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The Waka Family Podcast

English, Finance, 1 season, 37 episodes, 1 day, 14 hours, 41 minutes
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We moved our family to Fiji from Canada in 2020 to pursue our dream of creating the most innovative company in the South Pacific by 2030. This is our story.
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Exploring the Challenges of Parenting, Health, and Open Communication within Families_Episode 36

Join Jon and Steph in this episode of our podcast as we dive into a fun chat filled with laughter and real-life moments with our kiddos. From hilarious holiday mishaps (ever dealt with a bathroom flood?) to navigating the wild world of parenting, social media, and our favorite outdoor adventures like spearfishing and snorkeling, we cover it all. Plus, we get real about the importance of keeping those lines of communication open at home, especially when it comes to the tough stuff. And hey, we even touch on some serious topics like HIV awareness and why privacy matters in medical situations. Join us for a mix of laughter and heart-to-hearts in this episode that's all about keeping it real.
6/11/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Can We Navigate Sensitive Conversations with Our Children?_Episode 35

In this podcast episode, Jonathan and Stephanie delve into a candid discussion about their personal experiences and parenting approaches. They reflect on their childhood freedoms, the influence of their upbringings, and the challenges of maintaining friendships. The couple also addresses the impact of toxic relationships and the importance of genuine connections. They express concerns about societal attitudes towards sex and relationships, especially within the context of their Christian faith. The episode highlights the importance of open conversations with children about sexuality and the dangers of pornography, with Jonathan sharing his struggles and the proactive talks he has with his sons. The couple emphasizes the need for shame-free discussions and fostering respect and self-confidence in their children to navigate body and relationship issues. The episode is a blend of personal anecdotes, reflections on societal issues, and the couple's commitment to supportive parenting.
5/6/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 26 seconds
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Covering Holes With Jesus Pictures and Uncovering Family Secrets_Episode 34

Jonathan and Stephanie, reflect on their recent trip to Suva, Fiji, meeting interesting people like Bruce from Zoom Fiji. They discuss the cultural differences in taxi conditions and reminisce about their first date and early relationship memories. The couple also shares their love for books like "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers, movies, and the importance of capturing family history. They consider translating a book into Fijian to preserve their grandparents' stories and discuss the impact of sports on their lives.
5/1/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 18 seconds
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On the Mat: From Vasectomies to Merchandise, Nothing is Off Limits_Episode 33

In this podcast episode, Jonathan and Stephanie engage in a heartfelt and humorous discussion about their personal lives, including parenting fears, health concerns for their children, and the emotional impact of family. They candidly share their experiences with pregnancy, a vasectomy decision, and Stephanie's sister's childbirth challenges. The conversation also touches on end-of-life wishes, the legacy they want to leave, and the importance of loyalty and faith. They balance the serious topics with light-hearted banter and answer audience questions, even promoting their merchandise. The episode is a blend of vulnerability, humor, and genuine reflection on life's profound moments.
4/22/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 58 seconds
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Unfiltered: Heritage, Apple Crisp, and Cleaning Mishaps_Episode 32

In this podcast episode, Jon and Steph engage in a light-hearted and informal chat, covering a range of topics from personal anecdotes to pop culture. They discuss the behind-the-scenes of their podcast, including potential sponsors and their children's antics. The conversation also veers into their personal experiences with cleaning injuries, baking apple crisp, and one speaker's heritage. Additionally, they touch on the Kardashian family and OJ Simpson, blending current events with their own stories.
4/15/202453 minutes, 28 seconds
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Laughing Off Negative Comments: Our Approach to Criticism_Episode 31

Stephanie and Jon share their recent travel experiences, including Steph and her friend from Canada (Roz) stay at various hotels in Fiji and their participation in a Women's Convention as speakers. They discuss the influence of mentors on their entrepreneurial journey and their approach to handling criticism, particularly in response to negative social media comments. They also reflect on their personal challenges and the dynamics of their living situation. Thanks for joining!
4/8/202457 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Most Hilarious and Heartfelt Conversations About Marriage and Sex_Episode 30

In this podcast episode, John and Steph engage in a candid discussion about their personal experiences with sex and marriage. Steph opens up about the pressures of occasion sex and the difficulties couples may face in satisfying each other's desires. They explore the societal expectations and marital challenges, particularly post-childbirth, sharing how they navigated a period of diminished intimacy. The conversation also addresses the cultural and religious influences on attitudes towards sex within marriage, underscoring the significance of communication and understanding between partners. The episode offers an honest look at the complexities of sexual relationships in the context of marriage.
2/26/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is It Common for Families to Face Challenges When a Spouse Works Overseas?_Episode 29

In this podcast episode, Jon and Steph discuss a range of personal and community issues. They talk about an ex-employee's family challenges due to relocation, the cultural implications of baby naming, and the quirks of neighborhood relations involving a barking dog. This is a personal and funny one as they talk family, culture and community. Thanks for joining!
1/31/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fiji Unplugged: Embracing Simplicity and Authenticity_Episode 28

Steph and Jon discuss the challenges of setting up a business and the importance of community support. They emphasize mental health awareness and the need for open communication. The episode also covers their plans for a media company and agricultural exports, specifically black turmeric. They conclude by talking about the importance of adaptability and resourcefulness in business.
1/15/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 7 seconds
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Earthquakes, Extreme Feminism, etc....The Normal Stuff_Episode 27

Jon and Steph discuss their experiences with natural disasters, the resilience of businesses in Fiji, and gun ownership in America. They also touch on societal issues such as extreme feminism and high suicide rates. The conversation then shifts to the future of global leadership, with a focus on the rise of Islamic countries. They also discuss their personal lives, including their beauty routines and their experiences running a coffee shop. Towards the end, they reveal plans for their new company, Waka Media.
11/30/202339 minutes, 29 seconds
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Jon and Stephanie's Childhood Tales_Episode 26

In this podcast episode, John and Stephanie discuss their different approaches to work and household chores. Stephanie shares her challenges with dyslexia and balancing work, motherhood, and household responsibilities. They also reminisce about their childhood experiences and discuss their experiences with friends and their children. They talk about their recent argument, the pressure to launch a new website and merchandise, and their plans to expand their content creation. They also discuss their different working styles, John's perfectionism, and the need for a separate workspace. The episode ends with a humorous discussion about John's need for empty counter space and a joke about the podcast being sponsored by coffee.
11/15/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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Balancing Ambition and Anxiety_Episode 25

Jon & Steph discuss their experience with Leadership Fiji and their role in helping and their year over year growth of the event. The conversation also touches on their communication style during public speaking events and childhood games. They then shift to discussing their podcast and the engagement they receive from listeners. They talk about the possibilities for entrepreneurship in Fiji and the importance of helping others. The conversation also covers their recent activities, challenges faced when moving to a new place, and the need for balance between ambition and anxiety. They end by mentioning their partnership with Digicel and their plans for content creation.
10/7/202350 minutes, 23 seconds
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From Bleach Showers to Business: Our Unconventional Journey

In this podcast episode, Steph and Jon discuss their friend's unusual habit of taking bleach showers, their own business ventures and recent successes, their experiences with rugby and rugby culture, and their personal lives. They touch on cultural norms in Fiji, the challenges of living there, and their aspirations for the future. 
9/27/202359 minutes, 23 seconds
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Breaking the Taboo: Sex Education, Body Shaming, and Empowering Women

In this podcast episode, Jon & Steph discuss various topics including the possibility of having more children, the perception of age and middle age, experiences with pregnancy, and a discussion about sex education and body shaming in church. They reflect on their decision to have two children and share their struggles with pregnancy. The conversation then shifts to the importance of teaching individuals to value and honor their bodies in church, rather than shaming them. They also recount awkward experiences at a party where they discovered the hosts were swingers. The episode ends with a lighthearted discussion about their cooking skills.
7/5/202346 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bananas, Bulk Shopping, and Ballsy Personalities: A Lighthearted Chat with Two Friends__Episode 22

Have you ever thought about the most effective way to discipline your children? In this podcast, Jon and Steph share their experiences with physical discipline and the importance of following through with consequences. They discuss the cultural conversation around physical discipline and its potential disappearance, and how discipline, in any form, needs to be done out of love. They also touch on the importance of personal growth and development in the workplace, as well as the impact of social media on loneliness. Overall, Jon and Steph emphasize the importance of showing love and care for others, even if it may not always be easy or convenient.
6/22/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 37 seconds
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Living Above Reproach: How Honesty and Integrity Can Change the World_Episode 21

In this podcast episode Jon and Steph reflect on the importance of living above reproach, finding meaning in life, coping with loss, and their faith. The episode includes a Q&A segment and a game called "We're Not Really Strangers." Thanks for joining!!
6/9/202357 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why is it important to translate and explain Fijian culture for non-Fijians?__Episode 20

In this episode of the Waka Family Podcast, Jon and Steph discuss the importance of explaining and respecting Fijian culture. They also talk about their podcast set and recording location, as well as the importance of communication and good leadership in business. The conversation shifts to a discussion about discrimination and self-perception, and ends with a lighthearted discussion about their relationship and a promotion for their sponsor, Fresh Tea+Coffee.
5/31/202348 minutes, 38 seconds
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When was the Last Time You Cried?__Episode 19

Jon and Steph discuss their experiences with crying, the challenges of running a business in a small town, the importance of mutual respect and balance in a marriage, and the significance of their Christian faith in their business ventures. They also share stories and memories from their childhood and reflect on personal growth. The tone of the conversation is lighthearted, with occasional moments of vulnerability and reflection.      
5/24/202359 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Benefits and Challenges of Living in a Small Island Nation_Episode 18

In this podcast episode, Stephanie and Jonathan chat about the limited options for quality women's undergarments in Fiji, the difficulties of finding trustworthy assistance, the education system, and the challenges of running a business in Fiji. They also share personal anecdotes about encountering cockroaches, their views on politics, and their experiences with spiritual healing. Stephanie and Jonathan reflect on how biblical teachings influence their daily lives. The episode concludes with a discussion about what initially drew them to each other and what has kept their attraction strong over time.
5/10/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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From Fish Poisoning to Forgiveness: A Conversation on Sickness and Sin_Episode 17

In this podcast episode, Jon and Steph, the hosts, discuss a range of topics, including the Muslim holiday of Eid, the importance of inclusivity and affordability in their coffee shop, personal experiences with health and healthcare, and the best gifts they have given and received. They also touch on topics related to their faith, including forgiveness, living a righteous life, and the end times.
4/26/202335 minutes, 46 seconds
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Why Does He Know So Much About Donkeys__Episode 16

In this podcast episode, Jon and Steph engage in a casual conversation covering a range of topics. They share their experiences and opinions on jokes, coffee, language, AI, and old school maps. The duo also touches on important topics such as education, communication, customer service, and building a strong foundation for a business. Additionally, they express their concerns about the development of AI. The episode concludes with a moment of levity, as one of the speakers suggests a Google search for "the donkey in the cross." Just an enjoyable and informative exchange between two friends.
4/7/202354 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jonathan Gets Reported To The Police__Episode 15

Jon and Steph talk about the pizza restaraunt, how to resove confilict EVERY TIME, opportunities in the South Pacific, the differences between a job and a business, and more. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
3/31/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 21 seconds
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Addressing Our Most Controversial Post To Date__Episode 14

Jon and Steph talk about all the recent feedback on social media, tell their origin story, and how you don’t need capital to start a business. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
3/24/20230
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Addressing Our Most Controversial Post To Date__Episode 14

Jon and Steph talk about all the recent feedback on social media, tell their origin story, and how you don’t need capital to start a business. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
3/24/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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How To Handle The Feeling of "Not Belonging"__Episode 13

Jon and Steph discuss weight-loss, dieting, Jon’s new twitter account, the Waka Family’s new Tiktok, Jonathan’s road rage issues, race, religion, and more. Thanks for joining! This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
3/19/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds
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Self Confidence Issues and Relationships__Episode 12

Join Jonathan and Stephanie as they chat about creating conent, business, relationships, and more! This Episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
3/5/202345 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Filthy Animal's Birthday__Episode 11

Jon and Steph talk about pooing in the ocean, losing your hearing, and more business progress made over the past week. Thanks for joining the conversation. This week's episode was brought to you by The Wet Mammal.
2/26/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 18 seconds
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Welcoming Our New Content Manager_Episode 10

In the darkness because of a dead solar system Jon and Steph talk about the rules they would have for each other if they lived on a sailboat, introduce their new full time content manager, and the need to start open conversations about sexual abuse in our communities. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu.
2/19/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Friends Who Have Nothing To Give__Episode 9

Meet their pet iguana, Fred. Steph and Jon also chat about the new processing, planting, and exporting venture they are looking into starting in Fiji, the new podcast/production studio/office they take possession of this week, and more.  This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu.
2/12/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 35 seconds
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Delusional Optimism__Episode 8

"Stephanie, do you believe that you are delusionsally optimistic about your life?"...that's how Episode 8 starts. THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST RAW CONVERSATION SO FAR.  That question kind of sets the tone for the rest of the episode. They litteraly read incoming business text messages--LIVE--as they came in. Thanks for joining Jonathan and Stephanie for another episode in their journey to creating the most innovative company in the South Pacific by 2030. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea&Coffee.
2/4/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Most Random Way to Make A Living__Episode 7

In this episode Jonathan and Stephanie talk about buying and selling turmeric in Fiji, the best spearfishing in the world, and our first kiss. Thanks for listening!!
1/31/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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You're NOT REALLY Fijian__Episode 6

Jon and Steph are back recording this one straight from the village. They talk about personal development goals for the year, the new turmeric project, people saying "You're not really Fijian.",  how the "good old days" weren’t actually that good, and more. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji. 
1/22/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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"Must Be Nice"__Episode 5

This is a recording of Jon and Steph's first sit-down debrief conversation of the last CRAZY week. They spent the last week going in and out of ICU's and different hospitals, contacting VIPs in government, and requesting their followers in Fiji to come and donate blood and support their friend's child Malakai. He wasn't supposed to make it but with lots of prayer and medical intervention he pulled through and is now back in Canada undergoing more treatments. Life lessons, trying to continue to do business amist the craziness, what they could do better, and more. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee, the ony coffee shop between Labasa and Savusavu in Vanua Levu Fiji. The best service in Fiji while serving local organic wild coffee, tea, and deserts. Stop on in!
1/14/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 41 seconds
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Jonathan Knows Nothing__Episode 4

Jonathan talks about and quizzes himself on how little he knows about the South Pacific, the craziness of the last week, and how people say all religions lead to God. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee.
1/7/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 43 seconds
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The White Wives Club__Episode 3

Jonathan and Stephanie review the standout moments for them in 2022, their group of friends that happened to be all dark-skinned guys with white wives, their need for a full-time content manager/videographer/editor, and more. Thanks for the support. This episode was brought to you by Fresh Tea+Coffee located in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
12/30/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 42 seconds
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Keeping Our Family Together__Episode 2

Today the 2022 general elections in Fiji are haunting Jonathan and Stephanie and their thoughts. They also chat about the importance of keeping family together, how Fiji should be marketing itself to the rest of the world, the amount of dummy tax they've paid in the past 3 years, and how to be positive leaders and parents. This episode is brought to you by Fresh Tea & Coffee, the only coffee shop between Savusavu and Labasa in Vanua Levu in Fiji. The best service in Fiji while serving local organic wild coffee, tea, and deserts. Stop on in!
12/23/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 4 seconds
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Who Are the Waka Family And Where Are We Going__Episode 1

Jonathan and Stephanie talk about things they wish they'd known about each other before getting married, the idea behind the Waka Family, where the dream started, and what they learned from reading their Bibles today-all this from the comfort of their bed (in a mosquito net, with mice running in the ceiling, in the village, in Fiji).
12/15/20221 hour, 19 minutes