Help Wanted

Help Wanted

www.helpwantedpodcast.com
The show where comedians Valerie Nies and Regina Soto seek advice they’ll likely never take. They scan the self-help aisle weekly and occasionally interview experts who know more about all things the wish they knew a little about.
HW100: The End, Probably
Apr 24 • 77 min
After 2 1/2 years, Help Wanted calls it quits. Valerie and Reggie share their favorite moments, why it’s okay to end something even when nothing sucks, and what they’ve learned from the podcast. They leave the door open to possibly doing future…
HW99: Loneliness, professional cuddling, with Wyatt Tall
Apr 10 • 73 min
Wyatt Tall joins Help Wanted again! This time to talk about professional cuddling and touch starvation, which is an actual, real-life problem. There’s a whole industry of professional cuddlers who some enlist to eliminate their skin hunger. Skin…
HW98: Meditation w/Ryan Gamble
Mar 27 • 88 min
Ryan Gamble joins Help Wanted once again, this time to chat about meditation in the Buddhist-style. We all know meditation is good for you, and Ryan let’s us know the benefits she’s noticed in her own life. Her gray matter is off the hook. Valerie…
HW97: Opinions with Jo Chauvin
Mar 13 • 69 min
Jo Maraschino, aka Reggie’s freighbor (friend + neighbor) joins us to talk about opinions. Everyone’s got ‘em and with social media, we’re constantly bombarded with them. Hot takes galore. Reggie loves a beef rib, even if they’re expensive and…
HW96: Balance
Feb 27 • 64 min
How can we be more balanced? Why do we suck at work life balance? Americans are terrible at it. Valerie goes through most countries on the planet and gives Reggie numbers on who’s the most balanced. It’s the numbers episode! Regina loves small things…
HW95: Matchmaking w/Rob Chenoweth
Feb 13 • 68 min
Rob Chenoweth joins us to talk about his experiences with a matchmaking service in Austin. Baby Chicago West and Minuka honey is also featured prominently as does a trip to dying relic: Office Depot/Biz Box. Sponsored by satchels, super cool handbags!
HW94: Taking Care of Elderly Parents
Jan 30 • 61 min
This week on Help Wanted we talk about potentially the scariest thing ever: taking care of aging parents, specifically: how to do it from afar, and how to do it with siblings or by yourself. This episode is sponsored by Pop Bra, the first and only…
HW93 Perfectionism
Jan 16 • 62 min
It’s been a few weeks since resolution fireworks, which means many of us are self-flagellating because of the promises we broke to ourselves. We talk about perfectionism, how it relates to body image, and how it correlates with suicide. While we think…
HW92: Ending Friendships
Jan 2 • 70 min
Breaking up with a pal can feel the same as breaking up with a significant other, but sometimes it’s inevitable. Time, distance, changes in outlooks, or betrayals are just a few reasons to say sayonara to your bestie. Valerie and Reggie talk about the…
HW91: Solo Traveling Tips
Dec 19, 2017 • 65 min
Valerie basically hops off a plane and immediately chats with Reggie about her trip. We chat about planning, mindful travel, ice cream, accents, and about how fear lives best in your head. Regina shall forever be known as Regina Gelati. This episode…
HW90: Gratitude
Dec 5, 2017 • 43 min
It seems weird that this the first time we’re talking about gratitude on Help Wanted, when Oprah talks about it all the time. We discuss finding gratitude even in difficult times and share some tips with how you can cultivate a gratitude practice in…
HW89: Emotional Labor
Nov 21, 2017 • 85 min
Emotional labor is the avocado toast of women’s topics these days. Valerie and Regina discuss the recent viral Harper’s Bazaar piece written by Gemma Hartley and other articles on this topic and try to figure out what emotional labor actually and how…
HW88: Outrageous Openness with Rob Chenoweth
Nov 7, 2017 • 106 min
Rob Chenoweth joins us to talk about the book Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Lead by Tosha Silver. Reggie and Rob discuss how the principles of this book—surrendering the things that are out of our control—have helped them. Plus Valerie’s…
HW87: Flaking
Oct 24, 2017 • 56 min
Are you flaky? Have you been flaked on? What about eczema? We have advice to avoid flaking (stop overcommitting!), explain why people do it, and some excuses for you if you’re flaker who’s never gonna change. Reggie thought the song was “Man On…
HW86: Atheism with Tim Brewer
Oct 10, 2017 • 85 min
Tim Brewer joins us for a thoughtful conversation on atheism. Tim was raised by missionary parents in an Assemblies of God church. He talks about his experiences, how he eventually made the move to atheism, and his perceptions on how religion…
HW85: Comfortably Alone with Matt Flynn
Sep 26, 2017 • 82 min
Comedian, writer, and folk musician Matt Flynn joins Help Wanted to talk about going out and about living life and doing activities solo versus with a pal/partner. Plus Valerie has a lot of junk mail and Reggie’s a fan of Discount Tire. We also talk…
HW84: Emotionally Engaged Dating w/Lauren Cohen
Sep 12, 2017 • 78 min
Valerie and Reggie talk about dental bling. Lauren Cohen from Hope and Humor Therapy joins us to discuss emotionally engaged dating. She talks about the “cool chick” phenomena and gives us permission to be fully communicate our wants and needs in…
HW83: Boundaries
Aug 29, 2017 • 61 min
There are a bazillion different kinds of boundaries (physical, emotional, spiritual) and Help Wanted explores how defining each can improve our relationships with others. Also, cheese and crackers by themselves are drab dorm food, but add grapes and…
HW82: Practicality vs Passion w/Ben Howell
Aug 15, 2017 • 67 min
Should you pursue a job you love? Or one where you make money? Ben “nice handwriting” Howell talks about the things he’s passionate about, including his job, and how he makes decisions. The episode was recorded before Anthony Scaramucci got canned, so…
HW81: Attachment Styles with Angie Yaeyama
Aug 1, 2017 • 71 min
We chat with Angie Yaeyama about the book Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love by Amir Levine. Angie shares how reading it helped her recognize her attachment style (three to choose from:…
HW80 Irrational Fears w/Rebecca Westerkom
Jul 18, 2017 • 96 min
The hilarious Rebecca Westerkom joins Valerie and Reggie to talk about ridiculous and not-so-ridiculous things we fear: flyovers, fires, firefighters, zip lines, chips and queso, and leaving your children parentless because you both flew on a plane…
HW79 Volunteering with Ryan Gamble
Jul 4, 2017 • 61 min
Help Wanted talks with renaissance woman and experienced volunteer about her different volunteering experiences, picking organizations and activities that fit, questions to ask yourself before you start volunteering, avoiding compassion fatigue, and…
HW78: Finding Out Your Dad is Gay/Complicated Family Stuff w/Aaron Salinas
Jun 20, 2017 • 83 min
Aaron Salinas joins Help Wanted to talk about complicated family dynamics, how he found out his father is gay, and how he has found acceptance around his dad’s homosexuality, even while his dad hasn’t yet come out to him. Plus The Cracker Barrel…
HW77: Positivity with Tom Booker
Jun 6, 2017 • 78 min
Tom Booker once did a commercial with Melania Trump. He knows bad times. Yet in spite of that, he’s a pretty positive person. He joins Help wanted to talk about staying positive even when things suck. The comedian, theater owner, name dropper,…
HW76: Human Trafficking
May 23, 2017 • 57 min
Bubbalicious bubble gum doesn’t exist anymore and white chocolate candy is taking over the world, and Valerie blames Trump. Regina is discombobulated, down and out, but couch and 5king it. When Valerie and Regina were 16, they were sneaking out past…
Updates and Human Trafficking Teaser
May 16, 2017 • 1 min
Help Wanted will see you next week with an episode on human trafficking.
Mothers
May 9, 2017 • 61 min
Help Wanted talks about toxic patterns in mother daughter relationships, famous tv moms, and giving moms a break. Plus, Valerie’s pro Greg Kinnear, and Reggie doesn’t know what to think of him. Reggie thinks matchy matchy Sears family photos are…
HW74: Overapologizing w/Jennifer Dorsey
May 2, 2017 • 67 min
Comedian Jennifer Dorsey joins Help Wanted to talk about all the stupid things women apologize for and why it’s so hard to apologize when you’re actually wrong. Jennifer is also filled with fun facts about the Irish famine, Little Women, and the…
HW73: Oversharing w/Brittany Flurry
Apr 25, 2017 • 61 min
Actor and comedian Brittany Flurry (The Naked Feminist, Team Teamwork Productions) talks with Help Wanted about oversharing, and how we might be prone to doing it because we’re more and more disconnected as a society. What’s authentic and what’s…
HW72: Gossip
Apr 18, 2017 • 60 min
Do you have a problem with gossip? It might not even be a problem. Because we like finding loopholes for trash talking, Help Wanted found research to support that gossip can be healthy for forming social bonds. Some folks even believe that…
HW71: Sustainability, the environment, composting w/Karen Blaney
Apr 11, 2017 • 76 min
“Wanna Netflix and ill?” is Regina’s new motto. She’s been feverish and remains fearful about having sepsis. Valerie had a rage attack at the Fiat dealership and later on drove 5 miles with her handbrake on because she’s car illiterate. Karen Blaney…
HW70: Help Wanted LIVE w/Elizabeth Spears, Ali Thompson, Robert Segovia, and Vanessa Gonzalez
Apr 4, 2017 • 76 min
Help Wanted debuts their first live episode. Reggie and Valerie seek advice from some of Austin’s funniest comics and hear their sets as well. Elizabeth Spears has opinions on Funyuns, and we learn about her roommate’s dog, and Regina’s favorite…
HW69: Rage Attacks
Mar 28, 2017 • 64 min
Rage attacks are on the rise, post-election. Did you know that in the 2 hours following a fit of rage, you’re more likely to have a heart attack. We talk about how breathing exercises, meditation, and being around others can help us tame our inner…
HW68: Dogs Attacking Dogs
Mar 21, 2017 • 68 min
Regina on a hunt for a free cupcake and shares an icky saga of her sweet doggie Annie (a small-mouthed stoic animal) being attacked by a neighborhood dog who got into Reggie’s yard via a fence hole. We do a deep dive into the circumstances and a…
HW67: Tarot w/Arcie Cola
Mar 14, 2017 • 75 min
Valerie and Reggie got the “male’s perspective on dating” at a cougar-y workshop facilitated by a Suze Orman-esque Rock Rose ex-therapist, current charlatan. It made Regina discouraged and Valerie temporarily into Bumble. Former public access…
HW66: Assertive Communication, Activism, and Protesting with Susan Schorn
Mar 7, 2017 • 62 min
Reggie’s leg is healing nicely since her fall into a hole. Valerie is taking a memoir writing class and everyone needs a new tub. We talk with Susan Schorn, a Karate double black belt, writer (Smile at Strangers), and self-defense instructor,…
HW65: Abraham Hicks w/Amanda Smith
Feb 28, 2017 • 78 min
Help Wanted talks with comedic performer and all-around fun person Amanda Smith about the law of attraction and Abraham Hicks, aka, Esther Hicks, a guru type who taps into source energy that we can all also tap into if we want to manifest our dreams….
HW64: Good Habits
Feb 21, 2017 • 56 min
Turns out Valerie’s hubcap bandit from last week wasn’t actually a thing. Reggie can’t figure out her world since rearranging her bedroom and she may or may not have had an attempted break-in. We turn to bad habits often to help us deal with stress….
HW63: How to Find a Therapist w/Elizabeth Dossman
Feb 14, 2017 • 84 min
Valerie and Reggie talk with licensed therapist, Elizabeth Dossman LPC-S, about shopping for a therapist. We discuss questions to ask the therapists you’re looking at working with, awkward first sessions, different types of practitioners, what…
HW62: Political Activism w/Sarah Wambold
Feb 7, 2017 • 87 min
Writer and funeral director Sarah Wambold makes her second visit to Help Wanted to discuss political activism. Sarah shares her experiences getting involved as a college student with marijuana legalization and how post-election her activist tendencies…
HW61: Shame
Jan 31, 2017 • 68 min
Reggie’s relaxing these days contemplating men’s messy sheets and painting perfect fingernails. Valerie adopted a kitten that might be named Vincent and received a shoulder tap from a stranger on the street who wanted to inform her about her height….
HW60: Overthinking
Jan 24, 2017 • 47 min
Reggie and Valerie deconstruct the the doomy, gray, rainy, and white inauguration. And the jazzy, colorful, and diverse women’s marches in Austin and around the world! Valerie marched beside a sweet 76 year old woman named Val who offered her Skittles…
HW59: Defining The Relationship w/Tim Brewer
Jan 17, 2017 • 81 min
Valerie’s new thing is Korean sheet masks. Reggie’s starting off 2017 with a freer schedule and training sessions. We discuss the mysteries of the calendar and why we all have other people’s events on it. Comedian and performer Tim Brewer talks with…
HW58: Rape Culture w/Juani Begood
Jan 10, 2017 • 83 min
Feminist filmmaker Juani Begood joins Help Wanted to chat about rape culture. What is it and how pervasive is it? We chat about how women minimize their own rape experiences, how partners can be supportive, and why talking about sexual assault is so…
HW57: Year In Review, Best of 2016
Jan 3, 2017 • 57 min
Valerie and Reggie talk NYE, surgery, and share clips from some of their favorite episodes of 2016: bathroom etiquette, imposter syndrome, settling (with guest Wyatt Tall), comparison, and vulnerability (with guest Lauren Cohen of Hope and Humor…
HW56: Social Media Fights w/Joseph Tran
Dec 27, 2016 • 65 min
Performer and comedy writer Joseph Tran joins Help Wanted to tell us how best to engage in controversy over social media and how to shut down a fight. We chat about fake news, why people are so much more apt to get a tiff over Facebook, and Kanye West…
HW55: People Pleasing w/Ali Thompson
Dec 20, 2016 • 76 min
We chat with Ali Thompson, a comedian who’s used to pushing the envelope, about people pleasing in Part Two of our “How Not to be a Jerkface During the Holidays” series. How much do we do out of obligation and because we want people to like us (even…
HW54: Empathy
Dec 13, 2016 • 75 min
The holidays post-election are a good time to practice empathy. Valerie shares tips for practicing and exhibiting empathy (when we’re on the phone with customer service people, when people have different viewpoints and you don’t want to be an…
HW53: Krav Maga with Amy Winters
Dec 6, 2016 • 72 min
Valerie is riled up about Texas’ latest abomination against women: the fetal tissue burial law. Regina’s going to PF Chang’s. Amy Winters, a Krav Maga instructor and the host of the podcast First-Person Fighter, joins us and shares how learning the…
HW52: Settling for Mr. Good Enough w/Wyatt Tall, Thanksgiving, family drama
Nov 29, 2016 • 92 min
Valerie and Reggie disclose their Thanksgiving family dramas. Are mashed potatoes and canned cranberries worth the blathering messy fights? Apparently. Regina used the expensive tools she’s garnered through therapy to express her feelings maturely to…
HW51: Overemphasis on Happiness
Nov 22, 2016 • 58 min
Is happiness overrated? We spend a lot of money and time working toward being happy. But all this happiness seeking doesn’t actually mean we will be. Instead of trying to live a happy life, some say we should try to build meaningful lives. This is…
HW50: Post Election Anxiety and Blues
Nov 15, 2016 • 60 min
Okay what the fuck. What the fuck happened? What the fuck do we do now? Why the fuck do we have a stress rash? The five stages of fucking grief: denial (no fucking way), anger (this is a fucking joke and I will never fucking accept it), bargaining…
HW49: Self Sabotage
Nov 8, 2016 • 61 min
There are big ways to self-sabotage, and a lot of subtle ways we do it every day: not making decisions because we feel like we have too many options, procrastinating, quitting goals when they get tough, are a few. We have tips to recognize when you’re…
HW48: Being Present
Nov 1, 2016 • 78 min
You know who’s present? The Dalai Lama, and it’s probably because of his comfy wardrobe choice. Reggie and Valerie get down to business and talk practical tips for how to be present, even when you’re overwhelmed with activities or if you have goals…
HW47: Vulnerability w/Lauren Cohen of Hope and Humor Therapy
Oct 25, 2016 • 80 min
Lauren Cohen, a therapist with Hope and Humor Therapy, tells us why vulnerability is so important for us to lead full and healthy lives. What is vulnerability? Probably anything that makes you feel “UGH, ICK, EEK” when revealing it. She gives…
HW46: Peace Corps w/Barbara Beeson
Oct 18, 2016 • 79 min
Uninspired by her job and wanting to experience living abroad, Barbara Beeson joined the Peace Corps and taught math in the Namibian desert during her late twenties. She tells Help Wanted about the bustling bar scene in Namibia, brown bread (apartheid…
HW45: Procrastination
Oct 11, 2016 • 64 min
Valerie and Reggie excel at procrastination. There are a million ways we procrastinate. We have tips on how to procrastinate less (remember the satisfaction you feel when you erase something from a whiteboard). Sometimes (sometimes) procrastination…
HW44: Childlessness
Oct 4, 2016 • 75 min
Is choosing a childless life selfish? How are we supposed to deal with shame or societal pressures? And do men feel pressure to have kids too? Valerie and Reggie talk about the reasons people choose to not have children with another childless soul:…
HW43: Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 27, 2016 • 61 min
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from the middle of September through the middle of October. Reggie and Valerie get to the bottom of why it exists and what Hispanic heritage is all about: fun facts about Cesar Chavez and the nuances between the terms…
HW42: Grocery shopping, Plant Nanny, Air Conditioning Hell
Sep 20, 2016 • 69 min
Grocery shopping is a drudgery, but why do we hate it so much and how can we hate it less? Pay more and go to a tiny store, get em delivered, go during an off time (late at night when the parking lot knifers are out), and get to know your market…
HW41: Creative Blocks and the Creative Process w/Dena
Sep 13, 2016 • 77 min
Creative blocks are the worst. We talk with our pal Dena, a fiction writer, about her creative process, what a creative block looks like, and how to carve a path through it. We discuss the helpfulness of writing residencies, morning pages, writing…
HW40: Asking for Help
Sep 6, 2016 • 60 min
Asking for help is hard, but avoiding it could cause catastrophes such as going bankrupt or having to wear that dress forever because you can’t reach the zipper. Help Wanted has advice for how to ask for help successfully (be straightforward, flatter…
HW39: Intuitive Eating
Aug 30, 2016 • 65 min
Perhaps the best diet of all involves letting go of diet mentality altogether.Sounds scary right? Reggie read the book Intuitive Eating and gives us the skinny on how to be cool with your body no matter what it looks like, plus tips for eliminating…
HW38: Vacation Blues and Post Travel Depression
Aug 23, 2016 • 70 min
Returning home from a trip can be an adjustment and it’s normal to feel out of sorts. Frustration with your current life and boredom could be the cause for post-travel depression. Vacations can shake us out of our routine and prepare us to take a look…
HW37: Making Babies Sans Sex w/Maureen Brown of Mosie Baby
Aug 16, 2016 • 86 min
Maureen Brown and her husband, Marc, tried to conceive for a couple of years before receiving help from a fertility specialist, ultimately procreating a smart and beautiful little girl. In their struggle to conceive on their own, however, they…
HW36: Complaining, Negatives and Benefits, Bismarck, Adulting, Hivemind, Squad Goals, Dairy
Aug 9, 2016 • 69 min
The heat is getting to everyone, so Help Wanted tackles complaining in this episode. Really though we just want an excuse to whine about our own pet peeves and get some annoyances about TWC off our chests (much like a breast reduction surgery)….
HW35: Herbal medicinals, stones, teas, essential oils, and other new agey things w/Herb Bar Wellness Advisors
Aug 2, 2016 • 76 min
Tabby Story and Katy Troy, wellness advisors from Austin’s Herb Bar join Valerie and Reggie to teach us all about herbal medicinal goods: essential oils, flower essences, stones, tinctures, and other alternative new agey therapies and how they can…
HW34: Travel Tips, Packing Hacks, Airports, Psychics
Jul 26, 2016 • 67 min
Folding or rolling? Reggie and Valerie talk best practices for suitcase packing, security line bias, and whether or not to wear compression stockings to combat long-flight deep vein thrombosis. Reggie won’t use a coffee machine in a hotel room and…
HW33: Binge Watching, TV, Streaming Services w/Erica Lies
Jul 19, 2016 • 84 min
An episode all about TV! With zero Game of Thrones watchers. TV critic, writer, and comedian Erica Lies joins Help Wanted to talk about binge watching, how we watch TV these days, the shows she loves (OITNB, The Americans, Please Like Me, Brooklyn 99,…
HW32: Hypochondria, WebMD Anxiety, Cyberchondria, Black Lives Matter, Gun Violence
Jul 12, 2016 • 79 min
With the ease of seeking information from WebMD comes additional anxiety. In the name of finding out more information about your symptoms, you could actually cause yourself to be sick with panic and anxiety. There are no win-win situations when it…
HW31: Budgets and Overspending
Jul 5, 2016 • 76 min
There are a ton of reasons why we overspend: depression, distraction, instant gratification, it’s easy, and we have a hard time saying no to ourselves, etc. et al. etc. et al. But all this overspending leads to basements full of Beanie Babies and a…
HW30: Urban Farming Pt. 2 BEES w/Christine Giordano
Jun 28, 2016 • 54 min
Did you know honey never spoils? And that bees are a completely female-dominated society? It’s true, they’re a bunch of feminists: Beyonces, Gloria Steinems, and Bette Midlers all up in that hive. Urban farmer and backyard beekeeper Christine Giordano…
HW29: Urban Farming, Backyard Poultry Part 1 w/Christine Giordano
Jun 21, 2016 • 60 min
Urban farmer Christine Giordano joins Help Wanted to talk backyard poultry: hens, ducks, and roosters and how she became an owner of menagerie. Why are chicken eggs different colors? Are chickens vegetarians or meat eaters? Do ducks have feelings?…
HW28: Importance of Beauty, What Makes People Attractive, Why Women are Screwed
Jun 14, 2016 • 71 min
What do we consider beautiful and why does it matter? If you’re a woman you should definitely be pretty if you want to get ahead in your job. But not too pretty because then you might get fired. In the name of beauty Valerie has done some ridiculous…
HW27: Body Image Issues, Eating Disorders w/Carissa McAtee, The Shining, The Lobster, baby showers
Jun 7, 2016 • 93 min
Radio host, comedy performer, dancer, and blogger Carissa McAtee (aka Carissa Jade/Jaded), joins Regina and Valerie to talk openly about body image issues and her experiences with disordered eating. She talks about being preoccupied with her own body…
HW26: Saying No, Turning Down Dates, Farewell Sweet Oscar, Irreconcilable Differences, Spider Necklaces
May 31, 2016 • 66 min
Turning someone down when they ask you out on a date IRL is mega hard. Valerie and Regina talk strategies about how to decline a date, even when you’re caught off guard. Honesty is the best policy, but also it’s good to have some quasi truths in your…
HW25: Comparison, Comparing Yourself to Others, Social Media
May 24, 2016 • 57 min
Comparing yourself to other people has never been easier now that Becky can post all day long about her good hair on social media. Even the healthiest people are apt to compare themselves when we’re constantly viewing feeds of successes. But life’s…
HW24: Judgement, Richard Simmons, Prank Phone Calls, Water Aerobics, Judge Reinhold
May 17, 2016 • 66 min
Judgement: what is it good for and where does it come from? Valerie thinks judgement helps us approach life. It’s easier to cut things out or include things if we can form a judgement around them. Regina thinks it comes from her grandma. Maybe…
HW23: Polyamory, Swinging, Ethical Non-Monogamy w/Jessica Taylor
May 10, 2016 • 82 min
Erotic romance writer and ethical non-monogamist Jessica Taylor has an honest conversation with Help Wanted about polyamory, swinging, and alternative relationships. Why is it more socially acceptable to cheat than it is to be out in the world as a…
HW22: Connection and Connecting w/People
May 3, 2016 • 77 min
We have a hard time connecting with people because we are terrible listeners. Everyone feels like their opinions are the most important. So if you want to connect with people, listen to them and treat them like they’re a star when they’re talking to…
HW21: Pet Adoption w/Ariel Greenspoon
Apr 26, 2016 • 79 min
Pet adoption counselor and owner of creatively named pets, Ariel Greenspoon talks about fur balls, hair balls, dog balls and everything in between: guinea pigs vs. rabbits, fox attacks, gypsies, spaying and neutering, and what to expect when you adopt…
HW20: Imposter Syndrome, Crushes, Authentic Relating
Apr 19, 2016 • 70 min
A bunch of us have the feeling we’re not qualified to be doing what we do. If you’re a perfectionist, have a hard time asking for help, attribute your successes solely to luck, and can’t take a compliment, you might suffer from imposter syndrome. Lots…
HW19: Life Coaching w/Vasavi Kumar, divorce, entrepreneurial coaching, YouTube, Catastrophe, Ab Fab
Apr 12, 2016 • 64 min
How do you find a life coach? Why would you hire a life coach? What does a life coach do? Valerie and Regina get the skinny on coaching from Vasavi Kumar, a business coach, who among other accomplishments, has appeared on Basketball Wives to help with…
HW18: Birthdays, Parties, Expectations, Ice Cream, Line Cutters
Apr 5, 2016 • 56 min
Birthdays are weird. Or, they can be. Usually because people either have crazy expectations for what their celebration should look like or for where they think they should be in life. Valerie and Regina discuss what makes a birthday “good” or “bad,”…
HW17: Good Divorce, Healthy Splits, Breakups, Conscious Uncoupling w/Wendy Paris author of Splitopia
Mar 29, 2016 • 70 min
Author and journalist Wendy Paris talks about good divorce and her book “Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce and How to Part Well.” Paris, who has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and New York Observer talks about her own…
HW16: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up & Decluttering w/Wyatt Tall, SXSW, Kurt Russell
Mar 22, 2016 • 73 min
Comedian Wyatt Tall joins Reg and Val to chat about the New York Times best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, an expert folder and possible sociopath. Wyatt shares his…
HW15: Dating Q&A, Expectations, Opening Lines, Ghosting, Tinder
Mar 15, 2016 • 72 min
Valerie and Reggie answer listener questions about Tinder and the online dating rat race: managing expectations when someone isn’t into you, attracting people with snappy openers, and parting ways without being a ghosting asshole. If you’re feeling…
HW14: Hollywood, Show biz, Breaking into (and out of) the Industry w/Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s James C. Leary
Mar 8, 2016 • 112 min
James C. Leary, best known for playing Clem on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, talks about his career path from performing improv at Texas A&M and learning from Charna Halpern and Del Close in Chicago to moving to Hollywood to write features and…
HW13: Codependency
Mar 1, 2016 • 56 min
Regina talks about codependency, the “disease of the lost self,” and recovery from it, based on her own experiences and the resources she’s found helpful such as Melody Beattie’s book Codependency No More. What does codependent behavior look…
HW12: Investing, Financial Planning, Saving for Retirement w/Scott Adair
Feb 23, 2016 • 75 min
Scott Adair, a financial advisor associate, gives us the skinny on what we should all be doing to prepare for retirement. He tells us the difference between a stock and a bond and why investing in gold is probably not smart, talks about index funds,…
HW11: Death, Dying, Funerals, Funeral Etiquette w/Sarah Wambold
Feb 16, 2016 • 98 min
We have a helpful and insightful conversation about death positivity with Sarah Wambold, a hip funeral director who’s been working with dead folks for 10 years. Why are we so reluctant to talk about death, and what good might come out of addressing…
HW10: Tinder, Online Dating, Casual Hookups with Kim Stacy
Feb 9, 2016 • 116 min
Comedian, actress, and online dater Kim Stacy shares her experience with dating apps Tinder and Bumble. Her advice for successful dating: be honest about your intentions, use photos that highlight your personality, know your hell nos, never leave…
HW9: Sleep, insomnia, sheets, bedding, naps, relaxing
Feb 2, 2016 • 54 min
We treat sleep like an unwanted houseguest inconveniencing our lives, but it’s damn important. In this episode we have tips for better sleep as suggested by the National Sleep Foundation and notorious rich and privileged sleeper: Gwyneth Paltrow….
HW8: Bathroom Etiquette
Jan 26, 2016 • 63 min
This episode contains all things scatalogical. Regina “prefers air fresheners” Soto has allergies and Valerie “big fan of matches” Nies discovers the portmanteau of your Help Wanted hosts is “VAGINA” (pronounced vageena). Pee shyness is an actual,…
HW7: Sugar Free with Sarah Marie Curry
Jan 19, 2016 • 87 min
Did you know that sugar gunks up your organ systems? And that sugar actually has no health benefit? And did you know that Valerie once accidentally killed her college roommate’s fish? Sarah Marie Curry, a sugar free aficionado and author of the blog…
HW6: Overcommitment
Jan 12, 2016 • 56 min
Are you overwhelmed because you say yes to everything? Are you more disappointed when friends don’t cancel plans? Do you feel busy constantly because you overcommit to plans? Do you tell white lies because saying “no” to a commitment is too…
HW5: Ex Etiquette and Contacting Exes with Justin Dehn
Jan 5, 2016 • 68 min
Is it ever appropriate to contact an ex? Do we seek validation from our past loves? Regina’s ex creepily contacts her. Valerie believes you can be friends with ex and frequency of contact can increase the farther away they live and lengthier the…
HW4: Resolutions
Dec 29, 2015 • 20 min
Are you making New Year’s resolutions? Do they stick? Or are they forgotten the second week of January? Regina vows to date herself and her city in 2016; she wants to re-fall in love with both. Valerie wishes she could commit to a morning…
HW3: Risk Taking with Britney Salyer
Dec 22, 2015 • 77 min
Do you take risks in your life? Or are you too afraid? Margie Warrell, author of Brave and Stop Playing It Safe, suggests these tips to practice taking more risks in your life: 1. Acknowledging Your Fear. 2. Taming Your Fear. 3. Harnessing the…
HW2: Holiday Gifts/Dealing with Family
Dec 16, 2015 • 61 min
We talk about the grossest-tasting, yet, best-working wellness vitamins, Instacart, parents, nightmare next door neighbors, and murder-rapists (mapists). How will Valerie deal with her mom bringing all of the sugar from the upper Midwest to…