Celebrating the inspirational stories of women living in the Middle East, Goodness' ten-episode first season highlights tales of triumph over tragedy, stories of resilience, and ones of survival, all while imparting valuable advice and lived experience to its listeners.

EPISODE ONE
Caroline Leon: How I Recovered from a Fall That Broke Half My Body

Caroline Leon was a young newlywed living in Dubai when she fell from the top of a climbing wall, unharnessed. This is her story of mental and physical recovery.

"I was told by the hospital that I would never walk again. I couldn't see any light. I threw myself into learning and listening to anything that I could, and when I had a little bit of hope I just fed that. I didn't allow myself to think anything that wasn't going to get me to the place I wanted to be. And the place I wanted to be was better than I was before."

Duration: 50 minutes

EPISODE ONE
Caroline Leon: How I Recovered from a Fall That Broke Half My Body

Caroline Leon was a young newlywed living in Dubai when she fell from the top of a climbing wall, unharnessed. This is her story of mental and physical recovery.

"I was told by the hospital that I would never walk again. I couldn't see any light. I threw myself into learning and listening to anything that I could, and when I had a little bit of hope I just fed that. I didn't allow myself to think anything that wasn't going to get me to the place I wanted to be. And the place I wanted to be was better than I was before."

Duration: 50 minutes


EPISODE TWO
Florence Gillet: How I Ate so "Clean" That I Couldn’t Have Children

Florence Gillet, an Eating Psychology Coach living in Dubai, opens up to Goodness about her struggles with orthorexia, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and her road to recovery.

"Diet culture puts thinness on a pedestal. It tells you that thinness is everything you need to get to, that it's going to bring you success, moral value, and virtue, that it's going to open all the doors for you and make you healthy and happy. But the reality is that it's not true."

Duration: 59 minutes

EPISODE TWO
Florence Gillet: How I Ate so "Clean" That I Couldn’t Have Children

Florence Gillet, an Eating Psychology Coach living in Dubai, opens up to Goodness about her struggles with orthorexia, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and her road to recovery.

"Diet culture puts thinness on a pedestal. It tells you that thinness is everything you need to get to, that it's going to bring you success, moral value, and virtue, that it's going to open all the doors for you and make you healthy and happy. But the reality is that it's not true."

Duration: 59 minutes


EPISODE THREE
Najla Moussa: How I Built a Stronger Marriage

Najla Moussa is a longtime Goodness collaborator and colleague, as well as the creator of relationship blog Truly Madly Honestly. On this episode of the podcast, she's sharing the tips she's learned along the way, from both experience and her work with the Gottman Institute, to build a stronger marriage.

"This idea of living happily ever after and all the social media quotes are so detrimental to a relationship, because they put so much pressure on the relationship. A person can't make you happy, and their job isn't to make you happy. Their job is to add to your happiness. You will have conflict. You will question the relationship. So this idea that the goal of your relationship is happiness is so incorrect. The end goal is never happiness."

Duration: 53 minutes

EPISODE THREE
Najla Moussa: How I Built a Stronger Marriage

Najla Moussa is a longtime Goodness collaborator and colleague, as well as the creator of relationship blog Truly Madly Honestly. On this episode of the podcast, she's sharing the tips she's learned along the way, from both experience and her work with the Gottman Institute, to build a stronger marriage.

"This idea of living happily ever after and all the social media quotes are so detrimental to a relationship, because they put so much pressure on the relationship. A person can't make you happy, and their job isn't to make you happy. Their job is to add to your happiness. You will have conflict. You will question the relationship. So this idea that the goal of your relationship is happiness is so incorrect. The end goal is never happiness."

Duration: 53 minutes


EPISODE FOUR
Sarah Malki: How I Recovered from Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

One year after the birth of her daughter, Sarah Malki opens up about her struggles with postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as what helped her get through it.

“ I’d literally be wanting to punch the wall. I’d punch the bed and the pillows and be screaming and crying and throwing things and sobbing for hours on end. [...] It got to a point where I considered buying a plane ticket and just leaving, and leaving my husband and daughter. You can’t meditate that away.”

Duration: 58 minutes

EPISODE FOUR
Sarah Malki: How I Recovered from Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

One year after the birth of her daughter, Sarah Malki opens up about her struggles with postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as what helped her get through it.

“ I’d literally be wanting to punch the wall. I’d punch the bed and the pillows and be screaming and crying and throwing things and sobbing for hours on end. [...] It got to a point where I considered buying a plane ticket and just leaving, and leaving my husband and daughter. You can’t meditate that away.”

Duration: 58 minutes


EPISODE FIVE
Nicola Beer: How I Help Couples Stay Together

On this episode of The Goodness Podcast, Dubai-based relationship counselor and coach Nicola Beer talks about the most common marital issues she’s seeing in the region, plus how she helps couples stay together through infidelity, communication issues, and more.

"Infidelity is one of the main reasons couples come to me. Affairs are quite common, whether it’s an emotional affair, a cyber affair, or a physical affair. And it’s not just the affair; it’s dealing with the aftermath, because it can really knock the intimacy, the communication, the self-esteem of someone. It’s something that doesn’t go away just by saying sorry. It stays in the relationship longer. "

Duration: 40 minutes

EPISODE FIVE
Nicola Beer: How I Help Couples Stay Together

On this episode of The Goodness Podcast, Dubai-based relationship counselor and coach Nicola Beer talks about the most common marital issues she’s seeing in the region, plus how she helps couples stay together through infidelity, communication issues, and more.

"Infidelity is one of the main reasons couples come to me. Affairs are quite common, whether it’s an emotional affair, a cyber affair, or a physical affair. And it’s not just the affair; it’s dealing with the aftermath, because it can really knock the intimacy, the communication, the self-esteem of someone. It’s something that doesn’t go away just by saying sorry. It stays in the relationship longer. "

Duration: 40 minutes


EPISODE SIX
Caroline Labouchere: How I Took Control of My Life at 53

When Caroline Labouchere's husband lost his job in Dubai, she found herself sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a friend's house, unable to afford her antidepressants and pushing all of her friends away. This is the story of how she finally took control of her life and turned it around at the age of 53.

“I had never taken the reigns in the whole of my life. I had never wanted to. As a teenager, I just wanted to get married and have children. I never had a career and never wanted to. I just expected to be looked after, so when that all came crashing down, the thought of becoming an independent person was really random, scary, and impossible.”

Duration: 32 minutes

EPISODE SIX
Caroline Labouchere: How I Took Control of My Life at 53

When Caroline Labouchere's husband lost his job in Dubai, she found herself sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a friend's house, unable to afford her antidepressants and pushing all of her friends away. This is the story of how she finally took control of her life and turned it around at the age of 53.

“I had never taken the reigns in the whole of my life. I had never wanted to. As a teenager, I just wanted to get married and have children. I never had a career and never wanted to. I just expected to be looked after, so when that all came crashing down, the thought of becoming an independent person was really random, scary, and impossible.”

Duration: 32 minutes

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EPISODE SEVEN
Georgie Bradley: How My Dubai Job Drove Me to Burnout

Georgie Bradley, a journalist living in Dubai, opens up about how her job in the local media industry drove her to burnout and led to the resurgence of an eating disorder she had been battling for years.

"It’s become an industry standard to have one person fulfill the job of ten people. And if you’re already not loving what you’re doing, which was the case for me, it can be incredible hard. When your life becomes desk to bed to desk to bed, you’re so clouded, you’re so outside of your body that you’re on autopilot and that only lasts you for a period of time. Mentally speaking, it drained me. And then it became a physical problem. My bones started aching and I really had to negotiate getting out of bed. And that’s not okay, especially when it’s a huge part of your life."

Duration: 45 minutes

EPISODE SEVEN
Georgie Bradley: How My Dubai Job Drove Me to Burnout

Georgie Bradley, a journalist living in Dubai, opens up about how her job in the local media industry drove her to burnout and led to the resurgence of an eating disorder she had been battling for years.

"It’s become an industry standard to have one person fulfill the job of ten people. And if you’re already not loving what you’re doing, which was the case for me, it can be incredible hard. When your life becomes desk to bed to desk to bed, you’re so clouded, you’re so outside of your body that you’re on autopilot and that only lasts you for a period of time. Mentally speaking, it drained me. And then it became a physical problem. My bones started aching and I really had to negotiate getting out of bed. And that’s not okay, especially when it’s a huge part of your life."

Duration: 45 minutes


EPISODE EIGHT
Maryam Ghouth: How I Tell Stories About the Human Experience

Maryam Ghouth is a Saudi storyteller and shadow worker living in Dubai. On this episode of the podcast, she shares how the human experience informs her art and how she works to help people get to know the darker sides of their identity.

“Due to societal and familial pressure, we learned somewhere along the way that certain qualities were wrong or punishable, and so we suppressed them and chose not to identify with them. That’s problematic because these repressed qualities don’t just disappear; they stay there and drive our behaviors behind the scenes and in unruly ways.”

Duration: 46 minutes

EPISODE EIGHT
Maryam Ghouth: How I Tell Stories About the Human Experience

Maryam Ghouth is a Saudi storyteller and shadow worker living in Dubai. On this episode of the podcast, she shares how the human experience informs her art and how she works to help people get to know the darker sides of their identity.

“Due to societal and familial pressure, we learned somewhere along the way that certain qualities were wrong or punishable, and so we suppressed them and chose not to identify with them. That’s problematic because these repressed qualities don’t just disappear; they stay there and drive our behaviors behind the scenes and in unruly ways.”

Duration: 46 minutes