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 episodes if there's a reason and schedules allow. In the mean time, it was a blast. Thanks for listening, vageenas!
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 hunger is also a real life thing that sounds awful. We talk about how these ideas relate to loneliness, how we feel about cuddling, and Reggie coins the term "emotional jazz hands," which is fun. Plus Wyatt isn't really a fire extinguisher kinda guy, and Valerie and Reggie are binge eating pretzel bread and cookie butter. This episode is sponsored by Hunter boots and high school Rodan + Fields salespeople.
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 pipes in a bunch to remind people that anything can be meditation: washing dishes, watching makeup tutorials, et al. Both Reggie and Valerie could for some tiny, little riblets. SPOILER: Applebee's no longer sells them and that's why millennials are pissed. Sponsored by Chipotle and the People Who Lick Their Fingers When Trying to Separate Sheets of Paper.
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 Valerie's missing some tator tots. This episode sponsored by Libritto, for when you're in a sexual drought and also feel like eating a snack, now at Taco Bell.
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 and has tips for being your best balanced self. Plus Oscar flicks and HR people are the worst. Sponsored by Ammon, a guy you went out with years ago and still follow on Spotify, and Jamba Juice, for when you like the idea of a smoothie but prefer the taste of Yellow No. 5.
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!
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 ladies undergarment that supports your breasts while simultaneously holding 2 cups of popcorn.
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 of perfectionism as this annoying trait, it can also be dangerous. We have tips to be more gentle. Plus the impossible pronunciation of the name Nevaeh and jail cakes. This episode sponsored by moms who warn us about romaine lettuce.
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 unpleasantness of ending friendships, how to know if you're in a toxic friendship, and how to accept a breakup, guilt-free. Sponsored by Third Parties.