After 20 years of working in the field of human resources, and on the cusp of turning 50, Maxine decided to listen to her heart’s yearning and hang up her HR shingle to become a professional YES sayer. She’s now saying a resounding “yes” to all things that feel good, fill her with joy, stretch her creative talents, delight her senses, and heal her body and soul. These pursuits include international travel, painting, writing, hand drumming, photography, participating in singing circles and meditation classes, and hanging out with old friends and new.

Maxine has lived in Vancouver almost all of her life. However, many years ago, she started travelling around the world and got hooked. Travelling allows her to honour and fulfill all her “yeses”. And while Vancouver still remains home (for now), her heart home is in Bali where she continues to return to every year. She lives for authenticity, beauty, pleasure and freedom (4 of her core values). And she’s come to believe that her goal (and possibly, her purpose) in life is to encourage and inspire others to live a full and meaningful and authentic life.

Lucca and Rebecca explore with Maxine how “beauty” speaks to her, what she finds when she’s in Bali, and what she’s eager to create in this next phase of her life!

 

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As a recent transplant to Vancouver from Winnipeg, Robin is surprised how comforting the snow has been this week. She believes the universe conspired to make it as easy as possible for her to come west to study Arts for Social Change at SFU, and that it’s part of its master plan. She only has to listen, trust the guidance, and open the doors of opportunity.

Lucca and Rebecca take some time to get to know CJSF’s new program director on-air, with you listening in!

 

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Katarina (Kat) Thorsen, is an artist, a creative engagement facilitator and a craftivist passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections.  Kat specializes in arts-based programming for all ages, in particularly engaging at-risk populations.  The heart of her work is visual storytelling, graphic recording, whole brain engagement and facilitation.  Her interactive art events and street art encourages participants to become part of the creative process.  Kat’s own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.  She published her first book, Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art, in 2013.  She launched her passion project, Molly- a true crime analysis, this past Sunday- as a weekly online serial at mollygraphicnovel.com.

Lucca and Rebecca are excited to have Kat back in the studio for the second time, as life has evolved greatly since she was first a guest on our show! We explore with Kat what has changed since we last had her on, learn the secrets and background of her passion with her graphic novel project, and share in the jovial energy that is KAT!

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Laura is a seer and a counsellor – newly awakened after the life-altering passing of her soulmate. Her work and outreach into the world used to be in the corporate realm, but after the unexpected death of her partner she reconnected with a deeper part of herself that had first been initiated when she was a teenager. Now, Laura seeks to support her clients through major life changes and challenges.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Laura’s experiences to see how the threads of who she is today originated in her past.

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Emily Cowan is a Vancouver comics artist and illustrator, who works largely within the themes of growing up, queer identity, feminism and mental health. She is passionate about creating stories for young girls; the kind of stories she wanted to read as a youth but was unable to find. She creates works that center around female leads, with little to no romantic plotlines, and day-to-day happenings that highlight the despair and restlessness that come hand-in-hand with being that age. She is fascinated by friendship, the only “optional” love-relationship in our lives that is often under-represented in media, and uses her art to explore the complexities of friend relationships. She also creates short autobiographical works, often humorous, that detail her own journeys into feminism, women’s health and sexuality/gender politics.

Join Lucca and Rebecca as they uncover details about the inspiration behind Emily’s work, and more!

Authentic Living, Authentic Dying, Authentic Conversations.

Cat is a priestess who walks between the lands of living and the dead. She is an advocate creating cultural change in dealing with death as well as radical healing transformations after extreme loss and life changing illness. She provides grief counseling and creative healing pathways to living a more peaceful and authentic life.

Join Lucca and Rebecca as they delve into what the ancient term “psychopomp” means, and how Cat seeks to change the way we engage with death and dying.

Tracey hit 50 and decided to leave her world behind, a world of 9-5 Marketing, of Acting, and as a passionate  Executive member of Actors Equity union, of caring for her dear father 24/7 for seven years till his death from Parkinson’s disease. In the midst of doing her Masters in Screenwriting, she felt the call to leave her known life in Auckland, New Zealand. Within three weeks she had sold up and on a plane to Turkey, the first two weeks accounted for then what next? She had know idea! And 20 months later Tracey still has no idea what next, but is discovering the power of “letting go and let God”.

“Know thyself – Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself – Less is more” – those are the sayings are engraved in the huge beams that support the roof of the self built Alchemy Cafe, an establishment built and run by Flourian Boulais in Dawson Creek, up in the Yukon. The Alchemy Cafe sells local food and delicious non alcoholic drinks while trying to infect its surroundings through the embodyment of an attitude of fearless, playful, lifelong learning. Yay!!!  Bring on the tools, the books and the Lego!! Join Lucca and Rebecca as they check in Florian to see how he ended up where he is today!

Janelle is an artist in the ways that she finds solace, discovery and truth through writing, dance and painting. She works with the people that are interested in asking the big questions and are hungry to feel alive. She serves the seekers.

Her main offerings to the world are work that combines creativity, stories and embodiment work. She helps people challenge their stories about themselves, reconnect to their feelings and their physical bodies, and feel alive!

She offers an 8 week e-course called Personal Mythmaking, which is all about the above. She also offers 10-day online intensives on difficult emotions such as anger, and work one-on-one with people in person and online.

Her life theme in a few keywords: getting unstuck, unblocking creativity, learning to feel and really be in the body, connection.

Connect with Janelle here: www.janellehardy.com