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RESILIENT PEOPLE is an original podcast hosted by Janet Fanaki. Listen in on stories of EXTRAordinary people around the world who are admired for their resilience. They are people like you and me. Each episode features a unique story, with guests who have overcome a major challenge and are creating something to help others be resilient too. Their stories are inspirational and relatable. Each episode will leave you with a new sense of how to move forward through life's twists and turns. Join ...
 
Stories about the past and future versions of ourselves and what we want to tell them. Hosts Maria, Steph and Sophie speak to people who have recently received a letter from their past self, to ask if life turned out as they expected. Guests unravel their most personal thoughts with three strangers, and find the beauty in the everyday. #HopeThisFindsMeWell is an editaudio original.
 
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Like any special day in the year, Father’s Day can be happy and terribly sad for many people. Losing one’s dad, husband or father-like figure can make this day very difficult to navigate alone. Janet Fanaki, host of the RESILIENT PEOPLE podcast and lead content creator for the RESILIENT PEOPLE blog, lost her 51 year old husband Adam to brain cancer…
 
In this episode of RESILIENT PEOPLE, I had the pleasure of speaking with extreme adventurer Sean Swarner. Sean has scaled the world’s seven tallest summits, hiked to the south and north poles making him a member of the exclusive Explorer’s Grand Slam. He did all of this with only one lung. A survivor of 2 children cancers, Sean has proven that anyt…
 
We're spending a lot, maybe too much, time on our computers and devices. From checking text messages to fooling around on social media and hopping on video conference calls there are many days when it can seem like we're forever staring at a screen. It's no surprise that it's not great for our mental or physical health. The acronym S.H.A.D.E.S was …
 
Marnie Hill wrote the book, Daddy's Blue Eyes, following the death of her son-in-law Matthew Leslie. He left behind a young wife and two daughters. A professional communications specialist, Marnie was coping with her own grief while also looking for a way to help her granddaughters to understand their dad's passing. By writing this book, her goal i…
 
Resilience is the outcome but how do we get there? My name is Janet Fanaki and I'm the host of RESILIENT PEOPLE. In a new segment called REVELATIONS, I'll be sharing easy tips and takeaways for you to try. These will drop every two weeks and come from my fantastic conversations with guests on the podcast. Each episode of REVELATIONS will only be a …
 
Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff is a leading expert in nutrition and creator of The Better Nutrition Program. She is also an author, public speaker, and consultant who lives in the US. Ashley's goal is to ensure that patients and clients are receiving the best knowledge to manage their health through food, lifestyle and supplements. She loves talk…
 
Melissa Sheldrick is a Toronto mom, wife and patient safety advocate. She came to this role following the sudden death of her son Andrew. He was only 8 years old when an error in the dispensing by a pharmacist had Andrew take a lethal dose of something other than his medication. Heartbroken but determined, Melissa set out to make it her purpose to …
 
Casey Palmer is an author, blogger, husband and dad from Toronto. Many of his posts are about parenthood and life with his wife and two young boys. Casey created the hashtag #blackdadworries to raise awareness for the double-standards that exist for the Black community and the things he considers in raising his sons. As the trial of Officer Derek C…
 
So much of resilience is in being prepared for life's unexpected challenges. How does this relate to money? Doris Belland is a Financial Repair Expert who has witnessed firsthand the power of knowing all about your finances. She was in her 20s when her husband was diagnosed with cancer and then following his death at a young age, she found herself …
 
When you get this, you'll know what I'm talking about: Kim, a future best-selling author* in the Philippines, writes to herself days after a holiday romance in Vietnam came to its natural conclusion. In one of the season’s most visual, dream-like letters, Kim immortalizes moped rides in the rain, and all-encompassing joy tinged with sadness. While …
 
Good luck, future me. I hope you feel more certain: Noah, a high school senior in Illinois, is writing to organise his thoughts. Considering ideas of gender and where his identity might fit on the spectrum, Noah’s letter is full of questions for his future self. Now, as that slightly older person, Noah shares how the answers weren’t as important as…
 
The challenges of being a stay-at-home parent are real. There are many rewards but it's a job that is 24/7 and at times very demanding. For Dale Allen Berg, being a stay-at-home dad to three active young children under the age of 6, is enough to make anyone run away in fear. On top of the regular chores he does at home: cooking, cleaning, driving f…
 
I'm forever changed, you are forever changed: Nataya, a communications student at Washington State University, is writing to capture the anger and inspiration she feels after a powerful day of learning. Her curiosity piqued by an inspirational teacher, Nataya realizes the privilege her education affords her, and is determined to never stop reading …
 
You can still do all the things your heart aches for: Nicholas, a Marketing and Media Director in Colorado, is writing a letter for his 30th Birthday. But far from celebration, Nicholas’ mind is full of worry. What does faith look like when the church condemns him? Will he be rejected by those closest to him for living authentically? Will he ever b…
 
Dr. Caitlin Kirby is an environmental science educator and researcher. She successfully completed her doctorate degree in October 2019. Normally 3 years long, there are many struggles in completing a PhD. Stress, funding, work life balance and in Dr. Kirby’s case - rejection. “Rejection from what?” you may be wondering. For Caitlin she did somethin…
 
I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you. I love you: Jessica, a teacher in New York, writes to preserve the memory of losing her mother. Guilt-ridden and grieving, Jessica confesses to her mom how she lied to protect her, why she kept her voicemails, and what she’d give now to go out and run the errands she used to resent. In today’s convers…
 
Hope all goes well and you're not too grey or fat: Rory, a new dad in Kilkenny, Ireland, is writing to himself 7 weeks into fatherhood. A first baby and a new job; Rory finds life as he knew it quickly slipping away. Speaking to hosts Sophie, Steph, and Maria 10 years later, Rory reflects on the fear he had for his future, who gets baby-naming prio…
 
My friend Maggie highly recommended that I somehow find Mr. Elly Gotz for RESILIENT PEOPLE. Her daughter attended one of his infamous school presentations. My son also heard Elly speak at his school. Until the pandemic started in 2020, Elly Gotz was doing over 100 speaking engagements a year - and at the time he was 92 YO! Not only is he a public s…
 
It's fun to hope that things stay the same: Madison, an Eating Disorder Prevention Advocate in Iowa, is writing to herself to preserve her contentment, and remind Future Madison of all she’s achieved in the past year. Hosts Steph, Sophie, and Maria talk with Madison about moving away from home, learning to love our bodies and look after our minds, …
 
I’m doing something different for this episode. Instead of bringing you a conversation that I’ve had with someone, I’m going to talk about a topic that I’ve been thinking about for some time and anyone who is facing grief will be able to relate to it. We’re a few days away from the biggest and most romantic day of the year - if you’re in a couple. …
 
You are a queen to me, and I send nothing but love and reverence to you: Jenn, an entrepreneur in Oregon, is writing to herself in a rare moment of peace, before the garbage trucks and her abusive partner return and kick up the dust once more. Now, three years later, she shares how overcoming the challenges in her letter - as well as yoga and weed …
 
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Jim Swan, an esteemed cardiologist from Toronto. He is one of the most highly-regarded physicians in Canada and a real trailblazer in the field of cardiology. In 2019, Jim lost his twin brother George to Glioblastoma (also known as GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer. They were 70 years old. As fate woul…
 
Change the world sir, and love like crazy: Marlo, a public speaker in Barbados, writes to his future self off the back of a breakup and on the brink of another big move. Hosts Steph, Sophie and Maria discuss what ‘home’ really means, hear Marlo’s philosophy on expectation-free-dating, how to make friends as an adult, and why he went for coffee with…
 
With hope, love and with whatever emotion is left in you: Bella, a recent highschool grad in Utah, is writing her future self encouraging messages during a global pandemic. Hosts Steph, Sophie and Maria talk to her about maintaining friendships during COVID, living in such a polarizing political state, and finding strength in yourself. Her letter s…
 
The one thing about love is it doesn’t run out: Marie, an accountant in her 50s living in the Midwest of America, is writing to her future self and telling us the realities we often don’t see in the media. Does debt-free living actually exist? Can you heal a marriage after an affair? What is sex in your 50s really like? Hosts Steph Colbourn, Sophie…
 
Elizabeth Verwey had a major shift in her life when she was 56. Her husband whom she had known since she was 17 and married when she was 19 had decided that he wanted out of their seemingly happy marriage. She found herself as a single mom and faced her fear of being alone. I met Elizabeth, pre-pandemic, in her apartment in Toronto where she shared…
 
Stories about the past and future versions of ourselves and what we want to tell them. Hosts Maria, Steph and Sophie speak to people who have recently received a letter from their past self, to ask if life turned out as they expected. Guests unravel their most personal thoughts with three strangers, and find the beauty in the everyday. #HopeThisFin…
 
Sixty-year old Lee Silverstein has lived with three different cancers in his lifetime including kidney, colon and liver. He created the We Have Cancer podcast to provide information, inspiration and hope. As Lee sees it, cancer affects everyone. I spoke with him and his wife Linda from their home in Florida. In between the laughs, we talked about h…
 
In this episode, I speak with educational consultant, Jane Kristoffy, in Toronto. Jane is a teacher, guidance counsellor and operates a consulting business to help students, parents and educators everywhere. Her goal is to help elementary, high school, university and college students to reach their personal and education goals. She can help you if …
 
Matthew Pullan is 18 years old and lives in Bury, near Manchester, in the UK. He’s preparing for university, continuing to study, spends time with friends where possible during the pandemic, and blogs about running and exercise. The blog was called Matthew's Running Journey until a recent name change to reflect a big change in his life. A terminal …
 
In a group of friends, it’s not often when some start to date each other. It might be even less likely that they get married. But when it does happen, it’s one of the most beautiful things to witness. This is what happened between my friends Jason Fiorotto and Tory Butler. I had just had my second baby in 2002 when I got a call from him letting me …
 
Morgan Frey is a young woman from Toronto who grew up like most kids. Going to camp, dance and skating lessons - she was also drawn to the theatre and decided to pursue a career as a writer - even mounting her own show in the prestigious Toronto Fringe Festival. Morgan is also a triple amputee but she hasn’t let that stand in the way of going after…
 
In this episode, I speak with Terrence Rodriguez who faced struggles, isolation and loneliness through his journey as a transgender man. Terrence’s story of resilience stems from his desire for community. By recognizing the struggle that many LGBTQ youth go through, he launched a social hub and advocacy group in Toronto called, REXpride. It is a sa…
 
I never imagined in my worst nightmares that at 47, my husband would be diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and that I would lose him by 51. My name is Janet Fanaki and during my husband Adam's surgery and treatments, I spent a lot of time people-watching in the waiting room. How were they getting through the day? How do they find strength? I sta…
 
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