MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 26 – DANIELLE BLACK LYONS

Photo Credit: Jo Savage

Hi, and welcome to a new edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST!

We are December 1st, just one month left until the new year! Finishing this year off strong with a handful of new podcast episodes coming your way soon. I recorded this one while I was down in San Diego just a few weeks ago.

My guest for today is Danielle Black Lyons, she is the co-founder of Textured Waves, a community that was founded to propagate the culture and sport of women’s surfing towards women of colour and underrepresented demographics through representation, community and sisterly camaraderie. She shares her experience in the water, as a mom and as a visual artist.

Hope you’ll enjoy our chat!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 25 – ELAINE FUNG

Hi and welcome to another edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST!

How are you all doing? I’ve mostly been at home here in North Vancouver working on a ton of different projects as of late and am hoping to be able to record more episodes of the podcast during my upcoming travels in California and in Arizona later this month.

Today’s guest is Elaine Fung, she is a Vancouver trail runner who recently launched, along with her friend Linda Barton-Robbins (another BC trail runner and the wife of Gary Robbins) an online platform called We Are Trail. The goal go this platform is to celebrate diversity and inclusively in the trail running community. She talked to me about what inspired her to launch this platform, her personal experiences getting into trails, etc.

I hope you’ll enjoy our chat!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 24 – BRYANNA BRADLEY

Photo credit: Bryanna Bradley

Welcome to a new edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST!

I just recently got back from a week in Tofino and while I was there, I had the opportunity to chat with two incredible women that are part of the local surf community. If you haven’t been to Tofino, it’s a wonderful surf town located on the very edge of the continent in British Columbia, there’s no place quite like it. There’s a huge community of female entrepreneurs and surfers that live there so I wanted to chat with some of them for the podcast to find out more about their line of work and the community they live in.

Today’s guest is Bryanna Bradley, she is a local photographer and visual storyteller from Tofino, who has photographed not only the local surf community in Tofino but has been able to travel around the world and document a ton of incredible surfers and surfing events. I was thrilled she invited me into her cozy home in Tofino and we got to sit down for a nice chat!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 23 – FILSAN ABDIAMAN

Hi and welcome to another edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST! I hope you’ve been well! I just got back from a few weeks of travels and seeing family, so im excited to buckle down and get some more great episodes of the podcast recorded and out for you guys this fall.

My guest for today’s episode is Filsan Abdiaman. She is a fitness instructor, a Reebok ambassador, an ultra runner as well as the founder of the amazing community called Project Love Run. It’s a women’s only run and brunch that aims to teach women how to “love themselves” and form friendships with other women in this modern world. She has such a beautiful presence, which I hope you will be able to feel even through this podcast. It’s always a pleasure to chat with her so without further ado, here’s Filsan.

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 22 – Kat Drew

Hey what’s up everyone! Welcome to another edition of the, MELSAYS PODCAST. How’s it going? Thanks for all of your positive feedback, following the last episode with Farinaz Lari, I always appreciate hearing from everyone. If you haven’t listened to it already, check out episode 21 here.

Super excited to release today’s episode, before I head off to Europe for a few weeks.

My guest for today, is Kat Drew. She’s a local Vancouver runner, who recently took part in one of the most prestigious trail races in the world; the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race. Not only did she finish it, but she placed 8th female overall! I happen to meet her while doing some trail work on the north shore, just a few days after her race, and asked her if she wanted to share her story on how she got to this legendary race. She was really lovely to speak to, and it was super interesting to get more insight on her experience at Western States. I hope you’ll enjoy!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 21 – Farinaz Lari

Photo credit: Ben Owens Photography

Hey what’s up everyone! Welcome to another edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST. Can you believe it, it’s already mid-august, I feel like the summer is flying by. This week, I recorded 3 new episodes of the podcast, so I’m excited to share these new episodes with you all, in the coming weeks.

Today’s chat is with Farinaz Lari. Farinaz, was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Canada almost 10 years ago. In addition to being the co-owner of the District Warrior gym in Vancouver, she is also a kickboxing World Champion. She has paved the way for other female martial artists not only in Iran but also in Canada. Her story is incredible and is definitely one of my favourite chats so far. Hope you’ll be as moved as I was by her story!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 20 – Hilary Spires

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a new edition of the MELSAYS PODCAST! I hope you’re all doing well!

My guest for today, is a woman that I’ve been wanting to have on the podcast since I met her in person for the first time this winter, at a local trail running race. Her name is Hilary Spires, she is an ultra runner, a coach, a former National Women’s Hockey League player, kickboxer and all-around badass. She also hosts a podcast called the Trail Running Women Podcast.

She recently took part in the multi-Grouse Grind fundraising challenge here in Vancouver, which basically entails climbing the Grouse Grind as many times as you can in 1 day from sunrise to sunset, all this while being 7 months pregnant.

She’s become a popular figure in the local trail running community thanks to her accomplishments and her kick-ass attitude, so I’m thrilled to have her on today to talk about her career as an athlete, that infamous pain cave and some of the challenges she’s faced while being pregnant as an athlete. Hope you’ll enjoy our chat!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> iTunes and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 19 – Sharing my Story

Photo credit: Hilary Matheson

Hi everyone!

Hope your summer is off to a great start!

Happy to share with you today a brand new episode of the MELSAYS PODCAST. If this is the first time you’re tuning in, please note that this episode is a little different than usual.

I recently had coffee with one of my friends Mandy Gill, she’s a plant-based ultra athlete, an entrepreneur, tv personality and all-around amazing lady.

After sharing with her some of the hardships I went through this past year, she suggested I share my story, with you all on the podcast today. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I recently posted about the fact that I was diagnosed with skin cancer, in June of last year and went for my super important 1-year follow up just a few weeks ago, and was told that I am still cancer free!

Recording this podcast, definitely made me feel super vulnerable but I’m hoping that by me sharing my story, the struggles I went through this past year, the diagnosis, surgeries, etc. that it can raise more awareness, and maybe even inspire some of you to go get a skin check! So thank you in advance for listening!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> iTunes and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 18 – Krystle Wright

Hi everyone!

Excited to share with you a brand new episode of the MELSAYS PODCAST!

On today’s podcast, I chat with a brilliant photographer and director, her name is Krystle Wright. She was in Vancouver a little while back for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and I got to speak to her, in her hotel room, just minutes before she took the stage at the festival.

If you don’t know Krystle’s work, she’s an adventure sports photographer, originally from Queensland, Australia, who’s traveled the world to capture everything from extreme sports to epic expeditions. I highly recommend checking her out on Instagram @krystlejwright while you listen to the podcast to see some of her breathtaking work. Over the years, some of her work has appeared in National Geographic, The Times, Huffington Post and GQ, just to name a few. It was awesome to get her take on what makes up a good photo, what she tries to capture in her work as well as the impact of social media on photographers and beyond.

I hope you’ll like this short but sweet chat, so without further ado, here’s Krystle Wright.

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> iTunes and Google Play. Also, feel free to send me some guest suggestions for future episodes!

MELSAYS PODCAST – EP. 17 – Kayla Brolly

Hello hello!

It’s been way too long since I’ve uploaded a new podcast and for that I’m truly sorry. I had computer troubles while I was away for the past month or so but now that I’m finally back home and have a new computer, expect new podcast episodes coming your way!

I always get so excited when people I really look up to agree to share their stories with me. Kayla Brolly is one of these ladies. She’s an ER nurse, as well as a crew member for North Shore Rescue, here in North Vancouver. If you live in British Columbia or in areas surrounded by nature, you know how important the work of search and rescue crews are. I’m lucky that I get to go run and hike in the local mountains and know how crazy the terrain can be. So having a group like North Shore Rescue, that is solely volunteer based, is incredibly important. The work they do in the local community is exceptional. Therefore I’m thrilled that she came to meet me and we sat down to talk about the work that she does with them as well as the challenges she’s had to overcome in her career. She was just lovely to talk to. I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with Kayla!

The podcast is just one click away or you can also listen to it below. If you enjoyed our chat, make sure you subscribe to the MELSAYS PODCAST here -> iTunes and Google Play.