186: Little Moments of Joy



We are back after an unexpected break which is also the longest we’ve gone without a call in our 11-year friendship! We’re explaining where we’ve been, what grief has (and hasn’t) made us do, the little joys we’re trying to find in day to day life and just having a good old catch up, which we’ve really missed being able to do for the last month!

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

The Billionaire, The Butler And The Boyfriend docuseries on Netflix

Blackberry (the movie)

Other things we discussed:

KFC at Christmas in Japan

AI Hallmark movie script

Cecilia Blomdahl who lives in Svalbard

Hannah Waddingham Home for Christmas

Alexa Chung 40 pieces of advice at 40


185: Parasocial Relationships: The Latest Viral Term We’ve All Unwittingly Encountered



This week we’re discussing parasocial relationships, what they are and how this relatively new social phenomenon has shaped the interactions we have online. Maybe you feel a real affinity to Taylor, perhaps Kim feels like your bestie or you might be a committed member of the Beehive. It may be ebven closer to home than that, maybe you simply feel a lot closer to an old childhood friend than you really are. We’ve all encountered parasocial relationships in one way and social media certainly amplifies them. But are they totally harmless or do they encourage us to believe we’re entitled to everyone’s inner thoughts?

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

The Outlaws on Netflix

The Everygirl’s Complete Guide To Feminine Energy


184: It’s All Temporary: How To Make The Most Of Where You Are Right Now



This week we’re diving into how accepting everything is temporary can be one of the best ways to live in the moment and make the most of where you are. It’s all temporary, the good and the bad. It’s fleeting and no matter how hard we try we can’t make anything last long or pass faster, so why are we so bad at living in the moment? It’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on, dwell on the past or worry about what’s next, but we all owe it to ourselves to at least try to be a little more present and name the most of the moment we’re in.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

The Last Devil To Die by Richard Osman

I Asked 4 Former Friends Why We Stopped Talking by Kui Mwai for Vogue


183: Why Nuance Is So Important & How To Embrace It



This week we discuss *the* Netflix documentary of the moment, two books we can’t stop raving about and one of our favourite topics, nuance. We get into why nuance is so important, how it can sometimes be uncomfortable but why we need to embrace it.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

Beckham on Netflix

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Sheppard

Yellowface by R.F Kuang


182: Confidence Is Quiet, Insecurity Is Loud: Why Saying The Most Doesn’t Mean You Know The Most



TW: At the start of this episode we do have a brief conversation about grief, if this feels like something you don’t want to hear right now then skin ahead to 6:03 to dive straight into our recommendations.

In this weeks episode we’re discussing why being the most confident person and becoming more self-assured doesn’t mean you have to be the loudest person in the room. We talk about how there’s power in living more quietly, keeping your plans private and celebrating when you finally reach your goal.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

Taste The Nation by Padma Lakshmi on Disney+

Air on Amazon Prime

The Last Dance on Netflix

Cinnamon Social from Ole & Steen


181: Is It Now Cool To Be Boring?



What’s the latest “it-girl” aesthetic? It’s boring. No, seriously, being boring might just have become the new cool and the ultimate marker of success. If you can live a life that looks both boring and successful then you truly have it sussed. After a chaotic few years we’ve come to realise that really the most successful people out there are the ones with seemingly boring, normal lives. Why? Well that’s what we’re going to discuss in this week’s episode. Whether it’s the fascination we have with “dull” celebrities like Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen or just seeing normal people romanticise the mundane, there’s a lot to be sed for embracing the boring aspects of everyday life.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

Our Place – The Always Plan 2.0

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


180: Reclaiming Failure and How To Do It Without Toxic Positivity



We often talk about how we can use failure as a learning opportunity and there’s definitely more of a narrative in online content around growth coming from failure. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t feel horrible when something doesn’t go to plan and sometimes it can feel a bit toxic positivity-ish when someone is telling you to learn from a failure that still feels very raw and emotional to you.

So how do we reclaim failure and define our own narrative of failure in the same way we define our own version of success? We’re chatting about making our own narrative of failure, how we learn from it without feeling “less than”, releasing the idea of failure that you’re taught at school, building resilience and seeing failure as a by-product of courage.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

The Positive Intelligence Test to identify your saboteurs (based on the book by Shirzad Chamine) Read more and take the test here – https://www.positiveintelligence.com/

The Shameless Podcast Scandal Series – favourites: Tiger Woods, Hadids, Ashton & Demi


179: Hate Following: Why We Love to Hate



We’re back after a short summer break, Helena has turned 30 and Charlotte has a new addition to the Growth in Progress family! This week we’re chatting about the relatively new phenomenon of hate following – is it rooted in comparison? Is it for a moral ego boost? What’s the science behind it and why do we see it more in the female social media sphere?

Hate following is deciding to follow someone on social media, despite the fact that you don’t like them, don’t agree with what they say or dislike them as a person. It’s something that’s being spoken about more and more – why do we love to follow people we don’t like or don’t agree with? It feels like a new era Heat Magazine and it’s an important topic to identify and unpack, especially if you spend a lot of time online.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

The Ugly Cry: A Memoir by Danielle Henderson

Mark Cavendish: Never Enough Docuseries on Netflix


178: Thirty, Flirty & Thriving: Why We’re Excited To Be Getting Older



Ageing is a privilege that not everyone gets. And while that might sound like just another cliché, in this episode we’re diving into why we’re so excited to be turning 30 and how we’ve switched our mindsets when it comes to ageing. We’re also discuss Helli’s birthday plans, Charlotte’s latest household obsession and what our plans are for our summer break.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

Tallow & Ash Laundry Detergent – click here to save 50% off your first purchase (affiliate link)

Jade Bonacolta The Quiet Rich Newsletter


177: Being Content in your Career and Accepting That



This week we start the conversation with some questions about the full moon and what NASA actually stands for!

But our topic this week is about being content in your career and accepting where you are. We live in an ambitious and fast paced world where we (especially as women) feel the pressure to achieve a certain amount by a certain age. But when we’re constantly told and feel like we should be striving for more, do we ever stop to enjoy where we are? How do we recognise and be honest with ourselves about being content with where we are in our career, rather than feeling like success or happiness will only come from the next promotion or the next payrise.

We’d love to hear from you, if you have any thoughts on this episode or any future topics please get in touch on the contact details below:

growthinprogresspod@gmail.com / @growthinprogresspod
charlottephoebe.com / @charlotte.phoebe
helenabradbury.com / @helenabradbury

Recommendations

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Trip CBD infused drinks