Listen 2 Me is a labour of love between two life-long friends and queer career creatives.

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Renee is the bifurious Mom friend you didn’t know you needed. She’ll yell at you for talking smack on yourself and then spend the next twenty minutes telling you how #amazing you are anyway. A volunteer editor, member of her local Writer’s Guild and writer of short stories, novels and poems, she’s working to get her first piece published ANY DAY NOW. Currently living in the frozen wastes of Edmonton (that’s in Canada!), she’s raising two corgis with her partner in life and culinary endeavours, while working full time as a professional email answerer.

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Gio hasn’t stopped talking since he started, so his whole life has been leading up to the moment he decided to make a podcast. He created his own graphic design company after escaping the hamster wheel of #corporate Toronto (that’s in Canada!). Gio has worked with #fashion designers, international sportswear brands, Amazon (yes, that Amazon), Pride festivals, and many more local outfits in his current stomping grounds of #Windsor (that’s in Canada!). He’s very passionate about his work and very humble, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting his career ambitions as high as he can reach (which it’s pretty high, he’s 6’3”).

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Do you want to be healthier? Be more productive? Cultivate self-love? So do we!

Spend some time with two old friends every Wednesday as we deep dive into the world of self-improvement and creative achievement. Renee and Gio are lifelong queer creatives who are fun, witty and missing from your life. We love giving unsolicited, unqualified advice—and sometimes it’s even pretty good! Now we’re bringing it to your ears.

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E45 · Listen 2 Dr. D with Dr. Andrea Dinardo (Pt 1 of 2) Listen 2 Me

(Part 1 of 2) In this two-part episode, Gio and Renée chat with Dr. Andrea Dinardo (she/her): a psychology professor, published author, TEDx speaker, and retired psychologist making psychology accessible for anybody growing through life's challenges. If you've ever thought of yourself as a "Gio" or a "Renée", this episode is for you. Dr. D takes Gio and Renée through an analysis of their own personalities, along with a wide range of other topics—including her research into toxic positivity; her personal philosophy of "belief optimism"; the importance of boundaries on and offline; the difference between psychology and coaching. Detours—and there are so many detours!—include resilience and grief therapy, The Big Five Personalities, the importance of friendship, the impact of performing vulnerability online and its connection to empathy burnout, and the importance of taking stock of your accomplishments. Find more of Dr. D's work at and get more Listen 2 Me goodness at or on social media @listen2mepod.
  1. E45 · Listen 2 Dr. D with Dr. Andrea Dinardo (Pt 1 of 2)
  2. E44 · Jordan Marchand : Buttered Lemonade 🍋
  3. E43 · WIP IV : The Re-Wind
  4. E42 · Emily Campbell : Write For Writing's Sake 🖋️
  5. E41 · Adi Berardini : Femme Art For You