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We're Nicole & Kate! Friends, confidants, accountability partners, and we’ve been supporting each other over the years sharing our ups and our downs and hashing out the big questions of life - do we want kids? Can we have it all? How do we stay healthy and keep our businesses running smoothly without major stress and overwhelm? We talk things out ‘cause that’s what real friends do - they provide love, support, and space for one another to share without judgement, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
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We shared a little heads up in our last episode, and today we’re going to dive deep into what’s next for Nicole and Kate!In this episode we’ll look back at the last two and a half years of NKCR - all the way from Nicole’s pitch to Kate to start to podcast in mid-2021, to how some of our first episodes were a bit rocky, and finally, why we’ve decided to take a hiatus - at least for now…Points Discussed in this EpisodeNKCR has been going strong since July 2021!Nicole’s “pitch” to Kate to start the podcast back in June 2021The time commitment we’ve given to NKCR Looking back to our first few episodes and how much we’ve grown togetherWhy we’ve decided to take a hiatus - at least for nowCall to action! Be sure you’re subscribed to the podcast and our email newsletter so you stay up to date on all things Nicole & Kate Can Relate! Just visit CanRelatePodcast.com!Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we talk about What’s next for Nicole and Kate?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for all of our episodes - including future updates! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Looking back over your year and identifying the things you’ve done that stand out the most - both personally and professionally - is a great exercise in acknowledging and appreciating just how much you’ve accomplished.In this episode we’ll share our own “year in review” as a fun way to close out 2023 on a high note! Points Discussed in this EpisodeRecapping as a way to appreciate and recognize everything you’ve accomplished BIG news for NKCR and what’s next Nicole shares her year in reviewKate shares her year in reviewMentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 120: How do you do an annual review?Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What does your year in review look like?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Saying no isn’t always easy. You want to be helpful, you want to be supportive, and you of course don’t want to feel that awkwardness about declining when someone asks something of you. But at what cost?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with saying no and why we think it’s one of the most empowering - and respectful - things you can do.Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhen do you find it most difficult to say no? Don’t put pressure on yourself to answer right away; give yourself space to think about itThe regret and resentment you feel when you say ‘yes’ - you’re doing that to yourself Saying no to a request, but providing an alternative in order to still be supportiveAnytime you say yes to something, you’re saying no to everything elseSaying no as a sign of respect - for yourself and for the person asking3 ways to say no, without actually saying noMentioned in this episode: How to Say No by Judd AntinNKCR Ep 99: What are the different ways you can give back?Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Wish you could say ‘no’ more often?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
What if you had a single visual representation of all the most important things that are happening in your life - the things you want to commit to - over the next year?In this episode we’ll share exactly how you can make this happen! It’s called the “Preloaded Year”, and we break down the format, how to get started, and why this exercise is so incredibly powerful.Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhat is The Preloaded Year? Creating a strong foundation to help you attain your ideal lifestyleThe format of The Preloaded YearStarting with the bigger, mission critical commitments you don’t want to missThen, revenue milestones (or could be budgeting goals)Next, combine with your partner / other family membersFinally, stick to it!Allow for breathing roomThis exercise allows you to take a step back and say “What’s really important to me?”Mentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 112: Have you ever done a time audit?Dale Beaumont: Business BlueprintDan Martell: How To Strategically Plan Your Year To Fit Everything InWill Wang: Growth LabzGoogle Spreadsheet: Make a copy and start filling in your year!Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How do you strategically plan your entire year?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
If there’s one thing we get REALLY excited about, it’s the holidays! When this episode goes live we know the holidays will already be in full swing, but we couldn’t help recording a chat to share our own holiday preparations and traditions!Points Discussed in this EpisodeSpring is in the air for Nicole! The holiday “work” seasonOur favorite holiday preparationsHoliday traditions, including the delicious food, treats, decorations, and time with family!Our plans this holiday seasonThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What are your favorite holiday traditions?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
What if you had a single word you could look to for inspiration, motivation, and to help you find focus throughout the year when things get tough, or when you find yourself feeling a little lost?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with choosing a word of the year and just how powerful it has been for us when it comes to accomplishing our goals and keeping our focus.Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhere we first learned about the ‘word of the year’ exercise The impact of choosing a word of the year The words we’ve chosen in past years The words we’re choosing for 2024 Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What’s your ‘word of the year’ for 2024?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Declaring our rules of life is something we did back in Episode 75 of Nicole & Kate Can Relate, and today will be our second time revisiting this topic!In this episode we’ll share why we feel so strongly about declaring your rules of life, plus share our original rules of life, which ones we’ve eliminated, and ones we’ve added!Points Discussed in this Episode“Rules” can be interchangeable with whatever resonates with you (goals, values, etc)We revisit our existing Rules of Life We share some new rules we’ve both added! How fun and fulfilling this exercise can be - and how helpful it is!Mentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 75: What are your rules of life?NKCR Ep 97: Are we living up to our rules of life?How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieOutlive by Peter Attia MDLive to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones: Netflix documentary seriesFour Thousand Weeks by Oliver BurkemanThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Have you declared your rules of life yet?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
What is an annual review, exactly? And how do you go about doing one? Great questions, because doing an annual review can be so powerful!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with doing an annual review, including the questions we ask ourselves and how the answers help us prepare for the year ahead.Points Discussed in this EpisodeThe importance of regular check-in’s throughout the year KPI’s and Nicole’s belief that what gets measured gets managed Questions to ask yourself during an annual review The time commitment and a sample flow for doing an annual reviewThe many different ways you can conduct an annual review (everyone is different!)Here are some questions/prompts for doing your own annual review!Personal Review:What do I want to accomplish?How do I want this year to be different than last year?What did I love doing?What were some of my biggest wins this past year?What didn't I like doing?What did not work well for me?What did I waste time on?Why did I follow through with one goal I set but not another?What's important to me?What was my word of the year for last year, or for the current year?What do I want my word to be moving forward?What did I not do this year that I wanted to do? Why didn't I do it?What's going to lead my year next year?Did I read enough books?Did I dedicate the time to personal development?Did I dedicate sufficient time to self-care?How did I show up for myself?How did I show up for my friends?Business Review:What worked? (can be against KPIs or metrics)What didn't work?What do I want to do differently next year?What am I doing that is impacting the bottom line or pushing business goals forward?Reflecting on your role in the business:What did I enjoy doing? What's fun for me? What do I absolutely not like doing and do I have to keep doing it? Or can I find another way to get that thing done? What's not essential that I can stop doing?Mentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 112: Have you ever done a time audit?Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How do you do an annual review?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were always motivated to do things like work on big projects, eat healthy, and workout? In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with motivation - specifically how we use our values and build momentum as ways to keep our motivation strong.Points Discussed in this EpisodeIntrinsic vs extrinsic motivationWhat do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?The importance of being clear about your valuesImportant questions to ask yourself when faced with something you don’t want to doHow our circumstances affect motivationThe importance of momentumIs procrastination laziness, or is it a sign that you care?Mentioned in this episode: The Artist’s Way by Julia CameronThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How do you stay motivated?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one!
Trying new things isn’t always comfortable or easy, but the value and benefits of doing so are huge!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with getting outside of our comfort zone and what it has taught us about confidence, mindset, and more!Points Discussed in this EpisodeThe idea that trying new things sometimes has to be “learned” or practicedThe ease of trying new things when you’re younger versus older What is the value of getting outside of your comfort zone and trying new things? New things we’ve tried - and loved! How important your mindset is when going into trying new thingsMaking a decision about something based on an experience, not just an assumptionWhat do you have to lose?The power of consistent learningThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How often do you get outside of your comfort zone to try new things?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Perhaps you’ve noticed it, too: You have different groups of friends, and each group is either formed out of a certain circumstance or has been intentionally created because of the place or thing you all have in common.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with having multiple friend circles - their purpose, why some friend circles are stronger (or last longer) than others, and whether it's critical to keep multiple friend circles intact.Points Discussed in this EpisodeHow friend circles are oftentimes created out of circumstanceHow travel and your activities or hobbies influence your friend circles Lifelong friend circles versus purely circumstantial friend circles How shared experiences can create stronger, deeper friendshipsIs having multiple friendship circles necessary?Surrounding yourself with friends who are on the same or similar path as you - or who have been where you are goingThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What is the importance of having multiple friend circles?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one!
We weren’t really sure what to expect from the Barbie movie. We had both heard mixed reviews, both had different thoughts about what might happen based on the trailers… But one thing was for sure: we wanted to go into the movie with an open mind.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with the Barbie movie, including our thoughts on the many themes, references, and the ending monologue on being a woman.Points Discussed in this EpisodeOur rating of the movie overall on a scale of 1 - 10 The opening scene: How this sets the movie upThe drastic cuts throughout the movie between Barbie Land and the real world Being looked at, “the stare”, being on display… What’s the significance of this?The role reversal that Barbie and Ken experienceHow motherhood and the female role is portrayed in Barbie Land versus the real worldBarbie’s struggle with who she is / who she’s “supposed to be”Is it “impossible” to be a woman?Mentioned in this episode: The Artist’s Way by Julia CameronBarbie MovieThe 10 Best 'Barbie' Movie Quotes, RankedBarbie: the patriarchy, the existentialism, the capitalism – discuss with spoilersAn Exhaustive List of (Almost) Every Single Reference in the Barbie MovieThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What did we learn from the Barbie movie?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
We’ve learned a thing or two about how important communication and setting expectations is when traveling with friends or hosting visitors.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with preparing ahead for the many different scenarios you might encounter with traveling or hosting visitors to make sure you actually enjoy your time!Points Discussed in this EpisodeNicole shares a travel experience that made her look at preparation and planning for a trip - especially with other people - in a whole new lightThe importance of clear communication and setting expectations when traveling or hosting visitorsDifference between vacations as an employee and an entrepreneur How we’ve tweaked our preparation over the yearsSome of the questions we discussed before traveling to Japan togetherUsing ‘vacation mode’ for emails and communicating with your team in advance of any travelThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How do you prepare ahead for travel or visitors?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Being present in every moment is definitely a practice. We all know how easy it is to live in the past and obsess over the future.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with being fully present, and how we continue to practice awareness and holding ourselves accountable to this.Points Discussed in this EpisodeNicole shares a recap of her and Omar’s mastermind retreat, OzConNicole’s biggest lesson from this year’s event (and what they won’t be doing next year)How difficult it can be to stay fully present at events - especially when you’re the hostBeing aware when you’re not fully presentWe each share a tip for how to practice being present in every momentMentioned in this episode: The Power of Now by Eckhart TolleOzCon: Nicole and Omar’s mastermind retreat!Diary of a CEO: Podcast ep w/ Julian TreasureThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Are you good at being fully present?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
On any given day, how intentional are you about making your life fun? Laughing for no reason, reminding yourself not to take things too seriously, actually taking part in activities that light you up?...In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences around having fun - specifically how we’ve started to recognize more and more the importance of being intentional about having fun each and every day.Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhat activities do you currently do that you consider 'fun'? Creativity and hobbies being a way to discover funActivities you enjoyed as a kidMaking ordinary to-do’s more funBeing intentional about bringing more fun into your lifeWhat exactly does “work hard, play hard” mean?The importance of trying to new things to help discover what you truly enjoy doingMentioned in this episode: The Artist's Way by Julia CameronThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How often are you actually having fun?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree
Our overall theme for today is around preparation and planning, but wow - did we hit a nerve when we started talking about doing a time audit!In this episode we’re going to hear from Nicole about her and Omar’s preparations for their annual retreat, OzCon, and Kate is going to share how she’s preparing to become a mom later this year!Points Discussed in this EpisodeWe hear from Nicole about her and Omar’s upcoming retreat, OzCon Kate shares some ways she is preparing for Baby Dumas (arriving Nov 2023!) How to do a proper time audit The many benefits of a time audit and when you should do oneMentioned in this episode:NKCR Ep 69: Have you considered planning and hosting your own event?Shaun White: The Last Run on HBO MaxFour Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Have you ever done a time audit?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! 
When it comes to work models there are several options: there’s work from home, there’s an in-office setup, and then there’s a hybrid model, which is a mix of both!In this episode we’ll share our own personal thoughts on a hybrid work model. We’ll also hear from Nicole on how their switch to an in-office model - after working from home for nearly 9 years! - is going so far.Points Discussed in this EpisodeAn update from Nicole on their switch from remote to in office work! The many benefits of your office being set up in a co-working space The energy shift that Nicole & Omar have experienced working around other people Is a hybrid work model the sweet spot?The added decision-making and potential guilt that comes with a hybrid setup Managing your team on a hybrid scheduleMentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 98: Which is better: Remote work or in person?FishBurners Coworking spaceIs Hybrid really all it’s cracked up to be?Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Is a hybrid work model the sweet spot?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is something we’re seeing and hearing a lot about lately. What are the implications, the unintended consequences, and how big a disrupter could AI really be in our world?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with AI and discuss the questions and concerns it has brought up for us thus far. Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhat exactly is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How we’re already using AI in our everyday lives Generative AI versus AI What are the unintended consequences of AI?How big of a disruptor is AI?Mentioned in this episode:Open AIChatGPTCapshoThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What are the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Have you ever considered whether there’s a benefit to believing you can do something instead of trying that thing and failing?In this episode we’ll dive deep into the many considerables when it comes to answering this question. How big a role does regret play? And what about our perspectives, experiences, and mindset at different times in our lives?Points Discussed in this EpisodeOur thoughts on failure (as discussed in Ep 20 of NKCR) How does regret play a role in answering this question? What does it mean to fail exactly?Perspective and experience playing a roleIs it a personality thing? What do you currently believe you could do, but you’re not doing it because you’re afraid of failing? Mentioned in this episode: NKCR Ep 20: Failure: Is it the way to success?Sylvester Stallone’s new documentary (trailer) The Artist's Way by Julia CameronThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Are you better off believing you can do something, or trying and failing? Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
You’ve probably heard the philosophy “Everything happens for a reason”, but do you believe this to be true?In this episode we’ll share our own thoughts and feelings about letting go of control, being okay with things not going the way we planned, and how resisting the inevitable could be holding us back.Points Discussed in this EpisodeThe comfort that comes with believing that everything happens for a reasonAre we in control of everything that happens in our life - or nothing? Is there a higher power at work in addition to your own actions?Giving away control and allowing “the world” to take overBeing okay with things not going the way you plannedWhat happens when you stop resisting?Mentioned in this episode: The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. SingerThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Does everything happen for a reason?
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