The Soul Forge Podcast

The Soul Forge PodcastThe Soul Forge is a place of silent mystery, quiet contemplation, and outright mayhem! Shawn Vanderloo guides you through the adventures of living, but mostly talks about stupid things he has done because of girls. Topics include life and love, sex and dating, joy and heartache, memories and loss, and so much more! Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as pretentious as it sounds.

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Soul Forge Podcast Welcome to the Soul Forge, a place of silent mystery, quiet contemplation, and outright mayhem! Shawn Vanderloo guides you through the adventures of living! We all want to love and be loved. Am I normal? Are you normal? Is happiness possible? Let's find out together!

  • Calm, Coull & Collected: Robin Goes Home - 176
    by Shawn Vanderloo on October 29, 2020 at 6:45 am

    You remember brother Robin and his trials and tribulations. In this episode, Calm, Coull & Collected: Robin Goes Home - 176, my brother opens up about where he has been, and where he is now. His journey has had many ups and downs, but it appears he may be on the right track now!Robin moved in with his brother in Spring of 2019. He had hit rock bottom with no where left to turn. For more than a year and a half, his brother watched over him. At long last, it was time to return home and resume his life.We are talking about vending machines and masks. There are several ways Robin tries to make a living. Refurbishing vending machines are one such way. Making custom order masks are another such method. We also devoted an entire episode of Soul Forge to Robin's attempt at becoming a life coach. Well, he has finished the course. Listen to find out where he is now with that endeavour.Finally, we talk about his new job. Robin hates authority and people telling him what to do. However, making masks does not pay the bills. He is now working at Leon's Home Furnishings. Apparently it's a tough, labour intensive job, but it is paying the bills.Listen to Calm, Coull & Collected: Robin Goes Home - 176 for all the updates on Robin Coull's life!You can order a custom mask by searching I Don't Wanna Shop on Facebook.You can support the Soul Forge Podcast by donating at week's podcast promo: Mighty Marvel Geeks

  • Awkward Dates - 175
    by Shawn Vanderloo on October 22, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Awkward dates, technology and the art of being emotionally unprepared.My original plan for the episode was a conversation with an avid Trump supporter. The hope was to have an open and honest chat with the goal of getting to the bottom of why this man supports someone that most people cannot stand. However, due to scheduling conflicts, that episode was not to be.The next thought was to talk about being unprepared emotionally. Winter is coming and I'm never ready for it. At least, not ready in my soul. But alas, it comes every year around the same time. There is no choice but to get ready.This episode then moves into talking about the best time in the world to be born. Naturally I only have my own perspective. I do believe that my lifespan and era is the best of all possible times. You see, I was born before technology took over so I can appreciate life without being dependant on apps and smartphones. Yet, I'm young enough to appreciate what they bring to the table. And I want to be a cool grampa who wears obscure band T-shirts.The show ends with a chat about a couple of awkward dates. This ties into being emotionally unprepared on two front. The first date I mention, the girl was not ready or prepared. In the second example, I was too young to be ready and prepared.The podcast ends with a trailer for the 1992 movie Kuffs. That film ties into the second awkward date.This week's podcast promo: Ring of Thunder

  • True Crime Perhaps - 174
    by Shawn Vanderloo on October 15, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Perhaps True Crime is the way to go if you want to be a successful podcaster. It certainly appears to be the most popular podcast genre, and True Crime fans are the most vocal and passionate. Should the Soul Forge switch to a True Crime format?But True Crime is not the only thing we are talking about on this week's episode. Oh no, my friends, it is not. We are also talking about podcast success in general. And happiness. As well as friends. Oh, and also new rules and restrictions and work. Other stuff too! So many things to discuss in this episode.Did I mention this episode is an 'on the go' type of show? That's right. I'm recording an episode as I walk and deliver the mail. You get to hear dogs barking, mail box lids squeaking, and oh the traffic noises you will hear. So exciting!Happiness and the year 2020. This has been an unprecedented year in the history of modern humanity. Truly awful for many people. Surprisingly enough, it has probably been my best year in a very long time. Listen to the episode to find out more.So much podcast 'behind the scenes' talk as well. Would you like to be my social media secretary? You can do all the dirty work to make the show a success. Listen to find out the perks and benefits.Also included in this show are my thoughts on Trump and the COVID pandemic.And I talk about my girlfriend Julie. She's really amazing you guys!This week's podcast promos: Wookiee Radio, ESO Patreon

  • Talking About Communication with Julie - 173
    by Shawn Vanderloo on October 8, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Julie joins me for a chat about effective communication.Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place, person or group to another. Every communication involves (at least) one sender, a message and a recipient. This may sound simple, but communication is actually a very complex subject.The transmission of the message from sender to recipient can be affected by a huge range of things. These include our emotions, the cultural situation, the medium used to communicate, and even our location.On this episode, Shawn and Julie talk about their communication styles, their limitations, the progress they have made, and goals for the future. Talking about communication with Julie is a fun, light-hearted episode with some complexity underneath.This week's podcast promo: We Be Geeks

  • I Found My Grade 2 Report Card - 172
    by Shawn Vanderloo on October 1, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Digging through the archives of my family history. I found my grade 2 report card. In fact, there were very many things I found inside this box. This box has been in my possession for several years. It belonged to my grandparents. For quite some time I was hesitant to look inside.Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and look at what was there. Musty and dusty, the box of papers has traveled with me for some time. I couldn't put it off any longer. I found all kinds of things. There was everything from greeting cards to bank statments, and court documents to old newspapers. At first it was overwhelming and full of history.And then I found my grade 2 report card. That was the only thing in the box that belonged to me. On this episode, I share some family history and read the comments on my report card. This is a fun and fascinating look at what I was perceived as at the age of 7. How much of my early development can be seen in who I am today?This week's podcast promo: Nerdlanta

  • A Cup of Tea with Mahogany - Author Interview # 171
    by Shawn Vanderloo on September 24, 2020 at 6:26 am

    Mahogany Clark, is a poet, author, and U.S. army soldier from Miami Florida. She just recently turned 21 years old, and has written two books Self Love & A Cup Of Family Tea, Her third book was written to encourage young children to always feel loved, because proper nurturing is a huge aspect of growing up, and there were times as a kid where she felt unloved, and it is important that children across the world know they are loved, so they can grow and go on to love their own children. We sat down over Skype to chat about her life, her writing and her upcoming book Somebody Always Loves You.You can follow Mahogany on all the social media links in these show notes, as well as order her books from these links. Her newest book will be available October 14, 2020. is on Twitter and Instagram @mahoganywritezThis week's podcast promos: Pop Culture Cosmos, ESO Patreon

  • Cultural Touchstones - 170
    by Shawn Vanderloo on September 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Moments that define a culture or a generation...these are our cultural touchstones. The term ‘cultural touchstone’ has been credited to Matthew Arnold in his 1880 piece “The Study of Poetry.” In short, Arnold suggested that in order to determine how much praise a new piece of poetry deserved, it should be compared to older poetry that still received the same high praise. So, in essence, a cultural touchstone is something that defines an era. For instance, a huge movie in the life of my Rusted Robot Podcast co-host, is The Land Before Time. That film defines her generation. I have not seen it, and several people have now suggested I must watch it. This got me thinking about things that define eras and cultures. That is this episode.Some of the topics covered in this episode include: the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, JFK's assassination, the Olympics, the Titanic, Star Wars, Star Trek, songs, television shows (episodes or moments), 9/11, the MCU, #metoo, and so many more.The monologue at the end of the episode can be found on YouTube at week's podcast promo: Nerdbliss

  • Going Back To School in 2020 - 169
    by Shawn Vanderloo on September 10, 2020 at 6:45 am

    March Break is finally over. Summer time fun is at an end. You're going back to school in 2020. It's a weird time in the history of humanity. Never has a society shut down like it has this year.In this episode, we remember back to school rituals. The coming of another school year always meant back to school shopping. In merchandising, back to school is the period in which students and their parents purchase school supplies and apparel for the upcoming school year. At many department stores, back to school sales are advertised as a time when school supplies, children's, and young adults' clothing goes on sale.My girlfriend's daughter joins us on the show for a brief chat about her first day back.This week's podcast promo: Metal Geeks, ESO Patreon

  • Jeramy Spoke In Class Today - 168
    by Shawn Vanderloo on September 3, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Jeramy from the Fandom Squad Podcast comes by to chat about his rough childhood.We start by learning about Jeramy's early childhood. His parents divorced when he was fairly young. As a result, he lived with his mother who moved around quite a bit. She also choose men who may not have been suitable for her or Jeramy. There were many such men in her life.Because Jeramy did not have a stable home life, he turned to food. Eating become something he could control. Over eating led to him becoming the chubby, poor, outcast kid. He was bullied.Abandoned by his mom at age 11, he went to live with his sister and her family. From ages 11 until 21 he had a somewhat stable home life. However, because of his past, and his feelings of abandonment, Jeramy engaged in self-harm, had low self esteem, and felt unlovable.Through counseling, Jeramy learned about forgiveness. He was able to re-establish old relationships. He now has a relationship with both his mother and his father. Credit for a lot of his healing must also go to his girlfriend. This is Jeramy's story.This week's podcast promo: the Flopcast

  • Witchcraft for Beginners - 167
    by Shawn Vanderloo on August 27, 2020 at 7:15 am

    In Witchcraft for Beginners, Tracy takes us on her journey into the spiritual side of things. On this episode, we go over how she become interested in witchcraft, and what she has learned so far.Tracy started with an interest in Reiki, and began to learn about the crystals and the chakras. She followed this up with the practice of meditation. Watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Netflix, and reading about witchcraft brought Tracy to where she is now.I first noticed Tracy's interest in the spiritual side of things when she asked to smudge my new house. I had heard of smudging, but hadn't seen it performed. As for smudging, most people use white sage to remove negative energy. You can also use sweet grass, cedar sticks and other plants for differing purposes.In Witchcraft for Beginners, we also learn about using and trusting your intuition, speaking with spirits, and the difference between witchcraft, Wicca and paganism.Witches were once much-loved healers in communities. Various circumstances turned that love into hate and fear where these women were seen as evil or tools of the devil.We finish the episode with some talk about green witches. This includes herbalism and making tinctures, salves and poultices. We also learn about spells, rituals and astrology.This week's podcast promo: ESDCU, ESO Patreon

  • Parenting Life in the Fast Lane - 166
    by Shawn Vanderloo on August 20, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Parenting. It's living life in the fast lane. This week's Soul Forge brings you a look behind the parenting style of Rene, a father of 3 boys.Rene is the father of a 13 year old boy and 11 year old twin boys. On this episode, he discusses his parenting strategies. He talks about the sacrifices he has made to raise his family. We will go behind the scenes and learn about some of the things he has done to give his children a healthy life.We will also learn about the challenges he has faced. What did he learn along the way? Rene talks about priorities, going with the flow, hockey, and so much more.Please fill out the survey Rene needs for his class project by following this link: week's podcast promo: Earth Station Who

  • The Glow Up - Author Interview with Unique'ka - 165
    by Shawn Vanderloo on August 13, 2020 at 4:45 am

    This week the Soul Forge brings you an author interview with Unique'ka. Her self-published book is called The Glow Up. It's a self help book based on the journey of her life.  Sit back and listen to a tale as unique as Unique'ka.Coming from an abusive childhood shaped many factors in Unique'ka's life. She and her brother were both sent to foster care. Her anger issues and feeling of abandonment caused her to run away several times. However, the one constant in her life, was her love of reading and writing.After dropping out of high school, she began stripping at the age of 17. In time, she had a son and wanted to do better for him, and for herself. Unique'ka began a life-long journey of self reinvention.Reading self-help books and living her life by their principals is what really helped her turn her life around. She used these books and the lives of people like Oprah as a kind of guidance counselor.We end the podcast with the story of Unique'ka finding her birth family. We also learn about how the book came to be. You can purchase The Glow Up in several places, but the best sources are and www.msuniqueka.comThis week's podcast promo: Earth Station One

  • The Life Coach Session - 164
    by Shawn Vanderloo on August 6, 2020 at 7:00 am

    In the life coach session episode, Shawn talks with his brother Robin about his latest endeavour. Robin has decided to pursur a career in life coaching. On this episode, we learn about the reasons why Robin is pursuing this new direction, and we learn a bit about what the course entails.Robin admits he has no specific talents. However, he is pretty good at finding the talent in others and encouraging them. He feels that by becoming a life coach, he should be able to unlock the potential in others.Life coaching is not therapy. Therefore, you do not need to have your own life in perfect order to be able to help others. Although every decision Robin has made has been the wrong one, he still feels as if his experiences can help others.A life coach can help you through many problems or issues. These can range from relationship issues, to decisions about career or family, and many other topics. The best part about being a life coach is that you can set your own schedule and work whatever hours you choose. This is ideal for Robin who does not enjoy waking up early. The life coach session is yours for the taking!This week's podcast promo: Double Edge Double Bill

  • Advice From Your Future - 163 (3rd Anniversary Episode)
    by Shawn Vanderloo on July 30, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Advice from your future self is not something you can get. But, you can get advice from people older or wiser than you. On this week's episode, we celebrate 3 years of podcasting. We also have 30 pieces of advice that a 30 year old wishes he had when he was 20. Struggle Is GoodDon’t ComplainSpend Time With People You LoveDon’t Start A Relationship If You’re Not In LoveExercise DailyKeep A JournalBe GratefulDon’t Care About What People ThinkTake More RisksPick An Industry, Not A JobLead The WayThings Are Not What They SeemMoney Is Not The Most Important ThingBe NiceGet Comfortable With Being UncomfortableLearn Every DayRest Before You Are TiredDon’t JudgeThink About OthersGive Without Expecting Something In ReturnThere’s No End GameEnjoy Small ThingsDon’t Take Yourself SeriouslyDon’t Blame PeopleNever Look Back Too LongAvoid Negative Situations And PeopleInvest In YourselfRely On YourselfCreate SomethingTake Action You can email the show at  To support the show: This week's podcast promos: Ring of Thunder, The Best Saturdays of Our Lives

  • Half-Assed Zodiac Episode - 162
    by Shawn Vanderloo on July 23, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Okay so this week we will be discussing a few aspects of the Virgo star sign. Starting off with a brief discussion of topic ideas, we move into a general overview of astrology. This is definately going to be a half-assed zodiac episode. We are coming up on our 3 year anniversary next week. Would love your feedback, comments, concerns, suggestions...anything know that you care or are paying attention. Get ready for this crazy episode. This week's podcast promo: DragonCon Report

  • Your Favourite Things - 161
    by Shawn Vanderloo on July 16, 2020 at 6:52 am

    What are your favourite things? We are going for a more light-hearted tone this week on the podcast. We have had some heavy subjects as of late. Some levity never hurt anyone before.So, this time, I am going over some of my favourite things. As an added bonus, you get to hear clips of dialogue from movies, and pieces of songs that I enjoy.Talking about favourite movies, songs, artists and bands, video games, books and authors, quotes and memes, toys and collecting, and rabbit hole conversations that make you think. I also talk about my girlfriend Julie at the end of the show.This week's podcast promo: Cigar Nerds podcastAs an added bonus, there is a trailer and discussion of the Pink Cloud Nine podcast.

  • Robots, Replicas and You: Simulation or Reality - 160
    by Shawn Vanderloo on July 9, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Who are you? What makes you, you? How do you know if you're really real? Are we living in a natural world or some kind of a simulation?This week, we take a deep dive into some rather dense topics. First, we look at the concept of 'you' as an individual. Every person you encounter has a different version of who you are in their heads. How do we reconcile all these versions?Technology is progressing at a rapid pace. Are we heading towards the singularity? Are we there now? Perhaps we are in some type of simulation. Is this the Matrix?We touch on the concepts of androids, cyborgs and robots. The Turing test is explained. And we touch on the 3 laws of robotics.Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves is investigated. After a spoiler filled review of the film, we discuss just how possible something like this is.Replika is a new app. It is your AI chatbox; your new best friend; perhaps your lover. We review the app and talk about some of its features and how it relates to the topic.This week's podcast promo: The 42 Cast

  • Is Adulthood Real? - 159
    by Shawn Vanderloo on July 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Feel like a grown-up? Are you mature? Do you have your life all figured out? Are you someone that other people hold up as a shining example of what it means to live a proper life? Is adulthood really real, like for real life?There are many stages in life where a person may feel as if they have reached a certain stage or level of maturity or independence. But, is adulthood real? How many of you out there feel like an adult? In my experience, it isn't very many of us.On average, most people feel as though they are about 13 years younder than their actual age. And, there are many stages of life where you can be considered an adult. Other things in life may make you feel more mature or grown up, such as going away to school, buying your first car, living on your own, having a child or getting married.All these questions and more will be covered in this episode. Plus, we have 21 things that will help you feel like an adult.This week's podcast promo: But First, Let's Talk Nerdy

  • Cosmic Pizza - 158
    by Shawn Vanderloo on June 25, 2020 at 7:41 am

    The Cosmic Pizza Podcast is here! Your Soul Forge host Shawn has started a new endeavour with a couple of British dudes. After recording an episode of Dan's Temporal Trek podcast, the 3 friends decided their chemistry was so good, they should create their own podcast together. A bit of brainstorming later, and the Cosmic Pizza Podcast was born.What you will be hearing on this episode of Soul Forge, is Paul, Dan and Shawn introducing the new podcast to the world. Take a listen. If you enjoy it, head on over to your favourite podcast app and subscribe today! The Cosmic Pizza Podcast is serving you a slice of life in every delivery!This week's podcast promo: Watchathon of Rassilon

  • Role Models: Father's Day Special - 157
    by Shawn Vanderloo on June 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Role models and Father's Day are two topics that go together like peanut butter and jam. Is your father a good role model? Who do you look up to? For young children, parents are most often the first role models we have.We start this episode with a brief history of Father's Day. Once the obligatory research is out of the way, we get into some real stuff. I search my memories for stories of my role models. It turns out that my entire life has been a quest for a positive male influence. Without my dad as a big part of my life I turned to my grandfather. I share many fun stories from my childhood.Believe it or not, TV parents can often make great role models. Many of us were raised on a steady diet of television. In my own case, I looked to sitcoms like Family Ties, The Brady Bunch, and others to give me some of what I needed. Star Trek and the characters on that show were also hugely responsible for the way I looked at the world.This week's podcast promo: Thunder Talk

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