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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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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 @fkjpodTwitter @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

2020-02-1457:41

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.comCheck 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.  
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. About Meredith 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! 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 Find out more about Merideth and the work that she does over on her website: www.pacificrockaccounting.com You can contact Merideth at info@pacificrockaccounting.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in working with her! Other resources: Canada Revenue AgencyClick here to find out more about the Canada Revenue Agency Liason Officer Service. Your Mental Wealth website by Ted and Brad Klonz Business Development of Canada Community Futures Britsh Columbia Futurpreneur CanadaClick here to view the Futurpreneur Business Plan Writer
Absent Parents

Absent Parents

2019-11-2259:41

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 @systerswithawhyTwitter @systerswithawhy
Reconciliation

Reconciliation

2019-11-0801:16:55

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_davisTwitter @CDavisConsult Other articles/reports: The Indian Act – WikipediaUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesNational Centre for Truth & ReconciliationTruth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action Indigenous Podcasts: Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild, CBC PodcastAll My Relations with Matika Wilbur & Adrienne KeeneRed Man Laughing with Ryan McMahonMétis in Space with Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel   
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 @lunapadsFacebook @LunapadsPinterest @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.
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 @deniceahiltonTwitter @DeNiceaHiltonFacebook @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.  
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!
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