Dating has never been easy. Never. Which means it is one of the most interesting, absurd and hilarious human experiences to discuss. Now we live in a world where the logistics and a bunch of admin is done for us, but it’s a wild west of behaviour protocols and expectations. Of swipes, ghosts, strings of casual flings all messaging at once, serial monogamy, and “what are we??” texts to friends. In this episode we cover the pros, pitfalls, and transactional nature of dating apps, what the experience of dating can teach us about ourselves, finding someone with baggage that fits yours, and whether it’s easier to find someone online or in person (among many other things).
Bridget Morrison is what is commonly referred to as a Girl Boss. She’s a creative, co-editor of Kindred Zine, social media content creator and marketer, barista, and uni student. She is brilliantly funny and intelligent, and as in love with John Mulaney as I am.
In a startling turn of events, since recording this Bridget is now in a relationship with a gentleman she met on Hinge, and I’ve got a date with that guy I saw who made me think “oh shit.” So it looks like the universe or some such omnipotent force is having a laugh, and turning our lives in to romcoms. We have no complaints as yet.
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If you or someone you love has a uterus, then this episode is for you! As we mention in the episode, we are not medical professionals and you should get in touch with your GP if you have any questions or concerns after listening. We have done our googles, but not a PHD. Periods are bloody normal, bloody important, and honestly how are there not more widespread memes about it?
This was one of the first episodes I recorded with the wonderful folks at Brisbane Podcast Hub (an AMAZING resource for podcasters, highly recommend) and as I’m a novice when it comes to recording and editing, I had no idea what gain was. Until now. So unfortunately, this episode’s audio quality is not up to our usual standards. There will be a few more like this in the future I’m afraid, but I promise the content is worth it. Also, thank you all for being patient with me while I figured out how to edit things!
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Self-talk is probably one of the most intimate and important things we can master for our own good. The way we talk to ourselves links to the way we see ourselves, and the way we interact with the world. It’s an aspect of our communication skills that we never get enough time on in school. This week I talk to the marvellous Johanna Lyon about self-talk, within a special context. In this bumper special, you get to listen to the first ever recording of Stumble Through. A recording I held back on releasing because of my own self-talk around it. I am really excited to show it to you, and of course to introduce Jo (that will be funny after you’ve listened).
Jo is a young artist passionate about laughing with others. Jo is most interested in discussing and unpacking why humans do what we do in areas of life regarding love, childhood and discrimination, among other things. She aims to achieve connection between strangers within her work. She is a truly marvellous human being that I am so lucky to call my friend. I am really glad I get to share this, and her, with you this week. Don’t forget to get tickets to her Short and Sweet show this weekend! They’re pretty cheap, and it’s an excellent excuse to take a trip to the Gold Coast.
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In this episode Paula sits down with Ben Warren, a man who is genuinely the life and soul of every party. Ben is intelligent, kind, and a bloody good laugh. Which explains how he made our chat about paperwork bearable. Ben has so many beautiful insights into how travel enriches and challenges us, and I’m so excited to share them with you.
For a lot of millennials, travelling is basically a rite of passage. It is a gift to yourself in so many ways, but it’s not like the movies. Just because you travel across the world doesn’t mean you will find yourself, nor will it prevent your problems from following. What it will do is remove the distractions of everyday life and bring things that were floating out of sight into focus (which isn’t always picturesque). Perhaps that is the greatest gift of travel; giving ourselves the spaces and time to let the beautiful, scary things tugging at the corners to show themselves, and for us to sit with them. Mostly it’s the food though.
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With our growing ability to sell anything through the internet, and the rise of the gig economy magnified by hustle culture, side hustles are the norm. I actually can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t have one (monetised or not). And with the current economy, stagnant wage increases, and the lack of job security, it honestly seems like a great idea to find a way to make some dollarydoos out of them. Like, yesterday.
Zane is a graphic designer, podcast host and producer, actor, freelance designer, theatre director and producer, podcast and social media consultant, and a champion human being. This podcast would never, ever, have existed without him and the network. Above all else, Zane is a community builder; a creative who is paving the way for Australian artists to make cool stuff. May his mere existence reassure you that humans are beautiful creatures, and we are all doing our best to help each other. May it inspire us all to do the same.
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Ah yes, not getting what you want. It can be pretty nifty in life actually. Failure, as we’ve said before on Stumble Through, is a big part of any process. In this episode we unpack how you can use failure, and the options you have when faced with it.
Steve Pirie is many things, all of them playful and tender and wise. I am so glad that I convinced him to sit down with me. You can scroll down to find his plays for less than $15 each, and then, in a way, you could also sit down with him.
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Within creative communities, there is a bit of stigma around working in an educational context. People can view it as lesser work, or a two-year maximum commitment. Paula talks to Matt Caffoe, creative director of Mashed Theatre Inc., about what working in different spaces can do for your craft, and what TIE really is. Read More
Social media. We’re all on it in some shape or form, but do we know how to use it? In this episode Paula talks to local social media maven Aimee about how she uses social media to run her earring business (High Key Obsessed), how it informs her creative practice, and can enable and build creative careers. Read More
From now on, let us all assume that everyone (yes, everyone) is busy, tired, and probably stressed. Why? Well it might have something to do with all the priorities we are juggling. Everyone knows that this is a basic fact of adult life, but it's still tough to deal with. This week, Paula chats to Peter Wood about what we can do to better manage all the projects, work, appointments, and basic human needs like sleep and social interaction.
Produced by That’s Not Canon Productions. Graphics by Claudia Piggott. Music by Jessica Fletcher.
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We all want to grow, and to improve ourselves in one way or another. Growth is hard, and figuring out what advice to take on board to reach your goals is a MINEFIELD. This week Paula chats with Reegan Milne about how to find advice that is right for you, and sniff out someone who could be profiting off your insecurities. Read More
Recently self-care seems to have become synonymous with expensive facemasks and canceling plans. What is self-care, actually? And how can we practice it properly? Kate and Paula talk strategies, awareness and making time for yourself.
Kate Lund is a photographer, illustrator, plant mama, and a generally celestial being.
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For our first career spotlight, we have a frank discussion with the ever-charismatic Mitch Wood about acting. Process, growth, managing survival jobs; let’s get into it. Read More
Do we REALLY need it? This week Paula has a friendly debate with Dom on just that.
Dom is an experienced video and content director, editor and producer. He’s also British, and a brilliant cook. Read More
For many (including us), job hunting is a modern form of psychological torture. This week Jen and Paula talk about how they manage the job-hunting process, and the stress that goes with it. Jen talks about how you can make your own opportunities. Paula talks about the benefits of having a designated crying time (also known as ‘worry time’ or a ‘worry list’).
Jennifer is an award-winning actor and director, clown, theatre creator, entrepreneur, environmental activist, and all-round boss babe. Read More
Collaboration plays such a key role, not only in the creative process and career progress of artists, but in everyday life. How do we make sure we are collaborating, and not being used, though?
This week we talk to Claudia Piggott, a multidisciplinary artist and designer who kicks goals in so many artistic arenas. Read More