Podcast Episodes

Listen to the “What I Wish I had Known Podcast” with Jess, Lauren and Jo here.

We believe when women share their stories openly and honestly that’s when real change happens. New podcast episodes will be released weekly below.

 
 
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Episode 17: What I Wish I Had Known About Suicide

*TRIGGER WARNING*

This episode contains the discussion of sensitive topics that may be triggering to some listeners.

Lauren, Jess, and Jo along with mental health campaigner, author and vlogger Jonny Benjamin MBE discuss the topic of suicide. The show starts with the story of how he was talked off a bridge by a complete stranger. Jonny then opens up about his search for that stranger through the now famous, “Find Mike: campaign. The group also discusses why people do it, why it’s the opposite of selfish in their eyes, suicide among men, talking about it with children, the general state of mental health facilities, and much more.

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Episode 16: What I Wish I Had Known About Saying No

Lauren and Jo discuss the idea of saying, “no.” They cover topics like people pleasing, boundaries, self-worth, how to say no and not offend, whether or not you should care if you offend, and more. Don’t say no to this episode! As always, they close with a little listener wisdom.

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BONUS EPISODE 2

In this second short bonus episode, the girls quickfire answer user submissions on what they wish they had known

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Episode 15: What I Wish I Had Known About Anxiety

Lauren and Jo chat with Jen Ferguson from TheDadsNet about all things anxiety. They discuss what anxiety is, what it feels like, if it’s different than just being nervous, how it gets lumped in with depression, and much more. As always, they close the show with a little listener wisdom.

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Episode 14: What I Wish I Had Known About Divorce

The ladies chat with Instagramer, Podcast host, and blogger Jack Rollins about all things divorce. They explore the comparison of divorce and death, the difference between how men and women handle divorce emotionally, how society views the end of the relationship, how to start the healing journey, and much more.

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Episode 13: What I Wish I Had Known About Grief

Bees, Beyonce, broaches, and an old laptop bag. The ladies explore grief, what it is, what it looks and feels like, and more, as they share their personal grief journeys. They also continue their “listener wisdom” segment. Warning! The content of this episode may contain triggers, especially concerning death and grief.

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Episode 12: What I Wish I Had Known About Flaws

The ladies discuss flaws (not floors). Topics include the definition of a flaw, how the perception of flaws affect us, the invisible scales that we compare ourselves to, the traps of using “flawed” language, the traditions of Wabi-sabi and Kintsugi, embracing our flaws, and much more. They also continue their new listener nuggets, wisdom, (still working on the title) segment.

“Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection” by Gretchen, “Why The Japanese Art of Kintsugi Is Your New Self-Care Hero” by Catherine Dash”, & The article on Freckles that featured Jess.

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide, Hub of Hope, The Counselling Directory, BACP

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BONUS EPISODE 1

In this short bonus episode, the girls quickfire answer user submissions on what they wish they had known

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Episode 11: What I Wish I Had Known About Social Media

The ladies discuss what they wish they had known about social media. They cover how it changed their lives for the good, how it can be a scary place, trolls, social media and mental health, remembering to set boundaries, dick pics, and much more. They also continue their new segment where they read and discuss listener submissions on what they wish they had known.

Minds for Life - The First
“The Cows (Don’t Follow the Herd) by Dawn O’Porter

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide, Hub of Hope, The Counselling Directory, BACP

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Episode 10: What I Wish I Had Known About Sexy

The ladies discuss what it means to be sexy. Topics include defining sexy, feeling sexy versus looking sexy, who you should feel sexy for (the answer may surprise you), leaving the lights on, body positivity, whether or not men feel sexy, and much more. They also introduce a new segment where they read and discuss listener submissions on what they wish they had known. Warning! This one gets a little naughty.

The 5 Love Languages

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide, Hub of Hope, The Counselling Directory, BACP

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Episode 9: What I Wish I Had Known About Therapy

The ladies discuss therapy. Topics include why one should see a therapist, what therapy is actually like, how to find a therapist and therapy style that suits you, the connection between mental and physical health, the importance of self-care, and much more. Bella says hi!

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide, Hub of Hope, The Counselling Directory, BACP

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Episode 8: What I Wish I Had Known About Careers

The ladies discuss all things career. Topics include impostor syndrome, maternity leave and coming back as a working mom, jobs that aren’t personally and professionally fulfilling, work/life balance, associating your identity with what you do for a living, the problem with CV’s, and much more. Warning - Bella has some opinions on the topic.

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide
Hub of Hope

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Episode 7: What I Wish I Had Known in 2018

The ladies look back over 2018 and discuss the various things they’ve learned over the last year including balance, stillness, and the power of manifestation. Then, they chat about how they are going to put those lessons to work in 2019. Bella makes her triumphant return.

Marie Kondo’s website:
Mental Health Crisis Services Guide
Hub of Hope

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Episode 6: What I Wish I’d Known About Love

The ladies chat with author, speaker, and love coach Persia Lawson about dating, love, and finding that special someone.

Persia’s Instagram @persialawson, Website, Free e-book “7 Steps to Finding Real, Lasting Love in a Superficial World


Mental Health Crisis Services Guide
Hub of Hope

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Episode 5: What I Wish I Had Known About Survival & Strength

The ladies chat with Michelle Elman, body confidence coach, TEDX speaker, youtuber, author, and podcast host about survival, strength, body positivity, body confidence, and more.

Michelle’s Instagram @scarrednotscared, Website, Youtube, Michelle’s Book: “Am I Ugly?

Mental Health Crisis Services Guide
Hub of Hope

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Episode 4: What I Wish I Had Known About Fuckboys (and how to spot them!)

The ladies chat with blogger, podcaster, and BBC Radio 5 Live dating contributor, Layla about fuckboys and how to spot and stay away from them. Warning! This one has some explicit language.

Layla’s Instagram (@lalaletmeexplain), Website, Podcast
Mental Health Crisis Services Guide
Hub of Hope

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Episode 3: What I Wish I Had Known About Self-Care

The ladies chat with Aisha Carrington, Spiritual G., love yourself coach, personal stylist and creator of the, “Get LIT ReTREAT,” about all things self-care. Bella returns with some poignant commentary.

Aisha’s Instagram: (@aishacarrington_)
GET LIT ReTREAT’S Instagram (@getlitretreat)
Mental Health Crisis Services Guide and
Hub of Hope

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Episode 2: What I Wish I Had Known About The Mumbod

The ladies chat with Jemma Thomas from “Jemmas Health Hub” about all things exercise. They discuss the connection between feeling good physically and mentally, having a healthy body image, how to get started with exercising, and much more. Jess’s little girl, Bella makes a special appearance.

Jemma’s Health Hub Website, Jemma’s Instagram: @jemmas_health_hub

Mental Health Crisis Services

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Episode 1: Our Launch Episode

Listen to the first launch episode in the “What I Wish I’d Known'“ podcast series. Get to know the ladies behind the microphones as they cover everything from trolls to pelvic floors.