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Life's Rich Tapestry

Evelyn

A podcast exploring the narrative of people’s layered lives - Featuring a mix of solo episodes and interviews with esteemed guests. Listen in on courageous conversations spoken from the heart. Gain insight into another’s life as we tackle compelling topics, which will expand your mind, help you gain perspective, and might even inspire you to do things differently.

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Nov 12 2021
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In Life’s Rich Tapestry, I will be featuring a mix of solo episodes and interviews with esteemed guests who will be sharing their stories. I have always been interested in people’s lives, how they have grown up, their challenges, their joys, the lessons they have learned along the way, and what makes them who they are … Our lives are like tapestries, full of layers, rich textures, vibrant colors, and stories to tell…. a wondrous weaving of adventure, responsibility, and even heartbreak which all are a part of a full and unique life.Some threads of my tapestry – I grew up as an Army Brat, I’ve lived in the United States, Germany, and now in Australia, I was an international Flight Attendant and a community radio Broadcaster,  currently I’m a Wedding and Funeral Celebrant.  I’ve experienced racism, childhood bullying, divorce, and feelings of not fitting in---- body image issues and self-doubt consume way too much of my time.  All this and more have contributed to who I am.My most life-changing events have been the sudden death of my father and becoming a funeral celebrant.  Connecting with others and Focusing on life stories has always been a passion of mine. I have been privileged to have conducted more than 500 ceremonies, learning about people’s lives and relationships. I have found through sharing deep, intimate, and courageous conversations -  connects us on a profound level.  I am delighted to have you here on this journey with me.
EP 29 - Nic Newling's journey through Bi-Polar to being an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and sharing personal stories.
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EP 29 - Nic Newling's journey through Bi-Polar to being an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and sharing personal stories.
Nic Newling is an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and sharing personal stories. Having lived through the experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school and losing his brother to suicide, he has since dedicated himself to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.Nic has reached millions of people through television, live talks, radio, print, online, documentaries, and eHealth programs. He strives to make a continuing positive impact utilizing sharing and listening to encourage helpful, unscripted conversations around mental health, suicide prevention, and getting the most out of life.Questions answeredLet’s start at the beginning, where did you grow up, ?Tell us a little bit about your family ?When did you realize that you weren’t coping mentally ?What sort of help did you get at the beginning ?What was not helpful ? helpful ?When did you decide that you wanted to help people learn from your experience?Black Dog Institute, Australian Story, etcWhen did you start The Champions?Do you find that teenagers have more challenges/pressures now then say 10 years ago?What sort of effect has COVID had on Mental Health?What tools are the most helpful for teenagers?What is the value of sharing personal stories?What do you love most about your job?To contact Nic MEDIA –Australian StoryConversations with Sarah KanowsiABC News9 NewsTODAY Show (NBC)Huffington PostWIN News
EP 28 - Dreadlocks and Tarot with Ginny
Jun 15 2022
EP 28 - Dreadlocks and Tarot with Ginny
Join me with Ginny who has been a seeker all of her life leading her to the bigger questions, who am I, is there a god and why am I here. This self inquiry led to a deep fascination with the tarot, Buddhism, and the healing arts in her late teens and early twenties. She was drawn to a career in hairdressing and found it gave her a deep insight into human behaviour, social structures, and family dynamics. In 2009 She opened a salon in Forster, NSW specializing in Dreadlocks with a few years later setting up Dreadlocks Sydney. Ginny has been fortunate to combine both her love of dreadlocks and the healing arts creating two sustainable businesses.  Not only does she create dreadlocks and heal with the tarot, but offers both skills in the form of workshops and training. Questions answered ·      Let’s start at the beginning, where did you grow up? what sort of family – brothers, sisters, etc Your love of tarot started in your teens, how did this interest develop? what drew you to the tarot, a specific deck?Explain what Tarot is ? difference between clairvoyant, intuitive readings ? EtcWhat spread do you find is the most beneficial ? etcWhen did you start hairdressing ?  When did Interest in dreadlocks start ?Explain the process of a dreadlock ?  or how do you get dreadlocks ..misconception that they can’t be washed, is this true, is it your own hair or weaved in with other hair?Can someone learn how to do their own dreadlocks?When did you move to the Blue Mountains ? start your business ?Do you find currently in 2022 there is a more keen interest in Tarot ?  why is that?  More interest in individual readings or group readings?  What do you prefer?  Online – how does that work?How is tarot linked to Psychology ?  Carl Jung?What sort of workshops do you offer ?  Where?What is the thing you love the most about what you do? Contact Ginny – 0420 984 481
EP 27 - Discussing Funeral trends with Asha from Grace and Blue Mountains Funerals
Jun 8 2022
EP 27 - Discussing Funeral trends with Asha from Grace and Blue Mountains Funerals
My next guest Asha is the General Manager of Grace Funerals and Blue Mountains Funerals.  Along with her father Tom, they have owned their business for almost 10 years and have a collective experience of over 30 years in the Funeral Industry.  Along with their committed team, they are dedicated to offering the highest quality of service, the deepest care and compassion, and the most memorable experience possible. Questions answered -Let’s start at the beginning, where did you grow up, study, earlier jobs ?When was it decided that you would work with your father ?How has the transition been from Hotels to the funeral industry ?How has the funeral industry changed ?What about regulations amongst different states in Australia ?What does the Australian Funeral Directors Association do ?  What is a No service Cremation, What has the trend been/How has Covid changed the funeral industry ?What do you find the most challenging?What has been the most interesting request at a ceremony?Most requested song? What is the thing you love the most about your job?  02 4735 6900 | North Shore: 02 9953 6900 |Blue Mountains: 02 4751 6166
EP 26 - Going inward when someone you care for has mental health issues
Jun 1 2022
EP 26 - Going inward when someone you care for has mental health issues
What do you do when someone you care about has mental health issues. According to the Australian Govt website – the Australian Institute of health and Welfare – 10.6 Billion dollars was spent in the 2018-19 financial year on Mental Health and 4 million Australians received Mental health-related prescriptions, the following financial year …. What makes this staggering is that these figures are before the effects of COVID Pandemic, Mental health can affect your family, work colleagues,  friends, neighbors and ourselves … When successful business owner, husband of 25 years,  father of 4, lawyer and published author – Justin Rickard, experienced first hand a close friend going through a mentally challenging time – Justin went inward.Listen in on a deep and vulnerable conversation with Justin  - discussing mental health, being truly present in life’s moments, the benefits of learning to be kind,  his transformational moment with his wife during their 25-year anniversary, and also discussing Justin's 4 levels of Happiness …#1 – External Beauty -  beauty in going out in nature, holidays#2 – Accomplishing goals#3 – Serving other people not thinking about yourself – being selfless not selfish -  happiness in volunteering – we have so much in common. – find that we are all connected#4 – Spiritual Connection – in any culture, we are all seeking a connection to that higher power – being vulnerable in those momentsWould love any feedback –Please email me at evelyn@lifesrichtapestry.com.au
EP 25 - 4th time lucky, COVID bride, Kiara, finally gets married !
May 24 2022
EP 25 - 4th time lucky, COVID bride, Kiara, finally gets married !
The pandemic, lockdowns and government regulations created havoc in many peoples lives but none so more than couples who planned their Wedding during this time.  Some couples were forced to change dates, venues, suppliers and the truth some even changed their partners or just decided to not get married.  But Love was not Cancelled and my next guest, had to change her wedding date 4 times until she was able to marry the love of her life in March of this year.I am very honoured to have Kiara on Life’s Rich Tapestry to share her story.Some questions answeredTell us a little about your now-husband ?  How did you meet, etc …When did you decide to get married?What were the first suppliers you booked?  Why did you choose your venue?When did you realize that you needed to rebook?When rebooking what was the most important thing that you had to take into account?Was it difficult to get the same vendors?When you had to rebook the second time, how were you feeling? The third time? 4th time?Was there any difficulty with any of the suppliers?Were there difficulties in your relationship because of the Pandemic?When it finally happened, was it what you expected?What was the most unexpected thing that happened on your wedding day?What lessons did you learn from this experience?Some photos of Kiara's day, please click on link.
EP 24 - Discussing End-Of-Life and Death with Lisa Potter
May 18 2022
EP 24 - Discussing End-Of-Life and Death with Lisa Potter
Listen in on this highly informational podcast with Lisa Potter who is a ​End of Life Guide and Doula | Death Educator & Advocate | Funeral and Memorial Celebrant | Grief and Loss NavigatorShe first discovered her desire to demystify and normalize dying and death at a fairly young age, after experiencing several impactful deaths in her immediate family.  ​She has committed 25+ years to both personal and professional development, ongoing research, and industry-relevant formal study. She has over a decade of applied experience in providing love-guided support, service, care, and advocacy for families and individuals at end of life stages and thereafter.  She also is an author of “Many Rivers to Cross” which chronicles her caregivers' journey through her sister’s terminal illness diagnosis.Lisa serves to educate and support her community in dealing with end-of-life processes.  This includes providing services as an end-of-life doula, a death educator, mentor, and advocate, to assist with pre-planning end-of-life options, running workshops, creating tender farewells, and providing space for grief journeying and expressing emotions through grief circles. Discover Lisa’sInterest in death, when did that start?What/who were the impactful deaths in her family?Tell us a bit about your sister?Through caring for your sister, what were valuable lessons you learned?When you wrote your book, what was your main objective?  How do you become a death doula?What made you become a funeral/memorial celebrant?What is Death Literacy?What trends do you see in the funeral industry?  And so much more.To get in contact with Lisa - Lisa’s Book
EP 23 - Being Mindful about Mental Health with Adrianna
May 11 2022
EP 23 - Being Mindful about Mental Health with Adrianna
Mental Health -  a topic that has come to the forefront in recent years with the effects of COVID, social media and our ever changing world.  There are various life events when mental health issues can surface, the death of a parent, the loss of a job, COVID lockdown, etc   Mental illness can also be hereditary.Talking about mental health has thankfully become more mainstream.Listen in on a candid and honest conversation with my guest Adrianna, who shares her mental health journey.Important resources and takeaways -A helpful tool has been an app called “Fear tools”. It’s free to download and it’s basically a phone journal to track and work through your feelings. Another tool is the “feelings wheel” you can download from feelingswheel.com..Music has been a source of comfort to Adrianna. Specifically artists like Elohim E-L-O-H-I-M.    of Grounding.Other life hacks - ·       keep active whether that’s in the gym or getting outside going for a simple walk ·       Stretching and yoga ·       practicing grounding·       Meditation ·       Having a well balanced diet·       Taking natural supplements like lemon balm Brands like Rare beauty also give back when it comes to mental health not only with their purchases but also they have educational articles on their website   and offer support by outlining resources you can reach out to It’s all a learning curve and it takes a lot of time to practice self-care. But when you do, the results are invaluable.
EP 22 - Wedding Florals with Tash
May 3 2022
EP 22 - Wedding Florals with Tash
Find about all things flowers for your wedding with Tash from the Flower Cottage. Flowers are a key component of any wedding or special event; they add extra color, texture, and feeling to your special day. Flowers are an important part of creating the feeling or setting the mood with their beauty, color, elegance, and style. The use of flowers is a form of expression and is also used as an element of design.  All of Tash’s designs are curated to truly fit every clients unique style and bring a touch of magic to your special day.Tash offers floral services for clients in different areas of New South Wales.Questions answered –·      When did your interest in Floristry start?·      When did you decide that you wanted to start your own business?·      Should a couple consider doing their own flowers for their wedding?·      How Tash organized her flowers for her wedding?·      Best way to select a florist?·      When meeting with clients what sort of questions do you ask them to get a feel of their day?  ·      Do specific flowers suit certain seasons?  Are their flowers which are in season all year round?·      Do you find clients tend to ask for specific flowers or colours ?·      What is the most important floral arrangement for a wedding?  Ie .. the bride's bouquet, decorations, etc·      Work with client’s budgets?  What is a good estimate to budget for?Get in touch with TASH
EP 21 - At the Style Table with Yolanda Taylor
Apr 26 2022
EP 21 - At the Style Table with Yolanda Taylor
In the fashion world, “style” is usually shorthand for “personal style,” or the way an individual expresses themselves through aesthetic choices such as their clothing, accessories, hairstyle, and the way they put an outfit together.  As one goes through events in their lives -- weight gain/loss, a new career , full-time mom, and ultimately we get older – our style changes.Some of us, are ok with our style changes as we age, were as others might need a bit of help.My next guest Yolanda Taylor, CEO, and Founder of, At The Style Table, is a fashion and lifestyle blog openly discussing the challenges of women over 50 helping them increase their confidence, self-acceptance, and everlasting sexiness.  She offers style and image consulting for entrepreneurs, and everyday women who want to update and or transition their style through the aging process. Inspiring and supporting women is her daily mission.Absolute gems of advice, insight, and inspiration peppered throughout the podcast.Based near Washington DC, Yolanda offers in-person and virtual consultations. Check out her blog – to her YouTube Channel – At the Style Table LLC – At the Style Table  Facebook Group – Style, Closets and Diva Dens high heels mentioned in the podcast
EP 20 - Charlotte's Tale of Wedded BLISS
Apr 20 2022
EP 20 - Charlotte's Tale of Wedded BLISS
Last year on the 18th of April, I had the pleasure of marrying my next guest Charlotte and her now husband, James, at the beautiful Everglades Gardens in Leura NSW the Blue Mountains.  Charlotte reflects on her past year -  they say the first year is the hardest, but also I want to talk about her wedding… some of things she was happy with,   in hindsight what she would have done differently, anything a waste of money, etcetera ….  A bit of advice for potential couples … Some questions answers -·      Start of her relationship – how they met ?·      Engagement story·      What was the most important thing for Charlotte – this might surprise you·      What did you look for in the venue, ·      How did you select the celebrant – yes I did marry Charlotte and James·      What to look for in a celebrant ?·      What did you look for in the Photographer·      Thoughts on not hiring a videographer·      An important thing Charlotte did the day before the wedding·      What would have you done differently, highlight of your day·      Anything a waste money·      MC/ DJ·      Cake , etc Suggestions shared in the interview, are what has worked for Charlotte.  Some of these ideas might help you if you are planning a wedding or big event. Check out Charlottes new business if you are in need of amazingly yummy goodness and live in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia area.
EP 19 - Routine Surgery - Quadriplegic Outcome
Apr 6 2022
EP 19 - Routine Surgery - Quadriplegic Outcome
My Next guest Sarah-Jane or SJ as she likes to be called, is someone who you would describe as an adventurous spirit whose athleticism has taken her around the world. ….. She’s ridden a  pushbike from Mexico to tiers del Fuego in southern Chile and the figure 8 of Australia,  International ski holidays were taken every year to exotic places like the Himalayas of India, Japan, Canada, USA, or New Zealand.  Her passion for outdoor sports would lead her into guiding in Australia and overseas for many years before ultimately becoming an Outdoor education Teacher.Her world was changed forever when she would go in for routine surgery on a herniated disc and woke up to find she had become a quadriplegic.Candid, heartfelt, and courageous conversation with SJ.  Nuggets of inspiration and wisdom peppered throughout the interview. Some Questions answered and moreStart at the beginning – Where did you grow up?Your interest in sports when did that develop?  Was there someone in your family or mentor who inspired your passion for sports?When did you start Skiing?  Favorite place to ski ….  How long were you working in Canada?What made you move to the Blue Mountains?What were the circumstances leading to the routine surgery?Your world has changed forever – what steps did you take for transition – services required, were they helpful …New way of living – how has this changed your relationships /perspective ?How did the Heart Project come about?Recreation was a huge part of your life, how have you been able to re-create it?HEART PROJECT LINKS _
EP 18 - Music Hunter - Meg Benson
Mar 23 2022
EP 18 - Music Hunter - Meg Benson
In this episode, Meg Benson talks about her early life which had its challenges, and disrupted attachments.  Enthusiasm and choice were strong features for overcoming adversity. Even though Meg moved out of home at 14, she stayed at school until completion of HSC and was crowned school captain. Her resilience through optimism, skills of resourcefulness, and her can-do attitude shine throughout the interview.She has a track record of picking the hard tasks; resuscitating the music industry, as the Blue Mountains Music Hunter since 2010, which she founded as a response to a need for increased opportunities for musicians and audiences in the upper Blue Mountains and beyond. The main focus has been to enrich the cultural landscape by curating a wide diversity of music, with excellence being the common denominator, and in so doing contributing to the cohesion of the community. Music Hunter has run over 200 events with audience capacities between 70 and 1500, of course during the Covid pandemic, strict adherence to Government restrictions regarding social distancing and crowd numbers were followed.The interview is filled with a who’s who of past and current musicians, nuggets of inspiration, and an insight into what makes Meg the resilient and strong woman that she is.
EP 17 - 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking - 2nd Place - Nitay Yair Levi
Mar 16 2022
EP 17 - 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking - 2nd Place - Nitay Yair Levi
Toastmasters started with a vision from a man named Ralph Smedley, who wanted to start a training program focusing on speaking and leadership … after a few attempts, the first chartered club was started in 1924 in Santa Ana California… The organization's membership exceeds 300,000 in almost 16,000 clubs in 149 countries.Toastmasters runs the World Championship of Public Speaking.  This competition is held annually at its International Convention in August.  It started in 1938 and involves over 33,000 participants in 141 countries, making it the world's largest oratory contest.  There is a six-month process of elimination to reach the semi-finals.On today's show, I am very honored to have the 2021, 2nd place winner of the World Championship of Public Speaking, Nitay-Yair Levi .Welcome to the show Nitay ….Some questions answeredWhy did you join Toastmasters?When did you first hear about Toastmasters?Why did you join? How long have you been a member?What clubs do you belong to?Where you drawn to enter in competitions?How did you prepare for your comp speech?What do you value most about TM?Public Speaking as an artformParadigm shift of immersive speakingWhat are Foundational Sounds2nd place: Toastmasters International 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking® second place winner Nitay-Yair Levi. Watch his speech titled "Advice for Life."  Scars Of Our Past" Nitay-Yair Levi Semi-Finals Speech 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking nuggets of information from Nitay while on the “Unforgettable Presentations” podcast with other World Championship Winners, Darren LaCroix, and Mark Brown.
EP 16 - Mary-Anne's Journey through Stage 4 Breast Cancer
Mar 2 2022
EP 16 - Mary-Anne's Journey through Stage 4 Breast Cancer
Did you know …57 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.1 in 7 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.About 1 in 700 men are diagnosed in their lifetime.In the last 10 years, breast cancer diagnosis have increased by 36%.In August 2018, my next guest, Maryanne, who at that time was 48 years old, is a bold and independent woman who forges on in life with enthusiasm, honesty and a bit of self-deprecating humour, finds her whole world rocked with a diagnosis of Stage 4 Breast Cancer.She’s here today to tell her story . Some Questions answered - With the various stages of breast cancer, can you explain the stages ?What sort of treatment ?  has your diet changed?Have you noticed changes in personal relationships and what have they been ?How has your perspective changed ?  Has your attitude towards life changed ?  What advice would you give those ?Your relationship with your partner, son, family – how has that changed..ETC, ETC, ETCHelpful Resources – 1800 500 258 8962 6100
EP 15 - "Missing Christopher" Jayne Newling
Feb 22 2022
EP 15 - "Missing Christopher" Jayne Newling
Jayne  Newling is a journalist with 25 years experience with print media.  She began her career on Sydney's Daily Telegraph switching to freelance with various magazine publications while raising her three sons.  In 2014 -  "Missing Christopher" - her memoir about the suicide of her middle son was published by Allen & Unwin and in that same year it won the Human Rights Award for literature.  Christopher died at midnight on August 29, 2002 and unbeknownst to her and her husband Phil, at the exact moment he jumped from the headland at Avalon Beach their youngest son Nic was at home on the phone to Lifeline."Missing Christopher" is the story of her middle son's shocking death and its tragic aftermath for the family. It's also a story of a mother and father's love and their determination not to lose another son to the temptation of taking his own life.  Since publication she has been promoting mental health and suicide prevention through media, the medical and teaching professions, to those suffering from mental illness or their carers and those bereaved by the loss of a loved one. Her son Nic is devoting his life to suicide prevention. He is an ambassador for Australia Day, Movember and RUOK Day. He travels around Australia presenting his inspirational story of loss, mental illness and hope to schoolchildren. missingchristopher.com facebook.com/missingchristophernewlingBooktopia: bit.ly/1hclSEuiTunes / iBooks: bit.ly/1tN884YAmazon: bit.ly/1gzgNp6
EP 14 - Neville "Croc" Burns - "A gift from the snake that bit him"
Feb 15 2022
EP 14 - Neville "Croc" Burns - "A gift from the snake that bit him"
My next guest ,  Neville Burns was born with a love of wildlife and was fascinated by any wild creatures he came across.  First shown a Bluetongue lizard at the age of 5 by his father, Neville made up his mind to catch one. At 8 he caught his first snake, at 12 he received his first mildly venomous snake bite and it was the panicked reaction of adults that were present that inspired Neville to want to tell people the truth about snakes, particularly venomous ones. His insatiable passion would see adventurous travels through-out Australia encountering many snakes and meeting like-minded Herpetologists .With over 60 years experience, Neville has built a reputation as ‘the best in the business’ as far as educating people about venomous snakes. Neville is by nature a storyteller endowed with a wry and quintessentially Australian sense of humour.  This trait has served him well when he presented shows in wildlife parks, educated attendees at reptile demonstrations or while lecturing students. Neville has appeared on television,  been a columnist for two reptile magazines, produced educational D.V.D.’s, is a published Author, and sought after speaker.And Today he is with me on Life’s Rich Tapestry,  You will find out in this indepth interview -- That Neville was an Animal handler for the Skippy the Bush Kangaroo a popular TV show in the late 60s.His adventurous spirit taking off to Far North Queensland at 16 years of age.Brown snake that bit him on the 23 March 1969 Wing Chung and his up and coming bookHow the popularity of Crocodile Dundee influenced his businessQuestions about Snakes answered  – Why snakes like bat colonies ? Clarify between  Deadly VS Venomous Snakes? Do Snakes have personalities  -How is antivenom produced ?What is the procedure if you are bitten ? if you step on a snakeIf bitten and survive do you become more resistant to the next bite or less resistant?Snakes in the Blue Mountains compared to other places in Australia?  Elevation affect where snakes are, Why are there so many venomous snakes in AustraliaThe difference in Snakes in America Some snakes lay eggs or live snakes – what is the differenceWhat do snakes eat, diet?Can snakes chase you, how fast do they travel?
EP 13 - The Dulcet Tones of Aurora Li
Feb 9 2022
EP 13 - The Dulcet Tones of Aurora Li
Growing up in the stunning world heritage listed Blue Mountains, West of Sydney, my next guest, Aurora Li has been making music for as long as she can remember. Beginning with classical piano at the age of four, her passion has broadened to encompass folk, rock and indie/pop, and sometimes a little bit of country. Accompanying herself on guitar and piano, Aurora has performed professionally since the age of 14 at live music venues and events in the Mountains and beyond, including the home-grown Winter Magic Festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival, and Bello Winter Music, where she won the hotly-contested Youth Mentorship in the vocal category. In the heady pre-pandemic days, Aurora also performed regularly with vocal trio, Breathing Underwater, who were featured artists at the Sydney Opera House for Pulse 2019. Bushfires, floods, and ultimately COVID took their toll on Aurora’s musical aspirations and robbed her of advance bookings, including several major folk and blues festivals. Virtual gigs filled in a few gaps including performing as one half of sister act, The River Li, for the Blue Mountains Gallery Gigs series. For the most part, though, Aurora has busied herself during lockdown with completing her HSC, writing new material, launching into a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, and preparing for her AMusA in classical piano.Although born and raised in Australia, Aurora also embraces her Chinese heritage on her father’s side. She won Best Performance of a Folk song from Another Tradition at the 2021 Illawarra Folk Festival (Fresh Folk) with her ethereal rendition of the Kangding Love Song sung in Mandarin. Taking inspiration from a 2019 meandering boat journey up the Yangtze River, Aurora wrote the hauntingly beautiful ‘Emerald Gorge’, which takes its name from the emerald green waters and sheer, rocky cliffs of the furthest gorge of the Daning River. Her composition has been described by renowned Soviet-born, Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin as  ‘astounding’ and ‘just extraordinary’, and her voice as ‘pure’ and ‘without ego’. Still only 18, Aurora’s fresh and optimistic take on life can find a song in every joy and every heartache. Her spare, indie folk/pop sound is complimented by sharply observed lyrics that traverse her experiences of friendship, loss, regret, and redemption. Like her musical idols, Phoebe Bridgers, Lorde, and Taylor Swift, Aurora is a poet and the story itself is as important as the way it's told. She aspires to set to music universal feelings and experiences in a way that brings unconscious or unarticulated thoughts into sharp relief. With a voice that gently takes you along for the ride, you will be enchanted and you will be mesmerized.  Facebook - - - -
EP 12 - When the Unthinkable Happens
Feb 2 2022
EP 12 - When the Unthinkable Happens
I have had the pleasure of knowing my next guest for almost 15 years, I first met Debby and her husband Dick in 2008, when I decided to share my home with international students. I had heard around the Blue Mountains Hotel International School that students requested Debby and Dick, as they had a reputation of being exceptional homestay parents.They were welcoming to all of the students, immersing them in the Aussie culture, cooking delicious meals, and also encouraging students to cook their native dishes.  I was told by one of my students from Hong Kong that Dick cooked chicken feet better than any Chinese cook.  His Asian dishes were the talking point of many of his students. The young students related well to Dick and affectionately called him “Boss”.  Debby and Dick were known for their social gatherings and on a few occasions I would drop off my students at their home and even join in on the festivities.  I met their son, Dave, on one such occasion, a handsome young charismatic young man in his mid-20s, dazzling smile with deep-set eyes.  I remember thinking at that point, no wonder all of my young female students want to visit.It was an exciting 5 years, of being exposed to different cultures, relating to young adults, and developing lifelong friendships. When I stopped the homestay program in 2013, I had shared my home with 39 international students.  Debby and Dick continued to share their home with international students.  In 2015, the unthinkable happened.Listen in on Debby’s courageous and heartfelt journey.DISCLAIMER --  I absolutely enjoyed interviewing Debby, however, afterward, I noticed all of my “WOW, OK, YEAH, YEAH, YES, OF COURSE, AMAZING, OH MY GOODNESS, etc, etc “  I’m hoping this didn’t get on your NERVES, as much as it got on mine.  I was literally getting on my own nerves !!!  I will get better at editing, but will keep this as a reminder and maybe even turn off my MIC when my guest is speaking !!  Thanks for tuning in -- any suggestions or feedback please email evelyn@lifesrichtapestry.com.au
EP 11 - Discover Your Voice of Choice
Jan 25 2022
EP 11 - Discover Your Voice of Choice
Ever since childhood, today’s guest has had a love of movies, music, stage, animation and video games. It wasn’t until early 2009 that he realized he had a talent and strong passion for voice acting. He has worked on projects ranging from video games, animation, radio commercials, and his own radio program. His specialty and true passion are character voices in animation and games.Today’s show is a mix of Voice Acting education, a bit of name dropping of the Voice Acting elite, voice exercises, and pure entertainment as David’s versatile voice switches from a myriad of accents, characters, and impressions – I was literally blown away, at one point even proclaiming my love."Disclaimer: David meant to say Freddy Jones, not Shaggy Rogers... He realised that just after the podcast was released and feels like he shamed the community, but will get over it if he hasn't already".David J.G. Doyle is a Freelance voice actor, singer, and voice director.  David lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and usually works from his home studio online. When David is not voice acting or performing, he enjoys reading, poetry, art, anime, games, rock and classical music, and martial arts.David is the head of Imagivotion. A YouTube channel dedicated to making a variety of animations, from fan films to original shows.    Imagivotion - YouTube  Do you need a low and powerful voice, a smooth vocal delivery, a cunning villain, a huge thug, a tough hero, perhaps a high-class gentleman, or even a completely off-the-wall character? Do you need a classically trained, bass singer for your project? Then David is your man!
EP 10 - So What's Around the Corner?
Jan 20 2022
EP 10 - So What's Around the Corner?
In this podcast, Maria shares her story of her husband’s health journey.Maria -  “I love the fact that life is just so fluid, full of surprises, some great, some not so great. I believe that in my world I have choices and free will. This was particularly true,  I faced the discomfort of my husband's skin and gut issue in 2015. I had two choices,  to succumb to the panic of uncertainty as I watched his skin deteriorate and sleepless nights, or go all out and look for solutions and answers!I chose the latter and frankly feel so blessed to have done so. Here is a brief 20 mins or so of our story."We retired in April 2015 and planned to travel... initially to Port DouglasLee had a small skin issue, the size of a thumbnail on his shoulder. It had been there for about 40 years. It was dry, itchy and sometimes it wept. He treated it with Dr prescribed strong ointments, which were just masking the problem.  Overnight this issue flared up all over his body!After 10 weeks of many expensive treatments, lots of driving in absolute discomfort, making lots of lifestyle changes, Drs. and Naturopaths, there was no answer... I, in the meantime, searched all over the place!... looking for an answer. It was then a friend reached out and told me about this new technology on the market. We learned how to use it correctly and within 4 days, Lee's skin & gut condition disappeared. It literally transformed him!So what's around the corner? That one phone call our friend made to us, changed our world forever! We are now both 100% healthy and happy people.What did I learn? That every situation has a Silver Lining! You just have to look for it.If this resonates, I would love to connect and share more of our health journey's details with you.Thank you for taking the time to listenMaria Hopwood-Jones+61 413 568 901mariahopwood.global@gmail.com