Nicole & Kate Can Relate

Nicole Baldinu and Kate Erickson

We're Nicole & Kate! Friends, confidants, accountability partners, and we’ve been supporting each other over the years sharing our ups and our downs and hashing out the big questions of life - do we want kids? Can we have it all? How do we stay healthy and keep our businesses running smoothly without major stress and overwhelm? We talk things out ‘cause that’s what real friends do - they provide love, support, and space for one another to share without judgement, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.

Want to do, have to do, get to do: which is it?
Sep 18 2022
Want to do, have to do, get to do: which is it?
Are there things on your to-do list you do because you feel obligated to, but that you really don’t like doing? Yeah, we’ve got a few of those, too…In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with obligations - what they are, why we do them, and some different ways of looking at those less-than-ideal to-do’s from a new perspective to make them a little easier to tackle.Points Discussed in this EpisodeThings we do out of pure obligation - that we don’t want to do. Why do we do them?Feeling accomplished after completing an obligationSetting boundaries and saying no to things you don’t want to doThings we feel obligated to do, but that we also kind of want to do - are these the things that push us outside of our comfort zone?Obligations cross-culturally and how those play outThings we love doing - period Discuss Naval’s question: "A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?"Choosing our own path Different phases of our lives bringing on different types of obligationsThank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: Want to do, have to do, get to do: which is it?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgement, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Special Feature: Katie VanBuskirk on mental health
Sep 4 2022
Special Feature: Katie VanBuskirk on mental health
Mental health and wellness is something we all know is important. But how widely accepted is it? And do people shy away from getting help because of fear of judgment - or worse, because they don’t have access?In this episode we’ve invited our good friend Katie VanBuskirk, PHD in clinical psychology, on the mic to chat about mental health. We also discuss some of the tools that are becoming more and more widely available to support those seeking help.Points Discussed in this EpisodeHow counseling and telemedicine has become much more widely available (and leveraged) since CovidIt seems individuals are more open to talking about and sharing that they’re in counseling or talking to a therapist - it’s becoming more “accepted”… is that actually the case?Our responsibility as business owners to take care of our own mental health, in addition to providing support and tools for our teamsNot knowing how to identify certain feelings like anxiety or stress; what’s the best course of action for someone?Ways we interact and engage on social media and how that shapes our experience with social mediaGiving someone permission to be upset about something / grieve The vast difference between for some re: what our parents might have experienced growing up versus our experience as children How does mindset, meditation, and mindfulness fit into psychology and counseling - are they intertwined?Everyone has their own way of dealing with mental wellness; what’s therapeutic for one person might be different for another  Mentioned in this episode Detox Your Thoughts by Andrea Bonior, PhD (recommended by Nicole) Feeling Good by David D. Burns (recommended by Katie) Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker (recommended by Kate)P.S. If this convo brings up anything for you and you need further help or guidance, check out these resources: BetterHelp Online Counseling - private therapy anytime, anywhere TalkSpace Online Therapy - Feeling better starts with a single message Lifeline or Beyond Blue (Australia)Asking for help shows strength. Thank you so much for joining us for this Special Feature episode with Katie VanBuskirk on mental health!Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Roe v Wade overturned: How could this happen?
Aug 7 2022
Roe v Wade overturned: How could this happen?
We fully recognize that there are two sides to every story. We’re just having a REALLY hard time understanding how there could be another side to this one… How could this happen?In this episode we’ll share our own personal thoughts on Roe v Wade being overturned in the United States, along with what some of the implications and unintended consequences might be now - and in the future.Points Discussed in this EpisodeOur initial thoughts when we first heard about Roe v Wade being overturned What happened to Democracy?When your values and the values being prioritized by your country don’t align, then what?Companies providing health benefits, paid leave, and monetary assistance for those seeking abortions in another stateWomen’s rights and this feeling like such a massive step backwardsWhat does this mean for our daughters, nieces, cousins?We presumably all want the same thing; how could there be such a huge gap in our beliefs?Mentioned in this episode:  Skimm This podcast: “Both Sides Now: Recession Fears, VP Harris on Abortion, Heat Waves” (minute 7:30 - 15:00 is a chat with host and VP Harris on Roe v Wade) 7am podcast: “The lessons of Roe v Wade for our health system” ABC News article: “Top companies respond to ruling overturning Roe v. Wade” CBS News article: “Five things to know now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade” Op ed piece from Mia Freedman: “America, you're breaking my heart” Op ed piece from Mia Freedman: “America, 2022: Where guns have more rights than women” Forbes article: “‘Big Step Backwards’: World Leaders React To Roe V. Wade Decision”Thank you so much for joining us for this episode where we share our own experiences answering the question: How could this happen?Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Special Feature: The Merrymaker Sisters on self-acceptance
Jul 31 2022
Special Feature: The Merrymaker Sisters on self-acceptance
We’ve all done it: judged others, compared our body to someone else’s body, and beat ourselves up for the way we look.In this episode we invite two sisters, Emma and Carla, to the convo - and they’ve been through it all: diets, plastic surgery, and more. Together we chat openly about the struggles all of us have gone through with self-acceptance.Points Discussed in this EpisodeWhy are we trapped in this cycle of believing there’s actually an “ideal” body type? How awareness plays such a huge role in self-acceptance The trickle down effect; change one thing, and you change everythingComparing yourself to others and judgmentDo women have to deal with body complex issues way more than men?Mentioned in this episode:  Podcast episode on Body Image Anxiety from the Merrymaker Sisters Article from ABC: A damaging obsession Detox Your Thoughts by Andrea Bonior, PhD Untethered Soul by Michael A. SingerThank you so much for joining us for this Special Feature episode where Emma and Carla joined us to chat about self-acceptance.Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgement, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.P.S. If this convo brings up anything for you and you need further help or guidance, check out these resources:Australia: Lifeline or Beyond Blue. USA: BetterHelpAsking for help shows strength.
Special Feature: Cass Sethi helps us with style and wardrobe!
Jul 17 2022
Special Feature: Cass Sethi helps us with style and wardrobe!
Style and wardrobe. It’s something we’ve both had a struggle or two with, and that’s why we’re excited to be bringing on our great friend, mastermind partner, and professional personal stylist, Cass Sethi, so she can help!In this episode we’ll share our own personal experiences with battling our closets, finding clothes we feel great about, and how our “working from home” wardrobes have affected our overall personal style.Mentioned in this episodeNext Level WardrobeFollow Cass on Instagram!Points Discussed in this EpisodeRespect the closet!... and Cass’ closet resetThe 2 most common struggles Cass hears from her clients How working from home influences your wardrobe decisionsWhy do we hold on to certain pieces in our closet - even when we never wear them?The “core pieces” every wardrobe needsHow to have more outfits with less stuffHow do we get excited about our wardrobe and out of the rut of buying the same things over and over again?Controlling your closet versus letting your closet control youShould you plan out your shopping trips and know exactly what you’re looking for?Shopping online versus in personA simple question you can ask yourself when deciding whether to keep a piece in your closetWhy you should blend versus bucket your closetThe most common essentials most closets are missingLeveraging Pinterest to help you uncover your styleThank you so much for joining us for this Special Feature episode where Cass Sethi joined us to help with our style and wardrobe!Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.
Special Feature: From Suitcase Entrepreneur to Mama w/ Natalie Sisson
Jun 19 2022
Special Feature: From Suitcase Entrepreneur to Mama w/ Natalie Sisson
From complete lifestyle freedom and full-time entrepreneurial bliss to all the messy, beautiful experiences of motherhood. Now that’s a transition that comes with a whole lot of changes!In this episode we dive into those changes with our special guest, Natalie Sisson. We hope you enjoy it!Points Discussed in this EpisodeHow Natalie and Josh’s handshake over dinner one night changed their livesThe transition from lifestyle entrepreneurship and full freedom to becoming a momThe emotions that come with raising a child, mom guilt, finding support, and digging deep for patienceAre dogs, cats, or … even your business good introductions to becoming a parent? Incorporating a child into your lifestyle versus changing your lifestyle because of a childWhat attitude and mindset Natalie and Josh have developed to create the experiences they want to have as parentsTeaming up with your partner for support, sleep, and space!... and being intentional about both parents being involved and sharing house - and parenting - dutiesAre dads more likely to be straight up about whether they’d “do it all over again”?Struggling with a swift shift in identities Mentioned in this episode: Natalie’s books, The Suitcase Entrepreneur and Suck It Up Princess Connect with Natalie on Instagram NatalieSisson.comThank you so much for joining us for this Special Feature episode: From Suitcase Entrepreneur to Mama w/ Natalie Sisson!Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to Nicole & Kate Can Relate for more episodes like this one! Our mission with this podcast is to share a candid convo one time per week to help provide love, support, and space for women to share without judgment, speak without hesitation, and learn from each other - even when we don’t agree.