Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ep. 015 - Stay Dedicated (w. Lemar Martin)

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I've always been big on the importance of physical activity. In a not too distant future, I'll be hitting 40 and if there's anything these two minions that bear my name have convinced me of, it's the fact that your body and its overall maintenance are and should remain a constant priority.

Funny thing about fitness that I've learned throughout the years - it's personal. There is no ONE formula and what works for you is not always the best option for someone else. Goals, schedule, personal commitment, medical history, immediate environment, social conditioning...take your pick - factors are a dime a dozen. Everyone has their own journey. Any my next guest is an honest testament to that simple fact.

Bodybuilder, trainer, entrepreneur and all around awesome individual, Lemar Martin always stood out as a man of great character and a kind heart from the first time I met him back in a past life. With his dedication to fitness and drive to develop his body to its optimal performance, I wanted to connect with Lemar to get his two cents on a couple of tidbits near and dear to my heart such as:

- Dedication as well as Motivation
- Why a coach matters
- Nutrition is key and first on your list. No exceptions.
- The gym is not for everybody
- Know your goals
- Natural vs Artificial growth(both physical as well as mental)
- The Best Workout Motivation Ever by Joe Rogan
...and so much more...

You can connect with Lemar via Instagram & keep up with his latest videos via his YouTube channel.

For a consultation, training programs, meal plans, nutritional needs & more - stop by Atomik Nutriton Brossard or call to book an appointment.

I do hope you enjoy this exchange as we certainly enjoyed bringing it to you.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Ep. 014 - Feelings Inside Not Expressed (*Explicit*)


This one hits in some pretty uncomfortable places.

It's been a long time coming since I said I'd do some sort of mental health/stress-anxiety-depression type of episode but I was never too sure how to frame it or how to get myself out of the bashfulness of sharing my personal struggle.

Admission of full honesty right now as I don't really know how to preface this one other than to warn you that a few curse words have made their way into it. Aside from that, I found it truly mattered to keep the conversation going in regards to pulling as much of the veil off the often-overlooked emotional and psychological struggles that we go through on a regular basis, especially men.

A rather choppy and chaotic reflection on myself but a satisfied look on my face as it reminds me that, even though I still have work to do, I'm doing a lot better than I used to. And that's Awesome.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ep. 013 - A Lifeline from yourself

A surprising and heartwarming story of how colleagues ... are not JUST colleagues.
Sometimes, in the midst of the daily grind, we tend to take for granted the singular value of working alongside a really great and group of people. While the job might seem overwhelming at times, having the privilege top be surrounded by individuals whose presence helps you plow through is a terrific feeling. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

iTunes & Google Play approved! Believe it!


It's a wild ride and a treat and to make these episodes and create this podcast. It is. Bar none. I'm having fun. I'm proud of the work that's come out so far. Making mistakes, taking notes, trying new things, forging on as I - pardon the cliché - keep trying to "Do better. Everyday."

...but this is another level of Awesome right here.

Had to check...double-check...and check some more...but it's true : this podcast is officially available on the iTunes and Google Play platforms (as well as many of the other fine repositories, apps where you happen to get your podcast fix.)


12 episodes down so far, and I'm so very humble and thankful to all - family, friends, esteemed guests, supporters, listeners - for the feedback, encouragement, critique and involvement. 

Every listen, every download, every click - it MATTERS so much. I'm humbled.

So, this is just another awesome step in a great adventure. Hope you'll stick around.

Here are the links (click to be redirected) 
iTunes

...or just search 'Awaken The Awesome'...I'll be there.

With love and gratitude,

Oli

#StayAwesome

Friday, November 3, 2017

Ep. 012 - This journey called LOVE (w. Jessica Cantave)

In an active effort to pay attention and remain cautious of my workaholic tendencies, trying to take on as many projects as my mind  can wrangle, I've become increasingly curious about the concept of Mindfulness. More specifically through the practice of meditation and Yoga.

It gets thrown around a lot and there more than a few resources to go around in regards to demystifying the whole thing and getting one's feet wet.

I, however, never mind keeing things close to the chest, or in this case, in the family.

Jessica Cantave has been an avid practitioner of Yoga for many years now and her dedication has yet to slow down. She was definitely a worthy source of both valuable and legitimate experience that I was more than happy to tap into with my always naive and curious self.

An honest and heartfelt exchange, with a surprising exercise in Stillness directed at yours truly, Jessica's insight and enlightened being made this a conversation to remember.

You can connect with Jessica Cantave via Instagram

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ep. 011 - One was better than none

Another piece of nostalgia where humility and gratitude are the ever present gifts of wisdom and resilience.

Let's just say that this recording made laugh, cringe, smirk and thank the Heavens - have a listen, I think you'll agree.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Ep. 010 - Ethically Speaking (Photo Friday Special - Roundtable)

Ho Boy! We picked a doozie this time.

Ethics in Photojournalism...Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?

Where does one you start? From the moral standards to be upheld by publications, to the expectation of Truth, to the every increasing pressure to make your photos stand out while adhering to more rigorous standards...
We dive in and we dive deep.
As always, on this "Roundtable" Photo Friday episode, I am joined 2 of my 3 trusted advisors and fellow enthusiasts, namely Vivardy Boursiquot and Dimitri Rousseau (*Koralie Woodward could not join us this time around) as we attempt to throw our humble yet enthusiastic hats into the ring and try our luck at taming this impressive beast of a subject in our own curious way.

You can connect with Dimitri via his Instagram.

You can connect with Vivardy via his website or Instagram as well.


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**Some resources and show notes discussed in this episode include but not limited to...

- The National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics

- This very insightful talk by New York-based photojournalist, Natan Dvir


- The Steve McCurry Scandal (via PetaPixel)

Revisionist History - S2E4 (Malcolm Gladwell podcast) : The Footsoldier of Birmingham

- The New York Post <Doomed> cover controversy

- World Press Photo 2017 Photo of The Year

I do hope you enjoy this exchange as we certainly enjoyed bringing it to you.

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