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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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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that goal setting works really well for a lot of people. But when’s the last time you actually took goal setting seriously and held yourself accountable to accomplishing your goal?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with goal setting and talk about recent experiences we’ve each had with setting and accomplishing goals!Points Discussed in this Episode 100 Day Goal Challenge on Kate's Take  Win the Year Mini-Course w/ Nicole & Omar! Biggest struggle when it comes to setting goals Why is goal setting so easy for some people but not for others? How big a role accountability plays in setting and accomplishing goals An exercise inspired by Warren Buffet: “The 25 Things”  A fun announcement about some upcoming travel we have planned together! Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: When’s the last time you took goal setting seriously?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.
Do you ever get to a point in the day where you simply can’t think straight? You’re being asked to make decisions and choices, but you just feel exhausted! Yep… that’s decision fatigue.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with decision fatigue and some of the ways we’ve learned to combat it.Points Discussed in this Episode What is decision fatigue?  How decision fatigue might show up in our everyday lives  Some helpful tips to combat decision fatigue, starting with awareness Setting expectations for ourselves - and others Setting up daily streaks to build momentum Asking yourself, “What’s my job today?” Mentioned in this episode:  Atomic Habits by James Clear Free Time: Lose the Busy Work, Love Your Business by Jenny Blake Episode 72 with Angela Henderson on NKCR Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How is decision fatigue affecting your everyday life?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 love books, but it’s not always easy to choose your next read. In this episode we share the books we’re reading right now - and what we think of them! Get ready to add one or two to your own reading list!Points Discussed in this Episode Nicole shares the books she’s reading right now  Free Time: Lose the Busy Work, Love Your Business (Jenny Blake) 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami) The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (Daniel Pink) The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform your Life (Todd Herman) Kate shares the books she’s reading right now The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (Priya Parker) Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (Matthew Perry Memoir) The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less (Tanya Dalton) The Midnight Library (Matt Haig) Mentioned in this episode:  The Science of Regret: Daniel Pink interview on A Slight Change of Plans Podcast Diane Sawyer interview with Matthew Perry Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What books are you reading right now?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.
Do you meditate? It’s a question we’ve been asked dozens of times, and typically we’ve both been inclined to say “no”. But what if meditation didn’t have to look a certain way, or go by just one definition?Tune in to today’s special feature with Katie Krimitsos, Founder and Host of the Women’s Meditation Network, and open your mind to a whole new world of what meditation and mindfulness can be!Points Discussed in this Episode The many forms of meditation and how it doesn’t have to “look” any certain way How we see meditation and how we currently “practice” this in our daily lives The Monkey Mind - is it OK to have thoughts during meditation? Common misconceptions about meditation Real-life examples of meditation and how they can help you bring peace and patience into your home and into your relationships Meditation can be stepping outside and putting your feet in the grass, or it can be laying on your bed and closing your eyes and listening to your breath Katie walks us through what “mini moments of mindfulness” are Gratitude as meditation Not being reactive; your ability to control your time and your day You might already be meditating in your day-to-day already The difference between meditation and mindfulness Mentioned in this episode:  Women’s Meditation Network Katie’s Instagram Katie’s Facebook How to enter Katie’s giveaway for a swag bag filled with her favorite health & wellness products, worth over $300! Subscribe to any one of Katie’s podcasts in the Women’s Meditation Network Go to Apple Podcasts and leave an honest Rating & Review Go to Instagram or Facebook, tag Women’s Meditation Network, and share your review! Thank you so much for joining us for this special feature episode with Katie Krimitsos on meditation and mindfulness!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 thought about the rules you live by? Yeah, we hadn’t either - until now!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with setting aside time to consider our own rules of life, what they are, and why we highly recommend you do it, too!Points Discussed in this Episode The inspiration for this episode We share a healthy handful of our rules of life, including personal cleanliness, spending money on experiences over things, daily movement being a must - and wine and cheese being a perfect meal substitute! Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What are your rules of life?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.
How often do you just stop to ponder some of life’s biggest questions? We’re willing to bet not that often, as we know this is the case for us.In this episode we’ll share a discussion on a podcast episode in which a woman shares her story - a story that allowed us to do just that: ponder questions about our existence, about suffering, about mindset, and more.Points Discussed in this Episode Brief overview of Maya Shankar’s story We share a few things that stood out to us, like considering our attitude towards existence, our sensitivity to others’ sufferings, our mindset when it comes to bringing children into this world… We chat about compatibility and being willing to see things from a different perspective The idea of “connected detachment” The power of gratitude Mentioned in this episode:  Episode on the Meditative Story podcast: The Joy of being an unwilling traveler through life Maya’s Podcast: A Slight Change of Plans Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we discuss and reflect on our existence.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.
When this book came up in a random conversation and we realized we had both read it, we were so excited to discuss it! In this episode we’ll share our biggest takeaways and standout moments from the book, How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion. Don’t worry - no spoilers here!Points Discussed in this Episode Brief overview of the book and how it’s quite different from your traditional read Our favorite chapters and ideas from the book Some interesting connections we found with our top values Our overall feelings on the book Mentioned in this episode: How to Live by Derek SiversThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we discuss the book How to Live by Derek Sivers!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.
No one wants to be blindsided by criticism and negative feedback, especially when what they’re sharing is meant to support and empower others.Well, that’s exactly what happened when Angela Henderson published an article on a popular website in Australia called MamaMia, and today she’s joining us to share exactly how she handled that criticism and negative feedback without losing sleep - or her confidence.Points Discussed in this Episode What went down - straight from Angela What she was most surprised about How she handled the criticism and negative comments  Mindset and our beliefs, and how big a role those play in how we see the world Supporting women to speak up and take ownership of their decisions - everyone has a choice How every situation in our life gets presented to us for a reason Being responsible for how you receive others’ feedback and opinions and what you do with that - how you react (or don’t react) Whatever you’re not changing, you’re choosing Trusting that what’s in front of you is working for you and not against you Mentioned in this episode:  AngelaHenderson.com.au Angela’s Article on MamaMia: 'I outsource all my home life admin. Here's exactly how I do it, and how much it costs.' Angela’s Podcast Episode: The Toughest 36 Hours in Business If this convo brings up anything for you and you need further help, support, or guidance, check out these resources: Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Australia) Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (Australia) Headspace on 1 800 650 890 (USA) BetterHelp (USA) Asking for help shows strength.Thank you so much for joining us for this special feature episode with Angela Henderson on handling criticism and negative feedback.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.
In our last episode on the podcast (Ep 70) we shared our initial exploration of our core values with you. In today’s episode we’ll continue the convo as our discovery unfolds! Turns out a deep dive into your core values goes a lot farther than we thought - in the best way possible!Points Discussed in this Episode Quick recap of our previous episode, Part I on Values (Ep 70) We revisit our 2nd value (neither of us were convinced we had it nailed!) We discuss some questions from Brené’s worksheet on when we are - and are NOT - living our values An example of when we’re living our values Are “systems” and “freedom” contradictory? Mentioned in this episode:  Episode 70 on Values (Part I) Brene Brown podcast episode on values Via personality test Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Do you know what your core values are?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.
Values are important - we all know this - but have you ever really taken the time to actually write them down… to declare them?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with values, and how a podcast episode and PDF worksheet from Brené Brown has helped us immensely on our journey to declaring our core values!Points Discussed in this Episode Our serendipitous desire to dig deep into our own values   The anxiety we felt around choosing just 2 core values (we have at least 10-15!... or so we thought) Our experience going through Brené’s PDF worksheet We each share our top 2 values (ok… admission: neither of us are really quite sure about the 2nd - yet!) We decide by the end of this episode that there must be a part II! So, to be continued :) Mentioned in today’s episode: Brene Brown’s podcast episode on valuesThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Do you know what your core values are? (Part I)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.
Planning and hosting an event, a mastermind, or a retreat is a lot of work. But the experience and outcome is worth every second!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with planning and hosting our own events, masterminds, and retreats!Points Discussed in this Episode Defining masterminds, events / conferences, and retreats  Our own experience planning and hosting our own events Nicole talks about WebinarNinja Live in San Diego (2015), the WebinarNinja Team Retreat they hosted in Bali (2019), and OzCon in AUS (2022) The importance of setting a goal, an intention, and expectations when planning any type of event Kate talks about Puerto Palooza (2017, 2018), and the Bonus Events they’ve hosted (2019, 2020) Nicole breaks down a behind-the-scenes of OzCon, including how they came up with the idea and details on the execution Kate breaks down the behind-the-scenes of Puerto Palooza and why hosting this mastermind at their home in Puerto Rico was so important to them The importance of asking for feedback post-event to learn what went well and what could be improved next time Our favorite parts about planning and hosting our own events, masterminds, and retreats  Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Have you considered planning and hosting your own event?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.
There comes a time when the scales have to tip: you consume to learn, but then what about producing… Isn’t that where the true learnings and experience come from?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with the different stages of consuming and producing, and how each benefits us in different ways.Points Discussed in this Episode Does consuming sap your creative energy, making it more difficult to produce?  Different types of consuming - not all content is created equally! Our own experiences with producing versus consuming Are energy levels expended at different rates based on the type of producing you’re doing? The many different phases and stages of consuming and producing  Mentioned in this episode: Kate Toon’s Reel on InstagramThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Consuming vs. Producing: Should there be a balance?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.
Whether you’re single, dating, in a serious relationship, divorced, or have been married for years, you’re probably familiar with the judgment and stigmas surrounding dating and one’s relationship status in our society.For this episode we’ve invited our good friend Allison Melody on the mic to help us chat about relationships from a different perspective: that of a single woman who knows what she wants, and is not afraid to ask for it.Points Discussed in this Episode What Alli has learned from her life experiences, like going through a divorce, and what she has learned by allowing herself to be single The fear of being alone, loneliness, and the fear of judgment when it comes to relationships (or being single) Finding support through being open and vulnerable about what you’re going through  What you put up with is what you end up with Establish your boundaries and values and don’t be afraid to state those and stand by them - in every area of your life How do we know when it’s time to move on? Alli describes two terms used a lot in the dating world: gaslighting and love-bombing The 5 Love Languages - which one is your love language? Mentioned in this episode:  Ingrid Bergman in the movie Gaslight (1944) Dirty John series on Netflix The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman Food Heals Podcast and website  Follow Alli on Instagram  If this convo brings up anything for you and you need further help, support, or guidance, check out these resources: Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Australia) Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (Australia) Headspace on 1 800 650 890 (USA) BetterHelp (USA) Asking for help shows strength.Thank you so much for joining us for this special feature episode with Allison Melody on what being single has taught her.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.
There are certainly pros to being a specialist. No one wants an airline pilot who is “kind of good” at flying a plane. But does that mean being a specialist is always better than being a generalist?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with - at times - being on track to become specialists in certain areas, but also seeing the value in being good at a lot of different things.Points Discussed in this Episode The idea that being a specialist is somehow superior or makes you better versus being a generalist  Situations where being a specialist would be of benefit  Does it have to be one or the other, or can it be both? Things we “could have been” GREAT at Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Is being a specialist better than being a generalist?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.
Conferences and networking events - how do you know which ones are worth attending, and how can you plan and prepare properly to get the most out of them?In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with conferences and networking events, including our hacks and the things we’ve learned from attending dozens of them over the past 10 years!Points Discussed in this Episode How do you choose the right conferences and networking events to attend?  Attending an event for content versus networking  FOMO when it comes to conferences and events Attending events as an introvert and protecting your energy Being an attendee versus being a speaker at an event (and the different energy levels required) Virtual events versus in person events Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How do you know which conferences and networking events are worth attending?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.
A reading week? We know… we had our fair share of questions about what a reading week looks like, why you should consider doing one, and what the biggest benefits of a reading week might be. So for this episode we invite Steph Clarke of Steph’s Business Bookshelf Podcast on to talk about it!Points Discussed in this Episode Types of books to read during different times of the day Having go-to sources you trust for book recommendations How a “reading week” might be a “thinking” weekend, a “4-day meditation getaway”… it’s really about getting out of your routine Steph’s 3 tips for planning your reading week The biggest benefits of a week away typically follow in the weeks after  The preparation leading up to your time away and how that helps set you up for success Setting expectations for others - and yourself - for what this time will look like Start small! You can start with a ‘house swap’ with a friend for a few hours one day Delete social media and email apps off your phone so you can truly disconnect Mentioned in this Episode: How to Plan Your Own Reading Week: Steph’s Business Bookshelf PodcastAdam Grant’s reading listSteph’s LinkedIn Steph’s Instagram Thank you so much for joining us for this Special Feature episode with Steph Clarke on how to plan a reading week!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.
Responsibility isn’t something to be taken lightly. Yet so many toss it out with the trash and go on with their lives as though their commitments and duty don’t matter.In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with responsibility, why we don’t take it lightly, and how our responsibilities affect so much more than just our own daily lives.Points Discussed in this Episode Is it true… That how you do anything is how you do everything? What level of responsibility do we owe ourselves - and others?  Our view of responsibility growing up How we view responsibility now, and how that influences our decisions Mentioned in this episode:  Ryan Holiday article: How You Do Anything Is How You Do EverythingThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: What level of responsibility is ‘enough’?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 an empathetic friend, partner, and leader is hopefully something we all strive for. But maybe empathy isn’t something you’ve thought about much… Maybe you’re not quite sure what it even means. In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with empathy, and why we feel that striving to be an empathetic person can make such a huge difference in your life - and in others lives.Points Discussed in this Episode: The definition of empathy, and looking at empathy as a skill Why being empathetic is important Diving into the 4 Qualities of Empathy (from Brené Brown) Mentioned in this episode: Brené Brown’s book: I Thought It Was Just Me, But Isn’t Michele Hansen’s book: Deploy Empathy Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Do you consider yourself an empathetic person?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.
PSA: Stick around until the very end of today’s episode to hear about an incredible milestone we’re hoping you’ll celebrate with us! :)Celebrations and parties - not everyone loves them, but we think they should!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences hosting parties, what the pros and cons of hosting a party at home are, our favorite occasions to celebrate, and why we think celebrating is so important!Points Discussed in this Episode Our favorite things to celebrate  What goes into throwing or hosting a great party  Where our love of parties and bringing people together comes from Deciding to host a party at home versus finding a venue  Are costume parties fun or a nuisance? Why celebrating wins and milestones is so important Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Who doesn’t love a good celebration?!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.
Are there things on your to-do list you do because you feel obligated to, but that you really don’t like doing? Yeah, we’ve got a few of those, too…In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with obligations - what they are, why we do them, and some different ways of looking at those less-than-ideal to-do’s from a new perspective to make them a little easier to tackle.Points Discussed in this Episode Things we do out of pure obligation - that we don’t want to do. Why do we do them? Feeling accomplished after completing an obligation Setting boundaries and saying no to things you don’t want to do Things we feel obligated to do, but that we also kind of want to do - are these the things that push us outside of our comfort zone? Obligations cross-culturally and how those play out Things we love doing - period  Discuss Naval’s question: "A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?" Choosing our own path  Different phases of our lives bringing on different types of obligations Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Want to do, have to do, get to do: which is it?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 judgement, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
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