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Absent Parents

Absent Parents

November 22, 2019

In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Erica and Sana from the Systers With A Why podcast. The sisters share their experience growing up in a single-parent household and why they don’t feel the need to look for their father.

Systers With A Why is a podcast where two sisters, Erica and Sana, casually chat about the “Why’s” of life while questioning themselves and others. You can find it on all of your favourite podcast players! In this episode, we chat about absent parents. Both Sana and Erica were raised by their mom as their dad left when they were very young. They’ve never felt a connection to him and never felt the need to find him. Now with kids of their own, they wonder if children should try to find and reconnect with a parent who left.

I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always, do note that there is some adult content, so when listening, it’s best to pop on those headphones!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

 

Resources

Make sure to subscribe to their podcast:

Systers With A Why on Libsyn

You can follow Systers With A Why on social media:

Instagram @systerswithawhy
Twitter @systerswithawhy

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

November 7, 2019

In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Chastity Davis, a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. We chat about reconciliation and what it means both politically and individually. 

About Chastity

Chastity Davis is a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. A proud member of the Tla’amin Nation, located in Powell River just off the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC. Chastity strives to keep her sacred First Nations culture, traditions, and values incorporated into her modern-day life. She has dedicated my life to facilitate the building of bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

In this episode, we talk about truth & reconciliation, what it means both politically and individually.

I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always, do note that there is some adult content, so when listening, it’s best to pop on those headphones!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

Resources

Make sure to head over to Chastity’s website to find our more about her work:

www.chastitydavis.com

You can follow Chastity on social media:

Instagram @chastity_davis
Twitter @CDavisConsult

Other articles/reports:

The Indian Act – Wikipedia
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation
Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Indigenous Podcasts:

Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild, CBC Podcast
All My Relations with Matika Wilbur & Adrienne Keene
Red Man Laughing with Ryan McMahon
Métis in Space with Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel 

 

Periods Part 2: Menstrual Products, Poverty, & Power

Periods Part 2: Menstrual Products, Poverty, & Power

October 24, 2019

In this episode of Uncomfortable, we chat with Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of Lunapads. Lunapads is a Vancouver based business that manufactures reusable menstrual products. We discuss period products, myths, shame, period poverty and, so much more!

About Our Guest:

Madeleine Shaw, the co-founder of Lunapads. Lunapads create reusable alternatives to disposable pads & tampons featuring modern washable cloth pads, magical leak-free period undies, and menstrual cups. Madeleine is not only one part of the driving force behind this powerful ethical brand, she is also the Founder and Creative Director of G Day for Girls, a global social movement where Girls and their Champions can come together to welcome, witness and receive Girls as they enter the next phase of their life journey.

I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always, do note that there is some adult content so when listening, it’s best to pop on those headphones!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

 

Resources:

Find out more about Lunapads by visiting www.lunapads.ca

You can follow Lunapads on social media:

Instagram @lunapads 
Twitter @lunapads
Facebook @Lunapads
Pinterest @lunapads

To find out more about GDay visit www.gday.world

 

Other cool links and articles we touched on in the podcast:

Seeking Ceremony – creating ceremony around special events and life milestones.

Afripads – leading manufacture and largest commercial supplier across Africa of reusable pads.

The Period Promise Campaign – Period Promise campaign by United Way to reduce the isolation created by period poverty, in our own neighbourhoods.

The Period Purse – The Period Purse strives to achieve menstrual equity by providing marginalized menstruators with access to free menstrual products, and to reduce the stigma surrounding periods through public education and advocacy.

Article: If Men Could Menstruate by Gloria Steinem

Free Bleeding Post from Lunapad’s social media.

Periods Part 1: Period Bypassing

Periods Part 1: Period Bypassing

October 10, 2019

In this episode of Uncomfortable, we talk to De’Nicea Hilton, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Holistic Period & Fertility Strategist. We chat about “Period Bypassing” a term coined by De’Nicea during her work with women around menstrual cycles. 

About De'Nicea:

Imagine a place where girls, teens and women walk around completely aware of themselves, Being Whole, and so comfortable fully expressing their Authentic Selves. They’re exuding confidence and loving who they are. And to think…it all started with learning about their menstrual cycle.

 De’Nicea Hilton is the host of Period Bypassing, where the practice is to Educate, Embrace and Embody Holistic Menstrual Health.

 Through her experience as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Holistic Period & Fertility Strategist, De’Nicea noticed girls, teens and women were living with unpleasant menstrual cycles, confused about themselves, unaware of their bodies and living fragmented – the effects of Period Bypassing™. However, this shifted when they learned about their menstrual cycle.

 Transcending Period Bypassing™, the Flow-Asis is filled with all sorts of opportunities to learn Holistic Menstrual Health in group mentorship or be personally guided one-to-one in syncing with and harmonizing your cycle for Menstrual Cycle Conditions and Fertility Challenges. 

De’Nicea teaches a multi-faceted perspective of the menstrual cycle that shatters the belief of what’s been accepted as “normal” for what is healthy.

In the Flow-Asis, De’Nicea opens their eyes to creating a life FOR her rather than accepting things being done TO her by using the Menstrual Cycle as her guide – detecting cues and listening to messages of what her Mind, Body and Spirit are saying she needs.

While women have been searching all over for the answers to her questions about her Cycle, Fertility and overall Health, De’Nicea helps her see that the answers have been within her the whole time. She just needs to know how to access and interpret it.

Resources:

Feel free to connect with De’Nicea over on her website and social media:

www.deniceahilton.com

www.periodbypassing.com

Instagram @deniceahilton
Twitter @DeNiceaHilton
Facebook @DeNiceaHilton

Check out the Period Bypassing Podcast: http://periodbypassing.libsyn.com/

Article: Women who stop taking the Pill can find their partners less attractive - The Telegraph.

 

Giving a F*ck About Climate Change

Giving a F*ck About Climate Change

September 29, 2019

This episode comes to you live from the Climate Strike in Vancouver. Debbie is joined by marching buddies Jessica Roberts-Farina and Peggy Liu as well as over 100,000 others from Vancouver as they strike and march for Climate Action.

About Peggy:

Peggy Liu is a writer, story-teller, self-proclaimed bibliophile, and mediocre advice-giver. When she isn’t digging her way to the bottom of a peanut butter jar or walking around Vancouver with her camera, she’s analyzing and over-analyzing relationship dynamics, cognitive and behavioural patterns, as well as her life choices. She recently completed her undergrad in English Literature at UBC, where she was a mental health columnist for the student newspaper, The Ubyssey. You can find her Mind Your Mind articles on The Ubyssey blog. She’s currently working on her first book, to be finished when she can stop overthinking her ideas!

About Jessica:
 
Jessica Roberts-Farina is a communications and marketing professional born and raised in Vancouver. Her journey into tracking her cervical fluid began in May after experiencing a complete breakdown of her health and a decision to take control of her health and wellbeing. When not tracking her menstrual cycles, Jess spends her time dancing, birding, and trying to be best friends with all the dogs in her neighbourhood.
 

Resources:

The Vancouver Climate Strike was organized by Sustainabiliteens Vancouver and Climate Strike Canada. This strike, along with others that took place around the world were in response to Greta Thunberg's call to action.

Sixteen children from across the world are petitioning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to hold five of the world’s leading economic powers accountable for inaction on the climate crisis. #ChildrenVsClimateCrisis Find out more: www.childrenvsclimatecrisis.org.

 

What can you do?

In this episode, Jess, Peggy and I discuss small actions that we can personally take to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic consumption. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Reduce meat consumption;
  • Shop at clothing swaps (also known as swishing parties);
  • Become part of a community kitchen. Here is a link to resources from the City of Vancouver's website;
  • Reduce your use of plastics by switching to reusable containers, water bottles, mugs, steel straws, beeswax wraps, etc. 
  • Where possible, take transit, bike or walk instead of driving;
  • Speak to your bank regarding your investments. Where are your dollars going? What are they funding? Consider switching to a Credit Union or Bank that invests in green energy and environmental initiatives. 

What steps do you take? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Masturbation

Masturbation

September 16, 2019

In this episode we chat with Cate from the Swinging Down Under podcast! Cate, and her partner Darrell are the hosts of the non-monogamous podcast Swinging Down Under. They started their journey in 2014 and wanted to pay it forward by chronicling our journey from monogamy into Non-Monogamy. In their podcast they share their own stories mixed in with interviews from other non-monogamous, sex positive or curious couples, educators and more. In this episode of Uncomfortable, we chat with Cate specifically about masturbation. We talk techniques, orgasm and discuss why it’s still considered taboo despite its many health benefits!!

 

About Cate

Cate is the co-host of Swinging Down Under with her partner Darrell. They have been together for a little over 10 years now, and started their relationship as a monogamous couple. In 2014 they started the Swinging Lifestyle Podcast and since then they’ve had so much fun helping curious couples and singles navigate their way around the consensual non-monogamous lifestyle. 

They are avid travellers and enjoy experiencing life together, you’ll either find them at a wine bar, indoor rock climbing, scuba diving or cooking at home with friends. They are childfree by choice and currently live in Asia (Singapore). 

In their podcast they talk about their global ‘swinging around the world’ sexual adventures, share and rate events they attend (or host) and talk about everything from what condoms and lube they’re using right now through to double penetration, pussy health and that time that Cate fell off the sex swing.  

In this episode, Cate and Debbie discuss masturbation! We hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always there is some adult language so when listening, it’s recommended that you pop your headphones on!
 

Resources

Podcast + Website:

Podcast: Swinging Down Under
Website: www.swingingdownunder.com

Social Media:

Twitter: @swingingdownunder
Instagram: @swingingdownunder
Facebook: @swingingdownunder

Resources + things we mentioned in the episode:

Articles:

Research & Facts:

 

Cate’s Toy Recommendations:

 

Got any resources on masturbation that you’d love to share? Add them to the comments or tweet them to us @uncomfy_podcast and we’ll add them to this page! Thanks!

Being a Traditional Wife

Being a Traditional Wife

August 30, 2019

In this episode we chat to Nadia La Russa. Nadia describes herself as a "spiritually traditional" wife, meaning that she lives by the bible's definition of being a wife: " Wives must submit to their husbands as is fitting in the Lord". (Colossians 3:18). Nadia explains what this means and how it works for her relationship and that choosing this type of relationship doesn’t mean that she isn’t a feminist.

 

About Nadia

Nadia La Russa is a successful serial entrepreneur. She owns several companies in Thunder Bay, Ontario, all of which are leaders in their respective markets. Nadia has received several awards for her work in this community, including the 2014 Nova “Top 20 Under 40” and the Northern Ontario Business Women’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. She is a mother of 5, volunteer birth doula and wife to one incredibly patient man.

As a woman of faith, Nadia calls herself a “spiritually traditional” wife, meaning that she allows her husband to be head of the household. In the bible, this is referred to as being “submissive” but Nadia doesn’t feel that term really represents their relationship. Of course, I was anxious to know more! I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always there is some adult language so when listening, it's recommended that you pop your headphones on!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

 

Resources

Feel free to connect with Nadia over on her website & social media:

Follow Nadia on Instagram @nadia_la_russa
Follow Nadia on Twitter @NadiaLaRussa

Find out more about Nadia by visiting www.nadialarussa.com

Entrepreneurship & Mental Health

Entrepreneurship & Mental Health

August 16, 2019

In this episode we talk to Jason Van Orden. Jason is a successful entrepreneur who openly talks about his struggles with ADHD & anxiety. Jason speaks to how these mental health disorders affect his business and the tools that he uses to cope. 

About Our Guest:

Jason helps thought leaders to reach a larger audience with their ideas, create new income streams from their expertise, and build business models that align with their values and goals. As a consultant, trainer, and strategist, he draws from more than fourteen years of researching top Internet influencers and experimenting with his own personal experience. His experience includes creating multiple successful brands, launching over 60 online courses, teaching more than 10,000 entrepreneurs, generating 6 million dollars in online course sales, and 8 million downloads of his podcast. His mission is to help visionaries with impactful ideas to connect with the people they serve best and the problems they can most uniquely solve.
 
In this episode, Jason shares his struggles with anxiety and ADHD. He talks about how they affect his work as an entrepreneur and what tools he uses to help cope.  I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always there is some adult language so when listening, it’s recommended that you pop your headphones on!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

Resources

Feel free to connect with Jason over on his website:

www.jasonvanorden.com

And social media channels:

Facebook @jasonwvanorden
Instagram @jasonvo
Twitter @jasonvo

Resources we mentioned in the episode:

ADHD Rewired Podcast
The Anxiety Coaches Podcast

Internal Family Systems

Self Compassion by Kristin Neff Ph.D.

Brené Brown's Website

Igniting Your Sensuality

Igniting Your Sensuality

August 2, 2019

In this episode we chat with Lisa & Paula from TrufElle about igniting your sensuality. TrufElle is a movement that provides the tools through chocolates, resources, network connections and events to facilitate the awakening of your inner desires and sexuality.

 

About our Guests:

TrufElle is a movement that provides the tools through chocolates, resources, net-work connections and events to facilitate the awakening of your inner desires and sexuality.

Lisa met her husband while still in high school. After 25 years she was well aware that she needed to find ways to keep the passion exciting in her marriage. She started to experiment with cannabis and chocolate as aphrodisiacs. And the results…..well I leave that to Lisa to talk about in the episode!

Paula was fortunate enough to be the guinea pig that helped Lisa perfect her delicious TrufElle chocolates. After experiencing the benefits of TrufElle these two ladies also became inspired to learn more about and share in the discussions of sensuality.

 
I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always there is some adult language so when listening, it’s recommended that you pop your headphones on!

If you enjoyed our intimate conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!

 

Resources:

Feel free to connect with TrufElle over on social media:

Instagram @desiretrufelle
Facebook @desiretrufelle

Find out more about TrufElle and check out their upcoming events by visiting www.trufelle.com.

Dr. Petra Zebroff, Ph.D. The Arousal Types Project
Click here to take the Arousal Test  

The Millennial Career Struggle

The Millennial Career Struggle

July 18, 2019

In this episode we chat to four millennials who currently struggle or who have struggled with their career. Millennials get a bad rap for not settling in one career or trying to do too many things at once. Is it a millennial thing? Are we just indecisive? Do we just have FOMO? Or do we just take on too much because have one steady job is no longer realistic?

 

About Our Guests:

Jessica Roberts-Farina

Jessica Roberts-Farina is a communications and marketing professional born and raised in Vancouver. Her journey into tracking her cervical fluid began in May after experiencing a complete breakdown of her health and a decision to take control of her health and wellbeing. When not tracking her menstrual cycles, Jess spends her time dancing, birding, and trying to be best friends with all the dogs in her neighbourhood.
 

Sabrina Miso

Born and raised in Rome, Sabrina moved from Italy to Vancouver with a one-way ticket in 2013. A lifelong learner and a multi-potentialite, she loves telling stories with words and images and connecting people around what matters. 

She is a freelance content strategist, a community builder, and a self-taught photographer with a passion for society&culture, urban planning, social innovation, and sustainability.

As a freelance consultant, she is committed to working with mission-driven organizations and local businesses that align with her values for making the world a better place and for building inspired communities. 
With her work as a photographer, she wants to celebrate creativity and humanity, support local businesses that do good for the planet and for the community, and capture the beauty that is all around us.

Her website: sabrinamiso.com

Her photography website: sabrinamisocreative.mypixieset.com
 

Philip Volna

Philip is a Ukrainian digital content strategist, self-help consultant, and entrepreneur. He is also the author and founder of the website lifetomake.com.

From a very young age Philip felt very lost and suffered from depression. At around the age of 14 he felt pressure to figure out what career path to take but didn’t know what he really wanted to do. At such a young age he noticed his family and other families struggling from paycheque to paycheque and he knew that he didn’t want the same.

Torry

Torry is a young professional working in Victoria, BC. She hosts a podcast called Ready to be Petty, which discusses reality tv, celebrity gossip, pop culture, and stories that have happened in her life (all things petty, after all). In a world that often deems women’s interests as superficial and fangirl culture as unintelligent, Torry is attempting to be real and honest about her passions and interests, in hopes that you will join her. She is ready to make your morning commute a lot more fun. You can listen on your favourite podcast app and follow her podcasting journey via social media here: https://linktr.ee/rtbppodcast.

 

Resources

Feel free to connect with our guests over on their websites & social media profiles:

Jessica Roberts-Farina

Connect with Jess over on her Linkedin

 

Sabrina Miso

Website: www.sabrinamiso.com

Follow Sabrina on Twitter @SabrinaMiso

Follow Sabrina on Instagram @SabrinaMiso

 

Philip Volna

Website: www.lifetomake.com

Follow Philip on Twitter @PhilipVolna

Follow Philip on Facebook @Philip.Volna

 

Torry

Podcast: Ready to be Petty on Apple Podcasts

Follow Ready to be Petty on Facebook @rtbppodcast

Follow Ready to be Petty on Twitter @rtbppodcast