Fifi is her nickname but Norita Souers raised Jana and her siblings alongside her sister so she feels like they are her kids too! Jana and Fifi talk about how fun being an Auntie is the funnest job. The get to do all of the fun stuff like ear piercing and shopping. But Jana argues that Aunties do some of the hard stuff too because being a part of a family always comes with challenges, now matter how many adults or children are involved.
Fifi talks about not really being able to feel her age other than a few aches and pains. Fif guides Jana through the angst of her 30s and reminds her of the expectations for women during her 30s and how she decided to dash those expectations and live the life she wanted to live. She says that she's fortunate because being with her family makes her happy. The two discuss making firm decisions about their life instead of living in constant hope. So Fif goes into detail about how she has lived with her best friend for their entire adulthood and how they have their own family and home together! Fif and her roommate Brenda have a wonderful situation, they've had dogs together and have supported each other, which seems like a revolutionary idea but should be more common.
Fif discusses early romance in her life and a strange rejection that she experienced from a friend as a young woman and this sparks a discussion about plutonic friendships from men earlier in these women's lives felt very much like being used. Fif blows our minds and inspires us by stating that SHE IS HAPPY AS A SINGLE WOMAN. It rarely ever happens that two people truly feel the same level of comittment to a relationship and both Jana and Fif evaluate their shitty experiences dating.
Jana and Fif discuss the ways that Fif and her friend Brenda have worked together to care for ill and dying friends and relatives. Jana appreciates to the ways that caring for the ill has been handed down and modeled for her, making her less fearful about illness and dying. Jana compliments Fif on being the funny one in the family and Fif talks about how being funny got her attention being the youngest of four siblings and helped her make friends among the hordes of "beautiful girls" throughout adolescence. But the two also discuss how humor helps us deal with our own disappointment and discomforts in life.
Lastly, Jana and Fif talk about periods!! That's right: Fif teaches Jana about what the body goes through during menopause and the two yuck it up about menstruation and hormonal changes.
Fif's One Cool Thing is the Outlander book series by Diana Gabeldon. She loves the history and detail and drama that just sucks ya right in! Jana's One Cool Thing is her career coach (who she will refer you to if you need one) and an app her coach introduced her to called the Kitchen Table app, an application where you can attend people's dinner parties!
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