Just The Tip

Ishea Brown

Ishea Brown and Mike Couch are relationship experts and mental health advocates obsessed with pop culture, reality tv, and sharing what they’ve learned in therapy. Join them each week for their often humorous, always candid take on what’s happening in mainstream media and their life as newlyweds. Just The Tip is a relationship podcast celebrating millennial love, pop culture, and therapy.

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The 3rd wave of COVID has hit and Seattle is entering another lockdown. On this week's episode we share the classy (The Queen's Gambit), but mainly trashy (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, The Bachelorette) TV shows getting us through. 

Nov 2020

36 min 45 sec

Mike and Ishea are on day 252 of quarantine. Yes, y'all heard that right... two hundred and fifty-two days of quarantine (and counting). In this episode, they share what it's been like being quarantined the past 8 months, their COVID wedding, the joy they felt hearing Trump lost the election, and the two reality shows they never thought they'd watch that ended up being the perfect escapism for election anxiety: The Great British Bakeoff and The Bachelorette.  It's safe to say this year has been the ultra marathon none of us asked to run -- but there's a light at the end of the tunnel!   

Nov 2020

38 min 33 sec

On this week's episode... Coronavirus is taking over the world (literally), so we're sharing how we're surviving each other, while surviving the world. We live in Seattle, which was ground zero for the US outbreak, so we've been feeling the effects of COVID-19 for a few weeks. While we feel fortunate to be able to WFH, we (like everyone else) are still adjusting to the new reality, which seems to be changing by the hour. We share how we're transitioning into indefinite WFH, the ways we're managing our different levels of stress and anxiety, and all the amazing content we've been binging!  Watch our IGTV video about how we're staying sane during coronavirus/COVID-19 social distancing, self-quarantine and wfh: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9xhaNLAfTs/ Follow us on IG/FB/Twitter: @YourFavPodcast and be sure to share your book suggestions and shows you're binge-watching!  Ishea's IG: https://www.instagram.com/sixtwentyseven/ Learn more about Just The Tip Podcast: https://linktr.ee/YourFavPodcast

Mar 2020

44 min 34 sec

On this week's episode... It's what we've all been waiting for -- the Netflix "Love is Blind" Season 1 reunion episode is live and we have thoughts! Spoilers ahead. Also, as mentioned in the episosde, a before and after video of Mike's life-changing haircut from March 2017: https://youtu.be/sIoLjod9BFY Don't forget to subscribe and connect with us on IG, FB and Twitter: @YourFavPodcast

Mar 2020

59 min 1 sec

** Spoiler Alert ** The season finale of Netflix's "Love is Blind" finally aired, and Ishea and Mike are dishing on which couples made it down the aisle to say "I do", which folks called it quits, and the biggest shockers of the episode.  Did you watch the season finale? Which marriages surprised you? Which breakups left you feeling the chill? Let us know in the comments. Follow us on IG, FB and Twitter: @YourFavPodcast

Feb 2020

29 min 59 sec

On this week's episode... Ishea and Mike share how Netflix's "Love is Blind" taught them how to communicate better in their own relationship, rank their favorite couples and predictions for the season finale! Have you been watching the show? Let us know who you think will make it down the aisle to say "I Do".  Follow us on IG, FB and Twitter: @YourFavPodcast Ishea's KUOW segment: https://www.kuow.org/stories/welcome-to-seattle-don-t-break-anything  

Feb 2020

51 min 2 sec

On this week's episode... Ishea made Mike watch "My Feet Are Killing Me" on TLC which ended up inspiring him to get his first pedicure, Mike has his first animal product after 3 months of being vegan, setting healthy expectations around Valentine's Day, celebrating our 4-year anniversary... and our biggest news... Mike is starting his journey with therapy! After years of urging from Ishea (and a recent argument), Mike finally decided to begin his journey with therapy and shares his experience making the decision to see a therapist and the work it took to find a recommendation and book his first appointment. We end the episode sharing our feelings of imposter syndrome in our professional lives. 

Feb 2020

32 min 19 sec

On this week's episode... we discuss managing the emotions of personal highs and professional lows when they happen at the same time, Mike's conflicted feelings over watching the Aaron Hernandez doc on Netflix and the mental gymnastics he's doing to validate supporting the NFL with his viewership (while acknowledging that CTE is a huge problem). Plus a listener question about dating and how to not be clingy -- Ishea's Advice: Interested People Act Interested.    Listen to the KUOW.org MLK episode: https://kuow.org/stories/mlk-day-sho    

Jan 2020

38 min 29 sec

On this week's episode... it's the instagram post heard 'round the world!!! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they'll be stepping back from their roles as Senior Members of the Royal Family and working to become financially independent. Kudos to this millennial couple for taking the steps to prioritize their mental health and live their lives for themselves. We also share our thoughts on our new favorite show, Netflix's "The Circle" and how it's basically the love child of the internet and Big Brother. Hey Circle... Send Message!

Jan 2020

22 min 30 sec

On this week's episode... we discuss Mike's recent birthday and 2 month vegan anniversary, our goals for 2020 (and which one of Mike's goals heavily triggered Ishea), plus a BIG announcement! We'd love to hear how you handle being triggered in your relationships. Feel free to share them with us on FB/Twitter/IG: @YourFavPodcast.  As always, thank you for supporting our podast! Please continue to like, rate and subscribe wherever you listen.

Jan 2020

27 min 56 sec

On this week's episode... Mike and I have a candid and very vulnerable conversation about finances, debt and familial obligations that affect our relationship... especially as we prepare for marriage. We also share our tips for successful ways to introduce conversations about financial honesty and transparency into your relationship.  Studies show that nearly 40% of marriages end due to disagreements about money. Our goal is to share what has worked for us as people who were raised with very different relationships to and emotions around money. We hope that this episode helps arm you with actionable ways to discuss what is often a very emotional topic with your partner.  We'd love to hear your experiences discussing money in relationships. Feel free to share them with us on FB/Twitter/IG: @YourFavPodcast.   As always, thank you for supporting our podcast! Please continue to like, rate and subscribe wherever you listen.

Dec 2019

43 min 19 sec

On this week's episode... we discuss the viral Peloton holiday ad and how to have a healthier relationship with your body image. Plus, Justin Timberlake's public apology for his "lapse in judgment" and the key to avoiding cheating in relationships.  Thank you for supporting our podcast! Please continue to like, rate and subscribe wherever you listen. Connect with us on FB/Twitter/IG: @YourFavPodcast    

Dec 2019

34 min 36 sec

On this week's episode... we survived a weekend of Thanksgiving festivities and made it everywhere ON TIME!!!! Plus updates on if we were able to #RuinDinner, a reminder to check on your strong friends, and sage advice to never hold your co-worker's hand... or rub their leg (we're looking at you Justin Timberlake).  Oh yeah - Mike shaved off his glorious beard! Check out the finished product on IGTV. 

Dec 2019

25 min 21 sec

Everyone is posting articles, tips and columns urging people to keep the peace this Thanksgiving and avoid topics like politics. We say fuck that - #RuinDinner. This is the time to hold your ignorant family members accountable when you hear them spewing nonsense. If you can't tell them something from a place of love, do you really think they'll ever listen to a stranger? 

Nov 2019

15 min 37 sec

On this week's episode... We're having a candid conversation about stress and whether there's a "right" way to handle it. Plus we're still vegan and sharing a few recipes we loved + how many couples argue because 1 person constantly makes them late for things? We're sharing our new method for getting places on time!    Overnight Oats: https://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-overnight-oats/ Stuffed Acorn Squash:  https://tasty.co/recipe/festive-stuffed-acorn-squash    

Nov 2019

31 min 40 sec

On this week's episode... Mike shares his journey changing his lifestyle and relationship to food, how he shed 30 lbs and his transition from being a self-proclaimed "meat-a-tarian" to becoming vegan!    Mike's Before & After Pic: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Ae3X5glAA/

Nov 2019

24 min 23 sec

On this week's episode... Mike and I worked from home (WFH) and discovered who the more annoying co-worker really is, I learned why I need to protect my identity on Reddit and what doxxing actually is (and how I kinda, sorta doxed someone 10+ years ago), the latest vegan propaganda film we watched on Netflix and how it sparked us to make more diet changes, and we're FINALLY PLANNING OUR WEDDING (*in my Oprah voice)! We share the process of planning our wedding, why we waited nearly 1.5 years to start, why I won't be changing my last name, our decision to keep separate bank accounts and how we're approaching discussing finances! 

Nov 2019

21 min 58 sec

On this week's episode... the winner of the Netflix hit show, Rhythm + Flow, was crowned and we have a lot of thoughts, we explain why we were in line for over an hour (for a club in Seattle) and how we'll never go to another nightclub again, how Mike made it to 30yo without knowing what bottle service was, and how he's using his FitBit data to learn Tableau PLUS our very first listener question!        Rhythm + Flow Aftershow:  https://youtu.be/oih-GSz0uwI

Oct 2019

19 min 54 sec

We're back!!! Mike and I took the summer off to get new jobs and enjoy our lives... but Fall is here, the weather is already turning for the worst in Seattle, so we're back recording our little podcast and binge-watching TV! On this week's episode we catch you up on our recent career changes, the top 3 series we're binge-watching, predictions for Netflix's Rhythm + Flow (the finale is Wed) and how Succession on HBO really did heal Mike's motion sickness!   As always, be sure to like and subscribe... and thanks for listening! 

Oct 2019

21 min 52 sec

On this week's episode, I made Mike watch Prince's 1984 cult classic film, Purple Rain. Turns out the movie didn't stand the test of time and was super problematic. We also talk our disappointment with Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (#Spoilers) and sing the praises of Papa Bueno Tequila's #CincoDeMayo party and "Seattle Margarita" fueled nights. (Hint Hint: Mike thought I was sick because I was in the bathroom for forever... turns out he didn't realize I was performing the entire first set of Beyonce's #Beychella performance #IBeenOn!!)

May 2019

17 min 47 sec

Bzzzzzz.... do you hear that? It's the sound of Mike being stung by the Bey Hive and becoming a self-proclaimed Beyonce fan!!! After watching Queen Bey's Netflix Documentary, Homecoming, multiple times, Mike finally admits that Beyonce is a Queen and worth all the hype. We also dive into Obesity in the US and practical ways to change your entire life and get your health of track. Did you know losing 7% of your total body weight is enough to change your life? Yes, really! Rounding out the episode, we discuss our experience listening to Stacey Abrams Town Hall Seattle talk... and Mike has a PSA for White Folks who came for us online re: Town Hall Seattle opening up 50 additional tickets for Black women to attend the event.

Apr 2019

26 min 31 sec

Y'all this week has been a doozy! I came home to find my car had been stolen TOWED BY MY NEIGHBOR (down the street) because I parked within 5 feet of their driveway. Yes, that's a real thing! In the city of Seattle you can't park within 5 feet of someone's driveway (or a curb). While the police don't normally ticket for this type of thing... especially in this crowded ass city... if a neighbor calls in a complaint then they will issue a violation. Basically, Petty with a capital P. So, yeah... $272 later, I have my car back, a court date, and advice from the Circuit Court of Seattle that I should "also call and get my neighbor's car towed" - which nearly makes my head spin!   What else - Game of Thrones is back, so we bit the bullet and added it back to Hulu. Anyone else feel pained adding HBO for an extra $14.99/mo? Just us? Oh, okay lol... We also pose the question: How do you tell your upstairs neighbor that you don't appreciate being woken up at 3a by the loud sounds of them getting their back blown out... without sounding like a hater? Like, sis... I'm all for you catching an Orgasm, but like, 3am really? Oh - this is also the neighbor I thought died... so yeah, should I just continually catch this L? Should I wear ear plugs? Should I bang on the ceiling? I need your suggestions! Do you know your workplace love language? Mike is reading a book for work and breaks down how to show your co-workers you appreciate them. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, checkout the sickening nail art set my bae Peka did: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwQMiPbHR6y/

Apr 2019

21 min 18 sec

Hey Friends! Mike and I took a few weeks off to travel and live a bit of life, but we're back with a new episode. Mike is down 15 lbs and Ishea is now on the MyFitnessPal bandwagon, we talk about paying off debt and financial literacy, and Ishea's new project: Balanced Brown Girl!    How I save money:  Digit App Balanced Brown Girl: http://www.balancedbrowngirl.com/ Megon's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/megonshoreclay/  Ego's Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lordego1/

Apr 2019

24 min 6 sec

1 in 20 people have them and 50% of people over the age of 50 have them, so odds are they're probably in your future! Do you know what they are? Hemorrhoids! This week Ishea and Mike share their journey to discovering if they actually have hemorrhoids... and why you'll probably get them too.

Mar 2019

11 min 51 sec

Guess what? We're now on Spotify!!! This week Ishea and Mike dish on Ishea's experience being part of KUOW's inaugural Curiosity Club Pop-Up Cohort, realizing they live in a bubble, that one time our neighbor died and the police got the unit number wrong... also, don't EVER buy Alaska Airlines Saver. Ishea was stranded in the airport for 18 hrs and wants to save you the headache.

Mar 2019

14 min 24 sec

Last week's episode is hella late because Ishea was in Vegas and well, that was a doozy! On episode #4 Mike and Ishea celebrate the anniversary of their first date, binging #DatingAround on Netflix and the asshole Justin from Episode 2, and people who peak at 21.

Feb 2019

15 min 37 sec

This week Mike and Ishea touch on "the tip" of how they survived #Snowpocalypse2019 and why they won't be having a Snowmageddon baby dropping in November, Mike's first time masturbating and questions if anyone loves their job or if we're all just "working for the weekend".

Feb 2019

18 min 1 sec

This week Mike and Ishea touch on "the tip" of staying humble, prepping for Snowpacalypse 2019 in Seattle and the trashiest site Mike happened upon while researching Cardi B. 

Feb 2019

9 min 27 sec

In a world of diminishing attention-span, Just The Tip* is a micro-sized podcast that entertains without holding you hostage. Join hosts Ishea and Mike each week for their often humorous, always millennial take on "the tip" of what is happening in culture. Each episode is only 15 minutes because let's be honest... sometimes size really does matter.

Feb 2019

15 min 6 sec