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It feels like my head is down over the cutting table, the ironing board, or the sewing machine more than anything else this week. Perhaps that’s because it’s true.

When not indulging in my guilty pleasure of too-early Christmas music on the radio in my sewing room, I listen to podcasts or catch up on online speakers I’ve been meaning to watch. It’s a good way to pass the time while ironing way more than any person should in this day and age (though with the piecing technique I’m using, the more I iron the easier it all comes together, so it’s worth all the extra time).

Plus, podcasts, people!

OK, so I found a new podcast that I’m really enjoying. It’s called “Here’s the Thing” and it’s an interview show hosted by Alec Baldwin and produced for public radio. So right there alone the cache value has gone up, because it’s public radio, so it has to be good, right?!?

Alec Baldwin is Alec Baldwin in this show - he’s just as you’d imagine him to be and that’s no disappointment. And his list of guests is stupendous - Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Ira Glass, Rosie O’Donnell, etc. But the way he approaches the interview is what keeps me engaged.  You’ve seen Alec Baldwin, you know what he’s like - yeah, the podcast has that whole vibe too. It’s that good.

I’ve also been enjoying Elise Blaha Cripe’s podcast “Elise Gets Crafty” on iTunes. She covers a wide range of topics in her interviews, including entrepreneurialism, motivation, the culture of making, and motherhood. She’s an excellent interviewer and her guests have yet to disappoint me.

This week I finally managed to watch a recording of Elise speak at World Domination Summit earlier this year in Portland. She gave a talk that touched on the history of her business journey, but also some of the key pieces that she feels have propelled her forward.

She makes so many great points in her speech and in such a lovely way, I think it’s really worth watching for most everyone - teenagers on up. Her advice is universally applicable, without being trite, which is a really hard balance to strike.

I most loved what she had to say about accomplishing one task at a time, and telling someone what you’re doing (and the reasons why). I won’t give away her talk - it’s not that long - but those points really hit home for me and helped put my business goals in perspective

Which is good, because it’s kind of hard to keep perspective when you’re constantly leaning over an ironing board!

You can find “Here’s the Thing” and “Elise Gets Crafty” on iTunes and you can see Elise Blaha Cripe’s talk at World Domination Summit here.

 

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