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this is it actually.

99 EpisodesProduced by jeni b.Website

the world needs human connection now more than ever & tiia brings people together.through me (host jeni b!) & my guests, tiia tells vast, relatable, heartbreaking, heartwarming, funny, sad & sometimes uncomfortable stories.stories bring people together through shared experience & this is exactly tha… read more

99 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

this is MY SECOND ACT actually.

June 30th, 2022

23:04

a second act is defined as something a person devotes their life to later in life, after retiring or quitting an original occupation and usually, …

this is REPORT CARD DAY actually.

June 23rd, 2022

16:07

let’s face it, june is pretty much a write-off when it comes to school. teachers trying to teach, kids muscling through last assignments & …

this is THE THING THAT CHANGED MY LIFE actually.

June 16th, 2022

26:38

i'd say that some of the things that have changed my life also get a little twisted up with left or right turns, sliding doors, sometimes regret - …

this is YOUR STORIES actually: HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER.

June 9th, 2022

19:32

so i came up with this brilliant topic idea and then i was like, uh oh. how DO we make the world better? 

i mean, not that i thought we were going to …

this is YOUR STORIES actually: REGRET.

June 2nd, 2022

21:59

regret can be a joykiller – and a non-mover-forwarder in lots of ways. but we all have it. for one thing or many. is there any good that comes from it? i like to think that it's a lesson-giver. acknowledging it, …

this is YOUR STORIES actually: LIFE LESSONS.

May 19th, 2022

22:55

i love love love life lessons. 

i mean, it kind of makes sense because my whole THIS IS A TIP thing is pretty much based around life lessons & …

this is YOUR STORIES actually: WHAT MADE ME.

May 12th, 2022

24:52

when we think about what 'made' us - we tend to think BIG. but that's not always the way.
it doesn't have to be some giant, in-your-face momentous occasion - sure, it CAN be - but it can also be small subtle things that …

this is YOUR STORIES actually: CHILDHOOD.

May 5th, 2022

23:12

get ready for a lil' 5-parter!
this is the first episode in my 5 part mini-series within the podcast called YOUR STORIES. it’s less about me & more about YOU.
today we begin with CHILDHOOD. 'cuz it's the one thing we …

this is THE MEN WE LOVE actually.

April 28th, 2022

31:41

tiia's podcast statistics: 

70% of listeners are women, 28% are men & 2% are non-binary.

i'd like to think that a lot of the topics we talk about can resonate with everybody & anybody, but i also acknowledge …

this is NAMES actually.

April 21st, 2022

28:31

my birth certificate says 'jennifer' but the only person to call me that was my mom when she was mad. (& that stayed true well into my adult …

this is ONE LAST WAVE actually. feat DANIEL FISCHER.

April 14th, 2022

47:31

dan fischer was heading out on his surfboard, in his regular everyday way, & he decided he wanted to take his dad - who had passed away - with …

this is WHEN I WAS A TEEN actually.

April 7th, 2022

28:05

being a teen is no picnic but also actually the best. today's stories include: weird teen style, teenage love, teen pregnancy, 80s, 90s & 00s babies & the crystal clear memory of a first not-so-great kiss. it's …

this is LEISSE WILCOX actually.

March 31st, 2022

49:48

leisse wilcox is obsessed with relationships. she's an expert in helping people finding truth and beauty in the relationships we have with ourself and others. 

leisse is a TEDx speaker, 2x author, NLP practitioner, top …

this is PARENTING actually.

March 24th, 2022

32:16

i can't believe it's taken me 84 episodes to get to parenting, but let's face it, it's a biggie. 

we barely scratch the surface but this episode is loaded with a bunch of different stories from all different types of …

this is FADS actually.

March 17th, 2022

20:42

i never owned a pair of penny loafers & i cobbled together looks through the fashion racks at bargain harold’s and bi-way. my hair was my hair – …

this is LU IN LULAND actually.

March 10th, 2022

49:56

we're baaaackk! & i can't think of a better guest to kick off season 3 with!

LU has created LULAND - a world of positivity, female empowerment, graciousness, gratitude & community. it all began with a clothing …

this is 2022 actually.

January 6th, 2022

19:01

a little look back with a large look ahead, it's the final episode of season 2! with a beautiful astrology reading from my special guest kesley, …

this is THAT THING THAT HAPPENED actually.

December 30th, 2021

23:59

today's topic could be a million-parter - cuz let's face it, EVERYTHING is a thing that happened. i like to think there's a lesson - or a great …

this is MY MEMORABLE HOLIDAY actually.

December 23rd, 2021

19:53

i feel fortunate to be able to say i've experienced some pretty momentous holidays in my life. both of the travel & marked-date-on-the-calendar …

this is the SELFLESS THING I DID actually.

December 16th, 2021

26:17

not gonna' lie, it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to get people to tell their stories of selflessness but i was determined to get them, 'cuz i know they're out there! these ones do not disappoint. #DoGoodShit 

this is YOUR TWO CENTS actually. feat SYLVIA BEIRNES.

December 9th, 2021

49:12

my friend sylvia's new podcast YOUR TWO CENTS: the podcast, is not only informative & entertaining - it also boasts some BIGASS NAMES.
today we …

this is SMALL TOWN PEOPLE actually.

December 2nd, 2021

23:12

small town people qualities: hardworking. supportive. interested. (could also be interpreted as 'nosy' :). kind. helpful. opinionated. dreamers. big …

this is HELEN EDWARDS actually.

November 25th, 2021

35:49

a movement speaker, an event creator, a yogini & an author of the book NOTHING SEXIER THAN FREEDOM & YOUR INNER EVOLUTION.

helen’s signature talk PROTECT THE THRONE is kind of like a slap in the face. in a good …

this is VINYL actually.

November 18th, 2021

21:54

my mom & i sold all my dad's old records in a yard sale & immediately regretted everything we'd ever done. vinyl's the coolest & here's …

this is DR.OMODOLE AYENI actually.

November 11th, 2021

40:21

born in nigeria, dr. omodele ayeni is one of 5 kids. he grew up in a small town in northern ontario & his parents are his heroes. he loves helping people, he’s got a million stories & he loves his family. sound …

this is TEENAGERS actually.

November 4th, 2021

31:51

teenagers are funny & hard to understand & a little bit scary. they're also smart & cool & way more knowledgeable than i ever was.

this is THE END (of life) & A NEW BEGINNING actually. feat STEPHANIE BARTOLAC

October 28th, 2021

37:58

stephanie is a 32 year old dreamer who had big plans for her life, but then got the news that she is dying. i'm so grateful to have heard her …

this is INSECURITY actually.

October 21st, 2021

23:59

most of my insecurities started from someone telling me that i should be insecure about something. body stuff, too big, too small, job insecurity... …

this is DARREN KEEFE actually.

October 14th, 2021

31:27

darren keefe is an actor, a designer, a woodworking wizard, a kindness junkie & social media's #1 DANCING CARPENTER.

i hope you enjoy our chat!

this is SOCIAL MEDIA actually.

October 7th, 2021

23:54

it's a love/hate thing. but it's also a super human connection, keepin' up with the world kinda' thing. social media brought me to you, so i'm …

this is MY MISCARRIAGE actually.

September 30th, 2021

20:07

when i started talking about my miscarriage, i was stunned at how many similar stories i heard. 

x.

with special guests: @sarahdmcc …

this is AUTUMN actually.

September 23rd, 2021

19:04

ooh summer, you wily minx. you know you're my first love but your commitment to sticking around is less than impressive. so if i had to choose a runner-up, autumn, you're it. 

x.

with special guests: @lexiedee29 …

this is LOVE WITH INTELLIGENCE actually. feat LILY WALFORD

July 22nd, 2021

27:16

isn't the goal always to be better, smarter & just more in tune when it comes to love & relationships?

i think so! here's my chat with love expert lily walford.

special guest: @lovewithintelligenceofficial.

x.

this is CELEBRITIES actually.

July 15th, 2021

24:04

it's about to get all name-droppy up in here. celebrities! they're just like us! with special guests: @skottdaltonic, @jenniferpodemski, @craigpew, …

this is HAIR actually.

July 8th, 2021

23:37

hair's the thing... if you have it or don't, like it or not, everybody has a story about hair.

with special guests: @trieb_entertainment, …

this is SUMMER actually.

July 1st, 2021

18:44

i love the newness of spring & i love the crispy smell of fall but summer will always be my absolute favourite. 

winter never stood a chance.

this is FORGIVENESS actually.

June 24th, 2021

22:24

a healed memory is not a deleted memory, yet forgiveness can be one mothereffer to come to terms with.

with special guests: @jeffadmartin, …

this is DADS actually.

June 17th, 2021

28:21

to all the cool dads... happy father's day.

with special guests: @shopblueberrymoon, @jessica.m.wright, @barbbaguley, @1handwonders, @t.howden, …

this is me CHECKING IN actually.

June 10th, 2021

10:31

i'm checking in on you... and a little bit on me. i'm really glad you're here & i think you're pretty alright.

*the cold open on today's episode …

this is GUILT actually.

June 3rd, 2021

21:46

guilt can show up in a bunch of ways & it can be a soul-sucking spiral. it can linger in our lives & carry a lot of weight, if we let it.

this is DOGS actually.

May 27th, 2021

24:16

DOGS. come ON. we don't call them human's best friend for nothing. funny, loyal, sweet, weird, smart, ridiculous JOY.

with very special guests: …

this is a LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF actually.

May 20th, 2021

19:52

if you had the chance to say something to your younger self – what would you say? do you even know? there’s gotta’ be some potholes you can warn your …

this is NURSES actually.

May 13th, 2021

22:38

it's INTERNATIONAL NURSES WEEK! 

i didn’t actually know that until my friend ashley asked me if i'd consider doing an episode on nurses. 

oh hells ya!

and especially after this last year - cuz in my opinion, nurses are …

this is NUMBERS actually.

May 6th, 2021

20:27

lottery numbers, lucky numbers, angel numbers, our age, our IQ, our grades, our weight, 12 months of the year, all the days in a month, scoring in sports, rating our crushes, giving out our number, birthdays, …

this is our HIGH SCHOOL actually.

April 29th, 2021

28:03

our small town's high school is closing its doors & all these decades later, there are still things to say.

GBSS, your colours are green & …

this is MENTAL HEALTH actually.

April 22nd, 2021

26:17

being healthy includes being mentally healthy. it's the core of who we are! i hope this episode resonates, even just a little. you deserve to be happy. 

with special guests: @jennforgie, @arwenhumphreys, @haleyy.bee …

this is BEING FREE actually.

April 8th, 2021

25:21

the definition of freedom is: having the ability to act or change without constraint. 

& obviously being free means different things to different …

this is MY GUESTS ARE THE BEST actually.

April 1st, 2021

25:43

when I’m putting the voicemails together for each episode, i laugh & cry & FEEL all the feels 'cuz my guests are the best & their stories …

this is LOSS actually.

March 25th, 2021

21:10

along with life, comes loss. that's just the deal. it's kind of all around. i know from experience that it’s ok to feel broken by loss & sometimes being reminded that we're not alone can help in dark days.

with …

this is LASTING IMPRESSIONS actually.

March 18th, 2021

29:35

i like to think that we get to learn from the people who have made a lasting impression on us and then in a dreamy world, we adopt those good qualities and pay them forward.

with special guests: @jcoopstagram, …

this is A LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW actually.

March 11th, 2021

27:29

this is the behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes of a late night talk show. it's larry sanders... but in real life.

working on a late night talk show was pretty much the most fun thing i've ever done & on this …

this is ANXIETY actually.

March 4th, 2021

24:46

tingly hands, vibrating body, loopy lightheadedness... and not in the good way. anxiety is a mothereffer but man, is there strength in numbers.

with special guests: @theoftenunseen, @justbreathemama, @allyse_has_anxiety …

this is the ART OF WORDS actually. feat CANDACE HOWZE

February 25th, 2021

20:13

this will come as no surprise. i love words. especially the good ones.

with special guest: @aceisjoy.

x.

follow the podcast on instagram & …

this is BACKPACKING AROUND THE WORLD actually.

February 18th, 2021

32:44

one sweater, brown cords, a rain jacket, hiking boots, birkenstocks, dress, a bunch of tshirts, shorts & a 'let's go europe'. that's all i packed & it's all i needed.

with special guests: @bcraiganderson, …

this is VALENTINE'S DAY actually.

February 11th, 2021

20:22

valentine’s day. you either love it or hate it. for a sweet little calendar date all about love, It’s kind of a hot button topic. my valentine's story may not be what you think. plus stories about love, roses & …

this is JAY ONRAIT actually.

February 4th, 2021

29:24

we talk university life, big cities, small towns, road trips & how jay went from counting pills to hosting one of the biggest shows on TSN.

my …

this is THE STORIES I FORGOT TO TELL TOO actually.

January 7th, 2021

16:51

yep. i forgot stuff again. here's some stories i failed to mention in episodes 22-40. 

& this is the final episode of season 1! thanks for being …

this is WHAT HAPPENED actually.

December 31st, 2020

26:44

well 2020. that was it. the year that nothing & everything happened. 

x.

with special guests: @cloudydayclothing_, @beardedbakerto, @ms.rush, …

this is THE HOLIDAYS actually.

December 24th, 2020

26:18

the holidays can be a giant jumble of feelings. funny, sad, heartsick, wonderful. this episode has a little bit of all of it. 

love to everyone. 

x.

this is MUSIC TOO actually.

December 17th, 2020

25:03

music's so nice, i had to talk about it twice. this time it's music festivals & life-changing performances, the lessons learned when writing songs & the year's top artists, with a tip of the hat to nostalgia …

this is WHAT IF actually.

December 10th, 2020

23:00

would you change an event of your life if you knew it was all going to turn out the same way anyway? do you dream about a life that didn’t happen …

this is HEROES actually.

December 3rd, 2020

16:05

every day or super. it all counts.

with special guests: michael, willow, lola, izzie, abby, jack, claire, stan & eleanor. thank you to their …

this is PIZZA actually.

November 26th, 2020

20:48

ok i know. this may be a silly subject. but come on, it's pizza. everyone has a story.

with special guests: @coachrsg, @ms.rush, @hmuir10, …

this is SENIORS actually.

November 19th, 2020

22:27

respect your elders. that’s a rule as old as, well, old people. but what about celebrate your elders? enjoy your elders? spend time with the people …

this is HUMAN CONNECTION actually.

November 12th, 2020

20:49

it's a cold hard fact that we need human connection. now, more than ever.

with special guest: @shopblueberrymoon.

x.

follow the podcast on instagram …

this is BODY STUFF actually.

November 5th, 2020

28:00

bodies. glorious gorgeous weird wonderful unique beautiful bodies. everyone's got a story.

with special guests: @robnardecchia, @michellemelles, …

this is CHANGE actually.

October 29th, 2020

19:35

whether we like it or not - and trust me, i don't always like it - change = growth. 

LEAN IN. 

with special guest: @iamjessejones / @thehouseofkuumba.

this is MUSIC actually.

October 22nd, 2020

31:35

it gives us permission to feel. whether the feelings are happy & high, or lowest of the low, music always meets us there.

music is religion. it's medicine. it's pure magic. 

with special guests: @josiedye, …

this is KINDNESS actually.

October 15th, 2020

24:21

it doesn't cost a thing & it can turn a whole mood. 

kind people are my kinda' people.

x.

follow the podcast on instagram & tiktok: …

this is BALANCE actually.

October 8th, 2020

23:11

finding balance - especially these days - seems next to impossible. everything is topsy-turvy. i've been asking myself what balance even means to me …

this is MOVIES actually.

October 1st, 2020

23:35

movies make us reflective, hopeful, gutwrenchingly sad. they offer perspective and escapism & sometimes they help us process our own difficult …

this is STUFF I LOVE actually.

September 24th, 2020

20:42

i love stuff & i'm gonna' tell you all about it. PLUS, i'm teaming up with my friend sylvia - from the podcast BEAUTY & STUFF - to get some …

this is BOOBS actually.

September 17th, 2020

29:33

boobs. jugs. melons. knockers. chest. bosom. bazooms. bazookas.

whatever you call them, however you relate to them & whether you have them or …

this is DATING actually.

September 10th, 2020

25:09

today's stories include celebrities, accidental overindulgence, the pitfalls of online dating & peeing in a bush. & those are just mine! ah, …

this is FOLLOWING MY BLISS actually.

September 3rd, 2020

19:36

dr. jeremy goldberg (LONG DISTANCE LOVE BOMBS) wants you to live a life that would make YOU jealous, get UNstuck & follow your bliss.

x.

find …

this is SUMMER JOBS actually.

August 27th, 2020

23:49

every summer job has a story. good or bad... they were always memorable.

x.

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follow me …

this is THE STORIES I FORGOT TO TELL actually.

August 20th, 2020

16:36

sometimes i forget stuff. here's the stories i forgot to tell in episodes 1-20.

x.

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this is SEX actually.

August 13th, 2020

25:02

growing up, sex was a non-topic in my house.

no birds, no bees... BUT, there was a book on hamsters. 

let's talk about sex, baby.

x.

follow the …

this is BEING BEAUTIFUL actually.

August 6th, 2020

19:51

everyone has their own definition of beauty.

inside, outside, it matters to us all in different ways.

x.

follow the podcast on instagram & …

this is THE AFTERGLOW actually.

July 30th, 2020

16:24

the afterglow is many different things. an italian rock band, magic hour, a taylor swift song. 

liz & julie, co-owners of the afterglow yoga …

this is TATTOOS actually.

July 23rd, 2020

19:10

got a tattoo? want a tattoo? love ‘em? loathe ‘em? don’t really care either way but like good stories?

this episode’s for you.

x.

follow the podcast …

this is CANCER actually.

July 16th, 2020

17:25

both of my parents had cancer. i grew up thinking it was just a part of my DNA.

x.

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this is our GENERAL STORE actually.

July 9th, 2020

21:23

there is something so special about a small town's general store. the people, the charm, the feeling of home. 

i grew up with one attached to my …

this is a SMALL TOWN actually.

July 2nd, 2020

20:19

i was born in a small town... & i'll never not love talking about small town life.

x.

follow the podcast on instagram & tiktok: …

this is a GIVEAWAY actually.

June 25th, 2020

3:09

when things don't quite go as planned, you should just do a giveaway! listen for details & good luck!

x.

follow rustic fever on instagram: …

this is PRIDE actually.

June 18th, 2020

20:00

i'm lucky to be surrounded by diverse & beautiful humans who belong to the lgbtq2+ community. here are some of their stories.

happy pride!

x.

this is love actually: ALL KINDS OF LOVE.

June 11th, 2020

19:53

there is no end to the amount we could talk about love & i certainly didn't cover it all in the last 3 episodes but i sure loved talking about it.

this is love actually: ONE GOOD REASON.

May 28th, 2020

25:53

alcohol addiction, a deeply-hidden secret & one great big love. séan mccann and andrea aragon co-write the story of their lives & the things …

this is love actually: NEW LOVE.

May 21st, 2020

19:40

ah new love. the sexy new relationship kind, the exciting fun newlywed kind, the smell of a new baby kind... there's nothing quite like it.

x.

follow …

this is MY DEFINING MOMENT actually.

May 14th, 2020

17:01

how often do you find yourself wondering about the left or right turn your life did or didn't take & how you ended up exactly where you are? our …

this is MOTHER'S DAY actually.

May 7th, 2020

18:25

some moms are dads, some dads are moms, some moms are moms on their own and some moms aren’t even our moms, they’re just special people who fill the …

this is GOOD NEIGHBOURS actually.

April 30th, 2020

16:41

we gossip. we share & exchange stuff. we wave from our front steps.

you can’t choose your neighbours but lucking into good ones is kind of like winning the lottery.

actually, even the wacky ones can be pretty …

this is MINDFULNESS actually.

April 23rd, 2020

26:53

if there were ever a time to practice mindfulness, 2020 may just be it. i chat with my yoga teacher & mindfulness coach, greg klym, to find out …

this is DIVORCE actually.

April 16th, 2020

13:10

growing up, divorce seemed like a dirty word. i vowed to never let it happen to me. until it did. 

x.

follow the podcast on instagram: …

this is MY STOLEN BIKE actually.

April 9th, 2020

18:02

being raised in a small town, bikes were everything. they represented fun, freedom & a kid's single mode of transportation. so when i grew up, …

this is MARK GROVES actually.

April 2nd, 2020

17:05

mark groves is a human connection specialist - he connects humans to each other & back to themselves. he's helped me through many a dilemma (debacle?) and he's not afraid to speak & live his truth. he is a …

this is FINDING DIMES actually.

March 26th, 2020

10:20

maybe you've heard about the magic of discovering dimes & what it means when they cross your path. admittedly, it's a little huh? does it actually mean anything? it most certainly does. here's my 10 cents on finding …

this is MY MOM'S DEAD actually.

March 18th, 2020

18:19

in this inaugural episode of TIIA, jeni tells stories about living without parents & gets others to share their stories as well. all the heart …

this is THE MANIFESTO actually.

March 17th, 2020

4:11

stories told, connections made... that's the hope anyway. 

this is the WHY of THIS IS IT.

x.

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