Most pop culture discussion about the single life points at how to avoid it at all costs. Starting from the Disney films we watched as kids, we’ve been told that couplehood is the holy grail. But many people will tell you that they’ve grown more, changed for the better, and learned the most about themselves while flying solo than they have being in a relationship. So how can we get the most out of being single? What can we celebrate about aloneness? In this culture of coupledom, why can’t singledom be a great thing? Writer Natalie Karneef speaks with friends, experts and celebrities on navigating the peaks and valleys of the unattached life.
Episode 7 Not Alone
Sex and love addiction affects so many, but there’s so much shame around it. Mandy Stadtmiller, author of “Unwifeable”, shares her story about sex and love addiction, and talks about trauma, divorce, and finding her soulmate where she least expected to. And Natalie opens up about her own love addiction and recovery, and her uncertainties about Jack the Chef.
Episode 6 Where Did You Go?
Sometimes, it takes being single to figure out who we really – REALLY – are.
Mike Sagun tried to “pray the gay away” – and was shunned by his family and his faith when he came out. No’a Bat Miri tells us about being Orthodox Jewish by choice, and single by choice. Courtenay Stickels explores all the women she left behind and found again when she came back to herself. And Natalie explores – and owns – losing herself when she’s in a relationship.
Episode 5 Baggage
Baggage: we’ve all got it. How can we use it for good, instead of letting it weigh us down?
After his first big love ended in bigger betrayal, Shane’s unusual journey of singlehood took him from his darkest hour to his true potential. Faith’s marriage to a sex addict made her a better person – and a better parent. And Natalie sleeps with Jack the Chef… with worrying consequences.
Episode 4 Let Me Be Your Fantasy
Christos meets Amy Schumer at a hotel spa and prepares to ask her out. (Yes, the Amy Schumer.) We also talk to Sarah, who, in a very single phase of her life, spends some quality time with someone who can fly. And as Natalie prepares to go on a third date with Jack the Chef, she finds herself lost in fantasy… until she meets a very unexpected reality.
Episode 3 Dating Greatly
Dating can shed a lot of light onto the way we see ourselves, and the world. After a brutal divorce and a run of disappointing relationships, Cheryl shares the one surprisingly simple lesson that turned her luck around. On the advice of her therapist, Natalie dives into the world of “dating badly”, and is forced to examine some of her own boundary issues. She has a worryingly good date with a dude named Jack, she and Christos swap war stories … and strategy.
Episode 2 The Quest
Lots of us have a thing about trying to fit into molds of who we think we’re supposed be. This week’s episode: being uncool (in the best way possible). We also cover breakups, bullying, near-death experiences, grief and spiritual journeys… in the best way possible.
Episode 1 Single School
Join Natalie Karneef as she gets divorced, dissects Tinder, and delves into why our culture places couplehood above singledom. Featuring Tony Asimakopoulos, Christos Sourligas and Leannah Lumauig.