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The Dating IRL Podcast

The Dating IRL Podcast

By Dating IRL

Welcome to the Dating In Real Life Podcast where we honor the beautiful complexities of singlehood, dating, relationships, and intimacy. I’m your host, Larissa Hanson, and whether in a relationship or not, we are all trying to do our best to make the most of this life while up against obstacles, struggles, walls, and fears. Let’s get real, get honest, and hold each other accountable for some serious life-changing conversations on the Dating In Real Life Podcast. I’m so glad you’re here!
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10. 5 Filters to Run Your Relationship Through to Avoid Self-Abandonment
10. 5 Filters to Run Your Relationship Through to Avoid Self-Abandonment
My life would have been completely different if I had asked myself these questions all the way back in 2001! Of course hindsight + 22 years of personal growth is 20/20 but if I can help you NOT invest in a toxic relationship that leads to self-abandonment - the earlier the better!! In this episode, I offer 5 filters to run your relationship through to make sure it’s at least “level 1” healthy. There are other things to consider but if these 5 things are in your relationship, you better be pulling the fire alarm to either talk it out or get out! Here are some quotes from the episode: Texting takes 3 seconds. An unstirred pot takes the nutrients and “good stuff” and puts it at the bottom. So when you want some nutritious, life giving energy, you’re getting the watered down version. Stirring the pot is the work that needs to be done regularly to keep it fresh, rich, and wholesome. There is no amount of encouragement from you that will get them to change into the person you want them to be. Your delusion of who they are is on you. It’s because you don’t respect the person that they actually are. If you aren’t seeing emotional connection improving each time that you’re getting together, it is not and will not be available for you in the future. I fully understand if you have parts that are very proud of yourself for working hard and making the relationship “work”! However, no amount of time or effort will get them to see your real worth. Sometimes seeing the questions on paper helps us be more honest with ourselves. It slows our mind down enough to actually get in touch with our truest response. So I have created a reflection worksheet (pdf) to help you give quality thought to your relationship and these filters. You can find the download at the end of this survey (that inquires about what you REALLY want in the single/dating world). Make sure your pop-up blocker doesn't block it!  If you have any general comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my social media pages: IG: @dating_i.r.l or @the_mindful.dating_coach, Facebook: @DatingIRLChicago, Linked In: Dating IRL or you can write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much!
24:51
November 25, 2022
9. Stacy
9. Stacy
In my interview with Stacy, she shares her journey through a limiting, people-pleasing childhood that sets the stage for being invisible and taken advantage of in her marriage. Seeing and naming red flags was a strength of Stacy’s and although aware of her needs, her internal confidence, loyalty, and hope for a better future kept her exhausted and dismissed for 21 years. Stacy’s honest and reflective story will resonate with a lot of us! Some insightful comments Stacy made are: “In a Greek family, girls are expected to stay at home with the mom.” “He always came off very confident and classy.” “I felt invisible and it bothered me but I didn’t want to be the possessive, insecure girlfriend.” “When I wanted to talk about something, I wasn’t allowed to.” “That’s when I started to really see red flags and I wanted to postpone the wedding.” “There was a porn addiction going on.” “I fell into the empath trap of…turn the other cheek. Our faith teaches us to have compassion, empathy, and forgive.” “There was always something that he would sell me on…when is it ever enough?” “I have a voice in my family now.” “I haven’t settled and I don’t want to settle.” “I’m all over this love-bombing situation.” We hope you enjoy hearing about Stacy's story. If you feel a special curiosity or connection with Stacy or have any general comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my social media pages: IG: @dating_i.r.l or @the_mindful.dating_coach, Facebook: @DatingIRLChicago, or Linked In: Dating IRL or you can write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much! If you'd like to join the waitlist to be interviewed for this podcast, please submit initial details at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/220737535002043. Thank you & hopefully we'll connect again soon. =)
01:08:50
August 09, 2022
8. Panel Discussion #1: Misrepresentation on the Apps, Needs, Open Communication, Chronic Illness, and Catastrophic Thinking
8. Panel Discussion #1: Misrepresentation on the Apps, Needs, Open Communication, Chronic Illness, and Catastrophic Thinking
Sam & John join me in our first panel discussion. We ask and discuss the following questions:  Why do so many people in online dating tend to misrepresent what they look like through their photos that they post online? Is it better to get your foot in the door and risk having them walk out on you, be angry, or not get a chance at all? How and when should one bring up chronic illness to who they’re dating? How can I stop catastrophic thinking? How do you find that balance of the healthy masculine and feminine energy in the pursual? And make some great comments, including the following:  Hey, if you don’t find me attractive, there’s a lot of other qualities that I bring to a relationship. Quoting “If you had infinite love right in front of you, would you walk away from it because it didn’t check enough of your boxes?” The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy. Most 40-year-old men, I know at least, say they need an emotional connection to move forward with the physical connection. Here’s the list of needs my therapist shared with me: https://www.cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventory I want to design a relationship where we keep each other’s needs balanced but not overload the other person. Making sure that you’re healthy and grounded and able to offer space to those that have chronic illnesses or mental health concerns is part of what we have to do as a community. It just comes back to gratitude. “Go on every date as if you’ll never see them again,” said my BIL years ago. Fall in love with your life by yourself.
54:02
July 26, 2022
7. Designing Your Ideal Dating Pool with a Self Assessment
7. Designing Your Ideal Dating Pool with a Self Assessment
This follow-up episode offers 10 questions of reflection to help you navigate the journey of dating in a more self-aligned and pleasant way. Here, I get really nerdy about my “dating is like your time at a local pool” analogy and use that to highlight not only the benefits of a self-assessment but the purpose of dating altogether. Each of our journeys starts and progresses differently, guided by the experiences and lessons we had at early ages and our experiences ‘with water’ along the way. Who we are, what we want, and what skills we need to acquire are great lessons offered in dating before we try out our relationship skills in a long-term relationship (aka, the ocean). With the help of a self-assessment, we can design our ideal dating pool with healthy boundaries (ahem, lane lines) to keep us moving in the direction we want. More importantly, we get to figure out what kinds of people we want in our dating pool and claim the power to design our dating pool just the way we want! Take the frustration and hopelessness out of dating by spending your time and effort ‘swimming’ with people you align with. Regardless of your place in the journey, you’ll be meeting people you could build meaningful connections with and building the skills necessary to thrive in a long-term relationship down the road. Happy swimming, everyone!
44:19
July 02, 2022
6. Sam
6. Sam
In this wide-ranging interview, Sam and I talk about his wild journey to find his true self.  From becoming a parent while a Military Policeman in the Army to enjoying the embraces received from both men and women in his local Cuddle Club, Sam walks us through how he took a hard look at his needs and his struggles and have actively searched for solutions and fulfillment. Some powerful comments Sam made in the interview are: “It looks like the purpose of dating is to have sex.” “Things started to devolve quickly.” “[I did] a self-inventory [to figure out] who I am, what I want, and how to get it!” “I just came out to my son!” “I have been touch starved for many years and that contributes to my depression.” “It’s been so freeing to step off the relationship escalator and just show up for each other.” “That level of intimacy & vulnerability is something I really love and am leaning into.” “Where are you right now and how do we explore this connection?” I have known Sam for a couple of months now and his thirst for honest and open-minded dialogue, support for others’ in their journey, and openness to vulnerability is always incredibly refreshing. I am very excited to post this interview and know there is a follow up interview in our future! We hope you enjoy hearing about Sam's story. If you feel a special curiosity or connection with Sam or have any general comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my social media pages: IG: @dating_i.r.l or @the_mindful.dating_coach, Facebook: @DatingIRLChicago, or Linked In: Dating IRL or you can write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much! If you'd like to join the waitlist to be interviewed for this podcast, please submit initial details at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/220737535002043. Thank you & hopefully we'll connect again soon. =)
01:08:10
June 10, 2022
5. Dating with Children with Special Needs
5. Dating with Children with Special Needs
This episode is a follow-up from my last interview with Susan. Among the many difficult things she shared, the challenge that having a child with special needs presented in her marriage broke my heart. I know the responsibilities of parenting a child with special needs are heavy and taxing, not from my own parenting journey but from having been a part of a once-close friend/family’s journey with a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the countless students over the years with needs of all kinds, from Tourettes to blindness and everything in between. I feel grateful and changed for the better because I’ve been blessed with these children in my life. I have witnessed a deep level of resiliency, self-awareness, determination, kindness, compassion, generosity, acceptance, gratitude, perspective, and thoughtfulness in not only the children but in their parents as well. And this got me thinking…”Yes, okay, some of the requirements of care might take up more time and effort than a child without special needs, but wow, the children, parents & families are usually really great people with great relationship skills. I think some singles could be approaching this situation with a narrow mindset!” In this episode, I offer suggestions on how to approach dating with a healthy and positive mindset to both the single parent of a child with special needs and the one considering dating said parent. For example, we all have our struggles and it might make it easier to understand and support when you can witness the special needs ‘on the outside.’ Another really good way to build a beautiful relationship is to partner up and invest in a common goal. What could be more worthwhile than investing in a relationship that will not only bring you and your partner joy but a child as well! Many more suggestions in the episode! If you have any general comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my social media pages: IG: @dating_i.r.l or @the_mindful.dating_coach, Facebook: @DatingIRLChicago, Linked In: Dating IRL or you can write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much! If you'd like to join the waitlist to be interviewed for this podcast, please submit initial details at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/220737535002043. Thank you & happy dating! =)
43:54
June 06, 2022
4. Susan
4. Susan
In this interview, Susan and I talk about her journey in parenting and advocating for a child on the autism spectrum and how the challenge of care and finances put a strain on her marriage. Susan shares a few of her experiences with online dating and strategies she uses to meet quality men.  Some beautiful & fun comments Susan made are: “All of the things a lot of people told me he would never do, he’s long past all those items.” “He lost his groundedness by traveling on the company dime.” “When you have to justify your behavior, you dig deep.” “I thought I was having a convulsion of some kind.” “They’ve all been really good guys.” “You got somebody killed for this story!” “It’s amazing how few words we use for emotion.” We hope you enjoy hearing about Susan's story. If you feel a special curiosity or connection with Susan or have any general comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my social media pages: IG: @dating_i.r.l or @the.mindful.dating.coach, Facebook: @DatingIRLChicago, or Linked In: Dating IRL or you can write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much! If you'd like to join the waitlist to be interviewed for this podcast, please submit initial details at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/220737535002043. Thank you & hopefully we'll connect again soon. =)
42:51
May 11, 2022
3. Attachment Styles: A Deep Dive, Bedroom Behaviors & How to Change
3. Attachment Styles: A Deep Dive, Bedroom Behaviors & How to Change
This episode is to follow up on one of the main talking points in the previous episode with Jonathan. Attachment styles have the ability to open your eyes to unhealthy patterns that seem natural to you, alleviate some of the heavy responsibility for those patterns, and offer a genuine and mindful path towards something better. Attachment styles play a role in our relationships with partners, parents, children, friends, and coworkers. Once you learn about attachment styles, you can better understand the complexities of your relationships, your gut feelings around love, affection, and connection with others, and hold more space for others’ complex feelings around these too. Regardless of your attachment style, relationships can be difficult and need consistent nurturing. Having a better understanding of yourself and others is part of ‘doing the work’ required for a loving, healthy relationship. Thanks for joining us as we take a deep dive into the 4 attachment styles, how they each show up in the bedroom, and the first step to working towards a secure attachment style.
56:60
April 24, 2022
2. Jonathan
2. Jonathan
My first interview is with Jonathan, an incredibly self-aware, articulate, and happy man with whom I went on a handful of dates in the past. (Interviewing people I have dated is not the plan, of course, but Jonathan has recently shown back up in my life as a friend and was excited about this opportunity...so why not?!) Jonathan brings up many wonderful topics with beautiful comments such as: "Growth is learning what our beliefs are and deciding which ones we want to change." "The point of life is to get as many of my needs met...needs like feeling safe, feeling like I belong, to feel love, be loved, and to love someone else. "Is this fear legit? Is it something keeping me from getting a need met or do I need to listen to it and back off? "The biggest difference between them and a cult is..." "How can I get data out of this so I can grow?" "That level of communication really caught my attention!" "For the anxiously attached, when we feel love, it's really anxiety that we're feeling." "When she finally did tell me she loved me, I felt hurt." We hope you enjoy hearing about Jonathan's story. If you feel a special curiosity or connection with Jonathan or have any comments, concerns, or suggestions, please either contact me through my website of www.DatingIRL.net, this podcast's post on my Instagram account, the_mindful_dating_coach, or write me at larissa@DatingIRL.net with details. Thank you so much! If you'd like to join the waitlist to be interviewed for this podcast, please submit initial details at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/220737535002043. Thank you & hopefully we'll connect again soon. =)
46:31
April 12, 2022
1. Pilot - I Surrender!
1. Pilot - I Surrender!
Welcome to The Dating IRL Podcast! I'm your host, Larissa Hanson. In our first episode, I share a bit of my journey and how I am feeling called to walk through these slightly scary doors, one of which is starting a podcast! I never saw this coming...even when those in my community were asking for it, I thought "no way"! Thankfully, I've had several lessons in surrendering control and letting go of that 'picture perfect' idea of what I want to happen. Letting my heart lead (with healthy discernment, of course) has opened the doors for so many beautiful things in my life which include the space for something bigger and better than my mind could have imagined. Not sure where this path leads but I know it feels open and positive to walk it...thanks for joining us on our journey!
21:07
April 05, 2022