A Hard Habit to Break

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” Aristotle. 

DeRae and Austin end season one of Cautious Coffee with a conversation about habits. Good (more optimal) or bad (less optimal) habits make a life and determine the quality of said life. Habits are learned from our parents, siblings, and peer group. Others we pick up as we explore things we like – they make us feel good, provide stimulation or comfort. 

For the most part, we all know we should do certain things that will benefit us over the entirety of our lives (sleeping a healthy amount, exercising, eating nutritious foods, hydrating, saving for retirement, etc.), but often we don’t do these things on a consistent basis, developing bad habits and spiraling downward. One bad habit often leads to another. 

Fortunately, and conversely, one good habit often leads to another good habit. The choice is yours. Make good choices!

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More Money, More Problems?

Austin and DeRae sit down with Tony Colunga, an entrepreneur and financial planner by trade to discuss the topic of financial literacy once again. Tony shares how he got involved in the finance industry and what influenced him to finally set out on his own and found his own wealth management firm. 

DeRae and Austin share some of their financial experiences, personally, or through friends and family. For money to be such an important part of our lives, the trio explores why it’s so taboo, and a framework that can be used to optimize your financial life.


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The War on Drugs: Another War Lost?

In this week’s episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae chat about the legalization and decriminalization of illicit drugs. 

There is no serious doubt that illicit drug use and smuggling are detrimental to the human condition, and the United States has taken a hard line with its War on Drugs campaign. Former President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse public enemy number one. 

DeRae attributes drug abuse to addictive behavior, while Austin doesn’t wholly disagree, they don’t quite see eye-to-eye. Austin lays out his plan on how he would tackle the problem, while DeRae says “the hell with that, legalize them all!”

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Do You Have Guilt Returning To Work?

Remote work, once frowned upon by many Fortune 100 companies, has taken hold since last March. However, as the world (at some point) transitions to a post-COVID world, will remote work be here to stay or is it just an 18-month social experiment? And what does it mean for our work/life balance?

Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19 is an ongoing debate in many corporate boardrooms. Data suggests that as many as 89 percent of office-based employees “say they want to be allowed to work remotely some or all of the time” and one in four employees suggest “they might quit their jobs after the pandemic, mostly because they want to look for work with greater flexibility.”

In this bonus episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae field a topic submitted by listener Gauhar Hussain: “Return to the office and the guilt that comes from missing home.”

Where do you stand?

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Cautious Coffee is a forum for candid, often uncomfortable conversations. Hosted by Austin Staton and DeRae Crane, each episode brings you unscripted and unfiltered commentary on key issues that are impacting our country and culture. Tune in as we seek empowerment, not power; as we meet people where they are; and most importantly, as we strive to be better humans. 

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Thought Experiment: The Democratic Lottery

This week Austin and DeRae conduct a radical thought experiment about a democratic lottery here in the United States for all elected offices. 

DeRae believes a democratic lottery will address many of the issues with our current system, while Austin is rightfully skeptical. But we want to know what you think. With only a few more episodes left in the first season of Cautious Coffee, listen to this week’s episode, and share your thoughts with the crew. 

They’re already brainstorming season two and want you to be a part of it every step of the way.

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What It Means To Be A Parent In 2021

Parenting is hard, that’s likely what makes it so invaluable. Everything starts at home. A child’s first hero is likely a parent. And just because we become parents doesn’t mean we have all the answers, almost everyone is still trying to figure it out. Experiences will vary. What’s important is that we lean into our responsibility as parents – taking it seriously and do our best to guide our children to be productive citizens of society.

Austin and DeRae are once again joined by special guest Justin Cade in an episode about parenting. DeRae has a 12-year-old son, and in those 12 years has come to accept that while kids are wonderful – they’re also little hater machines. Justin joined the fatherhood within the last three years, but Austin remains free of the responsibilities of parenting. 

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Vulnerability as a Leader

The COVID-19 crisis pushed many leaders out of their comfort zones and forced them to reexamine the status-quo. As organizations take a long look in the mirror at what they have become and make decisions of how to best put the pieces back together, those that work for organizations have also taken long looks in the mirror and reassessed what is important to them. 

It is unlikely that things will ever be as they were before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill. As COVID tested the mental health of the world, many have found power in vulnerability – allowing those willing to step out to be impactful, leading from wherever they’re positioned and setting a sustainable example for others to follow.

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#TeamUSA: Proud to be an American

Perfect men do not exist – neither do perfect countries. But the energy, hard-nosed swagger, and victor mentality of one of the greatest countries to ever exist is to be admired. 

Whether you’re from a state on the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, or down South – DeRae and Austin hope that if you’re an American, you’re as proud to be an American as they are. 

In this episode DeRae and Austin share what it means to them to be American – the good, the bad, the ugly. The freedoms and opportunities of America are envied the world over. For such a young country it has come a long way in a very short period. DeRae and Austin remain optimistic for the future and are determined to be part of the one thing that is guaranteed – change. 

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Let’s Discuss Vaccine Hesitancy

We all know someone that refuses to get vaccinated, and maybe even refuses to wear a mask. Hell, they might even think the last 18 months was a ruse. We asked our followers if the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandated, as vaccination rates appear to be stagnating with new variants of the virus spreading in many parts of the world. 

Austin and DeRae chat about what’s driving skepticism and vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. And while DeRae and Austin believe in freedom of choice, they also believe in common sense and encourage you to make good choices.

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For The Love of Money

Can money buy you happiness? 

DeRae likes to tell people he’s never had a problem that money couldn’t solve. Austin shares his earliest experiences with credit cards, and what he wishes he knew back then. Money and credit are tools, yet many people have no idea where money comes from and how credit (or debt) works – and often suffer from the money illusion. 

In many ways, getting money is a game, as there are just so many ways to get it. Some people focus on ensuring they secure a steady job with benefits so they can work until retirement age. Others are just trying to get by, check to check. 

And while there is nothing wrong with keeping an eye on retirement, or just getting by – it seems the majority of Americans are not adequately prepared for retirement. Are they playing the right game(s)?

ABOUT CAUTIOUS COFFEE
Cautious Coffee is a forum for candid, often uncomfortable conversations. Hosted by Austin Staton and DeRae Crane, each episode brings you unscripted and unfiltered commentary on key issues that are impacting our country and culture. Tune in as we seek empowerment, not power; as we meet people where they are; and most importantly, as we strive to be better humans. 

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