Tings and Things

Tings and Things

Tings and Things is hosted by Jonathan Mbaya and Simba Tsumba, two lifelong friends. Our Podcast transcends borders and strips away all the filters from the perfectly edited and curated lives we have become accustomed to online. As a duo, we manage to open up a platform to have real conversations that touch upon what it means to live and learn, alongside occasional guest appearances from some of the most dynamic people across industries and our Tings & Things family. We found that through our travel and adventures, our struggles as young adults were not unique to us. Tings and Things was designed to share those experiences since those were not being discussed by traditional media outlets, and alongside our back and forth banter and undeniable chemistry, we have found the perfect formula to exhibit the everyday stories of life in an everyday conversational way.

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June 10, 2021 67 min

There are a lot of misconceptions about what boundaries are and do for relationships. We may feel that boundaries are unnecessary because our partner is supposed to already know and act on our needs and wants, or that they ruin the relationship or interfere with the spice. In reality, all healthy relationships have boundaries! A relationship can’t be healthy until both partners communicate their boundaries clearly, and the other pe...

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There's a lot of talk, and a lot to be said, for the power of Yes. Yes supports courage, and an open-hearted approach to life whose grace cannot be minimized. But No—a metal grate that slams shut the window between one's self and the influence of others—is rarely celebrated. It's a hidden power because it is both easily misunderstood and difficult to engage.

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May 27, 2021 69 min

The greener pastures. There is always a perception that the grass is greener on the other side and we are sure that you can all relate to this. We discuss the phenomenon of thinking that we don’t have as good as we do.  

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May 20, 2021 70 min

Who has either had an idea they wanted to execute or wanted to be a part of someone else’s idea and for whatever reason things just work out for you? Has this been an overarching theme in your creative endeavors?  Nobody is going to pull out a seat for you and just invite you to the table 

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May 13, 2021 52 min

Twenty years ago, we didn't have smartphones, tablets, laptops, or any of the social media platforms that have now defined our generation. People didn't snap pictures at the dining table, check into locations wherever they are, or record their entire existence for the whole world to see on the Internet. There were a different set of manners and etiquette. 

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May 6, 2021 58 min

When you are in touch with your light, shine it up, let it out, and share it, it is seen and felt by the people who know you, and even people who just experience you in daily life. And it feels good to you because you’re honoring who you are, in total. But too often we dim our light, and it leads to us feeling depressed, repressed, and like we are living a half-life. 

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April 29, 2021 58 min

Sometimes as artists and creators we don’t understand our power and how influential we can be. Our voices are stronger than we think and we need to realize this. Understanding our positions in the industry is crucial to monetizing our art and putting us in a position of control. What is leverage and why should you care.

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April 22, 2021 64 min

Bruh. If your parents are anything like ours this is going to hit home for sure. Those unannounced missions where we are dragged around the city doing God knows what must stop. We are taking a stand now. Good laughs guaranteed. 

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April 15, 2021 60 min

Initially a phrase used in boxing: i.e. move one’s body away from an opponent’s blows so as to lessen the impact. In modern language, an idiom: cope with and withstand adversity, especially by being flexible. No matter how you define it, we have all heard this phrase before. I think we can all relate to a moment when something didn’t happen the way we hoped. A presentation didn’t go well. You got fired from a job, or laid-off. The ...

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April 8, 2021 74 min

We are called a narcissistic generation. We are told that technology and social media are giving us an inflated sense of self. But most of us don’t walk around feeling like we are all that great. In fact, there is one underlying emotion that overwhelmingly shapes our self-image and influences our behavior, and that is insecurity. If you could enter the minds of people around you, even the narcissistic ones, you’re likely to encount...

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April 1, 2021 57 min

Ahhh booked and busy. This has been a term floating around in the interwebs. In this episode, we delve into the term “booked and busy.” There are so many things going on in the scene today and it’s tough to keep up with everything going on. Being idle, and sedentary is something that we have discussed and your boys are super busy right now so enjoy the contrast of conversation. 

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March 25, 2021 64 min

Seeing the rich and diverse spectrum of human beings this world has to offer is simply wonderful. No two people are anything alike. Each and every one of us is unique and different from all the others. That even applies to you. There never was, and never will be, another you. Seeing other humans at different stages of their lives can make you recall similar snippets of your own life… or imagine future snippets yet to come, whether ...

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March 18, 2021 43 min

Restlessness, tossing, and turning. Like why am I awake big man? We think it is something we can all relate to. What is the cause of it? How do you deal with bags? How can we get a normal night of sleep? Those are questions for another day but these are some of the things that go through our minds first thing in the morning.  

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March 11, 2021 76 min

We all battle things inside us. It may be tough for you to identify or even talk about but we are here to help. We have both struggled and will continue to struggle with certain things for a long time, but we are here to have an open and honest conversation about our demons, hoping to show you that these perfectly curated lives that we have on the internet aren’t real and what we are talking about in this episode is much closer to ...

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March 4, 2021 65 min

Disclaimer - This episode is going to offend a couple of people but it has to be had. We aren’t sending shots for anybody but if the shoe fits it fits. We can’t be resting on our laurels, and we can’t keep talking about the things we did in high school, time to update the résumé and get out there again.

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February 25, 2021 88 min

It's typically not until the demise of a relationship that we gain the clearest perspective about what actually transpired and where things went wrong. Warning signs we may have missed while we were in the throes of a new romance—or deep into a relationship in which we've invested so much time and effort into working—suddenly become glaringly apparent. But as we're navigating a new romance and getting to know someone, i...

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February 18, 2021 77 min

The truth is, as I’m sure you know, the older we get, the more our bodies change. But sometimes we forget that this also means we need to adjust our self-care habits. We’ve spoken about it before *insert episode* but life is a linear journey and we have been learning more about ourselves and we decided to come back to this.

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February 11, 2021 54 min

Ah yes, love is in the air. With Valentines Day around the corner, this seems like a good time to talk about this. You lovely people respond to our relationship stuff quite well so I think we are going to jump headfirst into this whole approaching a future partner and as the kids say "shooting your shot"

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February 4, 2021 61 min

If it hasn't already happened to you, someday it will: You'll pick up the phone or open an e-mail and suddenly get a blast from the past. Out of the blue, you'll hear from someone you used to know. It might be a former classmate, hoping to see you at the next reunion. Or a colleague from a previous job who's passing through town. Or a teenage crush who looked you up on the Internet. Has this ever happened to you? 

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January 28, 2021 53 min

If you've ever felt like everything has already been done you know it's miserable to be blocked creatively. It doesn't have to be this way. We know what it is like to wrestle with our creative output and to even piece things together, but you can overcome this and get back to being the creative machine that you are.  

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