Hi my Name is Natasha Stuart and I am from Belize. I say that because that’s the biggest reason I am here. Belizean’s need a place to feel relatable, to be inspired, to feel heard, to share their stories and ideas. That's what this is for. I want to help with that by speaking to awesome Belizean’s and people from all over the world that I think can inspire us to do great things.
In this episode, Jamie Thompson shares with us much of his journey to becoming and being a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. A journey that was by no means easy. From being a struggling student, not knowing how he will get the finances to get through his next semester - to his struggle and rise above the stigma of being a dancer, a male dancer in particular in Belize - to now being in the cast of Broadway's award-winning musical The Lion King.
There is so much to learn here from Jamie, and his message. So excited and grateful to have him on the show!
JT Arts Foundation
This episode begins with an excerpt from Dominique's podcast, Walasaha. I chose to do this because it's very difficult to describe Dominique in so many words, so I figured it would be best to show you. I still cannot find words that would be sufficient to describe Dominique and all her achievements. For this reason, I urge you if you don't already, to follow her. You can also Google her to see all her amazing accomplishments, the list is endless. Dominique is a changemaker and she will definitely be leaving Belize a better place than she found it!
Podcast Begins [7:39]
Podcast: Walasaha (available on all podcast platforms)
Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto by Chiamanda Ngoze Adiche
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
X Communication by Evan X Hyde or really any words this man writes most accessible via the From the Publisher Column in the Amandala
Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney
God the Politician by Peterkins Manyong
Free Yuh Mind by Aondofe Iyo
Dominique's favorite essay that every activist or citizen of a nation must read: Walter Rodney and the Question of Power by CLR James
Here is an important conversation we should all be having, across the world! We all can learn more and do better in regards to our environment. Climate change professionals have been calling our attention because we really do need to pay attention to the current status of our environment. I hope you listen closely to what Andre shares in this episode. I know some of us have become more environmentally conscious but most of us, myself included can be doing a much better job. We all need to be whistleblowers when it comes to this topic. And once we understand what is at stake, who is responsible, who needs to be held accountable, how we all can do a better job then I think together we can leave the world a better place than we found it. But it's vital that we do sooner than later, we simply can't continue to ignore this for our own convenience because soon enough there will be no convenience.
Andre's Podcast: MadaFyah on Twitter coming out early April!
Books: A Trip Too Far Rosaleen Duffy
News Letter: Generation Dread
Ya'axche Conservation Trust
In this episode, I have a conversation with Vladimir Vargas, who has found passion in travel and exploration. Vladimir recently spent two years backpacking North, Central, and South America through couch surging and hitchhiking. Of course, the pandemic brought his travels to a pause but Vladimir reached out to me in hopes of encouraging others to go out and experience different people and cultures whenever we can, in authentic ways, to live with the people and totally immersing. I agree that travel is the biggest and best way to learn and grow!
Check out Vladimir's Blog: https://naaya.net/
In this episode, I am joined by Cherisse Halsall, whom we may all know from Channel 7 News. Only having started covering the news in 2019 and already becoming one of the most familiar faces and voices in Belize news. Cherisse shares her journey with us, her experience moving to Spain back in 2008, and her experience with nepotism, a hot topic here in Belize. She also shares more about the rock band Ansenthium, which she also a member of from a PR standpoint. In this episode, Cherisse also shares some of her most memorable and difficult moments as a reporter. She also encourages us to move obstacles out of our way, to dream big and beyond!
Follow Cherisse on IG especially if you are a musician or aspiring musician!
In this episode, I am joined by Ronelli Requena, the woman behind the wedding dresses. Ronelli shares much of her journey with us and how everything that anyone has ever said she couldn't do was only a driving force in her life and led her to who she is today. There were several reminders in this episode of all the things we let stop us from achieving our goals. I hope to have Ronelli back as there's so much more to learn about her story, her brand, and her goals. I hope you all enjoy!
In this episode, I am joined by Marlon Andrews, investor, Forex trader and business owner. Marlon gets very candid in the conversation, he shares with us some of the harsh realities and life circumstances he faced and how he was able to turn his life around.
Marlon on Instagram
Marley Top 10 Books
1. Outwitting The Devil - Napoleon Hill
2. The power of positive thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
3. Garrain Jones - Change Your Mindset Change Your Life.
4. Your wish is your command - Kevin Trudeau
5. The power of your subconscious mind - Joseph Murphy.
6. Miracle powers for infinite riches - Joseph Murphy
7. Can’t Hurt Me - David Googins
8. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiosaki
9. Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
10. The Magic Of Thinking Big - David Schwartz
Bonus - The Strangest Secret - Earl Nightingale : https://youtu.be/NbBHR_CD56M
Marley Top 10 Quotes.
1. I’ve Never Allowed My Schooling To Get In The Way Of My Education - Mark Twain
2. You Don’t Have To Be Great To Get Started, But You Have To Get Started To Be Great - Zig Ziglar
3. I Believe That I Am Always Divinely Guided, I Believe That I Will Always Take The Right Turn Of The Road, I Believe That God Will Always Make A Way, Where There Is No way - Norman Vincent Peale
4. People May Forget What You Did, People May Forget What You Said, But No one Is Ever Going To Forget How You Made Them Feel - Maya Angelou
5. Nothing In Life Has Any Meaning Except For The Meaning That You Give To It - Garrain Jones
6. You Must Be Willing To Do The Things Today Others Wont Do, In Order To Have The Things Tomorrow Others Wont Have - Les Brown
7. Success Is Something You Attract By The Person You Become - Jim Rohn
8. Ego Is The Anastasia That Deadens The Pain Of Stupidity/Pride Is The Burden Of A Foolish Person - Michelangelo
9. Never Let Success Get To Your Head, Never Let Failure Get To Your Heart - Zaid K.
10. I Am No Longer Cursed By Poverty Because I Took Possession Of My Own Mind - Andrew Carnegie
Bonus Quote - If You Think You Can Or If You Think You Can’t, You’re Right! - Henry Ford
Natasha’s Current Top 10 books
The Four Agreements Companion Book - Don Miguel Ruiz
A New Earth - Ekhart Tolle
Anatomy of the Spirit - Caroline Myss
You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
Rising Strong - Brenè Brown
The Untethered Soul - Michael Alan Singer
Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiosaki
Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason
The Motivation Manifesto - Brendan Burchard
Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
In this episode, I am joined by Belize's youngest member of the City Council, Allan Pollard Jr. who is now running for a second term in the upcoming municipal elections. Allan shares his story of how he decided to put his name on a ballot 3 years ago, some realities of being a councillor and growing up in Southside Belize City. He shares some of his experience running in the General elections and some advice for those aspiring to do great things and to be the change we wish to see.
**Apparently, councillor is spelled both ways (councilor and councillor) since I edited the video already we'll stick with councillor. That's how we spell it in Belize.
Social: Instagram: @allanpbz
In this conversation, we become more acquainted with our new Miss Universe Belize. We learn more about Iris's upbringing, we learn more about her struggles with domestic abuse, her experience in pageantry, and just the motivation we might all need to believe in ourselves and go for our goals!
Iris Salguero: Instagram: @Irissalguero_
Miss Universe Belize: Instagram: @Missuniversebelize
In this episode, I am joined by Chef Sean Kuylen. One of Belize's is top chefs! After interviewing Sean on my Instagram lives back in June we became friends. Sean gets to experience rich Belizean culture almost on a day to day basis and I have always wanted to know and experience as much of my beautiful Belize as possible. Sean reached out to me to go on a road trip to Southern Belize, very spontaneously I must add, and I accepted the invite. This episode is about our weekend of cultural adventures.
I can't thank you enough Sean, for this stunning experience!
Instagram & Facebook
Read more about Chef Sean
This episode is brought to you by: Ikooma
In this episode, I am joined by Monica Gallardo and Dora Guerra founders of Pop and Sip - Belize's new beverage company that is crafting signature Belizean drinks. Their first release, Tati's Cold Brew, has taken off and is all the rage on Belize's social media scene. Pop and Sip was an opportunity that was taken in the crisis. Both of their livelihoods were compromised by the pandemic but with their entrepreneurial mindsets, a mere gift idea, and their love for all things Belize, a magically delicious product was born. One of what will be many, they are off to a great start and I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. I am so happy I asked Monica and Dora to share their story with us. I hope through their experience you are able to gain some direction on your journey as well. Thank you for listening!
NOTE: We lost Monica for a second around [30:34] so you will notice the question is repeated, oops!
Pop & Sip: Instagram and Facebook
Monica Gallardo Photography: Instagram and Facebook
Belize Food Tours: Instagram and Facebook
My Beautiful Belize Blog
You're back for another episode! YAY! In this episode, I am joined by my ALL STAR of a friend, Kristin Marin. Kristin has done so much so far in her very short lifetime. And since I met her back in our last year of high school I have always known her to be doing the absolute MOST! Kristin shares with us her educational journey, a very quick synopsis of what she has learned through her life, her challenges, and what she is learning at Imperial College Business School in London where she is currently majoring in climate change, management, and finance. She shares with us insight on how we can make a difference in the environment and the importance of not remaining complacent, among many other things.
Kristin has always shown promise, and I am just very excited to see what she has done, is doing, and will continue to do. I am extremely proud of her, she does our country so proud, and always wears Belize right on her shoulders. Her passion, perseverance, and dedication will not go unnoticed. She mentioned "What can one person do?", I am sure she is one person that will do quite a lot.
Thank you Kristin for taking this time to share with us, I wish you all the best on your future endeavors, again you make us so very proud!
In this episode, I am joined by purpose advisor/consultant, author, speaker, and friend Alan Riva. I am very excited to be able to share this conversation with you all and I know there is only to gain from this. I already have, and if that alone was the purpose then that is perfect. This conversation will require your presence as well, your open ears, and your calm.
I look forward to having more of these conversations with Alan in the future, on and off the podcast. It has been so much help to have reconnected, and to be able to have someone with this type of knowledge and experience to look to for guidance. I hope this episode provides you with the calm, clarity, and insight you might need in these times, and that this may inspire you to seek more and dive more into yourself, your purpose, and presence. I wish you the best on your life's journey, I hope this helps.
HOW TO FIND ALAN RIVA:
Alan Riva And: https://www.alanriva.com/blog-1
The Jar of Dreams
Your copy of Creating Peace In An Uncertain World
Other sources Mentioned:
Bronnie Ware regrets of people when they pass
In this episode, I am joined by a member of the San Pedro Town Council, Gary Greif.
I asked Gary to be on this episode because he is not the typical politician, he does have his own ideas and his opinions, many that I can appreciate. I am not trying to get political nor is my intention to create a divide. The intention is to simply talk about things, if we don't talk about them we cannot fix them. This is about things we may not understand about the way we are governed. We mainly speak on our own municipality (San Pedro), but that can also be replaced with other areas in the country or maybe even other areas in the world. It's the moral of the story more than anything. It can be relatable.
My intention with this show, among a couple of other things, is to highlight different career paths, being a politician can be one of those. Maybe one or two or hopefully even 3 of my listeners are aspiring to be a politician, maybe they feel they can make that stand and make much-needed changes. Maybe you agree with some of the points made or maybe you disagree. That's great that means you are thinking for yourselves. and that's another one of my intentions for this.
I hope you are able to listen to this with open ears and open minds, and that something is gained.
This podcast is also available on Youtube.
In this episode, Brittany shares with us her profession, educational background, and how she was able to come this far with the help of scholarship opportunities. Brittany also gives us advice on how we can reduce our emissions, as a country and as individuals.
Although Brittany didn't claim to be a "silent hero" I definitely agree that she is. In her choice to do what has always been an imperative profession and one even more vital now. Her choice to dedicate her life and be a part of the efforts to help the planet and in the way she is able to represent our little jewel by achieving her own dreams and goals and sitting at the table as a Belizean. Sitting at the table that makes decisions that will impact our lives for generations. It's inspiring to see Belizeans going for their dreams, taking opportunities, no matter how difficult it may be. No matter what odds are stacked against them. When one Belizean does it, it does pave the path for others even if they may not realize it. I am grateful Brittany took the time to be on my podcast to share her experience, I do hope this sparks a light within someone.
Brittany Meighan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittany-meighan-38a453b0/
Belize National Climate Change Office for updates: https://www.facebook.com/belizeclimatechange
Podcasts to check out:
Brent's two cents
Two teaspoons of Belize
Come into this one with an open mind - In this episode, I am joined by friend TP Paz. For Decades, TP has been providing guidance, clarity, comfort, and validation by connecting with individuals through the intuitive process she refers to as soul readings. I have known TP for many years and when I have been in my toughest times I have gone to her and she's always been a huge help to me. I wanted to shine some light on this and open this door to anyone who would be interested in something like this. It's very different and this is a side of me I don't share very much at all, but I figured this would be a good time for some clarity in this time of so much uncertainty. We also share some of the sources that have helped us. It's important now more than ever to take care of our minds.
I don't think we can lose anything at all in just trying to find ways of wellness and understanding ourselves, for real.
To contact TP email: email@example.com
Books and sources mentioned:
Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
A New Earth by Ekhart Tolle
Sadhguru and Isha Kriya Yoga
It's my FIRST ever Podcast! I invited my good friend and Artisan Emilio Perera to have a discussion and share our opinions on Covid19 and the second lockdown. We talk about the importance of mental health and somethings that have worked for us. Bear in mind, these are our personal opinions, we are completely winging this conversation. We do hope you enjoy listening in, we sure did enjoy sharing our thoughts with each other. Thank you again Emilio for joining me!
More about Emilio:
Emilio Perera, the designer/artisan, was birthed from a beautiful encounter and relationship with Guatemala art, history, and culture. This introduced a world of creativity, community, and connection that told stories of craft, of heritage, and of life. After living, learning and crafting in Antigua, Guatemala for a few years, Emilio returned home to Belize City where he continues creating and designing with locally produced materials and newfound regional techniques. He is a multidisciplinary artisan who specializes in leather design but also elaborates works with natural fibers, hand-loomed fabrics, wood, and more.
Follow Emilio on IG @emilio.perera