129: Your Body is Hideous and so is Everyone Else's (Mostly)

This episode I answer emails about body issues. It's summer time and the fatness comes out to play! How can we deal with hating our bodies? And isn't everyone beautiful in their own special way??? The power went out in my neighborhood and chaos ensued. Also, how can we deal with the fear of failure? I have an idea or two! 

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Ep 128: How to Get the Control Thing Under Control

In this episode I get deeper into codependency and control - all the fun stuff like what if you don't have to react to things right away? How obsessing never helps and boundaries in general are good things. Reading a book about it called "Codependency No More". Also, my latest analysis of Molly Sims' Youtube page - FYI she's way better at Momming than I am.  Who the fuck is updating their "story" on Instagram constantly?! More lessons from social media. I answer an emailer who wants to hang with her ex - should she? Another lady is depressed despite keeping a structured daily routine - should she take anti-depressants? My first emailer from Manila writes in about how to get her life in the Philippines. 

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Ep 127: Motivation is Bullsh*t and Boundaries

This episode I discuss the good, bad and ugly people who come into your life. What can we learn from all of them? Also, talkin' about practice - Malcom Gladwell's 10,000 hours of it. Dostoevsky's Inertia and why the self help movement will make you crazy. How Feminism and any "ism" can create a victim mentality. An emailer writes in asking how she can accept help from others after growing up in a home where love was conditional. Boundaries - what are they and how to maintain them! Your life will get soooo gotten after this one. 

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Ep 126: Codependency Isn't Just an AA Thing, Did You Know That?

This week I explore codependency. I've always thought it was a thing only Alcoholics dealt with, but it's so much more! 15 Signs you may be a codependent (a list I found on the internet). Samantha writes in asking for advice - her internship is killing her and her relationship. What should she do? A depressed college student doesn't know how to ask for help. We get our lives on this episode in a very deep way, bros! 

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Ep 125: Deserving the Ankle Socks (and all the other Good Stuff)

I bought a pair of ankle socks after a lifetime of suffering sockless in Vans. It lead to an epiphany of how much we let ourselves have the "good stuff" - socks, friendship, leisure time, love, money, success, health - all of it. What separates those who believe they deserve the good stuff from the rest of us? The Great British Baking show again reveals powerful Buddhist lessons. An emailer writes in saying he's lost 90 pounds, but why does he still feel crappy inside? A newly single man writes in for dating advice. A 22 year-old boo boo millennial is filled with anxiety about what her next step should be! How can we all GET OUR LIVES!?!?! I will show you! xoxo 

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EP 124: Is it About Now or What Happened Then?

This episode I sneak off to record as my in-laws visit. How do we know if we are upset about something that happened today vs something that happened ages ago? Something tells me staying up all night obsessing over it is an indicator...We saw a lady with enormous hangers at dinner. Should she wear a bra????? Am I a sexist pig for demanding it? I answer emails - how do you know you've found the right therapist? How does one deal with anxiety? Should I send my kid to Catholic School even though I'm not Catholic? All this and more, GET YOUR LIFE! 

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EP 123: Feelings (gack!), Therapy and Moving On from Mormonism

This week I reflect on Paul Gilmartin's podcast, Mental Illness Happy Hour Episode 330. He has a therapist on and they discuss dependency and the importance of feelings. How do parents mess you up by not letting you have feelings? You're about to find out! Also how do you learn to have feelings after you've spent years accommodating others? Could this be the importance of therapy? How we see reality thru our own perception goggles and living in the past vs now.  I answer emails from a woman who wonders if she has to teach her kid to swim even though he's terrified of water. A woman is in a sexless relationship. Jena calls in and we discuss her Mormon upbringing and how she escaped! 

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Ep 122: Anxiety and the Millennial's Guide to Social Interaction

This week during a romantic getaway with the husband, I had a pretty mind-blowing epiphany. I discuss why the idea of  closure is total 1980's bullshit psychology. Why the show Better Call Saul is really about embracing your inner piece of shit. Each week I get countless emails from Millennials who struggle with inter-personal communication. It's no wonder why - your parents have raised you to be terrified of everything.  You've been over-parented into feeling hopeless about making friends. This episode I'll teach you how to talk to strangers. Also, I discuss my own emetephobia (fear of vomiting). This episode has so much deepness, I could barf! J/K NEVER!!

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EP 121: Self Care and How to Deal With Toxic Parents

How is Rick Ross tied to Marxism? You're about to find out! Also self care. It's a phrase my therapist has used over the years and in this episode I let you in on what I think it means. An emailer writes in about a potential stalker, how should she dump him? Also how does an attractive 23 year-old girl find a date when dudes don't approach her in public? A woman emails  asking if her boyfriend is being a controlling jerk (answer: yes). I reiterate the ways you know you have a toxic parent and in this episode we find out how to deal with them. 

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Ep 120: Poor in Friends, Ladies & Money?

Poor in friends, ladies and money....The isolation of cars and social media.  How the hell do people date in this era of dating apps? How do Millennials make friends? Update from my Next Door App - what are my neighbors concerned with this week? Has to do with a homeless man and his "undercarriage" living behind the bank. My history with seeing homeless men's penises in public. The heartbreak of a broken iPhone screen and the horrors of the Apple store. A young gentleman writes in asking why he gets "friend zoned" with the ladies. Also, "why do people love free stuff so much?" asks another guy. Poverty consciousness and getting over that shit so you can have a great life. 

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Ep 119: The Horrors of Approval Seeking and Perfectionism

I watched 13 Reasons Why and loved it almost as much as my beloved BH90210.  High school sucks donkey dicks and in this episode I uncover why. The compelling reasons to attend college (to become interesting and drink Zima). My favorite new British Baking Show contestant and the deepness of her victory. It's not just about avoiding a soggy bottom! Why you can't necessarily DO everything. I mean you can, just not perfectly. How do we make peace with doing things imperfectly. Also, what are our limits and who defines them? A 34 year-old single woman writes in feeling the panic of her biological clock ticking away. She's newly single and wants to find her forever jeans! The horrors of modern-day dating. A Mormon girl writes in and asks how she can get over her competitiveness. She hates games! It may have something to do with approval seeking...and the good opinion of others...The book I recommend is by Wayne Dyer: 

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Ep 118: Overcoming (Ignoring) Societal Norms

I accidentally downloaded a Christian audio book but still managed to glean some wisdom about perfectionism before the endless bible quotes sent me running. Why is everyone else seemingly doing "it" right but me? I have a theory. All the great psychological truths are in Sesame Street.  I grew up in an era where girls were told they could be secretaries or hairdressers - how does one transcend societal norms?! An emailer asks if it's possible that he's already gotten his life at just 24 years old?  An overweight bro asks how to lose weight. I divulge my foolproof post-baby French methods. Such a big episode, let's get it alllllll, bros! 

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Ep 117: Balance, Fear and Addiction to the Awful

This episode I discuss the myth of "shy actors" and why that's just code for being anti-social. Also, after a viewing of the film "Reality Bites" it occurs to me how insanely different life was in a pre-panopticon existence (fancy word). An emailer writes in asking how she can overcome her anxiety and irrational fears about quitting her job. Will she ever find another job ever again?!? A man writes in asking how to deal with his demanding mother. "Mummy, may I live my life?" And a woman addicted to a stressful job wants to know how to let go. It's allllll here and it's all so deep. Let's get our lives in this episode! 

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Ep 116: The Art of Distracting Yourself So You Don't Blow It.

This episode I uncover the difference between detachment vs non-attachment. How does one stay aloof like Jackie O while getting shit done? To care and not care at the same time is THE skill to master. Tom Segura stops in for an impromptu discussion on non attachment and stage fright. The myth and legend of the White Duke of Malibu. Also, a young man writes in asking if he should let the ladies know he is almost a virgin. Also, how does one deal with performance anxiety (it's not sexual!)? Get your life and you will find it all out. 

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115: Why Did I Wait So Long?

I replaced a crown after being in pain for 5 years. Why the hell did I wait so long? Why does anyone wait so long to make the changes they really want to? How do we get unstuck?  Marianne Williamson has a great suggestion. Also, a man gave me free tacos and I almost cried. There are kind people in LA! Sesame Street blew my mind this week with the word of the day - "Unique". 

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Ep 114: Getting Your Adult Life

Still reeling from the results of the Great British Baking show, I discuss my favorite baker, Ruby. Why do I love her self-deprecation so much? It's so English! Also, the magic of puttering and finding a parking spot. What type of faith does one need to find ample parking? An emailer writes in about the imminent release of her abusive stepfather from prison. What should she do? You may not have a parent in prison, but what about a toxic one? How do you know if yours are? I discuss the 9 ways to know. A woman writes in who wants to help her boyfriend get his life. But how??? Also, a list of my fave self help books. Surprise! One is by Dr. Laura - don't hate me...

The Magic of Believing
By Claude M. Bristol

 

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Ep 113: When You're an Imposter

...Or just feel like one. A listener emails in - he made it to an Ivy League school but feels like he doesn't deserve to be there. His peers have't been thru the horrific stuff he has and he feels like maybe nobody can relate. I get it, let's get deep on it. Also a woman who practices witchcraft asks if she should come out to the people in her community. Should she be out and proud or hide that shit?? Where do we draw the line on being out on stuff? Also, subversion. What function does it provide in society and when is it just to annoy people? Let's get our entire lives and get deep as F#ck. 

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Ep 112: When the Sh*t Hits The Fan

This past week I had a flat tire during rush hour on the 405. What did I do???  It may have involved foraging for stale water bottles and Door Dash. Also, why do people always think other people have it so much worse than them? Being entitled to your story is important. How many Existential Crises are normal within a year and what should you do when shit gets REAL? You'll find out. I answer an email from a good guy who can't seem to get the girl. Why are people disingenuous with others - like the ridiculous Garth Brooks videos oozing praise on the lighting guys? I read responses from people who have worked as psychics! Are they real?  You'll have to get your entire life and find out. 

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Ep 110: Non-Binary Explained!

After months of confusion I've finally spoken to an actual non-binary person! Freddie gave some insight into what being non-binary means and why it's so confusing for people to understand.  I finally get to ask all my burning questions - like is it appropriate to ask a stranger "Hey, what's your pronoun?" Also, why it's horrible to call employees "Team Members" (barf). It's all here, so get your life! 

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Ep 111: Starting Over - The Temporary Nature of Identity

This episode I discuss the phenomena of over-parenting, narrating every aspect of your child's experience and other people's shitty kids. Also, what is so bad about "starting over"? A friend is on the verge of a major life change but is reluctant because he'd be "starting over". What does that mean and why are we so hell bent on staying the same? Our sense of identity is important, but it can also be holding us back. A woman emails about her annoyance with writer Elizabeth Gilbert's recent news of becoming a lesbian. Why would someone suddenly turn gay at 40? Also what wisdom can be gleaned from the film "Mona Lisa Smile". You're about to find out and get your life. 

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