OBSESSED WITH ABGs: THE PODCAST

Ep15: Obsessed With: Getting Focused (Productivity Apps)

Reina and Kimberly are OBSESSED with productivity apps and design. How can you make technology work for YOU and what methods work best to staying focus? They’ve gone through a lot of trial and error (and yes – they’re still exploring), but they have found some things along the way that have been life changing. Listen as they list all the best apps that they use to stay focused, organized, and mentally well.


Focus Apps:
iFocus (Pomodoro Timer): https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/ifocus-pomodoro-relax-sounds/id1498438713?mt=12
Flora (Pomodoro Timer): https://flora.appfinca.com/en/

Budgeting:
YNAB (You Need a Budget): https://www.youneedabudget.com/

Keeping Organized:
TimeIntersect (Cross Time Zone Scheduler): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/time-intersect-world-time/id998121750
Google Drive (Preferred Cloud Folder): https://www.google.com/drive/
Insight Timer (For Meditation): https://insighttimer.com/

Note Taking:
Bullet Journaling: https://bulletjournal.com/
Notion: https://www.notion.so/

iPad Pro Notes:
Pencil Planner: https://pencilplanner.app/
Good Notes 5: https://www.goodnotes.com/

Ep14: Friendships vs. Frientimacy

Still in lockdown and Reina and Kimberly are missing their friends. Between work and not being able to go hang out with friends – they talk about how they’re trying (or failing) to keep their friendships going. They explore Shasta Nelson’s book, “Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness” and the three key pillars: POSITIVITY, VULNERABILITY, CONSISTENCY.

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EP12: Anti-Asian Hate and The Atlanta Shooting

We took a break from our regular upload schedule due to recent news in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re sure many have heard about the mass shooting on March 16, where 8 victims (6 being Asian women) were murdered by a 21-year old white man. He targeted 3 Asian-specific spas across 2 counties.

We are both Asian women, who are minorities in Canada and Germany. This story felt personal. This felt like a direct attack on us, targeted and intentional. In this episode, we discuss our thoughts, reactions, and some information on what’s been going on outside of the US as the rise of Anti-Asian hate has become widespread.

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Since most news outlets were awful and failed to call this a hate crime, we’re pointing to other sources so you can learn and feel what’s going on:

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Additional Resources:

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Please note the names of those who have passed:

  • Xiaojie Tan 
  • Daoyou Feng
  • Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez
  • Paul Andre Michels
  • Soon Chung Park
  • Hyun Grant
  • Suncha Kim
  • Yong Ae Yue

EP11: Finding Your Next Hobby

Season 2, Ep2 (Ep11)

How are we filling our days during a lockdown? How are we keeping busy, and what do our hobbies mean to us?

The pandemic has forced us to change our habits and schedules. Whether you have more time (or less time), Reina and Kimberly discuss the value and importance of doing something for yourself and indulging in a hobby. Whether it’s fitness, baking, games…there’s something for you and they want you to find what it is.

Warning, Kimberly goes into her love for BTS (again) and Reina shares her disdain for puzzles (warning, they have some THOUGHTS on puzzles).

Season 2 Begins! Ep 10: Pursuing Your Passion with Renée Suen

Kimberly and Reina return with season 2 – this time with special guest Renée Suen, travel and food writer/photographer! She is a columnist at SingTao’s EliteGenmagazine, and a regular contributor to TorontoLife, Chatelaine and WestJet Magazine. Her works are featured in The Globe and MailToronto Star TravelAFARenRouteCBC LifeBest Health,NUVO, Bon Appétit and Wall Street Journal.

They chat about her Asian-Canadian roots, her pivot from pursuing a doctorate in Cardiovascular Sciences to becoming a journalist, to her own boardroom of allies – and also how COVID has affected her work. Sometimes life can throw a lot of surprises your way and there’s nothing like taking the bull by the horn and seizing the day!

EP9: The Husbands

Reina and Kimberly talk a lot about their boardroom of allies …and who exactly is at the top of their list? Their husbands. 

In today’s episode, they share the mic with their partners and talk about communication, supporting one’s career, first impressions, and being in a mixed-cultured relationship. 

Also, the guys do a mean Jim Carrey impression so if anything – check that out!

EP8: What’s Your Saboteur?

We’re human – and sometimes we inadvertently find ways to self-sabotage. Whether it’s within relationships, work, or just getting through life…we have a little voice in our head that can sabotage a good thing. So what are your saboteurs? Reina makes Kimberly take the Saboteurs Assessment from Shirzad Chamine’s book “Positive Intelligence”…and well…it kinda leads her into a downward spiral.

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Resources:

  • Positive Intelligence: https://www.positiveintelligence.com/
  • Wanna take the saboteur assessment test? https://www.positiveintelligence.com/assessments/

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Find us…

Website: https://hacushi.com/

Insta: @obsessedwithabg

Twitter: @obsessedwithabg

Coach Reina on Insta: @reina.coaching

EP7: Our Stationery Obsession (Keeping Organized)

Notebooks, paper, and pens – oh my! Reina and Kimberly talk shop on their favourite stationery items. Learn what pens and journals keep them organized and the systems they have in place to tackle 2021. These small steps may make a big difference in your approach towards gratitude, goals…and life.

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Extra Reading:

  • Bullet Journal: https://bulletjournal.com/
  • Atomic Habits By James Clear
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing By Marie Kondo
  • Article on CEO Hidesaburo Kagiyama: http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~nippon/file/jog480e.pdf

Notebooks of Choice:

  • Leuchtturm1917 (A5)
  • Shinola Detroit

Get Organized! Visit Coach Reina’s site to download your 2021 Goal Setting Work Sheets: http://www.reinashishikura.com/free-stuff

EP6: Getting Coached (The Birkman Method)

Kimberly decides to take the plunge and do The Birkman Method, a series of 125 questions that will reveal her needs, interests, and even ideal career. The method/assessment is often done in Fortune 500’s and many MBA schools with a certified coach…which Reina is. Listen as she coaches Kimberly through the results and unpacks some of her results.

Also, we’re going to be a little more interactive and provide KIMBERLY’S RESULTS. That’s right, judge away! Below is KIMBERLY’s Birkman Map and FULL PDF of her report. Listen and FOLLOW ALONG!

If you want to more info on The Birkman Method, definitely checkout Reina’s Coaching page HERE.

BONUS: Was 2020 A Dumpster Fire Of A Year?

Happy New Year from us, to you!

Let’s reflect— no! Scratch that. Let’s be real and talk about all the PROS AND CONS OF 2020. Not grateful? Totally fine. Super grateful? Also fine. Kimberly and Reina talk about all the things they did or didn’t do this past year and call 2020 for what it is. 

However you felt about 2020 – let’s also talk about what we hope for in 2021.