Walking Alongside: Perspectives

Charissa McKay

Welcome to Walking Alongside: Perspectives. Take a walk with me as we explore perspectives that I find interesting, moving, ridiculous, hilarious, infuriating, frustrating or down right bizarre! This iteration of the podcast features a combination of short (read 10-15 minutes'ish or less) solo-pods sharing what I have seen, heard, experienced or am navigating and fun and insightful conversations with cool people. Hopefully it will be relatable, possibly humourous, thought provoking or at the very least, entertaining. Looking forward to sharing these perspectives and hope you enjoy.

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Episodios

Customer Service - The Spoonful of Sugar
07-06-2024
Customer Service - The Spoonful of Sugar
If you think that you customer service is a thing of the past, then I would challenge you to pay more attention to not only what you bring to the interaction, but what the people that you are interacting with are dealing with and how if you look a little deeper, there are probably lots of examples of people doing a great job, in potentially the weirdest or least expected of places. If you would like to learn more about the history of the mammography equipment here's a link https://www.ramsoft.com/history-of-mammography Gentlemen - if you want to find out more about how to take care of all your bits, check this great website https://menshealthfoundation.ca/mens-health-check/ and their awesome podcast ``Don`t Change Much`` https://menshealthfoundation.ca/dont-change-much-podcast/  Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
Mind Over Matter
20-04-2024
Mind Over Matter
The last little while there seem to have been all these little hints or clues that I needed to be a little more connected - in my mind and body, more mindful, more present, more able to respond rather than react. And let's be clear, it's still a work in progress, but this most recent experience really cemented for me that there is great benefit in trying to be a little more aware, a little more mindful day to day, because you just never know when you're going to have call upon that ability to be still and in the present.If you are not someone who likes to or is "good at" mindfulness, don't quit trying. There are so many great books out there that can help you find a way and a place to start that is not overwhelming and really approachable. Like finding the right mattress or that perfect pair of boots, sometimes you just need to try a bunch out before you find the one that really fits you.Here is a link to some books that might "fit the bill":https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14096 (I have no affiliation to Goodreads, buy the books wherever you like to get your books!!!!) Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
Seasons Greetings and a Challenge
25-12-2023
Seasons Greetings and a Challenge
Well - here we are. Another Holiday Season upon us, another year almost ready for the archives, and what have we learned? Hope that you all have an amazingly restful break (if that's in the cards for you) and that you all find what you need to fill your cup and to fortify you so that you can fill the cups of others. Thanks for listening, and as always, if you have a story that you would like to tell, or a thought, idea or jumping off point for a conversation, I'm open to any and all!!! Conversations are best when they involve more than one person:)Here are the links to the videos on YouTube of the three videos that inspired this episode. Enjoy as a walk down memory lane or for the first time - you will be amazed at the faces and voices that you see and hear!BandAid - https://youtu.be/bjQzJAKxTrENorthern Lights - https://youtu.be/o6OqvHNcuTkUSA for Africa - https://youtu.be/9AjkUyX0rVwHappy Holidays everyone! Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
(Not All) People are Stupid
30-10-2023
(Not All) People are Stupid
At first blush, it might sound like this is going to be just a negative bashing of, well, pretty much anything you can think of - but it's not. Yes it's about stupid people, or perhaps more precisely the stupid things they do, but it's not an exhaustive listing of the stupid things that people do, because a) that would be fodder for a whole podcast, let alone just an episode and b) there is a bright side. Joining me on this exhilarating romp down "stupid is as stupid does" lane, is Curtis Christopher, Argyll resident, dad, business guy, social committee member and all round great person. We discuss a few very specific examples of stupidity and then consider what might be the road to redemption. It's a funny, authentic look at something that there is too much of in this world, but, that if we all put our minds and hearts to it, might be in all our power to remedy - to some extent.Once again - there is no explicit material, but that odd "curse" word is uttered, so best to keep younger, impressionable ears covered or otherwise occupied:)  Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
The Antithesis of Fast Fashion
27-09-2023
The Antithesis of Fast Fashion
Who among us hasn't caved and bought that cute T-shirt while on vacation, or dashed into the store because something caught our eye in the window display? We can probably all remember the "back to school shopping" trip that we did as kids, and may do now with our own kids, but have you ever thought about what happens to those clothes after the shine has worn off, or knees get worn out? Well, you are about to find out the good, the bad and the ugly in the thrifting and textile recycling world from Sarah Janzen of Blenderz Garment Recyclers. Join us for a fascinating conversation about what we can do to help her and her team revolutionize what happens to our textiles when we all start to look at things a little differently. Check it out here: https://www.blenderzgarmentrecyclers.com/Come visit Blenderz here: 5609 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, ABContact them here: hello@blenderzgarmentrecyclers.comFollow them on social here:@blenderzgarmentrecyclers on IG Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
Things I Don't Understand
05-07-2023
Things I Don't Understand
Have you ever thought about the things that you don't understand. I find myself saying that a LOT. I'm not sure why...maybe because I'm always thinking about something, usually a problem or a challenge that I'm hopeful there is a solution to, especially as it pertains to work, but invariably, part of the problem ends up being something I don't understand. Often, why something is the way it is, when it could be so much better with so little effort if only someone would make one small change or do something differently. So this episode is all about just some of the things I don't understand, and believe me the list is long. Some are small, trivial things, others of them fairly significant and requiring of solutions that someone who is way smarter or more competent than I am is going to have to be responsible for. If you have things that you don't understand, it would be fun to hear about them!  Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
The Rise of Rebellion - Beyond Quiet Quitting
28-03-2023
The Rise of Rebellion - Beyond Quiet Quitting
We have heard the term. Maybe we've secretly thought about doing it. I'm excited to share my kiddo's perspective on what they view Quiet Quitting to be, and I have to say (with all the objectivity a proud Mama can muster) that they pretty much nailed it. Wherever you stand on the subject, it also speaks to so many other issues that we are contending with right now and the sad reality that so often we don't have (or give ourselves the time) to really stop and think about what it all means, what we can do, and what really matters to us. With some food poisoning induced time on my hands, I was able to spend more time doing a deeper dive into some of the topics on my favourite streaming services. Truly, most should be front and center on our minds when it comes time to vote, or shop or plan a vacation. So whether or not you have toyed with the idea of quiet quitting your job, there might be a few other things you may want to consider doing less or more of. as the case may be, to try to leave this world a little better than we found it. The alternatives aren't great.  Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks
Down with Daylight Savings Time!
10-03-2023
Down with Daylight Savings Time!
Daylight Savings Time - when MST becomes MDT. It's the weekend of the year that I detest the most. Partly because of the hour of sleep lost, partly because of the outdated, misunderstood, and utterly useless reason that we continue to do it. It's 2023. We have opened our eyes up to so many things that need to evolve, to change, to be fixed, to be reimagined and hopefully also that need to end. In this episode I will talk about how I think one of the things that we need to do away with once and for all, is Daylight Savings Time. I'll look at the cons (and there are many) and the pros...(prepare to be underwhelmed). But I'll start off with two little anecdotes of surprise, one with a sort of hilarious twist and the other that speaks to just how much people are struggling, as evidenced by how defensive and closed off to ideas and support they often are. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead this weekend :( Listen wherever you get your podcasts - you can find Walking Alongside on Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Player FM, Tune-In and of course Spotify, Google Player and Apple Podcasts - where if you can leave a comment or throw me some ideas of topics you'd like to hear about, that would be great. Music is by Asepriawan 20, track is Be Happy courtesy Uppbeat. Pre/post roll music is Single Kiss by Paul Cresey - thanks for letting me use it!Walking Alongside is written, recorded and produced by me - Charissa McKay (aka CharCharBinx) in my awesome basement home office/studio/craft room. Thanks for listening - follow me on Instagram @CharChar_bincks