My Beautiful Stories

Alexandra Cuncev

*7 minute conversations about finding the magic in the mundane*One story. One moment. What can it teach us? Join us in our 7 minute conversations about finding the magic in the mundane… and interpreting it. From the popular #mybeautifulstories comes a series of in-depth conversations with the aim to remind us of those meaningful moments which resonate deeply across our lives.This is a 7 minute-long podcast in three parts:1) A STORY: we first tell you a story which resonated with us. 2) BRIEF DISCUSSION: In the second part, we discuss the chemistry and philosophy behind it. Expect to hear about love, loss, courage, multiculturalism and all things in-between. 3) INSPIRATION: At the end of each episode, we offer suggestions for delving deeper in the subject of the episode and ultimately inspire you to live life purposefully. These can be a film, a piece of art or a meaningful good cause. Alex is a sociologist, blogger and charity manager who is on a mission to share what she learned from listening to numerous stories for her PhD research. Together with her husband Pawel, they discuss the brief moments of everyday life which bring us joy and resonate across our lives.Help us carry the conversation further. This is an interactive podcast, and each theme is further analysed on Alex’s Instagram account: @storisse. If you like this podcast, please do review, subscribe and recommend, it helps us carry the inspiration further. read less
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THE STORIES OF THINGS: A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
17-12-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
SHOW NOTES: THE STORY – CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT:Today’s story is the WINNER of our Christmas Ornament competition, which ran over on Instagram last week.We are excited to announce that after long debating, as we were overwhelmed by the quantity as well as quality of the stories we received, we have reached a decision.THE WINNER of the Christmas ornament competition is Caylee, who sent a story of a handmade cross-stitch ornament.The runner up is Nicole Coonradt. We will think of how we can share her story also – let us know if you would like to hear more stories of Christmas ornaments!DISCUSSION:We discuss relationships, how friends create a connection and help define who we are. We also reflect on the knowledge that there is always someone, somewhere in the world, thinking of us. We take this as a reason for purpose and hope.Thank you, Caylee, for sending this story. It was so beautiful and a real pleasure to read and discuss.Many thanks to everyone who shared a Christmas ornament story with us – we are all so grateful for your stories, which brought light and joy to our day.To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 10 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We continue to invite you to bring your stories to the fold! There is no deadline for sending your stories as yet, we have decided to let this series run for as long as it is financially possible.Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: 'NOTHING FANCY'
10-12-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: 'NOTHING FANCY'
SHOW NOTES:THE STORY:Today's story is written and recorded by Amanda. It is the story of a box, which is 'nothing fancy' on the exterior, but incredibly meaningful inside. We will let you discover what the story is about by listening to this episode. We were once again humbled to receive such a personal and thoroughly touching story for the podcast.DISCUSSION:We mainly discuss what it means to leave something truly valuable behind. Utterly taken by Amanda's description, our recommendation is of a film where something - 'nothing fancy' is passed on in a similarly meaningful way. The film is Cinema Paradiso, a classic which we decided to revisit after recording this story.Thank you, Amanda for sharing this moment with us. We are humbled and honoured to be the curators of your stories.To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 8 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We continue to invite you to bring your stories to the fold! There is no deadline for sending your stories as yet, we have decided to let this series run for as long as it is financially possible.Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us. Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE BROOCH
03-12-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE BROOCH
'I can hold the brooch in my palms.  I can carry on her legacy and lessons – the way she took care of the old garden; how to treat plants and people. I can remember her relentless resilience, and the way she took care of all of us.’ (Anett Teresia)SHOW NOTES:The STORY Anette sent, about her Grandma’s words, reads like a meditation, for an object, but also a person, that remained elusive to her for a long while and is still elusive, or rather mysterious in the story today.Written like a poem and with added notes, this story leads us to a DISCUSSION about the strength, resilience and example of Grandmas and we extrapolate on the role of women in general and the legacy (often, not material) which they leave behind.The RECOMMENDATION follows the same theme – the theme of formidable women- and though the character is by far a positive one, we recommend this documentary for its quality, historical value, and last and not the least, the element of surprise.Thank you so much, Anette, for sending your story.To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 8 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.Click send your story or send me a message on Instagram.  My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us. Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: A BLUE AND WHITE ENAMEL MILK PAN
26-11-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: A BLUE AND WHITE ENAMEL MILK PAN
'The last texts we exchanged were about the pan; he asked if I’d perfected the technique, and I told him I had, that I had been having a hot chocolate a day since he gave it to me, and I couldn’t wait till we were together at Christmas so that I could make him one. ' (Sophie Caldecott)SHOW NOTES: STORY:Today's story, about 'a blue and white enamel milk pan',  is written and read by Sophie Caldecott. Sophie Caldecott is a writer living in a cosy cottage on the edge of the moor in the South-West of England. She writes about grief and motherhood, empathy and connection, slow living and sustainability, as well as chocolate and all the simple pleasures that make life worth living. Today, she tells the story of a very special milkpan she received as a gift from her brother-in-law. We were both left speechless by the beauty and sadness of this story, by Sophie's intense grief and the graceful way she navigates it. DISCUSSION:Our discussion starts with a ponder on the quality of a gift and also the difficulty to make a meaningful gift in today's world. We then meander into a discussion on the meaning of relics in different spiritualities and end up with an appreciation of the importance of leaving a meaningful trace in life. We really enjoyed recording the episode and felt privileged to be the receivers of this story. Each time someone entrusts a story with My Beautiful Stories, a special link is created. So thank you, Sophie, for sharing this story. Our thoughts go to you and your family. RECOMMENDATION: Not really what it sounds to be, the recommendation is A Ghost Story. Really a film about the connection between the seen and the unseen and perhaps also about our need to be haunted. We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.Click send your story or send me a message on Instagram.  My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE PEN
19-11-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE PEN
‘I really appreciate how my pen can make sense of my thoughts. Muddled midnight ramblings become coherent sentences with clearer direction once I touch my pen to paper. But it has to be this pen, the one that perfectly fits in the bump of my finger… the one that has my name, as it was when I was 10 years old, engraved on the end of it. The pen that holds a lifetime of dreams, and will play such an important role in manifesting those to come.’ (Tammy)SHOW NOTES:STORY: Today’s episode tells the story of a beloved pen. It is provided by Tammy. Thank you, Tammy for sending this story in!Middway through NANOWRIMO, our DISCUSSION, focuses on the creative process. How it is different for each of us and how important it is to acknowledge those 'details' that are actually really important, since they are inducive to creativity. How it can be very different things that lead to us being creative, it really is such an individual experience.Today’s RECOMMENDATION is THE PIANO. To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 6 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.Click send your story or send me a message on Instagram.  My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE JUMPSUIT, THE BOOTIE AND THE HAT
12-11-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: THE JUMPSUIT, THE BOOTIE AND THE HAT
‘Memories of m children’s early years spill out in layers: I catch a glimpse of her first bib, speckled with polka dots and tomato sauce spillages too persistent to clean; here’s the dungarees they all wore for their early steps, wobbling like jack-in-the-boxes, mouths open with excitement and concentration, one shiny dribble at the corner. And so they emerge, year by year, each milestone a bounty of feelings and anticipation.’Today’s episode tells the story of three things from our children’s childhood that are significant to me. Our discussion focusses on how we assign value to apparently insignificant (even ugly) things. Do they carry hidden symbols? Do they tell the story of our own identity at that specific point of time? What baggage do they carry?  Though this is on the surface the story of a bag of things forgotten in a loft, the episode actually centres on rites of passage, shifting friendships and the mystery of life.Today’s RECOMMENDATION is Flight Behaviourby Barbara Kingsolver..To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 5 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.Click send your story or send me a message on Instagram.  My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Share this:Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: ROSES FROM THE ROSARY
05-11-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: ROSES FROM THE ROSARY
'The train slowed down and the man told me this was his stop. I got up and we hugged goodbye. For the rest of the ride I held on to the roses as I let go of my numbness. ' Therese BagshawSHOW NOTES:Today's story is shared by Therese Bagshaw. You can visit her beautiful writing here. This is a unique tale of hope and surprise. Therese also shared a story for series 3 of the podcast (STORIES OF 2020). You can listen to that story here. In our discussion, we wonder at Therese's ability to seize the moment, to understand the importance of one brief, yet life-defining encounter. We also briefly touch on the importance of personal narrative to revealing truth which is difficult to grasp otherwise and the joy experienced when we succeed in sharing some of that truth.Today's RECOMMENDATION is Nomadland - a story of meaning - lost and found.To hear the whole episode, look for EPISODE 4 of series 4 – The Series of Things, all on the MY BEAUTIFUL STORIES PODCAST.We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.Click send your story or send me a message on Instagram.  My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Support the show
THE STORIES OF THINGS: House on a high rock
15-10-2021
THE STORIES OF THINGS: House on a high rock
'As a child, I heard about the tall rock my grandmother used to live on, at the edge of the sea. I heard of the waves, crashing onto the shore, of their unmistakable sound, of the salt in the nostrils and the grilled fish for supper. 'SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 2 of series 4 - The Series of Things.STORY:Today's story tells of the few scarcity of belongings kept by my migrant grandparents.DISCUSSION:We ask what else migrants leave behind, apart from country, culture and sometimes family. Our discussion concludes with a meditation on what we possibly gain from forming connections with the migrant communities.RECOMMENDATION:This episode's recommendation is another film: THE WEEPING MEADOW which tells the story of a migrant community and also, of the harshness of war and all that war takes with it. The film is aesthetically pleasing, each frame is perfectly constructed and curated to the most minute details.ANNOUNCEMENTS:We would love for this series to be collaborative, and we invite you to bring your stories to the fold!Please share the stories of those things that are not just things here or send me an Instagram message.The show is currently unfunded. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.All My Beautiful Club ko-fi members have priority, but we will endeavour to narrate as many stories as we can on the podcast! You can listen to all previous’ episodes on the app.If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating. To ensure we can provide a whole series, please support us.Support the show
I walked away from the conversation feeling so much lightness - last episode of series 3
26-02-2021
I walked away from the conversation feeling so much lightness - last episode of series 3
NEW PODCAST EPISODE: The last episode of series 3, which told Stories of 2020, comes from Vicky, Caylee and Therese.DISCUSSION:The episode centres on the power of memories. We speak of the narrative communion we felt whilst narrating other people’s memories and being thus made part of  someone else’s life and perspective, particularly in times when meeting people was so much less possible.This is the series we both most enjoyed producing and we leave it with a heavy heart. It is the series which offered the two of us a fast track lesson in humanity, with all its facets and all its beauty.RECOMMENDATION:We recommend Rashomon, a film which centres on the power of stories and storytelling. ANNOUNCEMENTS:The series has closed, but we still accept stories of 2020. If possible, I would like to bring all the stories together, into something which can last through time. So please send your story You can listen to all this series’ episodes on the app. Together, they constitute an uplifting narrative of last year.The podcast is on a break in March. We are planning to return in April with a Planet Project special.Lastly, THANK YOU to everyone who has shared stories, listened to the podcast, sent comments, messages and letters. For us this has been the most fulfilling series yet and it feels very emotional to close it today.   Series 3 of My Beautiful Stories podcast offered a space for YOUR STORIES to be heard. You can listen to the first story from our audience here.  Share your stories of 2020 with us and let's create a safe space where to keep a memento of what 2020 really was like - the beauty, the humanity, the heartbreak.We invite a diversity of voices to join us in telling the stories of 2020. If you have enjoyed this podcast episode, please do share with other people, please write a review or a rating.Support the show
THREE MISSING TEETH - the history we never knew
02-10-2020
THREE MISSING TEETH - the history we never knew
'But the fact that really stuck in my mind was the fact that they recorded that he had three missing teeth...'This is the story of the moment when Pawel learnt his grandfather had been a prisoner in a concentration camp. One of the most peculiar details of the registration form was that it specified three missing teeth.THE STORY OF THE THREE MISSING TEETHToday's story is a personal one. You will hear Pawel tell about the the hidden parts of his family history he discovered in 2020.DISCUSSIONThis story comes after a very difficult previous episode. You can listen to it here. Recording it was our way to offer a conclusion and a response to the previous episode and the volume of responses we had after its publication.Following Pawel's elaboration on his Grandfather's three missing teeth and the concentration camp's interest in them, I launch into a tirade about the necessity to remember to tell our stories, the good ones and the bad ones too. I argue that we need to remember and learn to be comfortable with telling the trauma, in order to avoid the danger in forgetting and thus creating a protective and appeasing film over those memories at the risk of moving on.RECOMMENDATIONWhere the Crawdads sing is a book about family secrets revealed. I enjoyed reading it and immersing myself in its story so much. Recommended.N. B. I always add new recommendations depending on my own personal journey in books and art, so if you'd like to keep in touch in that way, subscribe and you can receive them all. FOR MORE INFORMATION, head over to storisse.comSupport the show