Stories Within Us

with Lisa Bush

Conversations with writers, poets, educators, activists, artists, and researchers whose work is questioning, disrupting, or altogether transforming how we view ourselves and each other.

Stories Within Us explores how our lived experiences—and the process of sharing those stories— has the power to connect, heal, and change.

Welcome to Season 5

S5:8 Treating your stories with care with Tomi Ajele

Today’s episode is with Calgary writer, journalist and truth teller Tomi Ajele. Tomi shares with us the importance of slow journalism, creating your own blueprint and treating stories with care. Tomi speaks to the intent of the media collective, Afros In Tha City, saying, “We don’t want to give you a soundbite. We don’t want to give you a quick pitch. We just want to show up and tell our truth.” She also speaks to the creation process, “We don’t even know what failure looks like because we don’t even know what we want to become. It was just us putting our truth out there; it didn’t feel like it needed to look a certain way.” 

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S5:7 The importance of empathy, conversation, and action with Nagwan Al-Guneid

In today’s episode, I speak with sustainability leader, mother, and activist Nagwan Al-Guneid about her life-long passion for politics and her vision for the future of energy. We discuss the importance of empathy, conversations and coming together in order to create a just energy plan. Nagwan states,  “I believe energy transformation is about having conversations in diverse settings with diverse perspectives. It involves everybody.” 

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S3:3 Balance with Jyoti Gondek

In this conversation with Alberta Leader and mayoral candidate for the city of Calgary—Jyoti Gondek—we look behind-the-scenes at municipal elections and why municipal elections matter to our day-to-day lives as women.  Jyoti provides examples as to how the current campaign system and the current fundraising process are barriers to women running and winning. She also shares how we—as working moms—can change it.  We are going to look at Jyoti’s innovatie perspective on balance and lack

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S3:2 Resilience with Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom

In this conversation with Alberta Leader, Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom, we talk about resilience. We look at the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives of resilience. Gabrielle explains concepts of walking with integrity and creating ethical spaces. And how much of this has to do with our relationship with ourselves. This is a beautiful and timely conversation for those of us who might be feeling weary or disconnected. About Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom Dr. Gabrielle Lindstrom (née

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S3:1 Supporting Working Moms with MLA Rakhi Pancholi

Today’s episode is with Alberta Leader, MLA Rakhi Pancholi. In this conversation, I speak with Rakhi about the significance of accessible, affordable, quality child care. Rakhi explains how this is a primary factor impacting working moms’ ability to be successful in their careers. She provides us with some staggering statistics and shares with us what we need to be doing to get women back into the workplace after the devastating effects of the pandemic.  I’m

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S2:6 Financial Wellness with Eugenié George

In this episode, I speak with Certified Financial Educator and writer, Eugenié George, on women’s financial wellness. Eugenié offers a new perspective on finances that embraces ancestry, race, gender, wellness, and mental health. Eugenié offers advice to women who want to move forward in a healthy relationship with their money. She provides practical ideas as to how to address the gender and racial inequities with our current earnings. In this episode, you will learn:  How

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S2:5 We Are All Works in Progress with Dr. Milena Radzikowska

In this podcast episode, we speak to Professor of Information Design, design researcher, co-owner of a design agency located in Calgary, Alberta, mother, and my friend, Dr. Milena Radzikowska. In this episode you will learn: How design—though often invisible—has a significant impact on women’s mental and physical health.  How recognizing design’s influence can be a powerful step to taking ownership of our own health. What the design process can teach us about wellness. How design—like

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S2:4 Weight Neutral Wellness with Elizabeth Tingle

In this episode, Elizabeth Tingle explores the topics of body image, diet culture, and weight-neutral wellness. She explains what it means to be weight neutral, and why that might be a good thing as you prioritize your wellness. “We can focus on behaviours to improve our health, but focusing so much on weight is just unhealthy in a very fundamental way.” Elizabeth goes on to explain, “When we focus on the multiple dimensions of health:

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S2:3 Restful Leadership with Deanna Mason

Launch Date: February 3, 2020 In this episode, I speak with my mentor, Deanna Mason. Through Deanna, I have learned life-altering insights on rest and leadership. In this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from Deanna and her depth of knowledge and experience on how to lead, parent, and work in a way that allows for rest.  About Deanna Mason Deanna Mason is a mom, entrepreneur, and monetization and rest consultant. She is dedicated

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S2:2 Authentic Living with Raquila-D’Nai Smith

Launch Date: Wednesday, January 20 In this episode, Raquila-D’Nai Smith explains how to live a life that is authentic and teaches our kids authenticity. We discuss how to start the year cultivating communication, connection, and peace within.  About Raquila-D’Nai Smith Raquila-D’Nai Smith is a wife, mother, homeschooler, and speaker. She has three degrees in psychology and counselling and is a certified life coach. Raquila-D’Nai is on a mission to encourage and inspire while helping people

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S2:1 Losing Yourself & Finding Yourself Again with Alison Calder

Launch Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 In our first episode of 2021, Alison Calder speaks to the challenges of motherhood and how we can get lost in our roles as mothers. Alison opens up about her challenges with motherhood saying, “I felt constricted and confined in a way that I never imagined.”Through her journey of self-discovery, she received great insight that she shares with us this episode. Alison also shares her thoughts on how we

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