TGGC #88: Why healing is valuable work with Shivani Seth

Shivani Seth is a South Asian American queer woman and the child of 1st generation immigrants from India.

She’s a long-time writer, but a new publisher. I loved her article, Healing is Valuable Work and that’s the very topic we dive into in this episode.

We chat about how she restructured her life after burn out, how we can come to be more generous with our definition of “work,” and the cultural beliefs we have to undo in order to see the true value of taking care of ourselves.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Exploring the connection between caffeine and anxiety
  • The impact of warming foods and drinks on our bodies
  • Shivani’s experience of burn out and how she restructured her life as a result
  • Her transition out of social work and into freelance writing
  • The Rest for Resistance project
  • Creating a more generous and inclusive definition of “work”
  • Self-care as a deposit in “the bank"

 

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TGGC #87: Exploring BDSM and kink with Veronica Yahns

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Veronica Yanhs is on a mission to empower women to unapologetically live their lives through kink and BDSM.

To her, kink and BDSM are vessels that take people on a transformative journey to become their most confident, empowered, and enlightened self. 

She sat down to chat with me about the basics of what BDSM and kink are, what it looks like for her to live in a 24/7 dominant/submissive lifestyle, the myths about BDSM that she’d like to dispel, and the transformative power of BDSM and kink.

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Veronica’s journey with BDSM and kink (which began at age 4) and how it led to her business Desires Laid Bare
  • The basics of what BDSM is
  • What kink means and whether or not everyone is at least a little bit kinky
  • What it looks like to live in a 24/7 dominant/submissive lifestyle
  • Where Veronica’s desire to be submissive comes from and what it looks like in her relationship
  • Myths about BDSM that she’d like to dispel
  • The transformative power of BDSM and kink
  • Veronica’s advice for dipping your toes into BDSM and kink

 

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TGGC #86: The lowdown on acupuncture & The myths around fat and fertility with Nicola Salmon

Nicola Salmon is a fertility coach, acupuncturist and naturopath.

She was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at 16 and told she would never have children.

She made small tweaks to her health whilst she was training as an acupuncturist and having babies was easy for her.

She’s passionate about helping other women get pregnant just as easily.

We talk about what acupuncture is and how it works, the power of knowing our cycles, the myths that are perpetuated around fat and fertility, and a whole lot of other goodness.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The systems Nicola has in place in order to run her business with young children at home
  • Her journey of being diagnosed with PCOS and thinking she couldn’t have children to conceiving naturally and eventually helping women with their fertility
  • How understanding our cycles can empower us when it comes to conceiving but also in planning our lives more generally
  • What acupuncture is and how it works
  • The myths that are perpetuated around fat and fertility
  • Why feeling comfortable in your own skin can help improve your fertility
  • Nicola’s advice to anyone who is struggling to conceive right now

 

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