195: Intentionality & Designing Your Ideal Day



Helena has been celebrating Lunar New Year in Vietnam and Charlotte has THE BEST handbag pill box organiser (yes we are very excited about this!) We also have a catch up about the new Taylor Swift album announcement before we chat about intentionality in designing your day-to-day.

This isn’t about having a big “woo” conversation about intentionality, but more about making conscious decisions to include things that bring joy or purpose in your daily life. We talk about morning routines or good habits to create purpose and being proactive in designing a life you enjoy, rather than letting life happen to you.

If you’re enjoying the podcast and want to support us then the best way to do so is hit follow on your podcast player and let your friends know. We always want to hear from you so get in touch through the details below:

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

Recommendations

Carrie Jade Does Not Exist Podcast with Sue Perkins and Katherine Denkinson

It Can’t Just Be Me Podcast with Anna Richardson

Travel Pill Box/Handbag Organiser – on Amazon *affiliate link

Universal Travel Adapter

Multiple plug charging cable

This Girl Talks Money on Instagram


194: The Joy Of Embracing Girlhood



Last year it felt like we had the summer of “girlhood” and suddenly embracing all the light hearted, fun, girlie things became more acceptable. We had Barbie and The Eras Tour, friendship bracelets and pink EVERYTHING. It was fun, inclusive, positive and just joyful. So we want to talk about how after years of hiding away from our softer feminine energy we’re finally embracing and enjoying it

If you’re enjoying the podcast and want to support us then the best way to do so is hit follow on your podcast player and let your friends know. We always want to hear from you so get in touch through the details below:

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

Recommendations

Big Vape: The Rise & Fall of Juul on Netflix

The Rest is Entertainment – available on all podcast players


193: Is Being High Maintenance Such A Bad Thing?



We’re back from another unscheduled hiatus (life happens!) and we’re can’t wait to dive into this week’s topic. We’re discussing the idea of being high maintenance, what does it *actually* mean and who even cares if someone is high maintenance. Is it just a misogynistic term that’s thrown at women too easily or it is just rooted within jealousy and comparison to others? We talking about why having high standards and wanting to take care of yourself is never a bad thing, but also how it’s truly no one’s business if you’re the one maintaining yourself.

After our conversation I had a look into the work ‘queer’ and (like so many things) it looks like there’s a lot of different opinions on who, if anyone should use the word to describe people in the LGBTQ+ community. If I offended anyone by using the word as a straight woman, then I’m sorry. These two articles were great in helping me get a bit more context on the history of the word and how it’s being reclaimed. We’re always learning and trying to do better, and that’s what this podcast is all about!

https://www.thepinknews.com/2023/01/10/queer-or-gay-slur-debate/

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/is-queer-ok-to-say-heres-why-we-use-it

If you’re enjoying the podcast and want to support us then the best way to do so is hit follow on your podcast player and let your friends know. We always want to hear from you so get in touch through the details below:

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

Recommendations

Griselda on Netflix

Strong Female Character by Fern Brady


192: The Value of Small, Gentle Goals



While Charlotte is already looking at wedding venues in the UK, Helli has finally found an apartment without mould in Vietnam. But together this week we’re talking about the value of small, gentle goals and how our mindset towards tangible, measurable goals has shifted over the last year. Big New Year goals can often lead to more stress, but gentle goals are all about a “better you” without giving you more on your plate to stress about – those 1% changes each day that build a foundation for the bigger goals further down the line.

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

Do Age-Gap Relationships Work? – The Age Gappers They say they’re happy. Why is it so hard to believe them? Article on The Cut

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks


191: Identity, Self-Perception & Inevitable Changes



We’re a week into the year and we’ve already found a podcast episode that totally changed Charlotte’s outlook on overwhelm and a book that Helli is saying could be the best book of the year! Yeah, we’re setting the bar high this year. We’re also diving head first into a conversation about identity, self-perception and how this inevitably changes as we grow. But when it’s something that we see as integral to our personality, how do we reconcile that change and how do we maintain our authenticity?

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

Fool Me Once on Netflix

The Food Medic Podcast: Season 9 Episode 6 with Grace Beverley

The Great Alone

Candice Brathwaite’s Reel


190: Welcoming and Embracing Change



Happy New Year!

We’re back with our first episode of 2024 discussing how we can all approach change without the fear and discomfort that is so often associated with change. Where does the idea that we should fear change even come from? We’re chatting about how our own mindset towards change has shifted and how we’re approaching changes in our own lives in 2024.

Our 200th episode is coming up – let us know what you’d like us to cover!

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

Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street on Netflix

Airalo eSIM app for data abroad – use code “HELENA2613” FOR $3 off your first purchase (affiliate link). You can also use their monthly discount codes an unlimited number of times for 10% off, these codes change each month but are MONTH10 (so January is JAN10, February is FEB10 etc)


189: 5 Habits That Have Had the Biggest Impact on Our Lives



WE BOTH HAVE BIG UPDATES!

Here’s the episode we never expected to be recording at the end of 2023 but we’ve both got big life updates and we’re also approaching the end of this year slightly differently. Usually we talk about goal setting, but this year we’re sharing the habits that have had the biggest impact on our lives so far. Incremental changes and strong foundations are something we always talk about when it comes to habits.

So if you’re not sure how to approach big goals for the New Year, maybe think about smaller shifts and habits you can start to implement that have a bigger impact over time.

We’ll be taking a short break over Christmas and the New Year but we’ll be back in January with more episodes.

p.s. apologies for the patchy sound quality on Helena’s end, the wifi in the Philippines is patchy!

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 Friendship Problem article on Substack

Em the Nutritionist recipes on TikTok (@emthenutritionist)

Also mentioned:

James Clear – Atomic Habits

Glucose Goddess

Whering outfit planner


188: It’s Not Only You: Easy Ways To Cope With Overwhelm



Snow roads, aprés skiing, “intimate” flora and how we’re coping with that classic end-of-the-year-overwhelm…it’s safe to say there aren’t many things we *don’t* discuss in this week’s episode. It’s that point in the year where we’re all starting to feel *it*. The tiredness is kicking in, we’re reflecting on what we have (or maybe haven’t) achieved and we’re looking ahead to a brand new year. Even though it’s such an exciting time of year it’s also the easiest time to have the overwhelm creep in, but when that tiny little thing pushes you over the edge (catching your jumper on a door knob as you walk past, anyone?) you can take comfort in knowing you really aren’t alone. We’re sharing why it happens, how to pick yourself up and ways we’re trying to prevent it for next year.

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

Believe in Magic on BBC Sounds

Free Soul Greens (Here’s my referral link if you want to save 20% on your first order https://herfreesoul.mention-me.com/m/ol/ti8lb-charlotte-hales – not an ad, but who doesn’t love to save!)


187: The Joy of Diverse Friendships



This week we discuss the word of the year (don’t worry, we hadn’t heard of it either!), Christmas in Japan and the joy of embracing diverse friendships. We’ve noticed in the past few years we’ve built more friendships with people who have had different careers, upbringings, and experience to us, who might be in a different life stage to us even though we’re similar ages or who have similar priorities despite being a different age.

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 Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill by C S Robertson

Get Gotti on Netflix


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