HighCast 045 – Petrea King

Petrea is founder and CEO of Quest for Life Foundation

Petrea is one of those truly inspiring people that you meet every now and then. A cancer survivor, a mentor and well-being practitioner Petrea seems able to transcend every day life and be in touch with the spiritual and the practical at the same time.

Our conversation got deep. We considered the universe, physics and existentialism. We talked meditation, health and solving big problems that face human kind. I learned more about myself and the world in this hour than I had in a long time.

Through her work Petrea helps people through trauma. I felt healed in her presence, and enthralled by her unique perspective on life. I feel really privileged to have met Petrea and hope she can come on the podcast again.

Thanks Petrea!

HighCast 044 – Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel is Liberal candidate for upcoming NSW state election in March.

Nathaniel is new to the area and is campaigning on a position of a fresh set of eyes and a safe pair of hands. He talks about wanting to bring his daughters up enjoying the natural beauty that is the highlands and surrounds.

I have a sense that this election will be a close one across the state and within the seat of Wollondilly. On the podcast I got the feeling Nat is trying to differentiate himself from the other center and conservative candidates by appealing to the nostalgic and yearning for the good old days some of us have. I’m not sure if this is the right pitch to an area in which change is inevitable and a candidate who can articulate how they’re going to manage change will have strong appeal, but of course, only time will tell.

Nat is personable, he has politician speak down, but occasionally that breaks and he has a laugh as raucous and joyous and any of us. I hope politics doesn’t take too much of the joy out of him, everyone needs to laugh like Nat. 

My discussion with Nat was the second I’ve had with candidates, more to come, but I’m thankful to Nat for taking the time out to meet with me, an hour long conversation, without the “pitchiness” of normal political ventures is a rare thing.

Thanks Nat.

HighCast 043 – Jenny Kingham

Jenny is a highlands local and self published author.

Jenny is the first author I’ve had on the podcast and the latest in a line of creative types. I’m fascinated by creative people, their drive, their passion and their ability to see life differently. 

Jenny is funny and thoughtful. Her ability to transcend moments into meaning is clearly one of the reasons she has been driven to articulate some of her life moments into fiction for all of us to enjoy.

Jenny’s type of story is the reason I started HighCast. The story of a local person doing something they find meaningful and important for no other reason than that they wanted to.

It speaks volumes about the democratisation of creativity that Jenny has been able to get her story to the world. I’m glad our creative paths have crossed.

Thanks Jenny!