Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 40: Rituals, Resolutions, & Woo

Oh hey! This week’s episode will be the last one of 2017.

What? I know! But Tracey and I need a little vacation. Plus, this gives you time to catch up on all the episodes you missed these past several months so that you’re all ready for the new season starting on January 3rd of 2018.

To wrap up the year, Tracey and I are talking all about New Year’s resolutions. Should you make them? Do we make them? Are resolutions actually helpful?

In this conversation, we offer some advice on entering into next year on a positive note, explore some of the reasons resolutions don’t stick, and explore what you can do instead of setting resolutions that might actually set you up for success in the coming months.

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Thanks, friends! Happy Holidays! We’ll see you again on January 3rd!

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Highlights from this episode:

  • Do Tracey and I make New Year’s resolutions?
  • Tracey’s Winter Solstice tradition with her kids
  • Intention-setting vs. resolutions
  • How resolutions can set us up for failure
  • Focusing more on feeling states vs. specific outcomes
  • My New Year’s ritual for the past few years
  • Why Tracey and I love ritual so much
  • How identifying your values can enhance intention-setting
  • Why the emotion or desired feeling behind a goal matters
  • What was my number one intention for 2017?
  • The benefit of identifying hard things you have done — a callback to episode 21
  • What are some things you did this year that the you of 2016 would be surprised to know you’ve done?
  • Episode 16 about building confidence
  • How do Tracey and I feel about resolutions regarding diet and exercise? Are they actually helpful?
  • Why Tracey and I are looking to cultivate more woo next year
  • The Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
  • Are spiritually and woo-ness mutually exclusive with science?
  • How I approached ritual and spirituality after leaving the Mormon church
  • How Tracey created her Solstice rituals
  • Incorporating fire into your rituals
  • And more!

Piquing Our Curiosity:

Make Good Choices, a online shop owned by Portland-based artist Alex Simon. Visit my Instagram here to see a photo of a mug Alex designed that was gifted to me by Tracey. And then watch Alex dance to Call Your Girlfriend by Robyn and follow her on Instagram. She’s a gem. And her work is whimsical and awesome. You’ll love it — and her. I guarantee it.


Remember, if you have any topics or questions you’d like us to address in a future episode, comment here or email us at our joint email account: We’d love to hear from you!

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Updated to add:  Below is the intention-setting guide I used this year. If you follow me on Instagram and saw my story just before the new year, I talked about it there. Enough people expressed interest in seeing into my process, that I created this super low-tech guide. Download for free by clicking the link below:

Intention Setting Guide