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 6

S6:3 ADHD in women and girls with Shannon Smith

In the second episode of our two-part series, photographer Shannon Smith and I dive into our lives with ADHD. We discuss how ADHD presents as parents, as creatives, as women. How neurodivergent folks tend to mask and the repercussions of masking. Finally we explore the beauty of being neurodivergent, specifically as it relates to our work and lives as creatives. 

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S6:4 Body image, health, and consent with Dr. Angela Grace

Dr. Angela Grace discusses how body image is a social justice issue, how consent is far more complex than saying yes or no, and how our current health curriculum has the potential to cause harm, “Once you start treating the body as an object rather than an experience, the significant problems start to happen.”  

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All Episodes

S5:4 Modern Sexism and Anger

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 to express what was happening.

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

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 we can stay grounded—both as parents and as creatives—during times of chaos. 

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

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 now. This is such an important conversation for us to be having; I cannot wait for you to listen to and learn from the stories the Mifrah shares.

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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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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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