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10 Ways Introverts Can Survive Thanksgiving | TIS Ep. 28

10 Ways Introverts Can Survive Thanksgiving | TIS Ep. 28

Episode Summary:

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And even in these Covid times, people will be hosting gatherings and parties, albeit on a smaller scale than usual. Introverts can probably already feel their stress levels rising as they think about all-day-long get-togethers, forced socializing, painful small talk, and people with no boundaries—not to mention no masks. Join Sharon and Lisa as they share their top tips for how introverts can actually have a happy Thanksgiving.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Thanksgiving Survival Strategy #1: “Spend Thanksgiving alone! Avoid the awkwardness. Avoid the aggressiveness. Avoid the aggravation.”
  2. Thanksgiving Survival Strategy #3: “Be a guest, not a host. Don’t stress yourself out.”
  3. Thanksgiving Survival Strategy #8: “Avoid people and topics that are triggering.”

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Is 2020 The Year of the Introvert? Yes and No. | TIS Ep. 27

Is 2020 The Year of the Introvert? Yes and No. | TIS Ep. 27


Episode Summary:

Many are calling 2020 “The Year of the Introvert.” Avoiding people, avoiding crowded spaces, self-isolating, working from home…what’s not to love, right? Sounds like introvert heaven, but…it’s not quite so simple. Join Sharon and Lisa as they weigh the pros and cons of the corona-induced self-isolation lifestyle.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. In some ways, it absolutely is the year of the introvert: “We introverts like a slower, calmer, less frenetic pace, and the world is finally embracing what comes naturally to many of us.”
  2. But in some ways it isn’t: “Socializing in some form or fashion has become popular again. People are trying to virtually recreate the connection that they have been missing: dance parties, dinners, happy hours, book clubs, tea parties…What that creates for introverts is the experience of once again feeling pressured to be extroverted in the virtual world.”
  3. There is a shadow pandemic taking place, in terms of mental health: “There is going to be a mental health crisis coming out of this pandemic. It is unavoidable…Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, the stress of the pandemic could trigger new mental health issues, or exacerbate existing ones.”

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2020 Election: The Battle for The White House| TISOT Ep. 4

2020 Election: The Battle for The White House| TISOT Ep. 4

Episode Summary:

The U.S. election is done—but far from over. In an alarming repeat of the 2016 election, Biden won the popular vote (as Hillary had), but as we all now know, it’s the electoral college votes that count towards actually securing the presidency. The race is distressingly close. Candidates need 270 electoral votes in order to win. As of this writing, Biden has 253, while the orange one has 213. In this TIS Off-Topic episode, the sisters discuss the still-pending election result, how we got here again, and exactly how racist is America, really?

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2020 Election Watch: Vote Like Your Life Depends on It | TISOT Ep. 3

2020 Election Watch: Vote Like Your Life Depends on It | TISOT Ep. 3


The U.S. election fever is building, and so is anxiety around what the outcome will be. In their third TIS Off-Topic episode, Sharon and Lisa discuss the orange one’s regime, the ways in which he has harmed Americans, and why he must be voted out at all costs.

3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Be strategic: “People are getting a little lost in the sauce. They are not being strategic. It is not about whether you are in love with Kamala or Joe. It is not a love story. It is a vote. It is a strategic move. All you’re doing is making sure that the orange one does not get in again. That is the totality of it.”
  2. Be afraid: “You think things are bad now? If you vote him in again they are going to get exponentially worse…People who have experienced authoritarian and dictatorial regimes are warning us that this is how it starts. It is a very, very slippery slope.”
  3. Be resolute: “If you have not already voted, please go and vote. Your future and your children’s future are at stake…Equity is at stake, women’s rights are at stake, your health is at stake. VOTE.”

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Is Freelance Writing the Perfect Job for Introverts? | TIS Ep. 26

Is Freelance Writing the Perfect Job for Introverts? | TIS Ep. 26

Episode Summary:

Ask any introvert to describe their dream job, and they’ll probably mention freelancing. No people? Check. No small talk? Check. No need to go into an office? Check, check, check. Join Sharon and Lisa as they discuss why freelancing, and especially freelance writing, could just be the ideal job for introverts. Plus: From Kamala “I’m speaking” Harris to Aaisha Joseph, and so many more, Black women are fighting the good fight against racism, censorship, and the patriarchy. Tune in as the sisters discuss it all.
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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Writing comes naturally to many introverts: “A lot of introverts process thoughts better in writing than they do verbally.”
  2. Freelancing and working from home are ultimately about control: “There are so many ways in which freelancing gives you more agency, and more power to say ‘no’ to things you don’t want to do.”
  3. If they can help it, introverts are never going back to regular office life: People: “Would you ever consider working in an office again?” Introverts: “No.”

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The “Quarantine 15” is Real. Here’s How to Lose your Pandemic Pounds. | TIS Ep. 25

The “Quarantine 15” is Real. Here’s How to Lose your Pandemic Pounds. | TIS Ep. 25

Episode Summary:

After more than 10 months at home, so much has changed—including the sisters’ weight! Like so many others, they have accumulated the “quarantine 15,” (ok…maybe more than 15) and now it’s time to shed the extra pounds. Tune in as Sharon and Lisa discuss effective home workouts that can help you get your weight back on track.

Plus: Another aspect of life that 2020 has changed is hair care. Neither of the sisters is ready to go back to “normal” activities like getting their hair done. Even if their stylist is wearing a mask, they prefer not to be in such close proximity to anyone unless absolutely necessary. So: they both did their hair themselves for the first time ever. Listen in as they share what it was like being their own hair stylist.

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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Give yourself options: “There is so much exercise advice out there for every level of fitness. You can find anything you want.”
  2. Give yourself grace: “You need to recognize that there are days when you’re not going to be able to do as much as you would like. And that’s ok.”
  3. Give yourself encouragement: “Celebrate every win, and recognize that you are doing something good for yourself.”

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