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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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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S1:4 Joy & Healing with Adora Nwofor

In this episode, I speak with comedian and antiracism coach, Adora Nwofor on the importance of healing and joy. “If your community is doing well, you are going to do better.” Adora goes on to say that, “I want the whole world to thrive.”  Adora shares her journey with Black Lives Matter Calgary. She notes the work of Black women, saying, “These movements start at home. At tables, and in living rooms… on the phone…”

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S1:3 How Identity Shapes Our Work, Parenting, & Wellness with Iriel Jaroslavsky​

In this episode, I speak with educator, wife, and aunt, Iriel Jaroslavsky about the importance of reflecting on our identity. Iriel shares with us her fascinating experiences growing up in Argentina, attending school in the United States, and entering the workforce in Canada.   Iriel speaks of how wellness looks different depending on her place in life. Sometimes it looks like going to the gym. But Iriel tells us that “sometimes it looks like I am

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S1:2 Addressing Your Inner Critic with Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer

In this episode, mom, writer, professor, and social justice advocate Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer speaks about her inner critic and the importance of recognizing where those scripts come from and unconditioning ourselves from them. We also dive into how we need to love ourselves hard. We discuss the question that academics Bell Hooks and Brené Brown both raise: “Can we love our children more than we love ourselves?” For more resources on wellness, check out my

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S1:1 Creating a Wellness Oasis with MK Sagaria-Barritt

Now more than ever, working moms need a safe, inclusive space that we can momentarily step away from the heaviness of the world and regroup. In this Episode, I speak with wife, mom, and one of my all time favourite people, MK Sagaria-Barrit on how to create that space within your family and community.  MK shares her thoughts such as, “Small doses matter more than big attempts at being well”, as well as the challenges

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Introducing the Working Mom Wellness Podcast

Conversations with women that shine a light on issues impacting women’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. I’m Lisa Bush. I’m a writer, educator, feminist, wellness consultant, and the host of the Working Mom Wellness Podcast and creator of the Working Mom Wellness Facebook Group. I am also the author of Teaching Well: How healthy, empowered teachers lead to thriving, successful classrooms. I’ve spoken internationally on educational topics such as wellness, diversity, and teacher empowerment. I

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