S2, Ep29: Leave Adele ALONE!

What do Adele, OnlyFans, and Tik Tok all have in common? They’re the topics of this week’s episode! With every day seeming the exact same, thanks to us never leaving the house, we decided to turn our attention to what the Internet had lost their minds on as of late. Like is the mass celebration of Adele’s weight loss fatphobic? Why is OnlyFans so popular? And what is going on with Tik Tok now? Tune in to this week’s Pressed on the Internet!

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S2, Ep28: Scary Stories to Tell During Quarantine

Is it a good idea to talk about creepy things during a time of a worldwide pandemic? Probably not! But that’s not going to stop Hayley and Kayli. This week, the girls decided to find something other than the current state of the world to talk about and naturally they stumbled across something spooky. Kayli found some “creepy” stories about the future, while Hayley found some true crime mysteries that are still unsolved today.

Resources: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/31/18029534/verge-halloween-ghost-story-ai-tech-dystopia https://listverse.com/2019/11/24/mysteries-still-unsolved-2019/

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S2, Ep27: Stir Crazy

Quarantine has us doing things we wouldn’t normally do, but we can’t tell if that’s a bad thing or not. With all of this free time on our hands it’s hard not to fall into the black hole of entertainment: Tik Tok. That’s right, this week Hayley and Kayli have some hot takes on everyone’s favorite time-waster app. We also talk about some reality tv shows we’ve been watching lately, because why not? During this time of quarantine, it can be easy to feel like you are not doing enough. You don’t have to come out of this time having a whole ass business. It’s okay to indulge in some trashy reality tv to escape our current one. The only important thing is to stay safe.

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The Corona Chronicles, Day: Is Anyone Keeping Count?

Well things have definitely taken a turn. Fingers crossed that things don’t end up like the “Walking Dead” or any of those other apocalyptic shows. In this blog, Hayley and Kayli have taken some time out of their stay-at-home schedules to let you know what’s been going on during this quarantine. Hayley talks about the the bright side to quarantine and Kayli talks a little bit about what it’s like dating a health professional during a pandemic. Take care of yourself and your loved ones during this uncertain time. Stay Pressed, but more importantly, stay safe!

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Hayley

I am sick and tired of COVID-19. As I’m sure we all are, but especially for the ones who are unemployed; myself included. We have nothing to do to pass the hours but watch TV, check our social medias, and drink. I know, I know, this sounds like a horribletime but it truly is maddening. The same thing everyday, over and over again. Anyone would go insane. Not only to mention the feeling of being purposeless and without any direction with nothing you can do but apply for the few jobs available competing with everyone else struggling (takes deep breath). With this being said, it is important to look on the bright side:

  1. Enjoy spending quality time with friends/family

It may not look like it now but this is the best time to hang out with your loved ones (in person or via technology) and take advantage of the fact you have an unlimited amount of time with no distractions. It’s almost impossible to cancel plans so no excuses. 

  • Learn a new skill/hobby

I know you may have heard those annoying go-getters tell you there is no excuse not to better yourself during this time but in a way it is true. Craft stores will soon be opened as essential businesses (due to the lack of medial masks) leaving open an array of craft and DIY projects for you to master. You can also take this time to learn a new language or write that book you’ve always been talking about. 

  • Beauty

Now is the time to get your skincare in check and buy/order all those products you’ve seen your favorite YouTuber use. With all the time you have you should be able to find the right combinations for clear, glowing skin. It’s also the time for a little DIY haircut and color. Since you’re stuck inside you can experiement in private and if the results are horrendous, no one will know and your hair will grow back in no time. 

Kayli

You don’t need me to tell you that things are getting scary. Our new reality of masks, gloves and quarantine feels like a nightmare I’ve had before. You know, the one with the zombies? During this time of isolation, people have urged us to stay connected with one another more than ever. At a safe distance, of course. It’s weird to think that not even two months ago, my partner and I were apartment hunting and talking about our future. We were excited to be entering a new stage of our lives together. Now, I’m worried about his safety. When you date a health professional, I think you must come to terms with the fact that they are putting themselves at risk every day. Sure, I wasn’t thinking there would be a pandemic when he first started working at the hospital, but I knew he would be dealing with sick patients. Is it selfish of me to want him to stay home? If he comes over, am I risking everything with a simple hug or a touch of the hand? How does one express affection during a time of quarantine and self-isolation? I didn’t realize how important these little gestures were to me, but I crave them. All I can do is hope that the hospital is doing enough to protect their staff while caring for patients. I know I’m not the only one experiencing this kind of separation from the ones we love. This really sucks. All I can do is hope that things get back to normal soon and I can spend time with the ones I love.

            I don’t want to end things on such a solemn note, so I’ll tell you something funny that happened. Before things shut down, I checked out some books from the library. Now I’ve been watching a lot of booktubers lately and that’s how I get my book recommendations. Basically, if I hear a vague description of a book that sounds interesting to me, I add it to my Goodreads list and take my happy ass to the library. This means, I only go by the word of the booktuber. I don’t read the inside flap about the book because I enjoy jumping in without knowing too much. Now, one of the books I picked up because I thought it was about aliens. To my shock and dismay, the book opens up with a sickness deemed the “Georgia Flu” that ends up wiping out most of the population of the entire planet. Wow, what great timing!! Now, I’m about 200 pages deep and aliens have yet to show up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will somehow swoop in and save me from completely hating this book. We shall see. I hope that y’all are doing well. I know that this can be a scary and uncertain time for a lot of us. I hope that you can find some hope and light during this time. Just know that we’re all in this together *cue High School Musical. * Hang in there y’all.  

S2, Ep26: Ms. Rona Has Entered the Chat

These are strange times we live in, y’all. At first, it was so exciting. Not just a new year, but a new decade! Things were going to change in a big way, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t what any of us had in mind. First came the memes of WW3, now you can’t swipe through an Instagram story without hearing a Coronavirus song! This morning, I woke up at the asscrack of dawn to stand outside of a grocery store for TOILET PAPER. In the midst of all of this chaos, life goes on. With that being said, Hayley and Kayli have some exciting news to share in this week’s podcast! Listen to find out which one of us finally landed a damn job. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” indeed. Stay safe out there y’all!

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2020 Actually Starts in March, Right?

Well, we are officially 3 months into 2020 and oof has it been rough. Everyone was excited to start off the new decade, but has anyone actually stuck with their goals? In this blog post, Hayley reflects on our month of love and recaps her thoughts for one of the episodes found here: https://pressedpodcast.com/2020/02/27/s2-ep25-is-your-bff-actually-your-so/ Kayli catches everyone up to speed on how the new year has been so far. If you’re craving more life updates from us, here’s an episode you may like: https://pressedpodcast.com/2020/01/18/s2-ep21-new-year-new-who/

Hayley

Soul Mate(s)?

As February is behind us, now is a great time to reflect on all that is love. We tend to shine the brightest light on romantic relationships while leaving all the others in the shadows. On one of our most recent episodes, we reviewed one article about how your soul mate could actually be your best friend. In this scenario, all of your “romantic relationships” would be on the side while you and your friend live together for the rest of your lives as the main course. Although I disagree with a majority of this philosophy, I do recognize its awareness in appreciating other relationships. 

Many movies and shows on Netflix (or whoever} focus on romantic relationships and growing up it’s easy to see why we as a society tend to focus more on this type. There is romance, drama, betrayal, and lots and lots of sex. These narratives seem more entertaining and it’s easy to spin different storylines to keep the audience absorbed and entertained. Friendships, on the other hand, seem to be less enthralling and limited to comical conversations and passing talk about boys and life. 

What I would like to shine light on this time is the fact we have done a disservice to friendship and many other “ships”. If you think about it, most of the people you spend your time with before you’re married are your friends and family. At some point in your life you were single and during these times who did you rely on? Who was your comfort when there was no one else? That’s right – it’s all the relationships you probably ignored as soon as you get into a romantic relationship. Of course part of this drift is natural, as most people end up starting families with this person and depend on one another but we should be more thoughtful. Other relationships give us laughter, guidance, and support. The author of the article mentioned your soul mate could be someone unexpected: a friend. Someone you can talk about anything to and have a great connection with without the sexual aspect. I agree maybe we can have different soul mates for different things and we shouldn’t limit it to one person.

This also takes the pressure of your romantic partner; we always try to force them to check every box off our “list”. This is almost impossible. No matter who you end up with there will always be compromise and sacrifice. As long as they check off your major boxes and you can be your true self around them – what’s the problem? Your significant other may hate your most loved passion, true crime, but you may have a friend who adores it as much as you. Maybe you and your dad have the same hobby, painting, and you bond and connect through this activity. This is where you can fulfill your needs through a variety of “mates”. True crime mates, hobby mates, and so much more; the possibilities are endless.

So the next time you visit family or reconnect with an old friend, remember they might be one of your many soul mates and you should treat them as such. We should shine a light on the all the “mates” and leave nothing in the dark.  

Kayli

I was super excited to start the new year. Not only would it be the start to a new decade, but I was also turning 24. So many big things were coming up and I thought that I would drastically change, that I would become the kicking-ass-and-taking-names adult I needed to be. Now it’s the start of March and I still don’t have a full-time job and I feel even worse than before. Not to be a Debby Downer, but oof is all I can say. If you follow the podcast, you will know that I quit my full-time job because I hated it. It got to the point where I couldn’t even enjoy my weekends anymore because I was already stressed about going back. I saved up some money, talked to my parents and quit without another job lined up. Now, my bank account is asking me to pass the tissues as we cry together. I have had my ups and downs. I have felt super inspired and super not. I have started over so many times that I’ve lost count. I don’t want to give up, but why isn’t anything changing?

All of that to say, I’m starting over again! At the beginning of the year, I made a list of things that I would like to accomplish. Some people might call them goals, but you know, just a list of shit to do. And I think I’m ready to start tackling them. I want to stop being afraid of making a mistake. I’m so concerned that I’ll either make a mistake that will knock me off of my “destined path” or I’ll make a mistake that makes me look like an idiot. What if making a podcast or videos or painting or writing isn’t what I’m supposed to do? What if those things are just distracting me from what I’m supposed to really be doing? But what is anyone really supposed to be doing? Everyone talks about life being too short, about enjoying the little things. Even if the things I enjoy don’t last, I should do them because they make me happy, right?

There’s nothing worse than getting in your own head. I’m afraid that I’ll be so consumed with my self-doubt and fears, that it’ll be 2030 before I know it and I still haven’t started. So, here’s to starting over before it’s too late to change. I hope that 2020 is a great year for all of us. I mean who knows how much longer we have until the Earth decides to evict our asses, so might as well be happy.

S2, Ep25: Is Your BFF Actually Your SO?

We’re all hoping to find our one true love, our soulmate, the person that truly completes us. But are we looking in the wrong places for this mystical match? They always say to date your best friend, but maybe we have it all wrong. This week, Hayley and Kayli find a hot take about this very topic. Maybe our SO isn’t someone we’re romantically or sexually involved with. Maybe it can just be a live-in friend. Maybe it’s just someone we vibe with and not fucks with. Who knows! But why stop at soulmates? Hayley and Kayli decided to spread the love and look into all of their relationships. Love from family and friends count too, right?

Resources for the Show:  https://psychnsex.com/non-romantic-love/ https://goodmenproject.com/gender-sexuality/life-partner-is-not-synonymous-with-romantic-partner-jvinc/

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S2, Ep24: Why Farting is the Key to a Happy Relationship

Happy Valentine’s Day! This month, Hayley and Kayli are in loooooove. That’s right! Pressed in Love is back and the first stop is arguing. With today being the day of love, why not celebrate it by getting into a fight about something that doesn’t reflect how you actually feel? We’ve all been there, right? Where you’re arguing with your SO because of a dirty plate in the sink, but you’re actually feeling undervalued and unappreciated in the relationship. That’s not just us, right? Anyways, this week Hayley and Kayli give us the tea on arguing and how it can actually be beneficial to your relationship.

Resources for the Show:  https://www.bustle.com/p/7-ways-arguing-benefits-your-relationship-according-to-experts-826819 https://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/conflict-resolution/ https://www.thehotline.org/

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S2, Ep23: Getting Ghosted in Corporate America

Have you ever submitted a resume that took you days to perfect, only to never hear anything back? Have you ever left an interview feeling like you nailed that shit, only to get that dreaded, generic rejection email? You are not alone! This week, Hayley and Kayli tackle the issue that has plagued many: applying to jobs! What is the best way to apply to jobs? Are we all applying to jobs wrong? Is networking actually the key to finding the job of your dreams? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!

Resources for the Show:  https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/a-winning-job-search-strategy https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/11-bad-and-outdated-job-hunting-tips-you-should-stop-believing

Books Mentioned: “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles

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S2, Ep22: Who Are You?

Just as the caterpillar from “Alice and Wonderland” asked, Hayley and Kayli dive into answering that very question this week. If you are familiar with this podcast, you know that Hayley and Kayli tend to complain. To be fair, it is in the tagline! But this week, they decided to tackle the job issue they have been facing. The first step they took was to figure out who they are, and what better way than free personality tests online! Can we really trust the results of these tests? Did Hayley and Kayli find the title of their dream job at last? Listen to find out!

Resources for the Show:  https://gladeo.org/ https://www.16personalities.com/

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S2, Ep21: New Year, New Who?

It’s the new year and a new decade, but has anything really changed? This week, Hayley and Kayli catch you up to speed about where they’ve been and discuss how the new year is going so far. Has anything really changed? Have the girls finally figured out how to be adults? Find out in this week’s episode!

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S2, Ep20: Thanks, I Guess?

It’s Fall y’all! With Halloween behind us and Christmas peering around the corner, the only thing on our radar is Thanksgiving. Yeah, she might be the ugly, problematic step-sister of the holiday season, but she deserves some love too, right? Well, this week Hayley and Kayli give their hot takes on this turkey lovin’ holiday. That’s right! We’ve officially become a history podcast! So grab a pen and paper, because there will be a pop quiz on this episode.

Resources for the Show:  https://culturacolectiva.com/history/true-and-bloody-origins-of-thanksgiving  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-pocahontas-180962649/  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-true-story-of-thanksg_b_788436

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S2, Ep19: Pass the Tin Foil

This week, Hayley and Kayli aren’t giving up on the truth! After beginning their journey during Hallowpressed, Hayley and Kayli have uncovered even more conspiracy theories to share. This time, Hayley has lizards on the brain! Researching into the insane topic of lizard people, Hayley and Kayli stumbled into some predictions that may have more basis in reality than you would like to think. Also, Kayli brings in the subject of subliminal messaging. Are we being brainwashed to become mindless consumption zombies? Who knows! Join us on this wild journey and discover the truth for yourself!

Videos we watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bI71Ez4NrE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_F-mPf5HcQ

Resources for the Show:  https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2017/10/24/subliminal-advertising https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/67223/7-sneaky-subliminal-messages-hidden-ads https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sold/201406/subliminal-ads-unconscious-influence-and-consumption  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/07/conspiracy-theory-paranoia-aliens-illuminati-beyonce-vaccines-cliven-bundy-jfk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSx7k2R9xCc

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S2, Ep18: The Mysterious Cases of Human Nature

Spooky Szn never ends! This week, Hayley and Kayli are shrouded in mystery as they unearth two unsolved cases. Hayley gives us the details of the case of the boy in the box, dubbed as “America’s Unknown Child.” Kayli shares the bizarre case of the Dyatlov Pass, which was previously closed and blamed by the “spontaneous power of nature.” Grab your notebooks and magnifying glasses! It’s time to get spooky.

Resources for the Show: https://allthatsinteresting.com/dyatlov-pass-incident https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/europe/dyatlov-pass-incident-scli-intl/index.html https://www.historicmysteries.com/the-boy-in-the-box/ https://allthatsinteresting.com/boy-in-the-box

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S2, Ep17: The Zombies Are Coming!

Braaaaiiiinnnnssssssss. I mean, welcome back! This week, Hayley and Kayli are gathering supplies and meeting at the quarantine zone to escape zombieland! That’s right, we are diving right on into Zombieland and Zombieland 2: Double Tap. Is it worth fighting off the hordes to watch or should you give up and get ready to eat braaaaaaiiiiinssssss? Tune in to find out!

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S2, Ep16: Haven’t We Seen This Before?

This week, Hayley and Kayli are getting hit with a wave of nostalgia. They are reviewing the first episode of “American Horror Story: 1984” and the first episode of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Are these shows spooktacular or are they relying too hard on the nostalgic factor? Tune in to find out!

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S2, Ep15: Are You Scared Yet?

Happy Halloween goblins and ghouls! This week, Hayley and Kayli are wrapping up this Hallowpressed season with some true horror stories! Join us as we learn about how to summon the Dirty Room Demon and the inspiration behind the “Blair Witch Project.” We also bring back everyone’s favorite segment “Scary or Not Scary!”

Resources for the Show: https://www.countryliving.com/life/g3793/scary-ghost-stories/

Also, Google “scariest stories on Reddit” and click on the hub post!

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S2, Ep14: Let’s Talk Conspiracies!

Hope y’all are ready to uncover the truths that the government has tried to hide! This week, Hayley and Kayli share two conspiracy theories and even uncover one for themselves. Have you ever thought about our existence in this universe? Are we all alone or are there otherworldly beings waiting to make contact? Hayley has you covered! What about those weird billowy clouds that planes seem to make in your neighborhood? Have you noticed that they come around at the same time every day? Leaving those weird patterns? Well, Kayli has those answers! We hope that you have enough tinfoil because it’s time to talk conspiracies!

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S2, Ep13: A Virtual Nightmare

ARGs. What are they? Who are they? Are you getting your daily intake? Well, lucky for you, your favorite witches are here to give you the low down on ARGs! This week, Hayley and Kayli also introduce everyone’s favorite segment: “Scary or Not Scary!” Are your favorite movies terrifying and ghoulish or boring and snoorish? Listen to find out!

Resources From the Show: “The Institute” (2013). Nexpo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpFFItkfZz1qz5PpHpqzYBw

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S2, Ep12 Battle of the Clowns!

It’s Clown Season, witches! This week, Hayley and Kayli are getting down and dirty with a couple of clowns. They are reviewing “Joker” and “Wrinkles the Clown Documentary.” Join them as they give their honest opinions about these films! Choose your fighter: Pennywise, Joker, or Wrinkles the Clown!

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