By Sophie Marsh
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Investing in relationships looks like spending awareness, time and effort to create more space for ourselves and the people we love to feel valued.
This month, our Wellness Wednesday story series took us through the twists and turns of understanding our relationships with ourselves, our families, our friends and our lovers. Though relationships are never as simple as we’d hope, here at Future Dreamers HQ, we are learning that investing in them goes a long way. Here are some insanely cool tools we found along this month’s journey set to take your relationships to a new level.
1. reflex #1 (Pink) card set
ReFlex made by instagram queen @flex.mami turns a dinner party or picnic into a conversational experience worth remembering. Made for you to understand why you think the way that you do, the questions you can expect to face are purposely direct, analytical and interrogative. Perfect for anyone 13+ these cards cover topics from purpose, career, death, politics, religion and everything in between. We love how these cards create safe spaces for people to explore each other’s point of views and come to appreciate how different minds work, bringing everyone closer together. There’s also a sequel!
Cost: $29.95 AUD
Where: The Flex Factory
2. Bite-sized sessions with Georgia Grace
A new series of intimate, honest and in-depth workshops hosted by Australian Sex Coach, Georgia Grace. Each week’s workshop sees a new dive into the intricacies of intimacy tailored to match Georgia’s most common in-session notes on the clock as a Sex Coach. These workshops give you the chance to explore intimacy in small focus groups and develop practical skills you can apply in and out of the bedroom.
Cost: Tickets to each session are $50
Where: In-person and online. In-person sessions are held in Redfern on Wednesdays at 6:30pm AEST. Online sessions take place via teleconference call each Thursday at 6:30pm AEST (you will be sent the Google Hangout video call link on the day of the event)
3. Body Bang Bang with Teddi Emerald
With the world at a stand-still there’s never been a better time for online education. Teddi Emerald’s online Body Bang Bang course is the perfect place to dive head first into self-love, nourishing you from the inside out. Using Emotional Freedom Techniques such as tapping, Teddi mentors you through different activities and stages of awareness that will have you owning every inch of your body. The course’s modules are divided into bite-sized, weekly chunks covering identity, fears, instagram feeds and forgiveness. Packed with Teddi’s own expertise as a registered EFT practitioner, the course also features wisdom and finely tuned healing modalities from a highly-qualified community of peers to see you propelled towards the relationship with your body you deserve.
Cost: $397 (payment plans available)
Where: Body Bang Bang
4. PillowTalk card set
One of our favourite games in the office at the moment, PillowTalk makes for a vibe-shakeup wherever you take it. Perfect for playing with your romantic partner or even as a dinner party plus one, PillowTalk coaxes conversations about intimacy and sex into the open, where they belong. With questions like “Would you rather dominate or be dominated?”, this card game gives people an educational and fun space to talk about the things they wouldn’t otherwise. You’re guranteed to walk away feeling way more intimately connected with whomever you play with.
Cost: Approximately $30AUD
Where: The School of Life
5. Jonny. condoms
This month we’ve discovered just how shockingly reckless we all seem to be with ye old sexual protective practices. Here at Future Dreamers HQ we are learning that condoms are actually kind of hot and it’s not best to leave responsibility up to potential lovers, or you might find yourself high and dry. Thankfully Jonny. has absolutely got us covered. Their vegan (no-nasties), lubricated condoms are available to purchase in packs perfect for Lovers or on a subscription service that will have them delivered to your door every 4-16 weeks depending on how lucky you’ve been getting.
Cost: 3 x condoms ($6.95), 6 x condoms ($9.95) and 12 x condoms ($15.95)
6. Happy Rabbit Rechargeable Vibrating Strapless Strap-On
We sent a Happy Rabbit Dildo out to one of our Future Dreamers HQ girlfriends to see if this strap-on got the double tick of approval. Here’s what she said:
Katy (28) –
The dildo was great! From the get go it was easy to remove, super fun to take out and put on. The dildo itself was pretty common sense although it’s definitely beneficial to read the instructions. My partner and I have had a few spins around the block so we gave it a skim read and got going. You can change settings on each end to tailor the vibration to each of your preferences but it can be tricky to change speed if you’re both using it. I would recommend being lubricated and using the controls to find out what you each like first before simultaneous penetration. We both tried both ends and the strong setting was probably a bit strong for me. I definitely loved the girth of the fat, shorter end and preferred the feeling of it internally as opposed to the penis-shaped end. There’s no pressure to use it for penetrative reasons and there’s plenty benefit to be had with clit stimulation. You might even just find the look of it arousing on your partner, exploring different vibrations, as there’s no rush to inserting it. Go super slow and gently to begin with and make sure to stay communicating with your partner, asking them how it feels. Be guided by one another! New things can definitely feel awkward and we had a few funny moments trying to work out how our bodies fit together to find the best angles.
7. Sarah Blondin’s Live Awake Podcast
Here at Future Dreamers HQ, Sarah Blondin remains our ultimate queen o
f facilitating relationships with ourself. Her Live Awake podcast is absolutely banging, with over 30 episodic journeys into self-reflective and connective bliss. Perfect to incorporate into your morning ritual as a coffee for the conscious soul before facing the day, or for those of us who need a little extra lulling to bed. Also great paired with an infrared sauna for a truly refreshing experience.
Our favourite episodes at the moment are: “S03- FEEDING THE HEART & CARING FOR GOODNESS”, “S02- LIFE IS KIND (TOUCH SOURCE)” and “S02- EYES WIDE OPEN (HEALING THROUGH LETTING GO”. Find the magic on apple Podcasts.