Alt. episode title: "Examine What You Tolerate". This week, we recount times when we've told ourselves "It's not that bad" when in reality, it was that bad--and actually a lot worse. Why do we do that? What's the price? And how can you be onto yourself before you dig yourself into a too-deep hole?
We talked about
Laura being back from Florida and adorable cat cleanings
funny FaceTime shenanigans with Meadow
feeling trapped in an awkward Airbnb experience with no working Wi-Fi
taking a stroll down a dusty highway in search of food
hissing sounds while trying to fall asleep
having to write an ironically-titled chapter for her book
being in denial the whole time until she finally books into a hotel
having productive days despite it all
politeness and the fear of hurting others’ feelings
feeling invested to stay in an unwanted situation
Meadow’s harrowing nail salon trip in Orange County
a binder, a microphone, some glitter nails, and Abba’s Dancing Queen
Meadow ceasing her perpetual politeness via email
setting boundaries as a customer early so you look less like a jerk
how many first dates Meadow went on after her divorce
her last bad first date and cutting it short.
“You wanted to be polite, and you don’t fight for yourself and you don’t fight for your career. And it seems like kindness, but it’s at your expense.”
“When you’re getting your nails done, you shouldn’t be afraid. You shouldn’t be in PTSD mode.”
“I treat you as if you are the enemy. If you are on a first date with me, I act as if you’re trying to murder me. So no, you’re not going to know where I live. I will meet you at your house...”
If you’re telling yourself it’s not that bad, what if it is? And what if you don’t have to do the thing you’re doing, even for another second longer?
What if looking like a jerk is 100% inevitable? Will you choose to do it now or later?
Dancing Queen by Abba
Music by Izzy DeVor.
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Spiritualish is hosted by Laura McKowen and Meadow DeVor. Sometimes spiritual, always inappropriate. New episodes drop every Thursday.