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

S5:11 Healing and Music with D’orjay

Country music artist, healer, and author D’orjay speaks to us about healing, music, and her book, SHIT MY SHAMAN SAYS. D’orjay shares her healing journey and how it led to her work as a Shaman and Pranic Healer. Dorjay explains that a shaman is, “Someone who sees light in the darkness.”

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S5:10 Motherhood Tax with Dr. Maki Motapanyane

Today’s episode with Dr. Maki Motapanyane explores the ongoing, unceasing tension that exists for women navigating motherhood and careers. I found this conversation refreshingly validating; Maki doesn’t downplay the challenges mothers in the twenty-first-century face.

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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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S4:6 Following Your Curiosity with Jill Yancey

For many of us, curiosity is a paradigm shift. We take great pride, as a collective, of knowing. Of being able to classify—right versus wrong; good versus bad; productive versus non productive. But as we discussed in today’s episode, there’s something very life-giving about asking questions and being open to the answers. In this episode, I speak with writer, poet, and mother Jill Yancey about embracing curiosity. It’s perfect reminder to slow down and take

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S4:5 Do I have a story to tell? with Jilliane Yawney

In this episode, I speak with Story Coach and storyteller, Jilliane Yawney. Jilliane shares her story about how a road trip with a stop in Detroit Michigan changed the trajectory of her life and instilled in her a love for storytelling.  Jilliane explains what it takes to be an excellent storyteller—but possibly more importantly— she provided insight on why we need to tell our stories. Finally, for those of you wondering, Do I even have

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S4:3 Reclaiming Motherhood with Latasha Calf Robe

In this episode, I speak with mother, activist and founder of  Niitsítapi Water Protectors, Latasha Calf Robe. Latasha shares her story as to what it means to be a Blackfoot mother and woman. We examine how motherhood can be fierce. Motherhood can be empowering. Motherhood can be a push for activism.  Latasha also shares with us her work behind the Niitsítapi Water Protectors and provides guidance for mothers who want to see positive change in

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S4:2 Our Children’s Mental Health with Lana Bentley

In this episode, Lana Bentley and I dive deep into the mental health challenges that our kids are facing. We look at gender roles and how they play into mental health, as well as gender identity and how that is changing within the realm of mental health. Lana has an extensive depth of knowledge in mental health, gender roles, and how to best meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our populations.  Finally,

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S4:1 Our Mental Health Stories with Karen Turnock MSW, RSW

In our first episode of Season 4, I speak with Counselor and Registered Social Worker, Karen Turnock. Karen provides strategies on how we can pause, acknowledge, and embrace our own mental health—whatever state it may be—as we head back into this school year. Part discussion, part interview, part therapy session, Karen provides an open and safe space for us to dive deep into the mental health challenges working moms have faced over that past year

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S3:7 We need to be paying attention with Shamair Turner

In our final episode of the Alberta Leaders Series, I have the opportunity to speak with Alberta Leader, Shamair Turner. In this episode, Shamair shares with us her personal journey last spring when she felt the calling to enter politics. Shamair shares with us her thoughts on activism, “You can exist as an activist in many ways … In the communities that I exist in and in the spaces that I’m in, I’m always a

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