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Renegade Conversation with Rosmarie Lohnes

Rosmarie Lohnes is an Ecological Landscape Designer, Speaker, Consultant and Educator and she is trying to flip the landscaping world upside down! One of North America’s leading experts in protecting priceless coastal properties from erosion, Rosmarie is the founder and CEO of Helping Nature Heal, an award-winning landscape design company that has been recognized globally for…

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Renegade Conversation with Tia Upshaw

Tia Upshaw is an author, serial entrepreneur, mentor, motivational speaker and more. We recently sat down to have a Renegade Conversation that was heart warming, inspiring, fun and authentic. Tia Upshaw is a dynamic force, blending roles as a devoted mother, accomplished author, and serial entrepreneur. Balancing the demands of raising three children, Tia says…

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Note to self

I’m taking my own advice and practicing self care this morning. Self care is easy to ‘fit in’ when life is not busy. It’s more challenging when I’m busier, or more tired. I know in order to be my best self I need to practise extra self care when I feel this way. When I…

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Renegade Conversation with Maddie Kertay

Maddie Kertay is the BadAss Quilter, outspoken advocate for making the quilting space a diverse and welcoming space for all.  When she is not caring for critical care neonatal kittens, or rebuilding old houses herself you can find her online or at local shows and trade events fostering community for liberal quilters, sewists and crafts…

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Accepting gifts and basking

It’s that season in Nova Scotia, Canada where we bundle up in our parkas and sit outside on a sunny day drinking tea and listening to the birds. Each sunny day feels like a gift. A gift of ease and potential warmth. Here’s an excerpt from my journal about accepting gifts and basking: The gift…

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Renegade Conversation with Nancy Regan

Nancy Regan is a professional communicator whose dynamic career includes TV and Podcast hosting, MCing, and Presentation Coaching. She recently released her first book From Showing Off to Showing Up, an open and vulnerable account of her experience with Impostor Syndrome and perfectionism, and her journey to a life of authenticity. Join host Meryl Cook…

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An opportunity for listening

My experience is that if I get too busy and don’t make time for down time, quiet time, time to listen, the Universe sends me an ‘opportunity’. My most recent opportunity came in the form of a fall while running in mid-December. I tripped while going over a wooden bridge over the canal and landed…

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Spaciousness

What do you want to create in your life? What would that feel like, look like? These are the questions I’m considering as I mark moving into my 68th year and the changing of the calendar to 2024. Here is an excerpt from my journal as I work through these questions. As I contemplate, I…

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Renegade Conversation with Jenn Salib Huber

Jenn Salib Huber is a trailblazer! Her social media posts often begin with “Now this may be an unpopular opinion …”. She’s not afraid to speak out, to question the status quo and to be a leader and innovator. Join host Meryl Cook and guest Jenn Salib Huber for this Renegade Conversation about body positivity…

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Renegade Conversation with April DeConick

April DeConick is an award-winning textile artist and professor of the study of religion at Rice University (Houston, Texas).  After decades of writing about mysticism and gnosticism, she has found that words often are inadequate to communicate the deepest aspects of reality. She has turned to art to communicate what cannot be said in words,…

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Renegade Conversation with Jennifer Gillivan

Jennifer Gillivan is a delight. In this wide-ranging and truly insightful conversation, Jennifer shares her perspective on midlife and beyond women (we are just getting started), her passion for improving the health of women through better, unbiased research, how to be a renegade and more. Her advice to midlife women and beyond? “This is our…

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How Creativity Can Spark Joy and Reduce Burnout in Midlife and Beyond

Many women during menopause observe a renewed interest in having a creative process. I was speaking with Dr. Jenn Salib Huber (also known as the Menopause Nutritionist) recently who said “It’s something that I really noticed through my transition was this renewed interest need, craving, for creativity. At first I was attributing it to the…

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Renegade Conversation with Stephanie Stobbe

Stephanie didn’t think she was a Renegade initially, but when it comes to speaking out and going for what you want and know is right, she fits the bill. She tells the story of her harrowing escape with her family from Laos at the age of four and her career as a specialist in Asian…

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Renegade Conversation with Martha Chaves

You may not recognize her face or her name, but when you hear the voice of my next guest, chances are you will say, “Oh yes! I recognize her voice. I love her!” In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant conversation Martha Chaves shares how she singlehandedly de-colonized the Canadian stand-up comedy community, her experiences of…

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Renegade Conversation with Lisa LaFlamme

In this episode, Lisa LaFlamme shares tips on how to connect with your inner wild woman, tells us what kind of a kid she was in grade two, reveals several super exciting projects she has on the go AND admits she has always been a maverick! Lisa is drinking Fair Trade Coffee from Kenya in…

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