9 episodes

I’ve turned to the stories of other survivors of hard things to give me hope. Like the Choose Your Own Adventure books, when faced with an obstacle, we’ve always got a choice. I’m inspired by those who’ve chosen a positive mindset and this podcast will introduce you to them, so they can inspire you too. I'm Stacey - a single parent of 3 and caregiver to my adult autistic twins. I've lived a lot of life and I'm building on the strength from others to design my new "after".

Visit www.Willowjak.com for more info about our show, our guests and our blog. Stacey Haley & Liza McClelland.

Choose Your Own After - by Willowjak Willowjak

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I’ve turned to the stories of other survivors of hard things to give me hope. Like the Choose Your Own Adventure books, when faced with an obstacle, we’ve always got a choice. I’m inspired by those who’ve chosen a positive mindset and this podcast will introduce you to them, so they can inspire you too. I'm Stacey - a single parent of 3 and caregiver to my adult autistic twins. I've lived a lot of life and I'm building on the strength from others to design my new "after".

Visit www.Willowjak.com for more info about our show, our guests and our blog. Stacey Haley & Liza McClelland.

    9. Erin Fagan - Mental Health: From Surviving to Thriving

    9. Erin Fagan - Mental Health: From Surviving to Thriving

    Episode 9 - October 21, 2021 - A physical injury and bearing witness to her father's experience with depression and a suicide attempt, both set the scene for Erin's own mental health decline starting before the age of 10. We chat about the four-decade-roller-coaster-cycle of trying to access support in an inadequate system, mis-diagnoses, suicide attempts, over-medicating and subsequent addiction. All while juggling the raising of three sons with the support of an extraordinary support network. She shares her experience of coming through the other side, after forging her path to wellness with her own recipe of self-care; and finding her way to a place where she now supports others as a Reflexologist and Reiki healer in the Region of Durham, Ontario.

    * This episode includes some mature themes. Please take care and be mindful of little ears listening. *


    Interview & Production - Stacey Haley
    Special Guest - Erin Fagan
    Sound Effects - William Haley
    Editor - Liza McClelland 




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    Contact Erin: Celtic Light Reflexology celticlightreflex@gmail.com  IG: @celticlight

    • 1 hr 2 min
    8. S & L - Professional Caregiving & Will Calling (some of) the Shots

    8. S & L - Professional Caregiving & Will Calling (some of) the Shots

    Episode 8 - October 14, 2021 -
    This week Stacey and Liza stray away from the traditional interview to talk about disability, caregiving, burnout and agency. Stacey talks about her experience as a full time caregiver for her boys and how she finds balance between being a parent and letting her boys make their own decisions. Host & Production - Stacey Haley 
    Sound Effects - William Haley 
    Editor - Liza McClelland

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    Contact Me: info@willowjak.com

    • 58 min
    7. Amanda Coolman - for the Love of a Loving Mother

    7. Amanda Coolman - for the Love of a Loving Mother

    Episode 7 - October 7, 2021 - Book nerds unite! It’s been 35 years since we last saw each other, so we had a lot to catch up on. Amanda gets to the heart of the challenges of caring full-time for her beloved mother, after suffering two strokes; and we find that there are some unique parallels in our lives as caregivers. Some tears and some laughs, especially when a love for Donny Wahlberg is discussed.  

    Interview & Production - Stacey Haley  

    Special Guest - Amanda Coolman 

    Sound Effects - William Haley  

    Editor - Liza McClelland Willowjak 

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    6. Amy McClelland - How Family Values & Self-Advocacy Can Build Community

    6. Amy McClelland - How Family Values & Self-Advocacy Can Build Community

    Episode 6 - September 30, 2021 - I quietly admired this family from the sidelines, as they raised three girls with an intentional and healthy mix of strong family values and positive guidance for self-advocacy; for them each to become resilient, compassionate and strong young women who are making their marks in the world. Liza joins me in this episode to talk to her big sis, Amy about the four big revelations that led her to this point.  Interview & Production - Stacey Haley 
    Special Guest - Amy McClelland
    Sound Effects - William Haley 
    Editor - Liza McClelland

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    Contact Me: info@willowjak.com Willowjak Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willowjak_/ Willowjak Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/willowjakjourney/ 
    Willowjak Website: https://willowjak.com Contact Me: info@willowjak.com Follow Amy: @its_amy_baby (Instagram)

    • 51 min
    5. Nicholas McCabe - Accepting Failure

    5. Nicholas McCabe - Accepting Failure

    Episode 5 - September 23, 2021 - He finds his inspiration in his father and great stoics and it’s easy to find inspiration in him. We talk failure and stoicism and I try not to play “heli-mom” when he talks about the potential dangers in his career in the Canadian military. 
    Interview & Production - Stacey Haley 
    Special Guest - Nicholas McCabe (www.Instagram.com/nicmccabe_) 
    Sound Effects - William Haley Editor - Liza McClelland  
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    4. Dr. Jen, ND - Gifts Can Sometimes Come in Ugly Packages

    4. Dr. Jen, ND - Gifts Can Sometimes Come in Ugly Packages

    Episode 4 - September 16, 2021. Sometimes when you’re stuck, all it takes is writing your dream into a notebook for it to come to life. We chat with one of my sister’s best friends and my naturopath, who’s learned some lessons that came from ugly packages. Lots of laughs and incredible takeaways from one of the biggest hearts in East T.O.  Interview & Production - Stacey Haley & Michelle D. * Special Guest - Dr. Jen Parsons, ND * Sound Effects - William Haley  * Editor - Liza McClelland  FB: Dr. Jen Parsons, ND Insta: @jenparsonsnd Website: http://drjenparsonsnd.com Email: hello@drjenparsonsnd.com  Willowjak Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willowjak_/ Willowjak Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/willowjakjourney/ Willowjak Website: https://willowjak.com Contact Me: info@willowjak.com 

    • 1 hr 14 min

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