By Jessica Spooner
Each week you will hear interviews with incredible people who are living off the beaten path. Each episode will explore their motivations, their challenges, inspirations, and more. As a bonus, each guest has provided a playlist sharing some of the music that has shaped their life.
Shine with Meagan Walker: Taking fitness outdoors, Empowering others, and Serendipity
This week I sit down with Meagan Walker of Resilience in Motion!
Meagan’s goal is to connect people with empowering ideas and skills so they can feel grounded, confident and capable. She does this through integrated mind/body training and through getting folks outside, as that’s what has really helped her become more of herself!
Follow Meagan @resilienceinmotion
Song 1 - North Country by Dana Sipos (Canadian)
Song 2 - Postcards from the Sky: 1. Unfolding Sky by Marjan Mozetich (Canadian)
Song 3 - The Mummers' Dance by Loreena McKennitt (Canadian)
Song 4 - O My Heart by Mother Mother
Your host, Jessica Spooner is the founder of Rewild Wellness. She is an environmentally focused entrepreneur, educator, and adventure guide!
To connect, email email@example.com
Shine with Sevim Yıldız: Being curious, overcoming bullying and racism, and finding your voice in the world
On this week's episode of Shine, I sit down with the beautiful soul behind the Be Curious Beings podcast, Sevim Yildiz.
Sevim, or Sev for short, is a conservationist and Turkish woman living in the UK. She has been captivated by wildlife and has created a life which supports this captivation! She is a scientist, bookworm, and hobbyist in wildlife photography and working towards her Masters in Wildlife Documentary Production.
During the lockdown, Sevim created and produced a wildlife and nature podcast to spread awareness and education to a wide range of audiences about the natural curiosities of our planet.
We chat about ways to share passions with the world, overcoming the challenges of bullying and racism, and finding your voice in the world!
Song 1 - Truth: And then there were teardrops by Alexis fFrench
Song 2 - Ashes by Celine Dion (Canadian)
Song 3 - Love Secret by Mehmet F. Nalcini
Song 4 - Beyond the Horizon by Wide Eyed
Shine with Wendy Meininger-Dyk - Educator: Geography, Geology, & Land-based Connection
This week I sit down with the incredibly passionate Wendy Meininger-Dyk.
Wendy’s quest for knowledge developed early as a sense of curiosity about all things. Throughout her life, Wendy has followed her internal passions of learning more about physical geography, geology, and engineering.
She has been fulfilling her dreams by developing programs to support environmental sustainability while teaching others.
We chat about connection to landscapes, importance of sustainable development, and dancing with dads!
Song 1 - Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman
Song 2 - I know that my redeemer liveth by Handel
Song 3 - Pride & Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn
Shine with Patty Bear - Being a female pilot in the military, setting boundaries, and being guided by your internal compass
I am so happy to bring this episode to you!
Patty Bear is an aviator, author, thinker, wild soul
Patty rose out of the insular and male dominated world of the Old Order Mennonite “Plain People”, to become an Air Force pilot during the first decade women graduated from military pilot training and then went on to become an airline captain flying to the capitals of the world.
She writes about her journey in her second book, a memoir called, “From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal, and an Unconventional Soar to Freedom.
She speaks and writes on the practical aspects of following the call of your wild soul and on the stages of metamorphosis on the hero’s journeys in life that shape our destiny.
To learn more about Patty: https://www.theflyingclub.com
To order Patty's memoir: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997573503
Song 1 - Wildflowers by Dolly Parton
Song 2 - Hot Rod Heart by John Fogerty
Song 3 - Shallow Waters by Randy Travis
Shine with Emma Kajiyama - Nature connection, the challenges of finding meaningful work, and the journey to her roots in Japan.
If you're not following or subscribed to Nature’s Gold Magazine yet, you should be! It's a beautiful environmentally focused magazine which comes out seasonally. And...it's FREE! Check out the newest issue now!
This week I sit down with Founder and Chief-Editor, Emma Kajiyama.
*We discuss nature connection, the challenges of finding meaningful work, and the journey to her roots in Japan.
Emma is the founder and editor-in-chief of Nature’s Gold Magazine. She is an environmental conservation professional and is dedicated to bringing people together to share and learn about the natural world.
She believes in highlighting the positive actions that are happening both locally in her home in the UK and internationally.
Follow Emma @naturesgoldmagazine
Song List -
Song 1 - Champions of Red Wine by New Pornographers
Song 2 - Inspiration! by W.H. Lung
Shine with Shelby Lisk - Identity, the beauty of language, her journey learning to speak Mohawk, and what it looks like to be a creative spirit.
Shelby Lisk is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and photojournalist with roots in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in Ontario. She explores contemporary Indigenous and mixed-race identity by pointing her camera inward as an artist and outward as a journalist.
Shelby has also been studying her language, Mohawk, for the last three years and tries to use it every single day. She currently lives in Ottawa with her partner where she works as a multimedia journalist covering Indigenous current affairs for Ontario’s public broadcaster - TVO (TVOntario).
Song 1 - The Unforgotten by Iskwe (Indigenous/Canadian)
Song 2 - Dancing Under Water by Brave Shores (Canadian)
Song 3 - Step Into The Darkness by Said The Whale (Canadian)
Song 4 - Ionkwanoronhkwa Ohneka (Water Song) by Theresa "Bear" Fox (Indigenous, Canadian) LISTEN HERE
Social media: @shelbyliskphoto (Twitter, IG, FB)
Shine is brought to you by Rewild Wellness; Building connection with self, community, and the natural world!
Shine with Julia Bubrin - Professional burnout, how to care for self and social causes, and lessons from a toothbrush
On this week's episode I get to chat with my friend and inspiration, Julia Bubrin!
We talk about her experience with professional burnout, why it's important to care for self before caring for social causes, and her work with coaching for social change!
Julia is an accredited coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation and an experienced leader in the not-for-profit sector. With over 15 years in both the public and private sectors, Julia has worked to build teams and create space for collaboration and positive dialogue. Julia's motto is: Seek knowledge, share stories, building humanity.
Song 1 - St. Peter by Justin Rutledge (Canadian)
Song 2 - What I Wouldn't Do by Serene Ryder (Canadian)
Song 3 - Songbird by Fleetwood Mac
Shine is brought to you by Rewild Wellness; Building connection with self, community, and the natural world!
Shine with Cheryl Hartwick - Building resiliency in hardships, going back to school, & the power of friendships
This week on Shine I sit down with Cheryl Hartwick: Resiliency Educator & Life-Long Learner.
We chat about going back to school later in life, how to practice being resilient when facing hardships, lessons learned as a teacher and student, and the power and inspiration of friends.
Cheryl Hartwick received her Applied Arts diploma at 39 years old, her BA in Social Development Studies in her late forties and is beginning her MEd in Adult Education in her late fifties! She developed the course Building Resiliency for Life’s Challenges and has taught a variety of courses in various programs at Loyalist. Cheryl believes in the importance of life-long-learning and that everyone should have equal opportunity for education.
Song 1 - I Believe I Can Fly by Yolanda Adams
Song 2 - I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
Song 3 - Lean On Me by ArtistsCAN
Shine with Vanessa Tignanelli - Life on the road, beauty in volunteering, and sharing stories through the lens
This week on Shine I spend time with the incredibly talented Vanessa Tignanelli.
We chat about how your life can change through volunteering, what it means to share other's stories through the lens of her camera, and what it's like to live on the road with her band!
Vanessa Tignanelli is a Canadian documentary photographer and videographer. Her work celebrates resiliency and individuality, looks for hope in hardship, takes us to people living on the fringes of society, and calls for us to be comfortable there.
She has been recognized by the Royal Family, NPAC National Photographs of the Year Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and InFocus Photo Exhibit and Award. Her work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, VICE, Photographers Without Borders, CBC, National Post, Toronto Star, and others.
Song 1 - Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill
Song 2 - Under The Southern Cross by Patti Smith
Song 3 - You Don't Know How Lucky You Are by Keaton Henson
Song 4 - Resolution by Matt Corby
Shine with Jodi Cooper - Power of relationships, creativity with many interests, and love & music!
This week we chatted with Jodi Cooper. Jodi is a spherical creative professional whose documentary and narrative films have been screened at numerous film festivals internationally. Her research interests span audiences and mass media, artist or author social identity, communication and public relations, cultural industries, and community-based participatory action research.
*We discuss the power of relationships, creatively working with a variety of interests, and the intersection of love and music.
To get in touch or to see what Jodi is up to visit: www.spherical.me
Listen to the music on Jodi's Life Soundtrack:
Song 1 - Couch Potato by Short Straw
Song 2 - 5 More Minutes by Victor Cooper
Song 3 - Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967 by John Meyer
Song 4 - Sorry I Came by Victor Cooper
Shine with Weronika Walker - Forest fires, immigration, facing challenges, & becoming a doula
This week on Shine, I sit down with Weronika Walker of Fern & Nettle Doula Services!
Wero in an adventurer from Poland, lover of the outdoors, seeker of beauty in everything. She is an avid book reader, coffee drinker, and hiker. A former paramedic turned guide, turned wildfire firefighter and doula.
*We discuss working on forest fires in remote BC, facing challenges head on, experience of immigration as a young woman, and why people would seek a doula.
Song 1 - 4:30 by Dawid Podsiadlo
Song 2 - Postcards from Italy by Beirut
Song 3 - Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root
Song 4 - Youth by Daughter
Shine with Lori McCarthy - Power of storytelling, paying attention, and freedom of childhood!
This week on Shine, I sat down fireside with Lori McCarthy. We chatted about the power of stories, paying attention, morning routines, and the freedom of childhood.
Lori McCarthy is a wild chef, forager, hunter, educator, and chronic outdoors person. She identifies fiercely as a Newfoundlander, which means more than just geographical location of birth to her.
Listen to the music from Lori's playlist:
Song 1 - Some people ain't human by John Prine
Song 2 - 1957 by Milo Green
Song 3 - Anyway the wind blows by Home Free
What it's all about!
Welcome to Shine, where we share the stories and the songs of the incredible people who make this world a better place. I'm your host, Jessica Spooner, founder of Rewild Wellness!
Each week you will here inspirational stories from the womxn who are making this world a better place. As an added bonus, you will get the soundtracks to their life in each episode's description!
Two important links that I mention:
Thanks so much for joining and I hope that you enjoy the show!
Gender in Technology, DIY your tech, following passions, and memory forests!
This week on Shine, I sat down with Kate Hayday and we discussed gender in technology, following a dream...even if it means taking a job to make some money, and memory forests.
Kate oozes cool in as naturally a way as possible. She is the co-founder of Maker’s Dozen, a Canadian makers studio working at the spaces where art, technology and nature intersect. Their motto is: Try, learn, share, repeat.