Women’s Fire

with Michelle Thomas

Women’s Fire is inspired by the many hours of conversation I’ve had with women over the years. A few years ago I started hosting women’s fires at my house as a way of building community and creating a space for women to share their stories and struggles and for others to offer comfort, support, and encouragement.

 

As I sit in spaces with other women I am always amazed at the lives ordinary women are living: the chances they take, the fears they have, the lessons they’ve learned. So I decided to create a space here to bring those stories and journeys to a larger circle of women. There is so much gained when we share our lives with one another.

 

I hope this Women’s Fire podcast is a place you can come to listen, to learn, to feel inspired, to feel supported, and to feel a part of the larger community of women no matter where you are listening from. Everyone is welcome here.
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Josefine Jaynes

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Please give a warm welcome to Josefine Jaynes. Josefine is on Women’s Fire to talk about taking her gap year to run for Wisconsin State Assembly in 2020 when she was just 18 years old. This is a very earnest and sincere conversation that had us both in tears a couple of times. Josefine talks about her early interest in politics, what inspired her to run for office, and what she’s up to now as a college student. This conversation left me inspired by the youth who will one day run this country!

Harriet Behar

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You will be so happy to meet Harriet. She is a long time organic farmer advocate, educator, inspector, and farmer. She currently grows and dries organic herbs for culinary and medicinal use and is a supplier to the local co-op and LuSa Organics. Harriet has been in the organic farming community for over 40 years and is one of the first employees of what is now Organic Valley. Harriet doesn’t just see problems, she sees solutions and works to improve the world around her. To learn more about her teachings and organic farming resources you can head to www.wiwic.org

Sarah Clemens

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Happy New Year! I am so excited to start the new year with this conversation. Sarah is a delightful human being and also a total badass when it comes to having a vision and following a dream. Sarah talks about her journey from working in a cheese shop to owning/operating her very own. I was very much inspired by her perseverance, willingness to be supported, and how she keep perspective all along the way. https://www.noblerind.com/

Rachel Jepson Wolf

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Rachel Jepson Wolf almost needs no introduction to many of you listeners. For those of you who don’t know, Rachel is a writer, a photographer, a blogger, a homeschool parent, and the owner and founder of LuSa Organics, and she writes about her life and her family on her blog, Rachel Wolf Clean (rachelwolfclean.com). Since Rachel shares so much of herself and you can go to her blog to read about her experience as a mother, an entrepreneur, and a small business owner, I thought this would be a good opportunity to go beyond her basic story and dig a little deeper. So that’s just what we did!
rachelwolfclean.com
www.lusaorganics.com
@lusa_mama

Mandy Herrick pt.2

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Mandy Herrick is back to continue our conversation about dance, movement, and being in our bodies. We discuss the fact that it is often easier for children to be in their bodies than adults and how to reclaim that embodiment. If you would like to learn more about Mandy and her dance/movement/art, check out her website http://www.mandyherrick.com/

Mandy Herrick pt.1

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Yes, you read that right, this is a two-parter! Mandy was one of my first guests on a show I used to host called Conversations. I had Mandy on the show to talk about her life as a dancer and the journey she has taken from in-the-box dancing to movement-as-art dancing. When I asked Mandy if I could use that episode for my podcast she agreed but said that when she thinks about that conversation she thinks she would answer some of those questions differently. Well, I think this is a perfect opportunity for a follow-up! Enjoy our original conversation and stay tuned next week for part 2.

Danielle Boerson

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Danielle and her husband, Mat, own and operate Boerson Farm in Green Lake, WI. Danielle is on the podcast today to talk about her journey to becoming a regenerative farmer when she originally went into theater after high school. Danielle and Mat ended up traveling abroad, learning about regenerative agriculture, and eventually settled back in their hometown to start their farming adventure. They are now in their 10th year of farming and have recently settled onto a property that they hope to see farmed responsibly for generations to come.

Harmonie O’Loughlin

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Harmonie is the owner of Flora’s Feast botanical skincare line and the founder of the Plant Wonder Collective. Harmonie came to Women’s Fire today to talk about how she started her small business and how it has expanded to include online collaboration in an effort to make botanical knowledge more accessible.
https://www.florasfeast.com/
https://plantwondercollective.com/

Jess Krueger

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Jess is here today to talk about her work as a doula in rural Wisconsin. We talked about her journey to becoming a doula and how the birth landscape has changed over the last 20 years. It has been a while since I’ve gotten to talk about birth work so this we really fun for me.

Asha Myers

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Asha Myers is an writer who has experience as a blogger, a ghostwriter, and published author. She came into the studio to talk about her experiences traveling the world, how blogging turned into paid writing gigs, and how she enjoys being a vessel for other people’s stories as a ghostwriter.

Havvah Spicer

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Do you like to have fun? Do you even know how to have fun? These are questions I’ve been asking myself for the past two years. I’ve come to realize that I have a slightly dysfunctional relationship with fun and I’d like to change it. When I decided to do an episode about this I knew who I wanted as a guest because there is one woman on my social media who seems to be having more fun than the rest of us and wanted to know her secret. Luckily it isn’t a secret and it’s accessible to all of us.

Smockettes Muralists

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The Smockettes are an artistic collaboration between Stella Greendeer, Natalie Hinahara, and Anna Kimm. Together they design and create beautiful murals and today we talk about why public art is important and how it benefits communities. We also discuss their design process, collaboration between women, and how we all benefit when we collaborate rather than compete.

Jenny Seiler

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Jenny came to Women’s Fire today to talk about her family’s move to the Driftless region and what is taking them back to California. We discuss the mindset of being transient in search for the community and space to raise your family in. 

Debra Wallace, LMFT

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Debra is a licensed marriage & family therapist and a friend of mine from graduate school. She came to Women’s Fire to talk about parenting and trauma and how to heal your own trauma so you don’t hand it down to your kids. 

Kathryn Ashely-Wright

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Kathryn is an entrepreneur, an artist, a craftswoman, a businesswoman, a wife, and a mother. She started her business, Ewetopia Fiber Shop, in 2007 and it has largely been a success from day one. She has grown her business to include a fiber mill where she designs, dyes, and spins her own yarn. 

Various Voices

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In this first episode of Women’s Fire I wanted to hear from women of different life stages. I was able to talk to 7 women, from age 15 to 71, as they answered the following questions:

1. What women influenced you growing up?

2. What are you enjoying about this phase of life?

3. What are you finding challenging?

4. What are you looking forward to in the next 10 years?

5. What advice would you give your younger self?

Introduction

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