Adulting 101: Fake It Until You Make It?

March 18, 2019

Adulting is a tricky thing for anyone, regardless of their age. Sometimes it just takes a little too much out of you. What do you do when you feel like you aren’t adulting well enough, but everyone around you thinks you just want reassurance?

Ben and Becky discuss a lot of different things related to adulting. In addition to things that would make their lives easier, they discuss blue-sky ideas like basic income and flexible work weeks, and the idea that you don’t have as many hours in your day as Beyoncé. Finish off with some of their thoughts on how you can support friends and family who are feeling this way.

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You can also read the episode transcript (when Ben gets off his butt and does it).

Why We Moved

February 25, 2019

Have you moved out of your hometown? Are you considering moving? Both Ben and Becky have left their hometown of Thunder Bay. Ben left and came back after 2 years in England. Becky moved last year to Montreal, where she is settling for the foreseeable future.

Hear all about what motivated them to leave Thunder Bay, as well as what they’ve learned from moving. There are also plenty of funny stories about adjusting to new and foreign lands.

You can also read the episode transcript.

Slayers Gonna Slay

February 11, 2019

Ben and Becky both love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and over the past year and a half, they rewatched it together, first when cooking together at Ben’s house, then via video chat after Becky moved to Montreal.

This episode is a free-for-all discussion of all things Buffy. We talk about favourite seasons and episodes, emotional moments, Angel vs Spike, and Buffy’s overall character arc. Thanks to those of our listeners who left comments on our Facebook page!

You can also read the episode transcript.

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

January 28, 2019

What kind of podcast would we be if we didn’t do a reflection on the end of our year? Ben and Becky talk about the best parts of their 2018, how they grew and changed, and their hopes for 2019.

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You can also read the episode transcript.

Why We Love Holly Bourne

January 14, 2019

We discuss Holly Bourne, a British author whose books Ben has constantly been lending to Becky for the past few years.

Bourne writes about feminism, mental illness, and relationships—both healthy and unhealthy. Her YA series Spinster Club follows three young women as they struggle with these things. Her adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now?, is about a woman on the brink of 30 still struggling with similar things.

We break down our thoughts on these books, why we love them so much, and which parts we could most relate to.

You can read Ben’s reviews of Am I Normal Yet? (with links to the subsequent books) and How Do You Like Me Now? on Goodreads.

You can also read the episode transcript.

Just Watch Me

December 31, 2018

What are we watching on TV these days? We reveal our current favourites, new and old, what we're binge-watching or savouring at the moment. We talk about what we find comforting about certain types of TV, and what TV shows and movies we've had queued up forever. Then we play a fun game with each other.

Shows we discuss include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Real Housewives, Black Lightning, Ozark, Doctor Who, Will and Grace, Black Mirror, Vanderpump Rules, and Charmed. No spoilers!

You can also read the episode transcript.

From Rejection Comes Resilience

December 17, 2018

Everybody faces rejection, whether it’s professional, platonic, or romantic. Come hear our tales of woe—no, actually, we have a pretty positive outlook on rejection in our lives!

We talk about rejection in relationships (both romance and friendship), as well as being rejected for jobs or for school. We cover some of our different reactions to different forms of rejection, as well as how we approach rejecting people. Also, Becky shares her steps for dealing with a rejection.

You can also read the episode transcript.

You Are a Heavy Door

December 17, 2018

Our pilot episode! This is slightly rougher than the others for that reason but no less interesting. We talk about our first impressions of each other, then first impressions in general.

We met while working at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery! Hear Ben confess his anxiety over not really knowing how to bridge the gap between “small talk” and more intimate conversations. Are you a “heavy door” like him?

Becky also talks about her first impressions of her current roommates, contrasting what she first thought of them with what she has learned over her first month of living with them, and Ben shares what it’s like forming first impressions of students.

We finish off with a discussion of Becky’s first impressions when using Bumble to find dates.

You can also read the episode transcript.

You Should Smile More

December 10, 2018

Welcome to our debut episode of We Just Like to Talk! Today’s topics: positivity and the flip side, toxic positivity.

Learn how affirmations and meditation help Becky through her day, while Ben practises mindfulness through knitting and relentless kindness with his friends.

In the second half, we talk about the pressure to seem positive on social media. Find out which social media platforms we think are the best/worst for this pressure. And what’s really up with models and influencers on Instagram, anyway?

Some things mentioned in this episode:

You can also read the episode transcript.