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    • Staying safe on dates, especially in the digital ageShare location with friends and utilize safety features on apps to ensure safety on first dates. Staying hydrated is crucial during summer activities with Liquid IV as a convenient solution.

      Safety should be a priority when going on dates, especially in the digital age. Alex, the host of the Hot Mess podcast, emphasizes the importance of sharing location with friends and utilizing safety features on apps like Tinder. She shares personal experiences and introduces features such as "Share my date" and "Noonlight" to ensure safety on first dates. Additionally, staying hydrated is crucial during summer activities, and Liquid IV is a convenient and effective solution to enhance hydration. The podcast episode is a candid conversation between friends, allowing listeners to get to know Alex on a deeper level. The episode begins with Alex addressing the question of whether she has a boyfriend and shares the story of how it all started with meeting an NFL player at a last-minute Gatsby themed party in Miami.

    • Unexpected encounters can lead to valuable connectionsBe open to new experiences and follow through on potential connections, as they may lead to unexpected opportunities and valuable relationships.

      Unexpected opportunities can arise from seemingly ordinary situations. The speaker attended a high-profile party without knowing any famous attendees but ended up meeting an NFL player through a friend's suggestion. Despite her initial uncertainty, they hit it off due to their shared university connection. The experience taught her to be open to new encounters and to embrace the unexpected. Additionally, the story highlights the importance of following through on potential connections, as the NFL player persisted in contacting her after their initial meeting.

    • An Unexpected Helicopter Ride on a First DateBeing over-prepared for a date is better than under-dressed, and clear communication is essential to avoid uncomfortable situations.

      Sometimes, first dates can be unexpected and extravagant experiences. The speaker, a college student, thought she was going on a typical date after class, but instead, her date surprised her with a helicopter ride around Miami for sunset. She was anxious and unsure of what to wear, but ultimately, she learned that being over-prepared is better than under-dressed. However, she also learned the importance of clear communication and knowing where you're going on a date. The unexpected helicopter ride was thrilling, but the lack of preparation for it led to some inconvenient and uncomfortable moments. Overall, the experience was a memorable one, filled with excitement, anxiety, and a few unexpected twists.

    • Unexpected connections during healing processUnexpected experiences can lead to meaningful connections during healing from past relationships, but prioritize self-care and personal growth to navigate relationships on your own terms.

      Sometimes unexpected experiences, like a helicopter date, can lead to unexpected connections during the healing process from a past relationship. The speaker and her date, both going through similar situations, found comfort in each other and formed a bond without any pressure for a serious commitment. However, public appearances and media attention added confusion to their situation, leading the speaker to take a step back and prioritize her personal time with friends. Ultimately, the speaker learned to be true to herself and navigate relationships on her own terms.

    • Navigating Complex Relationships and LabelsPrioritize self-care, communication, and personal growth in relationships, while staying true to oneself and ensuring safety.

      Relationships and labels can be complicated, and it's important to prioritize personal growth and self-determination. The speaker shares her experience of feeling pressured by societal expectations and the stress of defining her relationships publicly. She emphasizes the importance of communication and commitment in a relationship, but also the importance of being true to oneself and taking the time to figure out what's best for one's own life. Additionally, she highlights the importance of safety while dating, especially with the help of technology and communication with trusted friends. Finally, she expresses gratitude for her close friendships and the support they provide in her life. In a world where relationships and labels can be confusing, it's important to remember to prioritize self-care, communication, and personal growth.

    • Making Friends in College: An Awkward ExperienceForming friendships during college can be nerve-wracking, but everyone goes through it and the connections made can last a lifetime.

      Making friends during the first week of college can be an awkward experience, much like dating. Memories from this time, like the DM exchanges shared, can bring back feelings of nervousness and excitement. The fear of not fitting in or being rejected can be overwhelming, but with time and effort, connections can be made and strong friendships formed. It's important to remember that everyone goes through similar experiences and that it's okay to feel unsure or uncertain. The awkwardness and uncertainty are all part of the college experience, and the friendships formed during this time can last a lifetime.

    • Competing for the school mascot leads to unexpected dedicationTrying out for a joke turned into a serious commitment, leading to a full dance routine and late-night suit washing for the selected mascot.

      Trying out for the school mascot became a serious and competitive experience for Hannah, leading to the creation of a full dance routine and multiple performances. Despite her initial intention for it to be a fun joke, she eventually got very invested and was surprised when she was selected as Sebastian the Ibis. The secrecy surrounding the mascot identity added an exciting element, with Hannah having to wash the suit in the middle of the night to maintain the surprise. Overall, this experience showcased the unexpected turn of events and the dedication that can come from participating in college activities.

    • Unexpected challenges of collegeCollege brings unexpected challenges, importance of friendship and perseverance, normalcy of making mistakes

      College can be an overwhelming and confusing experience, even for the most prepared students. Hannah and her friends shared a hilarious story about their first night of college and the mishaps that ensued. Hannah, in her excitement and exhaustion, accidentally put the wrong destination in her Uber and ended up at a middle school instead of her dorm. After hours of wandering and crying under the bleachers, she was finally rescued by a maintenance worker. This experience showcases the unexpected challenges that come with starting college and the importance of friendship and perseverance in navigating them. It also highlights the importance of open conversations about women's experiences and the normalcy of making mistakes.

    • Embrace new experiences, prioritize health, and pursue passionsEmbrace new experiences, prioritize intimate health, pursue personal goals, and hire top talent with determination and action

      Taking care of one's intimate health is normal and important, and there should be no shame or judgment associated with it. Additionally, going after what you want in life, whether it's personal goals or hiring for your business, requires determination and action before opportunities pass. The University of Miami experience taught us to embrace new experiences, find the right people, and cherish the moments. So, prioritize your health, pursue your passions, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. For intimate health concerns, Aizo offers resources and products to help women address issues like UTIs and vaginal health. Visit azoproducts.com and use the code podcast for a 20% discount. When it comes to hiring, ZipRecruiter can help you find the most talented candidates before the competition does. Try it free at ziprecruiter.com/hotmess and use the invite to apply feature to encourage top candidates to apply sooner.

    • Lesson learned from failed celebrity party attemptStay true to yourself, learn from mistakes, and trust the process. Even disappointments can lead to valuable experiences and connections.

      It's important to be true to yourself and not let fear hold you back, even if it means making mistakes or experiencing embarrassment. This was a lesson learned by a content creator when she attempted to attend a celebrity's birthday party. She spent hours getting ready and preparing to impress, but when she arrived, she was denied entry. Despite the disappointment, she shared the story with her followers, and the experience ultimately helped her build confidence and trust in the process. Another key takeaway is the importance of trusting the journey and having faith that things will work out, even when it seems like they're not going as planned. The content creator shared that she had considered transferring during her freshman year, but looking back, she realized that those experiences were valuable and led her to meet some of her closest friends. Overall, the discussion emphasizes the importance of staying true to oneself, learning from mistakes, and trusting the process.

    • Unexpected recognition from paparazzi on social mediaSocial media can create unexpected experiences, shape perceptions, and generate hype. Authenticity and transparency are valued, but privacy is important.

      Social media can create unexpected experiences and opportunities. The speaker shares an experience of waiting outside a party for hours, getting recognized by paparazzi, and ultimately being featured in news articles despite not even getting in. This unexpected recognition led to a surge in social media attention and comments, showcasing the power of social media in shaping perceptions and creating hype. Another takeaway is the speaker's decision to share the behind-the-scenes stories, acknowledging that social media often presents a glamorous front and encouraging authenticity and transparency. Lastly, the speaker touches upon the importance of privacy and the potential risks of sharing sensitive content online.

    • Friends retrieve embarrassing college photosFriends went to great lengths to protect each other's privacy, underscoring the importance of being mindful of what we leave behind and the potential consequences of our actions.

      College memories can be both cherished and potentially embarrassing. A group of friends left behind nudes on the fridge before graduating, and when new frat house residents discovered them, the friends panicked and decided to retrieve them. They planned a covert operation to infiltrate the house and delete the photos. The friend who returned to the college house was emotional and nervous about facing her past and the changes that had occurred. The friends' sense of loyalty and friendship drove them to take action quickly to protect their privacy. The experience underscores the importance of being mindful of what we leave behind and the potential consequences of our actions. It also highlights the bond of friendship and the lengths people will go to support each other.

    • Speakers thank smart fridge for preventing embarrassing photo leakDeleting compromising photos promptly can save embarrassment and potential consequences during college parties or 'silly week'.

      The smart fridge in question played a crucial role in preventing an embarrassing situation for the speakers. The fridge, which was capable of displaying photos, contained compromising images that could have gone public if not deleted. The speakers, who were likely college students, attended a party where many students were present, and if the photos had not been deleted, they could have been shared widely. The importance of deleting the photos was emphasized, as the speakers expressed relief and gratitude for having done so. Additionally, the speakers mentioned a college tradition called "silly week," where students party during the first week of classes, and the potential consequences of having those photos circulating during that time could have been severe. The speakers also mentioned a segment they plan to include in future episodes called "what would Alex do," where they will provide advice to viewers based on their experiences. The episode was sponsored by UGG, promoting their new sandal collection for the spring season.

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