31 episodes

Though Sydel Curry-Lee became known in the digital space for entrepreneurship, athleticism, and tastemaking in the beauty community, her mission online has always been to surface the topic of mental health to the forefront of conversation. Having struggled with her own mental health for several years, Sydel aims to de-stigmatize the discussion around mental health and offer first hand advice on how we can all discuss the subject better as well as things we can do to improve our mental health. BECAUSE LIFE centers around an open and honest discussion amongst Sydel, a mental health professional, and listener input regarding topics ranging from confronting anxieties to being a supportive ally when someone close to you is struggling with their mental health. This podcast also shines a light on the under-discussed topic of mental health within the BIPOC community and how that brings with it its own set of unique struggles.

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Though Sydel Curry-Lee became known in the digital space for entrepreneurship, athleticism, and tastemaking in the beauty community, her mission online has always been to surface the topic of mental health to the forefront of conversation. Having struggled with her own mental health for several years, Sydel aims to de-stigmatize the discussion around mental health and offer first hand advice on how we can all discuss the subject better as well as things we can do to improve our mental health. BECAUSE LIFE centers around an open and honest discussion amongst Sydel, a mental health professional, and listener input regarding topics ranging from confronting anxieties to being a supportive ally when someone close to you is struggling with their mental health. This podcast also shines a light on the under-discussed topic of mental health within the BIPOC community and how that brings with it its own set of unique struggles.

    Connor Franta: The Toll of Posting Amidst Cancel Culture, Romancing Yourself, and more!

    Connor Franta: The Toll of Posting Amidst Cancel Culture, Romancing Yourself, and more!

    In today’s episode I’m joined by trailblazing YouTuber, entrepreneur, and New York Time Best Selling author Connor Franta! While I was technically interviewing Connor, this recording really felt like a fun, casual hang with a new friend. We discuss the pressures and tolls that are felt posting and talking as a public figure amidst cancel culture, the perks of taking a solo trip and romancing yourself, finding the balance between helping others and helping yourself and more. This recording in my due date month wouldn’t be complete without contractions mid-recording that are fully caught on audio.
     
    Thanks for being such a great sport, Connor! I feel so grateful to have sat down with Connor ahead of the launch of his newest book, House Fires. Make sure to get yourself a copy.
     
    For more information on mental health, learning how to help a loved one, developing coping skills and more, visit the Mental Health Coalition’s Resource Library at thementalhealthcoalition.org/resources 
     
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
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    • 47 min
    Q+A With My Husband Damion Lee!

    Q+A With My Husband Damion Lee!

    As the day of taking on parenthood quickly approaches, I sit down with the one and only Damion Lee, my amazing husband. I asked you guys to submit your burning questions for us and boy, did you guys deliver! We talk about it all, catered by you, from our sex life while trying to conceive, the kind of parents we think each other will be, what a newborn will do to our lives, and for fun we answered a handful of unexpected rogue questions, just for you guys. This is probably the most unfiltered you’ve ever heard Damion, so come listen to it here first and join us as we get real with you and one another on the current states of our minds, nerves, and excitement over this new adventure.
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
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    • 44 min
    Arielle Lorre: Overcoming Addiction, Consistent Self-Care & Finding Your Purpose

    Arielle Lorre: Overcoming Addiction, Consistent Self-Care & Finding Your Purpose

    In today’s episode, we have another pinch-me collaboration! Joining me today is the lifestyle and wellness tastemaker, blogger, author, and the host of ‘The Blonde Files’ podcast, Arielle Lorre! We hear the origin story of The Blonde Files and how she built an empire from an anonymous Instagram account. She opens up about her years-long battle with alcoholism and addiction, we discuss the work that goes into maintaining mental wellness in sobriety, and the role of alcohol in the world of self-care. We also discuss the blurred lines of working in the wellness industry and practicing your own self-care, finding your purpose and much more.
     
    I’m so grateful Arielle joined us today and I hope our conversation gives you something to take with you. If you’d like to hear our conversation on her podcast, check out today’s episode of ‘The Blonde Files’ here.
     
    For more information on mental health, learning how to help a loved one, developing coping skills and more, visit the Mental Health Coalition’s Resource Library at thementalhealthcoalition.org/resources 
     
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
     
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    • 46 min
    My Pre-Labor Diary: Pain Anxiety & Fear of the Unknown (feat. Damion Cameo)

    My Pre-Labor Diary: Pain Anxiety & Fear of the Unknown (feat. Damion Cameo)

    It’s just me today, sitting down for a raw, intimate account of my state of mind going into the final stage of pregnancy. This is kind of like my diary and I wanted to let you in on my headspace since you’ve been with me throughout this entire journey. I discuss my fears about experiencing labor pains, why having an unmedicated birth is important to me, the support system I’ve set up for the process, and the fear of the unknown as I become a mother. Plus, we have a little cameo from Damion!
     
    Thank you guys so much for following me on this journey every step of the way and I hope you enjoy my conversation with you today as we mark the final step of the pregnancy process and step into the next journey of motherhood.
     
    For more information on mental health, learning how to help a loved one, developing coping skills and more, visit the Mental Health Coalition’s Resource Library at thementalhealthcoalition.org/resources 
     
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
     
    Follow Because Life:  @becauselifewithsydel
    Follow Me:  @sydelcurrylee
     
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    • 31 min
    Gizelle Bryant + Robyn Dixon: Pandemic Blues, Navigating Bravo Fandom & RHOP Tea

    Gizelle Bryant + Robyn Dixon: Pandemic Blues, Navigating Bravo Fandom & RHOP Tea

    Today’s episode is not just a special one…it’s a dream collaboration for me. We have two powerhouse mothers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, stars of the Real Housewives of Potomac, and the hosts of the ‘Reasonably Shady’ podcast, Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon! We get into navigating the passionate fandom of the Real Housewives franchise, learning to compartmentalize on-camera drama and your mental wellbeing, and setting boundaries on social media for you mental health. Plus, we discuss Robyn opening up about her ‘Pandemic Blues,’ Gizelle’s role as her support system through that difficult time, the mental toll of filming a Real Housewives reunion, and you know we had to dish on this year’s reunion with Nicki Minaj.
     
    I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to Gizelle and Robyn for coming on the podcast and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! For more of these two, check out their podcast ‘Reasonably Shady.’
     
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
     
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    Follow Robyn Dixon:  @robyndixon10
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    • 52 min
    Hunter McGrady: Sex & Intimacy During Pregnancy. (Sorry, Damion!)

    Hunter McGrady: Sex & Intimacy During Pregnancy. (Sorry, Damion!)

    In today's episode, we have our first return guest! The trailblazing model, entrepreneur, podcast host, and new mom, Hunter McGrady, joins me for a conversation about navigating body image, sex and intimacy while pregnant...and get ready because we really go there. We discuss the jarring shift in body image as it changes throughout pregnancy, the complexities of pregnant sex, finding new ways to express intimacy, navigating all of the awkward conversations that arise with your partner during pregnancy, and so much more.
     
    This is a conversation that I personally have been dying to have and I could think of no better person to have it with than Hunter - I'm so grateful to have her join me again. I hope you can take something from our conversation, or at least, enjoy a little tea spilling. If you'd like to hear more from Hunter, check out her podcast with her amazing sister, Michaela, 'Model Citizen.'
     
    For more information on mental health, learning how to help a loved one, developing coping skills and more, visit the Mental Health Coalition’s Resource Library at thementalhealthcoalition.org/resources 
     
    Because Life is a Dear Media Production in association with Scale Productions.  
     
    Follow Because Life:  @becauselifewithsydel
    Follow Me:  @sydelcurrylee
    Follow Hunter McGrady: @huntermcgrady
    Produced by Dear Media

    • 46 min

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