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The Afterglow Podcast

Author: Julie Watson, Liz Doyle Harmer

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The Afterglow Podcast gives women the permission and tools to live life according to their own rules.
The Afterglow Podcast is a platform to educate and empower women through conversations with courageous Canadian women, breaking down limiting beliefs and outdated rules.
The Afterglow is your second act. It’s what came after you did what you were told, and instead decided to do what was in your heart. It’s how you have reinvented yourself. It’s your vision for the next 40-50 years.It’s when you took your power back.
We call that The Afterglow.
31 Episodes
Show Notes: 3:23 Overview of "Flip The Script with EAAA"(TM) Program originally designed for women in university 7:25 We are socialized as girls to prioritize others needs before ourselves 10:00 Rates of sexual violence went down 46% in those who took the Flip The Script Program   11:15: The idea for Flip the Script came from Charlene Sen 16:16: The pleasure gap 20:00 How Kelloggs affected our sexual desires 25:00 What are the changes being made to adapt this program for younger girls ages 14-17 years old? 29:00: The roll-out of the program for younger girls 32:00 Sexual Violence is on a continuum 38:25 Programs for Men and Boys to take on responsibility and gain knowledge. Coaching Boys into men. 43:00 Being a good bystander.  51:00 Being a disrupter is a shared responsibility 52:35 Is it possible top have a world without sexual violence More information on Flip The Script: (Sexual Assault Resistance Education)
Show Notes: 4:08 Jennifer tells us how Covid affected her 6:30 How George Floyd changed Jennifers self-expression 10:00 Jennifers insecurities moving to Canada from Jamaica 18:00 Jennifer's purpose for creating her documentary on black beauty 24:00 Jennifer's works are purposeful and intense topics, find out why 30:00 Was there time where Jennifer's race or sex was limiting? 35:00 What's it like working with her husband? 38:00 Sudz, Jennifer's husband says "this is a peer marriage" 43:00 How it feels to Jennifer to be recognized by awards in her work 47:00 Jennifer's view on the arts- Art is everything 50:00 What is Black History month to Jennifer? 56:00 What would you say to your 15 year old self? Find Jennifer Holness at: IG: @hungryeyesmediainc @jenniferjholness
Show Notes:  2:40 Websters definition of RESILIENCE 3:00 Komal shares here own definition of resilience 5:40 Komal explains why her grandmother and mother are both her role models 10:00 Komal fells a sense of responsibility to being a South Asian Canadian 12:30 The importance of looking back as well as forward, being a part of a bigger purpose 15:15 How Komal keeps from BURNOUT 23:30 What programs Komal is running right now 34:45 Audacity: Komal tells her Michelle Obama story 41:15 Interview tips from Komal 44:45 Where did the name for her podcast come from 47:23 What lessons did Komal learn in 2020 50:00 What's one thing she wants all women to know Find Komal Minhas at I.G: @komalminhas Podcast: Lessons Learned with Komal
Julie interviews Liz to find out if she managed to survive 2020. Good needs. She did.  We talk diversity, complexity, money, sex and more. 
In this episode, Liz interviews Julie as they look back on lessons learned in 2020. We talk vulnerability, self-worth, somatic healing, and astrology. 
Julie + Liz return for a second season with more focus, more clarity and more inspiration.  They are excited about the line-up of upcoming guests and reach out to you to help achieve the goal of getting other guests to join in the fun. Stick around as Season 2 evolves, and we hear from more Canadian Womxn providing inspiration and tools to live life according to your own rules.  SHOW NOTES: 2:15: The big compelling question The Afterglow Podcast seeks to answer 3:22 What is The Afterglow, anyway? 4:45 How do we get conditioned away from who we truly are and how can we come back. 7:00 It's never too late. What does living in your own agency mean? 10:00 What can we learn from our guests. Who is coming up and what to expect! 13:50 How can you overcome the obstacles on the way to your Afterglow 14:30 Our proud Canadian perspective. 16:00 Our Season 2 themes! 16:30 Our Season 2 guest wish list! 
In this episode Julie + Liz discuss the last 24 episodes, the lessons learned, and what impacted them the most from interviewing incredible Canadian women. They celebrate their own accomplishment of starting The Afterglow and being badass women getting shit done! 
3:40 Elaine shares her early upbringing as an Indigenous woman in Canada 6:50 Intergenerational trauma - Elaine's family's experiences with residential schools in Canada 7:50 Elaine's struggle with alcoholism, addition and self-harming 8:58 Elaine reflects on the wisdom and safety of her grandmother 14:40 How did Elaine find her way back to healing through Indigenous wisdom 20:40 The inspiration behind Calling My Spirit Back 23:45 What Elaine's culture believes about alcohol - worth a listen!! 24:00 Elaine's profound experience of finding love 32:00 Why anxiety can often be unprocessed emotions 35:42 Elaine shares her experience working to end and heal the ongoing trauma of Missing + Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada LEARN MORE ABOUT ELAINE AND HER AMAZING BOOK HERE
1:30 How small-town upbringing shaped Jeni B 7:00 Losing parents. Jeni B beautifully describes how our parents are so closely woven into our personal stories. 9:50 What Jeni B learned from her hardworking mom 13:30 Jeni B and mindful awareness 15:40 The inspiration for Jeni's gorgeous podcast This is It Actually 16:30 Jeni's experience with divorce 19:00 The power of forgiveness 22:00 Modelling healthy relationships to kids post divorce  25:00 The hidden wisdom of Gilmour Girls! 28:30 Stepping outside of the "wife" role 31:30 What motivates Jeni B to push through the boundaries 34:30 The 40s are where it's at baby! 38:30 What would Jeni B say to her 15-year-old self 42:15 Body acceptance + gratitude 44:40 What is Jeni's afterglow 47:00 Jeni B's practices to cultivate mindful awareness. Yoga! Learn more about Jeni here!
2:00 What was it like for Paulette to immigrate to Canada at age 11 4:20 Did Paulette feel different/othered growing up in Canada 6:10 How Paulette overcame being streamed into a lower level at school - an experience not atypical for black children in Canada 10:20 What about the kids that get lost and Paulette's experience raising her son in the same anti-black system 15:10 What drives Paulette to stand up for herself and who she truly is 19:15 What motivates Paulette to work towards the empowerment of girls, women and minorities 22:30 The four pillars of the Canadian Women's Foundation (CWF) 23:00 How the CWF supports girls 27: 45 How can we support girls in our local neighbourhoods 31:00 How can we support women towards leadership roles 35:50 It's never too late for women to transition into greater leadership. Paulette shares stories of her inspiring friends and network 40:28 What is Paulette's Afterglow? It's a good one! 42:50 Paulette has won numerous awards. What do they mean to her 46:00 What would Paulette say to her 15-year-old self 47:05 What is resilience for Paulette and why people of colour need even more resilience. LEARN MORE ABOUT PAULETTE HERE
2:00 Leisse's child hood was perfect on the outside and incredibly painful on the inside 4:30 Leisse tells her origin story of waking up 7:25 Steps Leisse took to recover from people pleasing 11:25 Leisse shares her story likening it to the book Gotta Go about a butterfly 14:25 Leisse has zero tolerance for BS 19:00 Leisse shares how she overcame the trauma, and how she works with clients 23:14 Divorce was the worst experience of her life 26:25 The C word. Leisse talks about what getting breast cancer meant for her 29:40 Leisse reads the poem To Call Myself Beloved 34:50 What does Leisse mean by WE are the media 37:20 Leisse talks financial literacy 41:50 What's the story Leisse tells herself around wealth and success 46:00 Leisse has doubt and fear that still lingers, there's always work to do 50:00 How Covid has been a gift 55:50 What would Leisse say to her 15 year old self
SHOW NOTES 2:40 How did Kim become a sexpert! 4:15 What does sex positive mean? 5:55 Female masturbation - why is it taboo and how can it empower women? 8:45 What is the link between sexual empowerment and life empowerment 10:37 A really big takeaway. Kim’s major philosophy 11:24 Julie shares her changing views around sex 12:35 What does pleasure offer us 15:20 What are the brakes and the accelerators when it comes to sex 19:30 How do we baby step our way into sexual empowerment 24:30 The g-spot orgasm 30:17 Can things we practice in the bedroom become things that change ourselves? our world? 32:50 How can we teach sex positivity to the next gen 36:50 Quick blow job tips 44:00 Who inspires Kim 45:28 What would Kim say to her 15 year old self 49:10 A quick awesome recap 52:00 The highs + lows of relationships LEARN MORE ABOUT KIM
1:55 Does trusting herself come easy to Dr. Mary Choi 2:45 How Mary’s mom has shaped her into confidence and leadership 4:10 What does courage mean to Mary 6:10 How to feel the fear and do it anyway 7:30 How does perimenopause affect women 9:20 Why the 40s are a beautiful time for women 10:30 Is there an overlap between perimenopause and the mental, emotional shifts many people experience in midlife 12:05 The energetics of PMS – what can we learn about ourselves during this period. 14:45 What’s the link between anxiety and hormones? 17:00 What hormonal shifts happen in perimenopause 20:00 Why we have irregular periods during perimenopause? Mary shares a really fun and memorable visual 24:24 How can we support ourselves during perimenopause 26:30 Weight gain during perimenopause 29:30 Top tips for managing perimonopause 35:33 What inspires Mary 37:15 What is Mary’s afterglow LEARN MORE ABOUT MARY
SHOW NOTES 3:30 What was it like for the Francisco sisters growing up in a white, privileged neighbourhood 8:10 How were the Francisco sisters shaped by their heritage/ancestry. 11:50 Celebrating the pride in black history 12:50 Has female gender conditioning affected the Francisco sisters? 16:20 How has intersectionality between race and gender affected the Francisco sisters? 18:30 Quinn speaks about historical differences between white women and black women 19:49 What are we willing to do to make an equitable society for all? And what's needed. 22:45 Recognizing the privilege within a minority group and why all of us we need more awareness 25:15 How wealthy countries are oppressive on a global scale 25:58 Covert vs overt racism,  and overcoming micro-aggressions 28:55 The role of white allies 30:55 The insidious nature of micro-aggression 32:45 Parenting + race - great tips on speaking to your kids 40:30 The need to elevating and give voice to positive black stories, heroes, leaders 42:00 The importance of being allowed to fail. The impossible standard of perfection black people are held to 45:45 Tokenism and the changes need to hire equitably 48:48 The importance of living consciously and cooperating together to make changes 50:00 What is the afterglow for each of the Francisco sisters? Learn about the Francisco Sisters! Afiya Alia Janelle Quinn
2:30 We go way back with Pattie. What were her childhood dreams? 4:30 Pattie reflects on not going to university 6:30 What does it mean to be on the authenticity track? 7:50 Has gender conditioning affected Pattie and Pattie's favourite quote 9:45 Pattie shares some money tips 11:45 Julie shares her money mindset challenges and triumphs 3:00 Pattie shares what’s important in your relationship with your financial advisor 15:00 Pattie shares the elements of a financial plan 17:15 Some key financial takeaways!! 18:00 Why we shouldn’t compare our finances to others 19:15 We all need emergency funds and why investing is important 20:00 Why is money so challenging!? 22:30 Some tips for planning during the pandemic 24:00 One silver lining to covid-19 25:40 What motivated Pattie to master finances 28:00 Tips to develop a healthy mindset around money 31:00 The link between physical and financial health 32:00 Tips for teaching kids about  money 34:15 Tips for managing money with your spouse/partner 37:03 How does Pattie trust herself? 39:30 Pattie's four guiding principles for life 40:20 What's Pattie's afterglow? 41:30 Teeny tiny and powerful ways to save 46:10 Pattie's wise advice about money and freedom LEARN MORE ABOUT PATTI HERE
0:55 How Natasha found the courage to walk away from a 6-figure corporate job 3:00 How Natasha dealt with the discomfort of career transition 6:20 How did Natasha learn to listen to herself 8:00 What drew Natasha to psychology 10:05 What Natasha has learned from providing relationship counseling 11:30 What is important about relationships 13:50 Do you really need to have a relationship? Does that solve everything? Natasha weighs in 15:00 Do women receive different messages when it comes to relationships? 16:45 Is it possible to have equality in male/female relationships? 23:00 Why both men and women are from planet earth! How we can value diversity between us in relationships 29:00 What are the keys to success in a romantic relationship 30:20 Natasha shares s deeply profound mindset shift to support healthy romantic relationships 31:30 Do we have unrealistic expectations for our romantic relationships 35:00 How we know when it’s time to end a relationship? 37:15 What are things we should stop doing in our relationships? 40:08 Julie + Liz share one mistake they have been making in relationships 44:00 Who inspires Natasha 48:30 What is Natasha’s afterglow? 52:00 Natasha's wise words on how to live LEARN MORE ABOUT NATASHA HERE
Dive deep into nervous system regulation with Nicole Lohse. We cover how to get past your blocks and into bliss! SHOW NOTES 1:52 What is Feldenkrais 3:02 What gets stuck in the body 3:43 What is somatic experiencing 4:02 What is trauma. 4:42 What does it mean to live in survival 5:37 How yoga helps 6:52 What do we lose in survival 7:52 What takes us away from ourselves 9:52 How women can move past social conditioning 10:37 What is the autonomous nervous system and why is it important 11:40 How trauma affects our nervous system 13:22 What is nervous system regulation and dysregulation 15:22 What is the shutdown response. Are we in shutdown when we’re using our phones? 18:22 How awareness and curiosity can help us learn about our nervous system responses 20:12 Julie shares what she’s learning about her nervous system responses 21:52 How does trauma show up in our bodies 24:22 How does bottling up emotions relate to our nervous systems 25:22 One thing you may not have known about the cry response 26:22 Nicole’s longing for our world 28:22 What brought Nicole to this work 31:52 Do we all have some form of trauma? 32:22 The difference between happiness and regulation 37:22 How to digest stress 39:52 What inspires Nicole 40:22 How Nicole knows her inner truth and what supported her 41:52 Differentiating between our truth and our trauma. Both live in the body 43:22 How to recognize your deeper knowing 44:52 What is Nicole’s Afterglow 46:05 One thing Nicole wants our listeners to know LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM WITH NICOLE’S FREE WEBINAR LEARN MORE ABOUT NICOLE
2:15 Kate’s inspiring tweet on resiliency and overcoming resistance. Words you need to hear if you’re thinking of giving up. 4:30 Kate shares her courageous transition from school teacher in Ottawa to actor in Toronto. 5:40 When you have everything but something’s still missing 6:15 What Kate lost when she sacrificed her longing for the need to belong 8:30 Kate’s earliest supporters 9:30 How Kate found her authentic self 10:40 Kate shares how she knew it was time to shift 11:00 How Kate found the courage to listen to her inner wisdom 14:20 Kate is beautifully honest! Listening to your inner wisdom is not always easy 16:00 Kate shares how she used to hide the things she thought were once ugly 19:00 The strength of compassion and Kate’s wise words to her younger self 20:00 Kate shares how beauty can be both a help and a hindrance in acting 23:30 The freedom that comes in life after 40 25:00 Kate reveals one of her mentors 26:00 Acting and aging and what inspires Kate to be an actor 29:00 As women we often apologize for wanting more or for putting ourselves first. Kate’s inspiring words on how we work together to support women’s dreams 34:00 Why it’s ok to not always fit in 35:45 Where Kate finds inspiration 37:00 Kate’s charity work and love for animals 42:00 Kate reveals her afterglow. It’s a good one!! We want this for you Kate! 45:00 Kate’s final and super wise words of encouragement! LEARN MORE ABOUT KATE BELOW
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