Stories of Change & Creativity

Stories of Change & Creativity

Everyone has a story to share. An idea-generator, Dr. Judy Oskam explores how people deal with change and embrace creativity. Judy is a Professor of Mass Communication at Texas State University.


May 14, 2023 34 mins

Are you caring for an aging parent?  If so, you'll appreciate this podcast episode featuring Kim and Mike Barnes, founders of Parenting Aging Parents. 

Award-winning Austin journalists Kim & Mike Barnes provide actionable solutions about how to care for aging parents.   Their mission and passion is called Parenting Aging ParentsWhile sharing their own experiences and providing guidance from experts,  Kim and M...

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Have you ever wanted to pack up everything you owned and move to a new country?

That's exactly what Dan and Nisha Ferguson did in the early 90's.  They bought a 1976 Volkswagen bus, packed up their business and two young children and headed south.  The trip from Toronto, Canada to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico took six weeks.  It was an adventure. 

Dan is a sculptor and Nisha is a painter.  Their busin...

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University faculty share their research and expertise with various audiences.  In doing so, faculty build a brand that promotes their own careers and the university they serve. 

On this episode, I talk with Regents' Professor Dr. Rodney E. Rohde - chair of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at Texas State University.  When the pandemic hit, media outlets around the world were looking for answers about COVID 19....

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March 20, 2023 25 mins

Do you want to live a more CREATIVE life?  On this episode, I talk with Chair Whimsy founder Wendy Conklin.  She is a designer, an artisan, an educator and an entreprenista.   

A visionary thought leader, Wendy is leading a MOVEMENT to live more creatively.  Her brand includes custom chairs, online courses, business retreats and more. Wendy's new book is entitled  Life Whimsy: How to Think, Play and Work more Creative...

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February 6, 2023 25 mins

Show Notes

        I couldn't believe could get paid for visiting people.

Reena Philpot is an accomplished business owner and expert salesperson.  She loves connecting with people and, after hearing her story, you will too.  Reena' s approach to sales is all about helping others.   

       I just wanted everybody to fall in love with helping other people. 

Reena (pronounced ...

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January 24, 2023 30 mins

Geoff Girvitz is a father, a business founder, and the host of the Dad Strength Podcast. He has learned to work with his Unique Strengths to build an intentional, meaningful life.   Geoff is the owner of Toronto-based Bang Fitness.  He's also a Tiny Habits Certified Coach. 

Geoff built Dad Strength as a community for purpose-driven dads who want to have regular conversations about the stuff that matters—as fathers an...

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January 9, 2023 4 mins

Happy New Year  - 

I want to share a quick preview of some of my upcoming episodes.  

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September 10, 2022 34 mins

Are you on a JOURNEY?   

What's your relationship between your body, your mind and food? Are you working through challenges related to food, health and body image?  Society and social media send mixed messages that can impact our mindset and behavior.  JULIE BOUCHE has traveled this journey. and now helps others.

JULIE is an Intuitive Eating Coach and Tiny Habits Certified Coach.  She helps people interested...

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June 1, 2022 32 mins

JUNI FELIX was born into a whirlwind of trauma, abuse and poverty.    Her mother was adopted from Tokyo when she was 4 years old.  Juni says her mother never healed from her adoption abandonment wound.   She watched her Mom struggle with loss her entire life. Juni spent her entire childhood on suicide watch over her mother.   Today, Juni Felix is an advocate and champion for mental health, helping others begin their own healing jou...

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Yolanda J Nagy is the founder of Eatin' and Sippin' Locally LLC.  She's a Farmers Market Consultant and Social Media Manager.   A native Austinite, Yolanda showcases the best Texas markets, vendors and helps them build their business.  She also writes for Edible Austin, a magazine dedicated to the Austin local scene.   

Yolanda helps Farmers Markets and vendors connect with their customers through social med...

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May 8, 2022 32 mins

Mother's Day Spotlight

On this episode, I'm super excited to share this interview with my MOM - Joan (pronounced Jo Ann).   She talks about what it was like to be a woman in the 1950's.  During our conversation, Mom and I discuss the importance of family, travel, love and the power of choice. 


My folks were from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and met in high school.  They started out with ...

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April 15, 2022 36 mins

Mom, Fitness Expert, Tiny Habits Coach

Brittany Power is a powerful woman.  She is a mom of six ---3 sons from a previous marriage, 2 stepdaughters & a toddler.   

Throughout her life, Brittany has used her struggles as life lessons. A Leukemia cancer survivor, she experienced the life changing loss of her younger brother and watched her Dad disintegrate from Alzheimer’s.   

Brittany knows life is to...

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Do you struggle with sugar?  Are you on a journey to live a healthier life?   This is the interview for you.   

On this episode I talk with Certified Tiny Habits Coaches Andrea Spyros and Juni Felix.

Juni Felix is a bestselling author of You are Worth the Work – Moving Forward from Trauma to Faith.  She's a member of Dr. BJ Fogg’s Stanford University Behavior Design Teaching Team, a C.S. Lewis Institute Fell...

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Maci Wescott is a digital marketer and messaging strategist who brings words and solutions together like magic.  She works with clients on their copy, brand and launch planning.  I've experienced Maci's expertise first hand.   Maci dives deep to get to know her client and their business. 

But that's not where she started.   Listen in and you'll hear how Maci took an unpaid internship that changed her c...

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March 13, 2022 29 mins

Listen in as three good friends meet over margaritas and talk about family and the meaning of friendship. I've wanted to do an interview with my two friends - Wendy Conklin and Grace Capwell - for some time.  Wendy is the founder of Chair Whimsy.   Grace Capwell is a strategic communications leader.   

Over the years we've shared our experiences as women......moms, wives, daughters, aunts and sisters.  We're...

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February 15, 2022 18 mins

Travel - Just do it

Talking with Lea Lane is like having coffee or a glass of wine with a dear friend.  Interesting, educational and just plain fun.

Over the years, Lea's been to more than 100 countries. During the pandemic she started her award-winning podcast, Places I Remember with Lea Lane.   

Lea Lane has written more than a thousand travel pieces and columns, and contributed to Fodor’s guideb...

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I'm honored to share this interview with my Texas State University colleague Dr. Cassandra LeClair.  She's an author, professor, communication consultant, and motivational speaker.
Dr. LeClair's story is powerful. For many years as a child, Cassandra was the victim of sexual abuse.  For decades, she never told a soul. She shares the heartbreaking story of her abuse in her book Being Whole: Healing from Trau...

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 Pivot  (verb)     to make a significant change in position, strategy, or process

On this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Personal and Professional Development Coach Pam Danyluk from her office in Canada. 

Pam Danyluk is an engineer-turned-coach, with a life story full of pivots.

Her personal experience with CliftonStrengths shifted the way she approaches not only her career, but the rest of her life as well.

In a...

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Improve your public speaking skills

In this episode, you'll learn 5 simple tips to help you become a more effective communicator. 

Andrea Spyros, Behavior Design expert and Tiny Habits Certified Coach, shows leaders and their teams a simple, science-based system to solve challenges with ease. Her keynotes and workshops help organizations break through the Myth of Motivation to see real results in all areas...

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November 15, 2021 19 mins

Adoption, Culture and Family

On this episode I was honored to interview Natalie Pappas.  She was adopted from the Hunan Province of China when she was two years old.   I was there on that September day.  My husband and I adopted our oldest daughter from the same orphanage.  A life changing event.

Natalie Pappas created the online project Tiger Lily Stories to provide a space and a platform for adoptee voices and ...

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