Sorta Awesome

Sorta Awesome
By Megan Tietz | Wondery
About this podcast
In the drudgery of daily life, it’s easy to forget that all around us (and within us!), awesome things are happening. Each week, author and show host Megan Tietz and co-hosts Kelly, Rebekah, and Laura serve up fresh doses of sparkly small things and provide thoughtful answers to listener questions all with an eye on helping you make your inner awesome shine.
Episodes (Total: 141 / Page: 1)
Oct. 13, 2017 · 01:16:37
Long before Sorta Awesome debuted in your earbuds, we had a long list of loved (and maybe a few hated) jobs filling our time and our bank accounts. Join Meg and Rebekah as they dip back into their job histories to tell stories and share lessons learned, all while contemplating just what exactly they are doing with those college degrees. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTESA Discovery of Witches, Deborah HarknessThis American Life episode #360 "Switched at BirthSight & Sound TheatresBehind the Scenes at Sight & Sound: The Lighting DepartmentYou 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!
Oct. 6, 2017 · 01:09:16
Fast fashion can be lots of fun, but there are some very awesome reasons why we should stop buying those $5 t-shirts. Join Meg and Laura as they share the very different reasons that they've arrived at the same opinion - cheap clothes aren't good for you! All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTES:Braving the Wilderness, Brene BrownThe Michalaks on YouTube (check out their About video and also try The Story Behind Our Matching Tattoos)Sorta Awesome Episode 92 Ten documentaries that are too awesome to miss!The True CostAdam Ruins Everything, Episode 22 Why Fast Fashion Fails UsLaura's guide of what to look for in buying apparel:1) Fabric2) Seams and buttons3) LiningPatagoniaEverlaneKrochet KidsTapered CollectionEshaktiRabble and RouseSlow FactoryKendi EverydayYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterVisit 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!
Oct. 3, 2017 · 00:37:54
We are thrilled to welcome Osheta Moore back to Sorta Awesome! You loved the wisdom and insight she shared in her first appearance on Sorta Awesome back in Episode 48, and now she is back to talk to Meg about imaginative, creative, and awesome ways to create peace and wholeness in the community around you. Osheta's book Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World releases today! You can find more of Osheta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and look for her Shalom Sistas podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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!
Sept. 29, 2017 · 01:04:38
It is now officially autumn in our part of the world, and we are officially excited to bring you another best of fall episode! Tune in to hear Meg and Kelly talk about the ten things they are counting on to be SO awesome for this fall season! All of that plus an inspiring book and playing dress-up with jewelry in Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTES:Huffington Post: Don't apologize for your obsession with fall. It's science. It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by Tom RademacherRocksboxNut-free protein ballsWoodfire CandlesDearfoams Women's Memory Foam Sweater Knit Indoor/Outdoor Bootie SlippersMaple-Glazed Butternut Squash with Clementine and PancettaVintage washed flannel shirtsMel's Kitchen Cafe: Cinnamon Roll Caramel PopcornMeg's floral cardiganMeg's velvet purseNARS Audacious Lipstick in RitaMaybelline Super Stay Matte lipstick in PioneerHow to make body butter from A Delightful Home's Body Scrub Bible:Makes approximately 4 ounces of body butter.Ingredients3 ounces cocoa butter1.5 ounces jojoba oil5 drops of essential oil (optional)You will also need:Double-boilerMixing bowlHand mixerContainer for body butterMethod1. Weigh cocoa butter then place in the top of a double-boiler. If you are using largechunks of cocoa butter, cut into smaller pieces to make the melting process a littlequicker. Heat over medium heat until the cocoa butter has melted.2. Once cocoa butter has melted, remove from heat. Add jojoba oil.3. Let cool briefly then pour oil mixture into a bowl. Leave to cool.The cooling process can take a number of hours. You can speed things along byplacing bowl in the fridge or freezer for a little while, or sit bowl in an ice bath.Once the oils have cooled and begun to turn opaque, it’s time to whip.4. Using a hand mixer, whip the body butter. Whip for two minutes and let sit for anotherfive minutes.Whip for another two minutes, then let sit for another five. Continue this process untilthe body butter is whipped to your liking.Once body butter is thick and creamy, scoop into jar.A Delightful Home: Body Butter Basics e-course (use code AWESOME for 50% off at check-out!)You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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!
Sept. 22, 2017 · 01:05:06
It happens to the best of us from time to time - we suddenly realize we've been believing something entirely untrue about ourselves (or about life in general!). This week, join Meg and Rebekah as they talk through some of the lies they've been believing and how they discovered the truth on the other side of that realization. PLUS, hear from therapist Annie Wright as she gives specific, actionable advice on how to counteract negative thought patterns and start to build healthy thoughts instead! All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTES:Roxana's Candles(Purchase Roxana's Candles using a special Promo Code. Use the discount code awesome10 for !0% off. This code is valid once per customer, and will take 10% off every order with no minimum purchase. Roxana's Candles offers free shipping within the U.S.)Anne Bogel's Reading PeopleAnnie Wright: Neuroplasticity and the Critical Practice of Speaking More Kindly To YourselfFind Annie at her blog AnnieWright.com (along with many free resources!) and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterYou 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!
Sept. 15, 2017 · 01:12:08
Awesomes, this is an episode quite unlike any other we've ever created. We're bringing you a peek behind the curtain of podcast production, and you'll quickly agree with us that honestly, we have no idea what we are doing. Join Meg and Laura in this completely un-produced, real life, real talk conversation about how difficult it has been for them to figure out how to structure their days and get stuff done as work at home moms. No matter your own vocation, work situation, or calling, you might hear a tidbit or two to inspire how you spend your days, and you'll most certainly be able to give us some advice on how to get our acts together! All of that plus Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTES:Find out how to become a Sorta Awesome listener-supporter!Sorta Awesome is now on SpotifyBlue Grass Covers on SpotifyGap's Live-in braGap's Live-in unlined crossback braEssentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessSmartest Person in the Room PodcastYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and 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!
Sept. 8, 2017 · 01:23:36
“You are the First Responder in your fight.” This is at the heart of self-defense guru Tony Blauer's mission and message, and what he and his wife Jessie share in this episode of Sorta Awesome just might save your life. Join Megan and her husband Kyle as they share about a recent incident in their home that woke them up to the pivotal importance of understanding what self-defense really means. SHOW NOTES:Blauer Tactical SystemsVIDEOS:Why you never see martial arts in life & death situations (language warning)Tony's SPEAR systemTony's ATM videoTony's 3 Ds explained (blog post)You can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or 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!
Sept. 1, 2017 · 01:14:59
Hungry? You will be after this delectable episode featuring Meg and Kelly's all-time favorite meals! You'll hear them share their top go-to family faves as well as crowd-pleasers, comfort foods, Trader Joe's best picks, and decadent splurges. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!SHOW NOTES:Hardy Hibiscus The Liturgists - NamesSlow Cooker Salsa Chicken TacosCajun turkey burgers Chicken Stir-Fry wrapsGrilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki BowlsGreek Chicken Kebabs1 lb ground chicken1 onion, shredded (a food processor works great; you want the onion almost pulpy) 1/3 cup chopped parsley1/2 tsp cumin1/4 tsp pepper3/4 tsp kosher salt1/4 tsp smoked paprika1. In a large bowl, mix all kebab ingredients. Shape into eight 4-inch-long portions on a foiled lined baking sheet.2. Heat broiler. Broil chicken until lightly seared on both sides, flipping once. If desired, insert skewers at the end for eating fun.Crockpot Cheeseburger MeatloafSimple MeatballsAfrican PilafRoasted pork loinLasagna Soup (Ep. 43)Wild Rice Soup (Ep. 83) Pioneer Woman’s lasagnaIna Garten’s chicken pot pieMomadvice Brunch-themed birthday (French Toast Souffle and Overnight Breakfast Casserole)Sausage Quiche SquaresPioneer Woman Perfect Pot RoastCheese enchiladasChicken Salsa ChiliAll-purpose marinade: equal parts olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauceTrader Joe’s Gyro SlicesMandarin Orange ChickenParty Sized Mini MeatballsThai quinoa saladYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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!
Sept. 1, 2017 · 00:35:05
Back by popular demand! Book of the Month Club just released their September selections, and Meg and Laura are here to talk you through your choices!Learn more about signing up for Book of the Month Club by going to sortaawesomeshow.com/bookofthemonthYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterVisit 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!
Aug. 29, 2017 · 00:39:43
Extra Awesome is back, and we are excited to feature Erin Odom, an author and popular blogger who also happens to have been the very FIRST guest on Sorta Awesome! Erin is the author of the new book More Than Just Making It and the founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. Her Southern charm and wealth of inspirational, practical content has drawn an audience of millions over the years. Erin and her husband, Will, live in the South where they raise their four children.Find Erin on her blog The Humbled Homemaker.Find more information on ordering her book at MoreThanJustMakingIt.comFind her free course at EatingWellOnABudget.comYou can find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or 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!
Aug. 25, 2017 · 01:19:46
Hey Awesomes? Maybe don't listen to this one with the littlest ears around because we go to some places in this group show that we've never gone before on Sorta Awesome - not publicly anyway. What else would you expect from a group show? Episode 110 features Meg, Kelly, Laura, and Rebekah sharing a long list of sorry/not sorry confessions, and you'll hear everything from anatomical correctness to environmental destruction and TONS of surprising revelations in between. All of that plus DOUBLE the awesome in Awesome of the Week!To find out more about Sorta Awesome sponsor Sun Basket, go to sunbasket.com/sortaTo find out more about Sorta Awesome sponsor Bark Box, go to barkbox.com/AWESOMESHOW NOTES:The Brady Bunch on HuluWooden Block Puzzle appDryBar comedy (Kellen Erskine; Collin Moulton)Kyle and Meg's Spotify playlist: In This HouseAmazon EchoYou can find Meg on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterFind Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and 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!
Aug. 22, 2017 · 01:26:25
Extra Awesome returns this week with an episode of conversation between Megan and Laura about the recent Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale. Tune in to hear them talk spoiler-free in the first part of the episode about why everyone's talking about this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel. Then in the second part of the episode, you'll hear them talk about the most powerful moments and the most interesting character turns. Tell us what you think of The Handmaid's Tale!You can find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterVisit 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!
Aug. 18, 2017 · 01:01:12
Is it possible that your daily habits could make you happier, healthier, and more successful? Meg and Rebekah checked out a list of 50 habits that the world's most successful people swear by, and they set out to find out what would happen in their own lives if they tried out a few of these ideas themselves. You'll hear them report back on everything from mindful prayer to taking cold showers. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!Episode 109 of Sorta Awesome is brought to you by Sun Basket - healthy cooking made easy! To find out more about organic and non-GMO ingredients and meals delivered fresh to your door AND get 50% off your first order, go to sunbasket.com/sortaEpisode 109 of Sorta Awesome is brought to you by That's It bars. That's It bars are 100% real fruit and THAT'S IT. Perfect for delicious, healthy snacking on the go. Go to thatsitfruit.com and use code AWESOME at check-out for 10% off your order!SHOW NOTES:Thrive Global: 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, and More Successful People Live On Their Own TermsBentgo leak-proof lunchboxBentology insulated lunch bagBecome a supporter of Sorta Awesome by signing up for our Patreon for access to bonus content!You can find Megan 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!
Aug. 11, 2017 · 01:00:25
The happiest way to spend the summer days is with a stack of books by your side. Megan and Laura indulged in that summer tradition, and they are here to report on the best of their summer reading! It's like book report day in school, only WAY more awesome!Don't forget to go to wondery.com/survey to tell us more about YOU!Episode 108 is brought to you by LOLA: 100% organic cotton feminine products delivered right to your door every month. Go to mylola.com and use code awesome60 at check-out for 60% off of your first subscription!SHOW NOTES:The Turnaround: Jerry SpringerThe Nod: Good for the BlacksAnnotated: The Most Glamorous Librarian EverIT, Stephen KingThe Crossover, Kwame AlexanderAnything is Possible, Elizabeth StroutUpside of Unrequited, Becky AlbertalliThis is How It Always Is, Laurie FrankelTheir Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale HurstonThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins ReidDeep Work, Cal NewportEssentialism, Greg McKeownThe Fact of a Body, Alexandria Marzano-LesnevichAt Home in the World, Tsh OxenreiderYou can find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterVisit 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!
Aug. 8, 2017 · 00:36:40
In the newest episode in the Extra Awesome series, Megan welcomes author and speaker Chrystal Evans Hurst to the show!Chrystal Evans Hurst co-authored the bestselling Kingdom Woman with her father, author and pastor Tony Evans. And her newest book, She’s Still There, releases on August 8th! She reaches a wide audience of women speaking at conferences, sharing on her blog and podcast, “Chrystal’s Chronicles,” writing for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and teaching and leading women in her home church. Chrystal also cultivates hearts and commands chaos as the chief operating officer of the Hurst household. She and her husband Jessie adore their three very hungry boys, two adult girls, one son-in-love and their one gorgeous granddaughter. You can find her sharing the journey at ChrystalEvansHurst.com
Aug. 4, 2017 · 00:58:47
Fire off the confetti cannons - Sorta Awesome is back! And this week, Megan and Kelly are celebrating all the wonderfully wild ways we are WEIRD! They'll tell you five great reasons to enjoy all of your weirdness (spoiler: it just might change the world!), then they'll spill the strange little beans on their own weirdness while sharing some of the wackiest weirds from the Awesome community. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week!   Episode 107 of Sorta Awesome is brought to you by That's It bars. That's It bars are 100% fruit and THAT'S IT - no preservatives, no added sugar, gluten-free, kosher, vegan, and raw. Perfect for delicious, healthy snacking at home or on the go! Find That's It bars at Whole Foods, Starbucks, CVS pharmacies, or by going to thatsitfruit.com and using code "awesome" for 10% off of your order! SHOW NOTES: Well Plated: Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Instagram accounts: @angelakinsey @heartandhome @jamiebgolden Find Kelly on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or 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 , @sortaawesomeshow on Instagram, and @sortaawesomepod on Twitter!    
July 11, 2017 · 00:49:09
In this brand new Extra Awesome episode, Megan and Laura take a break from Sorta Awesome's summer break to discuss allllll of their big feelings about HBO's Game of Thrones! Just in time for the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere, you can tune in to hear them talk series background, story arcs, best and worst characters, and why even a (very) highly sensitive person like Megan lists this as one of her favorite television series ever! 
June 23, 2017 · 00:58:23
What's it like to get naked at a spa? What's the worst thing about middle school kids? And DO YOU HAVE ANY LIFE REGRETS?! These are all questions that only a sister could get away with asking, and this week, Megan welcomes her sister Emily back to Sorta Awesome for a conversation filled with answers to questions that might make you raise an eyebrow. Tune in to hear them dish on professional lives, weird worries, and the one thing their parents don't know about them. All of that, plus Awesome of the Week! Episode 106 is brought to you in part by BarkBox! BarkBox is a delivery of 4 to 6 natural treats and super fun toys chosen around each month’s surprise theme. For a FREE EXTRA PREMIUM TOY added to your BarkBox every month, visit barkbox.com/awesome, and when you subscribe to a 6 or 12 month plan, select “Yes, Please!” when asked “Have a playful pup?” Here's to happy doggies everywhere with BarkBox! Episode 106 is brought to you by Talkspace - the online therapy company. Is it time for you to take action on taking care of yourself? Explore the options offered by Talkspace. Get $30 off of your first month by going to Talkspace.com/awesome and use promo code awesome. SHOW NOTES: Laura in the Kitchen @emily34331 on Instagram You can find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or 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!
June 16, 2017 · 00:49:11
If you're feeling busy and out of the loop of what's new and interesting in culture right now, this week's episode is just for you! Megan and Laura celebrate Megan's 40th birthday by indulging in one of her favorite subjects - all that's good to know in cultural trends! They'll give you the scoop on what to wear, what to watch, what to listen to, and what to read for summer 2017. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!\ Episode 105 is sponsored by StoryWorth: the easiest way to share your story. The gift of Storyworth is a perfect last-minute gift for the Dad in your life! A Storyworth subscription provides a year's worth of story prompts and culminates in a beautiful keepsake book for families to enjoy for years to come. For $20 off of your Storyworth subscription, go to storyworth.com/awesome to get started!   SHOW NOTES: 40 Things To Do When You Turn 40, Ronnie Sellers, editor Steve Madden SOFTEY slides foot peel Smartest Person in the Room: Special Edition, Books and Reading 2017 Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy Hunger, Roxanne Gay You can find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Find Laura at LauraTremaine.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 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!
June 9, 2017 · 00:55:52
Sometimes the smallest change can change everything. Today, Megan and Rebekah explore some game-changing discoveries that have genuinely changed their lives! From the kitchen to the bedroom, from grocery hacks to curly hair tips, they share the best discoveries that just might change your life a little bit, too. All of that plus Awesome of the Week!   Episode 104 is brought to you by Talkspace - the online therapy company. Is it time for you to take action on taking care of yourself? Explore the options offered by Talkspace. Get $30 off of your first month by going to Talkspace.com/awesome and use promo code awesome. SHOW NOTES: My Reality, Melissa Rycroft Invisibilia Just Clean Something Challenge at Simply Rebekah Chatbooks The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Don Riso and Russ Hudson You can find Megan 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!