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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S5:6 Getting Unstuck with Miche Priest

In today’s episode, recovering hustle culture disciple Miche Priest walks us through the process of getting unstuck. She provides three steps we can take to finding solutions: widening the lens (not hyper focusing on two binaries), getting missing data, addressing the risks/fears holding us back. 

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S5:5 Have the audacity to dream

Why we need to dream—and dream big—especially during challenging times. I share my thoughts on why we must dream our own dreams and not what society expects us to dream. I tell a story involving a spreadsheet (because spreadsheets are beautiful) about how taking ownership of my dreams is something that I still struggle with to this day.

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S5:4 Modern Sexism and Anger

“Modern Sexism simply denies that sexism exists. This is the most insidious form because it doesn’t argue that men and women should be treated differently, but rather claims men and women are already treated the same.” – Dr. Kristin Neff In today’s episode, I discuss something that has been on my mind for a while—Modern Sexism. Recently I’ve either experienced it or seen other women become entangled in it. However, I didn’t have the vocabulary

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S5:3 Finding the helpers amongst the chaos with Crystal Reynolds

This conversation with designer, observer, and fellow creative Crystal Reynolds was sparked from a recent post where Crystal wrote, “…I’m on the lookout to find the helpers amongst the chaos.” I was intrigued. In this episode, Crystal and I discuss her journey as a creative, her design work with Mayor Jyoti Gondek’s campaign and how Crystal is finding individuals who help her make sense of the world that we are currently navigating. Crystal shares how

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S5:2 Home, Identity, and Nationalism with Mifrah Abid

Today I have the opportunity to speak with an individual that I have been listening to and learning from for a while now, Mifrah Abid. Mifrah is an activist, advocate of racial equity, and the creator, producer and host of Across Her Table Podcast.  In this episode, Mifrah challenges my beliefs on home and identity. We discuss our thoughts on nationalism and Mirfah explains the concept of jingoism and how it relates to our times

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S5:1 Unapologetically Taking Up Space with Shahzia Noorally

Today, I speak with proud introvert and gentle disrupter, Shahzia Noorally. Shahzia shares her story of showing up authentically in her career and unapologetically taking up space. Shahzia is the host of the Colour Gap Podcast, which I listen to and love, and speaks to how this has been an outlet to share her experiences and offer unconventional career strategy and advice for women of colour.

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S4:10 Advice to our younger selves with Kate Cordell

This episode with educator, mother, and one of my favourite people in the world, Kate Cordell. In this episode Kate and I reflect back on our 20’s when we first met each other and give our younger selves advice. This is a conversation about forgiveness, self compassion, and most of all, laughter and joy.

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S4:8&9 Asking Your Partner for Help with Lisa Bush

In this two-part holiday series, I take on my first ever solo podcast to discuss a few practices for moms looking to lighten their workload. These are five simple practices that you can use year-round but are especially helpful over the holidays. To the moms who are feeling overloaded or like you are drowning in the mental load of coordinating and planning for your family—this episode is for you.

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