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the matcha diaries

English, Personal health, 1 season, 174 episodes, 6 days, 7 hours, 51 minutes
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Welcome to the matcha diaries - our spoken diary on how to survive your twenties (semi) sane. Each week we'll be discussing different topics that are close to our hearts. From finding self-love, navigating relationships, to all things mental health. So pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we get deep and motivate each other to be the best versions of ourselves. ☕
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heartbreak and healing ft. zoe

we're back together in this special episode as we welcome back our friend zoe for a heart-to-heart about life after a breakup and experiences of loneliness 💖  zoe shares how other relationship with loneliness has transformed, and also opens up about her recent breakup and shares her tips on setting those important boundaries. zoe also had some beautiful insights on how embracing loneliness has helped her reconnect with her past self. we also answer one of your advice questions! now go grab your favorite cup of tea, get comfy, and join us for some girl talk that’s all about healing, growth, and self love. PLEASE check out zoe's iconicccc style here on her ⁠⁠ig⁠⁠, or her wonderful writing on her ⁠⁠blog⁠⁠! Follow us on instagram (⁠⁠@the.matcha.diaries⁠⁠) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠!
7/8/202452 minutes, 26 seconds
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compare & despair: what social media comparison actually does to us

welcome to the digital detox diary entry #5-8 (lol)... 10 days without social media to test my brain & see what happens ... JOIN ME! in today's episode i catch you up on the last few days, as well as dive into the psychological effects of comparison on social media & the scientific reasons behind them (from 19:13 mins onwards)... daily journal prompts: how did i feel today? how did i spend my time? what inspired me today? what am i grateful for? if you want to join the challenge or just want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'funny story' by emily henry). logo credit: @french75studio --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/26/202440 minutes, 31 seconds
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appreciating the present whilst we're in it

welcome to the digital detox diary entry #4... 10 days without social media to test my brain & see what happens ... JOIN ME! daily journal prompts: how did i feel today? how did i spend my time? what inspired me today? what am i grateful for? if you want to join the challenge or just want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'funny story' by emily henry). logo credit: @french75studio --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/21/202420 minutes, 39 seconds
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things to do instead of scrolling (aka my current obsessions)

welcome to the digital detox diary entry #3... 10 days without social media to test my brain & see what happens ... JOIN ME! <3 daily journal prompts: how did i feel today? how did i spend my time? what inspired me today? what am i grateful for? if you want to join the challenge or just want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'funny story' by emily henry). logo credit: @french75studio --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/20/202425 minutes, 38 seconds
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the law of detachment

welcome to the digital detox diary entry #2... 10 days without social media to test my brain & see what happens ... JOIN ME! daily journal prompts: how did i feel today? how did i spend my time? what inspired me today? what am i grateful for? if you want to join the challenge or just want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'funny story' by emily henry). logo credit: @french75studio --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/19/202422 minutes, 59 seconds
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does social media actually inspire us or are we just lying to ourselves

welcome to my digital detox diary entry #1 ... 10 days without social media to test my brain & see what happens ... JOIN ME! daily journal prompts: how did i feel today? how did i spend my time? what inspired me today? what am i grateful for? if you want to join the challenge or just want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'funny story' by emily henry). logo credit: @french75studio --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/18/202425 minutes, 11 seconds
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moving abroad 101 - feeling terrified? you're not the only one!!

this episode is for anyone who is moving abroad OR has already moved OR anyone who's even just pondering about it... we're all in this together... talking about the highs, the lows & the unspoken of moving away from where you grew up. go straight to 20:40 to skip highs & lows/mini book chat and DIVE STRAIGHT IN BBYYY in this episode we talk about: my own experiences with moving & living in other countries best/worst aspects of living abroad (ft listener answers) what we wish we had known before moving (ft listener answers) what are some common fears around moving? advice on finding your feet & making friends in a new place hope u enjoy <33333 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'FUNNY STORY' by emily henry). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/10/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 42 seconds
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summer reset: overcoming negative self talk

we're back together in this cosy summer morning episode as we honestly just chat about our recent highs and lows and end up sharing recent thoughts around our experiences with negative self talk! We also answer a few of your questions and share our experiences being in a long term relationship (the good and the bad) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ where we have just picked our current book of the month!! Join us so you can start reading!!!  if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
6/1/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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summer diaries: real talk on love, friendships and living in the moment 🌼

get cosy, grab your favourite iced drink (yass its summer) and join me as i answer some questions that you wanted some advice on.. from being bored in long term reltationships, to your friend being engaged to your ex.. to living in the moment without worrying about your summer body, maintaining your childhood friends, my thoughts on dating apps, travelling alone as an extrovert, and of course cute summer date recommendations... to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠ where we are still in the process of choosing our current book of the month!! Join us so you can vote!!!  if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
5/25/202433 minutes, 1 second
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overcoming insecurities this summer

Skip to 22:20 if you want to jump straight into the episode we start the episode by chatting about a recent misunderstanding involving who cares more about the podcast (hehe its not that deep dw) , and leo shares some of her recent recommendations for the upcoming summer months. we then reflect on how we felt going into the summer season last year, and how our views have changed. we share what we want to bring into summer this year and touch on overcoming those insecurities that unfortunately do creep up. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is 'bright young women' by jessica knoll). p.s we had some microphone issues in this episode but the quality should improve in the second half of the episode - so sorry about this x if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
5/16/202448 minutes, 42 seconds
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beauty standards & procedures - an 'unfiltered' conversation

skip to 29:32 if you want to jump straight into the beauty standard convo! after we start the episode by chatting about our recent highs, taylor swift's newest album & the duality of life aka hunger gamesness of it all - we dive INTO a conversation about beauty standards, procedures & cosmetic surgery. We discuss the met gala (kim k's margiela look had to be mentioned), the ubiquity and normalisation of beauty procedures (e.g. botox, fillers), as well as our own views and experiences with them. See the article/video/post we mentioned linked below. grazia article - https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/opinion/kim-kardashian-waist-met-gala/ jameela jamil's ig post - https://www.instagram.com/p/C6q_d4FRP-Y/?hl=de gabbie hanna's video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWJ5-bQA4eA to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'bright young women' by jessica knoll). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thematchadiaries/message
5/9/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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solo dates & self love: reflecting on our younger selves

from solo dates, younger self reflections, taboo topics in sex and the city, and baby reindeer... we cover it all in this episode hehe! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠
5/1/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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what it really means to be a girl’s girl & reflecting on my female friendships 💘

Hi girlies, this week in a little solo episode - get cosy, grab your favourite warm drink and join me as I dive into what it actually means to be a “girl’s girl” vs a “pick me girl”. I dive into some articles on this topic and also reflect on my relationship with having female friendships after my teen friendship heartbreak haha.  to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ where we are still in the process of choosing our current book of the month!! Join us so you can vote!!!  if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
4/24/202426 minutes, 29 seconds
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spring refresh: journal with us 🌸🌷

This episode we start off with a little life catch up, finally sharing Cara’s nightmare airbnb story… our favourite shows/movies and recent book reads!!  After our usual rambleee we decide that it is the perfect time to have a little spring refresh session (aka we answer a few spring themed journalling prompts) 🤪 We discuss the following: Reflection and Intention Setting: What lessons did you learn over the winter that you want to carry with you into spring? New Beginnings: Reflect on the idea of spring as a time of renewal and fresh starts. What new beginnings are you hoping for in your life right now? to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ where we are still in the process of choosing our current book of the month!! Join us so you can vote!!!  if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
4/17/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 24 seconds
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feeling burnt out in your 20s

listen from 30:40 mins in if you want to skip the catch up and jump straight ahead to the burnout convo!! this episode we start with a big OL life catch up - highs & lows (u already know the drill) and leo recaps her time in LA (the good, the bad & the ugly 🤪). then we dive into burnout: what are the symptoms, our recent experiences with it & what we're trying to do to combat this grizzly feeling when it does arise... to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'check & mate' by ali hazelwood). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for collabs), please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
4/5/20241 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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fourth wing, book virality & the secret world of publishing

we have been so excited to share this episode with you all!! we are definitely fan girling about this one... join us as we interview the wonderful Becky who was the UK editor for the very viral book 'fourth wing' by rebecca yarros. in this episode, we dive into the world of publishing, book virality, book tropes done right and wrong & so much more: What are some common myths or misconceptions about the publishing industry How much do factors like timing, market trends, and luck play into the success of a book, and how much is attributed to the author's talent and the editor's work? What does it feel like for an editor/publisher when a book they've worked on suddenly gains viral attention? to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠ current book of the month is ‘Check & Mate’ by Ali Hazelwood ). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠
4/1/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 26 seconds
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when self-sabotage hits again

felt vulnerable, might delete later 🤪 not our usual type of episode, and more just a voicenote from me (hey, leo here) to you. definitely a little more emotional/vulnerable than i've been for a HOT minute now on the interwebs, so defo was overthinking even posting this (in fact my boyfriend strongly discouraged me from doing so lol).. in the end i thought it might be good to give you guys a snippet of my overthinking, hormonal brain just to be totally honest of what sometimes is going on in there. if you're feeling similar atm, i'm here & let's chat!! <333 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'check & mate' by ali hazelwood). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
3/27/202415 minutes, 13 seconds
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cosy life catch up: love is blind recap & life updates 💌

pov: you’re catching up with your bestieee on a FaceTime call in this cosy life catch up.. grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us as we press record and just talk about everything that is on our mind (a little ramble as we call it) we recap the shows we’ve been watching recently. specifically we chat through love is blind and our thoughts on everything that has happened. cara shares how she felt after being alone for the first time in a long time. we share some recent life updates like moving apartments and also share a general update on how we are feeling and realisations of how its been moving countries & romanticising your life. we end the episode sharing a quote that resonated with leo <3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠ current book of the month is ‘Check & Mate’ by Ali Hazelwood ). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠
3/18/202458 minutes, 48 seconds
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a deep dive into: female rage (pt.2)

TW: This episode includes mentions of self-harm, sexual assault and suicide, as well as references to violence, so if any of these topics are even remotely triggering to you, definitely skip this ep & join us for one of our future ones <3 In our new 'researchy' series… we dig into a topic we want to know more about and share with you what we learn! and as the title says this is part two of our research into female RAGE. we discuss the actual expression of female rage in the creative industry (movies & past literature). We also question the expression of female “anger” and what that can actually look like. We dive specifically into Elena ferantte, her work and how it positions female rage as a disruptive force but also an empowering one.  pour yourself a cup of scalding hot tea/red wine (really any beverage that makes you feel powerfully vengeful will do hehe) & join us in this discussion 🍷😤 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is ‘Check & Mate’ by Ali Hazelwood ). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ sources: ⁠https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/books/women-writers-rage.html⁠ ⁠https://honisoit.com/2023/02/good-for-her-representations-of-feminine-rage/#:~:text='Feminine%20rage'%20as%20a%20genre,unexpected%20actions%20%E2%80%93%20most%20often%20violence⁠ ⁠https://www.frieze.com/article/functions-female-rage⁠ ⁠https://cherwell.org/2023/05/07/female-rage-in-film/⁠ ⁠https://pages.uoregon.edu/jlesage/Juliafolder/womensRage.html⁠ ⁠https://www.vice.com/en/article/4xke4b/the-history-of-female-anger⁠ ⁠https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/magazine/i-used-to-insist-i-didnt-get-angry-not-anymore.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article⁠ ⁠https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/us/10IHW-female-rage-books.html⁠  
3/11/202438 minutes, 27 seconds
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a deep dive into: female rage

TW: This episode includes mentions of self-harm, sexual assault and suicide, as well as references to violence, so if any of these topics are even remotely triggering to you, definitely skip this ep & join us for one of our future ones <3 this episode is the first in our 'researchy' series where we dig into a topic we want to know more about and share with you what we learn! and as the title says we dug into our female RAGE this week. we discuss the definition of the term, why it's become popular, mentions of female rage in the media and also some of the limitations the discourse on this topics have (i.e. lack of intersectionality and very binary way of viewing the world). pour yourself a cup of scalding hot tea/red wine (really any beverage that makes you feel powerfully vengeful will do hehe) & join us in this discussion 🍷😤 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'the atlas six' by olivie blake). if you don't have any social media and want to chat (or for advertising opportunities), please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/books/women-writers-rage.html https://honisoit.com/2023/02/good-for-her-representations-of-feminine-rage/#:~:text='Feminine%20rage'%20as%20a%20genre,unexpected%20actions%20%E2%80%93%20most%20often%20violence https://www.frieze.com/article/functions-female-rage https://cherwell.org/2023/05/07/female-rage-in-film/ https://pages.uoregon.edu/jlesage/Juliafolder/womensRage.html https://www.vice.com/en/article/4xke4b/the-history-of-female-anger https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/magazine/i-used-to-insist-i-didnt-get-angry-not-anymore.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/us/10IHW-female-rage-books.html  
3/2/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 37 seconds
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catching up & our little ramble on online negativity

in this quick episode, we have a quick catch up with you guys sharing how we are, our recent film/series favourites, and also go into a little ramble about how we have been feeling recently about online negativity. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ where we are reading 'The Atlas Six' are expecting some opposing reviews hehe. for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
2/21/202429 minutes, 4 seconds
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your juicy dating stories & love advice 💌

happy valentine's day ❤️ in this episode we share some of your anonymous dating stories (some happy endings and others not so happy - but all the more juicyy). we also answer some of your advice questions regarding breakups, being ready to date & dating without experience. we hope you feel special today (and every other day) whether you are spending it with friends, with your partner, or even with yourself. LOVE YOURSELF a little extra today heheeh. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ where we are just 'The Atlas Six' starting and are expecting some opposing reviews hehe. for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
2/14/20241 hour, 1 minute, 47 seconds
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what you've always wanted to know about: being an author

in this episode we asked the wonderful author Rachel Greenlaw.. all the question we selfishly wanted to know about what it is like being an author (especially a fantasy & romantacy author) !!  Rachel Greenlaw, the author of “One Christmas Morning” and the upcoming book “Compass and Blade” (which comes out on the 29th of February), dives into her journey as an author. She shares her writing process and inspirations, specifically when it comes to world building & the romantic arcs of her characters. Rachel also very honestly discusses what it is like getting feedback, criticism and also touches on the online spaces of ‘booktokers’. we absolutely loved talking to her and hope you enjoy getting an insight into her mind as much as we did <3 Check Rachel out on instagram ⁠here⁠ and her lovely website ⁠here⁠!! p.s we were very lucky enough to receive early copies of compass and blade and we both read the book in a day. It was the perfect cosy read and the fact that it is the first of an epic romantacy series. Definitely one to add to your 2024 reading list!! another p.s - Leo loses her audio for around 30 minutes in this episode so please forgive us for this and if the audio sounds a little funky xxx we're sorry to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ where we are just finishing up ‘eat pray love’ and are expecting some juicy controversial reviews hehe. for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
2/8/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds
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big sis advice - unhinged edition

we just want to say SORRY IN ADVANCE for this whole episode bc we're not lying when we say this might be our most chaotic and unhinged episode yet. (and ngl we couldn't even muster up the courage to listen to it again all the way through, so best of luck to you listeners bc who knows what we say in this episode) we do answer some fun advice q's in this ep, from how to deal with feeling low on your period, how to let go of someone you still have love for & many moreeee!! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'eat, pray, love' by elizabeth gilbert). for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
1/31/202445 minutes, 50 seconds
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struggling to make genuine connections & how to be a good friend

In this episode, cara dives into the topic of struggling to make genuine connections: self-discovery: she unpacks the challenges faced when leaving familiar surroundings and entering new social circles. the importance of staying true to oneself, even in the face of cultural differences and societal expectations. instant connections vs. effortful relationships: the gut feeling of instant connections and the pondering of why some relationships require more effort. cara emphasises the value of getting to know people beyond first impressions. quality over quantity: cara discusses the misconception of needing to connect with everyone and the significance of cherishing authentic connections. exploring the idea that different friendships serve different purposes. friendship realities vs. social media fantasies: she addresses the influence of social media in shaping unrealistic expectations of friendships. recognising that true connections involve effort (highs&lows). to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠  you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ we are reading eat, pray, love for our January read <3 <3  for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠⁠⁠
1/24/202431 minutes, 11 seconds
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the reality of growing up: quarter life crisis vibes & internalised misogyny

join our morning thoughts as we dive deep into our nuanced experiences on entering our mid-late twenties. After just turning 25 and 26, we unpack themes of internalised misogyny, beauty standards, existentialism, and the evolving perspectives on aging. in this episode we reflect on our awareness of internalised misogyny and discuss the representation of 'older' women in media. we share the complexities of growing up and all that comes with it. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ we are reading eat, pray, love for our January read <3 <3  for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
1/10/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 41 seconds
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2024 Is going to be iconic

EEPPP how is it already time for our first episode of 2024 and in our opinion its ICONIC.  2024… we feel excited, nervous, scared, and grateful for everything that is to come. join us as we continue with our tradition and take this time to set our intentions for the upcoming year…new habits we want to introduce, patterns we want to break and goals we want to achieve. We also discuss the ways in which we want to push ourselves out of our comfort zone this year!  If you would like to join us in this tradition here are the questions that we answer (it honestly is such a fun journaling exercise to do and one to look back on at the end of the year)  What is one overarching intention you would like to set for this coming year? (Potentially choose one word that reflects this - our ‘word of the year’) What are three ways you will push yourself out of your comfort zone in 2024? What do you want to do more of in 2024? What do you want to do less of in 2024? What are three things you want to accomplish in 2024 (can be small/big) Thanks again for all of you that have listened to us in 2023 and we are truly excited to continue to make content (that is hopefully better for all of you) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ where we are currently in the process of picking our January read &lt;3 &lt;3  for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
1/3/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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what we've (all) learnt in 2023 🌟

✨ skip to 01:08 to listen to all of your voice notes! ✨ if you&#39;ve been following our podcast for a while (aka for more than a year), you already know the drill with our end of year episodes!!! every year (this is our third year doing this now ... wth!!), we answer the same journal prompts and, most importantly, ask YOU GUYS what&#39;s one thing you&#39;ve learnt this year. listen out for some familiar voices &amp; even a musical reflection on the year from one of you. thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each of you who have listened along to us this year, and especially to those of you who&#39;ve submitted your own voice notes! see below the journal prompts we answer: If the energy of your past year could be encapsulated by one word, what would that word be? What were your big wins this year? What were your small wins this year? What were your challenges this year? (and what did you learn from them?) What are 3 things you learnt? What do you want to leave behind from this past year? HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE ! &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠! for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
1/1/20241 hour, 30 minutes
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q&a: living intentionally & keeping spirits up during the christmas season - podmas #12

we can&#39;t believe this is our final podmas episode EEP!!! In this q&amp;a styled episode we answer some of your questions around: living in the moment and living intentionally how our friendship has changed now that we are long distance girlies our all time favourite book our advice on how to keep spirits up when feeling down during the christmas season we honestly loved doing this podmas series and we hope you enjoyed it just as much &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros). Don’t forget to email us a voice note of you telling us one thing that you have learnt in 2023 - we will put this in our 2023 reflections episode &lt;3  for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
12/23/202353 minutes, 23 seconds
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finding balance in the winter season - podmas #11

In this solo episode I share all the things I am going to try do to find balance and stillness in the winter/festive season. From setting boundaries and saying ‘NO’, digital detoxes, setting intentions &amp; removing guilt.  to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros). Don’t forget to email us a voice note of you telling us one thing that you have learnt in 2023 - we will put this in our 2023 reflections episode &lt;3  for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠
12/21/202325 minutes, 58 seconds
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surviving cuffing season single ft isabella mayer - podmas #10

this episode we&#39;re joined by my friend isabella to talk all about being single in your twenties during the holiday season.. but also beyond! we chat about: how to not feel &#39;behind&#39; about your dating experience learning to appreciate being single how to stop seeking male validation learning about romantic love from platonic love solo date ideas safe to say it&#39;s a good one!!! 💋 you can follow isabella here or listen to her podcast here. p.s. apologies about the audio quality, that&#39;s a little up &amp; down in this episode but hope the video component makes up for it hehe &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/19/202357 minutes, 16 seconds
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a christmas story - podmas #9

grab yourself a hot drink & get COSY because we're reading you a christmas story in today's episode! we read 'the gift of the magi' by o'henry (a story that growing up i've always been told about by my grandma, aka you already know it's a good one). we hope you enjoy this slightly different style of episode & it makes u feel the festive spirit (as it definitely did for us!). and as promised, if you're interested in reading more stories linking them all below. the gift of the magi - o. henry https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/1-the_gift_of_the_magi_0.pdf https://webhome.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html a christmas dream - louisa may alcott https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/40682/pg40682-images.html#a-christmas-dream “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1661/pg1661-images.html#chap07 a child’s christmas in wales - dylan thomas https://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks07/0701261h.html some short christmas stories - charles dickens https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1467/pg1467-images.html even more available here: ⁠https://teaandinksociety.com/classic-christmas-short-stories-read-online/*⁠ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠
12/17/202316 minutes, 4 seconds
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gift ideas (+ fave gifts we’ve given/received) - podmas #8

this episode is for those of you who maybe haven&#39;t been as organised as you would have liked to be and still are SCRAMBLING for some last minute present ideas for christmas! we share sooo many gift ideas we have for this year, as well as our favourite gifts we&#39;ve given &amp; received.. 99.999% guarantee that there&#39;ll be something in this list which someone in your life will love hehe &lt;3 and even if it should be too late for christmas this year, then these still apply for any gift giving occasions. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by iron flame). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/15/202343 minutes, 56 seconds
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our christmas stories, favourite memories & rituals - podmas #7

get to know what christmas is really like for cara&amp;leo&#39;s family in this personal cosy podmas episode. We share some of the routines, traditions (some are way over the top), and our favourite memories!x to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/13/202340 minutes, 30 seconds
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christmas traditions across the globe - podmas #6

have you ever wondered how christmas traditions differed across the globe? in this episode we share some of the traditions that we found out (from book sharing in Iceland, KFC in Japan, to camels in Syria) we cover lots... we also share some insight into christmas origins, christmas markets, the origins of santa being red...and most importantly share YOUR christmas traditions!! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is 'iron flame' by rebecca yarros. for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]⁠⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/11/202349 minutes, 24 seconds
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struggling with food/eds during the holidays - podmas #5

TW: we talk about disordered eating and ED&#39;s in this episode! if you think this might even be slightly triggering to you, please don&#39;t listen and just skip to one of our other podmas episodes &lt;333 as we&#39;ve talked about in some of our previous episodes, we both had our fair share of experiences with this topic (unfortunately!) - so upon listener request we thought this would be an important one to talk about. in this episode we dive into our own experience, current mindset, advice and food for thought (pardon the pun) for those of you who are going through this right now. if any of this resonated with you, please please feel free to message/email us (⁠[email protected]⁠⁠). we&#39;re always there to listen without a single shred of judgement. &lt;3 sending lots of love to you all!! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros). logo credit: @french75studio
12/9/202329 minutes, 16 seconds
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fomo & comparison during the holidays - podmas #4

this podmas episode is a bit more of a serious topic but one we really enjoyed talking about! it can be way too easy to compare ourselves or feel like we&#39;re missing out on something at any point in the year... but the christmas season really intensifies it. that&#39;s why in this ep we dive into our thoughts, personal experience over the years &amp; some (hopefully semi helpful) advice &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron flame&#39; by rebecca yarros. for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/7/202352 minutes, 12 seconds
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christmas book recs & favourite songs - podmas #3

this one is for all our tmd book lovers
12/5/202336 minutes, 22 seconds
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christmas movies and series - podmas #2

join us in podmas episode #2 as we chat through our TBW (to be watched) christmas movies and series list!! for the month of december, we&#39;ll be uploading 12 episodes of festive, cosy content and we couldn&#39;t be more excited !!🎄 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;iron wing&#39; by rebecca yarros). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/3/202334 minutes, 36 seconds
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winter bucket list - podmas #1

PODMAS IS HEREEEE!!! for the month of december, we'll be uploading 12 episodes of festive, cosy content and we couldn't be more excited !! (be prepared to be absolutely SICK of our voices 🤧). kicking it off with a classic - our winter/christmas bucket list! hope you enjoyyyyy and let us know whats on YOUR bucket list🎄 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is 'iron wing' by rebecca yarros). for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
12/1/202333 minutes, 20 seconds
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things to remember when THAT photo ruins your day

Have you ever taken a HORRIBLE photo of yourself and It ruins your day?? Been there.. done that… In this episode we share a recent experience that cara had with a “bad” photo and all the thoughts that came up after that. We discuss why things like that should not matter and check in on how we are feeling overall with our confidence &amp; self-esteem, and sharing some advice that we have learnt along the way. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠⁠ current book of the month is Iron flame by rebecca yarros). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠⁠[email protected]
11/29/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds
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girl talk: responding to your love & friendship dilemmas

you asked &amp; we responded!! in this ep, i&#39;m joined by my girlfriends to chat all about what&#39;s going on in YOUR lives &amp; the love/friendship dilemmas that are taking up your brain space rn. amongst other things, we address: how to deal with income differences (aka how to date a broke man) how to know if you like someone, or just the idea of them how to meet people organically (not on dating apps) how to open up to people, especially if you&#39;ve been hurt in the past how to know when to cut a friend out of your life dealing with home friendships/important events happening, after you&#39;ve moved away also, please excuse the &#39;bleeps&#39;, there were simply too many JUICY personal stories told in this episode. 🤫 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;Babel&#39; by r.f.kuang). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]⁠ logo credit: @french75studio
11/22/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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highs & lows of living with your partner

In this week&#39;s episode we are so excited to share our experiences living with our current boyfriends (cara who has practically been living with her bf since the beginning, and Leo who shares her recent experiences after moving in for two months now!) what are the things that make it work? what are some challenges? how to know if you are ready to move in with your partner? what if it doesn&#39;t work? in this episode we discuss it all and share some pieces of advice that we have learnt along the way &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠⁠here⁠⁠⁠ current book of the month is &#39;babel&#39; by r.f.kuang). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠⁠[email protected]
11/15/202356 minutes, 11 seconds
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how to know if you are on the right path

in this very thought provoking episode (at least we thought so!) we discuss the notion of &#39;the right path&#39; and discuss the following... -is there such thing as a right path? -what are the things to look out for when questioning this? (values, morals, happiness) -being complacent/comfortable even if things don&#39;t feel &#39;right&#39; -the instability of life means that &#39;paths&#39; are always changing we discuss the privilege of being able to make changes in your life to better yourself and those around you.. and why its important to be grateful for that &lt;3 we end on a personal note and ask ourselves if we feel like we are where we should/want to be.. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠⁠instagram⁠⁠, ⁠⁠tiktok⁠⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠⁠here⁠⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ current book of the month is &#39;babel&#39; by r.f.kuang). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠⁠[email protected]
11/10/202343 minutes, 28 seconds
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life catch up & book chats

join us this november morning for a cosy chat about life lately, highs &amp; lows anddddd a big ol` book chat! we talk current favourites, book club and our november tbr. let us know yours!! 🧸 (also pls excuse leo&#39;s dryer that is popping off in the first 2 mins - promise it goes away after that!!) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is &#39;babel&#39; by r.f.kuang). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]
11/1/202339 minutes, 15 seconds
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female health 101 & myth-busting ft GYNTK

let&#39;s be honest... what do we actually know about our own cycles and periods?? for me the answer is, shockingly little which is why i was so excited to record this episode!! this (VIDEO!!) episode we&#39;re joined by the amazing siera and clara co-founders of &#39;girl you need to know this&#39;, an amazing women&#39;s health community with the purpose of making women&#39;s health actually UNDERSTANDABLE and easily accessible (i know it&#39;s great right??). we talk about our personal experiences with understanding our own bodies/periods/contraception, as well as answer (aka i ask, they answer) lots of your questions around: understanding hormones periods PMDD menopause contraception &amp; what options are out there how to educate yourself &amp; be respected when you&#39;re at a doctor&#39;s office grab yourself a hot drink of your choice &amp; hope you enjoy listening!! (p.s. as you&#39;ll be able to tell this episode was filmed back some months ago - when cara was still on podcast break, leo was still living in london etc. so don&#39;t be confused about the apparent jump back in time tehe) if you want to check out GYNTK (which you absolutely should!) - here are their links: instagram website podcast (their first ep is now live!) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on ⁠instagram⁠, ⁠tiktok⁠ or subscribe to us on youtube ⁠here⁠! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us ⁠here⁠ current book of the month is babel by r.f.kuang. for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: ⁠[email protected]
10/25/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 44 seconds
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do you actually like HIM or only the IDEA of him?... big sis advice edition

in this cosy morning episode, cara and leo answer your advice questions around all things love, relationships, crushes and moree! we answer the following questions: how to deal with parents disapproval/judgement of people you date? how do you know whether you actually like a guy romantically or you simply like the idea of them? how to stop putting unrealistic expectations on your s/o? how to approach a guy? or should I wait for someone else to make the first move? and of course a question we couldn't not answer... whats our current coffee order?  stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! We're about to pick our October book so for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected]
10/11/202359 minutes, 12 seconds
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new beginnings & leaving our comfort zones

this episode is a cosy one! grab a hot drink and sit down with us as we chat about new beginnings (leo officially lives in amsterdam now !), making friends as adults & pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! for september we will be reading the fourth wing by rebecca yarros which we are soo excited about hehe! for advertising opportunities, or you don't have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: 
10/4/20231 hour, 1 minute, 21 seconds
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high school diaries

In this weeks super cute and wholesome episode ( editing cara thinks so atleast ) leo&#39;s not so little brother joins the podcast to answering YOUR questions in a very throwback style siblings q&amp;a way! leo and goya share what it was like growing up together, their experiences with comparison, handling conflict, and how their relationship has changed through the years. leo then reflects on her highschool experience whilst goya shares how he feels about it in the midst of it all. as promised in the episode, here are some time stamps: 11:45 minutes - sibling q&amp;a 46 minutes - highschool q&amp;a  stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! for september we will be reading the fourth wing by rebecca yarros which we are soo excited about hehe! for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected]
9/27/20231 hour, 30 seconds
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cosy autumn reset & introvert diaries

In this weeks episode, join me (cara) as I have an &#39;unplanned&#39; cosy introverted week where I share the things that I did to reset, unwind, and get ready for the autumn season. I also share my september favourites including books, series, movies and songs &lt;3 I also chat through how I&#39;m feeling with loneliness, social anxiety &amp; pushing myself out of my comfort zone. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! for september we will be reading the fourth wing by rebecca yarros which we are soo excited about hehe! for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected]
9/17/202337 minutes, 45 seconds
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long distance friendship, how we’re feeling & end of summer recap

this weeks episode we are together in person IN JORDAN!! we spent our morning talking about how we’ve been feeling, a little catch up on what we’ve been up to &amp; answering some of your questions including how we plan on maintaining our friendship long distance ❤️‍🩹 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! for september we will be reading the fourth wing by rebecca yarros which we are soo excited about hehe! for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected]
9/5/202350 minutes, 12 seconds
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(VIDEO) confidence & finding your purpose ft. Shivani Pau

In this episode we are joined by the lovely Shivani Pau. Shivani Pau is the host of the wonderful podcast &quot;A Millennial Mind&quot;, and is the founder of @myperformanceplanner. She believes in the power of using story telling to share motivational, inspiring, and uplifting knowledge to others. Leo and Shivani sit down (in the spotify studios for the first time hehe) to discuss the following: Shivani discusses her journey with confidence and how her childhood experience has played a massive role in the person she is today She shares how confidence can vary and manifest itself differently in in a person&#39;s life (confidence in speaking and meeting new people, confidence in being alone, and confidence in physical appearance) Shivani discusses the importance of surrounding yourself with motivational and inspiring women Leo and Shivani discuss &#39;hustle culture&#39;, work pressures and the upcoming concept of Genzs having &#39;lazy girl jobs&#39; they both discuss the self love movement and how self care looks also manifests itself differently in people Shivani discusses the feelings she had turning 30 and reflects back on the expectations she had in her 20&#39;s and the importance of mindset whilst going through these milestones to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here  we are currently choosing our next book x for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
8/30/20231 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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finding balance, making the most of summer & lessons from a past love

this week we are finally back with one of our normal style episodes where we answer some of your advice questions! we discuss the notion of &#39;balance&#39; and whether it can actually be achieved... we share some ways to make your summer more entertaining if you are bored and want to feel fulfilled.. and finally we answer a listener&#39;s question regarding the fears of going into a new relationship when having a previous unhealthy relationship. p.s we also share very opposing opinions regarding the summer I turned pretty and which team we are on (team Conrad or team Jeremiah) possible spoiler alert if you haven&#39;t watched it! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here current book of the month is &#39;happy place&#39; by emily henry). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
8/14/202351 minutes, 46 seconds
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why cara's been away

In this episode, I (cara) am back to share what i have been going through the past month x this episode was really hard for me to record and anxiety inducing but i knew i wanted to share with you what my life has been like the last month or so. thank you all for your patience and kind words and also a big thank you to leo for being the best co-host and best friend i could have asked for to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here current book of the month is &#39;happy place&#39; by emily henry). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
8/1/202335 minutes, 28 seconds
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new chapter energy

new chapter is ... loading!!! in this episode i give you guys an update on a BIG life change to come and how I&#39;m honestly feeling about it. i also talk more generally about starting a &quot;new chapter&quot; and the fears, anxieties but also potential and beauty that come with it. could be a new job, starting university, relationship status update, location change, or even an internal shift - you NAME it, it&#39;s all a new chapter and we&#39;re in this thing together. 💌 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! ☕ also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here current book of the month is &#39;happy place&#39; by emily henry). for advertising opportunities, or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat, please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
7/25/202350 minutes, 42 seconds
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female friendships

just a ramble on female friendships, and some of my thoughts on the topic 💌. PSA: skip to 13:40 mins if you want to dive straight in, because the beginning is a debrief on paris &amp; a lil life catch up! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
7/14/202351 minutes, 16 seconds
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favourites ... books, podcasts, memories, scents (etc.)

this episode we are throwing it back to the youtube days and diving into my all-time favourites - from books, tv shows, songs, podcasts, scents, time of day, season to memories, accomplishments and physical/psychological traits of myself, all of it is covered hehe. this was such a fun episode to record &amp; i hope you enjoy it and maybe get some new recs from it, or at least just get to know me a little bit better! &lt;3 i also hope you know HOW MUCH we appreciate each and everyone listening, truly. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our BOOK CLUB... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]. logo credit: @french75studio
7/6/202348 minutes, 10 seconds
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girl talk: advice on ur romantic dilemmas

the girlies are here to give you their thoughts on YOUR romantic dilemmas, situationships and questions. this week i&#39;m joined by my two amazing house mates and besties ale and vaish, and we give you our honest (and sometimes opposing) thoughts... from unrequited love, a boyfriend pulling back, moving to a new city and dating there to religious differences keeping you apart...we cover it all. so, pour yourself a matcha and enjoy the episode!! 🍵 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
6/28/202350 minutes, 48 seconds
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stress & the price of wanting to “have it all”

hi everyone! welcome to an episode about stress... i don&#39;t know about you guys, but for me this has been VERY present in my recent life and has started to have real physical effects on me. so it&#39;s time to debrief about it, tackle it and stop the cycle! with the help of you lovely people who contributed on our instagram, this episode talks about: how stress is currently impacting me what you guys think about stress and wanting to &quot;have it all&quot; stress management tips!! remember that it&#39;s okay to eliminate certain stress inducing factors from your life, you&#39;re allowed to not do everything, all the time... ! (p.s. for those of you in want of some summer book recs, i also discuss my latest summer reads &amp; summer reading list at the very beginning) as mentioned in the episode, content might be a little different over the next coming weeks as cara is dealing with something in her personal life (which she&#39;ll talk about on the pod when she&#39;s ready &lt;3) - so it&#39;ll just be me for a lil while 🥺. please let me know what you might wanna hear me talk about or people you&#39;d like me to bring on. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here. 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
6/22/202348 minutes, 16 seconds
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boyfriend tag (ldr edition)

as promised we have an EXCITING guest on today’s episode… none other than marco (1/2 of the matcha boyfriends) himself. we chat all things (long distance) relationships and answer the following questions: how/when did we talk about who will move? what was our experience in the beginning of our relationship vs ou experience now? how have, and do, cultural differences affect our relationship? tips on long distance friendships &amp; ld relationships psa: we recorded this on my phone and noticed during editing that there was quite a bit of background noise…so sorry and hope you can still enjoy the listening experience! some info on our wonderful sponsor ‘Be Wholesome’ below. 💖 created by Bella, who drew from her real mental health experiences, Be Wholesome is a wellness-focused brand that offers eco-friendly and sustainably made products to help individuals feel better. her journal with daily prompts is designed to be non-triggering and genuinely supportive, made from recycled music sheet paper. 10% of profits are donated to Mind. as a brand proudly manufactured in the UK using sustainable sources, Be Wholesome perfectly aligns with our values! please do check the journals out here and use our discount code MATCHA10 for 10% off! 🌟 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
6/14/202350 minutes, 33 seconds
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the summer of self love

pov: you are in the garden with us drinking smoothies and talking about summer, body confidence, bucket lists, hot girl summer, soft girl summer, and ways to get over someone In this chatty episode we discuss: our recent experiences and honest struggles with body image. We share personal stories, thoughts, and feelings around this topic and try share some tips on how to embrace our bodies and have more confidence we tackle the tough topic of getting over someone, having crushes, flirting (all that juicy stuff hehe) we share our summer bucket lists. We&#39;ll explore the adventures, experiences, and memories you can create by making a list of things you&#39;ve always wanted to do and of course, we can&#39;t forget about the popular trends of hot girl summer and soft girl summer. We&#39;ll discuss what they mean but also how to embrace your authentic self and have a summer that YOU truly want! p.s we know the audio isn&#39;t great this episode (and we are SO sorry for that!!) some info on our wonderful sponsor ‘Be Wholesome’ below. 💖 created by Bella, who drew from her real mental health experiences, Be Wholesome is a wellness-focused brand that offers eco-friendly and sustainably made products to help individuals feel better. her journal with daily prompts is designed to be non-triggering and genuinely supportive, made from recycled music sheet paper. 10% of profits are donated to Mind. as a brand proudly manufactured in the UK using sustainable sources, Be Wholesome perfectly aligns with our values! please do check the journals out here and use our discount code MATCHA10 for 10% off! 🌟 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
6/5/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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an unfiltered chat on long distance relationships

this episode goes deep and unfiltered about all things LDR’s!! i answer the following q’s you guys asked over on our instagram. was i entertaining anyone else besides marco, and if so, what made him stand out? how to deal with trust issues in a long-distance relationship? how to manage your insecurities in a long-distance relationship? do you have any regrets about entering a long distance relationship - what are some pros and cons? psa: if you already know about marco &amp; my meeting story and how we got together, feel free to skip from minutes 10:58-17:05 ! &lt;3 for my episode on failures that i refer to in this episode, u can listen here. some info on our wonderful sponsor ‘Be Wholesome’ below. 💖 created by Bella, who drew from her real mental health experiences, Be Wholesome is a wellness-focused brand that offers eco-friendly and sustainably made products to help individuals feel better. her journal with daily prompts is designed to be non-triggering and genuinely supportive, made from recycled music sheet paper. 10% of profits are donated to Mind. as a brand proudly manufactured in the UK using sustainable sources, Be Wholesome perfectly aligns with our values! please do check the journals out here and use our discount code MATCHA10 for 10% off! 🌟 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
5/28/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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making connections, knowing your worth & being your authentic self

why can making connections feel so HARD? in this episode, we discuss the fear of missing out on meaningful connections (FOMO) in friendships, the challenges of making connections as we age, and the power of knowing your worth and embracing authenticity and how important it is for fostering meaningful connections with others. we delve into the anxieties that can arise when we feel excluded or disconnected from our social circles, discussing how it can affect our perception of meaningful connections. Cara also shares some recent thoughts she&#39;s had on the difficulties of forging new relationships as we get older, addressing the possible reasons for it. we finally discuss the power of self-awareness, authenticity and knowing one&#39;s worth in building meaningful connections. we are also so excited to introduce our sponsorship with Be Wholesome 💖 created by Bella, who drew from her real mental health experiences, Be Wholesome is a wellness-focused brand that offers eco-friendly and sustainably made products to help individuals feel better. her journal with daily prompts is designed to be non-triggering and genuinely supportive, made from recycled music sheet paper. 10% of profits are donated to Mind. as a brand proudly manufactured in the UK using sustainable sources, Be Wholesome perfectly aligns with our values! please do check the journals out here and use our discount code MATCHA10 for 10% off! 🌟 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]  logo credit: @french75studio
5/21/20231 hour, 52 seconds
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fomo & feeling behind in life

in this chatty episode, we dive into the experience of FOMO (the fear of missing out) and the feeling of being behind in life. We all experience these moments where we question our choices, wondering what might have been if we had taken a different path. Leo and Cara share their thoughts around balancing all aspects of life, feeling behind &amp; comparing where we &#39;should&#39; be to others and their experiences in society. in next week’s episode (aka part 2) we’ll be discussing and relating the concept of fomo to friendships &amp; connection building. Cara shares some recent thoughts she&#39;s had regarding the struggles of making connections with others especially as she&#39;s gotten older. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]  logo credit: @french75studio
5/15/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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what to do when ur inner critic won't shut the f*** up

we&#39;re back with part 2 of our episode on the inner critic (aka if you haven&#39;t listened to our last episode yet... you should... right now tehe &lt;3!). in today&#39;s episode we have a lil catch up about life and then discuss the different types of the inner critic that exist, as well as 6 methods to not only manage your critical inner voice, but eventually silence it. this episode is essentially us learning about these techniques along with you guys and trying to figure out how we could apply them in future! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] our sources: https://www.sonima.com/meditation/mindful-living/why-youre-hard-on-yourself/#:~:text=Analyses revealed that a client,one&#39;s own thoughts and feelings. https://www.psychalive.org/critical-inner-voice/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/your-future-self/202002/facing-your-inner-critic https://themonkeytherapist.com/your-inner-critic/ https://www.scienceofpeople.com/inner-critic/ https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/how-leaders-can-manage-their-own-inner-critic https://medium.com/science-soul/how-to-effectively-deal-with-your-inner-critic-20297da6e78f https://medium.com/the-cassandra/how-to-embrace-your-inner-critic-with-loving-self-compassion-212c12b1ae09#:~:text=Our%20inner%20critic%20is%20part,and%20lots%20of%20self%2Dcompassion
5/8/202354 minutes, 30 seconds
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why our inner critics can go f*** themselves

we think its time to tell our inner critics that they can go f*** themselves!! In this longer episode (our way of saying a quick sorry for not uploading last week 🥺)  we&#39;re taking some time to reflect on our experiences with our inner critic.  But first we want to understand all about what actually is the ‘inner critic’. We&#39;ll be exploring the philosophy and history behind this phenomenon, as well as the neurophysiology that underpins our self-critical nature 🧠. We share examples of inner critic voices, how it affects us, and its links to various difficulties such as depression and anxiety.We also touch on the reasons why our inner critic should not be trusted ( it is not a true moral guide) and how it is usually formed as a response to environmental conditioning…   In next week’s episode we’ll be sharing tips and strategies for managing the inner critic, so that we can all practice more self compassion and self love  💞 and, as always, we want to hear from you! Let us know in the question below.. How do you manage your Inner critic? We’re so excited to share these and react to them in part 2 ✨ to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]  logo credit: @french75studio sources: https://www.sonima.com/meditation/mindful-living/why-youre-hard-on-yourself/#:~:text=Analyses revealed that a client,one&#39;s own thoughts and feelings. https://www.psychalive.org/critical-inner-voice/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/your-future-self/202002/facing-your-inner-critic https://themonkeytherapist.com/your-inner-critic/ https://www.scienceofpeople.com/inner-critic/ https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/how-leaders-can-manage-their-own-inner-critic https://medium.com/science-soul/how-to-effectively-deal-with-your-inner-critic-20297da6e78f
4/30/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 28 seconds
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late night gossip, rants & advice

not your usual calm cosy tmd girlies... in this late night in person episode, we honestly just needed to get a few things off our chest... from pre travel stress to a &#39;not so nice&#39; neighbour experience, we spend some time sharing our raw reactions to a few awkward moments we&#39;ve had this week.. to add to that, we also answer one of your advice questions all about the struggles of living with your partner&#39;s parents and the weird crossing of boundaries... we share some advice on how best to handle it x to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]  logo credit: @french75studio
4/17/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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an unfiltered (spicy & wholesome) q&a

hey everyone and happy easter weekend!! this week i&#39;m (leo) joined by 3 of my amazing girlfriends to answer some of your questions - from spicy to wholesome, we&#39;ve got it covered! in this ep we talk about... how to live with your friends our thoughts on open relationships... to do or not to do our first times our thoughts on self-love &amp; practices we have platonic love moving to a new country/city &amp; making friends we round it off by giving our thoughts on a listener dilemma, which we always love to do tehe! &lt;3 to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit: @french75studio
4/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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spring reset … incoming!!

it’s spring time 😮‍💨🪄💘💐 Join us for this weeks episode as we set our intentions for the upcoming season ( manifesting the positivity for all of us ) We share the things we want to get rid of (aka cleanse), the things we want to invite in, and most importantly some rituals for cleansing the negativity going into the spring season xx more specifically we touch on our inner critics, struggles with negative body image thoughts during the warmer months, as well as the pressures that we may be experiencing! what’s even more great about this episode is that we asked all of you these questions too and we react to all the wonderful thoughts you had to share
4/2/202349 minutes, 47 seconds
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can 36 questions make you fall in love?

welcome to this very special and exciting episode where we are joined by the lovely mady maio &lt;3 mady maio is the co-founder of Camber, co-host of Okay Sis Podcast, and the host of the new video podcast series, 36 Questions Later. the series features four blind dates, where strangers ask each other the “36 questions that lead to love.” the questions date back to a 1997 study and went viral in a New York Times article. In this new series, mady finds out how the experiment holds up today; you can follow along by checking out 36 Questions Later on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.  In the spirit of love and connection and building intimacy, mady sits down with us and continues the experiment by asking us a select few of the 36 questions.  what’s your perfect day?  what are you most grateful for?  would you want to be famous?  what’s your favourite memory?  what roles do love and affection play in your life?  did we fall in love.. have a listen and find out &lt;3  to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]   logo credit: @french75studio
3/26/202359 minutes, 56 seconds
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how to be your own best friend

let&#39;s set the scene for this episode: early morning cozy pyjama coffee chat ☕  in this episode, we explore the idea of being your own best friend and how that can positively impact your life and even your relationships with others. We think about all the ways we can actually be there for ourselves and the importance of building that connection and nurturing that relationship with ourselves. we challenge ourselves to going on a solo date and would love for you to do that this week to &lt;3 let us know what you get up to! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram, tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! 💌 also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!  for advertising opportunities (or you don&#39;t have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]  logo credit: @french75studio
3/19/202351 minutes, 56 seconds
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catching you up on our lives, favorites & unpopular opinions

hellooo, we're back after a week's break (kinda unintentional but we explain why) and have the biggest catch up with you guys in this ep! ☕&nbsp; we chat about our recent favourites, what we've been watching/reading/listening to and what's been on our minds. to end the episode we give our thoughts on a listener question all around independence and whether one really needs to be single to work on oneself?&nbsp; to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes (feel free to bump up past advice q's too if we haven't seen it yet!), and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram,&nbsp;tiktok&nbsp;or subscribe to us on youtube&nbsp;here! 💌 Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here!&nbsp; for advertising opportunities (or you don't have any social media and want to chat) please email us at: [email protected]&nbsp; logo credit:&nbsp;@french75studio
3/12/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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for people pleasers only...

do you notice yourself agreeing with others for the sake of agreeing? struggle to say no to others? constantly apologise for things? ... if you're saying yes then this episode is for you!! &nbsp;in this solo episode, i (cara) sit down and share some of my personal experiences with 'people pleasing' and discuss the following topics and questions: what people pleasing actually is and what does it look like? how people pleasing and seeking external validation are interconnected&nbsp; is seeking external validation always a bad thing?&nbsp; what are the reasons why some of us people please?&nbsp; how people pleasing can actually hinder relationships + foster a loss of authentic self&nbsp; how to break this pattern of thinking and learn to take up space&nbsp; just a reminder that your voice matters, you are worthy, and you deserve to take space &lt;3&nbsp; p.s here is the song I was referencing&nbsp; so.. &nbsp;please pour yourself a matcha/tea/coffee and join us! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries),&nbsp;tiktok&nbsp;or subscribe to us on youtube&nbsp;here! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here!&nbsp; for advertising opportunities ( or you don't have any social media and want to chat ) please email us at: [email protected]&nbsp; logo credit:&nbsp;@french75studio
2/26/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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we had a rough week… tips on managing stress and work/life balance

Its just one of these weeks.. maybe something was in the air?? In this episode we discuss how we’ve been feeling recently and share our recent struggles with switching off from work when things are stressful, finding a better work life balance, and detaching our work from our identity. we talk about:&nbsp; the importance of setting boundaries whilst knowing yourself worth Detoxing from all technology after work Prioritising time for hobbies/body movements /outdoors Detaching work from being a reflection on yourself (especially if you have people pleasing tendancies)&nbsp; I (Cara) personally found this episode really helpful to talk through especially as I had quite a self-inflicted unhealthy week. I want this to be a reminder that its okay to have off weeks and to let yourself go.&nbsp; Let’s recognise that we should be proud of ourselves and how we handle stressful situations, even when also highlighting and recognising that we could be kinder and have a healthier work balance in the future. If you're a student this episode can still apply to you as we recognise a lot of similar feelings that we had at uni/school!&nbsp;&nbsp; to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries),&nbsp;tiktok&nbsp;or subscribe to us on youtube&nbsp;here!&nbsp; Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here!&nbsp; for advertising opportunities ( or you don't have any social media and want to chat ) please email us at: [email protected] logo credit:&nbsp;@french75studio
2/21/202349 minutes, 5 seconds
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lets chat about ... love

right in time for valentines day, we asked u guys to ask us questions over on our instagram, all about the big l-word - LOVE! and boy did you ask some good ones - after giving an update on our weekend (which we spent together eeep), we talk about: the origins of valentines day &amp; our thoughts on it&nbsp; the importance of platonic love&nbsp; our self-love journey &amp; practices&nbsp; how to stop being co-dependent in a relationship&nbsp; whether true love always involves pain&nbsp; does a fulfilled and happy life have to involve romantic love?&nbsp; and if we do say so ourselves, this is a v cute episode that will hopefully get you thinking and feeling in a lovey-dovey mood. 💌 so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵&nbsp; p.s. not even gonna lie i am currently half delusional from a long work day, so if anything sounds weird (in this description or in the ep), i'm to blame ahhh!!! to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts - pls do follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries), tiktok or subscribe to us on youtube here! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! for those responsible non-social media owners out there, you can also always email us at: [email protected]. &lt;3&nbsp;
2/13/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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the power of accepting the duality of life

"Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty, only because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil. Being and nonbeing produce each other. The difficult is born in the easy. Long is defined by short, the high by the low. Before and after go along with each other. So the sage lives openly with apparent duality and paradoxical unity. &nbsp;- 2nd Verse of the Tao Te Ching&nbsp; In this weeks episode, we have a lot of questions and thoughts hehe.. we discuss the concept of the duality of life and how understanding it and most importantly accepting it.. can change the way we perceive our life!! &nbsp;Some specific topics we question are:&nbsp; - can two things both be true at the same time ? - the conflict and struggle of wanting and striving for self improvement and how that contradicts with self acceptance and self love&nbsp; - how we're allowed to feel all the emotions present in the human experience at the same time&nbsp; - how duality is present in both the human experience and in nature&nbsp; - Is it true that you can only fully know one thing by understanding its opposite ? (love + loss, success + failure, dark + light, the good + the bad) ? song reference: Happy &amp; Sad by Kacey Musgraves join us for the journalling challenge this week as we keep track of all of the supposedly contradicting moments of extreme emotion that we feel throughout each day! so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) or subscribe to us on youtube here.. to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here!&nbsp; for advertising opportunities please email us at: [email protected]&nbsp; logo credit: @french75studios sources:&nbsp; duality-what-it-is-and-why-it-s-essential-to-appreciate-life&nbsp; https://youaligned.com/the-duality-of-life/ popular-life-coach-inspires-masses-through-powerful-surfing-metaphor-see-because-theres-something-a-surfer-understands-better-about-life-than-most-other-people/
2/5/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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feeling beautiful, breakups & exploring your sexuality

Stoking the embers when you’re not around I don’t want a shadow I want you In the light of the flame I’m remembering I can be beautiful in private too - zoe berger In part 2, Leo &amp; I were joined by the wonderful zoe who is a writer/graphic designer living in nyc to talk about self love, relationships, sexuality, breakups, sex stigmas, attachment styles, and loneliness. We hope you enjoyed this raw, unfiltered episode as much as we did. Defo check out zoe's iconicccc style here on her&nbsp;ig, or her wonderful writing on her&nbsp;blog! without further ado... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! logo credit:&nbsp;@french75studios
1/30/202358 minutes, 47 seconds
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breaking up with our past selves

being self aware and having a good understanding of yourself (i.e why you think things, why you feel things) has its perks, but is there such thing as being too self aware? are we spending too much time overthinking every emotion we feel? is our focus on self development hindering our ability to live in the moment? join us in this early morning coffee chat, as we try to figure out how to break the cycle of overthinking and negative self talk….and instead live life in the moment, taking each day as it comes ♥️ please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here! logo credit: @french75studios
1/22/202344 minutes, 46 seconds
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how to appreciate the lows in life

"i’ve been seeing my loneliness as an entity i live with, like a roommate. i take my loneliness on dates. we listen to sad music together. we sit together at dinner. i look it in the eyes. we don’t fight." - zoe berger&nbsp; this truly is a very special conversation and might be one of my favourite guest episodes yet! cara &amp; I were joined by the wonderful zoe who is a writer/graphic designer living in nyc to talk about loneliness, love, mental illness and everything in between. some specific q's we answer are: how to find the beauty in loneliness and stop feeling ashamed? how to deal with heartbreak or breakups? what is it really like to live with BPD and depression? how to know what medication or treatment is right for your mental illness?&nbsp; recording this episode was so insightful to us because zoe has the most beautiful way of looking at life and the human emotional spectrum! i took sooo much away from this conversation and i'm sure you will too. &lt;3 check zoe's iconicccc style here on her ig, or her wonderful writing on her blog! without further ado... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! logo credit: @french75studios
1/15/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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manifesting our dream life in 2023

welcome back to our first episode of 2023! catch up with us as we share with you how we spent our new years + leo’s bday together, and join us for our 2023 manifestations! In this week's episode we continue with our tradition as we we take this time to set our intentions for the upcoming year…new habits we want to introduce, patterns we want to break and goals we want to achieve. We also discuss the ways in which we want to push ourselves out of our comfort zone this year! so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! logo credit: @french75studios
1/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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2022 lessons & reflections

welcome back to the last episode of 2022 and this year we’re sticking to our tradition! Join us as we look back at 2022... celebrating the big wins, little wins, the greatest challenges and the lessons we've learnt. but most importantly we get to hear the lessons that YOU'VE learnt in 2022! we want to thank every person that participated in this episode and shared with us what they've taken away from 2022. and for those of you that would like to do your own reflections, here are the questions we discussed in the episode: if the energy of your past year could be encapsulated by one word, what would that word be? what were your big wins this year? what were your small wins this year? what were your challenges this year? (and what did you learn from them?) 4 things you’ve learnt so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! ps. Cara's episode with her twin sister will be out in the new year! &lt;3&nbsp; logo credit: @french75studios
12/30/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 3 seconds
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a cosy chat: christmas movies & giving advice on ur romantic dilemmas

the tmd girlies are back together for a cosy, chit-chatty episode! we VERY passionately discuss our favorite (and least favorite) christmas movies we've watched so far this year, and most importantly, we dish out some more advice (these ones were juicyyyyy).&nbsp; questions/topics included: how to know whether he likes you or he thinks you're just friends what to do when you fall out of "attraction" how to deal with not having a friendship group/feeling insecure in friendships to have, or not to have, an office crush so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here! logo credit: @french75studios
12/19/20221 hour, 23 minutes, 4 seconds
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pov: your internet mother & sister are giving you advice

the mother-daughter duo is back!! home for the holidays, I (leo) am joined by my mother (YEYYY) in this episode to give our (definitely unqualified but gladly given) advice on some questions/topics you guys sent us over on IG. some of the topics we cover include: how to procrastinate less how to deal with overwhelming to-do lists tips for managing a long distance relationship getting over socialising anxiety does he just want to be friends or is he actually interested… so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us&nbsp;here!. p.s. we also just uploaded our first vlog on YT (eeeep!!), let us know what you think and any future video ideas 💘 logo credit: @french75studios
12/15/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 37 seconds
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clubbing: are we really having fun?

when we sat down to record this episode... I (cara) had no idea what we were going to talk about....Leo had a few things on her mind that she really wanted to unload and so.... join us for a truly authentic chit chatty style episode, where leo shares a recent 'going out' experience. leo discusses how the experience made her feel, and the questions that arose regarding clubbing, going out culture, fomo &amp; the pressure to say yes even when you don't want to! We discuss why we think the enjoyment behind clubbing can change as you get older, how sometimes we only go clubbing because of the fear of missing out on the memorable experiences with friends, how sometimes we may not feel 'extroverted' enough to be comfortable in those situations, and most importantly why saying no to going out can feel so difficult. so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!. logo credit: @french75studios
12/4/202241 minutes, 23 seconds
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lessons we've learnt: pursuing your passion project

pov: you’ve just hosted your first in person event for your passion project.. it was one of the best nights of your life… and you feel this urge to tell everyone that they need to turn whatever idea, concept, or passion that they have into a reality asap because WHY THE HELL NOT! in this chaotic episode, we do our best to express how grateful we are for everyone that listens to the podcast, that messages us, and especially to those that travelled to come to our event! we decide that it’s finally time to share some of the lessons we’ve learnt starting our passion project, and some advice for any of you that are interested in doing the same. we chat about: the importance of using your network and reaching out for help measuring growth for your project and how the real ‘growth’ comes from within! we stress how important it is not to care what others think or let the fear of judgment get in the way of you pursuing whatever it is that you want to do why surrounding yourself with people that push you and motivate you can help you follow through with the project and soo much more ( including a mini recap of the event and story time of the very HECTIC start of the evening) so... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!. logo credit: @french75studios
11/27/202242 minutes, 2 seconds
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career chats: imposter syndrome, productivity tips & our thoughts on the 9-5 (video)

work work work - that’s what this episode is all about! especially in our twenties, figuring out what we want to do in our career and navigating the corporate world is a key challenge that most of us face, so we thought we’d let you in our thoughts and struggles within this topic. after giving you guys the lowdown of our professional lives so far and what we currently do for work, we chat about: - imposter syndrome and how to overcome it - our honest thoughts on the 9-5 - how we try maintain a work life balance - how we stay organised So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!. P.S. you may notice this is our first ever VIDEO episode!!! (we’re still figuring out the audio/background etc so bear with us but would be great to hear your thoughts !)
11/21/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 39 seconds
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who are we (updated!)

if you're a new matcha diaries listener... welcome!!! if you're a regular, welcome back - we're so happy to have you join us either way. in this episode we "re-introduce" ourselves, the podcast and what we're all about.&nbsp; some questions we cover include: who are cara and leo? how did we meet? why did we start the podcast? what topics do we usually cover? what does the name "the matcha diaries" refer to? what have we learned from doing the podcast so far? what are our life goals? what are our favourite books/tv shows/movies to sum it all up: this podcast is our safe space and we hope it can become yours too. wherever you are and whatever you're doing right now, we are sending you lots of love and are so grateful to every single one of you.&nbsp; without further ado... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person (eeeeeep) ... you can join us here! if you want to see our daily lives, contribute to new episodes and message us your thoughts - you can follow us on instagram. &lt;3 Logo credit: @french75studios
11/13/202235 minutes, 43 seconds
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how i've failed myself

this was a difficult one … inspired by Elizabeth Day’s podcast “how to fail”, this is part 2 (part1: leo, part 2: cara) of our episode series were we asked ourselves the tough question “what are your biggest failures” ? A question that might seem simple to the eye… but it pushes someone to think about their past, their experiences, things they regret.. but most importantly the lessons that they have learnt, and how those failures are vital to their current successes. &nbsp;the two failures we discuss in part 2 are:&nbsp; saying no to a lot of things growing up (because I cared a lot of what people thought of me) + ultimately missing out on a lot of experiences closing my self off in relationships + friendships a note from cara: recording this episode in itself taught me that it is okay to take space, and made me realise the importance of believing in your worth and the value you bring to those around you. If you ever don't feel like you're good enough, that your voice and story isn't worth sharing, then I want you to know that you're not alone BUT we have to start believing in the reasons we are put on this earth and all the greatness that comes with our presence.&nbsp; &nbsp;p.s if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person... you can join us here! logo credit: french75studios
11/7/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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what comes after the honeymoon phase?

the honeymoon phase is over... now what?&nbsp; In this weeks episode, Ed (AKA Cara's boyfriend) and I sit down with each other and answer your questions on surviving a long term relationship in your twenties. We share the story of how we met, how we support each other as a couple, our love languages, our greatest struggles and most importantly we dive into what intimacy &amp; maintaining a spark in your relationship actually looks post the honeymoon phase.&nbsp; Here's a sneak peek into the questions we answered:&nbsp; - Is it difficult learning to love a new version of them again after they change with time?&nbsp; - What to do about that feeling that you didn't get to try everything but you've found 'the one' now?&nbsp; - Is it normal to have periods of doubts / not know if this is the person you want to spend your life with? - Have you ever asked yourself if there is maybe somebody better for you? &nbsp;- How to maintain the magic and spark?&nbsp; DM us on @the.matcha.diaries as we'd love to hear your views on maintaining a healthy long term relationship. Please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening!&nbsp; p.s please excuse my voice in this as I am still recovering for a cold &lt;3&nbsp; 🍵 &nbsp;Also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person... you can join us here! Logo credit: french75studios
10/31/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 17 seconds
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do our failures define us?

we dug DEEP in this episode … inspired by Elizabeth Day’s podcast “how to fail”, this is part 1 (part1: leo, part 2: cara) of our episode series were we asked ourselves the tough question “what are your biggest failures” ? A question that might seem simple to the eye… but it pushes someone to think about their past, their experiences, things they regret.. but most importantly the lessons that they have learnt, and how those failures are vital to their current successes. the two failures we discuss in part 1 are: 1. seeking validation to the expense of other people 2. not treating my body and mind as they deserve a note from leo: this was by far the most difficult episode to record and upload, but i’m also proud of our community that i feel safe enough to be this vulnerable on here. my hope is that even one of you listening will be able to relate and feel slightly less alone, because i know that would have helped me a lot when i was going through these. sending lots of love. p.s if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person... you can join us here! Logo credit: french75studios
10/21/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 1 second
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the importance of finding beauty in the little moments

How are you... really?&nbsp; A week ago we did a little check in and asked how you are all feeling. Unfortunately a big chunk of the responses we got back had to do with not feeling too well, lacking motivation, being exhausted, overwhelmed, drained, and feeling sad.&nbsp; In this episode we wanted to sit down and respond to you guys. We discuss the importance of finding beauty and happiness in the little things, and share the things we actively do to make our days better. Leo discusses how the practice of 'romanticising your life' has always been a big part of how she lives and through doing so, I ( Cara ) learnt a lot from this episode.. especially when it comes to the power of the mind and our perspective on our day to day lives. We share simple ways to make the typical 'mundane' day.. a lot more beautiful.&nbsp; Just know that if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to we're here! Please don't hesitate to DM us on @the.matcha.diaries. Please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 &nbsp;Also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person... you can join us here! p.s the first 15 minutes is a bit of a chaotic catch up so feel free to skip to get to the juice of the episode! Logo credit: french75studios
10/11/202253 minutes, 32 seconds
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gilmore girls edition - a mother daughter chat

Who really needs Lorelai and Rory, when you've got this episode!&nbsp; In this Gilmore Girls styled episode, we are joined by Leo and her lovely mama, Virginia. Join them as they sit together drinking some green tea on their little weekend getaway in Holland, where Virginia shares some motherly advice all about being in your 20's, forming relationships, trusting your intuition, being a mother, loving yourself, and so much more. you also get a little insight into what Leo was like as a child, some favourite memories, proudest moments, and the hardships that can come with being a mother!&nbsp; please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 &nbsp;Also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person... you can join us here! Logo credit: french75studios
10/3/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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get ready for autumn with me

YES I KNOW ... A 28 minute episode.... definitely a give away that this week's episode is a solo one with Cara!! As someone who experiences seasonal sadness, i really wanted to spend some time thinking of ways that I want to make the most out of the colder months / autumn, and so i thought I'd bring you along... Join me and sit down with my thoughts as I try and pinpoint the habits and routines that I want to start implementing as we enter the new season to make sure I don't become a little hermit, and that I am prioritising my mental health.&nbsp; &nbsp;If you thrive in these autumnal months then please don't hesitate to DM us on @the.matcha.diaries and give me your secrets hehe.&nbsp; Please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person.. you can join us here!&nbsp; Logo credit: french75studios&nbsp;
9/25/202228 minutes, 28 seconds
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how to get over a breakup

SPOILER ALERT: We have two biiiig announcements that we share with you guys in this episode (listen for more info hehehe) !! This episode is all about the B word ... breakups. They can break your heart, crush your spirits and sometimes make you feel so hopeless and alone, which is exactly why we wanted to make this episode!&nbsp; We share our own personal experiences with breakups, as well as our top tips to help you, not only get over a breakup, but reframe your opinion of them and make it an opportunity for self-growth and healing. If you're going through a breakup right now, we just want to say we are so so sorry you are, but also that you will emerge from this more powerful, in touch with yourself and ready for true love than you ever were before (i know this may sound like bullshit, but trust us on this one!!). And if you ever need a virtual shoulder to cry on, please don't hesitate to DM us on @the.matcha.diaries.&nbsp; Without further ado... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Also, if you want to join our book club and come meet us in person (eeeeeep) ... you can join us here!
9/19/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds
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join our hungover sunday chat: tapping into the power of your mind & 1000 other topics

POV: you’re our housemate and we’re sitting on our living room floor drinking chai and debriefing about life. This episode I’m joined by my two (three if you count Michael’s guest appearance) besties/housemates for a chaotic chat about everything under the sun. Some topics we discuss are: how we’re dealing with the cost of living crisis balancing work, responsibilities and life wanting to finding a passion project contraception/going hormone free (clearly this is a topic on the front of my mind bc I seem to talk about it a lot!!) cultural differences the butterfly effect &amp; the alternative lives we could lead the power of our mind and how to tap into it daily practices to practice self love (incl. affirmations, meditation) P.S If you’re only interested in a chat about our subconscious/spirituality/affirmations, listen from 40 mins in! Sadly, Cara couldn’t join us for this week’s recording because she’s currently having the bestest time ever in Jordan... but don’t you worry the matcha diaries duo will be reunited next week!!!&nbsp; So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!. Also, if you want to hear or know more about my friends ale and vaish who joined me in this episode, you can follow us on our newly made joint insta (@holy3summ) we mention in this episode (shameless self promo i know) !!&nbsp;
9/12/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 6 seconds
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is your subconscious lying to you?

Have you ever had a dream that left you feeling weird the next day but you couldn't quite put your finger on the reason why? Well, I (leo here) had one of those recently - which got us talking &amp; thinking about the meaning behind our dreams and how the subconscious can sometimes harbour long forgotten or deeply buried feelings... So we decided to do some research into the topic... and boy are we glad we did!&nbsp; In this episode we share our findings about the subconscious (obviously with the caveat that we're no scientists, we're merely curious matcha girlies wanting to share our newly acquired wisdom with all of you!), and cover the following:&nbsp; What is the difference between our conscious and subconscious mind?&nbsp; Which areas of our life does the subconscious impact? How does the subconscious communicate with us?&nbsp; How does trauma or negative past experiences impact our subconscious? How can we tap into our subconscious to create the life we want? So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts! Also, if you want to join our book club... you can join us here!.&nbsp; P.S. cara is still in jordan recording from her phone so please excuse the audio quality!!!! :'( Our sources for the episode: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20150217-how-smart-is-your-subconscious&nbsp; https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/health/psychology/31subl.html https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/understanding-your-subconscious-mind/ https://www.gailmarrahypnotherapy.com/9-interesting-facts-about-your-subconscious-mind/ subconscious Archives - Spirituality Decoded What is Behavior? - Spirituality Decoded https://www.boldsky.com/yoga-spirituality/thought/2014/spirituality-and-the-subconscious-mind-049187.html 13 Fascinating Facts about the Subconscious Mind - Spiritualify
9/4/202249 minutes, 13 seconds
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should we stop striving to be our best selves?

First off - we want to say we're SO sorry about the audio quality, Cara had to record on her phone because she’s at home in Jordan (😍), but we still wanted to upload the episode because we loved recording it... So we hope you still enjoy listening!! In this episode we do something we’ve not done in this way before! We react to an article which seems to contradict the whole principle of our podcast?? We’ll link the article here, so you can have a read along with us. We discuss the topics of: Are the principles of self improvement and self care toxic? Who REALLY is benefiting from Gen z continuously striving towards bettering themselves? Does one have to drink alcohol to live your twenties well? What is better - blissful ignorance or being being all too conscious of all the bad in the world? We ended up having a lot of open ended conversations and would looooveee to hear your guys thoughts on the themes we talked about!! So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts!
8/28/202244 minutes, 21 seconds
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your reminder to be confident & know your self worth

This episode is definitely a listen for when you're on your hot girl walk! We felt so empowered after recording this episode and felt ready to care a little less about what others think and trust who we are a lot more xx In this episode, we address... Where we're at with confidence at the moment How confidence makes every aspect of your life better - &nbsp;friendships, appearances, not being afraid to be your true self The spotlight effect where people tend to overestimate how much others notice aspects of one's appearance or behaviour &nbsp; Affirmations, self worth, and internal trust and how that leads to confidence How being in the moment and living in the moment can give you confidence Our negative bias and why we need to stop listening to it How pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is key to confidence building&nbsp; Everyone says fake it till you make it.. but how do we do it?? When do YOU feel most confident?&nbsp; So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts
8/14/202244 minutes, 21 seconds
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comparing yourselves to people online, meaning of life & other deep q’s

TW: this episode contains mentions of domestic abuse and physical violence This episode is is giving '3am car chats with your bestie' vibes.. thanks to your anonymously submitted questions we talked about some SUCH good topics that really made us think...&nbsp; what would you say to 15 year old you? what is your biggest dream? how do you get conversations to go past small talk? what's the meaning of life? what to do if a guy likes you...but you're not interested in guys? how to get out of a toxic/abusive home situation? what to do when you're comparing yourselves to us/people online (spoiler alert: pls don't!!!) So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts If you're struggling with abuse in the home, below are some hotlines that might be able to help! England Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 Online live chat Northern Ireland Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline 0808 802 1414 Online live chat Scotland Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234 Online live chat Wales Live Fear Free 0808 80 10 800 Online live chat
8/8/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 23 seconds
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a guy answers questions girls are too afraid to ask

In this very special episode, Leo is joined by the one and only Michael Kinder (a very close friend of both of us + Leo’s future housemate) to answer all the questions about dating that you’ve wanted to get a guys opinion on! We wanted to stick to our Sunday uploads, so we decided that it would be super cool if Leo recorded an episode whilst she was in Greece (hence the background noise - we’re sorry if this bothers you a little x)! Definitely listen to this episode if you want to hear some of Michael’s experiences and advice on… First dates (who makes the first move ?) How much prep to do for a first date? Online dating and why it doesn’t work (sometimes) All the phases before being official.. talking phase…exclusive phase.. what do they even mean and how to know if you’re moving too fast? Is it better to date someone who was your friend first? The worries on who has more experience.. (in dating + in the bedroom) Body count and does it even matter? Why is It so hard to commit in todays day and age with extreme comparison? How to get over a breakup + cope with those emotions? So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes, and share any of your thoughts
7/31/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 55 seconds
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the fight against societal expectations

Welcome back to part 2 of us reacting to things you do/did in your life because of societal pressures!&nbsp; In this short chatty episode, we dive into more juicy topics like dating pressures at a young age.. we talk about the power of movies and books and the role it played in making us feel pressured to date and find "the one" at such a young age... We discuss the pressures of dressing a certain way to fit in and finally the pressure to shave in today's society. Why is it a thing? Why is that more "feminine" and why is it so hard to push against these pressures even when we know they are stupid! Basically we had a big RANT!! So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes.
7/24/202221 minutes, 9 seconds
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help, we're feeling the pressure

Hopefully not too soon for another catch up xx In this episode we were meant to be reacting to things you do/did in your life because of societal pressure, but as always we ended up catching up about a lot more - Cara opens up about recently feeling anxious about little things that never used to make her anxious, Leo shares her horror landlord story ( she was almost going to be homeless) and feeling overwhelmed, and finally we dive into career &amp; uni societal pressures!&nbsp; Look out for a part 2 next week where we dive in to more juicy topics like dating pressures, shaving because thats "feminine", and dressing a certain way to fit in.&nbsp; So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes.
7/17/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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matcha chat #4: debunking hustle culture

In the 4th episode of our matcha chat series, Cara dives into hustle culture exposing not only how toxic it is ( shocker right!? ) but how glorified and ingrained it is in today's society. What is the actual point of hustling? Doesn't it just cause burnout ? and WHY is prioritising our personal lives not good enough??..&nbsp; Cara talks about the it all in this episode, even touching on the anti hustle movement and how we should all spend some time defining what success looks like to us and only us ;)&nbsp; &nbsp;So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening to this cozy chill episode! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes.
7/10/202224 minutes, 58 seconds
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unpopular opinions

From 'having to kill to know if you're a psychopath', to 'covid tests ACTUALLY feeling good?!' .. we cover it all in this episode as we discuss YOUR unpopular opinions. In this episode, we react to the unpopular opinions that you shared with us on our Instagram. We definitely had a few controversial and juicy topics, and Leo and I crossed heads on a few as we shared our honest thoughts! We had lots of fun recording this episode as we felt like we got to know you all a little bit better. So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes.
7/3/20221 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Book Club #1: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Our first ever book club episode!! Ahh 💚 📖 In this episode we discuss all things Book Lovers by Emily Henry. We dive into our favourite parts of the book (ones that made us cry or gave us goosebumps) , our least favourite bits, Nora's character as a protagonist, and how the book compares to the classic hallmark movies! We also share who we think would be perfect for the part if this were to ever turn into a movie or TV show.  Now onto the next one!! This coming month we will be reading the fantasy novel “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson. We are working towards having the call to discuss this book on the 24th of July which means you should get your book ordered as soon as possible if you’d like to join X  We are excited to share that we will be moving all book club content to our Patreon page!   https://www.patreon.com/thematchadiaries By joining our book club you will have access to…. Our exclusive book club content ( book discussions and ‘behind the scenes’ content ) An exclusive monthly podcast episode Monthly calls chats with us via google meets A community of like-minded people that love books as much as we do! Joining is only £2 per month! The reason we’re setting this price is that we genuinely want this to be the best community and space and we want to dedicate a lot of time and energy into it! Setting up the Patreon will really support us in being able to do that x Obviously this is completely up to you and If joining the Patreon isn’t something you are looking to do, we will still be releasing our regular weekly episodes so you’ll still get some matcha chat time <3. 🍵 We really appreciate any of you that join or already has expressed interest in the book club coz it means so much to us & we’re so excited to see and hear more of your faces/voices x
6/26/202253 minutes, 45 seconds
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catch up with us: friendship breakups, pop culture controversies & food freedom

... and we're back with another catch up! In this episode we were originally meant to be only reacting to your friendship breakups (pt 2 of our episode two weeks ago) but ended up talking about so much more - our controversial celeb opinions, finding food freedom/old disordered eating patterns, how to react to family members commenting on your appearance &amp; lots more! After we finished recording this one, we both said that this felt like an OG matcha diaries episode - just us two chatting, covering pretty much every topic under the sun apart from the one we were originally meant to discuss (lol) .. but LOVING it! So we hope you enjoy it too &amp; feel like you’re catching up with us at your local coffee shop. &lt;3 So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes. P.S. this is the first episode we're uploading on our new weekly sunday schedule (so in future you can count on starting your week with us in your ears 😚)!
6/19/202255 minutes, 57 seconds
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matcha chat #3: the real reason summer romances are scary

Whilst Cara is enjoying the sunshine &amp; family time in beautiful Jordan, I (Leo) take the mic and get REAL about my current relationship status and emotions.&nbsp; This episode is part life catch up, part listener Q&amp;A - with questions discussed including: how did i meet my boyfriend? (full story time included 🤪) how to maintain long distance communication successfully? is it natural for number of friends to decrease in adulthood? how to be satisfied with yourself in times of transition (e.g. school to uni, uni to job)? So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening (and don't worry Cara will be back next week!!) 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes.
6/8/202248 minutes, 26 seconds
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reacting to your friendship breakups

This episode is a juicy/sad/pensive/chaotic one!&nbsp; If there's one thing that hurts even more than romantic breakups, its friendship ones. Those are so often the ones we can't stop wondering and thinking about ... even years later! So we asked our listeners to submit their friendship breakups on our instagram and reacted to them on the podcast (obviously whilst also giving our unsolicited advice and sharing our own experiences).&nbsp; So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives and contribute to future episodes. P.s. - could the lovely listener who submitted the story about her (clearly fake) friend making an INSTA POST about how she thought the listener's long distance relationship wouldn't last (wtf, we repeat wtf??) pretty please send us a photo of the post because we're dying to see it!&nbsp;
5/21/20221 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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dealing with change in your 20's

When we asked on our instagram for episode topics you'd be interested to hear, a lot of them were about some type of change - in jobs, in location, in relationships, in bodies etc. So we thought we'd combine them all into one big ol' episode all about CHANGE.&nbsp; Especially in our twenties, we are having to confront different types of changes - moving away from home, going from being a student to a young professional, growing apart from certain friendships or watching our bodies age for the first time (to just name a few examples). In this episode, we touch on our personal experiences and how we've coped/are currently coping with these changes. So... please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes &amp; tell us your thoughts on change. Link to the column we referenced (lyrics to the 'wear sunscreen' song) here.&nbsp;
5/9/202257 minutes, 24 seconds
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matcha chat #2: letting go of negative self-talk

Welcome back to episode 2 of our “matcha chats” series - episodes that are filled with heart-spilling topics we care about and want to get off our chests! This week is a little different to our usual episodes, as it will just be me, Cara &lt;3&nbsp; I thought I would sit down and do a chatty episode on a topic that i know is super relatable, and essentially something that in the past year or so I’ve noticed is taking over me in ways that i don’t want it to. This episode is all about negative self talk and our inner critic. I dive into what negative self talk and our inner critic truly is, I share the common forms that it shows itself, and go into some of my personal experiences (how it affects my self image, relationships and work). I also did a little bit of research so that we could work together to stop this negative voice and ultimately... be our own best friend! So... please do pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes &amp; tell us your thoughts on what we spoke about! Sources: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-mindfulness-overcoming-negative-self-talk/ https://www.verywellmind.com/negative-self-talk-and-how-it-affects-us-4161304 https://www.headspace.com/mindfulness/stop-negative-self-talk https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/inner-critic https://www.bustle.com/p/7-habits-you-dont-realize-can-cause-your-negative-self-talk-13137479
4/29/202225 minutes, 34 seconds
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Catching up & responding to your assumptions 🤭

We can’t believe you assumed that! 😱 🤪 In this week’s chit chatty episode, we asked YOU to share your assumptions of us, and we're not surprised, it got Juicy… Are we entirely straight? Is Cara a lot more introverted/shy than Leo? Are we BAD at giving advice to friends and family? We answer it all whilst also giving some updates on how we are feeling at the moment (overwhelmed &amp; all) x If you’re looking for something light and easy to listen to then this episode is just right for you! So pour yourself a matcha and join us! 💚 If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on&nbsp;@the.matcha.diaries!
4/20/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sabotaging self sabotage

The long awaited part 2 of our self sabotage episode! If you haven't listened to the first part please do check it out 💚. In part 1, we understood what it really means to be self sabotaging, we uncovered what these behaviours and patterns may look like and shared our own personal experiences..&nbsp; In this weeks episode, we dive into the science behind it and understand why our brains are wired this way. We find out what are the common causes such as patterns learned in childhood, fear of failure, or the need for control. We also uncover how can we get better at identifying when we are self sabotaging and ultimately break the pattern!!&nbsp; So pour yourself a matcha and join us! 💚 If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries! ps. we are sorry for disappearing for a little while. we will be posting regularly again soon, and we can't wait to record the next episode x we are so grateful for all of you that join us every week!&nbsp; Sources: https://nickwignall.com/self-sabotage/ https://www.healthline.com/health/self-sabotage#overcoming-it https://positivepsychology.com/self-sabotage/
4/13/202253 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why do we self sabotage?

Do you experience a lot of negative self talk? Do you avoid things a lot? Procrastinate through mindless scrolling? and chronically worry? Then you might be self sabotaging and you don't even know it! Self sabotage occurs when we destroy ourselves physically, mentally, or emotionally to hinder our own success and wellbeing by undermining personal goals and values.. it can be conscious behaviour or unconscious, and presents itself in many different facets of a persons everyday life ( I.e romantic relationships, career, education, family relationships) (Brenner, 2019). In part 1, we understand what it really means to be self sabotaging, we uncover what these behaviours and patterns may look like and share our own personal experiences.. we also encourage you to sit down and journal / list some of the behaviours. In part 2 coming next week, we will dive into the science behind it and understand why our brains are wired this way. We also uncover how can we get better at identifying when we are self sabotaging and break the pattern? So pour yourself a matcha and join us! 💚 If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries! Sources:&nbsp; https://nickwignall.com/self-sabotage/ https://www.healthline.com/health/self-sabotage#overcoming-it https://positivepsychology.com/self-sabotage/
3/23/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 46 seconds
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Spring clean with us - mentally & physically

As the days are getting longer and we're past the worst of the cold winter months.. more than ever we want to consciously make the most of the coming spring.&nbsp; That’s what this episode is all about - going into these (hopefully) warmer months with better habits, mindsets and in general a brighter attitude. Join us as we share some positive habits we want to implement but also share our thoughts on the darker side of spring. We talk about dealing with burnout whilst wanting to make the most of the good weather or keep up with friends. And lastly, a struggle we wish nobody had to deal with … learning to accept (and appreciate) our bodies as we move away from the oversized layers and show more of our bodies! So pour yourself a matcha and join us! 💚 If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries!
3/16/202257 minutes, 30 seconds
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"ask cara & leo" pt 2 - mental health advice

Welcome to the second instalment of “Ask Cara &amp; Leo” - our bestie style advice series. This episode is about a topic we feel very passionate about ... our mental health. A few of our listener questions we answer are: - “what advice would you give someone who doesn’t feel like their good enough?” - “how to react to people making comments about your body?” - “when to know you need to start therapy?” - “how to rest without feeling guilty?” As always, we want to caveat that we are in no way professionals. All advice we share is from our own personal experiences, and if you are struggling with your mental health, we do advise that you speak to a professional, or even your close family/friends who can guide you on the best help that you can get. 🤍 If you’d like to submit advice questions for a future episode or generally chat to us, then follow us on @the.matcha.diaries.
3/8/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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"ask cara & leo" pt 1 - love & relationship advice

Welcome to "Ask Cara &amp; Leo" - the first instalment in our bestie style advice series. Starting off with a topic we can all use some advice on from time to time - this episode is all about relationships, love &amp; dating. 🤭 &nbsp; We give our thoughts on long distance relationships, handling trauma in relationships, how to know whether to give things a go with a person vs when it's better to set boundaries… and lots more! &nbsp; So now… please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy. We REALLY enjoyed this format &amp; we hope you do too. If you'd like submit some advice q's yourself (the more specific the better!) or contribute to any future episodes, you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries.🍵 &nbsp; Also, we wanted to acknowledge what is happening in Europe at the moment. We are sending love to all our Ukrainian listeners and anyone affected by the horrific invasion. Please only listen to this episode if you feel like it might offer you some form of positive distraction and you're in the right headspace for it. We are trying to share as many helpful resources/links on our instagram as we can, so if you have anything you'd like us to share with our listeners - definitely let us know!&nbsp;💙💛
3/1/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 3 seconds
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Navigating comparison & online criticism w/ uol.art

Welcome back to a new episode of the matcha diaries! Or if you're new here.. a big hello from us! This week we're back with a bit of a different episode. We're joined by the lovely Amy from @uol.art as she gives us an insight into her life as an artist and her experiences showcasing her content online.&nbsp; In this really cosy episode, Amy opens up about her familiarity with comparison, being self critical and how she uses her art as a way of self expression. We also touch on online criticism as a whole and give our thoughts on the Molly Mae scandal that happened not too long ago.&nbsp; So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
2/14/202254 minutes, 56 seconds
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Overwhelmed with being overwhelmed?

Do you ever feel like things just keep piling up and you have so much to do and it just gets a little too much? Cause same...&nbsp; In this week's episode, We open up about our experiences with feeling overwhelmed, and try to answer the "Why" question. Is it society that's making us this way?... Or is it part of our psychology?... We did some research into this so you won't have too! To finish off the episode, we share some of the ways that we try to deal with being overwhelmed in a healthier and more sustainable way. 🤍💪🏼 So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries!
2/5/20221 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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matcha chat #1: overthinking & favourite books

Welcome to our new “matcha chats” series - episodes that are filled with heart-spilling and chatting as if we were on FaceTime about topics we care about. This week is a little different to our usual episodes, as Leo is alone on the mic talking about recent life events, overthinking (and how she’s been dealing with it) and … most importantly her favourite books!&nbsp; Go to 18:08 if you want to skip straight to the book chat (which is divided into the genres: self-help, psychological thrillers, fantasy, romance &amp; a “no name matcha diaries” category).&nbsp; So... please do pour yourself a matcha and enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives, contribute to future episodes &amp; tell us your thoughts on what we spoke about!
1/27/202243 minutes, 50 seconds
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Developing self love & seeing the higher purpose w/ @Its_nicolettemarie

“Self hate and self love exist on a powerful scale and each choice has an extremely different outcome. And I think it’s really easy to think you’re acting from one, when really it’s coming from the other.” - @its_nicolettemarie In this episode we are joined by Nikki Jahnke, a lovely registered nurse and health coach. Saying that Nikki has a way with her words is an understatement. Her words are thought provoking, inspirational, and allow you to look deep inside yourself! We cover it all in this episode - from self growth, spirituality, living life with a higher purpose, the importance of human connection, connecting with your energy, showing up as your authentic self online, truly practicing self love, the power of your mind against your ‘ego’, and so much more! We just want to give a disclaimer, there is a bit of background noise in this episode and we truly do apologise for it x We want to give a trigger warning for this episode because we talk about eating disorders, so if you think this could negatively impact you in any way, then please don’t listen to this specific episode - but we’ll be excited to have you back next week. If it does please do reach out to friends/ family for support or any professional if you can! So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
1/18/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 40 seconds
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Making 2022 our best year yet

Welcome back to our first episode of 2022!&nbsp; Join us for our 2022 manifestations! In this week's episode we take this time to set our intentions for the upcoming year. New habits we want to introduce, patterns we want to break and goals we want to achieve. Let's push ourselves out of our comfort zone this year! 🍵 So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
1/5/202258 minutes, 19 seconds
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2021 lessons & reflections

Welcome back to the last episode of 2021! As we're sure many people can agree, this year has been another unpredictable one. This week we look back at 2021.. celebrating the big wins, little wins, the greatest challenges and the lessons we've learnt. But most importantly we get to hear the lessons that YOU'VE learnt in 2021!&nbsp; We want to thank every person that participated in this episode and shared with us what they've taken away from 2021.&nbsp; So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
12/29/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 16 seconds
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✨a christmas special ✨

welcome to this year's christmas special... matcha diaries edition!!! in this very festive episode, we reflect on our favorite traditions, what we're grateful for this season, our favorite christmas movies/songs and also share some childhood memories (the tooth fairy get's a special mention...). definitely give it a listen if you want to get into the holiday spirit and try see the bright side of things when i know things seem a little dark right now with covid restrictions tightening and covid cases rising so drastically (something that we don't mention in the episode because we recorded a little while ago, but that is definitely affecting everyone right now). wherever you are, we are sending you lots of love and would also LOVE to hear about your favorite christmas traditions, gratitudes or even movies/songs! Just DM us on our instagram -&nbsp;@thematchadiaries. 💚
12/20/202137 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why it took us 2 years to become friends & other stories

Welcome back to a new episode of the matcha diaries and if you're new.. a big hello from the both us!&nbsp; After noticing that we have a few lovely new listeners joining our little community, we thought it was only fair to reintroduce ourselves! We talk a little bit about who we are, how we met, why it took us 2 years to actually become friends, why we started the podcast, answer some random questions, and even share some fun facts.. So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
12/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Why is living in the moment so bloody difficult?

Welcome back to a new episode of the matcha diaries! This week we're back (in person) to talk about the elusive and much desired concept of "living in the moment". What does it entail, why is it so difficult and of course what can we do to get better at it!&nbsp; Also (as per usual), we catch you guys up on what's been going on in our lives and ramble lots about random things, including dinosaurs and hoovers... confused? We were too!&nbsp; So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
12/6/202152 minutes, 12 seconds
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is there such a thing as being "too" honest?

Welcome to a very honest catch up - it's been a while since we sat together just the two of us and had a candid conversation with you all, so we thought we'd do exactly that!&nbsp; We catch you up about recent life events (including cara having a very ... painful... incident on a night out) and talk about how we've been feeling recently. From constantly chasing new highs vs living in the present, trusting our intuition, being too honest (?), seeking validation and recent body image lows - we bare it all.&nbsp; So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
11/25/202155 minutes, 17 seconds
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comparison & showing emotion - a male's POV (2)

Here is Part 2 of our episode with our very first MALE guest on the pod - Ed! Ed is extra special because he's none other than Cara's boyfriend who very kindly is joining us in this episode to open up and talk honestly about his experiences growing up as a male in today's society. In part 2.. Ed further opens up about his journey with comparison and reflects on the advice he would give to other young men out there that might be experiencing the same thing! He continues to give us an insight into the hardships of showing emotion in today's society and the challenges that come with that!&nbsp; This episode is 100% interesting for females and males alike and definitely opened our own eyes... So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
11/17/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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body image & comparison - a male's POV

This episode is a little bit of a different one ... instead of our usual girlie chat, we have our very first MALE guest on the pod - Ed! And Ed is extra special because he's none other than Cara's boyfriend who very kindly is joining us in this episode to open up and talk honestly about his experiences growing up as a male in today's society.&nbsp; We talk about everything from body image, comparison, stereotypes, being emotional, #notallmen to locker room chat. This episode is 100% interesting for females and males alike and definitely opened our own eyes...&nbsp; So please pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! If you'd like to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
11/11/202155 minutes, 57 seconds
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Autumn Favourites & Spooky Stories

The leaves are changing, its getting colder and we're here for it!&nbsp; There’s something about autumn... wearing your favourite sweaters, drinking warm drinks ( pumpkin spice lattes) , the leaves are changing, and even though the weather is getting colder, you’re surrounded by warm colours, cosy blankets, your favourite movies, and have some time to be nostalgic. In this weeks episode we thought we’d share some of our favourites for the season ( candles, series, routines ) and share some spooky stories to get us ready for the season! So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
10/10/202144 minutes, 4 seconds
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our (unfiltered) thoughts about aging

Aging is a seemingly odd topic to talk about in a podcast all about navigating your twenties but for some reason it was on our minds so we thought we'd talk about it!  As always when we dive deep into a topic - we share our thoughts, hopes worries and fears. But we also sprinkle in some research/stats about the gender disparity that exists as we age (spoiler alert - it made us mad), as well as some thoughts about how social media and celebrity culture is further perpetuating the need to look increasingly younger.   So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries. 💚
10/4/202153 minutes, 59 seconds
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loneliness & making friends in your 20's

Every representation in media and culture has told us that our 20’s should be the best years of our life. The years where we are surrounded by a group of friends, laughing, drinking, and going to parties and bars... But loneliness in your twenties is a real thing and so many of us go through it!  Join me for a quick episode, where I bring light to the circumstances that can make us feel this way, and touch upon the ways that we can help each other feel less alone! So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries.💚 P.S Leo will be back with me next week for our normal episodes x 
9/25/202117 minutes, 41 seconds
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An honest conversation about relationships & love...

Join us for an honest conversation about relationships & love in part 2 of our ‘truth or drink’ episode 🥂 We open up about the highs and lows of being in a relationship/single in your 20s, question the concept of marriage & divorce, and touch on how a women’s worth in society is measured by all of this! So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries.💚
9/11/202136 minutes, 42 seconds
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Truth or Drink? (Part 1)

The tea (or in this case champagne) quite literally gets spilled in this episode... get ready for a messy 'truth or drink' episode with cara and leo! 🥂 We answer questions from "what was your most embarrassing moment" to "what are your thoughts about sex before marriage"... and we definitely don't hold back. Get ready for our most honest chat yet (and potentially damaging to your ears)... So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @thematchadiaries.💚
9/2/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to stop hating confrontation

Why do some people love and others hate confrontation? And if you (like Leo) hate confrontation, how can you get better at it?? We tackle these, and many other, questions in this episode all about confrontation! We start by discussing our own experiences with confrontation and how we handle confrontations with family, friends, colleagues and even strangers! We also did some research into the different conflict management types and ways people deal with confrontation - whether it is through compromising or even competing against the other person. To finish off the episode, we share some of the ways that we try to deal with confrontation in a better &amp; healthier way. 🤍💪🏼 So pour yourself a matcha and join us! If you want to reach out to us or see any recent updates you can follow us on @the.matcha.diaries!
8/25/20211 hour, 1 minute, 39 seconds
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Where we've been & our thoughts on living abroad

WE'RE BACK - SEASON 2&nbsp; We are so excited to be back for Season 2 as we have so many exciting episodes planned and lots of amazing guests joining us!!&nbsp; In this week's episode, after a little catch up, we share our personal experiences living away from home, and how this has impacted our identities. Over the past few weeks, Leo and I have both had some realisations that have really made us think about how we cope being away from our “home” and in some sense the sacrifices we’ve had to make to experience the opportunities here in the UK. We end the episode with our advice on how deal with living abroad!&nbsp; So pour yourself a matcha and as always, we would love to hear your thoughts! You can message us on @the.matcha.diaries where we post daily!&nbsp;
8/18/202157 minutes, 18 seconds
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stop overthinking it!

This week's episode is all about OVERTHINKING! 🥴 We've all been there, we've all done it ... and we all want to do it less! So this is exactly what we'll be talking about in this episode. We talk about the areas we (and you guys) most commonly overthink, why overthinking actually isn't doing you any good and some ways to stop overthinking (or at least try to).&nbsp; If you ever want to get in touch with us or contribute to one of our episodes, make sure to message over on us on instagram (@thematchadiaries)! We hope you're all doing well and are sending you lots of love! 🤍
7/9/202147 minutes, 5 seconds
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Our recent struggles, faves & thoughts on love island

This week's episode is a chatty jumble of everything that's recently been living rent free in our heads! 🤪 We give some general life updates, diving into the highs &amp; lows of our lives. From confidence lows, body image worries to our recent favourites, summer goals and even giving our initial thoughts on the new season of UK love island - this episode covers it all! ✨ If you ever want to get in touch with us or contribute to one of our episodes, make sure to message over on us on instagram (@thematchadiaries)! We hope you're all doing well and are sending you lots of love. 💘
7/2/202148 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hot girl summer

Hot girl summer ... everyone is talking about it but what does it even mean? 🌞 In this week's episode, we chat about all things summer and specifically... hot girl summer! Our thoughts on this pop-culture phrase, our summer goals, favorite summer songs, summer foods and even our own confidence struggles we deal with in the warmer weather. ✨ So pour yourself an iced matcha and get ready for a fun, girly chit chat episode! And if you ever want to get in touch with us, make sure to message over on us on instagram (@thematchadiaries)! 💚
6/23/202141 minutes, 20 seconds
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New job, living with your significant other & romanticising your life

This weeks episode is going to be a very chatty one! Cara talks about her experiences adjusting to work life, shares what its like living with your significant other, and ends the episode talking all things romanticising your life - Why should we do it and how to do it. Let's help each other be the main characters this summer heheh.  So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) for all our updates or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
6/16/202128 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to get out of a slump...funk..rut

In this episode we dive into the weird feeling that is being in a little funk! We discuss some of the shared reasons we all get into funks every now and then. Leo provides some insights into the role that our hormones play when it comes to those feelings of being in a slump! We then talk about our favourite ways and practices of bridging over those weird feelings!&nbsp; Thank you to all our friends over on instagram for engaging with this topic and sharing all of your really great pieces of advice! So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) for all our updates or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
6/9/202153 minutes, 3 seconds
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My experiences with therapy

Let us normalise going to therapy.&nbsp; This week is Leo's first solo episode, so let us all send her some love! In this weeks episode, Leo opens up about her experiences with therapy. Leo shares why she started therapy, the biggest lessons she has learnt and shares how you can also find your own therapist!&nbsp; We think this is a really important topic that we shouldn't shy away from. Therapy is healing, healthy, and should never be something you feel ashamed about! Let us talk about it.. because its okay to do so :).&nbsp; So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
6/2/202133 minutes, 11 seconds
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Self acceptance & Gaining confidence

Stop looking for external validation and start living for YOU! ✨ In this weeks episode we are talking about all things confidence! Why is it such an attractive feature in people?&nbsp; Why does it consume such a big part of our lives? We asked our friends over on instagram a couple of questions and got to really dive into the shared experiences in our lives where we wish we were more confident. We dive into the route causes when it comes to lacking confidence and how important it is to shift our mindset to self acceptance! We then share some pieces of advice on how to gain confidence in specific areas like work, standing up for yourself and your beliefs, and even meeting new people! So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
5/26/202144 minutes, 53 seconds
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let's talk...

Resources: https://free-palestine.carrd.co/ https://instagram.com/theimeu/ https://instagram.com/subhi.taha?utm_medium=copy_link https://instagram.com/eye.on.palestine?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.instagram.com/jewishoncampus/ https://www.instagram.com/jewishvoiceforpeace/ If you have any further resources you think would be helpful for us to share, please DM us. 💚
5/21/202122 minutes, 39 seconds
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How yoga can help you find your path to spirituality

Yoga is more than just an instagram trend!! In this episode we are joined by the lovely Filipa, the founder of viryaretreat, a yoga and mindfulness retreat in Portugal that will be taking place this July! In this episode, Filipa challenges the stereotypes which come with being a yoga teacher, and the practice of yoga in general - touching on perfectionism and body image. She discusses her personal relationship with yoga, how it slowly became an important aspect of how she lives her life, and how it has acted as a gateway to discovering spirituality. We had an amazing time recording with @whereisfili and chatting about all things mindfulness, a topic we both feel passionate about but definitely are not the most educated in! If you like her ethos and are interested in booking a spot on her retreat, make sure you follow @viryaretreat on instagram where you can access all necessary information and book your spot! So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to stay up to date on our lives or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
5/12/202149 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to deal with disappointment

Disappointment ... We've all felt it at one point in our lives and know what an awful feeling it can be, especially if you don't know how to deal with it in the best way! 💚 That is exactly why this week's episode is all about disappointment. From how to deal with job application struggles, the disappointment of not sticking to goals, disappointing yourself emotionally, to being disappointed by others - we truly cover it all! ✨ So... pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) for all our updates or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
5/5/202140 minutes, 59 seconds
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Can we ever be truly authentic?

Is discovering your authentic self as easy as it seems? ✨ In this episode we are joined by the lovely girls Emma and Maya from the ME time podcast, as we dive heavy into all things authenticity! Check out part 1 x&nbsp; In part 2, we open up about the complexities of discovering your authenticity, and the intricacies of questioning your thoughts and beliefs. We discuss the role that confidence in being comfortable with your authentic self! We share our stories and thoughts on how to navigate being authentic at work, and even with romantic relationships and friendships 💭 We dive into the notion of people pleasing and how it affects the way we portray ourselves and even reflect on how media, society and culture has affected our perceptions of authenticity. We finally end the episode with our advice to our listeners that are trying to discover their authentic self!&nbsp; Follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) for all our updates or to let us know your thoughts on the episode! 💚
4/28/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Journalling 101: tips, benefits & our favourite journal prompts

This week's episode is true to our podcast name.... an audio diary all about keeping a physical diary! 💚 In this week's episode we dive deep into the topic of journalling - from our personal stories, it's benefits, the different types of journalling, our favorite journal prompts and so much more! We also reflect on the Unjaded Jade's Reset Challenge we recently participated in (which included daily journal prompts and meditations), how this impacted us and changed our outlook on journalling. 💭 We are both such big fans of journalling and loved talking about our all-time favorite self care practice... so pour yourself a matcha and we hope you enjoy listening! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) for all our updates or to let us know your thoughts on the episode!
4/21/202146 minutes, 47 seconds
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Stress: it's more than just a buzzword

How often do you catch yourself saying you're stressed to others? Are you in a constant state of stress?&nbsp; If you answered yes, then this episode is definitely for you. We dive into what Stress actually is and the common ways that it presents itself (albeit emotionally or physically). We discuss the major causes of stress in our lives by sharing some of our personal experiences, and finally end the episode with our recommendations on how to manage stress (we even bring light to stoicism and its principals).&nbsp; Stress + your mental health should be taken seriously, so here are some useful resources to anyone that is struggling at the moment: https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk&nbsp; https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/&nbsp; https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/ or even this book may help?&nbsp; Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky We hope this episode makes you feel less alone. Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to get updates on our episodes, or to let us know your thoughts on our episode!&nbsp;
4/14/202158 minutes, 53 seconds
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From strangers to flatmates... how do you make it work?

Ever wondered what would happen if you are suddenly stuck in lockdown with a stranger turned flatmate? This week Leo and her flatmate Ellie spill the tea and share their advice on navigating new living situations. This week's episode is a bit of a different one, as Cara is moving house (eeep exciting🎉) so Leo is joined by her flatmate who moved in just a few weeks before lockdown started in March 2020... without either of them knowing each other beforehand. This episode covers it all - from fun questions like 'who is the messiest roommate' to advice on how to approach new living situations in the best way. 💚 So pour yourself a matcha and have a listen to this cosy conversation.🍵 If you enjoy this episode, definitely follow us on instagram (@thematchadiaries) to tell us your thoughts and always stay up to date on our lives!
4/7/20211 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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Chatty Q&A: our favourites, biggest fears & how to cope with expectations

This week’s episode is a fun one!! 💌 To celebrate us hitting 1k followers on Instagram, this episode is our first ever listener Q&amp;A. From lighthearted questions, such as ‘what are our favorite quotes’ or ‘what is your favorite thing about each other’ - to more serious ones, like ‘what are our greatest fears’ and ‘have we ever felt pressured to live up to someone’s expectations’... we cover them all! 💚 So pour yourself a matcha and get to know us better through this chatty Q&amp;A. 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to get involved in our next Q&amp;A and as always, please let us know your thoughts on this episode. ✨
4/1/202155 minutes, 54 seconds
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Are you really being healthy? body love & food myths

Love yourself first ✨&nbsp; This weeks episode is part 2 of our chat with the wonderful&nbsp;Mallory page (@malsfitkitchen). Mallory is an incredible registered dietitian who uses her social media platforms to help people all over the world heal from disordered eating forever. We chat about the idea of body neutrality vs. loving your body, the difference between pretending to prioritise your health and actually putting your health first, dispel some food myths, and so much more! 💚 So Pour yourself a Matcha and enjoy! Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to let us know your thoughts on this episode and follow along on our journey.✨
3/24/202142 minutes, 49 seconds
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Advice from a dietitian: recovery, healing & finding the perfect balance

What should you ask yourself when recovering? ✨ In this week's episode we get to chat with the amazing Mallory Page (@malsfitkitchen). Mallory is an incredible registered dietitian who uses her social media platforms to help people all over the world heal from disordered eating forever. In part 1 of our conversation, Mallory opens up about her own experiences with orthorexia, exercise obsession, binge eating. She also&nbsp;reveals the most important discovery she's made about recovery, which is the value of finding out your 'WHY' - Why are you really struggling and what are the reasons? Mallory provides some actionable steps to approach this question, how it can be used as a way of healing/recovery, and so much more!&nbsp; So pour yourself a Matcha and enjoy 💚🍵! Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to let us know your thoughts on this episode and follow along on our journey! ✨
3/17/202143 minutes, 3 seconds
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Discussing our cultural differences & stereotypes we've faced

Answering the "where are you from question" 💚✨&nbsp; This week we'll be talking about a topic that we've wanted to for a while but never knew how to best address it, as it can be so easy to miss the mark on this one and we never want to be insensitive 🥺 ! However, we decided that this is as good a time as any to talk about our experiences with growing up multiculturally, the cultural differences we’ve experienced moving to a new country, as well as some of the stereotypes we have faced.&nbsp; We hope you enjoy this episode and would love to hear your experiences as well so please send us a message at (@the.matcha.diares), where you can also get our latest updates!&nbsp;
3/10/202156 minutes, 26 seconds
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Redefining your mindset & motivations

Stop selling yourself short!✨ In part two of our episode with Emily Duong - host of the 'What Fulfills you' podcast, we explore 'motivation' as part of who we are, rather than a feeling or state of mind that can fade away. We also discuss the importance of not selling yourself short, going into situations with an audacious mindset and so much more! So pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! 🍵 Also, follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to let us know what you thought of this episode and follow along on our journey.&nbsp;💚
3/3/202142 minutes, 40 seconds
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Overcoming adversity & practicing tough love ft. Emily Duong

In this week’s episode, we get to talk to the inspiring Emily Duong - host of the ‘What Fulfills You’ podcast, creator of the ‘Elite Skatewear’ brand, as well as her own social media agency ‘LOSHATTAN co’. As you can see through that description alone, she is a powerhouse and has a lot of wisdom to share! We chat all things confidence, tough love, overcoming adversities, gaining independence and so much more. As we had such an incredible time recording with Emily, this is only Part 1 of this conversation - Part 2 is coming next week, so definitely stay tuned for that! 💚 So pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! 🍵Also, follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to let us know what you thought of this episode and follow along on our journey.
2/24/202152 minutes
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All about looove: our dating stories, love languages & relationship advice

Happy Belated Valentine's Day 💚 Welcome back to another episode of the matcha diaries with Cara and Leo &lt;3&nbsp; This episode is a cute little chit chat all about our experiences with love, relationships, dating, and so much more. We talk about what relationships mean to us, our love languages, cute romantic stories, the hardships of relationships, and some advice for the valentine’s day blues.&nbsp; This episode also marks the release of our new intro and transition music! We couldn't be happier with the outcomes and have the special Michael Kinder to thank. He did such a great job and we are so excited to finally share this with everyone.&nbsp; So pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to get our latest updates and share with us how you celebrated Valentine's Day 💫
2/17/202150 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is comparison always the thief of joy?

If comparison is the thief of joy, why is it so bloody hard to actually stop comparing yourself to other people? Why do humans even compare themselves in the first place? Is there such a thing as healthy comparison? How can we use comparison to improve our lives? In today’s episode of the matcha diaries, we attempt to answer these questions, as well as many others surrounding the complex topic of comparison. So many blogs/podcast episodes on this topic we found online always had one main takeaway: “Stop comparing yourself to others''! &nbsp;And whilst that sounds great in theory, in practice this always seemed to prove impossible and slightly too simplistic… So we decided to do a little digging ourselves and explore the scientific reasons behind human’s seemingly endless need for comparison. 💭 Obviously, we are NOT experts in this field and just reflecting on the research we found online (all our sources can be found below). But we still hope that this can give you some food for thought and most importantly, shift your perspective on comparison a little! 💚 So pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! 🍵 Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to let us know what you thought of the episode and your own thoughts on comparison! Sources: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/why-you-compare-yourself-to-other-people-and-how-to-stop/#:~:text=Festinger%20basically%20said%20that%20people,learn%20how%20to%20defin e%20themselves.&amp;text=They%20can%20only%20define%20themselves%20in%20relation%20to%20someone%20else. https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/basics/social-comparison-theory https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0747563213004512 https://positivepsychology.com/social-comparison/ https://claritychi.com/social-comparisons-in-our-social-society/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232505959_Downward_Comparison_Principles_in_Social_Psychology
2/10/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 26 seconds
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Being sober in your twenties

Today we are destigmatising young sobriety! Welcome back to the matchadiaries podcast. In today’s episode we are joined by a very special guest Stephanie, who runs the instagram page @Funshitblog. Steph uses her platforms like youtube and her blog entries, to talk about sobriety and wellness and breaks the stigmas around alcohol and sobriety at our age. Steph opens up about her sobriety journey, how it has affected her relationships with other people and her relationship with herself, the positive effects of going sober, as well as her advice for tackling social situations and social pressures. We loved having this conversation and bringing awareness to this topic! So, pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! 🍵&nbsp; Follow us on instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to get in contact, give us feedback and follow us on our journey!
2/3/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to become a "bitch who reads"

Welcome back to the matcha diaries! 💚 This episode is all about... BOOKS (Leo's secret favourite ever topic)! We are joined by the amazing duo Maggie and Morgan (also known as the @bitches_who_read) to chat all things reading. We discuss our favourite authors, must-reads, unpopular opinions and so much more! 📚 If you are looking for some book inspo, tips on how to start reading more or even just a fun girly chat - this is definitely the right episode for you. So, pour yourself a matcha and enjoy!&nbsp;🍵 Follow us on Instagram (@the.matcha.diaries) to get in contact, give us feedback and follow us on our journey! &nbsp;
1/26/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 22 seconds
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How our school education failed us

“Why didn’t they tell us this when we were young?” This week, Leo and I reflect on our school experiences and how we believe school could better prepare students for the real world. We chat about finances, mental health, coping with pressure, sex education and so much more!&nbsp; We would love to hear about your experiences at school - things you wish you were educated on, or ways that your school education made you proud! As always, you can send us your thoughts on our instagram @the.matcha.diaries. Pour yourself a matcha and enjoy! 💚
1/19/202149 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to be successful when your mind is working against you

Hey lovelies and welcome back to the matcha diaries 💚 This is part two of our episode with Jules, under the instagram handle @matchajules. In this episode, Jules opens up about her experiences with depression, dealing with criticism and so much more. We think about how failures in life are essential to successes. She also gives us an insight into what it is like being the only female in her team, and unravels how imposter syndrome impacts her day to day life! Jules also shares inspiring stories about how @jadeleafmatcha creates an inclusive workplace that values health and wellbeing.  It was such a beautiful, vulnerable and eye-opening conversation and we can’t thank Jules enough for sharing her stories with us! Thank you once again for all your love and support and we hope you enjoy this episode! 🍵 Follow us on instagram to get in contact, give us feedback, and see all our updates! @the.matcha.diaries 
1/12/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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Taking the unconventional path to success & facing your fears

Hey lovelies and welcome back to matcha moments! 🍵  This episode we are joined by the one and only matcha queen Jules, also known by the instagram handle @matchajules. Join us as we chat about finding success through an unconventional path, overcoming the fear of failure, self care ... and of course matcha! 💚 For a bit more background on Jules, she is the co-founder of @saintsofsteel, a nonprofit organization, as well as the brand manager of jade leaf Matcha. We love how inspiring, honest, and authentic her content is, as she gracefully talks about her own mental struggles she’s had to face in her career.  Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback, and see all our updates!  https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/ 
1/6/202150 minutes, 26 seconds
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What have we learned from 2020?

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been… a culmination of unprecedented events (to put it into corona vocabulary). But what have we actually learned from this year? 💭  In this episode we reflect on 2020 - the struggles we’ve faced, the dreams that went unfulfilled but also the accomplishments that are so easily overlooked. And to start 2021 on the best note possible, we take this time to set our intentions for the upcoming year. New habits we want to introduce, patterns we want to break and goals we want to achieve.  We hope that this episode can inspire you to also reflect on this past year and be proud of all that you’ve accomplished (even if it’s simply surviving this year)! Pour yourself a matcha - you deserve it! 🍵 Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback and see all our updates.
12/30/202054 minutes, 51 seconds
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Growing up with a twin & christmas story sharing!

Welcome to a very special Christmas episode! Happy Holidays to everyone💕 This episode, I am blessed to be joined by my twin sister Yara! We discuss what it's like growing up as a twin, having different friendship groups, the ways we clash and so much more! We then reminisce on our Christmas traditions growing up, and share some of our stories. 🎄 For those of you that are lucky enough to be with family, we hope you cherish those moments and have a lovely christmas! For those that are in the same boat as my sister and I, we want you to know you are not alone and that brighter days are near! So pour yourself a matcha, and enjoy! Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback & see all our updates! https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/ 
12/24/202044 minutes, 50 seconds
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A how-to-guide to recovery and self love

This week we are joined by our wonderful guest Colleen, who you may know from her instagram @colling.out.diet.culture. Colleen bravely uses her platforms to discuss and educate people about body positivity, food freedom, and recovery. ✨   In this episode we talk about how FOMO played a role in Colleen's decisions to commit to recovery, and the power that instagram has to create a positive and safe space to support each other. Colleen uncovers the practices she is implementing to improve her relationship with her body and food and opens up about her journey towards intuitive eating. 💫 We would like to give a quick trigger warning to say that this can be a hard topic to listen to if you are going through something similar. Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback & see all our updates! 💚https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/ 
12/23/202059 minutes, 37 seconds
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Reflecting on our past selves & how we've grown

Would 15 year old you be proud of the person you are today? ✨ In this episode we take a little trip down memory lane and reflect on how much we've grown over the years as people, in relationships, our values, and so much more! As a little bonus to the episode, we took a risk and asked the closest people in our lives to be honest about our biggest flaws, and if we've overcome them over the years. Have we changed for the better? Pour yourself a matcha and have a listen to find out 🍵&nbsp; &nbsp;Follow us on Instagram (@matchamomentspod) to get in contact, give us feedback and see all our updates!&nbsp;
12/16/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 19 seconds
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The truth about being a runner

Our first fitness focused episode!🏃🏻‍ This week we’re so excited to be speaking to our guest Liv (aka @runlivsrun) about everything running related. From starting your running journey, the unspoken hardships, to running a marathon - we really cover it all!&nbsp; So pour yourself a matcha, sit back and get inspired… 🍵 Follow us on Instagram (@matchamomentspod) to get in contact, give us feedback and see all our updates!&nbsp;
12/9/202051 minutes, 31 seconds
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Challenging Drinking Culture

Let's talk about... alcohol.&nbsp;🍷 In this episode we dive into&nbsp;our (potentially controversial) opinions about alcohol and drinking culture. Starting all the way back with our first memories of alcohol in the house, we speak about cultural influences, peer pressure, how our relationship with alcohol has changed over the years - and lots more. So pour yourself a matcha (or wine)... and enjoy.&nbsp; Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback &amp; see all our updates!&nbsp;&nbsp;https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
12/1/202042 minutes, 23 seconds
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Creating a Digital Magazine ft. Ishani the founder of Ensemble Magazine ( 2 )

Welcome back to part 2 of our guest episode with Ishani, the founder of Ensemble Magazine! Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we dive deep into the Ensemble Magazine, its journey from being an abstract idea to a reality, Ishani's unique outlook on fashion and sustainability, her experiences being an entrepreneur and lots more!&nbsp; Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback &amp; hear updates from us! https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
11/25/202025 minutes, 52 seconds
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A postgraduate in a pandemic ft. Ensemble Magazine founder Ishani ( 1 )

Today we have a very special episode as we are welcoming our first ever guest Ishani, the founder of Ensemble Magazine! Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we chat about being a postgraduate in the midst of a pandemic. We cover the pressures of navigating the job market, discuss how we stay motivated, and lots more. Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback &amp; hear updates from us! https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
11/18/202033 minutes, 51 seconds
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The second lockdown - our experiences, advice & recommendations

Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we chat about the recent US election, lockdown and our top recommendations for surviving these strange times.&nbsp; Through reflecting on our experiences with the first lockdown, we share our personal goals and advice for managing this second lockdown - including our favourite series, books, podcasts and lots more.&nbsp; Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback &amp; hear updates from us! &nbsp;https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
11/11/202045 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to navigate friendships in your twenties

Welcome to our third episode of Matcha Moments! Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we chat about navigating friendships in your twenties. Whilst reflecting on our own experiences and setting goals for our future, we cover how to deal with changing lifestyles, toxic friends, friendship breakups and lots more. &nbsp;&nbsp; Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback &amp; hear updates from us! https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
11/3/202041 minutes, 41 seconds
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Overcoming the body image dilemma

Welcome to our second episode of Matcha Moments!   Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us as we dive deep into the topic of body image, overcoming insecurities and ultimately gaining body confidence. This is a topic that heavily influences many people's lives but is rarely openly talked about. In this episode, we get vulnerable to break this silence and offer some (hopefully) helpful advice.     Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback & hear updates from us! https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
10/27/202055 minutes, 6 seconds
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Who are we?

Welcome to our very first episode of our new podcast Matcha Moments!  Pour yourself a matcha and hang out with us, as we introduce ourselves and relive our favorite memories. We hope you feel like you know us a little better after listening and look forward to seeing any topic ideas you may have for future episodes! Follow us on Instagram to get in contact, give us feedback & hear updates from us!  https://www.instagram.com/matchamomentspod/
10/20/202040 minutes, 57 seconds