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The Podcast That Helps You Create Little Habits, For a Big Life. Formerly known as Straight & Curly / Poductivity.

Presented by Carly Jacobs

Very Excellent Habits Carly Jacobs

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 253 Ratings

The Podcast That Helps You Create Little Habits, For a Big Life. Formerly known as Straight & Curly / Poductivity.

Presented by Carly Jacobs

    5 Very Excellent Habits To Help You Stop Obsessing Over Your Body

    5 Very Excellent Habits To Help You Stop Obsessing Over Your Body

    I used to think I waxed my legs because I enjoyed the silky sensation of smooth skin but the truth is I was taught to enjoy the silky sensation of smooth skin. My male partner wasn’t taught this. So if it was so great why doesn’t he do it? And would I have ever even thought about how my legs feel if the beauty industry didn’t bring it up all the time? 


    If I lived in total isolation and my body looked the same as it does now would hate it? To be honest, I probably wouldn’t even think about it. And I wish we all had that. 


    This week’s guest is my beautiful friend April from @TheBodzilla - we’ve been online and real-life friends for YEARS and April is walking apple pie. She’s so positive and bright and gorgeous. Her smile is off the chain. You know when you meet people and they smile at you and it’s like you’ve blessed by a rainbow? That’s April. Just one of those mega infectious joy-filled people. She does a lot of work in the body-positive space and I thought she’d be a good person to chat to about improving your own self-talk habits around your body. 


    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 


    If you love the show, consider becoming a Patreon supporter - this week's episode bonus is a resource of Very Excellent People You Should Follow if You Want to Stop Obsessing Over Your Body - you can grab it here. Patreon.com/veryexcellenthabits. 

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    • 48 min
    Goal Setting for Totally Ordinary People

    Goal Setting for Totally Ordinary People

    First up, I hope no one found the title of this episode offensive. It wasn’t supposed to sound like like I am saying you’re not special. You are very special, I promise. 


    99.9% of the world’s population are ordinary. It’s not an insult, it’s just a fact. I’m ordinary - I have a job that pays my bills, I wipe my kids bum several times a day and I have to save up to buy things. I drive myself places in my very ordinary car. I spend most evenings with my ordinary partner with our ordinary kid. I personally think they’re the most brilliant people on the planet and I’m singularly the luckiest woman in existence but in the world wide sense, our little family is ordinary. The Kardashians aren’t ordinary. Oprah isn’t ordinary. Mariah Carey who famously doesn’t carry cash isn’t ordinary. Most of the rest of us are. And I don’t mean that because we aren’t famous or rich none of us are amazing or that we don’t matter. There are sparkly gem humans everywhere. 


    I’m just differentiating us regular folk from the folk that have the microphones and the money and the resources to do whatever the hell they want. It’s not realistic to look at them for advice. They can’t help us. We need to set goals from where we are, not where they are. 


    Perfectionism and imposter syndrome are insidious and they’re directly linked to goal setting failure. We reach for the stars - 30 kilo weight loss, a property portfolio with 10 plus properties, 50 thousand dollars in our savings account, being married with 2.5 kids by the time we’re 30, climbing Mount Everest, competing in the olympics. For us ordinary people it seems like anything less than that is kind of pointless.

    Trust me mate, it’s not. 


    We need to take the glamour, pressure and unrealistic expectations away from goal setting and be a bit more chill about it. 


    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 


    There's also a bonus Goal Setting for Ordinary People Handbook available to compliment this episode - you can grab it on Patreon here. 

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    • 14 min
    Should You Start a Small Business?

    Should You Start a Small Business?

    Honestly? Business ownership isn’t for everyone and that’s totally fine. You beed be a special blend of nuts and bananas to make it work without it destroying your whole life. 

    So… should you start a small business? Only you can answer that question. I wouldn’t have my life any other way but the stress of the constant hustle, no paid holidays or sick leave and the extra financial burden of dealing with your own taxes and super might not be worth it for you. I wake up every day and I get to write - it could be for myself, a client selling a coaching package or I might be writing product descriptions for a major supermarket. The work I do varies but I truly do love it. And to me that makes it worth it. 

    But is it for you? Let’s find out… 

    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 

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    • 32 min
    How To Get Into (or back into) the Habit of Reading

    How To Get Into (or back into) the Habit of Reading

    I’ve had a lot of listeners comment that they’d like more time to read and honestly, it’s a skill. You can absolutely train that muscle and get in some good reading time. So I thought I’d do an episode on how you can read more because reading is bloody pleasant and everyone should do it more. 

    This week’s guest is Kristy from @sometimes_i_read_books on Instagram. I discovered her this year when I started posting book reviews on Instagram and she gives fantastic recommendations. I asked her to be a guest on the podcast and it’s the first time she’s done something like this so naturally I was like ‘Dude, you HAVE to do it!’ because my toxic trait is pushing people out of their comfort zones.  

    Enjoy! 

    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 

    If you love the show, consider becoming a Patreon supporter - even $5 a month would be a huge help in covering production, editing, equipment, promotion and guest wrangling. Visit Patreon.com/poductivity

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    • 39 min
    Minimalism For People Who Live in The Real World

    Minimalism For People Who Live in The Real World

    Recently on Instagram I did one of those 'make an assumption' about me style things and someone made the assumption that I’m a minimalist and I said, yeah I kind of am and that lead to me to sharing a few of my minimalist ways. 

    Since I did that little series people have been specifically interested in what WE do that’s minimalist rather than more general stuff. 

    So here are some minimalist things we do in our house - and yes I do only own a single pair of exercise tights and I explain why in detail in this episode. 

    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 

    There's also a HUGE bonus this episode - a book of 97 Minimalism Tips including everything I mentioned in this episode. It's yours when you become a Patreon supporter for more than $5 per month. 

    If you have any questions or topics you'd like for me to cover you can leave a message at speakpipe.com/veryexcellenthabits. 

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    • 27 min
    Resilience and Self Care Habits for 2021 - When You're So Burnt Out You Can Hardly Function

    Resilience and Self Care Habits for 2021 - When You're So Burnt Out You Can Hardly Function

    We’re all tired. So tired. 

    Everyone has been affected by the pandemic, most of us directly. Half the world are entering their second year in lockdown and even though vaccines are being rolled out worldwide it’s still going to be a while before things go back to whatever ‘normal’ will be again. 

    This virus doesn’t discriminate and we’ve all had to do hard things. Give up work, work from home, work from home with kids. Stop socialising, stop travelling, stop visiting each other in our homes. Close businesses, lose incomes. At worst we’ve lost lives. At the time of recording this podcast 2.8 million people have died worldwide. Our mental, physical and emotional health has taken a collective battering and it’s still not over. We’re exhausted. 

    Then there’s the sense of impending doom about the global financial recovery. What will international travel look like? When can families living abroad see each other again? What kind of an impact has the need for next-level hygiene had on the waste reduction we were working so hard to achieve? Will CBDs ever be the same again now we know people can work effectively from home?

    It’s a mess. 

    This week’s friend guest is one of my best friends on the planet, Fliss. She’s also a psychologist so not only is she an amazing friend she’s also pretty useful to have on the podcast. Mainly because she’s so calm and serene - you’ll feel better just listening to her. 

    If you’re interested in anything you heard about on today’s show just click here for the show notes. 

    If you love the show, consider becoming a Patreon supporter - even $5 a month would be a huge help in covering production, editing, equipment, promotion and guest wrangling. Visit Patreon.com/veryexcellenthabits

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

Annabella883 ,

Love it

One of my absolute favourite podcasts, Carly is supa engaging, bubbly, relevant and full of very excellent ideas. 100% brilliant! Love your style Carly!! Thankyou

Mads2298 ,

Great podcast

This is one of my favourite uplifting, straight talking podcasts. Carly is a great host, and the guests are always really interesting.

TMC227 ,

Enjoyable weekly podcast

I always enjoyed Carly’s blog/social media content so was delighted to find this podcast. The topics are really interesting and Carly and her guests are always engaging. If ever I think an episode is not for me, I still give it a listen and still get something out of it!

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