TGGC #82: The healing power of playing with your inner child with Laura Jane Williams

Laura Jane Williams is the author of Amazon bestseller BECOMING: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I Am and forthcoming ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST: How rediscovering your inner child can make you calmer, happier, and solve your bullsh*t adult problems.

She was Grazia's "single girl" columnist until February 2017, is Marie Claire's #BREAKFREE from fear ambassador, and has written about dating, lust and her feelings everywhere from The Guardian to RED to Buzzfeed, The Metro, Stylist, The Telegraph and more. She blogs at Superlatively Rude and is currently writing her third book.

This is her second time on the podcast and in this episode we discuss her experience with burn out, why she decided to take a break from writing to become a nanny, the experience of writing her second book, and her considerations around having a child on her own.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Laura prioritizes and chunks down passion projects so that they actually get done
  • Recognizing the early signs of burn out
  • The non-linear process of healing from burn out
  • Laura’s 3 rules to Tinder dating and how she ended up with a national dating column
  • Considering the option of becoming a single mother
  • How Laura’s experience nannying three girls turned into the subject for her new book
  • The difference between writing her first and second books
  • The tiny changes Laura has made to her life after experiencing burn out

 

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TGGC #77: Debunking sex myths and considering activism as self-care with Rachel Hills

Rachel Hills is a New York-based journalist, activist, and author of THE SEX MYTH.

She is interested in the space where the personal meets the political, or what she calls "the politics of everyday life.”

We’re talking about the toxic myths that are perpetuated about sex and sexuality, not judging ourselves based on our sex drive, being more open about sex, and activism as a form of self-care.

 

 

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The toxic messages about sex that so many of us have internalized
  • Rachel’s journey of sexual healing and decoupling herself from these toxic beliefs about sex
  • Breaking down toxic sexual messages in our day-to-day lives
  • Not judging our relationships by our sex lives or ourselves by our sex drives
  • How feminism and activism can be tools for self-care

 

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TGGC #76: How to bullet journal for productivity and personal growth with Kara Benz of Boho Berry

Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life.

Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy - Boho Berry Paperie, and is currently creating her very first handwriting course. 

We sat down to talk all things bullet journal! What the system is, her daily routine with her bullet journal, how to start one - even if you’re not artistic, and how her life has changed as a result of this system.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The “miracle morning” routine that Kara starts everyday with and her tips for creating time for a morning practice
  • What a bullet journal is
  • Kara’s journey with bullet journalling
  • Her daily bullet journal routine
  • Balancing the creative side of bullet journalling with making it an efficient productivity tool
  • Using a habit tracker to create and monitor habits - and how to avoid beating yourself up on the days you don’t do them
  • Using a time tracker to get a clear picture of how you spend your time and evaluate whether you’re happy with it
  • The biggest improvement she’s seen in her life as a result of bullet journalling
  • How to get started with bullet journalling if you feel intimidated by the system
  • A day in the life of her Etsy business
  • Her love of all things stationery

 

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