We Should Talk About That
We Should Talk About That
Jessica Buchanan and Jessica Kidwell
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NYT bestselling author of Impossible Odds, Jessica Buchanan, along with fellow writer Jessica Kidwell, attempt to unpack the uncomfortable topics that nobody is talking about, but definitely should. With intention to hold real, authentic, conversation about EVERYTHING, the Two Jess(es) bring their humor and a healthy dose of self-deprecation to the table as they unpack issues relating to PTSD, grief, imposter syndrome, body image, middle age, the plight of the working mom and more.
Conspicuous Consumption, Scarcity Mindset and Money Guilt
What's your luxury item go to- or hope to have so soon? Jess K gets really honest about her mixed emotions around a Christmas present from her husband that definitely falls into the "Conspicuous Consumption" category! Jess B talks shares about the work she is doing around repairing her mindset and relationship around money and her ambiguity around a luxury handbag she's got her eye on! Uncomfortable, yes.Authentic, always.Awkward, you bet.WeSTAT welcomes 2022 in style!Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Jan 10
34 min
Why Midlife Bites with NYT Bestselling Author and Blogger of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Jen Mann
In an attempt to deal with the resulting range of emotions and physical changes in midlife, Jen Mann posted a completely honest now-viral post, “Anyone Else Falling Apart Or Is It Just Me?” The response was instantaneous and overwhelming. Women from all over the country flooded the comments section, glad to see they weren’t the only ones experiencing this feeling of isolation and dissatisfaction.  Jen decided to create an online community call “Midlife Bites” and quickly had tens of thousands of followers all exchanging thoughts, ideas, and possible solutions around the theme of midlife and what it has to offer, not just how tough it could be. After establishing a safe online space to exchange ideas, Jen used the thousands of responses she got, along with many of her own experiences to inform the topics in MIDLIFE BITES. Jess and Jess have a WHOLE LOTTA things to say about the general disruption and malaise they are experiencing in their own middle lives, and Jen Mann brings wit, vulnerability and a healthy dose of humor to the conversation around how EVERYTHING changes when you reach the middle of your life- and WHY THE HELL aren't we talking about it? For women of every age, but especially those between the ages of 40-60, Midlife Bites is a must have manual on how to come through this time in life stronger, connected and ready to take on what's next.Available January 4, 2022, Pre-order Midlife Bites athttps://www.amazon.com/Midlife-Bites-Anyone-Falling-Apart/dp/0593158512/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KD79CVZWVAN1&keywords=midlife+bites+by+jen+mann&qid=1641166048&sprefix=midlife+bit%2Caps%2C58&sr=8-1Meet Jen!Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. She lives in Kansas with her husband and two children.Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Jan 3
48 min
Celebrating the Best of WeSTAT 2021!
In celebration of surviving 2021, and looking ahead to the EPIC YEAR 2022 is most surely going to be! The Two Jess(es) share a few of their favorite outtakes and clips from their all time favorite guests! There is a lot of laughing, gratitude and just overall JOY brimming in this episode. From Bat Sheva Marcus, author of Sex Points (https://drbatsheva.com/) and dubbed the "Queen of Vibrators" to The WeSTAT Lesbian Doppelgangers, and hosts of "If These Ovaries Could Talk" podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/if-these-ovaries-could-talk/id1331160807)https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/if-these-ovaries-could-talk/id1331160807 WeSTAT's favorite guest co-host, the amazingly funny, Joey Klei pops back on for a few surprise outtakes, and so much more!This episode is The Two Jess(es) gift to you- Happy New Year to the WeSTAT community! It's because of YOU that Jess and Jess keep showing up! Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Dec 27, 2021
36 min
What We are Asking for Christmas: A Podcaster's Christmas Request!
The Two Jess(es) are bringing their Christmas requests to YOU- their WeSTAT community!  From Christmas present requests for new pajamas, to requests for Apple Reviews- TTJ(es) have a few more requests from YOU! In celebration of all WeSTAT has accomplished and wrapping up a beautiful year- a fun and light shameless request :-) Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Dec 20, 2021
22 min
A Christmas Judge-a-palooza with The Two Jess(es)
This episode is brought to you by the Ghost of Christmas Cheer! Bringing to your earbuds, The Judgment Jess(es) and so much more- chock full of opinions that probably should have been kept to themselves- but heck, it's CHRISTMAS!The Two Jess(es) discuss everything from that (frickin) Elf on the Shelf, to the spiritual nostalgia that comes with the festivities, to the various types of moms out there killing it with their gift wrapping prowess and their #blessed social media posts. A fun little convo about the miracle of Christmas, and how much (or little) we are willing to put into building that miracle so that their kids have incredible holiday memories- in typical WeSTAT fashion- they hold NOTHING back!To read the blog post written by future WeSTAT guest, Jen Mann, click here: https://www.peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.com/2011/12/over-achieving-elf-on-shelf-mommies.htmlSupport the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Dec 13, 2021
28 min
Full Range Living for the Recovering People Pleaser and High Achiever with Leadership Advisor, Erika Gerdes
What does it even mean to be authentic? Most of us don't know, because, as executive coach, Erika Gerdes contends,  how can we know what is authentic, if we don't really even know ourselves? Erika challenges the Two Jess(es) to move into a deeper space of true authenticity by recognizing our true identity and embracing ourselves and the awareness of our triggers and reactions. Meet Erika!Erika Gerdes is a leadership advisor, speaker and coach. She is a former 12-year Google global business executive who now works with high achieving leaders and teams from companies like Google, Pinterest, Twitter, and Time to embrace the philosophy of Full Range Living so they can take bigger risks, have more fun and make a bigger impact. Learn more at erikagerdes.comSupport the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Dec 6, 2021
49 min
Why Being OKAY is the Heart of Authentic Resiliency with Psychologist, Author and Resiliency Expert, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe
Dr. Robyn Hanley-Dafoe joins The Two Jess(es) for an authentic and vulnerable conversation about survival, and how equipped we as human beings are, to do hard things. Robyne did one of the hardest things she will ever have to do, and kicked her way out of a sinking car in the middle of a frozen lake during a blizzard outside of Ontario, Canada when she was 16 years old. It was in those final moments that Dr. Robyne decided life was worth fighting for, and it changed the trajectory of her life, laying the groundwork for her research around resiliency and why people really can do hard things. Her Five Pillars of Every Day Resiliency help us frame the way we can show up in the world as authentic to ourselves and each other with intention to make the best decision we can in the moment, even if it is hard.Meet Dr. Robyne:Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and case studies that help foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne is available for consultation, training and professional development opportunities ranging from one-to-one to company-wide initiatives.https://robynehd.ca/Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Nov 29, 2021
47 min
I Keep Trying To Catch His Eye: Grief as Love with Author and Vice President/Editorial at On3.com, Ivan Maisel
A deeply emotional memoir by a longtime ESPN writer about the suicide of his son Max and how their complicated relationship led him to see grief as love.  In February 2015, Ivan Maisel received a call that would alter his life forever: his son Max’s car was found abandoned in a parking lot next to Lake Ontario. Two months and countless harrowing hours later, Max’s body was found in the lake. There’d been no note or obvious indication that Max wanted to harm himself; he’d signed up for a year-long subscription to a dating service; he’d spent the day he disappeared doing photography work for school. And this uncertainty became part of his father’s grief.Taking its title from Max’s love of photography—and his tendency to only love the camera when he was behind it, looking away whenever his picture was taken—I KEEP TRYING TO CATCH HIS EYE tells the deeply human and empathetic story of a father’s relationship with his son, of its complications, and of Max and Ivan’s struggle—as is the case for so many parents and their children—to connect. And of how our tendency to overlook men’s mental health can have devastating consequences, and how ultimately letting those who grieve do so openly and freely can lead to greater healing.The Two Jess(es) have the unique opportunity to talk with Ivan about grief, and  how, at its most stripped down state, it is really born out of love. Meet Ivan:Ivan Maisel is Vice President/Editorial and Senior Writer at on3.com. He has covered college football for nearly four decades, from 2002-2021 as a senior writer for ESPN, where he wrote for ESPN.com, appearing on television, ESPN Radio and on podcasts. He also served as Editor-at-Large for ESPN College Football 150. Prior to joining ESPN.com, Maisel covered national college football for Sports Illustrated, Newsday, and The Dallas Morning News. He has been honored eight times for Best Story by the Football Writers Association of America, and twice by The Associated Press Sports Editors, which in 2019 named him one of the 10 best sports columnists. Maisel earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Stanford University.Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Nov 22, 2021
50 min
The Healing Power of Story and Reimagining Recovery with Of Substance Founder, Alex Kaplan
What if...we turned immersive entertainment into our greatest tool for healing and growth? This is the question that drives Alex Kaplan every day, and what led him to form the non-profit Of Substance. By using story telling in the form of mini movies to deliver an immersive experience that heals through depicting addiction- the struggle and triumph- around it Alex shares with The Two Jess(es) his journey of addiction, and how he has used his passion for movie making and his commitment to vulnerability to propel him forward and turn his mess into his message. His belief is that we have ALL felt that we are not good enough, we all deal with the experiences of embarrassment, shame and unworthiness and the answer is connection and belonging.Meet Alex!Alex Kaplan, a Philadelphia native and LA transplant, was trained as an actor in the University of Miami’s conservatory and transitioned to a career behind the camera as a producer and director for the past decade.Today, Alex is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Of Substance, an innovative non-profit revolutionizing addiction and mental health treatment, education, and support, using premium entertaining short films as a tool for deeper healing, growth, and transformation.After surviving his own battles with addiction, Alex recognized the power of story as a tool in his recovery and found an exciting way to use his filmmaking experience to help others on their paths of overcoming struggles of shame & isolation.The biggest thing he learned on his journey is that his issue was far less about using substances than it was about WHY he used substances; It was about shame, isolation, a fear of not belonging, and a fear of not being good enough.Alex and his co-founder Brian Gallagher built Of Substance to help us all recognize that we’re not alone in these feelings and to positively transform people's relationships with themselves, others, and their beliefs in what's possible.Most importantly, Alex is now a proud husband, supportive member of his family, and a friend on whom others can lean, having risen from his struggles with addiction and refusing to give up. Of Substance.Of Substance is a nonprofit revolutionizing addiction, mental health, and suicide prevention, education, treatment, and support thought movies!We make premium entertaining short films, mini-movies you really like watching, that tackle all of our struggles in a way that helps us overcome the shame, blame, and stigma we all experience, reminding us that we're not crazy, we're not alone, and we're already doing great!We're turning movies into an approachable and captivating tool for transformation, that expedites and enhances the journey through healing and growth.Support the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Nov 15, 2021
40 min
We Should Talk About Type 1 Diabetes and Our Kids with Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Ellie Kagan
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and in order to raise more awareness around the rising diagnosis of type I diabetes in children. The Two Jess(es) sit down with Nurse Practioner and certified diabetes care and education specialist, Ellie Kagan, for an incredibly informative conversation on type 1 diabetes and how it affects children with a diagnosis. Ellie breaks down the road to diagnosis, what families will face, and how they should expect to navigate such a life altering situation, for the entire family. Ellie outlines the symptoms you might encounter, what to look for, and when to seek professional help. This episode is incredibly eye opening and a must for every parent. Meet Ellie:As a Nurse Practitioner and certified diabetes care and education specialist, Ellie Kagan has been helping children with type 1 and their families manage their diabetes for the past 13 years. She worked as part of the outpatient clinical practice at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Hospital from 2008-2021. Ellie is a certified insulin pump trainer for Tandem, Insulet and Medtonic as well as a certified continuous glucose monitor trainer for Dexcom. Ellie saw the need for more personalized diabetes education and recently opened Diabetes Education Solutions, a private diabetes coaching and consulting business.  She provides families with the tools they need to help their child succeed and thrive with diabetes. She currently serves as an advisor and research moderator for Seagrove Partners, LLC, an independent consulting firm concentrating on diabetes research and technology. Ellie is a frequent guest speaker and educator for school nurses at public and private schools and is called on to speak about diabetes management at school conferences. To find out more about Ellie and her work go to: http://diabetesesolutions.comSupport the show (http://www.paypal.com)
Nov 8, 2021
57 min
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