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Your regular source of fierce female chat. Hosted by Adwoa Aboah and featuring different guests, as they talk, share, listen and take control of their lives.

The Gurls Talk Podcast Gurls Talk

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Your regular source of fierce female chat. Hosted by Adwoa Aboah and featuring different guests, as they talk, share, listen and take control of their lives.

    Ep 33. Adwoa talks to Ibtihaj Muhammad about using her platform to ignite change.

    Ep 33. Adwoa talks to Ibtihaj Muhammad about using her platform to ignite change.

    It’s not every day that I get to sit down and talk to an Olympic fencer. And Ibtihaj Muhammad is so much more than her sporting accolades that catapulted her into the spotlight. Being the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab was simply the springboard to everything that she’s done since – from writing books, to launching a clothing company and being an all-round superhero to a generation of girls.
     
    After speaking about the importance of role models on a panel talk at the Nike Legacy Summit LA, we continued our conversation with this podcast episode. Full of honesty, eloquence, and sage advice, Ibtihaj talks about sport’s power to unify – it’s not about where you’re from, how much money you have, your gender, your sexual orientation or your faith. It’s about getting out there, having fun and trying to win.
     
    Ibtihaj shares her own experiences of being made to feel like a square shape in a round space. She talks about how she abandoned the idea of acceptance and people-pleasing long ago, and instead learned to love herself and be her own biggest cheerleader to get to where she is today.
     
    There are so many reasons why I love this conversation – enjoy listening. We’re now off for our festive break, so mad amounts of love to you all. We’ll be back in January 2020.
     
    You can learn more about Ibtihaj, her projects and order her books here www.ibtihajmuhammad.com
    And you can follow Ibtihaj and her clothing company on Instagram @ibtihajmuhammad @louellashop
     
    As always, you can follow us @gurlstalk and send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com Don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 30 min
    Ep 32. Adwoa and Tally Fosh on turning your life around after rehab and recovery.

    Ep 32. Adwoa and Tally Fosh on turning your life around after rehab and recovery.

    Recovery is no walk in the park, it’s hard work. But the thing about recovery, is that you can come back as a better version – the 2.0 you. And that’s what Tally’s done. In our conversation, we rewind five years to when we met in treatment to get clean and sober. As two very different people, we found our similarities and realised that although recovery can be lonely, it’s less so when you’ve got people to go through it with.
     
    I loved recording this episode. Tally and I talked about going into treatment with an open mind, about the obstacles we faced, being stripped down and rebuilt, and about learning to take things day by day. In the years since we first admitted we needed help, Tally has become a qualified psychotherapist and yoga teacher, and I have of course created Gurls Talk and the most incredible community. We both want to use our experience to help others and prove that although addiction is a dark place, recovery and an all-round more positive existence is definitely possible.
     
    Mad amounts of love to you all.
     
    To speak to someone about alcohol and drug addiction, you can get advice here: https://www.recovery.org.uk/drug-and-alcohol-recovery/
     
    You can follow Tally on Instagram @therapised and you can follow us @gurlstalk
     
    Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 45 min
    Ep 31. Adwoa talks to Kai-Isaiah Jamal about preventative recovery.

    Ep 31. Adwoa talks to Kai-Isaiah Jamal about preventative recovery.

    Self-care doesn’t have to mean celery juices, mineral face masks and sage-burning yoga classes overlooking the ocean. Self-care is whatever makes you feel good. This is something the brilliant Kai-Isaiah Jamal and I spoke about in this week’s podcast. We discussed the power of preventative recovery, about knowing your triggers, setting boundaries and understanding what protective practices bring you back to yourself.
     
    We often think of recovery as the after event, what you do to heal. But preventative recovery is something we can do all the time. For both Kai and myself exercise plays a big role. It’s not just about giving you this ass or that chest, it’s a form of therapy. Kai talks about how writing is also an important practice to him and shares two incredible poems on his experience of recovery: ‘Geum’ and ‘The Author Imagines the Moments His Chest is Revealed to Him.’
     
    Mad love to you all. Until next time!
     
    To see Kai perform his poetry and speak on a panel, check out these events:
    https://freeword.org/event/black-home-the-club-as-sanctuary/
     
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feeld-social-fluid-identities-panel-installations-screenings-tickets-75580809235
     
    You can follow Kai on Instagram @kai_isaiah_jamal and you can follow us @gurlstalk
     
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    • 58 min
    Ep 30. Adwoa and Ashley Walters on speaking up about suffering with mental health issues.

    Ep 30. Adwoa and Ashley Walters on speaking up about suffering with mental health issues.

    Let’s get one thing clear – it’s absolutely OK to admit that things aren’t OK. But so often, our fears around mental health can be what holds us back from getting the support we need. I really wanted to get a male perspective on mental health and loved talking to Ashley as he opened up about his own experiences of suffering with depression and overcoming the macho, suck-it-up, don’t-share-your-feelings front that’s imposed on boys from a young age.
     
    Ashley and I talked about the negative impact of suffering in silence, and how it can often lead to alcohol and drug abuse which always perpetuates the problem. We talked about the fear of leaving your house and facing people, recognising the signs that we, or someone we know, might need help, and how society can work together to break the stigma of mental health struggles.
     
    Enjoy listening. And mad, mad love to you all.
     
    Never be afraid to seek help. Here are some numbers of great support options to talk openly and in confidence with someone.
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
     
    If you haven’t yet watched Ashley in the brilliant Top Boy, I fully recommend you do.
    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/70236561
     
    You can follow Ashley on Instagram @ashleywalters and you can follow us @gurlstalk
    Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com and don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 33 min
    Ep 29. Adwoa talks to Candice Carty-Williams about the importance of self-worth.

    Ep 29. Adwoa talks to Candice Carty-Williams about the importance of self-worth.

    Relationships are tough – sexual relationships, family relationships, friendships – because we all have stuff. We're all flawed and make mistakes. Candice Carty-Williams' brilliant debut book Queenie­ is all about living with our stuff and understanding our value.
     
    In this week's episode, Candice and I had a very frank conversation about the themes in her book. We talked about sex, and the importance of women having sexual agency. We talked about online dating, interracial dating and the damaging reductive stereotypes that surround black women’s bodies.
     
    What I loved most about Queenie and my conversation with Candice is the message of self-worth – something I think we all have to remind ourselves of on a regular basis. But it's true, whoever you are – you are enough.
     
    Enjoy listening. And mad, mad love to you all.
     
    The book everyone’s been reading this year.
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/queenie/candice-carty-williams/9781409180050
     
    You can follow Candice on Instagram @candicec_w and you can follow us @gurlstalk
     
    Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 33 min
    Ep 28. Adwoa talks to Louisa Northcote about acne and its ability to take over our minds.

    Ep 28. Adwoa talks to Louisa Northcote about acne and its ability to take over our minds.

    Spots, cysts, acne, bright-red-tomato-face with skin flaking off. Whatever your breakout, we know how much of a confidence-kill troubled skin can be. I have battles with my own skin, but I hide it quite well – I say no to jobs, I don’t go to events, I wear a hoodie.
     
    We’re so used to retreating to the shadows when our skin flares up. We apologise for it, feel judged because of it. But Louisa is making big steps in acne positivity with her amazing Instagram movement #freethepimple. She’s created an online community for people who get what it’s like to have acne and feel like everyone’s staring at your skin (which they really aren’t).
     
    Louisa gives us a great pep talk about loving the skin we’re in. We talk about how acne affects our mental health and our dating life, how it’s a never-ending quest to find skincare products that work, and how we become masters of using makeup to cover our blemished skin.
     
    We spend so much time obsessing over spots and feeling ugly because of them, but it’s time to change that. FREE THE PIMPLE!
     
    Enjoy listening, and mad, mad love as always.
     
    You can join the #freethepimple community on Instagram, follow Louisa @lounorthcote and follow us @gurlstalk
    Please send any messages to www.gurlstalk.com And don’t forget to subscribe to never miss an episode of the Gurls Talk podcast.

    • 36 min

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