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The podcast with strategies for creative, quirky, and extraordinary people. Diana Bader and Becky Berry accompany you on the adventure of living life authentically. Learn to squelch the voices in your head that say you're wrong because you think differently and reclaim your best self. If your ideas and dreams are a little bit bigger than most people’s and you’re tired of feeling lost, frustrated or just plain wrong, this podcast is for you.

Uniquely Brilliant Podcast Diana Bader / Becky Berry

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The podcast with strategies for creative, quirky, and extraordinary people. Diana Bader and Becky Berry accompany you on the adventure of living life authentically. Learn to squelch the voices in your head that say you're wrong because you think differently and reclaim your best self. If your ideas and dreams are a little bit bigger than most people’s and you’re tired of feeling lost, frustrated or just plain wrong, this podcast is for you.

    First and Equal

    First and Equal

    On this episode of Uniquely Brilliant, Diana Bader and Becky Berry discuss putting ourselves first and equal to the needs of others.  
    When we forget to treat our needs as equal to the needs of others in our lives, we become stressed and frustrated. We prioritize their needs over our own and shortchange things like rest and relaxation. We also neglect enforcing our boundaries which puts on the highway to exhaustion.
     
    Becky and Diana discuss the tricky areas of honoring our time and our money.
     
    Diana reminds us that money is an exchange of energy. And it’s easy to find ourselves in debt, overspending, or giving our money to others. When we’re not mindful about money matters, we feel drained.
     
    Becky shares her struggles with managing her calendar (aka her time). She forgets to do things like schedule enough times between clients and allow time for rest. When we overcommit by doing too many things or by not taking breaks, we can feel frustrated and overwhelmed.
     
    Becky brings up a favorite Uniquely Brilliant discussion topic: Essentialism. She’s reading another book relating to essentialism: 4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. The concepts in the book echo the concepts of Essentialism: setting priorities, saying no, and enforcing boundaries.
     
    Some tips on putting our needs first and equal:
     
    Establish boundaries. When we set and enforce boundaries around the time we want to spend communicating with others or on social media, it helps us maintain our positive energy.  
    Ask for help. It’s important to be bold when we ask for what we need. If we need to reschedule an appointment, ask for it. As Diana mentions, oftentimes we don’t even know what our needs are and that’s ok! When we figure them, it’s okay (actually, it’s critical) to put our needs at least equal to the needs of others in our lives.  
    Additional Uniquely Brilliant episodes on essentialism:
    Episode 130: Essentialism and Coronavirus
    https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/uniquelybrilliant/id/13999148
     
    Episode 88: Essentialism
    https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/uniquelybrilliant/id/5585187



    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network | Music ©2015 Max Brodie

    • 31 min
    March Slump

    March Slump

    On today’s episode of Uniquely Brilliant, Diana Bader and Becky Berry discuss the March Slump. 
     
    Diana begins this episode by reminding us that two years ago at this time the whole world was shut down because of COVID, and our feeling that we’re in a slump could be a trauma response.
     
    The pandemic and the response to it are different now, but not completely different. Masks, boosters, quarantines - change constantly.
    Becky and Diana point out that everyone has a different comfort level with how to approach the world today. While Covid is still a big threat, Diana points out that there are equal threats to those who are immunocompromised that are rarely mentioned. 
     
    Becky points out that because of the strangeness of our last two Marchs plus  now, it’s easy to lose our sense of agency. We can forget that we can impact our own lives by the choices that we make. 
     
    The unpredictability of the weather in March adds to the slump. The temperatures and weather are all over the place: it can be 80 degrees one day and snow the next day. 
     
    Diana and Becky share their strategies for maintaining their equilibrium. The overarching strategy is to go with the flow of the weather. Diana takes advantage of sunny weather by pursuing outdoor activities. When it’s cold, she stays inside and cooks. 
     
    They also touch on the power of doing activities that soothe you. They go deeper into the power of soothing in Episode 146. 
     
    Full link to 146:
    https://uniquelybrilliant.libsyn.com/episode-146-soothe-yourself-by-grounding



    We can empower ourselves by:
    Picking our battles by choosing what we think about and focus on Looking our emotions in the face and accepting them and choosing whether to surrender to the current circumstance or rise above them Staying in the moment Distracting ourselves with something that makes us feel lighter - listening to music, watching tv, reading, or cooking Changing scenery - going outside, taking a drive, taking a walk  
    When we purposefully choose what we focus on, we feel a greater sense of agency.






    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network | Music ©2015 Max Brodie

    • 30 min
    Smorgasborde

    Smorgasborde

    In this episode of Uniquely Brilliant, Becky Berry and Diana Bader discuss ways to approach the smorgasbord that is life.
     
    Diana starts by discussing her recent experience on a cruise where she learned cruises no longer put out smorgasbords of food like they did before COVID. She draws a parallel between choosing from a smorgasbord and choosing priorities and goals that allow us to enjoy the smorgasbord of life. 
     
    Becky brings this back to essentialism, since essentialism is about focusing on solely the things that are essential to our lives. 
     
    Additional episodes where Becky and Diana discuss Essentialism:
    Episode 88: Essentialism
    Episode 130: Essentialism and Coronavirus. 
     
    They also discuss the importance of delegating tasks so we aren’t taking on everything that’s thrown at us. Diana points out that in order to delegate, we must be able to relinquish control of the task. This also requires asking someone we trust to follow through with the task.
     
    Becky shares her struggles with wanting to provide instant answers to everyone. She reminds us that we do not always have to answer questions immediately. It’s critical to ask when someone needs an answer so we can figure out where the request fits in our priorities. 
     
    Diana and Becky observe that our priorities change throughout time. So, we may find that things we put on our plates even a year ago are no longer critical to us.
     
    It is important to constantly query our options and evaluate what we can let go of that’s not important to us and what we can delegate.
     
    When we like something, it’s okay to try it or taste it. And, if it’s not to our taste, we don’t have to do, wear, or consume it. We can think about our priorities, and choose to put it down. 
     
    Diana shares that many of the things she procrastinates on are frequently things she can turn over to someone else.
     
    Becky and Diana wrap up by reminding us that it’s okay to ask for help and stress that it’s critical to our mental health to know when to ask for help. And, if the people we ask can’t help us, we can ask them to refer us to someone who can. 
     
    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network | Music ©2015 Max Brodie
     
     
     
     
     

    • 32 min
    Run the Dishwasher Twice

    Run the Dishwasher Twice

    Diana Bader and Becky Berry discuss examining our assumptions about rules.
    Their conversation is based on an article Becky read that reminded her to question the rules. In the article a therapist told a client who was struggling with depression and being able to do the things she wanted to get done on a daily basis that she could put her crusty, dirty dishes in the dishwasher and…wait for it…run it twice!
    Sometimes we assume things are hard and fast rules when they’re not. Running the dishwasher twice is both energy and water efficient, while rinsing and scrubbing them by hand is not.
    Becky and Diana also discuss Diana’s progress on tapping into her creativity again creative (you can hear the original discussion in Episode 157).  As a first step, Diana turned to cooking. Cooking grounds her because she uses all of her senses and creativity. She observes that cooking is creative and it gives her the means to prepare and freeze nutritious food for times when she might not have time to cook.
    They remind us that coloring outside the lines is cathartic and remind us that not all decisions are black and white. As Diana says, when we look at things in terms of black and white, we miss out on all of the color.
    They also talk about the little tasks you can do to gain control over a situation when everything seems to be going wrong. It can be as simple as running that cruddy load of dishes through the dishwasher twice. It can also be as simple as making our beds. Becky shares that making her bed soothes her into her mornings (because she’s *not* a morning person).
    Diana reminds us that embracing the power of saying no to things eases our anxiety! Saying no determines where our energy goes, It defines our boundaries and priorities with others.
    How we spend our time shows the world what we value, and having boundaries protects us from being overwhelmed because it helps us to say no when we need to.
    Becky talks about different ways she makes her mornings less stressful, and Diana talks about how she’s learned to ignore things until she has met her priorities!
    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network
    Music ©2015 Max Brodie

    • 36 min
    Recovery is Hard

    Recovery is Hard

    In this episode of Uniquely Brilliant, Diana Bader and Becky Berry talk about the importance of resting, resetting, and recovering.   
    They begin this episode by discussing how many people experienced the beginning of 2022 as a rough start. They talk about their feelings about Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant, and emphasize the importance of staying in the present moment.
    One of the ways to cope with our problems and the world at large is to find humor everywhere we can. We can find sistraction in television show or movie that we enjoy. We can also hang out with a friend who makes us laugh. 
    Diana doubles down on our need to be in the moment.  We experience huge amounts of stress from not forgetting to live in the moment. 
    She suggests that we keep a list of things we enjoy doing so we can pull it out when we are feeling down. When we do something on the list, it helps us stay in the moment so we can enjoy it.
    We can also think about our values (one of Diana’s is creativity) and do activities that align with them. Diana has noticed she needs to dive back into creative pursuits to help her ground herself. 
    Becky and Diana give us permission to stop reading a book in the middle or listening to a podcast anytime we want if they’re not helping us feel better. 
    They point out that it’s important to consume media that lifts us up.
    They remain convinced that we have agency over how we move through our lives - even in year 2 of a worldwide pandemic.
    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network Music ©2015 Max Brodie

    • 31 min
    Episode 156: Be Uniquely Brilliant

    Episode 156: Be Uniquely Brilliant

    In this episode of Uniquely Brilliant, Becky Berry and Diana Bader talk about the value of being our uniquely brilliant selves.    When we embrace who we really are and how we really think, we embrace our unique brilliance!
     In their conversation, Diana and Becky recap some of the character differences between extroverts and introverts - including how they process information. Extroverts like Becky frequently process out loud, while introverts like Diana process within their own minds. 
    Becky talks about the importance of working out her thoughts verbally while Diana discloses that she’s been working on building her ability to process out loud over many years.
    They also discuss the difference between introverts and extroverts in terms of where they draw their energy. Generally speaking, extroverts are energized by people and flourish in groups. Introverts (again, generally speaking) prefer solitude and quiet.
    Becky discusses one of her most frequently quoted phrases: “This is going to work out better than I can imagine.” She uses it because it reminds us to get out of our own way so we are open to possibilities out there that we can’t see or imagine.
    Diana relates this to being in the woods with headphones on. If we are going through the woods with headphones on, then we miss the flowers blooming and the critters running around. When we remain open and remove our headphones, we can see opportunities when they occur. 
    Diana and Becky also discuss what it’s like to fully embrace our uniqueness, and how it feels to reject it. They point out that it’s easier to be ourselves when we are in tune with others who are being themselves.
    They also discuss the strange fact that many of the things people have told us are wrong with us are, indeed, the very things that make us uniquely brilliant.
    Their conversation also covers why having allies at work, or anywhere we feel vulnerable, makes it easier to step into our unique brilliance and be our full selves. 
    ©2022 Cronecast Podcast Network Music ©2015 Max Brodie

    • 42 min

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WAHM42 ,

Great thoughts from people like us

I have been listening to this podcast for about 6 months now. I love that Becky and Diana don’t just talk about what we should do and how we should think, but they share their own wins and places where they are still working on these topics themselves. Their willingness to be authentic helps me feel hopeful even when I encounter setbacks.
I also love how their style makes me feel like I am sitting in a room with friends.

DrPhilrx ,

Great Podcast

Diana and Becky thank you both so much for your efforts to help us all have a different perspective on the uniqueness and special abilities of people who often get labeled or should I say mislabeled as someone they are not. As a pharmacist and particularly one who has a strong belief in natural alternatives, I have for years been trying to steer parents away from the addictive medications that the school or their doctor prescribes for them. Every one of the kids that I have worked with over the years that were labeled with ADD or ADHD, I consider to be uniquely brilliant. Keep up the good work and I wish you much success with your podcast.

gregpayne01 ,

Great Topic

Diana and Becky have a great way of talking about how just beacuse you don't see or react to the world the same as everyone else that you have a lot to contribute. The insights from people who have family members and who work with uniquely brilliant people is fantastic.

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