Welcome to Soul Sister Conversations where host Dana Lloyd has conversations that inspire and empower you to connect more deeply to yourself. Each Sunday morning a new episode is released covering topics of personal development, leadership and spirituality.
Suzanne Doyle Yerxa is a life long educator of theatre arts. We talk about the importance of creativity and the impact theatre arts can have on our everyday lives. Suzanne teaches us that the skills learned on the stage translate into leadership skills in our lives and workplaces. Suzanne reminds that we are aways selling ourselves and the stage skills give us an edge.
We explore the various ways people can express their creativity. As Suzanne says, "We are all incredibly creative souls."
Her long running theatre company, KV Players, has seen many performers go on to pursue a professional career in the arts, but she reveals that the biggest success stories are the ones where the skills learned on the stage translate into practical, real life skills like building confidence, developing superior presentation skills and finding courage.
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1:50 How Suzanne got into theatre and the arts.
4:45 When drama became a part of her life as a teacher.
5:15 Suzanne what she believes is that what one learns on stage are really life skills and she explains what that means.
6:10 Dana shares her son’s experience with theatre arts and what the exposure to creativity did for him.
7:15 Suzanne believes that the SUCCESS stories that have emerged from the theatre programs are the ones where people have translated their skills into real life.
8:46 Suzanne shares how a dynamic theatre arts program was built to create inclusivity and a cross section of the school population which she attributes to her predecessor Bob Doherty that she calls a gift.
12:20 We are all being asked to present ourselves all the time.
13:30 Suzanne shares a story of how she was able to draw in people to the theatre program.
15:35 There is a whole host of people who work behind the scenes to make a show together.
17:30 People who work behind the scenes and create props, costumes and lighting is another creative outlet.
18:10 “We are all incredibly creative souls.”
20:57 Why Suzanne continues to be involved in theatre productions.
24:33 How does seeing a show get us in touch with our lives.
29:09 Suzanne addresses the involvement of boys in theatre how Bob Doherty was so instrumental in getting boys involved in theatre.
31:41 How do we get in touch with our creativity?
32:50 How does someone get involved if they want to explore their creativity.
36:19 “Because of the intensity of the theatrical experience, people bond very quickly.”
37:15 When did KV Players come into existence?
38:08 Suzanne shares the impact of the pandemic on her production company and theatre life and how they pivoted to keep the continuation of the production company.
44:14 Suzanne explains the 20 for 20 fundraising campaign.
46:00 We will get a sneak peek into the 2021 season on their next August 20th virtual show.
49:53 If you feel compelled to donate to help this awesome production company, go to www.kvplayers.com
50:33 Businesses can donate as well. They have been tremendously supportive through the years. Suzanne ensures that sponsors are well promoted.
51:40 Suzanne describes the impact the arts has had on her life.
54:15 Suzanne answers Dana’s rapid fire SOUL questions.
Michael Sheridan is Ireland's #1 dream analyst, regularly featured on the Ireland AM TV show. He has appeared on the BBC and countless other premier media outlets. He also hosts, “So, You Think You're Awake?" on KKNW in Seattle.
Using the power of dreams, Michael puts people in touch with the life they are meant to be living. He says you can use the power of your dreams to: discover your life purpose and spiritual gifts, improve your relationships, and restore health. . He shares how we can interpret our dreams and unlock what they are trying to tell us.
CONNECT with Michael Sheridan:
▪️Show Archives: https://www.dream-analysis.com/podcasts
▪️To Download Michael’s dream symbols dictionary, click here https://www.dream-analysis.com/dictionary/
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1:21 How Michael got involved in dream work?
3:43 Michael shares what his spiritual awakening was.
5:31 He started seeing spirits.
7:16 He just started sharing what he was learning with others. He says he became the person he shunned.
8:46 What is a dream?
9:42 Dreams come in an important language...symbols.
10:00 Our Higher Self has everything to gain and everything to lose by what we do in our lives.
12:29 Everyone dreams except people who are in a coma.
13:13 Why have we come here?
13:40 Obstacles are actually our path. We are meant to work through our limitations.
15:03 What is the difference between a nightmare and dream?
16:24 We dream every night even if we don’t remember it.
16:50 Michael gives you techniques to remember dreams.
17:30 Dreams will comment on what happened during that day.
18:53 Do we leave our bodies at night?
20:26 Why do dreams seem so disjointed?
22:28 Once you have dreams and remember them then comes interpreting them. Michael explains how to go about interpreting our dreams.
Download Michael’s dictionary of symbols. https://www.dream-analysis.com/dictionary/
24:33 A lot of dreams are warnings... they tell us what we need to change. Dreams don’t give up on us.
25:40 Everyone has a gift. Dreams will tell us exactly what your gifts are and how you are going to use them.
25:08 We have obligations...things we have agreed to before coming here.
26:23 By using your gifts you are repaying your karmic debts.
26:33 If we don’t use our gifts, when we pass and have our life review, we will realize all the things we didn’t do.
27:43 Michael explains the dreams he had that helped him find his gifts.
30:27 Dreams will even tell you to get out of relationships.
30:46 How can we have a dialogue with our dreams? Michael gives tips on how to do this.
33:13 If we see loved ones in our dreams, Michael explains what that means.
34:36 Michael explains some of the typical dreams we have.
39:20 Michael explains kids dreams. They are often horrific and he explains why that is.
44:25 Your children picked you for all the traits that you have...good and bad.
46:35 There is one entry point into this world...through a woman’s body. A woman is the doorway between this spirit world and the physical world.
47:44 Using dreams to heal health problems. Michael talks about digestive, heart & stroke issues.
In this episode, I speak with Penny Catterick, a Transgender Woman who transitioned at the age of 60. She shares an inside of view of what it is like to be transgender. She speaks openly about her authentic journey and the cost to becoming who she has always meant to be. She shares the mental health challenges to hiding secrets as well as sharing stories of supernatural experiences related to her authentic journey and how her faith is still present in her life.
With a warm, positive outlook on life, Penny she continues to navigate this journey with love and courage.
We talk about:
✔️ gender dysphoria and when she became conscious of the disconnect she felt.
✔️ how shame and fear create mental and physical health challenges
✔️ how she continued in her marriage for many decades.
✔️ how women should show up in the workplace.
✔️ supernatural experience that has kept her connected to the church.
✔️ repairing the relationships with people in her past including a relationship with her mother.
✔️ what is next for her including transgender advocacy.
CONNECT with Penny Catterick:
▪️You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWPjE27oH18CEetwSfW9VQ/videos This channel is to help the transgender community.
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1:31 What is gender dysphoria and does what it mean to Penny Catterick. She knew she was transgender when he was 5.
6:04 Shame, fear, anxiety begins to set in when what you see in the mirror does not reflect how you feel internally.
8:11 Penny explains what shame and fear did to her, ie, medical manifestations.
11:37 What did Penny do to hide her authentic self? And she describes the point where she felt her facade was crumbling. She tells a beautiful story of Buddha and the golden.
15:45 Penny explains how his wife found out about him.
17:03 As a devout Roman Catholic, he went through a 9 month intensive treatment to “treat” him to help his marriage.
19:33 Penny explains how his marriage was held together through the years.
21:22 Did he ever imagine that she could live as a woman in her lifetime?
22:56 Penny has attempted suicide a few times.
23:40 What was it like to walk into the world as a transgender woman for the first time?
29:00 Penny explains the death of his former self, Ian.
30:54 What is her relationship with her former self?
33:51 When did her authentic voice get really loud?
37:54 Penny uses her experience from the C-Suite to give about women in the workplace.
39:20 Penny provides leadership advice from her experience in a male dominated workplace.
40:47 Penny shares an idea from Brene Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness” from that spoke to her about stepping into your authentic.
42:49 Advice for people who are transitioning or thinking about it.
47:37 The reason she found the courage to transition came from Catholic mass. She shares how she feels she gets visitations from Mary. It was not a conscious choice, it was spiritual choice that got him through.
49:58 Penny looks at her life through a spiritual lens.
53:40 She shares a recent experience where he had a supernatural intervention that saved his life.
58:32 What role does faith in Penny’s life now?
1:02:14 She describes his strained and now wonderful relationship with her mother and she describes the compassion he now feels for her.
1:09:00 Penny shares how she is mending past relationships.
1:10:10 Penny talks about what’s next for her including what she wants to do for the transgender community.
In this episode, I speak with Elizabeth Rose, International Hypnotist, Hypnosis Instructor and Deep Trance Channel. She shares insight on what is channelling, astral travel, and past life regressions and how these experiences can heal and awaken you. She answers my most curious questions about life beyond the physical. She also channels at the end of the podcast.
ELIZABETH ROSE is the Author of Diamond Lantern, Waking-up to Who You Really Are, she’s an International Speaker, Hypnotist, Hypnosis Instructor and Deep Trance Channel. She’s a member of The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) plus the National Guild of Hypnotists, Inc. (“NGH”). Elizabeth uses metaphysical hypnosis techniques to unblock, inspire and enable clients to heal spiritually, move forward and change their lives for the better. Through Elizabeth’s channeled protocol, Full Immersion into Spirit, she combines channeled hypnosis, channeled healing, channeled Yoga and channeled messages to provide clients, students and groups with spiritual healing and close encounters of the spiritual kind. Many of her clients surface spiritual gifts and become deep trance channels themselves.
Elizabeth teaches hypnosis, healing and channeling at The Rose Cottage in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. She also offers channeling sessions via Skype, Zoom and telephone through her website, therosecottage.ca.
This week I speak with Nasiyr McGill about the pressure of being a man. Based on a Tedx talk he gave, Nasyir shares the pressures and expectations of being a man and how that impacted him and his authentic journey including his story of growing up as a marginalized man in the Southern US and how racism affects his ability to be his true self.
He shares what he ultimately learned what being a man really means.
He is vulnerable in sharing his story including how racism impacts him and interferes with his authentic journey.
We talk about:
✔️ the pressures of being a man.
✔️ how the expectations of being a man impacted him throughout his life as well as his authentic journey
✔️ growing up as a minority in the Southern US, he also had to deal with “marginalized masculinity. He explains this and its impact.
CONNECT with Nasiyr McGill:
▪️TedX Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDqeks3jsDE
EagleSpirit is a Soul Seer, Contemporary Shaman & Visual Artist. She sheds insight on her early life when she knew her abilities, but did not embrace them instead numbing out until she herself became sick with cancer and made a deal with God.
In this episode, we talk about becoming an EMPOWERED empath/ sensitive soul. Have people said this to you...Why don’t you just get a thick skin? You might be an empath.
EagleSpirit celebrates sensitive souls and she reminds us to see this as a blessing rather than a curse.
We talk about:
✔️ her abilities and what is a soul seer & contemporary shaman.
✔️ what is and isn’t an empath
✔️ how others can relate to empaths if you have them in your family/ workplace and how to recognize them.
CONNECT with EagleSpirit at:
▪️Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eaglespiritjourneys/ and instagram.com/eaglespiritinspired
My guest this week, Nancy Legere, takes us through her emotional and psychological struggles of having suffered child sexual abuse after having been raped at the age of 7. Our conversation focuses on her powerful healing journey of becoming whole. It is a beautiful story of self-acceptance and re-connection to the greater world around her.
We talk about:
✔️the effects physical and emotional effects of child sexual abuse including struggling with alcoholism, suicide and PTSD
✔️her journey to healing including trying to confess to a priest who called her a liar & her spiritual healing encounter with a 7 year old.
✔️how stopping the legal proceedings against her abuser freed her.
Want her book? Or to CONNECT with Nancy Legere:
▪️LinkedIn: Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-legere-11a6363a/
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, a former CBC Producer, Eleanor Austin shares how she amplify other’s voices. As founder of New Marketing Today where she guides business leaders and career professionals on how to amplify their voice, leveraging the world’s largest professional online network, LinkedIn, to successfully build their brand, business, career and reputation.
Our conversation goes deep as we dive into vulnerability, storytelling and how this fits into blending our personal and professional identities online.
We talk about:
✔️ Where her love of storytelling got sparked.
✔️ The power of LinkedIn and how you leverage it.
✔️ Rocking your personal brand
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Where Eleanor’s Curiosity and Storytelling Began
1:55 Eleanor shares a story where her love of storytelling began…around her mom’s kitchen table.
6:37 How does her early storytelling beginnings inform what Eleanor does today?
14:23 What she has learned about the importance of storytelling? And how that impacts what how she helps people today.
Tips for LinkedIN
19:45 What role does storytelling play on LinkedIn? And she explains LinkedIn and it’s importance.
28:01 How to use your LinkedIn networking more powerfully.
Vulnerability and LinkedIn: Does it work on LinkedIN
29:13 Dana shares a story of how she met Eleanor and how that story links to vulnerability.
32:32 How vulnerable should we get on LinkedIn?
37:43 Brene Brown’s TedX talk on vulnerability shifted Eleanor’s own view on vulnerability on blending your personal and professional brand.
39:49 Eleanor shares a story on vulnerability when she was interviewing a politician.
41:16 Vulnerability and safety.
45:15 People love to tell their own story.
46:22 Our lives are enriched when we are learning.
50:00 Is the story of who we are connecting to the stories we tell on LinkedIN?
Branding & More Tips on LinkedIN
51:24 Brand is the experience of you. What is it like to work with you ?
53:12 To help identify your brand, think about a compliment you’ve received?
55:15 Recap and share further tips to rock your brand on LinkedIN
59:09 Eleanor’s company is New Marketing Today email@example.com
1:00:55 Rapid Fire Questions for Eleanor
1:03:30 Eleanor is so curious she turns the table on Dana to get her to answer the Rapid Fire Questions.
Big Theme: Self-Awareness is key to success. Terri Ann Richards allows us to view her authentic journey as she navigated her way through entrepreneurship. She has owned, sold or partnered in 8 different businesses, so she has a lot of insight to share on the importance of self-awareness and how that relates to success.
This life long learner and self-proclaimed rebel shares her philosophy on life and owns up to her mistakes.
We talk about:
✔️ what drove her passion to start her own business at a young age.
✔️ how her Ego played a role in her mistakes.
✔️ the hardest lesson for her to learn.
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1:52 Where Terri-Ann’s drive to be in business comes from. She shares her backstory.
4:00 Describes her 1st business.
5:07 What she LIKED about being in business.
6:35 Who she was trying to prove wrong in her twenties.
8:28 What happened when she let her Ego get in the way.
8:42 The turning point. The mistakes built up and crashed around her.
14:00 Having the ability to be vulnerable is key.
15:06 How would she describe where she is on her journey right now.
17:54 Advice she would give to someone who wants to find direction in their life.
19:27 What advice she would give her younger self.
20:44 What correlation is there between knowing yourself and success in business.
22:00 Why is Terri-Ann is so adamant about kindness.
23:00 Show up as your authentic self, you will have stronger connections and more success and the world would be an easier place to live in .
23:55 What has been the hardest lesson for her to learn.
25:44 What have you learned about the power of being yourself.
27:44 How do you get over people not liking you.
29:39 Has business helped you not take things personally.
32:00 As a life longer, Terri-Ann provides some book recommendations 1) The Success Principles by Jack Canfield 2) Choice Theory by William Glasner
33:33 A philosophy that Terri Ann lives by
34:15 Talks about her bucket list
35:15 What drives Terri Ann now?
36:50 Terri-Ann describes her company....Balance Equation Coaching & Consulting
37:33 Terri-Ann is also an author of “Why I Divorced My Husband”
38:40 Terri-Ann runs a successful one day live event called Be The Balance Retreat.
40:14 Terri-Ann describes what she thinks her superpower is.
40:35 What has become abundantly clear to Terri-Ann.
40:47 What does the world need most?
41:00 Terri-Ann’s favourite quote.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, I speak with Francine Lebel, Certified Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness Instructor. Her company is called Balance with Hooves https://www.balancewithhooves.com/ If you are an animal lover, you will appreciate this conversation. Francine Lebel is a Certified Equine Learning & Wellness Instructor. She shares with us the magic and medicine of horses. She relates how horses can help draw out the authentic self. Horses give instant feedback she says. Francine shows how that feedback can help someone grow in trust, set boundaries and remove limiting beliefs to help them achieve their true potential.
Use the MAGIC and MEDICINE of horses to draw out your authentic self. Francine Lebel, owner of Balance with Hooves teaches us about the divine power of horses. She is a Certified Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness Instructor who works in human development and partners with horses to help people reach their full potential. Working with horses she reminds us is emotional work.
This was a fascinating conversation around energy, intuition, and our authentic selves.
We talk about:
✔️ how horses made Francine humble and authentic.
✔️ how they have helped her trust her intuition.
✔️ how the presence of horses give instant feedback to help facilitate her sessions with clients.
✔️ how horses draw out the authentic self.
…and so much more.
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In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, I speak with former co-host of Live At 5, Nancy Regan about her authentic journey. She shares how her life on TV was different than what she was feeling inside. She shares her fears, insecurities and negative self-talk as a young TV personality. We talk about her life after television which is when her authentic journey deepened. We discuss some of the things that showed up on her path that helped her grow. She ends the podcast by turning the tables on the host, Dana Lloyd to inquire how she stays connected to her light. Nancy has been on a poetic journey. She shares some of her poems that she has written. You might see some yourself reflected in Nancy's story as she struggled to accept herself.
CONNECT with Nancy Regan on her podcast called The Soul Booth https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-soul-booth/id1465977222
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2:18 “Perfectionism is just a high end haute couture version of fear. Just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat pretending to be elegant when it’s actually terrified.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
This is how Nancy Regan felt as she hosted Live at 5 many years ago.
3:47 Nancy shares how she stumbled into the co-host role of Live at 5 a very young education.
8:35 Imposter Syndrome was related to her lack of education in journalism.
9:00 Felt this imposter syndrome even as a teenager.
9:48 Nancy Regan recommends a book that impacted her to shift her mindset. It is called Mindset by Carol Dweck.
12:18 She had a running dialogue of negative self-talk.
13:51 Being a celebrity is a blessing and a strange experience. All on eyes are you.
18:43 Was she worried about what people thought of her.
20:21 How television plays with your ego and how that plays into deep insecurities.
21:11 The hunger for praise grew as she got older.
22:22 Nancy shares her philosophy that did not serve her and what she lives by now.
25:30 Nancy talks about why she left Live At 5 and did she know that her leaving would send her on the path of embarking on her authentic self.
27:27 Didn’t realize she was an empath which led her to feel drained.
28:45 Realized she had a lot of guilt as a result of leaving the show.
31:06 The experience where she began to awaken.
33:10 She shares the experience with Dr. Wayne Dyer that had on her life.
37:57 What Nancy has come to learn to about her own life.
44:05 Nancy talks about the work she does with young people.
46:08 Nancy’s BIG realization is true about us all.
49:20 Nancy shares a beautiful image she had during a recent guided meditation.
54:56 We have all been called to service in some way.
55:36 Nancy says that poetry has become an outlet for her.
1:01:27 Tree Vision then talking about Audrey Parker
1:04:21 What Nancy loves about her life now.
1:05:51 What does the world need most?
1:10:06 Nancy shares some of her POETRY.
1:14:14 Nancy encourages to be acknowledge our creativity.
1:15:55 Nancy gives us a healing exercise that she learned from Elizabeth Gilbert, author.
1:17:27 Nancy turns the tables on Dana to ask her what she does to nurture her own light.
This is a feel good episode that reminds us about the POWER of WOMEN who come together for a common goal. My guest this week, Debbie Rathwell, is Co-Founder of 100 Women Who Care of Greater Saint John, an organization that gathers together a group of local women four times a year to make an immediate, direct and positive effect on our community.
It may be called 100 Women, but the organization includes over 248 women in the Greater Saint John area who have donated $678, 709 proving that if everyone gives a little, we can help a lot. There is room for more women on this runaway, giving train!
We talk about:
✅ the power of giving
✅ how giving is equally transformational for the giver as it is the receiver.
✅ the power of women who come together for a common cause
This episode is peppered with storytelling and feel good examples of WOMEN making a difference and the impact it has on the those who are in receipt of the generosity.
If you have been thinking about giving back or wanting to do more during these challenging times, check out 100 Women Who Care. You will not be disappointed.
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Bottom Line of this episode: How to have happy relationships. In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, I speak with Maureen Craig McIntosh, a Relationship Coach who enlightens us on what is Choice Theory and how this concept helps individuals become more empowered in the relationship with themselves and with others in their lives and workplaces. She teaches the five basic needs we all seek and how that impacts our personal world. We explore the seven DEADLY habits and the seven CARING habits that change the way we show up in this world.
We also explore:
the importance of good, high quality conversations.
her life as a Seniorpreneur
how Choice Theory relates to Covid 19 and what we are going through right now.
Maureen McIntosh has a deep wealth of knowledge in relation to helping others. She has been a Registered Nurse, licensed Counsellor, Executive and Personal Coach as well as being grounded in the Concepts of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management based on the work of Dr. William Glasser.
Maureen is owner of Moncton Reality Therapy Consultants. She is a published author of Musings by Mo.
You can connect with Maureen at https://monctonrealitytherapy.com/about-maureen-craig-mcintosh
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Andrea Speranza shares her life as a firefighter and her mission to encourage other women to consider this industry. Driven by her difficult upbringing, Andrea created Camp Courage to not only teach young women about being first responders, but she creates an experiential 8 day camp where they focus on increasing confidence, changing mindset, and facing failure successfully.
She shares her philosophy on life, her personal mission, how she decides what projects to work in the face of wanting to execute many ideas and she takes us through her monthly review of personal goals. Connect with https://campcourage.ca
Themes in this episode: Confidence, Self-Awareness, Diversity, Women's Empowerment.
Have you ever assessed how you feel in your home or office environment? Is it possible that the energy of your surroundings is impacting all that you desire? This week I explore the practice of Feng Shui with Jess Neary, a Certified Feng Shui practitioner who sheds light on how the energy of our homes aid in manifesting what we want AND we explore how this ancient Chinese practice is related to your personal development. You will walk away from this conversation viewing your home in a new light. Connect with Jess Neary at http://www.jessnearyfengshui.com
On Soul Sister Conversations, Cait Flanders, best selling author of A Year of Less gives an intimate look at what finding your authentic self looks like. For Cait, going on a year long shopping ban while getting rid of stuff helped her discover who she really is. On her year long journey, she really peels back the layers of who she really is to discover her coping mechanisms and triggers. Shopping was no different than alcohol. At at the end of her journey she realized she was enough. This is a story about being enough. BIG Themes: Authenticity, Mindfulness, Finances, Coping Mechanisms.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Maggie Beukeveld shares her transformative story of healing. In 2005, Maggie was living a normal life. She was a Certified Counsellor with her own practice. Her life was changed in an instant when her family was hit by a logging truck. She was left physically incapacitated. Her road to recovery through traditional channels proved helpful, but did not advance her physical health. She dealt with a multitude of health challenges stemming from the accident. Two years later, she was introduced to a woman from India who took her through an ancient meditation that was life changing. Within the hour of participating in this meditation, Maggie could sit up which she previously could not do and she even did a little dance. This mobility had never happened before. She knew that what she was doing was different. She continued with this meditation which was the healing modality that turned her health challenges around, She continues to get stronger every day. Now she has taken the training in this healing modality called Himalayan Vedic Rebirthing so she can help others.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Cara Dawn Miller takes us through her own healing journey where she left her Structural Engineering life behind to help others as she herself found the key to unlocking her own power. As an Energy Shift Facilitator, she enlightens us about how we can heal ourselves using the power of our own energy. We already have access to everything we need. She gives us tools to tap into our power. Big Themes: Intuition, Energy, Healing.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations. I speak with Kristine Ward who reminds us that everything leads back to ourselves and the choices we make. Kristine shares her story of facing her health challenges having overcome cancer and living with an MS diagnosis. She shares how her health challenges have led her to something bigger. Slowly, but surely all the pieces of her life have come together.
We talk about the the hardest lesson she had to learn, the greatest thing she has learned about herself, and what she would tell her 15 year old self.
Big Themes: Authenticity; Choices; Putting Yourself First; Health
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Diane Wooden HR Professional shares her perspective on healthy relationships. She defines what she considers to be the definition of a healthy relationship, the importance of navigating through conflict, and how to manage as both the initiator and the receiver of the difficult conversation.
After listening to this conversation, you will have a greater awareness on your own ability to handle conflict, what is your the relationship with yourself and how that impacts the relationships around you. More importantly, how your healthy relationships connect you more deeply to yourself.
Strong themes: healthy relationships; self-awareness; leadership; conflict; resolution
Connect with Diane Wooden at https://dianewooden.com/
Connect with Dana Lloyd at https://www.danalloydleadership.com/
Dhavita Filek is a Soul Sister Conversations favourite. She has profound insight in about how to heal as she told her story in Episode #50 about how she overcame her own debilitating anxiety and depression. In this episode, she helps us make sense of our fears in a world that is under siege from the Coronavirus. The conversation is both practical and spiritually profound as she reminds us not to play the victim and to use this as an opportunity to discover who we really are. She also gives practical guidance to help moves the denser, low vibration out of our bodies to make way for new emotions and beliefs.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dr. Tom Lehnert tells his story of burnout as an Emergency Room physician. He shares the physical and emotional symptoms he was experiencing in his life that brought him to burnout. These symptoms eventually caught up with him impacting his work and his family life. Although this occurred over a period of time, he recalls a point where he noticed himself not caring about a very special event in their family.
Seeking to feel better, Dr. Lehnert started listening to relaxation CD's he had in his home. He noticed a reprieve temporarily from how he was feeling. He then began seeking out information on meditation and mindfulness. Eventually he took meditation retreats and he now teaches meditation to patients, staff and the community.
Dr. Lehnert reminds you in this episode to be compassionate with yourself. If you are interested in practicing meditation, he says do a meditation you enjoy. Start small, become more present in your life and befriend yourself.
If you are interested in following along with Dr. Tom Lehnert, he has both a closed and open Facebook group called "Mindfulness Meditation Miramichi."
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Danielle D’Entremont who calls herself the Maritime Medium. We talk about communicating to loved ones that have passed on, the ways we can connect with them and how synchronicities are winks from the Universe.
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Allie Beckwith - photographer, artist, influencer - about using the Universe to get what you want, where her determination for everything comes from and she shares her opinions on dating life and relationships (hint: this one is for your daughter.)
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Nathalie Deveaux who is now a Certified Nutrition Coach and Outdoor guide as result of her own deteriorating health. We explore how she changed her life using nutrition and spending time outdoors. Now she helps women change their lives using the same techniques.
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we talk about tuning into your intuitive abilities, paying attention to the world around you, recognizing signs and what the signs are telling you. How attentive are you? Do you believe you have incoming messages from the Universe or is everything a coincidence to you?
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Linda Stuart, a Life Cycle Celebrant who crafts transformational ceremonies like funerals and weddings. Through her family business, Linda grew up in the funeral profession and found her true calling after talking with a funeral director who was concerned that people weren’t having funerals anymore. Recognizing the importance of having a gathering when someone dies, Linda set out to create ceremonies with warmth, humour and storytelling giving the loved one’s meaning despite their religious or faith background. We talk about modern funerals, how funerals are for the living not the dead and the importance of ceremony and ritual.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Dhavita Filek who talks about overcoming her decade long struggle with anxiety and depression as well as Post Partum Depression. The tools she used to overcome her obstacles were meditation and mindfulness. Dhavita is very forthcoming about her struggles in this conversation with the Soul Sisters. She is open and talks about the negative harmful thoughts she had only a year ago. Over the past year her spiritual awakening has allowed her to tap into her creativity unleashing the poet inside her. Dhavita's debut book, "Purification" is available worldwide on Amazon, "Wise Woman" to be released in Spring 2020
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd & Elaine Shannon speak with Dr. Gayle Friend, Intimacy Expert who helps people freely be themselves in and out of the bedroom. She talks to the Soul Sisters about sex and intimacy as it relates to mind, body, heart and spirit.
Gayle recounts the problems in her own life that lead her to help others with their relationships. This episode will have you looking at your sex life in a new light.
We talk about:
✅ what sex and intimacy have to do with spirituality.
✅ the ONE thing people are struggling with in their relationships.
✅ sex problems are just a symptom of something deeper going on.
In this episode, Soul Sisters Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon dish on what it means to live intentionally in 2020. The Soul Sisters talk leadership, intuition, having confidence, knowing your values, their words for the year and so much more. Are you looking for advice to kick off 2020, this is the episode for you.
In Soul Sister style, Dana and Elaine bring their energetic, upbeat style and attitudes to tackle the topic of living intentionally.
1:00 Dana & Elaine share what they learned this past year.
2:00 Soul Sisters share a woo-woo story about a picture that fell to the floor shortly before turning the mic on.
3:00 Elaine talks about how she believes meditation impacted her health.
4:20 Dana shares about how she moved to 20 minutes of meditation a day.
5:25 Growth happens gradually then suddenly.
6:16 Dana talks about a realization she had in terms how meditation impacts her in relation to her relationship with her Highest Self.
7:47 There is a certain amount of vulnerability when you release something to the world.
9:05 Dana shares a story receiving a sign to release her story into the world.
10:00 Surround yourself with people who help you vibrate at a higher level.
13:00 Elaine shares her annual audit process.
17:00 Revisit your values.
20:13 The Soul Sisters chat about TAROT readings. Dana shares her experience with her first Tarot reading.
25:20 Learn to trust your intuition.
29:00 Using creativity to solve problems.
34:00 Knowing your values help answer “Who Am I?”
35:58 Your can get your VALUES sheet at DanaLloydLeadership.com
40:40 Coach yourself by challenging yourself with questions.
44:00 Questions you can ask yourself to make a better 2020.
46:00 Start something. Stop something.
52:00 Dana & Elaine talk about their word of the year.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Alaina Lockhart, first woman Member of Parliament representing the riding of Fundy Royal. She believes the real key to success is the ability to get up when you get knocked down. She spent the past four years as an MP testing out that theory. Not only has Alaina served in Parliament, but she has served her community as a business owner and municipal councillor.
Alaina gives us insight about being a woman in politics, what she learned about herself during her time in Parliament, what more can be done to help promote women in the political arena and she tells us what the coolest thing is about being a girl.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Ruth Marshall. Ruth has been a Canadian actor for over 20 years appearing in such shows as Degrassi Junior High, the second generation, Doc and Flashpoint. She does voiceover work now and she has written a recent memoir called “Walk It Off - the true hilarious story of how I learned to stand, walk, pee, run and have sex again after a nightmarish diagnosis turned my awesome life upside down.
In this conversation, Ruth shares insight into her journey back to health after having a tumour removed from her spine. She is warm, funny and vulnerable and tells us what this life altering experience has taught her.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Aaron Law, the empowered farmer who feeds the minds, bodies and souls of Maritimers and people worldwide. We talk about his calling to share stories and insights and the use of social media to chronicle day to day happenings on his farm and his life. We talk how his love of travel and adventure gives him perspective, embracing changing passions and creativity. He shares his perspective on why we are disconnected from our food. This is episode is all about empowerment.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Anita Punamiya about Creative Aging. Creative Aging is a movement that recognizes the value of creative activities has on the lives and well beings of seniors.
Anita talks about her research project which studies the connection between art and brain health as we age. She explains the three big factors seniors face: social isolation, loneliness and boredom. We cannot underestimate the negative impact these have on seniors lives. We talk benefits of being creative, slowing down dementia, and living with possibility as we age.
This episode will inspire you to live well as you age and have a greater appreciation for the challenges facing seniors.
Trigger Warning: This episode references traumatic scenes and involves some language using murder, sexual assault and rape.)In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Laverne Stewart who was a former Investigative Reporter with CTV News. After experiencing many harrowing scenes as a reporter, she experienced cumulative trauma which forced her to seek her own healing. She became an author of both fiction and non-fiction books which explore the spiritual realm. In particular, one story that she covered in the mid-nineteen nineties, found her again. An experience with a psychic medium asked her to pass on a message to the mother of an 8 year old girl who was abducted and murdered. The mother was in need of healing and Laverne feels she was used as a vessel to write a book about the 8 year old girl so that others may heal that were involved in the case. As Laverne says, she did not intend to write the book, the book found her.
This conversation goes deep in conversation about spirituality, messages, the afterlife and using this realm to heal from trauma. This is a fascinating conversation where Laverne is vulnerable in sharing her stories and experiences from the other side.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Michelle Hotten, a perennial entrepreneur, who speaks to us about being open to the Universe and how this has applied to her entrepreneurial journey. We talk confidence, strength, life and leadership lessons.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the Soul Sisters speak with Rivers Corbett, a serial entrepreneur who is a mission to reduced the failure rate of entrepreneurs. He shares with us the key ingredients for entrepreneurship success while being upfront about the real challenges including sharing insight into his own battle with depression.
Rivers Corbett is a super fun, upbeat, enthusiastic guy who keeps it real. He is vulnerable, funny and plays with the Soul Sisters in this episode. This is a must listen for anyone in business or contemplating jumping into the entrepreneurship arena. Rivers calls entrepreneurship a game. You can win if you know how to play. Rivers intends to show entrepreneurs how to play the game.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the Soul Sisters speak with Eliza Fayle whose purpose is to help others use the Law of Attraction to live a life of abundance. As Eliza says it is all about “Ordinary people manifesting ordinary things.” You haven’t heard about the Law of Attraction like this before. Simple, easy, pragmatic ways to get the life you want.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Lily Lynch, Co-founder of Sankara. She shares her story of creating a social enterprise to promote multiculturalism while building empathy for newcomers in our community. You will be inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit using food as a way to tell cultural stories. Lily is a twenty five year old entrepreneur on a mission to have newcomers feel welcome and get embedded in their communities. Sankara is a tool to promote cultural cuisine so that you can learn about new cultures.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Beth Hatt founder of Aquila Tours who shares the story of taking her company from Good to Great using the principles from the book with the same name. She shares her true calling and we talk vision, culture, mentorship, and leadership philosophies. You will be wowed by this humble leader who loves to watch people grow.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Amanda Hanson, a personal stylist. She shares how she wants to use her voice to help women feel empowered and to feel confident in expressing themselves without fear of judgement. This episode is loaded with themes of building confidence, body image, loving yourself, finding your style and expressing yourself through your clothes. And she gives the Soul Sisters a few tips on how to dress the bodies we have.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Kathy Kaufield, who is a woman on a mission to inform women about the importance of knowing their breast density. As someone who is cancer free right now, she also shares her story of breast cancer and how that impacted her. You will be inspired by her perspective, philosophy, and hope for the future.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Kelly Lawson who shares her story of leaving her career path in Occupational Therapy to pursue her photography passion. Kelly recalls the entrepreneurial voice she had in high school, but didn’t realize the significance of it so she pursued her university studies. Her entrepreneurial voice would rise up again during her career until she could no longer ignore it. She bought a $600 camera and her new entrepreneurial venture was born eventually leading her to leave her career full time. She hasn’t looked back. We talk about her journey as an entrepreneur, what she has learned along the way and she gives the Soul Sisters some tips on how to take better pictures.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Janet Thompson-Price, an immigration lawyer who started her own law firm now known as Atlantic Fusion Law Group. She speaks of the turning point where she left a big, corporate Law firm to start her own firm fueled by living a life by design, better work-life balance, and helping newcomers feel a sense of belonging. This is a feel good episode of inclusion.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Elizabeth Rowe, a lifelong learner and restaurant owner of Urban Deli and Italian by Night located in St. John, New Brunswick. Elizabeth shares how she got on a path of personal development early on in her life and how that has impacted her in her current business. She shares her leadership lessons that she learned from corporate that help her in her current restaurant business. We talk about self-awareness, investing in yourself and surrounding yourself with people who have dreams.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine recap the lessons learned from our guests in the Summer Soul Series. There was so much insight delivered in the summer months that the Soul Sister broke it down into bite sized pieces. The guests were a comedian, a Benedictine Nun, a Spirit Medium, a heart and lung transplant recipient, a mediation and yoga teacher, a gardener, a grieving mother and a Counsellor. All wise, soulful teachers. The theme of going inward is very present.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine speak with Patricia Donihee, a Counsellor who teaches how to live a richer, fuller life despite layers of social conditioning. This episode is heavily themed with using energy and the philosophy that life happens for you, not to you. The conversation covers topics such as the problems people are dealing with today, anxiety, playing the victim and so much more. Patricia totes herself as an Information Broker for her clients. This is what she does for the Soul Sister Community introducing many practitioner’s ideas and book that she uses in her practice including the most recent The Energy Codes by Dr. Sue Morter. This is a jam packed episode of learning and getting what you want in life.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine speak with Heather Purcell about connecting with nature. Both Heather and her husband endured cycling accidents that greatly changed the way they looked at life. She tells us what she learned about healing and how she and her family changed the way they lived. You will be inspired by the many avenues to wellness. In this episode, we go outward to go inward.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Tiffany Agnew speaks to Dana Lloyd & Elaine Shannon about the loss of her son Braedon, how she dealt with that loss including the foundation she started in his name. You will be inspired to move outside your comfort zone and live more bravely.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we speak with Kim Osepchook of Axil Gardens about the power of gardening. She inspires us to return to the earth by making gardening simple. She reminds us that growing even a small amount of food has a great impact on your physical and mental well being as well as reducing your carbon footprint…gardening is easier than you think.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Stephen Joyce of Amana Yoga about the life changing practices of meditation and yoga. We learn how to make meditation easy, the many benefits of meditation and the impact meditation has had on his life and on the lives of others. You will have a new appreciation for meditation and what it can do for you. Stephen shares openly how mediation helped his anxiety. Stephen has us laughing when he shares the differences between men and women when it comes to the meditation and yoga.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Mark Black, International Speaker talks about being a heart-lung transplant recipient. He shares with us his philosophy on life, what role faith plays and how he has outperformed the doctor’s expectations. You will be inspired by Mark’s outlook on life and his message is a universal one.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with spirit medium Cindy O’Donnell about her gift of mediumship. She teaches us how to tune into our intuition, how to communicate with loved ones who have passed on and how to release beliefs. She recalls the specific accident where she realized she could communicate with the other side. She reminds us that, we too, can connect with loved ones if we just surrender. Cindy reminds us not to fear spirit. She also tells us that we have 4 bodies. All 4 need to be in alignment otherwise disease gets in. She remind us that spirituality is not about trying; it is about being, embodying and surrendering. In this episode, there is a bonus segment where Cindy uses her gift of mediumship to give a Soul Sister clarity on her life.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon speak with Sister Joan Chittister about her most recent book The Time Is Now: A Call To Uncommon Courage. She makes a passionate appeal to be an everyday prophet. She reminds us that staying quiet creates a false sense of peace when we are witness to atrocities that are happening around us. She calls us out for people who say they are too busy or don’t know how to be prophet. She reminds us it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the topics that matter to us and then do something about it. Sister Joan also shares her thoughts on empowering women specifically addressing why women push back against other women. This episode will inspire you to do more. You will be changed by Sister Joan’s words, insight and courage. Perhaps the best advice she gives, “Don’t ask who the prophets are. Be one.”
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with James Mullinger about his life in comedy. He shares openly his difficulties as a child and what made him want to be a Stand Up Comedian. He sheds insight on his mindset to be in this business as well as his fears. He’s doing something that many would consider nerve racking. He tells us what makes him nervous. He also shares who is favourite comedian, how he is responsible to his audience and what he would like to do to become truly Canadian.
You don't want to miss the laughs and insight as we take a look at a comedian from the inside out.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the soul sisters talk all things Summer. We talk about the summer of intention, growing in spirit and we are excited to introduce you to our Summer Soul Series lineup. Of course, the soul sisters talk about signs of grace: hearts & roses, being intentional this summer and we have a book giveaway. Check out the Soul Sister Conversations Facebook page.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we chat with Nathalie Godbout, lawyer and co-founder of a boutique law firm called Godbout Fawcett in Saint John, NB. She talks to us about designing a life on purpose. She shares very openly the turning point in her life where she attended a retreat and came out a different person immediately changing everything about her life. She shares the one thing that really made a difference on the retreat that lead her down a new path. She also talks about forging a new path as a woman in law as well she shares a very poignant moment she and her family experienced in a hotel where they were subject to intimate partner violence.
This is a powerful episode for anyone wanting to change their life. Two themes run through this episode: 1) getting quiet 2) loving yourself.
Get your pen ready for the nuggets in this episode.
In this Episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon speak with Jim Kokocki a business consultant and dedicated volunteer who lives in Saint John, NB. Jim has a great discussion with the Soul Sisters about what he has learned from his 30 year participation as a Toastmaster, what he has learned a leader of a global organization and how both his Toastmaster life and his volunteer work with L’Arche has brought meaning to his life.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana& Elaine talk about the practical and spiritual side of figuring life out. They discuss how every experience leads you somewhere. Nothing is ever wasted.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we talk with Don Darling, mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick. This isn’t an episode about politics. It is an episode about one person leading their life with vulnerability, authenticity and courage. As a guest, Don is very open and vulnerable sharing his struggles including the breaking point where his life shifted for the better. He didn’t have a midlife crisis; he had a midlife awakening.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana and Elaine talk about perfection and they explore our early programming to be perfect and ways to overcome perfection. Dana and Elaine share their experiences of wrestling with perfection and why they call themselves recovering “perfectionists.”
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we chat with Tech Impact, CEO Cathy Simpson who is also the founder of Up& Go. Cathy is creating a girls movement that builds amazing core skills for life.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we celebrate Elaine's birthday. This celebration lead us to discuss the power of aging. We talk about clarity, accepting ourselves, building your own life and we leave you with an important question to ponder: Who Am I?
A conversation about leadership with President of Sunny Corner Enterprises, Eric Lloyd. Eric has been a been a senior leader for close to twenty years. Although very experienced in creating business results, his true leadership journey began only in the past eight years. Eric shares his insight about the importance of having a vision and connecting to it daily; the need to develop your own leadership style and the importance of getting more help as you rise whether it is in the ranks of an organization or in your life by having an Executive Coach or someone who is a sounding board so you can keep growing as you lead your life or business. This episode will benefit you whether you are leading an organization or seeking to be a better leader in your life. You will learn that leadership development is personal development. You will be challenged to grow yourself and learn how to successfully break down big goals.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon talk about dialling in your life. They share personal stories of how they have come to realize life is short and they talk about how to encourage and love more.
In this Episode, we speak to Lorraine Peters of NWH Modelling about building confidence and the power of being yourself. The conversation gets real with Lorraine's observations around the mother daughter relationship.
On this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we have a meaningful conversation with Matt George, a young community leader who believes in producing great work that generously serves the community. Matt George is the Founder of The Navi Group which ensures entrepreneurs, businesses and governments are able to navigate the intersection of culture, business and technology. https://www.navigroupconsulting.com In this episode, learn how Matt leads his life with empathy and uses it to contribute to his community. He shares how he uses his gift of empathy to serve the community for a higher purpose. Highlights: 2:35 Why he settled in his hometown after years of travelling abroad. 3:00 Learn about Matt's quest to have great conversations with people in his community and how it related to his contribution to the community. 5:15 What were the two things that surprised him about the conversations he was having with people in his community. 9:40 Listen to see if you relate to Matt's "Chronic Empathy" problem and why it doesn't make him feel helpless anymore. 18:28 Where is his journey of having conversations taking him? 21:40 We talk about The End of Permission. You get to pick you. 24:38 Quality of life is based on series of good next best decisions. 29:16 Good ideas move us forward. 29:32 How his work brings meaning to his life. 32:00 Pay for great things to come into the world. #payforgreatwork
You can connect with Matt George: https://www.navigroupconsulting.com
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @mattgeorgenavi
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we are chatting with Startup CEO Tracy Bell of Millennia Tea. She shares her unexpected journey to becoming an entrepreneur, how she keeps everything in perspective including mindfulness and what she has learned about leadership as a new CEO.
To find out more about the tea, the story behind the tea and Tracy visit https://millenniatea.com/
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations Dana and Elaine are having a conversation about the importance of word themes and how they can bring focus to your life. :46 Dana shares a story of how she found a video from 2012 while doing a search on herself on google. In the video Elaine approached (ambushed) Dana after a networking event and asked her about her word theme of the year. Check out Soul Sister Conversations Facebook page to see the video. We will leave you with a question. What is your word of the year? Please let us know what it is and make sure you like our Facebook Page. We would love it if you rated our podcast...thanks from the Soul Sisters, Dana and Elaine
In conversation with Trisha Perry about her journey of self-discovery shifting from lawyer to entrepreneur which led her to finding peace within herself. She co-founded a company called Resonance Inc. that allows her to be who she truly is.
In this episode, Dana and Elaine talk about reclaiming time. Dana Lloyd interviews Elaine Shannon about her relationship with time and what she has learned from helping others. Elaine says people don’t have a time problem, they have a focus problem.
In this episode, Elaine Shannon interviews Dana Lloyd about her book Soul Prescription: 101 Ways To Find Joy, Meaning, & Fulfillment. Dana & Elaine explore the Inner Critic, the importance of developing an Inner Coach and finding joy. Listen too as they share a beautiful story of a Rose found on a beach and the meaning behind that Rose.
This episode you get introduced to Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon, the co-hosts of Soul Sister Conversations. Dana and Elaine talk about who they are, how they met and why they started this soulful podcast.