The Busy Trap
February 23, 2015
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Season 3 begins with the talented and inspiring
Nicole Belanger. We discuss the power of stories, the glorification of busy and the lack of diversity in our films, books and entertainment in general.
Don’t be mean to your stories! Nicole basically tells us we’re all too hard on ourselves. Chris agrees, citing the stories featured on
Radiolab and This American Life. Nicole tells us that she misses writing because lately she’s been updating her website instead of sharing. Check out the new
nicole-belanger.com and add it to your reading list. Nicole doesn’t want a work-life balance. She believes in
a work-life blend. Stop glorifying that you’re so busy that you don’t have time to sleep? You’re not a martyr,
it’s bad for business. Nicole says she was born and raised in
Ottawa when Chris accuses her of being a British Columbian. Of course, Chris & Nicole won’t say anything disparaging about B.C. Chris digs
Kelowna and Nicole really enjoyed time in Victoria. Actor
Michael Ironside shared his thoughts on B.C. on a Nerdist podcast. Nicole says passion is a moving target, so she’s taking
Elizabeth Gilbert’s advice and following her curiosity.
is a book by Cheryl Strayed that inspires Nicole. Wild The Reese Witherspoon film based on the book
, gets a very positive review as well. Wild Nicole tells us that actress
Reese Witherspoon produced Wild as well as in an effort to bring complex female characters to the screen. Gone Girl Chris agrees that films are full of white males and cites an old blog post,
R.I.P.D.:Just How White & Sexist Is Hollywood?
The Bechdel test will depress you when you apply it to Hollywood movies. Paul reminds us that films are not the only media where women are not equally portrayed.
#Gamergate Of course, the best place to start with equality is children’s books. Check out
WeNeedDiverseBooks.org. Chris & Nicole talk about another wild book,
and its Into the Wild film. Nicole offers some great tips for writing, like emailing yourself notes and approaching your own story from the outside as an investigative journalist.
makes the case for meditation and suggests the buddhify app.
Nicole would like to remind us to be kinder to ourselves. “If we talked to others how we talk to ourselves, we’d have negative friends.” Find more inspiration from Nicole at
nicole-belanger.com and follow Nicole on twitter.