Episode 60: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

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Guinea Pigging Green is one of my favourite projects. I love experimenting with new things, and Steph is one of those friends who is always encouraging new books, hobbies, and skills. Sometimes, we get lucky enough to record whole episodes on them!

Today’s episode is all about cultivating a growth mindset (the mindset that challenges you to get out there and learn things that you’re not good at yet). You can listen to the episode on iTunes or by using the player below.

According to psychologist Carol Dweck, there are two main mindsets: growth and fixed. To paraphrase, a fixed mindset assumes that who we are (including our abilities) can’t be changed in a meaningful way, while a growth mindset sees failures as a starting point for new abilities. In other words, someone with a growth mindset sees something they’re bad at as something they can one day become good at.

Steph and I both believe that we should always be learning. And why shouldn’t we!

There’s no better time than right now to find affordable online courses and skill-sharing. Some of them that we mentioned in today’s episode include:

Other Links we mentioned:

What skills are you working on? What websites are you using to learn those skills? We cannot wait to hear from you.

— Laura

PS. Does anyone have breakdancing classes they recommend? For real!

PPS. Also looking for Cantonese lessons.

Episode 57: The Insta 100 Challenge

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Hi friends!

This week we’re talking about a social media challenge that we created called the Insta 100 Challenge! To listen, click on the player below or go ahead and subscribe on iTunes right here.

So what the heck are we talking about – what does “Insta 100” mean? Well, we can explain the whole challenge in one sentence:

Reduce the number of people you’re following on Instagram to 100 or less. 

Whoa! Kind of a wacky idea, right? Especially if, like Laura and I were, you are currently following 300+ people right now.

But the reality is, doing this “challenge” was totally in line with our values of abundance, being essential, and spending less time on social media. We felt like our Instagram accounts were holding us hostage! We constantly felt behind, like we needed to catch up, like we were missing out on something, like our lives weren’t measuring up in some way.

The challenge helped us to kind of break away from those not-so-great feelings, so we wanted to share it with our listeners if this is something you’d be curious to try.

One thing that’s important to mention is that we’re not saying to arbitrarily cut people out just for the sake of it! This “challenge” is all about being more mindful and truly consider how things (yes, including your social media accounts!) make you feel and how they line up with your values.

Tune into the episode to learn more! And if you do end up trying the challenge (in whatever way that looks like for you!!), please let us know in the comments below! Or you can get in touch with us @GreenGuineaPigs on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks for listening! We appreciate you very much.


Episode 51: Thrive by Arianna Huffington (GPG Book Club)

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Welcome back green guinea pigs!

In today’s episode, Steph and I talk about one of our favourite books on the importance of cultivating wellness in our lives: Thrive by Arianna Huffington.

As always, you can visit our iTunes channel to subscribe to Guinea Pigging Green, or you can listen to the podcast using the widget below:

Thrive is an excellent compilation of mindfulness studies, wellness championing, and thought-provoking quotes. We hope some of our favourite quotes she included inspire you too:

“My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.” -Imam Shafi’i

“Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.” -Brian Andreas

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” -Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Listen to the rest of the show for more of Huffington’s balanced, inspirational perspectives on life! Lots of love this Tuesday,

— Laura