60 episodes

Tiny Victories is the 15 minute podcast that pushes back on the notion that you have to "go big" or "go home". Sometimes just going is the victory. Each week, hosts Annabelle Gurwitch and Laura House invite listeners to adopt a TINY victory frame of mind, and share tales of fleeting joys and minor accomplishments in this majorly messed-up world.

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    • 4.4 • 213 Ratings

Tiny Victories is the 15 minute podcast that pushes back on the notion that you have to "go big" or "go home". Sometimes just going is the victory. Each week, hosts Annabelle Gurwitch and Laura House invite listeners to adopt a TINY victory frame of mind, and share tales of fleeting joys and minor accomplishments in this majorly messed-up world.

    Book Lovers II: Good Reads & Good Friends

    Book Lovers II: Good Reads & Good Friends

    This week Laura and Annabelle bring you part two of their discussion on writing we love. We have calls to the Tiny Victory Hotline from FANTI’s Jarrett Hill, and stage and screen’s Tonya Pinkins. Plus we’ll hear some titles that listeners recommended via tweet. So curl up around your favorite podcast player and get a writing instrument so you can jot down all the recommendations. Or just listen and come back to this page to find links to authors and books mentioned.

    • 15 min
    Victory on the Bat Boat!

    Victory on the Bat Boat!

    This week, Laura joins arms with Austin’s tourists to float down the river and enjoy the city’s millions of bats at sunset. Why was this the FIRST TIME Laura had taken this trip despite having lived in Austin many years? Perhaps for the same reason(s) you’ve avoided fun excursions in your backyard. Plus, Madge Woods calls the hotline and she’s just not gonna deal with any bogus charges.

    • 20 min
    PSA: Write Your Victories Down!

    PSA: Write Your Victories Down!

    Happy week of (American) Thanksgiving! Annabelle and Laura hit pause on their anxiety this week to acknowledge things that they're grateful for. And House tells us about a major mental breakthrough she had with the help of her career coach, Kristine Oller. As listeners know, for the past few months House has been busy with a TV writing gig. And when it ended, House was able to beat back the depression spiral thanks to some advice from her career coach and a pen and paper. Plus, a new listener calls in about an old episode: Sad Songs.

    • 18 min
    To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo?

    To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo?

    This week, Laura and Annabelle consider what it means to have a tattoo, and ask the question: Do ephemeral tattoos count? Should Annabelle get one? Plus, a listener calls in with a dapping success story, prompting Annabelle to do some research to 1) learn what it is, and 2) explore the handshake’s remarkable history.

    • 18 min
    National Book Lover's Day!

    National Book Lover's Day!

    These week, we’re celebrating National Book Lover’s Day by recommending some of our favorite books. As the episode had been conceived, Annabelle, Laura and Swish would each recommend a book and read a favorite passage. But there was so much to say that this is now going to be a two-part episode. 

    After you listen to the episode, be sure to call and tell us what you love about one of your favorite books. We especially want to hear recommendations for titles that aren’t on the NYT Bestseller’s list. We may include your message in part two.

    • 14 min
    A Trio of Victories!

    A Trio of Victories!

    This week Laura & Annabellein celebrate the small stuff with three different callers: Ben, Shira and Carol. Ben created a meaningful routine; Shira cheered up after hearing about hoops, and Carol shouted at a stranger, and liked it! It’s a hotline call round-up with something for everyone to love.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

kittymommie ,

Thank you!

“You’ve gotta laugh or you’re gonna cry”...Wisdom from grandma became a soul saving podcast. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Rowstarboard ,

Love it!

Thank you for reminding us to celebrate the tiny victories in life!

NoraSpaceAce ,

I don’t feel calm listening to this

This could just be a generational or demographic thing, but hearing the hosts refer to “back during the pandemic,” while cases are increasing in certain high-population areas and unvaccinated kids are about to go to school together really rubbed me the wrong way. Also there’s some casual ableist language that, while common in conversations still, is something I in particular am sensitive to. I can recognize that this is a me thing mostly- but other listeners might want to know.

If you’re looking for something kind and gentle to replace the Friendshipping-shaped hole in your podcast heart, this feels more like a step back from that then a continuation. Still valuable to those who need an introduction to this mindset, but can come across as dismissive to some (me in particular).

This is not to say I found the hosts annoying or anything petty like that, they seem like they’re having a lot of fun! And it’s clear this pod is helpful to a lot of folks! I guess the tone comes across as less of a hug, and more of an affectionate noogie. And depending on your personality, that might be what you need, or you might find it uncomfortable. Like most art, your millage may vary.

Tldr; it’s probably a nice starting spot if you’re just getting started with recognizing your tiny, everyday victories. But doesn’t quite have the kindness I’m looking for. I want a good hug, this pod’s more like a noogie. Just not my thing.

And so my tiny victory today was recognizing that something wasn’t actually making me happy, and letting it go

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