45 episodes

Ever wonder what makes people resilient? How some can manage tough times with a great perspective and strong mindset?

RESILIENT PEOPLE is an original podcast hosted by Janet Fanaki. A self-described Resilience Explorer, Janet speaks with regular people from around the world who are admired for their resilience as well as experts in fields like sleep, fitness, education and nutrition.

RESILIENT PEOPLE guests have lived through a major life challenge and found a purpose from it to help others. From forming a charity to writing a book, starting a fundraiser and becoming popular public speakers.

It's the way that they took a negative experience and turned it into something positive that Janet is drawn to and wants to share their journey with listeners.

For season 3 of the podcast, Janet is shifting her focus to stories from midlife women. Counting herself in this group, she is learning from the women who have turned this sometimes scary and lonely time in their lives, to one that is bringing them joy and fulfillment.

Listen to the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast to get introduced to the people you wish you always knew, and now do.

RESILIENT PEOPLE Janet Fanaki

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Ever wonder what makes people resilient? How some can manage tough times with a great perspective and strong mindset?

RESILIENT PEOPLE is an original podcast hosted by Janet Fanaki. A self-described Resilience Explorer, Janet speaks with regular people from around the world who are admired for their resilience as well as experts in fields like sleep, fitness, education and nutrition.

RESILIENT PEOPLE guests have lived through a major life challenge and found a purpose from it to help others. From forming a charity to writing a book, starting a fundraiser and becoming popular public speakers.

It's the way that they took a negative experience and turned it into something positive that Janet is drawn to and wants to share their journey with listeners.

For season 3 of the podcast, Janet is shifting her focus to stories from midlife women. Counting herself in this group, she is learning from the women who have turned this sometimes scary and lonely time in their lives, to one that is bringing them joy and fulfillment.

Listen to the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast to get introduced to the people you wish you always knew, and now do.

    How to build resilience: Sleep better

    How to build resilience: Sleep better

    Toronto psychiatrist and sleep expert Dr. Cara Ooi is my latest guest on the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast.

    Helping teens to sleep better is her main focus, but as our conversation will show, sleep disorders cover every age group.

    As many of us struggle to get a good night's rest, Dr. Ooi offers simple and effective tools to help us. Without getting the necessary amount of sleep, it impacts everything from our productivity to our relationships.

    But as she confirms, there are many options. Her approach includes changing the way we use our bed, addressing the light around us and sleep timing.

    ​Listen and learn how to get the sleep you've been dreaming of.

    • 39 min
    What makes midlife so messy?

    What makes midlife so messy?

    Canadian author Ann Douglas has been writing books about parenting for years. Popular guides to help pregnant women and new parents prepare for the exciting and very unpredictable life of parenthood.

    In her latest book, "Navigating the messy middle: A fiercely honest and wildly encouraging guide for midlife women", Ann Douglas is turning her attention and expert research to helping women through the midlife years.

    As she said in our conversation, "I am fascinated by human growth and development. Being in the middle chapter of life, I started to wonder what is this life stage and how can I enjoy it?"

    Having interviewed over 100 women during the pandemic, the book is full of their wisdom and strategies to thrive in midlife through heartfelt, funny, sad and inspiring stories.

    Ann and I spoke about:
    - the need for women and society to rewrite the narrative
    - going beyond negative stereotypes of what it means to be a midlife woman
    - practicing self-compassion
    - the importance of building a like-minded community of support
    - learning from different generations on best practices for living our best lives
    - the joy that can be found in the midlife years

    • 37 min
    How to build resilience: Build a better brain

    How to build resilience: Build a better brain

    I've been reading the latest book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta titled, "Keep Sharp: Build A Better Brain At Any Age".

    It's very informative and a science-driven guide to preventing brain decline. But I also found that the advice is beneficial for overall wellness and positive mental health.

    As I focus a lot of my learning for RESILIENT PEOPLE on building resilience and learning from those who demonstrate a positive mindset, Dr. Gupta offers some terrific and easy to employ tips for maintaining our overall health.

    In this short episode of the podcast, I offer some of my favourite takeaways.

    • 7 min
    How to build resilience: Katie Clark on finding joy on her own in Paris

    How to build resilience: Katie Clark on finding joy on her own in Paris

    Bonjour and welcome to RESILIENT PEOPLE. My guest on this episode is Katie Clark - an American in Paris.

    Katie is 42 years old, from Utah, got married very young, had three children pretty quickly and for the last 16 years has practiced as an emergency room nurse.

    Like many married couples, she and her husband were going through the motions of life and marriage. Focused on raising children and busy with their careers.

    As she was approaching her midlife years, Katie felt unhappy with the status quo and looked for ways to make a change. After years of soul searching and discussions with her husband, she filed for divorce earlier this year and months later bought a one-way ticket to Paris.

    It may not be the part about moving to France that resonates with many, but surely there are many midlife women who question the state of their marriage by the time their children are grown. They wonder, "Is this it?"

    Katie decided that she wanted more out of life.

    And so the theme of this episode is all about prioritizing ourselves. To not feel guilty about putting ourselves first, rediscovering who we are and how Katie Clark is doing that in Paris.

    We spoke about the importance for midlife women to not give up on their dreams, finding joy again, our love of singing, learning to be your own best friend and getting comfortable with being alone and on their own.

    • 37 min
    How to build resilience: Embracing midlife changes at home, work and in life with divorce lawyer Leanne Townsend

    How to build resilience: Embracing midlife changes at home, work and in life with divorce lawyer Leanne Townsend

    On this episode of the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast, I welcome my friend Leanne Townsend. A divorce and family lawyer in Toronto.

    Running a busy law practice, the creator of the Divorcing Well podcast and mom of two adult children - Leanne is a terrific person to have on to talk about midlife issues.

    We spoke about some big changes that have recently happened in her life. Namely, selling her family home and starting her own law firm.

    As two midlife women, we talked about:
    - embracing big life changes and the benefits of changing everything at once
    - the freedom of letting go
    - including children in our decisions
    - how to find a good divorce lawyer
    - building a solid support system
    - our mutual appreciation for the TLC show 90 Day Fiancé
    - and calling this "The Year Of (insert your name here)" as a form of self care

    • 33 min
    How to build resilience: Switching careers in midlife with Audrey Guth of Nanny Angel Network

    How to build resilience: Switching careers in midlife with Audrey Guth of Nanny Angel Network

    When Audrey Guth was 50 years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. This inspired her to shortly after create a new non-for-profit organization. As the operator of a personnel agency which specialized in home care and nanny services, she felt uniquely positioned to help mothers undergoing the heavy demands of cancer treatments. By having this purpose, she felt that it helped her get better as well. Switching careers at any point in your life can be hard, but doing it in midlife can come with extra challenges. At a time when many women are seeking a way to reinvent themselves, Audrey's story is a powerful message for midlife women that it is never too late to learn something new and to feel that you are making a difference in the world.

    • 33 min

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Challenging!

This podcast challenged me. Janet’s story is profound, as is her determination to use the pain to help others. Janet speaks with polish and compassion to draw stories out from her guests. iI’m also challenged by the accomplishments of her her guests.

Accomplishments by her guests, such as transgendered man Terrence Rodriguez who advocates for kids in the LGBQT community. And Elizabeth Verway who who married as a teen and divorced at the age of 56. She used her loneliness to build community to reach out to others dealing with loneliness.

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