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

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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S1:6 The Mind-Body Connection with Dr. Khatija Westbrook

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Khatija Westbrook on the positive effects of nature on our overall stress levels and how we can incorporate it into our day-to-day lives regardless of the season. Khatija explains how to transition from our busy life to a slower pace where we are in touch with ourselves.  Khatija explores how both traditional western and non-western approaches to medicine can be effective for optimal health. And she gives us

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S1:5 Redefining Gender Roles with Sara Haney

As the holiday season approaches, Sara Haney and I offer a few tips on how to redistribute the household workload. We offer ideas on how to take things off your plate, and delegate tasks to members of your family.  We get very real and honest with gender roles in raising a family and running a household. “Parenting is relentless.” Sara admits, “Never before have I felt like I am suffocating like I have this year

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