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We know a secret about you. You? Are Awesome. Feeling unsure about that? Put on your favorite bold lipstick and listen up because Meg Tietz and her co-hosts Kelly Gordon and Rebekah Hoffer are here to help you discover all the awesome within yourself and the world around you! Kick off your weekend every Friday with the best friends you've never met, and discover why Sorta Awesome is more than a podcast - it's community on the go.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

We know a secret about you. You? Are Awesome. Feeling unsure about that? Put on your favorite bold lipstick and listen up because Meg Tietz and her co-hosts Kelly Gordon and Rebekah Hoffer are here to help you discover all the awesome within yourself and the world around you! Kick off your weekend every Friday with the best friends you've never met, and discover why Sorta Awesome is more than a podcast - it's community on the go.

    Ep. 420 Let's deep dive!

    Ep. 420 Let's deep dive!

    Raise your hand if you’d like to take a little break from all things holiday, and go deeeeep into some fascinating topics with Meg and Rebekah! You know how sometimes, you just get totally into a subject and the next thing you know, you are chatting up strangers at the grocery store with all of your newfound knowledge? Well, that’s Meg and Rebekah this week, except instead of bothering strangers, they are bringing the Awesomes along for the dive! From movie magic to YouTube concert footage to viral frustrations to what TikTok gets wrong about feminism, they have a LOT of words about what they can’t stop thinking about these days!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    *Raycon: Go to BUYRAYCON.com/sorta to get 15% off SITEWIDE with code HOLIDAY—plus free shipping!
    *Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout
    SHOW NOTES:
    Rebekah’s AotW: Soma's Enbliss Soft Stretch Hipster underwear
    Meg’s AotW: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner
    Meg’s favorite YouTube deep dive: Defunctland: Disney’s FastPass: A complicated history
    Movie Making Deep Dive (starts at 17:00)
    Josh Props
    Stunt Props
    Fake Ice Cream
    Fake Poop
    Jessica Steinrock
    Modesty & Barrier Protection
    Strapless Thong
    Kevin and the Female Gaze deep dive (starts at 35:05)
    Note from Meg: Kevin’s TikTok profile is no longer available
    CLIP OF KEVIN VIDEO is in 2:15 of this video from Jarvis Johnson: The Female Gaze Guy Sucks
    The Problem with the "Female Gaze Guy"
    Explainer: what does the ‘male gaze’ mean, and what about a female gaze?
    Recreating Adam: Romance and the Hazard of the Female Gaze
    Music Releases & TikTok (starts at 57:28)
    "Unholy" is a Hot & Heavy Single with a Lukewarm Reception
    Lewis Capaldi
    https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR4CbsNf/
    https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR4CGbGs/
    The Awesome of Nathaniel Rateliff (starts at 1:04:52)
    Rolling Stone: The Long Shot: Nathaniel Rateliff’s Long, Hard, Booze-Soaked Road to Stardom
    Solo Album: And It’s Still Alright (2020)
    with the Nightsweats: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (2015); Tearing at the Seams (2018); The Future (2021)
    YouTube performances:
    Sessions: At home with Nathaniel Rateliff (November 2020)
    Levitate Music & Arts Festival (July 2019)
    Live at Red Rocks (September 2020)
    Rock the Garden (September 2022)
    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 416: You’re invited to our FAVORITE THINGS party!
    Ep. 415: What happens when you love what you love
    Ep. 409: Would You Rather—Round 2!
    Ep. 400: Would You Rather—4 vs 400 edition!
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 419 Let's talk about midlife: support for grief & losing a parent

    Ep. 419 Let's talk about midlife: support for grief & losing a parent

    The holidays are here, but not everyone is feeling festive. Grief all of kinds can feel even heavier during the holidays, and a difficult part of the midlife season is grieving the loss of parents. In this new episode of the Midlife with Mindy and Meg series, they discuss their own experiences with losing a parent and share helpful, encouraging, compassionate insights on how to support friends who are experiencing this loss. As always, they offer inspiration for discovering the beauty even in the darker moments of life!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    *Everlywell: Go to Everlywell.com/awesome for 20% off your next at-home lab test
    SHOW NOTES:
    Pediatric pulse oximeter
    Adult pulse oximeter
    Blockbuster on Netflix
    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 413: Let’s Talk About Midlife: How to Know if You are in the Club
    Ep. 380: Let’s Talk About Midlife: Brain Fog and Cycle Chaos
    Ep. 389: Let’s Talk About Midlife: Nonstop Appetite & Historical Hysteria
    Ep. 395: Let’s Talk About Midlife: Parenting Our Parents and Life in the Middle
    Ep. 401: Let’s Talk About Midlife: The Ups and Downs of Sex!
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Mindy on Instagram and as a regular on the Currently Reading podcast! Mindy also produced and created Bookend Homeschoolers.
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 418 Gift Guide 2022: All the gifts we love!

    Ep. 418 Gift Guide 2022: All the gifts we love!

    Sure, you’ve seen other holiday gift guides, but how many gift guides are made BY Awesomes, FOR Awesomes?! Meg is joined by Kelly and Rebekah this week for the newest edition of the Sorta Awesome holiday gift guide!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    *Butcher Box: Sign up today at butcherbox.com/AWESOME and use code AWESOME to get two 10 oz ribeyes FREE in every box for a whole year when you join. Plus $10 off!
    *Issu: Get started with Issu for FREE today or sign up for an annual premium account and get 50% off at Issu.com/podcast and use promo code AWESOME
    SHOW NOTES:
    Easily shop items from today’s episode at Sorta Awesome: Things we LOVE! 2022
    KELLY’S LISTS:
    Gifts for Geeks and Nerds:
    SnoogTees
    My Hero Academia board game
    Soundproof foam for walls
    Personalized minifigs
    Keyboard skins or covers
    Custom Converse
    Family Fun:
    Clue Escape and Solve game
    Bonus: Box One
    Jackbox
    Cravebox
    Pasta maker
    Nespresso
    Puzzle table
    Dowdle
    Buffalo Games puzzles (arcade puzzle)
    50 States of Beauty
    Social Media Made Me Buy It:
    Kitch—Non-heating hair wrap for curly hair
    Woobles
    AirPods case
    Cool Pet glasses holder
    Cat glasses holder
    REBEKAH’S LISTS:
    Babies & Littles
    Wooden Tables & Chairs Set
    Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs
    Other Learning Resources Jumbo Animal Sets
    Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Stack
    Fat Brains Toys Whirly Squigz

    Kids, Tweens, & Teens
    Book Series Suggestions:
    Dogman
    Whatever After
    City Spies
    Other ideas:
    Mail Order Mystery
    Face Planter Pot
    Natural Crystal LED String Lights
    Mooas Cube Timer
    Adults
    Erin Condren Lap Desk
    Daily Calendar from Social Print Studio
    MEG’S LISTS:
    Things I bought and liked:
    Shark HyperAir hair dryer
    lookHUMAN mugs
    Laneige lip mask
    Gold hoop earrings
    Bose Quiet Comfort Bluetooth Headphones
    Quirky gifts:
    Flower bouquet bricks
    Mini greenhouse
    LCD drawing pad
    Future Ghost line
    Hard-to-shop-for gifts:
    Goldbelly’s Top 50 gifts
    Tempurpedic sleep mask
    Manta sleep mask
    Hotel Lobby candles
    Simple Modern insulated drinkware
    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 357 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2021
    Ep. 222 Sorta Awesome Holiday gift guide 2019!
    Ep. 171 Sorta Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2018
    Extra Awesome: Holiday Gift Guide 2017
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 417 Holiday home hacks you're going to love!

    Ep. 417 Holiday home hacks you're going to love!

    The holiday season can be … complicated. But your friends at Sorta Awesome want to make things EASIER for you this year because easier = MORE AWESOME. Meg and Kelly have done the digging and researched the web to bring you some tips, tricks, and hacks to make this holiday season just a little bit easier for you! From tree trimming to what to serve guests to ways to make your home look (and smell!) holiday-tastic, they’ve got you covered!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    And! Check out Rebekah’s very awesome debrief of her trip to Austin to see Harry Styles over on our Patreon!
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    *Pair Eyewear: For a limited time, shop Pair’s holiday sale for 20% off at paireyewear.com!
    *Foria: Get 20% off your first order by visiting foriawellness.com/AWESOME or use code AWESOME at checkout
    SHOW NOTES:
    Kelly’s AotW: Torani seasonal syrup packs (bonus—this would be a great gift!)
    Meg’s AotW: Beyond the blinds podcast
    FOR THE KITCHEN
    Designed to the Nines (transform a store-bought cake)
    Sheet pan pancakes
    Ree’s sheet pan pancakes
    Even faster sheet pan pancakes (with Bisquick!)
    FOR THE HOME
    DIY Snow globe scenes
    Inexpensive bottle brush trees
    Make an icicle hallway
    FOR THE TREE
    Evergreen pipe cleaners
    Kelly’s tree timer
    LightKeeper Pro Holiday Light Repair Tool
    Christmas tree water sensor
    SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
    Cedar Cranberry Luminaries
    Holiday stovetop potpourri (Bonus: give it as a gift!)
    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 362: Re-imagining Our Holidays
    Ep. 270: Hallmark and Chill: Cozy Movies for Your Holiday Season
    Ep. 224: Favorite Holiday Traditions: Yours & Ours
    Ep. 220: How to be Awesome with Holiday Giving
    Ep. 218: Do This now for a Less-Stress Holiday Season!
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website!
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 416 You're invited to our FAVORITE THINGS party!

    Ep. 416 You're invited to our FAVORITE THINGS party!

    It’s a party, and of COURSE you are invited, Awesome! As the holiday season kicks off, we want to make sure you are ready for every gift exchange you are invited to, so the Sorta Awesome team is throwing a Favorite Things party just for you! Tune in to hear what each person on the team picked to get you all ready for the gift-giving days ahead!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    And! Check out Rebekah’s very awesome debrief of her trip to Austin to see Harry Styles over on our Patreon!
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    *Everlywell: Go to Everlywell.com/awesome for 20% off your next at-home lab test
    *Raycon: Go to BUYRAYCON.com/sorta and use code EARLYBF to get 20% off SITEWIDE! Or get 30% off Raycon’s exclusive holiday bundles!
    *Fabric: Apply today in just 10 minutes at meetfabric.com/awesome
    SHOW NOTES:
    REBEKAH’S FAVORITE THINGS:

    Free Day Popcorn

    Zig Clean Color Dot Pens

    SARA’S FAVORITE THINGS:

    Papermate Flair felt tip pens

    Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea

    KATIE’S FAVORITE THING: This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch, Tabitha Carvan
    SUPER STAR PICKS FOR FOOD/COOKING:
    Bentgo Salad Container
    Mini Measuring Cup
    Eat Like a Gilmore cookbook
    LORI LYNN’S FAVORITE THING: ELF Cosmetics no-budge shadow sticks
    KATHRYN’S FAVORITE THING: super soft face washcloth
    JULIE’S FAVORITE THING: benefit Highbrow highlighter
    SUPER STAR PICKS FOR SELF-CARE
    Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub
    Soap and Glory body butter
    Mario Badescu mini facial spray
    MINDY’S FAVORITE THING: Tim Tam Slam
    EMILY’S FAVORITE THING: Better Homes and Gardens candle Farm Apple Pumpkin candle
    More fun SUPER STAR PICKS;
    Sip Caddy
    Zebra Sarasa Retractable gel pen
    KELLY’S FAVORITE THINGS:

    Dowdle puzzles


    Woodfire Candle Co - Jelly Jar Wood Wick Soy Candle (favorite scent: Sweater Weather!)

    Béquet Celtic Sea Salt Caramels

    Trader Joe's frozen croissants

    MEG’S FAVORITE THINGS

    Olivewood Cutting board (TJ’s or on Amazon)

    Hoop earrings

    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 357 Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2021
    Ep. 263: Awesome Haul: Black-owned businesses
    Ep. 222 Sorta Awesome Holiday gift guide 2019!
    Ep. 171 Sorta Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2018
    Extra Awesome: Holiday Gift Guide 2017
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
    Find Kelly on Twitter , Instagram and on her website!
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min
    Ep. 415 What happens when you love what you love

    Ep. 415 What happens when you love what you love

    Here on Sorta Awesome, our very first call to action was about discovering the awesome in the everyday, and that mantra has evolved into LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE. But for some of us (many of us?!), finding the freedom to pursue joy can be challenging. Today, Meg and Rebekah dig into what happens in our lives - to us and those around us - when we allow ourselves to celebrate the things we love, no matter what those things might be. If you need a big dose of freedom to feel joy, this conversation is for you!
    As you are shopping Amazon this season, don’t forget that you can support Sorta Awesome for FREE when you shop through our affiliate link: SORTA AWESOME AMAZON: sortaawesomeshow.com/amazon
    And! Check out Rebekah’s very awesome debrief of her trip to Austin to see Harry Styles over on our Patreon!
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
    Bare Necessities: Get 20% off your order at BareNecessities.com and use code awesome20
    Issuu: Get started with Issu for FREE today or sign up for an annual premium account and get 50% off at Issuu.com/podcast and use promo code AWESOME
    SHOW NOTES:
    Meg’s AotW: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
    Rebekah’s AotW: Olive & June Quick Dry Polish (SIMPLYREBEKAH20 for 20% off any system)
    This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something—Anything—Like Your Life Depends On It, Tabitha Carvan
    MORE EPISODES FROM SORTA AWESOME:
    Ep. 392 Romance Starter Pack Part 1
    Ep. 393 Romance Starter Pack Part 2
    Ep. 377 How to REALLY love yourself!
    You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
    Find Rebekah on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
    Visit sortaawesomeshow.com for show notes on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook or @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!
    This post may contain affiliate links, which means we receive a tiny commission from the seller at no additional cost to you, if you purchase from them. We only share products and services we have used, tested, and love ourselves!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 12 min

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So EXCITING!!!!

This is such an awesome podcast! I can't wait for the next one. I love finding myself laughing along with the other ladies!!

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Thank you, Julie!

I have listened to SA since the “old theme song” days and Laura Tremaine, and always appreciate the conversations. I am so grateful for Julie’s voice and to have a strong Jewish woman in the mix amidst the wonderful Christian voices—Catholic, Mennonite, and so on. I think she could do even more to open the perspectives and enrich the content you offer by openly sharing about Jewish holidays and lifecycle.

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Favorite Podcast!

Love love love Sorta Awesome! My favorite podcast for laughter, inspiration, comfort, and ideas for making life more awesome in big and small ways.

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