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Q&A with Melissa &  Jess


Q&A with Melissa & Jess

Jessica Lynn Williams

Melissa and I have decided to take a different approach this week—it's time for a good ol' Q&A. 

This week our friend Clara, of the beautiful blog Eat Stories Like Grapes, wrote in asking us to answer some questions for a Q&A, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some personal stories, and we also answer a few listener questions. 

We answer the following questions:

For those readers who aren’t familiar with your podcast, can you tell us briefly what it’s about and how the two of you started it?

Can you each tell us a little bit about your family and where you were raised?

I feel as though part of being mindful is acknowledging and accepting the community we are connected to (via awareness, compassion, etc.). We give value to the world, and we take value from those around us and those who came before us. Is there someone in your life that you admire, that adds value to your life, and without whom you wouldn’t be who you are today? Tell us about that person.

How did you and your significant other meet?

Describe a day in your life when you were sublimely happy.

As minimalists, who place more value on experiences than personal possessions, do you think it benefits us to turn our experiences into stories?

When you meet someone new, what is one of the first things you want to know about their story?

Do you have a favorite funny story that goes around in your family or friend circle you’d care to share today?

Are you a reader? What stories have you read lately that you really liked?

Do you have any favorite authors?

What are your thoughts on story-telling as a facet of mindfulness? Would you say that the art of story-telling conflicts with mindfulness in any way, since it re-tells a past, and mindfulness is about living in the present? Or does it enrich the present in a way that is different from “dwelling” in the past?

I am a huge fan of the “slow-movement.” From listening to your podcasts, I know you ladies also practice “slow” living as well. What changes have you made recently to bring a little more “slow” into your life?

If someone had to write a one-lined legacy/story about you after you die, what do you hope it would be?

What are your thoughts on the following quote from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes?: You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.