CONVERSATIONS WITH HEART & SOUL
A podcast from the editors of VIE Magazine. Hosted by Founder/Editor-in-chief of VIE, Lisa Marie Burwell. Listen below or subscribe to never miss an episode.
Jane Poynter, Space Perspective Founder, Co-CEO
VIE Speaks Episode #21 – “Looking to the Stars” a Conversation with Jane Poynter
Our host, VIE’s CEO and editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, sat down with Space Perspective founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Experience Officer Jane Poynter to discuss all things outer space. Jane has a diverse background and a long-standing love of science. She has traveled the world, sailed on a research vessel, lived in Biosphere 2, and has since moved on to launch her Orlando-based space tourism company, Space Perspective. This lively discussion focuses on the next frontier and how we could all be traveling to the stars in style in the very near future. Visit SpacePerspective.com to learn more or follow along at @thespaceperspective.
Morgan James – Vocalist, Songwriter, and Actress
VIE Speaks Episode 20: “A Very Magnetic Christmas Album” – A Conversation with Morgan James
Soulful songstress Morgan James brightens up the holidays! On this illuminating episode of VIE Speaks, our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, sits down with vocalist, songwriter, actress, and two-time VIE cover girl Morgan James to discuss her upcoming holiday album, “A Very Magnetic Christmas.” The Juilliard alumna has an incredibly inspiring story filled with determination, grit, and lots of talent. She takes listeners through her musical journey, including her time working on Broadway, her upcoming tour, and her experiences performing on social media. Tune in for a very special performance of “Long As I Got You” from her new album as Morgan is accompanied by her husband, guitarist Doug Wamble. “A Very Magnetic Christmas” is available everywhere today! Find additional information on Morgan, A Very Magnetic Christmas Tour dates, and her albums on her website, www.morganjamesonline.com.
Julian Lennon – Photo by Deborah Anderson
VIE Speaks Episode 19: “A Change-Maker for Good” – A Conversation with Julian Lennon
In celebration of his new exclusive fine-art photography collection released by General Public Art and RH (formerly Restoration Hardware), Julian Lennon sits down with our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, for this exciting episode of VIE Speaks. Lennon is a renowned musician, author, poet, photographer, and humanitarian whose list of achievements only continues to grow. He teamed up with Portia de Rossi to release his new photography collection via her General Public Art gallery, whose mission is to bring high-quality work from artists worldwide to the public by using a cost-effective 3-D printing method that makes prices more accessible. The collection is now available for sale exclusively through RH, with a portion of proceeds going to Lennon’s White Feather Foundation. He also speaks about his award-winning graphic novel, The Morning Tribe, and the newly released Netflix documentary he produced, Kiss the Ground, narrated by Woody Harrelson. With a new studio album on the way and many more creative endeavors in the works, we look forward to keeping up with Lennon and sharing more from him in a future issue of VIE magazine!
30A 10K Starting Line
VIE Speaks Episode 18: “Racing to the Finish Line for a Good Cause” – A Conversation with Corcoran Reverie, 30A 10K, and More
30A 10K Celebrates 10 Years! On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell sits down with guest-host Hilary Farnum-Fasth, founder and broker of Corcoran Reverie real estate, as they talk with several sponsors of the upcoming 30A 10K Road Race starting and ending in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Each year, this 10K race and fun run raises funds for local charities in Walton County and surrounding areas. This year’s beneficiaries include Point Washington Medical Clinic, Walton Education Foundation, Seaside School Foundation, and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. Listen in as representatives from these organizations, including Hillary Glenn, M.H. Carr, Teresa Evans-Horton, Alicia Skolrood, Carita Smith, and 30A 10K founder/director Amy Stoyles share their inspiring work. Learn how to donate or register for the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Road Race & Fun Run on November 25 at www.30A10K.com.
VIE Speaks Episode 17: “Soul-Full Art That Heals” – A Conversation with Margaret Biggs
In this heartfelt episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Pensacola, Florida–based fine artist and poet Margaret Biggs. In addition to creating beautiful art inspired by the nature of the Gulf Coast, Margaret is a former elite model, a world traveler, a philanthropist, and an insightful soul. She shares snippets from her life’s story here, including her hardships and the ways art and meditation have always been there for her as coping methods, healing practices, and sharing that transformative healing with others. Subscribe now to listen on your favorite podcast platforms, and check out the episode on http://YouTube.com/c/vietelevision for the first look at our all-new VIE Speaks podcast studio!
Jonah Allen – Photo by Hunter Burgtof
VIE Speaks Episode 16: ”Chasing Waves” – A Conversation with Jonah Allen
Our host, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with 30A creative Jonah Allen to discuss how he got his start in photography, what inspires him, and his upcoming coffee-table book, Where Waters Meet, on an all-new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast. Jonah Allen is an American photographer whose body of work explores his relationship with the surface of the planet, particularly its water systems. This candid discussion touches on how Jonah keeps his focus on his dreams and what’s next for his career. Visit JonahAllen.com to learn more or follow along at @jonahallenstudio.
Todd Reeves – Photo by Anthony Smoots
VIE Speaks Episode 15: “Fashion, Art & Modern Design” – A Conversation with Todd Reeves
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, sits down with Todd D. Reeves, the creative director and principal at isidro dunbar Modern Interiors. idMI is a full-service showroom, retail, and design studio for modern home decor and furnishings in Miramar Beach, Florida, serving clients around the southeast and beyond. A fashion industry veteran and design expert, Todd has a finger on the pulse of all things beautiful, as well as a strong appreciation and well of knowledge for modern art. He and Lisa discuss what’s new at idMI, what’s coming up for the interior design world, the revival of wallpaper, the VIE office design, and much more in this new episode full of all things modern!
Tiffanie Nelson – Founder, Food for Thought
VIE Speaks Episode 14: “Feeding a Community” – A Conversation with Tiffanie Nelson
Our host, VIE’s editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with Food for Thought founder Tiffanie Nelson to discuss their latest endeavors for an all-new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast. Food For Thought is a nonprofit that serves Florida’s Walton and Okaloosa Counties to help fight child hunger. This engaging discussion also touches on the need to raise awareness and support for Food For Thought’s 8th Annual Stock the Pantry fund-raiser. Stock the Pantry is a fund-raising competition held by FFT every year to help raise $125k + 100k food items to stock the nonprofit’s pantry for the upcoming school year. This year, teams have a choice between fund-raising or hosting a food drive. Please join VIE in showing your support for area children and families in need through this generous organization. Visit FoodForThoughtFL.org to find out how you can help!
Brian Kelley – Photo by Ben Christensen
VIE Speaks Episode 13: ”Sunshine State of Mind” – A Conversation with Brian Kelley
As musician and entrepreneur Brian Kelley’s debut solo album, Sunshine State of Mind, is released today, VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul is thrilled to celebrate with him! BK chats with our host, VIE editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell about his experience co-writing all 17 tracks on this country-meets-coastal album and expounds on his vision and passion for music and life. As half of the country duo Florida Georgia Line with Tyler Hubbard, BK reinforces his “Florida Boy Forever” lifestyle in this fun and soulful new album. Brian and his wife, Brittney Kelley, also own Tribe Kelley lifestyle brand, with store locations in Nashville and Grayton Beach, Florida. Brittney was featured on VIE Speaks Episode #3, so be sure to check it out here.
Danielle Torley, Founder – Emerald Flame
VIE Speaks Episode 12: “Dancing Through Fire” – A Conversation with Danielle Torley
After a devastating experience with a house fire at six years old, Danielle Torley held onto her grief and fear for many years. She and her younger sister escaped the blaze that took their mother’s life and put their father in the hospital for a month. The fire was a thief that stole a piece of her childhood and her heart, and years passed before Torley met a fire dancer in Roatán who helped her face her demons head-on by literally asking them to dance. Our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with Torley for this special episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul. They discuss overcoming your fears, the thrills of fire dancing, Torley’s TED Talks experience, and her thriving entertainment business, Emerald Flame. Thank you, Danielle, for sharing your story with our listeners! Look for more from her coming soon in VIE ‘s June 2021 Issue.
Robert Davis, Founder – Seaside®, Florida
VIE Speaks Episode 11: “The Godfather of New Urbanism” – A Conversation with Robert Davis
VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell sits down with special guest Robert S. Davis, the founder of the idyllic town of Seaside ®, Florida, in our latest episode of VIE Speaks! The New Urbanism community along Scenic Highway 30-A and the Gulf of Mexico celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Robert looks back on his visions for the town alongside his wife, Daryl, and the world-class team of town planners, architects, and creatives who have brought their vision to life and evolved it over the past four decades. From inspiring other communities around the world to playing host to celebrities and scholars, Seaside ® is genuinely a town like no other, and its future is bright.
Alexis Miller, Director of Events for Alys Beach, FL & 2021 President – Cultural Arts Alliance
VIE Speaks Episode 10: “Keeping the Arts Alive in 2021” – A Lively Chat with Alexis Miller
After a challenging year for arts and events in 2020, this year’s president of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and director of events at Alys Beach, Alexis Miller, is ready to get back into the groove. She sat down with our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, to discuss what’s coming up for the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, including the return of Alys Beach’s premier arts event, Digital Graffiti festival, May 12–15. VIE is excited to host once again the annual Digital Graffiti Awards Party—with a new virtual dance-off twist! Listen in for more details and stay tuned to learn how you can join us and experience Digital Graffiti from home, plus get the scoop on the all-new Beach Club at Alys Beach and much more.
Romona Robbins Reynolds, Photographer/ProducerShane Reynolds,
VIE Speaks Episode 9: “A Dynamic Duo: Living an Adventurous Life” – A Conversation with Romona Robbins and Shane Reynolds
We welcome you to the ninth episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, has been friends with the dynamic husband-and-wife creative duo, Romona Robbins and Shane Reynolds, for many years, working with them on various projects for VIE and its publisher, The Idea Boutique. As world-class photographers, filmmakers, producers, and more, Shane and Romona have traversed the globe—both above and below the water’s surface—telling stories and creating content for National Geographic, Travel Channel, VIE, Connemara Life, Lonely Planet, and more. Join them for a chat about life, love, family, and adventure!
Nathan Alan Yoakum, Owner/ArtistNathan Alan Yoakum Art (NAYA)
VIE Speaks Episode 8: “Art on the Spectrum: Seeing What Others Cannot” – A Conversation with Nathan Alan Yoakum
In the eighth episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, catches up with artist Nathan Alan Yoakum. A heartfelt and candid conversation follows detailing Nathan’s stunning resin sculptures and pop art, as well as his personal journey of living on the autism spectrum and how it has shaped his life and career. Through art, Nathan finds his creative niche and thrives in a world where he can see what others cannot. His visions become a beautiful story for his audience and collectors. Find Nathan’s work at isidro dunbar Modern Interiors in Miramar Beach, Florida, Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis, and Chic Evolution in Art in Atlanta.
Geoff Speyrer, VeteranU.S. Army
VIE Speaks Episode 7: “Life Is a Battlefield” – A Conversation with Geoff Speyrer
Welcome to episode seven of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, talks with US Army veteran and fitness competitor Geoff Speyrer. His recent SET 22 Challenge—a grueling strength, endurance, and training event that took place over Memorial Day weekend in 2020—raised over $10,000 for Mission 22, a nonprofit helping veterans with treatment for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse along with promoting suicide prevention. Geoff discusses his own experiences fighting on the battlefields of the military, addiction, self-harm, fitness, and rebuilding his life through hard work and dedication.
Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy, Owner/Trainer
Destin Athletic Club
VIE Speaks Episode 6: “Fit for Life” – A Conversation with Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy
Welcome to episode six of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with health and fitness expert Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy. This former professional hockey player, now the owner and lead trainer at Destin Athletic Club in Destin, Florida, is also a VIE cover gent. Join Lisa and Zoli as they discuss the importance of keeping both your body and your mind strong and healthy, everyday fitness tips, and more.
Brook Stetler, Executive Director
The Repertory Theatre – Seaside, Florida
VIE Speaks Episode 5: “Love The REP” – A Conversation with Brook Stetler
Welcome to a new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Brook Stetler, the executive director of The Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Florida. This small local theater company makes big waves throughout the year with a robust lineup of productions for adults and children, concerts, film series, and more. Lisa caught up with Brook to chat about The REP and the value of supporting the arts in your community.
Jordan Staggs, Managing Editor
VIE Speaks Episode 4: “VIE Adventures, Part II” – A Conversation with Jordan Staggs
This episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, features our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, and managing editor Jordan Staggs. Join us as they recount some of VIE’s most memorable photo shoot moments from the past several years, the joys and struggles of making a monthly magazine, and their love of all things Hamilton in this installment of “VIE Adventures.” Stay tuned for more adventures with the VIE staff on future episodes of VIE Speaks.
Brittney Kelley, Cofounder/CEO
VIE Speaks Episode 3: “Pivot with Your Tribe” – A Conversation with Brittney Kelley
On the third episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, Lisa Burwell sits down with Brittney Kelley. As the cofounder, CEO, and designer for Tribe Kelley lifestyle brand along with her husband, Brian Kelley of country music duo Florida Georgia Line, Brittney has become an influential creative voice in her community and online. She shares information on her partnership with mental health advocacy program PIVOT Relational Alignment, what’s coming up for Tribe Kelley, and more.
Tracey Thomas, Creative Director
VIE Speaks Episode 2: “VIE Adventures, Part I” – A Conversation with Tracey Thomas
In the first installment of “VIE Adventures,” our host, VIE magazine founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, chats with creative director Tracey Thomas about the history and vision of VIE. Join us for a special episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul as they share behind-the-scenes tidbits about working with fashion designer Christian Siriano on a massive cover and lifestyle shoot at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Ireland, traveling the world for stories, and the inspiration and evolution behind VIE’s brand for the past twelve years.
Laurie Hood, Founder
Alaqua Animal Refuge
VIE Speaks Episode 1: “Rescue Me” — A Conversation with Laurie Hood
Welcome to the first episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a new podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Laurie Hood, the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Florida state director for Animal Wellness Action. In this heartfelt and candid conversation, they discuss Hood’s mission for giving animals shelter, safety, and second chances, along with the ups and downs of running a nonprofit no-kill animal refuge with over 400 volunteers.