Have you ever wondered, "How did they do that?" Well, I have too! I'm Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Dying To Ask is the podcast that gets me off a TV news set and into candid conversations with authors, entrepreneurs and influencers I've been dying to talk to. So, brace yourself for a verbal gut check about what it takes to go from idea to reality. And who knows, maybe along the way we'll get some answers to the questions that you've been dying to ask.
The Power Of a Beginner’s Mindset
What if I told you the key to personal growth could be forgetting everything you know? It's called a beginner's mind, and it's worth mastering.
It's the idea of approaching something with a 100% fresh perspective or like you've never done it before.
Do you remember the thrill of riding a bike? How about learning to read? Speaking another language and actually having someone understand what you're saying?
Beginner's mind is a little like the social media trend, "I was today years old when..."
It's a powerful tool.
Mastering a beginner's mindset can pay off big time for your physical and mental health.
And it's linked to boosting creativity and overall happiness.
On this Dying to Ask:
The areas of your life that can benefit from a beginner's mindset.
Three ways to develop a beginner's mind.
Why We All Want Glowy Skin With Elise Hu, Author Of ’Flawless’
The Korean Wave continues and it's coming after your pores. Korean exports of beauty products have surpassed smartphones.
Elise Hu is the author of "Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital."
Hu is a journalist and podcaster who currently is the host of "Ted Talks Daily."
Flawless is inspired by her years working as an NPR bureau chief in Seoul, South Korea.
The book examines how South Korea's pervasive beauty culture spread globally as the latest ripple of a Korean Wave of entertainment and tech.
"Six out of 10 of all Netflix subscribers in the world have watched some sort of Korean content. When it comes to Korean beauty, Korea is now exporting more cosmetics and skin care and skin care tools than it exports in smartphones," Hu said.
Hu's book is part memoir, part international investigative reporting, and well-researched.
Fun fact: Elise and I are both graduates of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and our former professor connected us for this interview!
On this 'Dying to Ask':
How Korean beauty culture seeped into and then dominated beauty culture around the world
What is technological gaze, and how it impacts your feelings about yourself
How Zoom forever changed and blurred the visual and virtual world
Why is glowy skin a thing?
A reality check on how much beauty costs in terms of time and money
And how do we get to a better balance in our lives where we're more accepting of who we actually are?
’Growing Up In Public’ With Author Dr. Devorah Heitner
Growing up on the internet may not be as bad as we thought.
The first generation of kids exposed to a fully digital childhood is coming of age.
Their childhoods have been radically different than their parents' childhoods.
That's led a lot of parents to instinctively want to control kids' access to things like screen time and social media by installing limits and trackers on phones.
It's like a digital tug-of-war between parent and child with sometimes unintended consequences.
Dr. Devorah Heitner is an expert in all things family and tech and she has spent years looking at the impact of screens on kids.
Her new book, Growing Up in Public, examines the good and bad about growing up in a digital world.
Her message is non-judgmental and in many ways, she's more positive about teen screen exposure than their parents are.
In fact, a lot of teens are expressing frustration with their parents after, in some cases, discovering how much of their childhood was shared on social media.
Heitner says parents often express frustration with how much their kids share online. But, in her experience, kids often have a better grasp of online privacy than kids do.
Heitner says, "I have met so many kids who are so embarrassed by things that their parents are posting. When I go into schools, I'll ask kids to step in a circle if their friends have posted something that's embarrassing, and about half the kids will step in. Then, if I say step in if your parents have ever posted something embarrassing, and 100% of the kids will step into the circle."
On this Dying to Ask:
What it's like to grow up in public.
Why Heitner emphasizes mentoring over monitoring.
Two things parents should do before posting about their kids on social media.
A warning for schools and families when it comes to education apps that track assignments and grades.
Why Heitner isn't a fan of tracking apps like Life 360.
4 Habits To Set Your kid (And Yourself) Up For School Success
It's back to school time and that means back to anxiety for a lot of families. But four easy tips could lessen stress for kids and parents.
Jenn Curtis is an educational consultant, the founder of FutureWise, and co-author of "The Parent Compass." She says back to school stress is normal. But, going into the school year with a plan can help.
The school year is a natural reset for families and a great time to shake up habits, both in and out of the classroom.
Jenn has four tips to help improve academic success for kids. The funny thing? Those tips are applicable to all ages!
It starts with setting out some goals and then setting your kids (and yourself) up for success.
On this Dying to Ask:
How to set goals with your kids for the school year
Why you need a "family meeting" at the start of the year
How to form a "what if" plan in case kids run into trouble academically
4 tips to set your kid (and yourself) up for success this school year
Can you be successful without social media?
Making a mark without leaving a digital footprint. It's tough to do, but debut novelist Elizabeth Castellano is pulling it off.
Elizabeth, or Liz as she goes by, is the author of "Save What's Left."
In a field where a strong digital footprint is often a predictor of professional success, Liz is defying the odds.
Her book is one of the most buzzed-about titles this summer. People Magazine called it one of the best books of the summer.
You can credit a lot of things for Liz's success, but a strong social media presence isn't one of them.
Liz has a three-line bio on her website and doesn't do social media.
"I got off social media a couple of years after college. I just decided not for me. I don't like it. I think there's more harm than good. I just felt better being off of it, and so it just stuck, and you do miss things," says Liz.
On this 'Dying to Ask':
What pushed Liz off social media, and how that impacted her mental health and creativity.
How unusual it is for a "creative" not to use social media to promote a product.
What it's like to be an "overnight success."
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Seeing A Gold Medal Moment In The 1-Year Countdown To The 2024 Paris Olympics
Been there, done that. I've never been so glad to say that covering a one-year countdown to an Olympics.
It's been a few years since that milestone didn't involve significant talk about the pandemic.
This year felt, dare I say it, normal.
I had that realization while doing an interview with 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Gabe Gardner. I covered Gardner's golden moment in Beijing and we've been friends ever since. Gabe is still active with Team USA. He's worked as an athlete liaison and Board Member for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Endowment.
Gabe is one of my go-to interviews as we hit the one-year mark to an Olympics. In the last couple of Olympics, we've focused on pandemic protocols, masking, testing and all things COVID-19.
This year, we talked about the fun stuff. It was deliciously normal. And we both remarked after the interview that it felt good to get back to something we'd done before. Been there, done that.
On this Dying to Ask:
A challenge to all of us to recognize and appreciate these moments as they come up post-pandemic
And I'll play the full Q&A I did with Gabe with his thoughts on the one-year countdown to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.
Love your podcast
Being an early riser I’ve watched you on KCRA3 and started listening to your podcast this past year. I’ve especially loved the annual summer book lists and have finished several this summer. I’ve enjoyed the variety of topics and guests along with tips and life hacks. Keep up the good work!!
Small Luxuries in our lives episode 200 review
Some people like to do Netflix binging, whereas I do podcast binging, for I don't want to miss any of the great content, wisdom, and fun facts that Deirdre's podcast has to offer through all her amazing guests, as well as her great questions and interesting facts interspersed throughout the conversation. I relish that each podcast can turn us into more empathetic, healthier, and happier human beings. I also love all the ideas that we can implement right away. For instance, episode 200 really stood out as being full of ideas on how to apply self-care on a daily basis. My favorite small luxuries are: making our own Boba tea that we drink in special glasses that we bought just for the drinks and making infused water in a big colorful jar with cucumber, watermelon, lemon, mint, and whatever fruit I have around, to name just a few. And last, but not the least, the conversation between Deirdre and her guest/coworker Edie Lambert was filled with joy and enthusiasm to turn listeners into more joyous human beings. Thank you so much for your dedication and brilliant podcasts, Deirdre, as well as for enriching our lives one podcast, one guest, and one inspirational story at a time. Carmen, your dying to listen raving fan!
Great Podcast!!! Love the list you and Edie came up with and shared. I’m making my little luxury list now.