346 episodes

Get Merry is a weekly conversation between us, Emma and Carla, Sisters, Best Friends and Business Partners. We don’t skip the struggles, you'll laugh and walk away feeling inspired with doable action steps. Tune in and realise you're not alone in the magical mess of your life.


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Get Merry Emma and Carla Papas

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 192 Ratings

Get Merry is a weekly conversation between us, Emma and Carla, Sisters, Best Friends and Business Partners. We don’t skip the struggles, you'll laugh and walk away feeling inspired with doable action steps. Tune in and realise you're not alone in the magical mess of your life.


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    339: The dread of swimwear shopping

    339: The dread of swimwear shopping

    A good pair of swimmers that you love will create more joy in your life because they are a tool to help you enjoy the beach (or pool, or other water activity). In this episode we chat about the dread of going swimwear shopping. This episode will inspire you to move through the situation of hating swimwear shopping, so you can have more fun!
    This is what we spoke about during the episode
    Clothing can be an extension of who you are and it can make you feel different. So, what makes you feel good?Who are you dressing for? Just because it's in fashion and on trend, doesn't mean you have to buy them. If you don't like them, there's plenty of other options.Bring along a supportive friend or companion who knows your history of anxiety and negative relationship with your self-image.You don't need to change our body to fit a certain trend or to fit a certain time. Your body isn't designed to fit jeans; jeans are designed to fit you.Do not look at the size of the clothes because every brand is completely different.Stop paying attention to fashion magazines and tabloids.Unfollow social media accounts that trigger you.
    Self-acceptance is the most important practice.
    If you are now inspired to go swimwear shopping and loved this episode, send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
    Download our FREE Self Care Checklist and you’ll find 50 brand new ideas to practice self care.
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 37 min
    338: How to stop competing with your friendship group

    338: How to stop competing with your friendship group

    If you find yourself forever competing with your friendship group, this episode is for you.
    The chat was inspired by the book, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, a story revolved around the friendship and rivalry between 2 girls growing up in post WWII Naples. The themes in the book are relatable, even though I grew up in Australia in the 1990s and 2000s. I remember feeling rejected with sense of competition between friends. Feeling lonely, like an outcast. The jealousy and the worry of what others think. Not only a fantastic, can’t put it down kinda read, it inspires reflection of your own life.
    No wonder this book series (yes there are 3 more books to read) is so popular.

    This is what we spoke about during the episodeYou can be competitive with each other but still, want each other to succeed.Competition can create suffering. Having an ally over a competitor is just a more joyful way to live. When you help each other, it’s a productive relationship.Reflect and check in, what’s your sense of competition like. Is it bringing good or is it bringing others and yourself down?Jealousy can be a big reason why friendships become toxic. What can you do about it?If it does not come naturally to you, being happy for someone else is a practice.Seek inspiration and motivation from someone else’s success. Get out of your ego. Let go of the competition.
    If you loved this episode, send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
    Download our FREE Self Care Checklist and you’ll find 50 brand new ideas to practice self care.
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 45 min
    337: How to Stop the Constant Self Criticism

    337: How to Stop the Constant Self Criticism

    Do you suffer from low self-esteem and have a habit of running a constant self-hating monologue in your mind, this episode is for you. This chat was inspired by our previous episodes about how to stop talking about dieting and the epidemic of body image anxiety.
    In this episode, we talk about HOW to overcome negative body image and self-criticism. How do we stop our constant self-criticism and this negative view of ourselves?

    This is what we spoke about during the episodeAwareness is the first step. You need to acknowledge that you have a negative self-image. Having the intention that you want to make a change is step two. Then, you take action.How do we become self-aware? Be honest with yourself and acknowledge that sometimes you do need to make changes.Many people think that dieting is the answer to the problem of self-hate. It's like, you hate yourself then you have this bright idea that if you go on a diet and lose weight and then you'll love yourself. It's all conditional love!The philosophy of Yoga teaches us to be kind to ourselves, as well as compassionate and caring.Journaling, meditation, yoga, and Pilates are tools that can help switch your thoughts to a more accepting mindset.When we are present, we can let go of the self-criticising thoughts.
    If you loved this episode, send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
    Download our FREE Self Care Checklist and you’ll find 50 brand new ideas to practice self care.
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 51 min
    336: What to do when your friends won’t stop talking about diets

    336: What to do when your friends won’t stop talking about diets

    Your best friend is on a new diet and they’re telling you about it, maybe they’re even trying to convince you to try it. But you’ve recently set the intention to STOP dieting.
    You realise the massive impact Diet Culture has had on your life. Maybe it led to constant self-criticism or disorderly eating?
    How do we deal with this better? What do you do when your friends won’t stop talking about diets?

    This is what we spoke about during the episodeDiet culture allows and inspires people to put themselves in harm so they can look a certain way and it’s time to say, NO, no more!Step away, walk away and leave the conversation the quickest, easiest way.Change the subject. Have a story ready for you to interject when you’re stuck in this conversation of diet culture.Be open and honest to them that you’re not talking about diet anymore because of XYZ. Make them aware that you’re not into diet culture but do it with kindness and not anger. Maybe send them an article about body acceptance and make them feel like they have discovered it (haha).Decide that you don’t want to be a part of these conversations anymore.
    Step forward with a new perspective and awareness that instead of focusing on calories, diets, your weight, other people’s weight and judgment, you’re going to read a book, learn a language, learn to dance, paint, draw, go on a walk in nature, meditate, do yoga and Pilates, build an online business, and so many better things to do.
    If you loved this episode, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
    Download our FREE Self Care Checklist and you’ll find 50 brand new ideas to practice self care.
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 48 min
    335: Carla's getting married! Does she really need a big fancy wedding?

    335: Carla's getting married! Does she really need a big fancy wedding?

    We took a break last week because there has been so much going on! The most exciting news is that Carla got engaged two weeks ago. Yay! In this episode, we chat all things weddings and marriage.
    Weddings are beautiful celebrations of love, but are they really necessary? Are wedding's just about the big, fat diamond? Enjoy this sister chat, there was no plan, no research. We know many podcasts a beautifully produced, this one is not. Apologies for mispronunciations, faulty statistics and terrible googling.

    This is what we spoke about during the episodeWeddings are great economic drivers. If you want to and have the ability to spend that much money on one day, go for it.Originally, the purpose of marriage was to bind men and women to produce legitimate offspring. Romantic huh!  What does marriage and a wedding mean to you? Is it actually something you want?Carla (the younger sister) got engaged before Emma (the older sister) and we do not give a damn.The concept of Epicureanism is finding pleasure in simple things. Having a diamond ring can have the same level as looking at a sunset or a sunrise. Carla's engagement story. How Joel (her fiancé) proposed to Carla and how she knew it was happening.
    We want to hear about all the weddings. Tell us about your wedding, your best friend's wedding, your sister's or your brother's. Hate them or love them?
    If you loved this episode, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
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    Check out all the Get Merry Podcast episodes on iTunes and Overcast and Stitcher for Androids. Plus we are on Spotify over HERE!
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 48 min
    334: Persistence is the best substitute for talent

    334: Persistence is the best substitute for talent

    The quote from Steve Martin, “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”, reminded us of the conversations we've been having as we get towards our 10th year of business. We never really felt especially talented in any particular field. We were never number one at anything. But we did well in everything that we did because we were persistent, we showed up, we were enthusiastic, and we did the work.

    This is what we spoke about during the episodeWhen you're trying to do something and it doesn't happen in the time that you expected it to happen, you can either quit or keep going.When should you give up or when you should pivot?It's hard work getting to the point of where you want to be, as well as maintaining it and going to the next level. You gotta have that resilient mindset to go through the hard times.A lesson from Yoga, detachment, teaches us to keep striving and reaching for our goals but know that wherever we end up going, that's where we're meant to be going and that the real treasure is in the journey and everything that we pick up along the way.Sometimes we can shy away from something because we think we're not good enough.Stop relying on social media as your gauge of success.Persistence trumps talent and it's the person who keeps striving, who keeps going, who keeps trying, who's more likely to be successful.
    It's these one-liner quotes that can re-motivate you, re-inspire you and remind you to keep taking the steps and dig a little deeper. If you loved this episode, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email at carla@themerrymakersisters.com or emma@themerrymakersisters.com or message us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @themerrymakersisters.
    Download our FREE Self Care Checklist and you’ll find 50 brand new ideas to practice self care.
    Always merrymaking,
    Emma + Carla
    P.s if you ever need further help or guidance please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue. Asking for help is pure courage.

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    • 37 min

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