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

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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