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Month: October 2019

Episode 43: Don’t Dwell on Labels

Producer: Jill Cox-Cordova
Tech Op/Editor: Anthony Cordova
Music: Gifford Ivan Cordova III
Podcast Art: Nick Zinkie
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In All Seriousness

Be who you Are

In this week’s episode, Jill lovingly called Tony a nerd or a geek.

He denied it.

Jill told listeners that his denials do not matter because few of us can change someone’s perception of us.

Meanwhile, Tony also advised listeners to embrace who they are.

This week, the two worked on their tips together:

  • Determine what you want to be known for and act accordingly
  • Understand that you can’t change whether people will label you or not, but you can control how much attention you give it
  • Don’t focus on things and views you cannot control

What advice would you offer? Leave your answers in the comments section.

Episode 42: Who do you Need in Your Life?

Producer: Jill Cox-Cordova
Tech Op/Editor: Anthony Cordova
Music: Gifford Ivan Cordova III
Podcast Art: Nick Zinkie
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Be Selective About People you Deem Friends

In this week’s episode, Jill and Tony talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are in your corner.

Tony told listeners to take a close look at the people who are in your life. If someone brings nothings but drama, pain, or heartache, then you need to distance yourself or remove that person from your life.

He has more advice:

  • Remember that the company you keep can affect your quality of life
  • Consider whether someone has had a positive effect on you. Those are the ones to keep in your life.
  • Do not forget to love yourself, too.

Jill told listeners, paraphrasing Maya Angelou, to believe people when they show you who they are.

She urges listeners to do the following:

  • If someone you consider a friend betrays you or is guilty of some other wrongdoing against you, determine whether it was just one bad decision on their part or something ongoing. Try to talk it out if you think they are a true friend. No one is perfect, after all.
  • If you find you need to distance yourself from someone, consider walking away without a fight. Chances are arguing about it is only going to make things worse.
  • Do not hold grudges. It eats away at you, not the other person.

Who are your friends? What criteria do you use to determine that they are not your enemies? Leave your answers in the comments section.

In the meantime, join us at our podcast-related meetup on Saturday, Oct. 26. We’ve planned some fun activities and giveaways.

Episode 41: You Might be Wrong

Producer: Jill Cox-Cordova
Tech Op/Editor: Anthony Cordova
Music: Gifford Ivan Cordova III
Podcast Art: Nick Zinkie
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The Need to Feel Right

This topic of this week’s episode was a special one because it was, in part, the idea of another podcaster, David Payne. David hosts the wildly popular and highly-ranked podcast, Somebody Somewhere, which investigates and uncover clues in unsolved, high-profile cases. Make sure you check it the binge-worthy show because it is amazing what he and executive producer, Jody Gottlieb, consistently discover and reveal in each episode.

Recently, David and Jill, who have known each other since their CNN.com days, spoke about the need to feel right, which led to Jill interviewing a neuroscientist, Dr. Dean Burnett, about whether the brain is wired for that. David used an excerpt of that interview in a recent episode, and so did Jill and Tony in this week’s podcast. In fact, Tony and Jill admitted to times they were wrong in their relationship with each other.

Tony also told listeners to look deeper within themselves, within their life, at decisions they’ve made.

His other tips include the following:

  • Remember that no one is right all the time.
  • Even if you think you’re right, take the time to truly listen to your partner’s viewpoint
  • Keep your mind and heart open. That’s the best way to open your ears to listen.

Jill also offered advice by telling listeners to judge others less since everyone has flaws.

She also has the following suggestions:

  • Be honest with yourself about why you feel the need to be right
  • Listen. Listen. Listen
  • Let unimportant arguments go

How do you handle being right or wrong in your relationship? In life? Leave your answers in the comment section. Don’t forget to join us at our first podcast-related meetup on Oct. 26.

Episode 40: Who is the Follower in Your Relationship?

Producer: Jill Cox-Cordova
Tech Op/Editor: Anthony Cordova
Music: Gifford Ivan Cordova III
Podcast Art: Nick Zinkie
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Let’s Decide Together

In this week’s episode, Tony and Jill discussed how they determine tasks in their household.

He told listeners to ask questions about who does what early on in the relationship, so that if you opt to live together later on, there will likely be fewer surprises.

He has other suggestions, too:

  • Compromise, if necessary
  • Keep each other accountable about what each agreed to do
  • Hold your anger if one person doesn’t keep the commitment; talk it out as soon as possible

Jill told listeners to talk out issues with role assignments, but if nothing ever changes, and there appear to be bigger issues, you may consider leaving that relationship behind.

She has three other tips:

  • Keep communication lines open
  • Switch leader-follower roles from time to time
  • Work together for the best outcomes

How do you determine who does what in your relationship? Let us know in the comments section. Hope to see you at our meetup on Oct. 26!

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