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Around the Fire: Past Episodes

We all have a story to share. Will you join us?

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Storytelling has been around since the beginning of time - the ancient art of sharing our experiences and wisdom with others.  Stories can inspire, motivate, educate and comfort.  Hearing of other people’s challenges can help us realise that we are not alone in the world.

Host Liz Fry feels that, in this digital world, now more than ever, the sharing of stories is vital.  Liz is a Life Coach and incredibly passionate about people's mental health and wellbeing.  She understands the power of walking our own journey and then sharing it with others who may be on the same journey or know of someone who is.

We look forward to sharing some of these stories Around the Fire, just as our ancestors did.

Will you join us?





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Showing up in 2021

Liz encourages and inspires us to show up in 2021

Duration: 00:28:02 | Date: 28 December, 2020

The Loneliness of Christmas

This isn't an easy time for everyone, Liz comes up with some thoughts of how to approach Christmas if you're not looking forward to it.

Duration: 00:30:47 | Date: 14 December, 2020

Grant's Story Pt. 3

Grant shares how different approaches helped him to get where he is today

Duration: 00:27:48 | Date: 30 November, 2020

Grant's Story Pt. 2

Grant shares more of his story as he starts to get help for his alcohol abuse.

Duration: 00:26:10 | Date: 16 November, 2020

Grant's Story Pt. 1

Grant shares his journey of dealing with stress, depression, anxiety and his journey with alcohol abuse.

Duration: 00:27:32 | Date: 2 November, 2020

Small Tiny Steps

Liz talks tiny goals

Duration: 00:28:59 | Date: 5 October, 2020

Rob's Story Pt.2

Liz & Rob talk about depression & suicide. Part 2. (Trigger warning)

Duration: 00:22:50 | Date: 21 September, 2020

Rob'S Story Pt. 1

Liz and Rob talk about depression and suicide. Part 1 of 2.

Duration: 00:28:48 | Date: 7 September, 2020

Love Over Fear

A Course in Miracles talks about only ever having two choices. Whether we come from a place of fear or a place of love. Liz talks about this and how it relates to current times we find ourselves.

Duration: 00:28:55 | Date: 17 August, 2020


Liz shares how kindness was shown on her recent break, and how being kind to ourselves can lead to a far more rewarding and open life.

Duration: 00:29:41 | Date: 3 August, 2020

Tanya's Story Part 2

Tanya shares more of her journey, surviving numerous suicide attempts and finding her purpose and belonging.

Duration: 00:29:38 | Date: 20 July, 2020

Tanya's Story Part 1

Tanya shares with Liz her journey of sobriety, and they talk pain, fitting in, acceptance and identity.

Duration: 00:28:10 | Date: 13 July, 2020

Liz's Story of Sobriety 2

Understanding that everyone's journey is different, on request Liz shares some thoughts and ideas around what helped her go from drinking a lot to not at all.

Duration: 00:28:58 | Date: 6 July, 2020

Liz's Story of Sobriety

Heading in to Dry July, Liz shares her journey of drinking a lot to not drinking at all....

Duration: 00:28:23 | Date: 29 June, 2020

Kane's Story Pt. 2 Vulnerability

Liz and Kane found there was a lot more to talk about vulnerability, sharks, asking for help, holding space and that we are never the only one going through 'stuff'

Duration: 00:38:53 | Date: 22 June, 2020

Kane's Story

Liz and Kane talk about boxing, self harm, finding a way of releasing, farming, looking after ourselves and being proactive about our mental health.

Duration: 00:34:45 | Date: 15 June, 2020

Ripple Effect

Liz starts this episode by sharing a book from her Virtual Book Club, and talks about the ripple effect we can have on others. If you're totally honest, are your ripples currently negative or positive?

Duration: 00:28:43 | Date: 8 June, 2020

Liz and Jo Talk Loneliness

Liz and Jo talk about loneliness, connection, friendship, isolation, meaning, and more!

Duration: 00:28:12 | Date: 1 June, 2020

Liz Talks Courage

Liz shares some of her journey of courage, healing and hope.

Duration: 00:34:05 | Date: 25 May, 2020

Ross's Story

Ross shares some thoughts on resilience and supporting young people

Duration: 00:33:17 | Date: 18 May, 2020

The Unknown

Liz shares some thoughts and ideas that have helped her on her journey and may help you or someone close to you in upcoming weeks and months.

Duration: 00:34:43 | Date: 11 May, 2020

Jake's Story Pt.2

Part 2 of 2 We delve a bit deeper and Jake talks about how music helped his healing journey and more about the masks men wear.

Duration: 00:40:10 | Date: 4 May, 2020

Jake's Story Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2, Jake Kiano Skinner shares his story of using different means to distract what was going on in his life, and his pursuit of happiness

Duration: 00:28:55 | Date: 27 April, 2020

Juliet's Story

Juliet McLean, local songwriter and performer here in New Plymouth, shares her passion for music and creativity and how it has been such a pivotal part of her journey of healing.

Duration: 00:29:58 | Date: 20 April, 2020

Jenny and Justine

The third part in this mini-series Jenny and Justine come together and share more tips and ideas from their healing journey.

Duration: 00:30:58 | Date: 13 April, 2020

Justine's Story

Justine Laidlaw shares her story of junk food and substance dependency, anxiety, depression and healing from stage 3 colon cancer.

Duration: 00:32:56 | Date: 6 April, 2020

Jenny's Story

Jenny Kennedy shares her story of perfection, burnout, her recovery from 'incurable cancer', and the underlying impact of childhood abuse.

Duration: 00:32:0 | Date: 30 March, 2020

Talking Happiness

Amy McAuley is back again to celebrate International Day of Happiness and talk more about her Happy 100 Club!

Duration: 00:33:43 | Date: 23 March, 2020

Francesca's Story Pt. 2

The second part of Francesca Eldridge's story of OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder, and just how much it took over her life. Francesca kindly also shares some facts about this commonly misunderstood disorder.

Duration: 00:30:13 | Date: 16 March, 2020

Francesca's Story Part 1

Over two episodes, this week and next, Francesca Eldridge shares her story of OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder, and just how much it took over her life. Francesca kindly also shares some facts about this commonly misunderstood disorder.

Duration: 00:30:20 | Date: 9 March, 2020


Liz shares her passion for leading a 'curiosity driven life', how this can lead to more confidence, and new experiences in our world.

Duration: 00:35:14 | Date: 2 March, 2020

Geoff's Story

Geoff 'Polly' Polglase shares his story of coming out the Air Force, and the effect on his mental health, his parents splitting up, and losing his Dad to suicide at a young age.

Duration: 00:29:27 | Date: 24 February, 2020

Nikki's Story

Nikki Williams talks about trauma, shame, PTSD and giving ourselves permission to heal

Duration: 00:28:33 | Date: 17 February, 2020

Amy's Story

Amy McAuley shares how she got over depression, eating disorders and alcohol abuse through finding exercise, a passion that keeps her healthy to this day.

Duration: 00:30:12 | Date: 10 February, 2020

Lilith's Story

Lilith White shares how dance and art helped her through her traumas and how healing these can be for some.

Duration: 00:29:35 | Date: 3 February, 2020

Kim's Story

Kim Knight shares how sometimes we don't know what we don't know, and it was only later in life did Kim understand that what happened in her childhood was not normal or healthy.

Duration: 00:35:17 | Date: 27 January, 2020

Liz's Story

Liz, the host of the show, kicks off sharing her story of codependency, depression and alcohol abuse, which resulted in a life changing 'trip' to New Zealand...

Duration: 00:31:35 | Date: 20 January, 2020

Sweet Talk With Guest Liz Fry

Around the Fire is a new broadcast, launching this week. Meet Liz Fry, Life Coach and presenter, as she shares her why.

Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 21 January, 2020