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Episode 18: Lauren Riihimaki    

Episode 18: Lauren Riihimaki

Welcome to episode eighteen of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the content creator Lauren Riihimaki hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Lauren about her start as a content creator on YouTube and the ebbs and flows that have come with her transition moving from suburban Canada to Toronto and, now, Los Angeles.

We start off the episode by learning about Lauren’s childhood growing up in a rural Canadian town and her experience as a half-white and half-Japanese teenager in the digital content space (3:31). She talks about being an only child and how it led her to become very independent from a young age (6:56). 

Next, Lauren reflects on her mental health experiences and the anxiety she had throughout her childhood (11:00) and discusses why she found a therapist and started medication after moving to Los Angeles (20:52).

We then get into a conversation about relationships and how social media can create a false narrative about creators’ relationships (24:00). Lauren shares how podcasting has been an avenue for her to have a fresh start and authentically be herself (28:28). 

She then talks about the importance of boundaries (33:23) before we wrap up by discussing her new role as the host of HBO’s upcoming show, “Craftopia,” and her goals for the future (37:57). 

Listen to episode eighteen of The Madhappy Podcast below:

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