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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?

You are never not supported

One week after arriving in Portland - still living in motels/working from cafés during the week and camping on week-ends - I attended the June Creative Mornings session.

Funny coincidence, exactly one year before, I had attended another Creative Mornings conference in LA while I was living at a friend's place, having just moved from Switzerland to California.

This time, I had no idea who the speaker was, but I usually trust the judgement of the CM community and went to the Portland Arts Museum full of hope and confidence, ready to hear words of wisdom and meet new friends.

After being introduced by Creative Morning Portland's host Tsilli Pines, Jennifer Armbrust entered the stage and started her talk with some meditation, which reminded me of how my philosophy teacher back in high school used to dedicate a few minutes to listening to a song or telling a story, reading a book or watching a video in order to make a transition from the outside world to the world of philosophy.

During this exercise, she said something that has stuck with me:

You are never not supported Jennifer Armbrust meditation by Conscious by Chloé

I don't know why, of all the many, many interesting subjects she developed, this one affected me the most. Maybe it's because I was in an unstable position, starting a new life (again), looking for a place to live, not knowing anybody here. I was pretty happy & exciting about this new adventure, yet I might just needed someone to remind me this: No matter what, you will never not be supported (by the Earth).

It's funny to see how a couple words can make you feel secure again. Octave's friend Rémy has another way to cope with stressful situations by visualizing how huge the universe is and how small we are.

The whole conference was very inspiring to me, and I keep referring to it and sending links to the talk to my friends. For those who want to know more, I'll just say that Jenn is an artist and a consultant; she approaches business as art. Amongst other rad projects including an art gallery, she developed 3 projects that piqued my interest: her Feminist Business School, her Proposal for the Feminine Economy and Sister.

Here is the video of Jennifer's conference, if you'd like to watch it.

What about you, what makes you stay strong when everything else is falling apart? What's your mantra?

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.