Reframe Your Life explores the stories and topics that have lead to change and transformation in our lives. We focus on bringing you authors and speakers who are sharing powerful stories that have shaped their lives. Storytelling is a way to make sense of the world around us and to reclaim what is true in our lives.
121 | Alone with Michelle Parise
This week on Reframe Your Life we interview award-winning producer Michelle Parise about her book Alone: A Love Story. This memoir is about falling in love, the fallout of infidelity, and everything messy in between — and the inspiration behind the hit CBC podcast. Parise has worked for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. She was born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family.
120 | My Year of Living Spiritually with Anne Bokma
Our guest this week is Anne Bokma . She is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful—One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life published by Douglas & McIntyre in October 2019.
A leading expert on North America's 80-million strong "spiritual-but-not-religious" demographic, Anne was the award-winning "Spiritual But Secular" columnist for the United Church Observer (now Broadview) for four years before writing her popular My Year of Living Spiritually blog for the magazine.
Anne also leads workshops and gives presentations on topics relating to spirituality and writing, including how she left a fundamentalist religion, the importance of finding community, how to live a more soulful life and what it takes to tell a good story. She is the founder of the 6-Minute Memoir “Speed Storytelling For a Cause” event, which features storytellers sharing tales on a common theme within a strict six-minute time limit. The event has raised more than $45,000 for local charities in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, since 2013.
You can find our more about Anne at her website here.
In this episode we talked about some of the challenges of losing your religion. A big part of the struggle is disappointing people. Sandy offers a free PDF course for anyone who needs to find the courage to end people-pleasing in their life. You can find it at her website https://www.sandyreynolds.com
And if you want to get support in writing a memoir you've been working on, reach out to Patti M. Hall
119 | Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder with Julia Zarankin
An unexpected and belated mid-life love affair with birds and nature and finally discovering one’s place in the world – Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder illuminates the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m.
When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.
For books that have inspired Julia Zarankin read her article here: https://lithub.com/the-accidental-hobby-on-the-books-that-made-me-a-birder/
118 | Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women with Dr. Sharon Blackie
We all have books that have greatly influenced us. Dr. Sharon Blackie's bestselling book, If Women Rose Rooted is on Sandy's list of books that came along at just the right time in her life. Having the opportunity to interview Dr. Blackie was a gift! If you aren't familiar with her, it is our privilege to introduce you!
Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and internationally recognised teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology.
Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.
She has penned four books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling If Women Rose Rooted.
You can find out more about her work at her website.
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117 | How to Lose Everything with Christa Couture
Christa Couture reframes the experience of loss for us in her beautiful memoir, How to Lose Everything. In this interview we talk about the questions she gets asked most frequently, her story of loss and the writing process.
Synopsis of her book:
From the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer at a young age to her first child’s single day of life, the heart transplant and subsequent death of her second child, the divorce born of grief and then the thyroidectomy that threatened her career as a professional musician, How to Lose Everything delves into the heart of loss. Couture bears witness to the shift in perspective that comes with loss, and how it can deepen compassion for others, expand understanding, inspire a letting go of little things and plant a deeper feeling for what matters. At the same time, Couture’s writing evokes the joy and lightness that both precede and eventually follow grief, as well as the hope and resilience that grow from connections with others.
Evoking Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Rachel Cusk’s A Life’s Work, Couture explores the emotional and psychological experiences of motherhood, partnership and change. Deftly connecting the dots of sorrow, reprieve and hard-won hope, How to Lose Everything contains the advice Couture is often asked for, as well as the words she wishes she could have heard many years ago. It is also an offering of kinship and understanding for anyone experiencing a loss.”
You can find out more about Christa at her website.
If you have started on your memoir but need help shaping it and getting it ready for publication, Patti M. Hall can coach you through this critical stage. Contact Patti here.
Find out more about Sandy's work with chronic people-pleasers at her website and get started Disappointing More People.
116 | Beth Wyatt and The Calm & Cozy Book of Sleep
It's been said that 'life is a search for a good night's sleep.' If you have ever been sleep deprived you might relate. Sleep disruptions are more common than we realize. Sleep Coach Beth returns to Reframe Your Life to discuss her beautiful new book. It's not just a pretty book though, it is a practical resource to help you get the rest you need. You'll want to hear her publishing story as well. You never know what can happen on social media!
For more on Beth check out this previous episode:
Episode 79 | Reframe Your Nap.
And find out more about Beth at her website.
If you are interested in working with a coach to get your book ready to publish, connect with Patti M Hall.
And if you people-pleasing is keeping you up at night connect with Sandy through her website for help.
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Love, love, love this podcast...it’s like a group of your best friends, really smart and funny friends, get together and dish about the topic du jour. Sandy and her co-hosts are warm, intelligent and interested...the qualities that bring out the best in their always fascinating guests. I look forward to every new episode...
CHristmas and Aging
I really like the weekly reframing Advent podcasts. A great way to be thoughtful about Advent and Chirstmas. I particularly like the one on Peace. Also - reframing Aging was a hoot. It made me want to be friends of the two of you - though Im not sure I'm cool enough. Anyway - it was a good girls party of a listen - thank you!
I commute approximately one hour each day to and from work. I recently started listening to these podcasts, and not only are they incredibly informative and challenging, they are great company on my long drives! These podcasts are smart and interesting, and after only a few I am assessing my life and how I can implement tips from the podcasts to improve my well being and to be a better earth citizen in general.
Full disclosure- I used to work with Sandy several years ago, and I haven't been in touch much since. I am so pleased to hear her speaking on these podcasts and sharing her curiosity, thoughtfulness and wisdom with others.
Great job both of you and I look forward to your company on any more drives into work!!! I