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Profiles & Interviews of Overachievers

Megan MurphyEllany LeaMeg Murphy and Ellany Lea co-host Face Your Fierce, uplifting stories of trailblazing women, who are living their lives, outside the lines.

These multi-passionate, multi-talented, and multi-potentialite women picked up the phone when the Universe called and share some real talk about living their "different".

Podcast: 20min packed full of vulnerability, wisdom and real talk.
 

 

To be born of Asian parents and
not become a doctor, lawyer or accountant is
not an act of defiance. It's an act of courage.

– Ellany Lea

 

Podcast Episodes

FYF 008: Lisa Serice

Lisa Serice is a singer, songwriter, performer, school teacher, fitness practitioner, and certified AntiGravity Yoga instructor.

She has lived and performed all over the US.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
A new friend randomly gave me a 4 track recorder, and songs fell out of me!

What makes you “seriously” different?
My ability to consistently find light in darkness

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Believing that being a grown up or responsible meant being serious all the time.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
When the band hit the first chord of my song Storm in the recording studio. I cried like a baby.

 

Glenda could have told Dorothy
there was power in the shoes,
but she really had to
take that journey herself.

 

On the podcast...

  • What it takes to be a Modern Day Dorothy
  • How to find our very own X-Men
  • How to do what you love, when you love so many things
  • What gets in the way of singing your heart's song
  • What are homemade prison cells

 

BIOGRAPHY
Girl Friday is Houston based singer songwriter Lisa Serice. Combining traditional, contemporary, and alternative acoustic, rock, and synthed sounds, her music is lyric driven, harmony infused, and designed to draw the listener into the musical poetry of the story. Notable venues played are the landmark Bitter End in NYC, Lestat’s in San Diego, House of Blues in Dallas, and Dosey Doe in The Woodlands as well as a variety of wine bars and coffee shops around Houston.

Girl Friday is also a national songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation, writing customized tunes for critically ill children nationwide and a volunteer for TONIC bringing live music to the bedsides of pediatric oncology patients at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Her EP’s Light of the Moon and Songbird can be found on iTunes and Spotify.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a lover of kitchen dance parties, and believes that kindness, compassion and the "f" word can bring light and freedom to all!
 
Website   Facebook  Instagram   Twitter

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FYF 007: Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan is an end-of-life care practitioner, hospice volunteer, children's author, advocate, meditation facilitator, yoga instructor, author, expert napper, deep encourager, and loving friend.

She has lived in beautiful Canada!

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

What are you most proud of?
Continuing to open my heart, in the face of much loss and leaving my marriage

Describe “the hardest year”?
Illness, immense loss, extreme depletion (emotionally, physically), divorce, heart and soul breaking, acceptance, healing, light

What is your longest standing regret?
Not trusting my self, thus bailing on an opportunity to volunteer abroad

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Trying to fit in at all! Also, early-ish  consumption of alcohol.
 

It's about setting goals.
Expecting them to not work out.
Being thrilled if they do!

 

On the podcast...

  • Living with Cystic Fibrosis, 20 years past her life expectancy
  • Letting go of the idea of independence
  • If men have a partner, they live longer. If women don't have a partner, they live longer
  • How illness affects self-worth
  • Using "Loving Kindness" metta technique to find purpose again

 

BIOGRAPHY
Erin’s greatest purpose is to help others find strength, peace and light within. Living with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic, life shortening, breath taking illness; she has been gifted the daily challenge, practice and forum, to help herself and others access and cultivate these inherent gifts.

Erin is a trained yoga teacher, meditation practitioner/facilitator, hospice volunteer and contemplative end-of-life care practitioner. She draws on experience from these trainings and her own life long journey with illness, hospitalization and the loss of countless loved ones, to illness, in order to support birth, life and the end of this life journey. Her first children’s book will soon be published.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a lover of kitchen dance parties (or any dance party), and believes that kindness, compassion and the "f" word can bring light and freedom to all!
Erin is a little better at talking about ideas, than she is at acting on them. This is a work in progress! She laughs easily and often (cries almost as easily), and is grateful beyond
words or measure, for the family, friends, communities and light, she is surrounded by!

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 006: Linda Kash

Linda Kash is a TV director / movie actress / stage actress / comedian / writer / radio co-host / co-founder of the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts / improv teacher / mom / warrior.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
My husband died in a car accident in 2012 and I've been very awake since

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Thinking E Harmony was a good idea

What is your longest standing regret?
That I choked for my 'Frasier' audition for Roz. Like to do that one again

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Having a baby after 34 hours in labour without an epidural

 

It's not like I'm teflon,
but I'm a shit load braver than I used to be!

 

On the podcast...

  • Why it's fantastic to bomb and fail miserably
  • The importance of knowing what *I* want for dessert?
  • Working through grief of losing her life partner far too soon
  • Why romantic relationships have a shelf life
  • Being hardwired for "glass half full"

 

BIOGRAPHY
Linda Kash began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto. She has also appeared in a number of plays for Canadian Stage. She was a series regular cast member in The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, and Variety Tonight in Canada, and She TV, Minor Adjustments, and Style and Substance in the US and more recently. the Ron James Show. Linda has been a guest on Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen and Sabrina. She also worked on Ken Finklemen's Newsroom, Foolish Hearts, Good Dog and , At The Hotel (for which Linda won a Gemini Award).

Kash’s list of films include Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show, both directed by Christopher Guest, and the multi-nominated Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard. Linda has co-created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl!, and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed. In 2012, Linda starred as Molly Brown in the ABC miniseries Titanic, which coincided with the 100th years anniversary of the sinking. Linda also performed as Bella in Lost in Yonkers in Toronto, Moving to a farm outside Peterborough, Linda co hosted a morning show for radio station Magic96.7 fm for 4 1/2 years and has run the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts which she co-founded in 2009 with her late "great" husband actor Paul O’Sullivan. She also teaches improv to children and adults throughout Ontario through corporate workshops as well as community outreach programs. She is currently directing Love It Or List It: Vacation Homes which will air on W Network this spring!

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a warrior who rarely says no and almost never regrets it.
 
Website   Follow Linda   Follow Linda

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 005: Jobina Bardai

Jobina Bardai is a Dancer / Choreographer / Coach / Teacher / Magic-maker / Wanderer / Explorer / Friend / Sister / Daughter.

She's lived in several cities in Canada, UK, USA, Australia, and Germany.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
Last year - 2015 - it was spiritually the hardest year ever, but it brought me to the work I am meant do be doing

What makes you “seriously” different?
The fact that I never take "no" as an answer!

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Lol, I don't think I ever did this. I am usually doing dumb things to stand out!

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Moving to Berlin without knowing a soul, with just one bag, my teddy bear and almost non-existent German

 

I learned to take my fear with me. And eventually not even to buy into it.

 

On the podcast...

  • Leap and build your wings on the way down
  • If we don't listen to our intuition, it gets louder and louder
  • The artistic recovery process
  • Choose love over fear. Fear feels contracted. Love feels calm.
  • Trying IS a step forward
  • A Course in Miracles

 

BIOGRAPHY
Jobina Bardai is a dancer, Miracles coach and world-traveller. She is passionate about helping people to awaken to themselves, as the vehicle towards living an effortless life. Her work as a coach involves guiding my clients to build a strong relationship with themselves, so that they can manifest Miracles on the outside.

She has danced and lived in 7 cities, in 5 countries, on four continents, and counting! Her greatest passion is for being of service, be it through creating art or supporting others to be their best selves and to make a great impact in our world

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a creative nomad, who loves being on the road and getting lost as a way of finding herself. She's happiest when the biggest decision of the day is whether to turn left or right, and finding adventure along the way.
 
Follow Jobina  Follow Jobina   Follow Jobina

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 004: Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie is a scientist / astrophysicist / researcher / artist / painter / rockclimber.

She's lived in QC, Canada / BC, Canada / Scotland, UK / Arizona, USA / France.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
Second year undergrad: I became overwhelmed with my parents’ divorce and living abroad a full summer.

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Pretend to like what my girlfriends liked instead of acknowledging my own taste.

What do you wish we would have asked you?
What would your younger self find the most surprising about your current life?

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Canada’s Women in Science and Engineering program (I was told it would guarantee my future).

 

Break the rules!

 

On the podcast...

  • Challenges of integrating your scientific self and your artistic self
  • The discernment and fine difference between autism and giftedness
  • How to behave in social situations when you feel so odd and/or different

 

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Stéphanie Juneau was born and raised in Québec, Canada. Driven by her insatiable curiosity for her surroundings, she became interested in both visual arts and science as tools to illustrate, explore, and understand the world. She now lives in Paris, France, where she works as an Astrophysicist.

Her research focuses on the study of galaxies, their history, and the giant black holes that live at their centers. To unveil mysteries about galaxies and black holes, Dr. Juneau employs telescopes around the world as well as space missions like the Hubble telescope and others.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's passionate about visual arts and dreams to connect this with her science.
 
Website  Follow Stephanie

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 003: Karen Olson

Karen Olson is a Leadership Coach / Retreat Leader / Art-o-mancy Trainer / Energetic Literacy Advocate / Writer.

She’s lived in Australia / Austria / Minnesota, USA / California, USA / Arizona,USA /  Colorado, USA / Maine, USA.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
"The elements had to get really loud to get your attention," said the Universe. I finally answered the call.

What makes you “seriously” different?
I grew up in a conservative suburb. Now I'm on a mission to bring "energetic literacy" to the world.

What is your longest standing regret?
Not making the most of some pretty big opportunities because of fear: magazine, book deal...

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
I once went on a caving expedition in Mexico with the US Deep Caving Team (on a 3rd date) and became an official mapmaker.

 

The elements have had
to get really loud to get my attention.

 

On the podcast...

  • The power of discernment between staying safe and staying small
  • The insights gained from doing nothing
  • Permaculture and energetic literacy as a way of life

 

BIOGRAPHY
Karen Olson is a coach, retreat leader, consultant, speaker, and writer. She mentors brilliant, creative women who want to overcome overwhelm, connect to their powerful presence and resilience, and become confident, vibrant leaders over the long haul. As an Art-o-mancy guide, she helps people explore their lives and work through works of art at major museums.

The former editor of Utne Reader, and current editor of Public Art Review, Karen's articles about personal growth, health, home, art, spirituality, and environment have appeared in numerous magazines and in Standford University's most popular course: Designing Your Life.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a recovering perfectionist who's turning her yard into an urban farm.
 
Website   Facebook

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 002: Brianna Strumm

Brianna is a Social Worker / Researcher / Educator / Writer / Heart Coach / Dee-jay / Dancer / Spirited World Wanderer / Yogi / Feminist.

She's lived in ON, AB, Canada / USA / India / England / South Africa / Jamaica

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
2012: My whole world crashed and burned. I had to start over completely with a new vision.

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Stay in a relationship too long just because it made me look 'together'.

What is your longest standing regret?
Being ashamed of my 'unwed' status for too long. Resenting my 30s before I even got there.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Putting my heart back together again! All on my ownsome!

 

I think it took
some maturity and wisdom to realize there's only so much one person can do. And that's ok.

 

One the podcast...

  • How to know when something is right or wrong for us
  • How to rebuild our lives after everything we envisioned and created crumbles to the ground
  • What is Heart Rehab and why loving ourselfs is so important

 

BIOGRAPHY
Brianna Strumm is a social worker living in beautiful Ottawa. I’m also a heart coach, writer, instructor, researcher, yogi, dee-jay and spirited world wanderer. I’m unwed and in my mid-30s. This was not the life I imagined but is the life I am embracing. And discovering. And fighting. And loving. It’s complicated.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a...die hard Bachelor fan. Yep, it's true.

 
Website  Instagram

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 001: Carly Butler Verheyen

Carly is a Writer / Photographer / Banker / Traveller / Snail Mail Enthusiast / Curator for Handwritten / Old Soul.

She's lived in Canada, the UK, and South Korea.

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
I was recreating a photo of my grandparents in front of the RMS Queen Mary & something came alive in me.

Describe “the hardest year”?
Re-entry after my Quest which felt like my version of returning from a hero's journey.

What is your longest standing regret?
Not speaking my truth sooner for the fear of being disliked.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Maintained composure on national television (BBC Breakfast). I thought I was going to puke or forget my name or something.

 

When I recreated that photo, something came alive inside me...
and I knew, in that moment that I'd be going to England.

 

On the podcast...

  • The exact moment she realized she was about to change the course of her life
  • Her Superpower
  • Why connecting with each other is one of the most powerful things we can do

 

BIOGRAPHY
Carly Butler is a writer, photographer and snail mail enthusiast who lives in British Columbia, Canada. After discovering 110 love letters that her grandmother wrote to her grandfather after a chance meeting during World War II, she flew to London to retrace her grandmother's steps.

What began as a personal journey has turned into a blog, forthcoming book, and calling: she has been invited to speak about the legacy of letters with university students, historical organizations, genealogy groups and art galleries. Carly’s talks highlight her experience preserving and connecting to her family story, how the legacy of her Grandmother’s love letters changed her own, and how creativity can be used as a vehicle to connect to the past, present and future.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a connection queen with an old soul who loves to interpretative dance around her living room. She is Charm, Eccentric, BOLD, Easygoing, & playful.
 
Website   Facebook  Instagram   Twitter

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 008: Lisa Serice

Lisa Serice is a singer, songwriter, performer, school teacher, fitness practitioner, and certified AntiGravity Yoga instructor.

She has lived and performed all over the US.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
A new friend randomly gave me a 4 track recorder, and songs fell out of me!

What makes you “seriously” different?
My ability to consistently find light in darkness

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Believing that being a grown up or responsible meant being serious all the time.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
When the band hit the first chord of my song Storm in the recording studio. I cried like a baby.

 

Glenda could have told Dorothy
there was power in the shoes,
but she really had to
take that journey herself.

 

On the podcast...

  • What it takes to be a Modern Day Dorothy
  • How to find our very own X-Men
  • How to do what you love, when you love so many things
  • What gets in the way of singing your heart's song
  • What are homemade prison cells

 

BIOGRAPHY
Girl Friday is Houston based singer songwriter Lisa Serice. Combining traditional, contemporary, and alternative acoustic, rock, and synthed sounds, her music is lyric driven, harmony infused, and designed to draw the listener into the musical poetry of the story. Notable venues played are the landmark Bitter End in NYC, Lestat’s in San Diego, House of Blues in Dallas, and Dosey Doe in The Woodlands as well as a variety of wine bars and coffee shops around Houston.

Girl Friday is also a national songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation, writing customized tunes for critically ill children nationwide and a volunteer for TONIC bringing live music to the bedsides of pediatric oncology patients at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Her EP’s Light of the Moon and Songbird can be found on iTunes and Spotify.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a lover of kitchen dance parties, and believes that kindness, compassion and the "f" word can bring light and freedom to all!
 
Website   Facebook  Instagram   Twitter

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 007: Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan is an end-of-life care practitioner, hospice volunteer, children's author, advocate, meditation facilitator, yoga instructor, author, expert napper, deep encourager, and loving friend.

She has lived in beautiful Canada!

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

What are you most proud of?
Continuing to open my heart, in the face of much loss and leaving my marriage

Describe “the hardest year”?
Illness, immense loss, extreme depletion (emotionally, physically), divorce, heart and soul breaking, acceptance, healing, light

What is your longest standing regret?
Not trusting my self, thus bailing on an opportunity to volunteer abroad

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Trying to fit in at all! Also, early-ish  consumption of alcohol.
 

It's about setting goals.
Expecting them to not work out.
Being thrilled if they do!

 

On the podcast...

  • Living with Cystic Fibrosis, 20 years past her life expectancy
  • Letting go of the idea of independence
  • If men have a partner, they live longer. If women don't have a partner, they live longer
  • How illness affects self-worth
  • Using "Loving Kindness" metta technique to find purpose again

 

BIOGRAPHY
Erin’s greatest purpose is to help others find strength, peace and light within. Living with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic, life shortening, breath taking illness; she has been gifted the daily challenge, practice and forum, to help herself and others access and cultivate these inherent gifts.

Erin is a trained yoga teacher, meditation practitioner/facilitator, hospice volunteer and contemplative end-of-life care practitioner. She draws on experience from these trainings and her own life long journey with illness, hospitalization and the loss of countless loved ones, to illness, in order to support birth, life and the end of this life journey. Her first children’s book will soon be published.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a lover of kitchen dance parties (or any dance party), and believes that kindness, compassion and the "f" word can bring light and freedom to all!
Erin is a little better at talking about ideas, than she is at acting on them. This is a work in progress! She laughs easily and often (cries almost as easily), and is grateful beyond
words or measure, for the family, friends, communities and light, she is surrounded by!

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 006: Linda Kash

Linda Kash is a TV director / movie actress / stage actress / comedian / writer / radio co-host / co-founder of the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts / improv teacher / mom / warrior.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
My husband died in a car accident in 2012 and I've been very awake since

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Thinking E Harmony was a good idea

What is your longest standing regret?
That I choked for my 'Frasier' audition for Roz. Like to do that one again

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Having a baby after 34 hours in labour without an epidural

 

It's not like I'm teflon,
but I'm a shit load braver than I used to be!

 

On the podcast...

  • Why it's fantastic to bomb and fail miserably
  • The importance of knowing what *I* want for dessert?
  • Working through grief of losing her life partner far too soon
  • Why romantic relationships have a shelf life
  • Being hardwired for "glass half full"

 

BIOGRAPHY
Linda Kash began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto. She has also appeared in a number of plays for Canadian Stage. She was a series regular cast member in The Comedy Mill, Max Glick, and Variety Tonight in Canada, and She TV, Minor Adjustments, and Style and Substance in the US and more recently. the Ron James Show. Linda has been a guest on Seinfeld, Third Rock From The Sun, Cybill, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ellen and Sabrina. She also worked on Ken Finklemen's Newsroom, Foolish Hearts, Good Dog and , At The Hotel (for which Linda won a Gemini Award).

Kash’s list of films include Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show, both directed by Christopher Guest, and the multi-nominated Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard. Linda has co-created several shows for TV including My Talk Show, Go Girl!, and The Joe Blow Show, which she also directed. In 2012, Linda starred as Molly Brown in the ABC miniseries Titanic, which coincided with the 100th years anniversary of the sinking. Linda also performed as Bella in Lost in Yonkers in Toronto, Moving to a farm outside Peterborough, Linda co hosted a morning show for radio station Magic96.7 fm for 4 1/2 years and has run the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts which she co-founded in 2009 with her late "great" husband actor Paul O’Sullivan. She also teaches improv to children and adults throughout Ontario through corporate workshops as well as community outreach programs. She is currently directing Love It Or List It: Vacation Homes which will air on W Network this spring!

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a warrior who rarely says no and almost never regrets it.
 
Website   Follow Linda   Follow Linda

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 005: Jobina Bardai

Jobina Bardai is a Dancer / Choreographer / Coach / Teacher / Magic-maker / Wanderer / Explorer / Friend / Sister / Daughter.

She's lived in several cities in Canada, UK, USA, Australia, and Germany.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
Last year - 2015 - it was spiritually the hardest year ever, but it brought me to the work I am meant do be doing

What makes you “seriously” different?
The fact that I never take "no" as an answer!

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Lol, I don't think I ever did this. I am usually doing dumb things to stand out!

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Moving to Berlin without knowing a soul, with just one bag, my teddy bear and almost non-existent German

 

I learned to take my fear with me. And eventually not even to buy into it.

 

On the podcast...

  • Leap and build your wings on the way down
  • If we don't listen to our intuition, it gets louder and louder
  • The artistic recovery process
  • Choose love over fear. Fear feels contracted. Love feels calm.
  • Trying IS a step forward
  • A Course in Miracles

 

BIOGRAPHY
Jobina Bardai is a dancer, Miracles coach and world-traveller. She is passionate about helping people to awaken to themselves, as the vehicle towards living an effortless life. Her work as a coach involves guiding my clients to build a strong relationship with themselves, so that they can manifest Miracles on the outside.

She has danced and lived in 7 cities, in 5 countries, on four continents, and counting! Her greatest passion is for being of service, be it through creating art or supporting others to be their best selves and to make a great impact in our world

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a creative nomad, who loves being on the road and getting lost as a way of finding herself. She's happiest when the biggest decision of the day is whether to turn left or right, and finding adventure along the way.
 
Follow Jobina  Follow Jobina   Follow Jobina

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 004: Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie is a scientist / astrophysicist / researcher / artist / painter / rockclimber.

She's lived in QC, Canada / BC, Canada / Scotland, UK / Arizona, USA / France.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
Second year undergrad: I became overwhelmed with my parents’ divorce and living abroad a full summer.

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Pretend to like what my girlfriends liked instead of acknowledging my own taste.

What do you wish we would have asked you?
What would your younger self find the most surprising about your current life?

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Canada’s Women in Science and Engineering program (I was told it would guarantee my future).

 

Break the rules!

 

On the podcast...

  • Challenges of integrating your scientific self and your artistic self
  • The discernment and fine difference between autism and giftedness
  • How to behave in social situations when you feel so odd and/or different

 

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Stéphanie Juneau was born and raised in Québec, Canada. Driven by her insatiable curiosity for her surroundings, she became interested in both visual arts and science as tools to illustrate, explore, and understand the world. She now lives in Paris, France, where she works as an Astrophysicist.

Her research focuses on the study of galaxies, their history, and the giant black holes that live at their centers. To unveil mysteries about galaxies and black holes, Dr. Juneau employs telescopes around the world as well as space missions like the Hubble telescope and others.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's passionate about visual arts and dreams to connect this with her science.
 
Website  Follow Stephanie

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 003: Karen Olson

Karen Olson is a Leadership Coach / Retreat Leader / Art-o-mancy Trainer / Energetic Literacy Advocate / Writer.

She’s lived in Australia / Austria / Minnesota, USA / California, USA / Arizona,USA /  Colorado, USA / Maine, USA.

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
"The elements had to get really loud to get your attention," said the Universe. I finally answered the call.

What makes you “seriously” different?
I grew up in a conservative suburb. Now I'm on a mission to bring "energetic literacy" to the world.

What is your longest standing regret?
Not making the most of some pretty big opportunities because of fear: magazine, book deal...

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
I once went on a caving expedition in Mexico with the US Deep Caving Team (on a 3rd date) and became an official mapmaker.

 

The elements have had
to get really loud to get my attention.

 

On the podcast...

  • The power of discernment between staying safe and staying small
  • The insights gained from doing nothing
  • Permaculture and energetic literacy as a way of life

 

BIOGRAPHY
Karen Olson is a coach, retreat leader, consultant, speaker, and writer. She mentors brilliant, creative women who want to overcome overwhelm, connect to their powerful presence and resilience, and become confident, vibrant leaders over the long haul. As an Art-o-mancy guide, she helps people explore their lives and work through works of art at major museums.

The former editor of Utne Reader, and current editor of Public Art Review, Karen's articles about personal growth, health, home, art, spirituality, and environment have appeared in numerous magazines and in Standford University's most popular course: Designing Your Life.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a recovering perfectionist who's turning her yard into an urban farm.
 
Website   Facebook

Nominate a Reinvented Woman!

FYF 002: Brianna Strumm

Brianna is a Social Worker / Researcher / Educator / Writer / Heart Coach / Dee-jay / Dancer / Spirited World Wanderer / Yogi / Feminist.

She's lived in ON, AB, Canada / USA / India / England / South Africa / Jamaica

 

 

 

Before the podcast...

Describe “the hardest year”?
2012: My whole world crashed and burned. I had to start over completely with a new vision.

What was the dumbest thing you ever did (or almost did) to fit in?
Stay in a relationship too long just because it made me look 'together'.

What is your longest standing regret?
Being ashamed of my 'unwed' status for too long. Resenting my 30s before I even got there.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Putting my heart back together again! All on my ownsome!

 

I think it took
some maturity and wisdom to realize there's only so much one person can do. And that's ok.

 

One the podcast...

  • How to know when something is right or wrong for us
  • How to rebuild our lives after everything we envisioned and created crumbles to the ground
  • What is Heart Rehab and why loving ourselfs is so important

 

BIOGRAPHY
Brianna Strumm is a social worker living in beautiful Ottawa. I’m also a heart coach, writer, instructor, researcher, yogi, dee-jay and spirited world wanderer. I’m unwed and in my mid-30s. This was not the life I imagined but is the life I am embracing. And discovering. And fighting. And loving. It’s complicated.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a...die hard Bachelor fan. Yep, it's true.

 
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FYF 001: Carly Butler Verheyen

Carly is a Writer / Photographer / Banker / Traveller / Snail Mail Enthusiast / Curator for Handwritten / Old Soul.

She's lived in Canada, the UK, and South Korea.

 

 

Before the podcast...

Tell us about a moment when the Universe called and you answered?
I was recreating a photo of my grandparents in front of the RMS Queen Mary & something came alive in me.

Describe “the hardest year”?
Re-entry after my Quest which felt like my version of returning from a hero's journey.

What is your longest standing regret?
Not speaking my truth sooner for the fear of being disliked.

What’s a “fuck yeah! I did it!” moment?
Maintained composure on national television (BBC Breakfast). I thought I was going to puke or forget my name or something.

 

When I recreated that photo, something came alive inside me...
and I knew, in that moment that I'd be going to England.

 

On the podcast...

  • The exact moment she realized she was about to change the course of her life
  • Her Superpower
  • Why connecting with each other is one of the most powerful things we can do

 

BIOGRAPHY
Carly Butler is a writer, photographer and snail mail enthusiast who lives in British Columbia, Canada. After discovering 110 love letters that her grandmother wrote to her grandfather after a chance meeting during World War II, she flew to London to retrace her grandmother's steps.

What began as a personal journey has turned into a blog, forthcoming book, and calling: she has been invited to speak about the legacy of letters with university students, historical organizations, genealogy groups and art galleries. Carly’s talks highlight her experience preserving and connecting to her family story, how the legacy of her Grandmother’s love letters changed her own, and how creativity can be used as a vehicle to connect to the past, present and future.

OFF PAPER
Off paper, she's a connection queen with an old soul who loves to interpretative dance around her living room. She is Charm, Eccentric, BOLD, Easygoing, & playful.
 
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