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Join me (and some guests) as we explore the lives and journeys of those who call Victoria home. We'll talk about different topics like the best ice cream parlour to bylaws that affect our daily lives, all the while celebrating our differences in opinion and points of view. NAFT (Nobody Asked For This) is a podcast made by locals for locals.
 
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Have you ever wondered if there was any more you could do to reduce the amount of consumption and waste in your life? Those creative juices running dry? Well maybe this episode will help you out! In my quest to lower my consumption I've decidedly put all my decisions into three categories: Smart Purchases, Second-hand Love and Simple Life Choices. …
 
We're trying something new this episode everybody! For the remainder of the year I'll be randomly adding in Real Talk, a segment of the podcast dedicated to me sharing more personally things on my mind and heart. This episode I wanted to talk about Choice and Consequence and how it's affected and made me the person I am today. I hope you enjoy and …
 
The title says it all! Strap in for an episode packed with all the happenings in the Greater Victoria Area. I really enjoy this new format because it gives me an entire month to find interesting things to talk about and I hope you enjoy it too! This time around we'll dive deeper into a new memory clinic in downtown Victoria, an aquaponics venture i…
 
Man what a time to be living! Between the election shenanigans, getting back into the rhythm of work and a covid scare, I ran myself into a corner yesterday. But thank goodness for the good habits and thoughtful boundaries I've set up in the past that ground me. This episode I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I employ to keep my…
 
It's election time! Are you confused about what's going on and who to vote for? Not sure which party is promising what? Well this episode is for you! Strap in as I spend the next 30 minutes discussing all the interesting ideas and initiatives the Conservatives, Greens, Liberals, NDP, and PPC have for housing and rental affordability, tackling homel…
 
Another episode, another wonderful guest who was kind enough to give me their time! Meet Scott Elias, co-owner of Luxe Home Interiors, proud father to an amazing son, ex-public educator and all-around wonderful person. Join me and Scott as we chat about his upbringing in Surrey, his work in Richmond and North Vancouver, and his eventual move to the…
 
What a treat to have Jordan on the podcast this week! I was thrilled to interview him on how he made it to the island as well as 'compare notes' in terms of our wildly different trajectories in our music careers! This man has done it all: playing in a band, creating and mastering music/sound for video games, amusement parks and film, as well as pro…
 
To all your weirdos out there; I see you, I hear you, and I'm here to tell you you're all amazing and wonderful! Don't let people judge you for the things you do! I had a student ask me if they were weird and it got me thinking that more people need to share their quirks in order for everyone to know it's ok to have them in the first place. Follow …
 
Finally after a few weeks hiatus we're back with some hard hitting news baby! In this episode we talk about Sooke's first dog park, the issue with taxation regarding Colwood's Royal Bay project, AccessBC's petition to have contraception covered in the 2022 provincial budget, and Oak Bay's potential decision to legalize secondary suites! I'm honestl…
 
It's a repeat guest! If you haven't please make sure to listen to my interview with Kirill before/after this episode. It's a long one, so strap in and get ready to learn a few things about the impact of video games and what it means to continue to fight for representation in the entertainment sector. Kirill and I each share our perspectives on game…
 
It's that time again... time for me to bestow upon you my knowledge of this land, and I cannot wait for you all to learn about these wonderful coffee shops we have all over the Greater Victoria Area! So sit back and relax as I go through all of my favourite spots from Sooke to Sidney and back again. Note: This is not a comprehensive list and I will…
 
We're almost out of the woods y'all, or not? With all the loosening of restrictions happening it'll only be a matter of time before the city gets back to a new normal. But should we really revert back to how we did things before Covid? In this episode I list off 5 things I'd like to see done, discussed or planned for as we leave the pandemic world …
 
It was a blast catching up with Angela and delving into her journey from growing up in Taiwan to studying in the US and Canada and ultimately helping her family start a business in Victoria. Angela was gracious enough to share some details into the trials that come with opening a restaurant, as well as what it takes to know your customers and commu…
 
It's time to share with you my secrets. Come, come in and get ready to have you mind blown! Haha nah it's just another episode where I share (un)solicited advice on how to make better choices in your career. Hope some of the horror stories I share in this episode steer you clear from making some of the mistakes I did in my 20's! So without further …
 
Trying out a new segment in the podcast where I focus on local news as well as highlight a business you may or may not have heard of! In this episode I'll be talking about Vic High's expansion and retrofit plans, a potential new condo tower proposed to be built near Beaver Lake, as well as a Saanich councilor's fight to eliminate discrimination aga…
 
What a treat! This episode I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to my friend (and boss haha) Cam Birtwell of CrossFit Vic City fame! We had a chance to get to know a bit more about his life before he moved to Victoria and the circumstances that led him to fall in love with CrossFit and eventually open Vic City and JSTMV. I even got a chance to a…
 
Ever feel bad that you need people to motivate you to do things? Or to buy that shiny new shirt to push you to lose some weight? Have I got an episode for you! Have a listen to my trials and tribulations in navigating the murky waters that is motivation and perhaps finish the episode knowing another person in your life struggles with the same issue…
 
New season new guest! I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with my good friend Caleb and we talked a little about his upbringing in Victoria and A LOT about Christianity and Art! I hope you're ready to listen and learn because it's a longer-than-usual episode! Make sure to check out what Caleb is up to: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zerosauc…
 
It's our last episode of the season! How have you been? We've all been under different levels of lockdown since last March and I've felt its effects throughout the entire time, but not as strongly as this past week. So let's chat about it, as well as some local news on EV chargers and additional funding to the Greater Victoria Rent Bank! Follow the…
 
It is time. Time to talk about my utter love for 2D-animated Disney films of the 90's and 2000's. I have a LOT of opinions and you should strap in and get ready to hear them all. It's finally time to reveal to you my top 8 Disney films! Wanna listen to my arrangement of Gaston? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX6kxNEIs4I Wanna listen to my arrangem…
 
It's been a year since I started doing Murphs and I have some feelings and thoughts to share at you. What an amazing journey going from being trash at running to being less trash at running! If you're struggling to get something off the ground, have a listen and see if my little one-year journey might motivate you to kick-start your next project! F…
 
Hey fellow listeners. I just needed this episode to be free-form and flowing so I could just chat at you about things happening currently in my life. It's been a busy couple of weeks and I'm finally up for air! Hope you all have been keeping well; thanks for the continued support! Follow the podcast on Instagram: @naftpod Like on Facebook: https://…
 
My second guest to come on the podcast is my dear friend Kirill Lipa! We had an amazing time chatting about his move from Russia to Canada and the trials and tribulations that landed him here in Victoria! Kirill also shared with us some interesting insights on the hospitality sector, as well as his thoughts of vegan options here on the island. Last…
 
It's never a fun time when you've made a mistake and have to suffer the consequences, but sometimes life hands you a lesson and gives you the opportunity to learn and grow from it. This week's episode I'll be sharing with you a time I made a few bad judgment calls which ended in me in some hot water and burning a few bridges. I hope by listening to…
 
I don't talk about CrossFit much, but I learned a few lessons about myself and I'd like to share! CrossFit has become an important part of my life and it's finally time to do a shallow dive into how it makes me feel. We will also be talking about a subsidized-rental initiative between the City of Victoria and the Government of Canada. Follow the po…
 
Why is everyone so obsessed with being happy? Is there a quick and easy way to get more happiness into your life? Join me in this episode as I do a deep dive into the topic based on my own opinions and experiences, meandering as I often do to try to answer the questions at hand. We also discuss the business-led pedestrianization plan for the 1000-b…
 
My first guest on the podcast is one of my best friends Christy Wu-Bourke! Christy is a public educator with a background in music who is managing her newly diagnosed diabetes while pregnant with her first child. I had the privilege of sitting down and asking her questions about her upbringing, as well as thoughts on moving here to the island after…
 
Chocolate. You better love it because I'm gonna talk about it for 25 minutes of this episode. What can I say? It's everything I want and I wanna share with you what I know, as well as where to procure some of the treats and snacks I've come to acknowledge as #1 on my chocolate list! Follow the podcast on Instagram: @naftpod Like on Facebook: https:…
 
Have you ever thought about potentially getting a gas-powered scooter? Well, even if you haven't, you should listen to my thoughts on them because I'm biased. Also, we'll be talking about the controversial decisions the Victoria council made on Clover Point. More in this episode of NAFT Follow the podcast on Instagram: @naftpod Like on Facebook: ht…
 
I've finally done it. The first episode of Nobody Asked For This is live and I cannot be more excited. So sit back and learn a few things about me, your host, and get ready to fall in love with this podcast! Episode 1 will be a quick autobiography of me, followed by some spicy local news. Hope you enjoy! Follow the podcast on Instagram: @naftpod Li…
 
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