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Uncomfortable. The Podcast

Author: Debbie Roche

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We all have battles to fight and challenges to overcome. Yet we put on a persona, a pretence that everything in our life is perfect. Our social media feeds are filled with perfectly curated images portraying our so-called-lifestyles. When in fact, on a deep level, we feel lost and isolated and crave connection with others who are going through similar experiences.

Some of us are so wrapped up in our perfectly curated Instagram-led lives that we fail to see what is going on around us. So much pain, suffering, and injustice - not just in our news feeds but on our own doorsteps. Can we all just step up and at least talk about it?

Uncomfortable is a podcast that creates comfortable (and safe) conversations around uncomfortable topics. Topics we avoid because they aren't high profile. Topics that scare us. Topics that feel overwhelming. Topics that we are oblivious too.

Topics that make us feel uncomfortable.
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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us find ourselves stuck at home in self-isolation and practicing social distancing. For some, working from home is normal, for others they’ve lost their jobs and are having to find ways of coping. In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with numerous people in different situations to find out how they are coping with this unsettling situation. I hope you enjoy this very empowering conversation but as always, there is some adult language, so make sure to pop your headphones on! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
Are you in a relationship that is “comfortable” but deep down something doesn’t feel right? Do you want to leave your spouse but have been terrified to have the “conversation? Then this episode is for you. In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Dr. Courtney Paré. Courtney, a licenced naturopathic doctor who went through a divorce in 2018. This made her realize how important relationships are to our wellbeing. She then began incorporating relationship coaching into her work. About Courtney After 6 years in private practice as a naturopathic doctor specializing in mental health and trauma work, Courtney witnessed the incredible power our core beliefs have over our health, happiness, and dreams, and that in shifting our beliefs we can shift our world. She began incorporating relationship coaching into the work with her patients after noticing that at the crux of many people’s struggles was the relationship they had with themselves, an intimate partner, or their family of origin. Courtney empowers motivated individuals to own their worth and desires, and deeply connect with themselves and others through living vulnerably and authentically. I hope you enjoy this very empowering conversation but as always, there is some adult language, so make sure to pop your headphones on! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Eva Sweeney, creator of Cripping Up Sex with Eva. Eva is a genderqueer disabled female who works primarily as a sex educator and freelance writer. Eva started doing this work when she was a teen and realized that there was no information on how to integrate her sexuality with her disability. About Eva: Through her platform Cripping Up Sex With Eva, Eva Sweeney gives classes about sex and disability, topics that are not talked about nearly enough in our society. As a queer teen with cerebral palsy, Eva could not find adequate information about integrating her sexuality with her disability–so she created the information herself. She now has over 15 years of experience giving workshops all over the country about sex and disability. Through Cripping Up Sex With Eva, she continues to do workshops both in-person and online and she has an online store with pre-recorded classes. Additionally, she has two blogs: Cripping Up Reviews, where she reviews sex toys through an accessible lens, and Crip Q’s where she answers anonymous questions about sex and disability. As always we hope you enjoy this conversation but given the subject, there is some adult content, so make sure to pop your headphones on! For the full show notes, visit www.uncomfortable.blog
Imposter Syndrome is something that so many of us deal with. Not feeling “good enough” can stop us from pursuing a certain career, standing up for what we believe in, or even doing something fun like erotic dancing! In this episode, Debbie chats with Erica Courdae, Certified Coach and Entrepreneur. Erica’s work primarily focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She explains her take on Imposter Syndrome and speaks to how the lack of diversity in the media contributes to that deeply rooted feeling of “not being good enough”. Erica Courdae has dedicated her life to expanding how others interact with the world through powerful conversations. As an entrepreneur + certified coach her work is frequently focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), imperfect allyship, and imposter syndrome. This work has taken her across the country onto stages and into communities as a key speaker and educator. Erica also has a podcast that features open conversation and dialogue on the topics of her work and more, Pause on the Play. Her support and leadership facilitates engaged conversations within 6 figure communities, international podcasts, and live events to connect people and create change. As always we hope you enjoy this conversation but there is plenty of adult language, so make sure to pop your headphones on! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
Do you consider your birthplace to be part of your identity? What happens when you move away from that place? Do you lose part of who you are? Or are you recreating your identity? What does it mean to be a settler in Canada? In this episode, Debbie chats with Victoria Spooner, radio show host, musician and fellow Brit who moved to Canada 7.5 years ago. Victoria struggles with homesickness and trying to figure out her identity. About Victoria Victoria Spooner is a communications professional, musician and broadcaster from South London, currently living in Vancouver on unceded, Coast Salish territory. Victoria hosts The Storytelling Show, She-Boom! and Last Orders on Vancouver Co-op Radio. She also makes radio, audio docs, podcasts, songs and the best cup of tea you’ve ever tasted. Victoria and Debbie explore homesickness and how it is connected to one's sense of identity. As always we hope you enjoy this conversation but there is plenty of adult language, so make sure to 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! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
We all learned about the birds and the bees at some point – at school, on YouTube, from our friends, or *cringe* from THAT TALK with our parents. But maybe talking sex with your parents or kids doesn’t have to be that weird? In this episode, Debbie chats with Kim Cook, sex educator, nurse, and author of Teen World Confidential, about how parents (and their kids) can normalize conversations about sex, relationships, masturbation, identity, and more! National Sex Education day is on February 2. Take up the challenge and spend 10 minutes talking to your kids about sex. About Kim Kim Cook, the author of Teen World Confidential: Five Minute Topics to Open Conversation about Sex and Relationships, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a former elementary school nurse. As an educator, she supports parents to have healthy and productive conversations about sex and relationships with their kids. Understanding that parents often need support to get the conversations started, she has initiated the National Sex Education Day campaign, which encourages parents to spend just ten minutes engaging in age-appropriate conversations with their children on February 2nd. This is a fun and educational conversation. However, if you don't want to talk about sex with your kids just yet, then you might want to pop your headphones on! For the full show notes and resources visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Toni King-Rose, an advocator for Transgender Rights within funeral and death care services and offers peer support for Trans people working in the death care industry. About Toni: Toni is a 20-year-old, male-identifying, openly transgender funeral student currently going through an accredited Canadian mortuary Program. He works part-time at an independent retirement living complex as a housekeeper and friend and volunteers with Dying With Dignity Canada. Toni believes that it’s never too early in life to start talking about your own death and about the deaths of others. And how all genders need to be involved in the conversations. I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always, do note that there is some adult language, so when listening, it’s best to pop on those headphones! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Merideth Bisiker, a Certified Money Coach. We talk about money, taxes, and what to think about when you are an entrepreneur. For the past 25 years, Merideth Bisiker has been working in banking, finance and accounting, …and loves it! As Payroll Compliance Practitioner (Canadian Payroll Association), she is currently pursuing the Chartered Personal Accountant designation. Merideth is passionate about the stories that “the numbers” tell her clients and provides up-to-date information that allows them to make confident decisions. And as a Certified Money Coach (CMC)®, she’s able to support her clients as they implement changes in their businesses that feel equally exciting and daunting. She especially enjoys working with creatives who aren’t keen on numbers and reports, and who want a simple yet effective “translation” of the numbers. In this episode we talk about…. ”money”….you guessed it! We do specifically talk about business owners & Entrepreneurs and why the money conversation can be very uncomfortable! We 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! For the full show notes, visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
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. About our Guests: 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! For the full show notes head over to www.uncomfortable.blog
Episode 35 - Reconciliation

Episode 35 - Reconciliation

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In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Chastity Davis about reconciliation and what it means both politically and individually. 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. 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! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
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 part of the driving force behind this powerful ethical brands, 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!   For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
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: 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. For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
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. 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. For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
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!! 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! For the full show notes, visit www.uncomfortable.blog.
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 how it 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! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
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. 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. 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! For the full show notes head over to the blog at www.uncomfortable.blog.
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! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
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 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 was 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. Philip Volna 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 is a young professional working in Victoria, BC. She hosts a podcast called Ready to Petty, which discusses reality tv, celebrity gossip, pop culture, and stories that have happened in her life (all things petty, after all). I hope that you enjoy each of the conversations but as always there is some adult language so when listening, it’s recommended that you pop your headphones on! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
In this episode of Uncomfortable the Podcast, we talk to Rebecca Ching about shame & vulnerability. Rebecca is a therapist, speaker, writer, leadership consultant and workshop facilitator. We chat about how shame is ground zero to most uncomfortable topics and what we can do to move through shame. Rebecca Ching is a therapist, speaker, writer, leadership consultant and workshop facilitator. She is the CEO and founder of Potentia Family Therapy, Inc. – which is a brick and mortar integrated mental health practice based in San Diego California. She is also starting a new venture working with business leaders where she helps them navigate the intersection of mindset and mental health in their communities via her Integrated Leadership Collective – based on systems theory, the research of Brené Brown, PhD, and Internal Family Systems. Prior to working as a therapist, she worked in Washington, DC for a United States Senator, in NYC as an advertising account executive and in Zurich, Switzerland as an Area Director for an international youth organization. All of her previous professional experience fuels her work clinical and consultation work today. She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and their two children where they enjoy cooking, going to farmers markets, all things ocean and outdoor sports. 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! For the full show notes visit www.uncomfortable.blog
In this episode of Uncomfortable, we talk to writer and blogger Philip Volna who at a very young age, felt lost and uncertain about his future. When Philip was just 14 years old, he struggled with depression as he felt that he needed to have his career path all figured out. I hope that you enjoy our conversation but as always, do note that there is some adult language 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! For the full show notes head over to www.uncomfortable.blog
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