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A weekly podcast for people who are obsessed with self improvement. Carly Jacobs and Kelly Exeter road test a different life hack each week and will tell you whether it’s awesome or a total waste of time.

Straight and Curly Straight and Curly - For Self-improvement Junkies

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A weekly podcast for people who are obsessed with self improvement. Carly Jacobs and Kelly Exeter road test a different life hack each week and will tell you whether it’s awesome or a total waste of time.

    137 - How to be grateful

    137 - How to be grateful

    So here we are, our last episode for the year.

    Normally what we do in the final episode is a Year in Review episode. But that wasn't going to be appropriate for this year. 

    So, instead, we've decided to revisit our second ever episode - the one we did on gratitude, the one we never want anyone to go back and listen to because we feel it is so cringey. It's the one where we talked about gratitude journals and how neither of us have ever been able to do the gratitude journal thing because every time we would write in a gratitude journal, it kind of reflected our privilege back at us and made us feel like 'why do you even need to be writing in a gratitude journal, seriously, what's not to be grateful for in your lives?' 

    But then, ironically, in a very recent episode (Episode 132), listeners would have heard both of us mention gratitude as something that allows us to show up for each day with good energy, even when we're tired and exhausted. So, it seems we've both matured somewhat with regard to gratitude. 

    And we thought a really fitting way to finish off this year was to each share 5 things we've been grateful for this year.

    • 32 min
    136 - Managing Perfectionism

    136 - Managing Perfectionism

    In this episode, we're revisiting a topic we’ve done in the past: perfectionism.

    The weird thing about perfectionism is relatively few people realise that certain behaviours they’re indulging are related to the perfectionistic tendencies they have. The funny thing about many perfectionists is that they don’t think they’re perfectionists. (They think perfectionists want to be perfect at everything and if there are things they can be non-perfectionistic about, then they’re not perfectionists.)

    The reality is, we are all capable of perfectionistic behaviour. Sometimes it‘s harmless and you don‘t have to worry too much about it. But sometimes it can affect your life in a suboptimal way. Usually in the form of trying to achieve the completely unrealistic expectations you have of yourself.

    So that's what we're tackling in this episode with these tips:
    Stop comparing
    Practice self-compassion
    Stop complaining
    Stop pushing yourself
    Be aware of the signs of perfectionism

    • 32 min
    135 - Re-Writing The Stories You Tell Yourself

    135 - Re-Writing The Stories You Tell Yourself

    QUICK NOTE: We apologise for the quality of Kelly's audio in this episode. She's not sure what she did differently to normal, but it created a quality of audio that couldn't be cleaned up in post-production. 

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    A few episodes ago we mentioned the concept of re-writing the stories you tell yourself. Everyone wanted more on that topic so we’d thought we’d do a whole episode on it. It's worth noting this is a really big topic. So, as always, these steps aren't intended to be all-encompassing.

    Think of them as more of a starter pack to get you on your way :)
    Be aware of the stories you tell yourself
    Come at them with curiosity rather than judgement
    Identify which stories you want to re-write
    Change just one story at a time

     

    • 34 min
    134 - Is Failing 15% of The Time the Key To Success?

    134 - Is Failing 15% of The Time the Key To Success?

    QUICK NOTE: We apologise for the quality of Kelly's audio in this episode. She's not sure what she did differently to normal, but it created a quality of audio that couldn't be cleaned up in post-production. 

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    This topic actually came from one of our listeners, Cat Rodie who linked us to this HuffPo article. Here's a quick excerpt:

    "Educational scholars have long recognised that in order to learn and grow, people need to fail every once in a while. But the latest study, led by the University of Arizona, proposes a mathematical formula for this.

    For optimal learning and progression, tasks need to be hard enough for us to fail 15% of the time, or succeed 85% of the time, the researchers suggest."

    So, look, we're taking this research and findings with a grain of salt - but we used it to have some fun with number and also to talk more generally about failure and why we're both fans of it.

    • 30 min
    133 - How to make good decisions when you're tired, anxious and depressed

    133 - How to make good decisions when you're tired, anxious and depressed

    This is a listener-driven episode thanks to Renee who asked in the Straight and Curly Facebook group:

    Any tips from the brains trust in how to not let emotion cloud your judgement (especially when you’re currently exhausted, depressed and anxious)?

    Our group members had some awesome advice for this and there was a definite theme to that advice. Kelly and Carly shared the tips from the group before going into some of their own, and speaking to their own experience of having to make good decisions from a place of exhaustion and anxiety.

    • 32 min
    132: How To Have Good Energy Even When You're Exhausted

    132: How To Have Good Energy Even When You're Exhausted

    Kelly is battling grief. Carly is in the first year of a baby. We're both exhausted. Yet we have to show up with good energy each day for our kids and our family and our clients. Here's how we do it:
    Prioritise sleep
    Exercise every day
    Eat well
    Be careful what we say yes to
    Manage workload carefully
    Stay away from unnecessary drama
    Know what's important in life and be grateful if you have it
    Know a positive attitude can provide an energy boost, not just to you, but those around you

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

LuckyLeslie13 ,

Comforting and helpful

I just discovered this podcast and already love Kelly and Carly. I relate to both of them in different ways, it truly is like having a great therapeutic chat with friends. I’m looking forward to future episodes once they are back in June. In the meantime I’m off to listen to all past episodes! Much Love from Canada!

abarrvan ,

Simply the best.

I see a new Straight and Curly episode available, and I feel next level excitement! I savour listening to each episode! Carly and Kelly provide their opinion on the complex thing we called life. They do so from a genuine, kind, non-preachy stance, and like I mentioned, they always come from a place of their own opinion/experience. The bonus is that they are incredibly informed and researched, so they are able back up their rationale for how they do life. I love you ladies, and thank you for sharing your gifts and chat with the world.

With gratitude,
Andrea Barr from Vancouver, Canada

Chilly47 ,

Love this podcast

Interesting topics. The hosts complement each other so well. It’s my go to weekly podcast. In fact, I have re- down loaded all the podcasts to listen again. Thank you so much

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