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Authentic, raw and vulnerable storytelling about the lights and darks, highs and lows of life, in a judgement-free zone.

September 30, 2019

Holly Bishop tells us all about the journey to creating the life she and her family love!

Holly Bishop is like a real life mermaid.  She is smart, kind, creative, fierce, and inquisitive - she’s also an incredible Mom and partner to her husband, Pablo! In this episode, Holly shares some beautiful stories about her life and her travels in her younger days, and her more recent travel adventures, designing a life that keeps her heart happy, her skin sun-kissed, and her kids exploring life and the beaches and all things beautiful while spending the majority of their time together down in Mexico! Holly has her own business, and is a talented jewelry maker.  She also runs retreats and is passionate about helping others live their best life! Holly is such a powerful and inspiring woman, with interesting and intriguing perspectives. I'm honoured to have her as a part of this podcast. 



Gypseas Lifestyle

Email Holly! gypseasLifestyle@gmail.com

September 26, 2019

TGIT - Kas Baker shares his perspectives on being trans; finding, becoming and living as his true authentic self.

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday!

This week, our first male guest hits the podcast. I start this recording by trying to clarify what I want this podcast to be and who I want it to reach… everyone. 

Kas was born as a female, but always knew something was different. At 14 years old, came out as a lesbian - something that was difficult to communicate, unsure of how it was going to be received.  At 17, Kas learned about what it was to be transgender, and felt so much relief in knowing that he wasn’t alone, beginning his transition in Florida shortly thereafter.

Kas’s story sheds light on his journey through self-hate, self-sabotage, suicidal ideation, self-harm, to now being a happy and successful musician, a strong advocate for the LGTBQ+ community, and husband to his loving and talented wife (and bandmate!) Emily - he even shares the story of how they met, which is so sweet!  This episode also dives into the importance of emotional support, the stigmas and challenges presented by our society, looking after your own mental health, and the challenges associated with living with suicidal thoughts, and even our health care system. 

Kas, you’re such an inspiration, and I feel so grateful to know you and have you in my life. Thank you so much for diving in as a guest! 

"Being trans is finding, becoming and living as your true authentic self." - Kas Baker



GF Strong, Vancouver

Winter Youth

Krow's TRANSformation


September 23, 2019

Mena Canonico sheds light on how horses have changed her life, and how she and her Freedom Herd help others!

Mena Canonico and I were connected through Sarah Ritchie, last week's guest! (this podcast has become the master networker!!) Mena sources her intuition, expertise and wisdom as she joins forces with her dream team of former rescue horses to spark healing and transformation in her clients. She's incredibly dedicated and powerful. This podcast was recorded on July 18th, and exactly one month later, Shiloh, Mena's greatest gift and love, chose to transition. This loss has been felt so deeply by Mena, yet she remains inspired by him and committed to her mission of sharing the magic and power of the work with many.

One of the most beautiful things about this recording is that it took place just outside Shiloh's stall, and he is very much present in our recording! You'll hear him several times! 

In this episode, Mena shares her life story and how horses have helped her overcome her fear of them and continuously transform her own life so she can help others become empowered. She helps people experience more inner peace and confidence through facilitating deep, liberating and profound interactions with her herd of now 7 beautiful horses – interactions that shine a light on ‘blind spots’/illusions and help people connect to the TRUTH of who they really are and what they are capable of. Mena’s messages about not hiding, taking off your masks and taking control of your life are so inspiring. Mena and the Freedom Herd welcome people into their sacred space to dig deep and transform how they see their biggest struggles, so they can ignite their own intuition and expand towards their full potential…and in part, they do this by providing a safe space to JUST BE.


September 19, 2019

TGIT - Recording from Tsawwassen, with Harry and his hairless counterpart!

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday!

From looking after a geriatric bulldog to a diabetic cat and his hairless counterpart... just adding things to my resume! In this episode, I share my reflections on a Mark Manson article that I dove into this week called: “5 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence.”  I also share five things from my bucket list that I’ve crossed off over the years and why they were important for me to check off, with a quick short story for each of those items! (Thanks for the idea, Barbara!) I wrap up with some fun news updates, including what it’s like to be a part of a Fantasy Football League without having a single idea about how it actually works; how much I loved doing an Escape Room this weekend; and some really exciting news about my sister! You’ll have to listen for the updates on that one!



Mark Manson's Blogs, Archived by Date!

ANZUK Education

The Dive Doctor

Revelstuck Escape Rooms

Yoga Teacher Training - Marianne Wells Yoga School


September 16, 2019

Sarah Ritchie enlightens us with her journey towards healing of self and helping others heal.

Sarah Ritchie has had such a powerful and positive impact on my life. Trained originally as a school teacher, Sarah shares the life experiences and trainings that have helped shape the incredible light worker and healer she is today. Amongst many titles, Sarah is a lightworker, a healer, a Shaman, a Reiki Master, a Meditation Teacher, an RMT, an Intuitive, and a dear friend of mine.  

From painful skin conditions to bouts of depression, Sarah’s story about how she has arrived at where she is today doing the work she does will inspire you to follow what feels right, listen to your intuition, and whatever it is that makes your heart beat. 



September 12, 2019

TGIT - While “glamping” in Surrey, BC!

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday!

I have great friends. This recording takes place in Julie and Glen’s camping trailer… guys, I’m glamping this week, and I love it!  

In this episode, I share the story about surprising Julie and Glen for their wedding, my take on Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages, the importance on knowing what you want in a relationship and why big chats are so crucial, a university breakup (total blindside!), why being called “emotional” is A GOOD THING, my biggest insecurities, why the extra weight women carry below their belly button should be praised, and what I feel the differences are between hope and expectation.  I share some progress with regards to my September goals, and how happy I feel about people taking me up on my invite to reach out and share their stories with me so we can line up a recording session. 

… thank you, thank you, thank you! 



Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages

SWOOP Airlines


Reflection, Re: Kas's Story

September 9, 2019

Ashley Mariani dives into how her life has shaped her career in clinical psychology and her interest in storytelling!

Shortly after launching the podcast, Ashley Mariani reached out to ask me a few questions about the podcast. Long story short, we met up, we clicked, and now we’re friends! Ashley is a clinical social worker, is growing her own business, and has recently launched a podcast of her own!  In this episode, you’ll hear us chat about the importance of storytelling, knowing your own story inside out and being aware of how you retell it to others and yourself, sexuality, communication, growth in relationships, Impression management, and a variety of other topics! Ashley, I appreciate you so much!



September 4, 2019

TGIT - Back from Bali with some insights and goals for September!

Thank Goodness It’s Thursday!

I’ve made it back to Vancouver! This episode gives some updates on my adventure back from Bali and what I’m hoping September looks for me while I settle in to Vancouver. This is the first September in a few years that I haven’t been returning to a teaching job, so I’ve lined up a few new goals!  My September goals include finding a job, a place to live, and getting back into my fitness and clean eating. I share some of the books I’ve been reading and my biggest takeaways from then, along with what experiencing every emotion possible while walking down the beach last week felt like! I also do a mini dive into the importance of friendship in my life and how much I value my friendships around the globe. 

September 2, 2019

Sacha Fletcher shares how exercise has changed her life and helped her overcome depression!

Sacha radiates positivity and health - but is very open and real about her lows and struggles, and that’s what makes her such a great guest for this podcast! In this episode, you’ll hear our shared excitement for life and the little things, and about the importance of moving your body - whatever shape and size it may be. 

Sacha shares some of her personal struggles with depression, bullying and her weight, as well as her goals moving forward with her personal training business and home studio. Sacha’s energy is so infectious!