Podcast Ep 2 • The Story of The Red Shoes

Firstly, I’d like to thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement, after my first episode went live.

As some of you know, I work as a TV presenter here in Australia, but podcasting is a very different medium, in a way more raw and vulnerable.  But I took a lot of deep breaths, thought of Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert and then, onward!

And so, I really appreciate your support.

Now, to this month’s episode.

During the past two years, there are three questions I get asked again and again.  Last month, I answered the biggest: “How did you find out you had cancer?” (you can find the answer here). In today’s episode, I answer #2: “Why the red shoes?  What’s the meaning?”

To do this, I had to bring in the big guns.  ie. my Mum.

Ros & Emma

You see, for Mum and I, red shoes have become a symbol woven through both our lives, punctuating the darkest of moments with a flare of hope, strength, defiance and kick-ass-ness.

Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998.

Then again in 2008.

Then me, with thyroid cancer, in 2015.

So we’ve had a few conversations about what it is to navigate life’s twists and turns. And how we reconnect to our spirits along the way.  What began on a whim with the first purchase of red shoes now has a meaning that transcends words.  Seeing a pair of red shoes at once brings memories, heartaches, hopes and dreams to mind.

I have to thank Mum for her generosity and honesty in helping to bring the story of the red shoes to life.  I couldn’t have done this episode without her.  There’s probably other things I couldn’t have done without her either, but perhaps I’ll save that for another time.

Enjoy Episode 2: The Story of The Red Shoes

Life’s too short … wear the red shoes


C’est Si Bon • Yves Montand
Superstition • Stevie Wonder
Theme Music • Dan O’Connor • www.danosongs.com

3 thoughts on “Podcast Ep 2 • The Story of The Red Shoes

  1. The Grant female lineage is notoriously hardy, resilient and unyielding. You too are the latest examples in a long line; long may that continue. Hats off (maybe red ones) to you both.

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