I often look like a crazy person, walking alone and bursting out laughing. I seriously sometimes regret not having written a journal when I was a kid, but I'm also relieved because I can only imagine the embarassment I would feel should I re-read it, or, in this case, read it in front of a crowd!
Category: Personal Journals

5. You must remember this
A storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century.
Right now, I'm focusing on the Audrey Hepburn episodes and even extended my research to finally watching Breakfast At Tiffany's on Netflix. This might turn into an obsession...
Category: TV & Film

I love the diversity of my playlist. From fiction to news, journal reading to story-telling, I can chose episodes according to how much time I have and what mood I'm in.

Also, Creative Mornings launched their own podcast (I already love attending their design conferences, more on this subject later) and I cannot wait for the first episode of #Girlboss radio by Nastygal founder Sophia Amoruso.

Do you listen to podcasts? Any favorites in English, French or Spanish? I'd love to hear your recommendations! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.