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Uncomfortable

Author: Debbie Roche

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Debbie and her guests take a deep dive into taboo topics such as sex, money, death, mental health and more, in hopes to de-stigmatize them and start a conversation.
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Let's Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

2021-02-1245:43

In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Kim, host of the podcast Hush! We talk about sex, being pretty vanilla, our fantasies and what holds us back from experiencing them.  About Kim Kim is the host of Hush! a podcast that talks about sex, dating and relationships. Like myself, Kim is a bit of a vanilla who is curious about sex and the different lifestyles out there. She has interviewed sex workers, dating app founders, porn stars, couples in the swinging lifestyle and more. In this episode Kim and I chat about the curiosity we have around sex and discuss some of the things that hold us back from trying out new sexy lifestyles. We also talk about how talking about sex can be so hard!! If you enjoyed our conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes! Resources: Check out Hush! the podcast: Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Check out the website www.thehushpodcast.com You can follow Hush! over on social media: Instagram: @hushpodcast69 Twitter: @hushpodcast69 Facebook: @hushpodcast69    
In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Bailee Noella. Bailee just released a book of poetry, Bathtub in Flames. She explains how her poetry was a way to help her heal the trauma she suffered due to sexual abuse. *Trigger Warning* - Bailee and I do touch on the sexual abuse that she went through as a child. If you suffered abuse, you may wish to skip this episode. If you need support, please scroll down for some resources.   About Bailee Bailee Noella is a poet who writes for personal catharsis and to help others feel less alone. Drawing inspiration from poets like Charles Bukowski and Alex Dimitrov, Bailee seeks to remove the stigma from mental illness through her work. It is for this same reason that she founded the streetwear brand cyno apparel, which features designs that raise awareness of mental health issues. Bailee also works as an editor, book marketer, freelance writer, and fashion stylist. When she’s not writing or coordinating outfits, you may find Bailee buying things she doesn’t need, researching skin care, or doodling on napkins.   If you enjoyed our conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!   Resources: Purchase Bailee's book of poetry "Bathtub in Flames" on Amazon: Bathtub in Flames on Amazon.com Bathtub in Flames on Amazon.ca You can follow Bailee over on social media: Instagram: @baileenoella Twitter: @baileenoella Make sure to check out her apparel brand Cyno Apparel: www.cynoapparel.com Other Resources: If you have suffered from sexual abuse and need help, I would recommend working with a professional. Here is just a small list of resources that might help. CAHM - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health document on trauma with a list of Counselling and Support Services  Government of Canada - Sexual Abuse Counselling: A Guide for Parents and Children  American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Childhood Sexual Abuse  
Pop Culture Witchcraft

Pop Culture Witchcraft

2020-12-2151:39

In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Tarot Reader + Pop Culture Witch Lindsay Braynen. Lindsay educates me on how witchcraft has influenced pop culture and vice versa; how it’s largely a feminist movement; and how colonialism tried to destroy the spiritual practices of black and indigenous cultures.   About Lindsay: Lindsay [she/her] is the Card-Reader + Star-Gazer behind DarkLake Tarot, where she combines her intuition, love of storytelling, and esoteric studies to encourage her clients to ‘Rediscover The Divine On Your Own Terms’ via tarot + astrology readings.  As a pop-culture witch she also alchemizes those studies with her interest in the persevering and transformative powers of Fandom, which she explores in her podcast ‘Hey Magical Girl!’. An immigrant from The Bahamas, Lindsay recognizes that she operates on the stolen territories of Turtle Island known as ‘Vancouver, Canada’, and devotes all her practices to the decolonization and liberation of Black Diasporic + Indigenous Peoples.   Resources: You can follow Lindsay over on her website + social media: www.darklaketarot.com Tune into her podcast at: www.heymagicgirl.com Social Media: Dark Lake Tarot: Instagram: @DarkLakeTarot Facebook: @DarkLakeTarot Twitter: @DarkLakeTarot Hey Magical Girl: Twitter: @HeyMagicalGirl   Other Resources: The Missing Witches Podcast
The Agenda Period

The Agenda Period

2020-11-1943:41

Can you sync your cycle with your business? Yes you can! In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Alyx Coble-Frakes, co-founder of The Agenda. Early in Alyx’s health coaching career it became obvious to her that her desire to do certain tasks varied based on where she was at in her menstrual cycle.    About Alyx Alyx is the co-founder of The Agenda. Early in Alyx’s health coaching career it became obvious to her that her desire to do certain tasks varied based on where she was at in her menstrual cycle. Detailed observation revealed that sales calls that happened when she was ovulating had higher conversion rates. Both Alyx and her co-founder Sunny realized that when people have a deeper understanding of their natural hormonal fluctuations they can use them to their advantage and see amazing results in their lives and in their business. The Agenda. was born! After a successful kickstarter campaign, they designed and launched a physical planner. However what came up most frequently was the desire for an app. A year later they launched another kickstarter and are currently hard at work on The Agenda. app.   Resources: You can follow Alyx and The Agenda. over on their website + social media: www.theagendaperiod.com   Social Media: Instagram: @theagendaperiod Twitter: @TheAgendaPeriod Facebook @theagendaperiod   Other Resources: Books: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tony Weschler, MPH The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycle and Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by Lara Briden, ND Websites: The Menstrual Health Hub Red School Kate Codrington Red Tent Directory  
How hard is it to rebuild your community after immigrating to another country? In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Mo! Sibyl is a Nigerian-born, US-educated, Korean speaking, struggling intellectual. Mo! moved to the US nine years ago to pursue the next steps in her education and career. In this episode, she shares a few of the lessons that she learned when she immigrated. Mo! also hosts The More Sibyl Podcast. A podcast about culture and cultural nomads designed for Blacks and Asians and those who love them! Resources: You can follow Mo! over on her website + social media: mosibyl.com Make sure to subscribe to The More Sibyl Podcast over on Apple Podcasts and Spotify! Instagram: @mosibyl and @themoresibylpodcast   Toastmasters: www.toastmasters.org
What is trauma exactly? And how do we cope with it? In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Joyous D. Williams, a mental health professional, art therapist, and coach. We discuss trauma, the different ways to cope, and dealing with family estrangement.    About Joyous Joyous D. Williams is a Mental Health Professional serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. She is a nationally board-certified Art Therapist, specializing in brain-based, trauma-informed care. She’s also a coach studied in “Transformative Presence” and has lived experience changing the very fabric of her own life. Personally, Joy is also a Growth-Oriented Mama of 1, a Life Partner, a Dog Mom to 3 unruly beasts and a voracious reader. Please note that there is some adult language in this episode so pop on those headphones!   If you enjoyed our conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes!   Resources You can follow Joyous over on her website + social media: everywomxn.com Joy’s mailing list/Free Coaching Download: coach.everywomxn.com  Instagram: @recreatingdawn and @traumaclearingbadass.   Other Resources: Article about ACEs – https://developingchild.harvard.edu/media-coverage/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean/      CDC ACEs website – https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html   Loveland Foundation – https://thelovelandfoundation.org/   Open Path Psychotherapy Collective – https://openpathcollective.org/   Coping Skill Printable Resource – http://www.indigodaya.com/resources/     If you are dealing with trauma and need help immediately then know that you can always call the Crisis Canada Hotline at 1.833.456.4566. They have amazing trained volunteers available 24/7. For more information visit their website www.crisisservicescanada.ca.   If you are having suicidal thoughts then please contact 1–800-SUICIDE. The LifeLine Canada Foundation also has a list of Canadian, USA and international crisis centres.   Click here for a list for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.
I Call Bullshit

I Call Bullshit

2020-07-1653:26

How can you stay true to yourself, so you can call in the right relationship? In this episode of Uncomfortable, Deb chats with Self Care & Self Love Advocate Andrea Hill on calling yourself out on your own bullshit. Andrea explains how working on YOU by calling yourself out on your own bullshit, will allow you to feel more empowered, helping you to find a relationship that aligns with your true self. About Our Guest: Andrea Hill is a bullshit disturber, blindspot revealer, and love seeking missile. She guides you in doing the work required to have the love you desire. You might recognize Andrea from the very first podcast episode where I chatted with her and Jill Prescott about love, sex and relationships – and what a great conversation it was. In this episode Andrea and I talk about calling yourself out on your own bullshit.   Please note that there is some adult language in this episode so pop on those headphones! If you enjoyed our conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes! You can also watch the video of our interview over on YouTube by clicking here. Resources: You can follow Andrea over on her website + social media: www.andreahill.love Find our more about Andrea’s “I Call Bullshit” program by clicking here. Instagram: @_andreahill_
What is the difference between an "exclusive companion" and "sex work"? In what ways to do those who work in the sex industry keep themselves as safe as possible?  In this episode of Uncomfortable, Deb chats with Amy Taylor, model and exclusive companion who answers the above questions. Amy also talks about her experience of dealing with haters on and offline and explains the pros and cons of legalizing the sex industry. About Amy: Amy Taylor is the an exclusive companion based in the United States.  She is an MBA, a commercial pilot, a several-time cover model on Playboy, Maxim, FHM, L’Officiel, and inside Esquire, GQ, and Sports Illustrated.  When she's not in front of the camera, she’s enjoying the sunny skies flying, keeping fit at her gym in Los Angeles, or at the beach playing with her dog.     Please note that there is some adult language in this episode so pop on those headphones! If you enjoyed our conversation then feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page or rate us highly over on iTunes! Resources: You can follow Amy over on her website + social media: www.amytaylor.com Instagram: @AmyTaylorLA Twitter: @amytaylor1 Facebook: @AmyTaylorinLA   If you are a sex worker looking for help out of an abusive environment, please contact www.SWOPUSA.org (in the USA) Or one of the organizations listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sex_worker_organizations
What does “Gender Identity” mean? And how could the decision to go through gender affirming surgery impact a relationship? In this episode of Uncomfortable, Deb chats with Vancouver’s favourite queer podcasters Sara & Chloe about Sara’s decision to go through gender affirming surgery. Sara talks us through their decision and why the surgery is important to them. And Chloe tells us how she felt when Sara shared this decision with her.     About Chloe & Sarah: Chloe is a queer, disabled feminist. She has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her adult life. In her free time, she produces and co-hosts the independent podcast Warriors, Bards N’ Brews with her spouse, Sara. The podcast was born of their mutual love of Xena: Warrior Princess and queer media in general (and their inability to stop talking about it). She is also a cohost of Feminist Killjoys: A Music Podcast  with Sara. She also enjoys photography, being a cat mom, and craft beer.   Sara is a grad school escapee who still studies pop culture and gender theory for fun. When not at work in the nonprofit sector and being a part-time beer wrangler, they cohost Warriors Bards ‘n Brews (A Xena Podcast) with their wife and homicidal housecat, and also cohost Feminist Killjoys: A Music Podcast. They also spend a lot of time yelling about queer things on the internet.      Resources: Make sure to check out Sara & Chloe’s podcasts: Warriors, Bards ‘n’ Brews Feminist Killjoys Follow them over on social media: Instagram @wwb_podcast and @fkjpod Twitter @wwb_podcast and @killjoyspod Other Resources: Trans Care BC  
How can parents help prevent sexual abuse happening to their kids? In this episode, Deb chats with Sexual Health Educator, Amy Lang. Amy helps educate parents and professionals about sexual abuse prevention by preparing them to have conversations about sex with children from a young age.  About Amy A sexual health educator for over 20 years, Amy Lang, MA helps parents of all beliefs talk with kids of any age about the birds and the bees. She also works with youth serving organizations and provides childhood sexuality and sexual abuse prevention training. Amy’s lively, engaging and down-to-earth style makes these uncomfortable topics easier to handle. Her professional clients include the US Air Force Youth and Family Services, Boys and Girls Clubs and numerous early childhood conferences and organizations. Amy’s talks, books, online solution center and podcast helps parents learn how to talk to their kids about this important and awkward part of life. Amy is still married to her first husband and they are getting the hang of parenting their teenage son. She lives in Seattle, WA. You can learn more about Amy and her work at BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com 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 Amy and her work by checking out her website, podcast and following her on social media: Website: www.birdsandbeesandkids.com Podcast: Just Say This! Phone in to ask a question: 1-206-926-1522 Facebook: @birdsbeeskids Twitter: @birdsandbees Books we mentioned: C is for Consent by Eleanor Morrison It’s My Body: A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch by Lory Freeman I Can Play it Safe by Alison Feigh Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-proofing Today’s Young Kids by Kirsten A. Jenson It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families by Robie H. Harris Other resources: MeetCircle.com – Parental Control for Devices ProtectYoungMinds.org Rainn.org StopItNow.org SavvyParentsSafeKids.com
Overcoming Bullying

Overcoming Bullying

2020-05-0846:52

The trauma of racial bullying can continue affecting people of colour for a long time. Jade Pattenden, who was born in Scotland and then moved to Canada at a young age, has used advice and techniques that she read in self-help books to overcome the trauma of bullying and even find empathy towards those who bullied her. In this episode, we chat with Jade about moving forward after bullying and discovering that what you were bullied for can be your biggest asset. About Jade Jade is the host of  “I’m an Adult, Now What?”, a podcast aimed at anyone who’s trying to find their way as an adult. She works in Vancouver as an actor, background actor and model. Jade is biracial immigrant who spent the first half of her life in Scotland, before moving to Canada. Through trial and error she has slowly been navigating adulthood and feels it’s important to process childhood traumas in order to move forward into a healthy adulthood. As always, there is some strong language in this episode so make sure 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 Jade by checking out her website, podcast and following her on social media: Website: www.jadepattenden.com Podcast: I’m an adult, now what? Instagram: @jadepattenden Twitter: @jadepattenden Books we mentioned: Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
Sex With Younger Men

Sex With Younger Men

2020-04-2445:12

Stevie never expected to have a sexual awakening in her mid-forties, especially one that involved men in their 20’s. After coming out of a passionless marriage, she decided to try online dating in hopes for a conventional relationship with someone around her age. However, things didn’t quite go as planned and before she knew it, she had a whole bunch of young men knocking at her door.  About Stevie 44-year old Stevie came out of a long passionless marriage and decided to start dating. She set up a profile on the dating app Bumble, went on a few dates with guys around her age but wasn’t feeling it, so she paused the app and kept on living the single life. Little did she know that her young son had got into her phone and changed the age range of her suitors on the dating app to 20-30-year old’s and this launched her right into a sexual awakening! Heads up that there is definitely some adult content and language in this episode, so make sure 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 Check out the Bumble App if you are looking to get back into dating! On Bumble women make the first move! Check out their article on How to stay safe on Bumble. Here are some great articles if you want to have lots of fun casual sex: The Unspoken Rules of Casual Sex – GQ Magazine What I learned from 10-years of 1-night stands – Shape.com A Guide to Safer 1-Night Stands – Clue
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Wellness & Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Jetty Nieuwenhuis about overcoming bulimia and self-doubt. About Jetty Jetty Nieuwenhuis is a wellness + nutrition coach and personal trainer who helps her clients get to the route of their self-doubt. Jetty had bulimia for over 20 years. After a long journey battling the illness, she began helping others who needed support. She has also suffered from Lyme Disease and is now a volunteer with the Lyme Disease Association of Alberta. I hope you enjoy this very empowering conversation but as always, there is some adult language, so make sure to pop your headphones on! You can also watch this episode over on our YouTube channel by clicking here.  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 Jetty over on her website and social media: www.trujetty.com Instagram: @trujetty Facebook: @trujetty Other Resources: Lisa A. Romano – Life Coach & Author
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.   About Our Guests Lisa Driver is a Spiritual Teacher, Author and mother of 2 very young ones living in Medicine Hat, AB. With her husband still having to head out to work, and no daycare available, Lisa finds herself having to juggle entertaining her kids while supporting her clients online. Thankfully due to her work and practice, Lisa has managed to balance find a good balance. She has also become a pillar of support for her community. You can find out more about Lisa and her work at www.lisadriver1111.com. Clea and Andy are two working professionals living in North Vancouver, BC. On a normal day, they would wake up and make their daily commute to the office. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they find themselves navigating working from home in their small 1-bedroom apartment. Back on Oct 18th, 2019, Jaymie Johnson embarked on a trip of a lifetime. She had planned an open-ended trip to Europe, mainly France. She came back to Canada unexpectedly on March 16th and is currently self-quarantined for two weeks in an AirBnB in Vancouver. She doesn’t have her own place and can’t risk compromising her family and friends. Peggy Liu is a freelance writer and past podcast guest! Peggy currently lives at home with her family including her parents and siblings. Daily life has become challenging as they all navigate being in the same space 24/7. Daniel Chai is a Vancouver based actor and writer who finds himself out of work due to COVID-19. With all this time on his hands, he is finding creative ways to engage with his friends and community. Lou Meggatio is a self-employed professional who is pretty used to working from home alongside her husband Adrian. Between them, they have three kids one of which is a teen who thinks that Christmas has come early because he doesn’t have to go to school or find a job! Make sure to follow Lou over on TikTok! You can also find out more about Lou at www.mandalaessentials.com Joella Cabalu is an independent filmmaker from Vancouver, BC and currently lives in a house with her partner and 2 housemates. With the requirement from the Canadian Government to stay inside, Joella is tempted to set goals and focus on new projects but wonders if this instead should be a time for self-reflection. I hope you enjoy this very empowering conversation but as always, there is some 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!   Self-Isolation Tips Here is a list of tips and things to do while in social isolation: Call family + friends either using your phone, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype or Zoom. Try to stick to a routine, even if it’s a little different from your normal routine. Have a party using Google Hangouts or Zoom with your friends. Go for a walk with family or roommates or on your own if you need space. Host an online trivia night with your friends. Sign up for an online course and learn something new. Take an online fitness or yoga class. Give yourself permission to rest – you don’t have to be productive! Acknowledge that this is difficult – take it one day at a time. Wash your hands!! If you are feeling sick then please follow the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 If you are struggling to cope and don't have anyone to reach out to then here are some resources that may help: Crisis Canada Hotline at 1.833.456.4566. They have amazing trained volunteers available 24/7. For more information visit their website www.crisisservicescanada.ca. If you are having suicidal thoughts then please contact 1-800-SUICIDE. The LifeLine Canada Foundation also has a list of Canadian, USA and international crisis centres. Click here for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.
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 licensed 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! 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! You can catch the video of our conversation click here to head over to our YouTube channel!   Resources Find out more about Courtney and her work over on her website and social media: www.naturalhealthresourcesrichmond.com Instagram: @dr_courtney_pare Facebook: @drcourtneypare Other Resources: The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work by Dr. Terri Neil The Influential Women Podcast by Melanie Tonia-Evans
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! 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! If you want to watch the video of our conversation click here to head over to our YouTube channel! Resources Find our more about Eva and her work over on her website and social media: www.crippingupsexwitheva.com Instagram: @crippingupsex Facebook: @crippingupsexwitheva Twitter: @crippingupsex Pinterest Other Resources: Podcast: Doing It! with Hannah Witton YouTube: Squirmy & Grubs Online Stores: We-Vibe Hot Octopuss
Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome

2020-02-1457:411

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”.  About Erica 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! 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 our more about Erica and her work over on her website and social media: www.ericacourdae.com Instagram: @ericacourdae Facebook: @ericacourdae And don’t miss Erica’s upcoming Ideal Client Workshop where she will help you dig deep and figure out your values! Subscribe to Erica & India’s podcast Pause on the Play! Other Resources: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
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! Resources Find our more about Victoria over on her social media profiles: Twitter @urban_sorceress Instagram @urbansorceress Mix Cloud: www.mixcloud.com/victoriaspooner/   Podcasts: Red Man Laughing with Ryan McMahon The Adam Buxton Podcast
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!  Resources Find our more about Kim over on her websites and social media: www.teenworldconfidential.com www.nationalsexeducationday.com Twitter @twconfidential Instagram @twconfidential Books: Teen World Confidential: Five Minute Topics to Open Conversation About Sex and Relationships by Kim T. Cook Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet by Alexandra M. Lord Podcasts: 6-Minute Sex Ed with Kim Cavill Sex Positive Families with Melissa Carnagey Websites: Amaze.org Planned Parenthood Family Planning UK Centre for Disease Control (USA) PFLAG.org Check out the resources page on Kim’s website for a list of resources as well as some great videos!! 
Trans Death Care

Trans Death Care

2019-12-2040:57

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 content, so when listening, it’s best to pop on those headphones!   Resources Make sure to follow Toni over on his social media sites: Twitter @transdeathcare Instagram @transdeathcare WillowEOL – www.willoweol.com Check out their interview with Debbie here. BC Funeral Association Trans Doe Task Force GLAAD – GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. Trans Pulse Canada – a community-based survey of the health and well-being of trans and non-binary people in Canada.  
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