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This Is EZ With Friends

This Is EZ With Friends

By Erika Zapata
Have you ever felt like you were alone in your suffering? Maybe you’re in a relationship and it’s not serving you or your higher self. Perhaps you’ve been hiding a truth about who you really are or what you really want out of life. Ever been curious about what everyone else is going through? Press play. You’re not alone. We’re all misfits trying to make sense of it all. Come have a laugh or a cry. This is EZ with friends.
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This is EZ with Marissa - Marriage, Health, and Vulnerability
Marissa Leal is an artist, a dental hygienist, and one of my favorite people in the world. She volunteered her time and her story to the podcast, and to say that I am grateful would be understating it. Marriage struggles, health struggles, and a fear of vulnerability made for a difficult year for Marissa. But don’t worry, it was a healing podcast for both of us. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s EZier with friends. Press play, listeners. Check out Marissa’s Instagram: @night.mare_creates  Or her Etsy shop at
September 27, 2022
This is EZ with Jake - Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
Jake Rothfeld grew up in a New Jersey town where an opioid epidemic created a rise in suicide cases. It was commonplace for Jake to find out that someone he grew up with had succumbed to dark thoughts. Despite having great parents and an excellent support system, he battled his own demons during his seventh grade year. Jake brings so much insight to the podcast, which allowed me to talk about my own battle with depression. Have you ever felt inadequate? Maybe you’ve been called “too sensitive.” In any case, this one’s for you. Resources for suicide prevention can be found below:
September 14, 2022
This is EZ with Mark - Getting Older, Dealing with Grief & Accepting Your Own Mortality (It's funny, I promise)
Mark Morales is a Texas native, an ex-musician, and definitely not my old boss. He and I caught up after COVID times and busy lives. Mark talks about losing his mom during the pandemic and coming to terms with his mortality after her death hit his family pretty hard. It’s not a sad podcast at all, because Mark is a glass-half-full kinda guy. He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. If you don’t catch yourself giggling through this episode, you can have your money back. Topics include: hair loss, getting older, selling breast milk, and reincarnation. Need I say more?
August 30, 2022
This is EZ with Christina - Dating in 2022
Christina Arzate spent a few years getting to know herself before setting up her Hinge profile, joining a sexual empowerment group, and dying her hair purple and pink. Christina wears wrestling t-shirts to dates and she DGAF.  Her optimism about dating in these dark times is a breath of fresh air. She shares funny dating stories and real issues that plague a dating culture that values casual relationships over long-term connections. Spoiler alert: everyone is lying about this. In this episode, we coin the term “raw dogging people with your emotions.” It’s funny, it’s provocative, and it’s just plain old truth. Do yourself a favor and press play. You can find Christina Arzate's sexual development coach at @iamjocelynsilva on Instagram. 
August 19, 2022
This is EZ with Alex - Sex, Sex & More Sex
Alejandro Zamora is a fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, who identifies as a heteroromantic bisexual. He joins the podcast to talk about his journey from a sexless relationship to sexual rediscovery. It’s a beautiful story with an incredible message about learning to say yes to yourself and the things that make you feel good. We chat about first times, “the sex talk,” and healthy communication with a sexual partner. Press play, you won’t regret it! Some of the resources from the podcast include:  - Sex-Positive Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that creates educational and social experiences around positive sexuality, identity, lifestyle, consent, and body-positivity for adults. We provide a chance to explore, learn, and grow in a safe, welcoming, and consensual environment through consensual touch events, workshops and discussion groups This Article : Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons — Quartz
August 02, 2022
This is EZ with Monica - Self Development, Therapy & Emotional Hard Ons
Monica Villaruel is an LA Native, a public research scientist, and a bonafide badass. She works for the California Department of Public Health - focusing on the areas of maternal, child, and adolescent health. She joins the podcast to talk about self-development, therapy, and emotional hard-ons (tune in to find out what these are). We coined the term emotional hard-on, so you won’t find this kind of sexy talk anywhere else. Exclusively on This is EZ with Monica. Thank you for continuing to support the podcast. Just one note because I couldn’t remember the name of the website during the podcast, so I’m sharing . Mark Manson’s website is called Life Advice That Doesn’t Suck. You can check it out by visiting His material is excellent. You won’t regret it. I just finished taking his “Improving My Life” course. So good.
July 20, 2022
This is EZ with Erik V. - Coming Out/Just Being
Erik is an aquarius. He’s left handed and color blind. He joins the podcast to tell his beautiful coming out story - a process that he refers to as finally “just being.” Erik’s Catholic upbringing in a Mexican household created a tumultuous journey to self discovery. He was prepared to hide his truth in order to avoid telling his parents, but life had other plans. Erik fell in love in his early thirties and could no longer hide his true self. Four powerful letters. An angry song. A man unchained and no longer willing to dilute himself for the comfort of others. Have a listen! If you or your family are experiencing difficulties during your coming out journey, here are some resources: Love and light. Thank you so much for listening.
July 05, 2022
This is EZ with Kim: Toxic Relationships
Erika and Kim talk about their long, toxic relationships in their early twenties. Being young and in love isn’t easy, especially if you’re with the wrong person. Listen to what they did, how they learned, and what they know now.
June 07, 2022
This is EZ With Friends - Trailer
Hello and welcome to the trailer episode for This is EZ With Friends. My name is Erika Zapata and I am your host. I’m just a woman who decided to start a podcast after a long battle with paralyzing fear of the unknown. I haven’t found a niche yet, but so far I’ve had the great privilege of discussing toxic relationships, spirituality, and coming out as queer with some wonderful guests. Thank you for listening and I hope you’ll stick around for the long haul. Special thanks to: Mark Morales: Original Music Alex Zamora (@zamoravisuals): Podcast Photography Ralph Moreno: Podcast Equipment Jessica Estrada: Telling me to just publish this already and stop waiting for it to be perfect. For more content - please visit Or find me on Instagram @ez_thewhothewhat If all else fails, you can email me at
June 02, 2022