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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S3:6 Be angry. Be sad. But don’t be silent. with Janis Irwin

Today’s episode is with Alberta Leader, MLA Janis Irwin. In this episode, Janis shares her thoughts on advocacy and how it’s essential that we continue to speak up for all individuals in our community. She shares with us her thoughts on leadership, advocacy, and how leadership is interconnected with all those around us.  About Janis Irwin Janis Irwin is MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Northwood. She is currently the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and the Critic for Women

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S3:5 Respect, power, and dignity with Rajah Maggay

In this episode with Albert Leader Rajah Maggay, we explore the link between mental health, wellbeing, and leadership. Rajah uncovers how our current lack of parity in politics is affecting women’s everyday lives. She explains the unique perspective on safety, mobility, and community that women in political spaces offer. Rajah explains that our current political system was created for men by men and gives us very concrete ideas as to what we need to do

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S3:4 Stories we live by with Dr. Muna Saleh

Today’s episode is with Alberta Leader, Dr. Muna Saleh. In this conversation, I speak with Muna about our stories as mothers, women, and educators. You will learn about the danger of the single story and how—as individuals—we might try to categorize ourselves and others into one box. Dr. Saleh shares with us how she intentionally disrupts this single-story narrative, whether it’s through her research, her interaction with her students, or using humour on her Twitter

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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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