In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss how one’s cultural identity impacts personal identity, and vice-versa. They talk about being an expat, where persona identity is affected by both the culture of your mother country and your host country. Katie discusses identity in context of being an art teacher, and how both artists and teachers are view by various group. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow Social Identity Theory https://www.simplypsychology.org/social-identity-theory.html Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife Websites & Social Media Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Berin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerinKinsman Music Credits Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

This is just a quick pop-in to let everyone know how things are going. This quasi-retreat restructuring of both my work schedule and my life needs is quite pleasant. I’m listening to nothing but silence, with occasional nature sounds and Tibetan singing bowls when I need a little white noise. I’m putting the wraps on the final issue of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror, which will be released next week. That will dovetail into my plans for this space, which I want to share with you. I’m using this hiatus productively. First, though, I found this quote by blogger karigee, via kottke, on why she continues to keep a blog: “I also keep it out of spite, because I[…]

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk discuss how they pick topics for this podcast. They discuss things they shy away from and why, things they’re passionate about, and the demographics of their audience. You (yes, you) can leave comments suggesting future topics. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon https://www.patreon.com/proofoflife Websites & Social Media Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Berin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerinKinsman Music Credits Opening Sting: Mature Sounds by Jingle Punks Closing Tag: Cartoon Bank Heist by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions

Right now I have two big buckets labeled “work” and “self care”. If I something doesn’t fit into one of those buckets, then it’s going into an equally metaphorical junk drawer to be dealt with at an unspecified later date. The tasks and projects inside the buckets are being filtered down further using the MoSCoW Method — Must Have (required), Should Have (nice to have, high priority), Could Have (nice to have, low priority), and Won’t Have (unnecessary, low return). I’m not dealing with anything right now that isn’t clearly a Must Have. Which means I’m working on things that have clear deadlines and pay the bills, getting plenty of rest, and slowing making plans for the “nice to have”[…]

“An autotelic person needs few material possessions and little entertainment, comfort, power, or fame because so much of what he or she does is already rewarding. Because such persons experience flow in work, in family life, when interacting with people, when eating, even when alone with nothing to do, they are less dependent on the external rewards that keep others motivated to go on with a life composed of routines. They are more autonomous and independent because they cannot be as easily manipulated with threats or rewards from the outside. At the same time, they are more involved with everything around them because they are fully immersed in the current of life.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi That’s the “flow state” guy basically[…]