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The Chat Connection

There is a constant challenge in speaking about relationships and falsely labeled stigmas I feel we need to normalize because NO ONE is immune to them. So come join me every Saturday, while I debunk some myths and misconceptions in relationships, social injustices, business, and mental health in order to normalize discussions around these topics one chat at a time. In the process, I'm sure you can laugh, learn, and gain insight to conversations you would be reluctant to participate in or have access to; ultimately bringing us closer as a human race.

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What's Next?
It's been a great quarter but there is still work to be done. What are you looking forward to achieving before 2021 ends? Don't let that dream sit on the shelf any longer. Who cares if you didn't start yet...start Now. If you're thinking through the process of all the things you need to have or learn before even starting, scratch all of that. You are wasting time. One step at a time is the way to go as long as you continue learning along the way. Let's chat about it, as we wrap up Season 2 and get ready for the next chapter.  Love Healing Learning Passion Projects and Business Plans Perspectives Impact and Changes Mental Health and Self-care Thank You *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com
06:55 07/03/21
Polyamorous Relationships
What does commitment mean to you in a relationship? Could you have more than one romantic and sexual partner at a time and still be committed? The truth is, everyone can practice Polyamory differently. Join the conversation as we discuss some rules, benefits, and debunk some misconceptions of what a non-monogamous relationship can look like from a solo polyamorous perspective. Difference between Polyamory and Polygamy Orgies, swinging, open relationships Intimate emotional connections Forms of polyamory Group relationships (triads, quads, etc) Barriers in Polyamory when it comes to relationships Boundaries Love language Mental Health and self-care How Breakups affect dynamic? Myths, Misconceptions, Facts Sexual Spectrum Jealousy and Insecurities Spiritual Paths *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Jauni Hopesphire - Polyamorous Living on all social media platforms 
32:36 27/02/21
Cheating In Relationships: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
What are some deal breakers in relationships? Who cheats more, men or women? Do you believe once a cheater always a cheater? What is considered cheating in a relationship? Can a relationship work after cheating? Who's auditioning for your role? Join the conversation and let me know your thoughts. Common Law Friends with benefits What is cheating and why do people cheat on people they love? Styles of cheating Accountability How cheating begins Work Husband/Wife Boundaries How much work it takes to cheat  Depression & Mental Health Consequences Perception versus reality Mindset control Why some couples can recover after cheating and infidelity Forgiveness Break up to make up Rationalizing What does consistent mean? The importance of sharing your story Never say never *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Sherley Altidor - Femme Naturelle  on all social media platforms   
34:53 20/02/21
Abusive Relationship: I'm a survivor - Guest Ebony
There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships. What’s the most impactful thing you’ve done in your life? Would you be able to forgive someone who abused you? Are you 100% certain you couldn’t become a statistic? Are you stuck with an abuser during this pandemic? Let's chat about it. **Seek Help** Call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800−799−7233 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522 to reach a trained advocate. Can also reach out to any United Way agency near you. STDs Substance Abuse  Self Sabotage  Escaping  Mental Health  Purpose  *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Ebony A.N. Smith - "Breaking Out The Jail I Built" and social media platforms -
31:21 14/02/21
What The Health Is Going On?
Why is mental health so important? What are some strategies you've come up with to master work-life balance? Why are there still stigmas with some Christians going to therapy? What are the good things that have come out of Covid? Join the conversation as Dr. Bergina B. Isbell debunks some myths about mental health providers and how to find joy in your journey.  Telehealth Game plan Autism Strategies to survive and juggle work and life Reverse engineer family schedule FMLA  Stigmas with Christians going to therapy Fighting fear  Clubhouse Covid – the good, bad, and ugly  Depression, Anxiety, and pre-existing illnesses Self-care goals Vicarious trauma Bible Characters who were depressed  Joy in the journey *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Dr. Bergina B. Isbell - Led Life LLC  and social media 
33:29 06/02/21
Life After Addiction, Homelessness, and Domestic Violence
What is drug addiction? What is the state of homelessness where you currently live? If you experienced a myriad of trauma, how would it impact your life in a positive way? Join the conversation as Melissa shares the uphill battle she had to climb and how she has come out on the other side. Your story could be the key that unlocks the door to someone else’s prison. Silence kills so don’t be afraid to share it. Let's chat. **Seek Help** Call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800−799−7233 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522 to reach a trained advocate. SAMHSA's National Helpline  for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services RecycleForce - A social enterprise focused on the re-entry of returning citizens from incarceration while improving the environment through electronics recycling Aurora Foundation - Implement strategies to improve social and economic outcomes to empower women and girls in Greater Hartford area RAINN - Sexual Assault Assistance at 800.656.HOPE (4673) *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Melissa - Co-Founder of The Sister Show
32:12 30/01/21
Anorexia or Bulimia : How Do I Look?
Weight gain or weight loss? When was the last time you had to be vulnerable? What about if you were still in the process of getting to recovery? Would you be brave enough to seek treatment if you had to jump hoops? Are you in denial? Join the conversation as Kiera shares how being constantly praised by others, being a perfectionist, and being the daughter of Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo added to the many pressures stacked against her. She discusses how she thought gaining control of her consumption of food would help the many uncertainties in her life fall into place. Silence and self-isolation Difference between anorexia and bulimia Triggers Binge eating Reward Pathway Endorphins Denial and Depression Symptoms  Treatment  Transitions  What's your story? Let's chat.  *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Kiera - Heavier Than I Look on all podcast and social media platforms
44:19 23/01/21
Who you gonna call?
If you replied with Ghostbusters, you have a special place in my heart and we could definitely be friends. Speaking of friends, have you checked on your friends or family lately? You never know who's struggling on the other side of that Zoom meeting. What about yourself friend? How have you practiced self-care this week? Have you just wanted just a day of peace? Do you feel like you're fighting loneliness alone? Are you at the risks of social isolation? Have you just wanted just a day of peace? Or perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed and don't understand your next move? You're not alone! Brave warriors Why your story matters Denial Self Care isn't optional  Are you meant to lose yourself?  Ways loneliness affects your mental health How to ask for help? "This Is Us" Season 5 Episode 6 Do you feel like you're fighting loneliness alone?  Let's chat.  *Support, Leave a Review, and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Blogger - Stirred Not Shaken
14:55 16/01/21
Compulsive Eating Disorder - Gluttony or Mental Obsession?
What are some preconceived ideas you have of heavy or overweight people? Could you recognize signs to let you know you may have a compulsive eating disorder? Do all addicts share common characteristics? Quarantine vs isolation...how does this support the disorder? Let's chat.  *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com  Cindy - Adulting for Addicts on podcast and social media platforms 
33:48 09/01/21
New Year, New Changes - Career Breaks & Transitions
Even with the new year starting off, do you need a mental break from work because you're exhausted or have you been thinking about a career change...to go where the money resides? HA. In either case, how will this decision affect your relationships? Do you even know your options? Let's chat.  *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com  Janice - Money Career & Motherhood podcast. Listen and book Free 30-minute strategy session
24:54 02/01/21
Holiday Cheers, Blues, and Soup Joumou
The holidays typically bring mixed emotions because everyone will have a different perspective depending on their experiences in life...and that's ok! Maybe your holiday sucked...the big jingle bell balls OR maybe you brought the jangle to the jingle spirit. Let's chat about it.   *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com 
09:10 26/12/20
Love and Marriage...Messy, Rewarding, or Both?
Whether you’re married or not, we’ve all heard that marriage isn’t easy. Is there a point where it may not be salvageable? How has your marriage evolved? Has it made you a better version of yourself…or have you lost yourself in it? What are some lessons you’ve learned from a previous marriage that you’ll take into the next relationship? What are some key things you’ve done or are trying to do to save your marriage? What are some things to keep it fresh and lively? Should marriage licenses be renewed as often as we renew our driver’s licenses? Let’s chat. *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com  Nate & Emily - Twice as Less Not Perfect Podcast on all podcast and social media platforms; including YouTube and email @lessnotperfect@gmail.com   
62:54 19/12/20
White Privilege
Guest Alex and I discuss what it means to have and live with white privilege and have a mature conversation discussing each other’s perspective as we go through similar tasks in life as a black woman and white man. What unconscious bias have you heard or have when it comes to someone of the opposite race from you? When placed in a challenged situation, are people listening to YOU as a person or identifying you with a racial group? How have you been discriminated? How have you been naïve? Let’s chat *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com  Coach Alex -Becoming Brave  on all podcast and social media platforms Black Coaches Directory
44:54 15/12/20
Suicide: I'm a survivor - Guest Alex
Have you ever thought or are thinking about a permanent solution to a temporary problem? Do you not see the end in sight? Have you gone through enough pain you want to quiet the noise? Let's chat about it. **Seek Help** Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)  or text “START” to 741-741 to reach a trained counselor Visit Psychology Today *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Coach Alex -Becoming Brave  on all podcast and social media platforms
38:08 15/12/20
How the Grinch Stole...my Credit Scores
When was the last time you applied for something and was nervously holding your breath to see if you would get approved? How many times have you paid something off but your credit score went down instead of up? What are some quick tips to boost your credit score? Which credit card can help? If something is foreign on your credit profile, would you know how to dispute it? What is your personal goal when it comes to your finances? Let's chat about it.  *Support and follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com  Kristi  - Credit Kristi on all podcast and social media platforms; including YouTube and email: @questions@creditkristi.com
65:03 28/11/20
Listen to your gut
Colon cancer is a silent killer because of the stigma associated with that part of the body. You should never die from fear and you should never die from embarrassment. What other stigmas, myths, or misconceptions have you or a loved one believed when it came to your health? Let's chat about it.  *Support and follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Truitt - One Percent Podcast on all podcast and social media platforms
37:25 21/11/20
Welcome Aboard
We are back for a new season!! Come join the chat; old or new guests, and get into these conversations. What have you guys been up to during the break? Let's chat. What are your Thanksgiving plans? Want to learn how you can win a prize? If you're in Georgia, I have a special announcement for you, so come ready to listen.  *Support and follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com
06:35 14/11/20
A Bun In The Oven...Twice Baked - PCOS Style
I should start by saying that...INFERTILITY ISN'T A WOMAN ISSUE.  While more and more people are talking about fertility awareness, there is still plenty of work and conversations that need to be had; especially when it comes to boundaries. If you or a close member have had infertility challenges, what other myths and misconceptions have you heard? What have been some of the harsher and/or inappropriate questions that people have asked? What have been some assumptions? Let's chat about it.  *Support and follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms - email: thechatconnection@gmail.com Karen - Instagram
35:56 14/11/20
October...what the freak?
It's been quite a unique year and we still have 2 months left. HA. What are you looking forward to achieving before 2021 gets here? If that's too far to think ahead, what are some things you're hoping to achieve this month? What are you avoiding? Let's chat about it, as we wrap up Season 1 and get ready for the next chapter.  * Follow, Subscribe, and Share* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms 
05:30 04/10/20
Online Dating: Swiped to the left...or right?
What will you be doing this cuffing season? If you are participating, what are some do's and don'ts? Do you have a favorite pick up line? Are expectations too high or low? Should there really be a cap on the amount of kids that come into the equation? Let's chat about it.  *Support and follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Kalid - Instagram Erika - Instagram and Books2Bills podcast Kenyetta - Real Estate business 
57:55 26/09/20
Back to the Basics: Single in a Pandemic
Whether you’ve been catfished, been the catfish, or wanted to adopt a cat…there are quite a few discoveries that single people make while living in a pandemic. Hopefully if you’re single, you’ve been able to think outside the box to create something great with your time...maybe even find a life partner. What are the pros and cons? Join the chat, as Rhonda and Krystal share their experience. *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast platforms Krystal - Untold Stories History Blog Rhonda - Brown Sheep Coming soon
41:48 21/09/20
Abusive Relationship: I'm a survivor - Guest Whytli
There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships. What’s the most impactful thing you’ve done in your life? Would you be able to forgive someone who abused you? Are you 100% certain you couldn’t become a statistic? Are you stuck with an abuser during this pandemic? Let's chat about it. **Seek Help** Call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800−799−7233 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522 to reach a trained advocate. Can also reach out to any United Way agency near you. *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Whytli Rogers - In the Wake Podcast on all podcast and social media platforms
27:25 13/09/20
Adoption - A Mother's Love
How do you know when it's time to become a parent? When you decide, does it really matter if your child is biologically yours or adopted? Have you or anyone that you know been adopted? If you do want to place your child for adoption, what are the stigmas and misconceptions attached to that? Let's chat about it.  *Support and follow*  Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Courtney Tierra -  Worthy Website and Worthy Reminders (Instagram and Twitter)
27:05 05/09/20
DO IT ANYWAYS
Have you been overstimulated with all that's going on in the world right now and need a mental break? Have you or a close friend experienced a loss but don't know what to say or how to feel? Are you discouraged because you don't feel that you matter? Does it seem that you were left with the short end of the stick when it comes to tackling life? Well stay encouraged and join my brother and I in a conversation as we talk through our experiences and commemorating our dad.  *Follow and Support* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms
47:17 29/08/20
Back to School: SPECIAL NEEDS Edition
School is in session and I want to know what will you and your children be learning this year? Hopefully, it isn't how to work each other's nerves. HA. Who do you think will throw in the towel first? Parents? Students? Teachers? Interested in learning a different perspective? Join Effie as she gives insight into her world of raising a child with a disability.  *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Effie - Once Upon a Gene Podcast (all social media platforms)
31:39 22/08/20
Abusive Relationship: I'm a survivor - Guest Rebecca
There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships. What’s the most impactful thing you’ve done in your life? Would you be able to forgive someone who abused you? Are you 100% certain you couldn’t become a statistic? Are you stuck with an abuser during this pandemic? Let's chat about it.  **Seek Help** Call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800−799−7233 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522 to reach a trained advocate. Can also reach out to any United Way agency near you.  *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Rebecca - Humans, Now and Then on all podcast platforms
26:35 15/08/20
Love and Marriage...after the I DO's
Do you believe in soulmates? What is the reason that you want or don't want to get married? Why are the reasons that you did get married? Do you think marriage is overrated or underrated? Do you really have to be equally yoked or can you build the balance along the way? Let's chat about it.  Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms *Guests* Charalaina Justin Angie Jonathan Danielle Adam
92:42 08/08/20
Battle of the Sexes - Men vs Women
We all know that ONE SIZE doesn't fit all when it comes to relationships. What are the rules after a breakup? What are signs you know someone is approachable for dating or inviting ways you let someone know you’re interested? Are you ghosting people or having them warm the benches up until the next one shows up? How are double standards masking egos? Let's chat about it.  *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Flo - Instagram Isoke - Instagram Kalesha - KSK Professional Services Holliday - Twitter Vick - Instagram Dyon
84:01 01/08/20
The Alphabets that still get misread...LGBTQIA+
Join guests Rashaida and Fedner as they help debunk some misconceptions as we talk about sex, relationships, race, identity...and even some shade in between. *Support and Follow* Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms Rashaida - Diva Dance DC  Fedner 
62:38 25/07/20
Love and Marriage...with an EX
How do you make a balanced decision on staying or separating with your spouse? What have you learned during the relationship? Can you be friends afterwards? Would you get married again? Do you feel like you can't get along with them afterwards? Let's chat about it.  Host (Linda) - TheChatConnection on all podcast and social media platforms *Guest* -Andrea -Margarette
33:27 18/07/20