Most pop culture discussion about the single life point at how to avoid it at all costs. From Disney movies to dating coaches to how-to books on finding love, we’re constantly told that couplehood is the holy grail.
But many of us have grown more, changed for the better, and learned the most about ourselves while not in a relationship.
So how can we get the most out of being single? What can we celebrate about aloneness? Why can’t singlehood be a great thing? Join Natalie Karneef and guests as they share real-life, personal stories about navigating the unattached life.
The End (Episode 10)
If we've learned anything this year, it's that life is precious. And while endings are tough, they're also a good reminder to make the most of the time we have.
John Cotrocois learned this when he went on a date with his ex-boyfriend's ex-boyfriend. Michelle Goodman survived it (and much more) when she became a widow at 50. And Natalie decides it's time to leave town, and has to break the news to Jack the Chef.
Rebuild (Episode 9)
Sometimes, we have to be forced to admit something isn't working before we take the steps to figure out how to make it work. In 12-step programs, they call this hitting rock bottom. Which is an idea that might also apply to the global pandemic our world is facing right now...
Where We Belong (Episode 8)
Ever struggled to fit in? Or fought to stand out? Natalie shares how her Lebanese heritage impacted her views on marriage, beauty and belonging. Jasmina Najjar talks about being single in Beirut, a culture obsessed with marriage and couplehood. And as a 6'3 woman, Janna Klostermann turned her sexuality into a joke - until her body made her take things a lot more seriously.
Not Alone (Episode 7)
Sex and love addiction affects so many, but there's so much shame around it. Mandy Stadtmiller, author of "Unwifeable", shares her story about sex and love addiction, and talks about trauma, divorce, and finding her soulmate where she least expected to. And Natalie opens up about her own love addiction and recovery, and her uncertainties about Jack the Chef.
Where Did You Go? (Episode 6)
Sometimes, it takes being single to figure out who we really - REALLY - are.
Mike Sagun tried to "pray the gay away" - and was shunned by his family and his faith when he came out. No'a Bat Miri tells us about being Orthodox Jewish by choice, and single by choice. Courtenay Stickels explores all the women she left behind and found again when she came back to herself. And Natalie explores - and owns - losing herself when she's in a relationship.
Baggage (Episode 5)
Baggage: we’ve all got it. How can we use it for good, instead of letting it weigh us down?
After his first big love ended in bigger betrayal, Shane’s unusual journey of singlehood took him from his darkest hour to his true potential. Faith’s marriage to a sex addict made her a better person – and a better parent. And Natalie sleeps with Jack the Chef… with worrying consequences.
I wish I had Natalie’s voice in my head always
I wish I had this podcast when I was 15. I wish I had this before I got married. I wish I always had Natalie’s wisdom and voice in my head.
Best advice at any age!!
Taking a walk this morning I decided to listen to a podcast and I could have binged listened all day to Natalie! Not only is her voice mesmerizing and welcoming but her delivery is spot on. Her vulnerability has made me see that we’re all imperfectly perfect. I’m loving her journey and can’t wait to hear the next broadcast!
Best new podcast - finally back for Season 2!
This is a brilliant podcast! So funny and so REAL! Like This American Life but about dating and single life. I find myself writing down the nuggets of wisdom Natalie lays out and saying “awww” and realizing so much of what she says is relatable. It’s like therapy/talking to your best, least judgmental friend/taking a big breath of fresh air. Love this podcast!