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Author: Dear Media, Sarah Nicole Landry

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The Papaya Podcast is a weekly show where your host, Sarah Nicole, dishes out some sweetness mixed in with some seeds of wisdom. Get ready to get inspired, get candid, and get real, because we are all in this digital space together.
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A single mother with a thriving career as a sought after brand collaborator, Sasha Exeter hopes her platform and voice will inspire and motivate people to create positive change both for themselves and the circle that surrounds them. Sasha is also a retired elite athlete, left a high level corporate job to create her own brand, all the while faced with life-threatening chronic illnesses. Today, Sasha joins us to talk about her journey and dishes out some of the best advice I’ve heard in a long time (and have already started implementing!).  Follow along with Sasha @SashaExeter on IG or visit www.sashaexeter.com   Stay tuned for the second Knix X The Birds Papaya Box launching June 20, 2021! Follow @thebirdspapaya and @knix on Instagram to learn more   Go to functionofbeauty.com/papaya and save 20% off your first order   Get 100 dollars off your first month by visiting Talkspace.com and using promo code PAPAYA   Go to lovevery.com/papaya for free shipping     Produced by Dear Media 
After fleeing a relationship,  Brandi found herself in a women’s shelter with $15 and a laptop to her name. With that laptop, she would learn how to photoshop and create a dream beauty brand, and sell its products before they even existed. What happened next is nothing short of tenacious and inspiring. That non-existent beauty brand dream just 5 years later became a $15 Million Dollar evaluated beauty company, Evio Beauty. Hiring fellow women from the shelter and creating change as she goes, we learn about running a business as a movement is something that will leave everyone inspired and hope-filled.   Follow along with Evio @EvioBeauty or shop at EvioBeauty.com and follow founder Brandi @BrandiLeifso on Instagram!     For listeners of The Papaya Podcast get a 30 day free trail by going to dipseastories.com/papaya     Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/papaya  and get a free trial of premium membership     Use promo code papayapodcast20 to get 20% and free shipping across Canada and in the US at Evive       Produced by Dear Media 
Instagram vs reality images: helpful, harmful, fatphobic, privileged? There’s so much to uncover in the rise of these viral images, and holding space and respect for everyone’s valid experiences and feelings around them. Danielle Catton aka @DanielleIsAnxious stands out as someone willing to create representation in a larger body, with those viral images made by those by those in a thinner one (myself included).     Head to www.thehydrojug.com to customize your jug and use code papaya for 10% off your purchase.     Learn more at myvega.ca/sport, or for our American listeners visit myvega.com/sport     Go to nativedeo.com/papaya or use promo code: papaya for 20% discount off your first order   Produced by Dear Media 
There’s a lot of curiosity when it comes to how we do what we do. From the day to day stuff, taking the plunge from a side gig to a main one, and finding your individual value on social media when NOBODY talks about it. Today, Team Papaya is on the show to share about their roles in The Birds Papaya Inc. Sam, my talent manager, and Haley, my operations manager, come to share their experiences of being a part of such an unconventional job. How it’s been getting taken seriously in an industry that still lacks credibility in the eyes of the world, real advice on what to do if you’re interested in starting, surprise parts of the gig too. That and more, because I wouldn’t be a good leader if I didn’t get some constructive criticism and dream up some lofty dreams of what’s next for us.  If you’re curious or wondering about the world of content creating, and social media. This is the show for you!   Go to functionofbeauty.com/papaya to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order. That applies to their full range of customized hair, skin, and body products   Head to www.thehydrojug.com/discount/papaya to customize your jug and get 10% off your purchase     Go to Evive and use Promo code papayapodcast20 to get 20% and free shipping across Canada and in the US     Produced by Dear Media
After mentioning to my IG stories that Shane was coming back on the pod and he wanted to do an episode on Spaghetti vs Macaroni, I shot it down and asked my audience to ask him some questions. It was an overwhelming ask for this to be the episode. SO, here we are. Spaghetti vs Macaroni. But, that’s not all. We also discuss his time as a new dad to a baby, postpartum sex, and watching your partner’s body change throughout the years and what his perspective (honestly) is about it all. This conversation is both refreshing, hilarious and hopefully a bit healing too. It certainly was for me.   Shane isn’t really on social media so don’t bother following him, he has like 9 posts and they’re all a joke. But, you can see him lurking in the background of everything I do, @TheBirdsPapaya xoxo      Dipsea is offering an extended 30 day free trial when you go to Dipseastories.com/papaya    Get $100 off of your first month using promo code: PAPAYA. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com.    Learn more about Vega at myvega.ca or for our American folks, visit myvega.com   Produced by Dear Media. 
After discovering Maia on TikTok with a video of her taking her foot on a travel adventure before a planned amputation, I knew I had to ask her onto the podcast to share her outlooks on life and a body after impact. Maia was 19 years old, when a drunk driver hit her and her mom head on, causing Maia major bodily harm, chronic illness and a life completely turned upside down. Now Maia provides the blunt and honest truth of life after impact. Exploring living with injuries, surgery, recovery, medications, PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain and mental health, Maia gives an insight into something not many could possibly prepare for in life, and yet finds good within it. Get ready to be absolutely inspired.    Find Maia @LivingNowWithMaia on Instagram and Tiktok as well as her blog www.livingnowwithmaia.com   Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/PAPAYA and get a free trial of Premium Membership   Head to www.thehydrojug.com to customize your jug 10% off with code papaya   You can try OSEA risk-free for 30 days and get free shipping on orders over $50. Get 10 % off your first order promo code PAPAYA at OSEAmalibu.com     Get a taste for Evive by ordering your first box of products and get 20% off with promo code papayapodcast20     Produced by Dear Media 
Content Warning: Discussion of weight Lauryn Evarts Bosstick is the kind of blogger & creator you just don’t forget about. The way she writes and goes in on topics from skin care to the best straw out there, she has been relied upon by millions for her latest and hottest tips and tricks. Her brand is so authentically her, as is everything she does. Throw motherhood into the mix, and well, how is she doing *all that*?? Get your notepads out today babes, because no matter what or where you are in life or what your career aspirations are, Lauryn has something to help us all with this episode. Find Lauryn @LaurynBosstick on IG as well as her brand @TheSkinnyConfidential, blog www.theskinnyconfidential.com and podcast with over 80 million downloads co-hosted by her husband Michael, The Skinny Confidential HIM+HER.    Learn more at myvega.ca or for our American folks, visit myvega.com     Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/papaya to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order   Take the guesswork out of your child’s play .Choose Lovevery TODAY and get free shipping when you sign up to receive your Play Kits at LoveEvery.com/papaya   Produced by Dear Media 
Today we welcome one of my best friends onto the podcast, Ariana! After discovering we were both pregnant and due within months of each other, we had plans, BIG plans, for how this would look and be for each of us. A pandemic... had other plans. For Ariana, this was her first birth, and a birth of twins, who came premature when she went into labour on her birthday. The rollercoaster of emotions, and the reality that was a twin birth, a month in NICU and so much more was something I wanted to sit down and talk with her about, unpack, and share in the moments of it all. I’m so happy she came on and opened up her story to us today.    Ariana is newly documenting her story as a twin mom on social media as well, on IG @Ariana_Joy_Christie     For listeners of the show, Dipsea is offering an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/papaya.   Visit pipettebaby.com and get 30% off with code papaya.   Learn more about Vega at myvega.ca or for our American folks, visit myvega.com   Produced by Dear Media. 
Content warning: Sexual violence (rape), Assault, Drug/Alcohol Use, Eating Disorders & Suicidal Idealation   In 2009, at age 20, the unthinkable happened to Brittany Piper when she was attacked by a stranger who was helping her fix her tire. After her assailant was charged and sentenced, Brittany found herself in jail, and there began her work on healing through trauma and contributions towards ending sexual violence. Between how we talk to our kids, how musical lyrics and language around sex are lending themselves to sexual violence, and so much more… This conversation is eye opening, and necessary. Whether you are the 1 in 4 who will experience sexual violence and working towards healing, or the 3 in 4 who are here to be their supports, we learn about sympathy vs empathy and how to be an active ally. Brittany Piper is now an international activist, speaker and healing coach—cultivating 300+ programs spanning 10 years and 3 continents. Her work has been recognized by The U.S. Army, The Clinton Foundation, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily + more. She is a rape survivor and leading national expert and advocate on sexual violence prevention and recovery—speaking to tens of thousands of audience members each year.    You can find Brittany on IG @thebrittpiper or visit her website at www.brittanypiper.com   Visit pipettebaby.com and get 30% off with papaya.   ShesBirdie is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase when you go to ShesBirdie.com/​PAPAYA​.   To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com. Make sure to use the code PAPAYA to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Amin Jaswal was in her 20’s when she began to realize something was off and was dismissed by doctors repeatedly. Until one day, in pain and frustration, she took herself to the ER, only to find out she had cancer. Cervical cancer to be exact. This cancer was not detectable by a pap smear and without her own self-advocacy, she may not be here. Passionate to share her story, normalize discussions around discharge, and discomforts, Amin joins us today to share what life looks like when you’re young, single, and have cancer. There is love, romance, and loss in life… and Amin took time to write down her emotions into poetry. Now, a book, A Light Within My Light (preorder April 12 2021). Amin inspires the survivor in all of us, to live life, create boundaries, and fight for yourself.   You can find Amin on IG @AminJaswal and pre-order her book, A Light Within My Light at www.aminjaswal.com   Get 10% off your first order with my promo code PAPAYA at OSEAmalibu.com.   Visit pipettebaby.com and get 30% off with papaya.   Learn more at myvega.ca, or for our American folks, visit myvega.com.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, non-fiction writer, and broadcaster. She is also proudly Indigenous (mixed Cree and Scandinavian), queer, disabled, and a mom.   Christa, through her life experiences from the loss of her leg due to childhood cancer, the tragic death of her infant son, only to lose her second son, as well. Then, divorce, Christa, has undoubtedly become an expert in loss.   Now a mother, with a robotic floral leg and a 3-year-old daughter, she’s released her memoir called How To Lose Everything. This conversation with Christa walks us through grief, loss, joy, catastrophic thinking, guilty and the ability to feel and honour the swings in between it all. As well as support through loss, and how to navigate when someone we love is going through loss.    This episode is one you’ll be bookmarking to come back and replay, again and again, it truly was so healing to be in conversation over this. Follow Christa on IG @ChristaCouture and visit her website www.christacouture.com for more + to buy her book How To Lose Everything   Dipsea is offering a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/PAPAYA.   Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/papaya​ to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order   If you feel like you’ve tried everything, are too tired to figure it out on your own, or simply want professional guidance and support head over to goodnightsleepsite.com to book your complimentary 15-minute discovery call with a Good Night Sleep Site consultant and start your journey towards sleep success.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Dr. Joshua Wolrich (or as I call him, Dr. Josh) made a name for himself on social media as a doctor willing to speak out on subjects like diet myths (aka “nutribollocks” as he calls them) as well as weight stigma and food insecurities and so much more. After he himself went through a weight loss journey to discover a lot of the deceptions within diet culture, Dr. Josh then took those experiences to lead him into learning more and breaking down a lot of diet myths, like “good” or “bad” foods, since food holds no morality. This conversation is meant to make us think, learn, or unlearn while we also share the commonalities within our own experiences with weight loss and diet culture. With his new book Food Isn’t Medicine, Dr. Josh is here to push back against the mass amounts of bad health advice, with just a bit of humour of course, too.   About the book: “Food Isn't Medicine wades through nutritional science (both good and bad) to demystify the common diet myths that many of us believe without questioning. If you have ever wondered whether you should stop eating sugar, try fasting, juicing or 'alkaline water', or struggled through diet after diet (none of which seem to work), this book will be a powerful wake-up call. Drawing on the latest research and delivered with a dose of humour, it not only liberates us from the destructive belief that weight defines health but also explains how to spot the misinformation we are bombarded with every day.”   You can follow Dr. Joshua Wolrich on Instagram @DrJoshuaWolrich and find his book on preorder now, coming out on April 15, 2021.   Head over to goodnightsleepsite.com to book your complimentary 15-minute discovery call with a Good Night Sleep Site consultant and start your journey towards sleep success.   Visit pipettebaby.com and get 30% off with code papaya.   ShesBirdie is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase when you go to ShesBirdie.com/​PAPAYA​.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Imagine ordering your Starbucks coffee and not being allowed to say what name to put on the cup? Well, that happened to today's guest. Prominent wedding dress designer _______ ______ (we literally can’t name her) that you may know from a show such as “Say Yes To The Dress'' after a legal battle, lost the rights to her name, her social media (over ONE MILLION FOLLOWERS), her designs and more. Confused? Yeah, us too. So we brought her on to talk about it, use it as a cautionary tale for personal brands and where is the line between PERSON and BRAND. Where will she go, and who will she be? We’re going to talk about it all. Much of this is shocking, but also very exciting for what’s next for our friend!  You can follow her, support her, help in her rebuild and learn more about her story @AllThatGlittersOnTheGram   Get 6 free meals with purchase plus free shipping on your first box at HelloFresh.ca/papaya6 and use code papaya6!   To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com. Make sure to use the code PAPAYA to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.   Get 20% off Grammarly Premium by signing up at Grammarly.com/PAPAYA   Produced by Dear Media. 
An ever-evolving conversation around periods, Bloody Btches brings menstruation to the forefront of their work. To normalize them, discuss them over social media, share and encourage the sharing of period stories and, finally and most importantly - to create awareness around period poverty. With the current state of the world, period poverty has hit harder than ever, making it super difficult for many people to have access to pads, tampons, cups, etc. Nayanka and Zoe met in college and since then have been researching and exploring ways to help our lower-income communities that don't have access to menstrual products. Can you imagine having to pick food over pads?!Their work is fascinating, informative and truly transforming lives as they have worked to become this non-profit organization with periods at the center of it all.    You can follow, get involved and learn so much more from @BloodyBtches on IG!   For listeners of the show, Dipsea is offering a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/papaya   You can use the code "Papaya" for 15% off at belugababy.com   Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/papaya​ to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order.   Produced by Dear Media.
Meredith Shaw has a vast career from country music, model, inclusivity style-expert, radio show host and even cook show host! Her story, while ever-evolving, has also brought so many lessons and life tools along with it, which we’re so glad she could share some with us today. Meredith is a shining light, and her career is truly one to watch and be inspired by in all its “scrappy” ways from the get-go, like seeing a lack of representation in inclusive styling...and then doing it herself...on TV! Makes you wonder when you see yourself missing from a space, how can you show up in it? And maybe, with a story like Meredith’s, believe that you can. Because what do we always say? “I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m doing it anyway”   You can find Meredith and EVERYTHING she’s up to on IG @MeredithShaw   Head over to goodnightsleepsite.com to book your complimentary 15-minute discovery call with a Good Night Sleep Site consultant and start your journey towards sleep success.   Right now, ShesBirdie is offering our listeners 15% off your first purchase when you go to ShesBirdie.com/​papaya​.   Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/papaya to start your Ritual today.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Dr. Edith Eger was just a teenager in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous death camp. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers but Edith’s bravery kept her and her sister alive. Toward the end of the war Edith and other prisoners had been moved to Austria. On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death. (via dreditheger.com)   Here to share with us what she hopes will benefit the younger generations to live boldly with hope, renowned psychologist Dr. Edith Eger joins us for a powerful conversation that will leave us all with something to change our lives. At 93 years old, Dr. Edith Eger is out with her newest book, a follow up from her bestseller “The Choice” called “The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life” and she’s here to share a taste of those lessons with us today. Follow Dr. Edith Eger on Instagram @dr.editheger and find more about her and her books at www.dreditheger.com   Visit ​www.mamabar.com​ enter code​ PAPAYA ​at checkout for 20% off the entire order.   You can use the code "Papaya" for 15% off at belugababy.com   Learn more at myvega.ca/sport, or for our American folks, visit myvega.com/sport.   Produced by Dear Media.   
Winners of the Gay Travel Awards in 2020, Christine and Kirstie of @OnAirplaneMode__ are here to share with us how they got started, and how a tripod changed their lives. What first began their passion for photography in 2019 with an iPhone capturing pictures of adventures all throughout SouthEast Asia, grew to more with creative photos and videos. Then, they noticed more people (especially within the LGBTQ+ community) began to reach out to them asking for advice on how to travel. So they began and now continue helping people explore their sense of adventure, without fear. But what are travel bloggers doing now without travel? Come hear how their story and how they’re keeping the adventure alive. Follow Kirstie & Christine on @OnAirplaneMode__ on IG, their Youtube or their blog at https://www.onairplanemodetravels.com/   To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code PAPAYA to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.   Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/​papaya​ to take your quiz and save 20% on your first order.   Visit belugababy.com and use the code "Papaya" for 15% off.   For listeners of the show, Dipsea is offering a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/PAPAYA.   Produced by Dear Media. 
Two best friends watched the documentary “Framing Britney” and now need to TALK ABOUT IT! Today, Bailey joins so we can vent/cry/share/gasp over all things Britney, her life, the rumours and the #FreeBritney movement. But most importantly, what did we learn? Beyond Britney herself and ther life that we hope she regains control of, what did we learn as consumers of media and pop culture, as women and as...well, humans. Follow Bailey on IG @BaileyJSt and listen to her podcast along with co-host Jacci on “What Day Is It?” Pod.   Elevate your writing with 20% off Grammarly Premium by signing up at Grammarly.com/PAPAYA   For a total of $80 off your first 3 weeks of HelloFresh including free shipping, go to HelloFresh.ca/papaya6 and enter code papaya6   Visit ​www.mamabar.com​ enter code​ PAPAYA ​at checkout for 20% off the entire order.   Produced by Dear Media. 
“If self-love and healing were on the other side of discomfort, would you have the courage to face your fears?" - Laura Hesp, Inclusive Love   Last year, Laura made a social media post about the “sister wound” and I found myself replaying that post in my mind over and over again. So in today’s episode Laura comes on the show to discuss the sister wound, how it played into our friendship history, and exploring healing from it. Laura is what she calls a “creative weirdo” but she’s someone who, for me personally, is always challenging to look inwards, be authentic and show up for you.  You can follow Laura @LauraHesp on IG and check out her site and community hub, content and so much more as well www.inclusivelove.com   Make the switch to Native TODAY by going to NativeDeo.com/papaya, or use promo code papaya at checkout, and get twenty percent off your first order!   Get started with Issuu today for FREE or if you sign up for a premium account you will get 50% off when you go to ISSUU.com/podcast​ and use promo code PAPAYA​.   Get key nutrients–without the B.S. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months. Visit ritual.com/PAPAYA to start your Ritual today.   Dipsea is offering a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/PAPAYA.   Produced by Dear Media. 
I pushed a human out of my body! Now come hear us replay what happened, why we chose a home water birth, what it was like (really), and all the nitty gritty bodily fluidy details. This is Shane’s (my husband) first time on the podcast and he does NOT disappoint. Buckle up, this is quite a ride. We laughed, we cried, we had a daughter!    Follow Sarah and her new adventures in motherhood a decade later with new baby Lemmie on her IG @TheBirdsPapaya    Visit ​www.mamabar.com​ enter code​ PAPAYA ​at checkout for 20% off the entire order.   Go to FunctionofBeauty.com/​papaya​ to let them know we sent you, and to get 20% off your order.   For listeners of the show, Dipsea is offering a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/PAPAYA.   Produced by Dear Media. 
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Donna Bishop

No comments yet?! I am the first 😳. Well that was just awesome, love my fellow Nova Scotia girl!! Keep on being you Alicia!!! 👊🙌

Oct 19th
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Mohammadmahdi Goudasiaee

I like your voice,I learn english with your podcast,thanks

Aug 1st
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Donna Tulok

My 2 favorite podcasters came together! 🥰 loved it 😍

Nov 7th
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Priya Dhillon

I'm so amazed by this podcast, Sarah. And so terrified for our kids. Thank you for bringing us this story, so we can teach our kids about this awful possibility.

Oct 9th
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Donna Tulok

this is definitely my favourite so far. you're both amazing!

Sep 4th
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Amber Dennis

Can't wait to listen to your podcast! Your social is so raw and completely inspiring. Thanks for sharing your truth!

Jun 26th
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