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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All Episodes

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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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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