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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.

Uncomfortable Debbie Roche

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

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.

    Let's Talk About Sex

    Let's Talk About Sex

    In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Kim, host of the podcast Hush! We talk about sex, being pretty vanilla, our fantasies and what holds us back from experiencing them. 


    About Kim


    Kim is the host of Hush! a podcast that talks about sex, dating and relationships. Like myself, Kim is a bit of a vanilla who is curious about sex and the different lifestyles out there. She has interviewed sex workers, dating app founders, porn stars, couples in the swinging lifestyle and more.


    In this episode Kim and I chat about the curiosity we have around sex and discuss some of the things that hold us back from trying out new sexy lifestyles. We also talk about how talking about sex can be so hard!!


    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:
    Check out Hush! the podcast:


    Listen on Apple Podcasts

    Listen on Spotify


    Check out the website www.thehushpodcast.com


    You can follow Hush! over on social media:


    Instagram: @hushpodcast69
    Twitter: @hushpodcast69
    Facebook: @hushpodcast69


     


     

    • 45 min
    Healing Trauma Through Poetry

    Healing Trauma Through Poetry

    In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Bailee Noella. Bailee just released a book of poetry, Bathtub in Flames. She explains how her poetry was a way to help her heal the trauma she suffered due to sexual abuse.


    *Trigger Warning* - Bailee and I do touch on the sexual abuse that she went through as a child. If you suffered abuse, you may wish to skip this episode. If you need support, please scroll down for some resources.


     


    About Bailee


    Bailee Noella is a poet who writes for personal catharsis and to help others feel less alone. Drawing inspiration from poets like Charles Bukowski and Alex Dimitrov, Bailee seeks to remove the stigma from mental illness through her work. It is for this same reason that she founded the streetwear brand cyno apparel, which features designs that raise awareness of mental health issues. Bailee also works as an editor, book marketer, freelance writer, and fashion stylist.


    When she’s not writing or coordinating outfits, you may find Bailee buying things she doesn’t need, researching skin care, or doodling on napkins.



     



    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:
    Purchase Bailee's book of poetry "Bathtub in Flames" on Amazon:


    Bathtub in Flames on Amazon.com

    Bathtub in Flames on Amazon.ca


    You can follow Bailee over on social media:


    Instagram: @baileenoella
    Twitter: @baileenoella


    Make sure to check out her apparel brand Cyno Apparel:


    www.cynoapparel.com


    Other Resources:


    If you have suffered from sexual abuse and need help, I would recommend working with a professional. Here is just a small list of resources that might help.


    CAHM - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health document on trauma with a list of Counselling and Support Services 

    Government of Canada - Sexual Abuse Counselling: A Guide for Parents and Children 

    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Childhood Sexual Abuse


     

    • 29 min
    Pop Culture Witchcraft

    Pop Culture Witchcraft

    In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Tarot Reader + Pop Culture Witch Lindsay Braynen. Lindsay educates me on how witchcraft has influenced pop culture and vice versa; how it’s largely a feminist movement; and how colonialism tried to destroy the spiritual practices of black and indigenous cultures.


     


    About Lindsay:


    Lindsay [she/her] is the Card-Reader + Star-Gazer behind DarkLake Tarot, where she combines her intuition, love of storytelling, and esoteric studies to encourage her clients to ‘Rediscover The Divine On Your Own Terms’ via tarot + astrology readings.  As a pop-culture witch she also alchemizes those studies with her interest in the persevering and transformative powers of Fandom, which she explores in her podcast ‘Hey Magical Girl!’. An immigrant from The Bahamas, Lindsay recognizes that she operates on the stolen territories of Turtle Island known as ‘Vancouver, Canada’, and devotes all her practices to the decolonization and liberation of Black Diasporic + Indigenous Peoples.


     


    Resources:


    You can follow Lindsay over on her website + social media:


    www.darklaketarot.com


    Tune into her podcast at: www.heymagicgirl.com


    Social Media:


    Dark Lake Tarot:


    Instagram: @DarkLakeTarot
    Facebook: @DarkLakeTarot
    Twitter: @DarkLakeTarot


    Hey Magical Girl:


    Twitter: @HeyMagicalGirl


     


    Other Resources:


    The Missing Witches Podcast

    • 51 min
    The Agenda Period

    The Agenda Period

    Can you sync your cycle with your business?


    Yes you can! In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Alyx Coble-Frakes, co-founder of The Agenda. Early in Alyx’s health coaching career it became obvious to her that her desire to do certain tasks varied based on where she was at in her menstrual cycle. 


     


    About Alyx


    Alyx is the co-founder of The Agenda. Early in Alyx’s health coaching career it became obvious to her that her desire to do certain tasks varied based on where she was at in her menstrual cycle. Detailed observation revealed that sales calls that happened when she was ovulating had higher conversion rates. Both Alyx and her co-founder Sunny realized that when people have a deeper understanding of their natural hormonal fluctuations they can use them to their advantage and see amazing results in their lives and in their business. The Agenda. was born! After a successful kickstarter campaign, they designed and launched a physical planner. However what came up most frequently was the desire for an app. A year later they launched another kickstarter and are currently hard at work on The Agenda. app.


     


    Resources:
    You can follow Alyx and The Agenda. over on their website + social media:


    www.theagendaperiod.com


     


    Social Media:


    Instagram: @theagendaperiod
    Twitter: @TheAgendaPeriod
    Facebook @theagendaperiod


     


    Other Resources:


    Books:


    Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Tony Weschler, MPH

    The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycle and Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

    Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by Lara Briden, ND


    Websites:


    The Menstrual Health Hub

    Red School

    Kate Codrington

    Red Tent Directory


     

    • 43 min
    Finding Community After Immigrating

    Finding Community After Immigrating

    How hard is it to rebuild your community after immigrating to another country?


    In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Mo! Sibyl is a Nigerian-born, US-educated, Korean speaking, struggling intellectual. Mo! moved to the US nine years ago to pursue the next steps in her education and career. In this episode, she shares a few of the lessons that she learned when she immigrated.


    Mo! also hosts The More Sibyl Podcast. A podcast about culture and cultural nomads designed for Blacks and Asians and those who love them!


    Resources:
    You can follow Mo! over on her website + social media:


    mosibyl.com


    Make sure to subscribe to The More Sibyl Podcast over on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!


    Instagram: @mosibyl and @themoresibylpodcast


     


    Toastmasters: www.toastmasters.org

    • 44 min
    Trauma & Family Estrangement

    Trauma & Family Estrangement

    What is trauma exactly? And how do we cope with it?


    In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Joyous D. Williams, a mental health professional, art therapist, and coach. We discuss trauma, the different ways to cope, and dealing with family estrangement. 




     


    About Joyous


    Joyous D. Williams is a Mental Health Professional serving the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. She is a nationally board-certified Art Therapist, specializing in brain-based, trauma-informed care. She’s also a coach studied in “Transformative Presence” and has lived experience changing the very fabric of her own life. Personally, Joy is also a Growth-Oriented Mama of 1, a Life Partner, a Dog Mom to 3 unruly beasts and a voracious reader.




    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 Joyous over on her website + social media:


    everywomxn.com


    Joy’s mailing list/Free Coaching Download: coach.everywomxn.com 


    Instagram: @recreatingdawn and @traumaclearingbadass.


     


    Other Resources:


    Article about ACEs – https://developingchild.harvard.edu/media-coverage/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean/   
     
    CDC ACEs website – https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/about.html
     
    Loveland Foundation – https://thelovelandfoundation.org/
     
    Open Path Psychotherapy Collective – https://openpathcollective.org/
     
    Coping Skill Printable Resource – http://www.indigodaya.com/resources/
     
     
    If you are dealing with trauma and need help immediately then know that you can always call the 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 for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.

    • 43 min

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Super relatable content. And stuff we should really just talk about these days in a comfortable manner. Debbie is a genius

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