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It’s time for another episode of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions.

You will notice that I have a little guest on the show today–my daughter Saria introduces me and helps me sign off at the end. She says it’s a good experience for when she runs Baggage Reclaim one day–too funny!

In episode 36, I cover:

Decluttering exes: When a friend had to delete 37 exes and dates from her phone several months back who she would typically be ‘in touch’ with all of them via Whatsapp and text, it served as a reminder that hoarding up romantic connections takes up emotional and mental space that we need to clear or certainly reduce to make way for the relationship we want.
 
Family secrets: I watched the British female panel show, Loose Women earlier this week when they had a feature on family secrets and the impact that it can have and I talk about how being told to keep certain things a secret as a child, teaches shame. And of course, I share a couple of my own family secret dramas! | Grab The Unsent Letter Guide
 
We are already complete: Prompted by Jennifer Aniston’s essay earlier this week in the Huffington Post where she declared, ‘For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up‘, I revisit the subject of why we’re not half a person waiting to be defined by our relationship status or children. | My post about it on Facebook  | Episode 2 where I originally talked about, “You complete me”.
 
Listener Question:  What is the etiquette around plus-ones for weddings? I explain why an invite not having a plus-one doesn’t mean that the bride and groom are inferring that they don’t think that you can find a partner, as well as how to broach the subject of bringing someone.
 
What I Learned This Week: It’s been an emotionally testing time but my father being ill has brought me and my half-siblings even closer and made me realise that I need them as much as they need me.
 
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