Quirkyalone and childfree

Laura Belgray has a very happy life without kids. But she spent a long time on the fence deciding whether to have them—she wanted to want kids, but she just didn’t. Laura noticed that there weren’t a lot of examples of women who were living full, rich, happy lives without kids (except for Helen Mirren), which made imagining a happy childfree life a lot harder.

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Enthusiastically childfree

Laura Belgray has a very happy life without kids. But she spent a long time on the fence deciding whether to have them—she wanted to want kids, but she just didn’t. Laura noticed that there weren’t a lot of examples of women who were living full, rich, happy lives without kids (except for Helen Mirren), which made imagining a happy childfree life a lot harder.

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Living life to the fullest

Usually when people talk about living life to the fullest, they mean having adventures and maximizing every moment for excitement. But I think living life to the fullest actually means having the freedom to go where life asks you to go and letting yourself experience the full range of human emotions—not just the pleasant parts.

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Trusting your intuition

Melanie Scott describes herself as a seeker. She reached out to me with this message:

“I see this all the time people following cultural norms or family pressures to follow the rules of college, job, marry, kids. But they’re not fulfilled. I think it's essential for all of us to connect to our truth, our soul, our essence and live from that place.”

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Grappling with ambivalence

Sara Hopkins has decided not to have children, but she still revisits her choice with mixed feelings. In this powerful episode, Sara shares what it’s like to live with ambivalence and consider what she might regret—and what she won’t—by choosing not to have children.

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Taking charge of your own destiny

In 2018, after ten years of suffering, Meng Wang was successfully treated for endometriosis. The procedure that would put an end to her pain meant that she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant in the future. So, she electively chose to be sterilised at the age of 29. The procedure drastically improved her quality of life , and she hasn’t looked back. But she had to fight to be able to get it done.

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Healing difficult relationships

Karen Anderson doesn’t remember a time that she ever wanted to have children. She just assumed she'd have them anyway. She thought she’d go to college, meet a guy, get married, and have kids. Because that’s what you do, right? I talked to Karen about deciding not to have biological children, about being a stepmother, and about her work on difficult mother-daughter relationships (and other difficult relationships).

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Episode 8: Many Paths to Motherhood

When Sonja Overhiser was diagnosed with a rare hereditary form of leukemia in her mid-twenties, she and her husband Alex had to rethink their plans for starting a family. In this episode Sonja and Sarah talk about the different paths to motherhood and the choices we make to create a family.

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