24 episodes

The Belong Conversation is a podcast dedicated to stories of finding belonging.

Join BelongCon founder & host Alice Reeves as she has conversations with awesome people about finding themselves, their purpose, their tribe, and ultimately their belonging.

Our aim is to create a safe community in which people can be totally open and vulnerable… and we invite you to join the conversation.

The Belong Conversation Podcast Alice Reeves

    • Society & Culture

The Belong Conversation is a podcast dedicated to stories of finding belonging.

Join BelongCon founder & host Alice Reeves as she has conversations with awesome people about finding themselves, their purpose, their tribe, and ultimately their belonging.

Our aim is to create a safe community in which people can be totally open and vulnerable… and we invite you to join the conversation.

    Ep 24 - All We Have

    Ep 24 - All We Have

    Ep 24: All We Have

    Stories matter. That’s the reason BelongCon exists. When we share our stories, we find solidarity and belonging. When we hear others’ stories, we can find new perspectives and deeper compassion.

    In this episode, Alice Reeves talks to film-maker Julia Alcamo about her latest project, All We Have. During the global Covid-19 pandemic, Julia has been collecting peoples’ lockdown stories, and sharing them in a multi-media online exhibition.

    Alice and Julia talk about how the project started and how it’s evolved, the common threads running through the global experiences of lockdown, and their own experiences of having to find a new way of being and managing their mental wellness over the last few months.

    This episode was recorded on Saturday 20th June 2020.

    Content note: mental health, eating disorders

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    Julia is a German-American documentary filmmaker with a passion for fascinating stories told in innovative ways, and is currently Director of the Covid-19 digital exhibition All We Have. Co-founder of Happenstance Films, she previously worked as Series Producer for History Channel UK ("Secret Wars Uncovered") and BBC World ("Deadly Disasters II"). Working with international film crews globally, she has shot films in Japan, India, Germany, and the UK. With a passion for all things art and dance, she loved leaving documentary behind for her Channel 4 Random Acts film "The Pool", which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Student Film Award and screened at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol) and Playback Festival (ICA, London).

    Follow All We Have on social media:

    All We Have - Stories from the pandemic website: www.allwehavestories.com
    All We Have on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allwehavestories
    All We Have on Instagram: https://instagram.com/allwehavestories

    Find out more about Julia’s production company:

    Happenstance Films: www.happenstancefilms.com
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/happenstance.films
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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Peart
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 23 - Diversity and Yoga

    Ep. 23 - Diversity and Yoga

    Have you thought about doing yoga, but felt like you wouldn’t belong in a class? Do you think yoga is (as Instagram might sometimes have us believe) just for super-flexible, skinny people in designer activewear? Spoiler alert: it’s not. Yoga is for everyone. Yoga is about healing, above all else. And it can give us so much in terms of connection to ourselves and to others.

    In this conversation, Alice speaks to Carolyn Jikiemi-Roberts (aka CJ), founder and owner of Hot Yoga South. As well as talking about CJ’s relationship with yoga and her path to becoming a teacher and studio owner, they also talk about diversity in yoga, how studios can become more inclusive and attract a diverse client base, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Hot Yoga South community.

    Alice and CJ also discuss the impact Black Lives Matter movement, the recent protests they attended in their hometown of Brighton UK, and the wider issues of systemic racism and unconscious bias in the UK.
    This episode was recorded on Monday 15th June 2020

    Content note: discussion of racism, mention of miscarriage
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    Carolyn Jikiemi-Roberts (CJ) is the owner and director of Hot Yoga South. She qualified as a yoga teacher 18 years ago and worked as a hot yoga teacher for six years before opening her own studio. She now owns two studios in Balham and Brighton. CJ has a great ability to read the body and helps her clients to realign their bodies and heal themselves. Her motto is work hard, play hard and have fun - you only get one shot at this life.

    Watch CJ read ‘It’s Time To Blend Out’ on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/LaooEl9rYfo

    Connect with CJ and Hot Yoga South online:

    http://hotyogasouth.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/HotYogaSouth
    https://twitter.com/HotYogaSouth
    https://www.instagram.com/HotYogaSouth

    Call HYS Balham: 0203 457 8837
    Call HYS Brighton: 01273 420 279
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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Pear
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belongcon
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/belongcon
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/belongcon
    Check out our website, including our blog and upcoming events: belongcon.com

    • 43 min
    Ep. 22 - Showing Off

    Ep. 22 - Showing Off

    Ep 22: Showing Off

    How do you feel about “showing off”? Have you ever been called a “show off” in a way that feels like it’s a dig? Do you wish you could let go of your inhibitions and overcome the fear of standing out?

    In this episode, host Alice Reeves talks to business coach Abigail Rebecca, who specialises in helping women fully embrace who they are. In fact, helping people show off is Abigail’s superpower!

    Alice and Abi talk about the relationship between self-expression and belonging, how striving to fit in can mean we lose touch with ourselves, and how so many young women (themselves included) start to develop inhibitions and fear “being too much” in their teenage years.

    They also talk about Abi’s upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, her wild career as a holiday rep during her 20s and all it taught her, and how her life experience has shaped who she is today – a fearless show-off, who stands proudly in her power and inspires other women to do the same.

    Content note: mentions of strict religion, bullying, mental health issues, death, and suicide
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    Abigail Rebecca is an international speaker and the creator of Illuminated Leaders. She’s been coaching, training and developing women for over 20 years, empowering them to be bold, courageous and highly visible, get into their flow, create extraordinary success, and lead a radiant life. If you’re ready to make a bigger impact, she will help you step into your power to amplify your bigger vision, put yourself on centre stage and embrace your inner show off.

    Abigail has worked with thousands of female leaders who have gone from feeling burnt out and working too hard, to having a clear and simple plan of action for creating freedom, bliss, success and abundance. She lives near Brighton on the south coast of England with her Partner Kev, their 1973 VW Campervan called Flossy and their mini Dachshund Rudy.

    Connect with Abigail online:

    Abigail’s Website: https://www.abigailrebecca.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/illuminated_leaders
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/illuminatedleaders/

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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Peart
    Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe!
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belongcon
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/belongcon
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/belongcon
    Check out our website, including our blog and upcoming events: belongcon.com

    • 44 min
    Ep. 21 - Male Fertility

    Ep. 21 - Male Fertility

    Ep 21: Male Fertility

    Content warning: IVF, fertility treatment, pregnancy, conception, mental health

    Undergoing fertility treatment can be a difficult time for a couple. Understandably, the majority of support out there for heterosexual couples focuses on the women who are trying to conceive as they undergo changes to their bodies, navigate the impact of hormonal treatments, take responsibility for adjustments to diet, and sometimes - sadly - bear the emotion of failed attempts.

    But fertility expert Ian Stones spotted that, often, men were being left out of the fertility conversation entirely. What’s more, often they were left struggling in silence as they felt pressure to “stay strong” and support their partners. So, decided to create a space for open discussion and emotional support around male fertility.

    In this conversation, Alice and Ian discuss the most common emotional and physical struggles that come up when couples are having fertility issues, what led Ian to realise how little support was out there for men, and what impact he saw of that lack of support.

    They also talk about the webinar that Ian recently co-hosted with Fertility Network UK and their ambassador, racing car driver Toby Trice. After expecting a handful of people, almost 30 men joined the call and opened up about how the fertility treatment process was impacting them.

    Ian also shared some of the fears and misconceptions that can arise for men around fertility, and what more needs to be done to open up the conversation and provide adequate support for both members of a couple.
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    Ian Stones is a leading fertility and wellness expert based in Hove. He works to help couples cope with the physical and emotional challenges of trying to conceive and is particularly passionate about supporting men through their fertility journey.

    Through his unique system and programmes of treatment, he works with men and women to take the stress out of trying to conceive whilst providing positive lifestyle and dietary changes to help couples achieve optimal health and enhance their natural fertility.

    Connect with Ian online:

    Ian’s Website: www.hovefertilityandwellness.co.uk
    Male Fertility Support Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2668996783336716/
    Acupuncture Hove on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acupuncturehove/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ian_stones_/

    Fertility Network UK: https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/
    Fertility Network UK’s next male fertility support group: https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/events/men-only-support-group-online/

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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Peart
    Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe!
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belongcon
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/belongcon
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/belongcon
    Check out our website, including our blog and upcoming events: belongcon.com

    • 28 min
    Ep. 20 - Maternal OCD

    Ep. 20 - Maternal OCD

    Episode 20: Maternal OCD

    Content warning: mental health, OCD, childbirth, post-natal mental health

    We hear a lot about post-natal depression, but maternal OCD (or perinatal OCD) isn’t something that’s discussed all that often. In fact, it’s something that many people have never even heard of. What’s more, there are a lot of damaging and hurtful misconceptions out there around what OCD (which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) actually is.

    In this episode, host Alice Reeves speaks to fitness instructor and maternal mental health advocate Sarah Reeves. Sarah talks about her mental health experience since becoming a mum, how existing underlying health anxiety got worse after she gave birth to her second son, and her journey to seeking help and getting an OCD diagnosis.

    They speak about how Sarah felt to finally access the support she needed, what’s helped her most in her recovery, the myths vs. realities of OCD, and how a lack of understanding can prevent people from seeking help. Sarah also shares what happened when she started talking openly about her experiences on social media, and why she’s now so passionate about supporting others who are going through what she did.
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    Sarah Reeves is mum of two little boys and she is incredibly passionate about physical and mental health and wellbeing. Sarah studied criminology and psychology at university, and she is now a qualified antenatal and postnatal fitness instructor.

    Connect with Sarah online:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mumhealth/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.cassidy.1656

    Find out more about EMDR therapy which helped Sarah: https://emdrassociation.org.uk/

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    Book tickets to the next online BelongCon on 12th May at 7pm:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belongcon-the-online-conversation-tickets-103264849946
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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Peart
    Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe!
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belongcon
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/belongcon
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/belongcon
    Check out our website, including our blog and upcoming events: belongcon.com

    • 40 min
    Ep. 19 - Diet Culture

    Ep. 19 - Diet Culture

    Episode 19: Diet Culture

    Content warning: mental health, eating disorders, disordered eating, diets

    What do we mean when we talk about “diet culture” and why is it SO problematic? What happens when diets go too far and turn into disordered eating patterns? And how do we start to accept (and even love) our bodies as they are without wishing they were smaller, fitter, or tighter?

    In this episode, host Alice Reeves speaks to ex-diet blogger turned body confidence and self-love advocate Alice Dunbar (aka @aspoonfulofalice on Instagram). They talk about how Alice went from blogging to help people lose weight while following the Slimming World plan, to ditching her diet and learning to love herself AND her body.

    They discuss what happened to prompt Alice’s change in attitude towards food and her body, and how her readers responded when the focus of her blog went from dieting to body positivity. Both Alices share their own experiences of disordered eating, discuss the harmful impact of ‘diet culture’, and suggest ways that we can make social media a more positive experience for ourselves to heal the relationship with our bodies.

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    Alice Dunbar is an ex-weight loss blogger turned self-love advocate who now campaigns against diet culture, speaks honestly about mental health and openly shares her body confidence journey on her blog and social media channels.

    Connect with Alice online:

    Instagram: instagram.com/aspoonfulofalice
    Blog: https://aspoonfulofalice.com/

    Blog posts which Alice mentioned in the episode:

    'What is diet culture and why do we hate it?': https://aspoonfulofalice.com/2020/04/what-is-diet-culture-and-why-do-we-hate-it/

    'Diet talk at work: how can I deal with it?': https://aspoonfulofalice.com/2020/03/dealing-with-diet-talk-at-work/

    'We need to stop complimenting people on their weight loss': https://aspoonfulofalice.com/2019/05/we-need-to-stop-complimenting-people-on-their-weight-loss/
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belongcon-the-online-conversation-tickets-103264849946

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    Book tickets to the next online BelongCon on 12th May at 7pm:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belongcon-the-online-conversation-tickets-103264849946
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    Music: Nelson Navarro & Brandon McBrayne
    Producer: Elijah Peart
    Like what you hear? Be sure to subscribe!
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    Find us on social media!
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belongcon
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/belongcon
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/belongcon
    Check out our website, including our blog and upcoming events: belongcon.com

    • 46 min

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