55 episodes

Join Claire & Serena as they take you through a journey to discover more about your Universal Needs, WHY they aren't currently being well met, HOW to meet them in ways that work for you and how to CONSISTENTLY do so in quick, easy and simple ways that fit seamlessly into your life.

A combination of personal development & entertainment, this podcast shows you how meeting your Universal Needs is VITAL to all the most important areas of your life including relationships, mental health, self worth, business, parenting, boundaries, emotional wellbeing and more...with plenty of fun along the way.

Well Sh*t. It really is that simple..‪.‬ The Universal Needs

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Join Claire & Serena as they take you through a journey to discover more about your Universal Needs, WHY they aren't currently being well met, HOW to meet them in ways that work for you and how to CONSISTENTLY do so in quick, easy and simple ways that fit seamlessly into your life.

A combination of personal development & entertainment, this podcast shows you how meeting your Universal Needs is VITAL to all the most important areas of your life including relationships, mental health, self worth, business, parenting, boundaries, emotional wellbeing and more...with plenty of fun along the way.

    Episode 54 - Our Podcastaversary!

    Episode 54 - Our Podcastaversary!

    Well Sh*t. It really is that simple - Episode 54 - Our Podcastaversary! is now LIVE!

    When we first started this podcast, we were told that most podcasts don't make it past 7 episodes because they run out of content. Well here we are a year later and still going strong! In fact, we don't have time to record all the episodes we want to! So today we take a look back at season 1, and a look ahead to season 2...

    - Look at how far we've come!

    - Some bonus content for our Patreon subscribers...

    - Shout out to our favorite spots on the island, Bobby's, Koffie House and Moondog

    - Our favorite moments from season 1

    - What we're most excited about that's to come in season 2

    - How we utilize the needs lens to help people really 'get' The Universal Needs

    - How the needs lens helps you to see the root of any behavior or issue...and find a different path to address it

    - Request for requests

    - How to find the episodes you might be looking for

    • 40 min
    Episode 53 - Does it feel like you don’t have time to meet your needs?

    Episode 53 - Does it feel like you don’t have time to meet your needs?

    Episode 53 - Does it feel like you don’t have time to meet your needs? is now LIVE!

    The one thing we hear from almost every client at some point in their journey is 'I don't have enough time'. It's the reason that most people don't do much to take care of themselves and their needs. But what if we could help you with this? Today, we share the secret to feeling like you have no time to meet your needs...


    How this topic comes up all the time
    Why the fact that everything you do every second of every day is done to meet your needs helps with this
    If you're doing something every second of every day to meet your needs...why aren't they met?
    The spectrum of meeting needs and how this helps you with time to meet your needs
    The difference it makes to your fulfillment levels when you're meeting your needs in green spectrum rather than red spectrum ways
    The difference between quality and quantity when it comes to meeting needs
    How it can be quick and easy it can be to meet your needs well (it can literally take seconds)
    How there is often a resistance to learning how to meet your needs because of the feeling that there's no time to do any 'more' when it would actually help
    How you only need a couple of minutes, when you know how to use that couple of minutes
    It's possible to meet multiple needs at the same time by doing something extra that doesn't take much effort
    When we feel like we don't have time we often go to habits that compromise rather than meet our needs
    The feeling that we don't have time is more we don't know what to do with the time we DO have
    How you can build upon simple, quick, easy habits to meet even more needs without much more effort

    • 47 min
    Episode 52 - When the pursuit of happiness compromises your needs

    Episode 52 - When the pursuit of happiness compromises your needs

    Well Sh*t. It really is that simple - Episode 52 - When the pursuit of happiness compromises your needs is now LIVE!

    So often people talk about their desire to be happy, and it seems that many of us view happiness as the goal in life. But what if we told you that isn't true...and in FACT how seeking happiness can actually compromise our needs and get in the way of what our innermost being is actually seeking?

    In this episode we cover:


    Why the objective of meeting your needs isn't to be happy
    The difference between fulfillment and happiness
    How sometimes we need to say the thing that we don't want to say to meet our needs
    Why the lower on your needs tree your needs are compromised, the more vulnerable it makes you to the ups and downs of life
    How if you're constantly asking yourself 'should I' how that might be compromising your needs
    Why you don't have to like it to be meeting your needs
    How doing what you want can end up compromising what you really want
    Why if you feel you need to rally, that's likely to be you ignoring your needs
    How different it feels to be REALLY listening to and meeting your needs vs a more superficial way of meeting your needs
    Why happiness isn't the goal
    What is fulfillment in the context of needs?
    Why if everything is amazing, your needs are probably being compromised
    How by fulfilling our needs in one moment, we can then truly fulfill the others later
    When your root needs are not taken care of, it makes our tree more unstable and more likely to be affected by life

    • 44 min
    Episode 51 - How to increase your resilience

    Episode 51 - How to increase your resilience

    Well Sh*t. It really is that simple - Episode 51 - How to increase your resilience is now LIVE!

    With everything we have been going through over the past few years, and the amount of trauma we have been dealing with and healing from, the need for resilience has never been more obvious, but what is resilience in the context of needs? And how do you cultivate it simply and easily in alignment with your capacity? Today we share all about it..

    TRIGGER WARNING: There is a genuine scream live on this recording

    In this episode we cover:


    What resilience is in the context of needs
    Why resilience is not the same as strength
    What happens when Claire creates new content live on the podcast (!)
    What are the (initially four, but eventually six) different types of trauma?
    How slight trauma can change into significant or severe over time, especially when it is sustained
    What this means in terms of systemic oppression
    Why it's not possible to assess someone else's level trauma
    What resilience is in the context of trauma
    How do we increase our resilience?
    How the experience of life brings trauma with it
    What it's like to live on an island of lemmings...or an island of entitlement
    How this shows up in road rage
    How this showed up when Claire broke her back
    Why it can compromise our needs to view resilience as a badge of honor
    What coping is in the context of needs
    How masking actually compromises our needs
    Why seeing someone as strong can sometimes be compromising someone else's needs
    What happens when we experience a SLIGHT TRAUMA LIVE WHILE RECORDING!!!
    How a high pain threshold is actually a form of masking and inhibits our resilience
    How a trigger warning is a way of trying to preserve needs

    The C-word episode was  Episode 19

    The impact over intention episode was Episode 41 - Why your intention REALLY doesn't matter…

    The feather, brick truck episode was Episode 48 - When pretending everything is OK compromises your needs further

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 50 - Why it is never a good idea to go past your capacity...

    Episode 50 - Why it is never a good idea to go past your capacity...

    Well Sh*t. It really is that simple - Episode 50 - Why it is never a good idea to go past your capacity is now LIVE!

    There are times when we make the choice to go beyond our capacity because in the short term it seems like it will serve us better. But as we recently discovered, it is never a good idea to go past your capacity...so we decided to tell the story, and what we learned from it.

    In this episode we cover:


    Our recent experience supporting a local non-profit
    What happened when we did more than we had the capacity for
    How life hits can happen at the most inopportune moments
    Even if you can plan for having a lack of capacity, how this can side swipe you
    How much harder it is to navigate through things when you are running at a deficit
    The downward spiral and how it takes much longer to recover
    What it means to 'Queer Keys' it
    The difference between needs being unmet, neither met nor unmet, and met
    How much harder life is when you're in 'the hole'
    Why you become vulnerable when you go into the hole

    The episode in which we share about the glass and plastic balls is Episode 20 - What is Selfirst? Let's get specific…

    • 36 min
    Episode 49 - You don't have to be in crisis to get help and support

    Episode 49 - You don't have to be in crisis to get help and support

    Well Sh*t. It really is that simple - Episode 49 - You don't have to be in crisis to get help and support is now LIVE!

    So often we wait until we're at crisis point before we get help and support, but not only does this compromise our needs, it might actually prevent us from the support that would mean we wouldn't actually get to crisis point. Today we talk about other ways to approach getting help and support that can give us more of what we need at the time when it would be most helpful to us.

    In this episode we cover:


    Why it's important to proactively meet our needs, both physically and emotionally
    How self care is part of our preventative wellness
    Why telling yourself 'I don't really NEED help or support right now' often isn't true...
    What happens when you wait for a crisis to get help or support
    What can happen if you're doing OK, or even doing well and get support at THAT point
    How a lack of self worth can play into this dynamic
    What can help you avoid hitting crisis point completely
    And if you can't avoid the crisis how you can minimize the impact to you of the crisis
    What 'groundhog relationships' are
    How you can find ways of doing things that don't give you MORE to do, but still meet more of your needs
    What crisis mode really is in the context of your needs
    Why the 'it's not going to happen to me' can really compromise your needs
    How crisis mode affects you, your needs and the needs of people around you
    How to actually avoid the crisis in the first place

    • 35 min

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Not only is this topic not discussed in depth enough, it is not discussed in the correct way. Claire and Serena have a wealth of knowledge on the subject. As the creator of The Universal Needs and The Universal Needs Program, no one can do what Claire does. The familiar feeling that Claire and Serena create in the show make it a pleasure to listen to. I never miss an episode!

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