Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ep. 008 - Looking ahead (w. Stephanie Delpe)

Curve-ball...Setback...Call it what you want - I'm well aware that this thing called Life is riddled with events that fall under the umbrella 'unpredictable'. However, when you come across an unforeseen circumstance that throws you for a loop you didn't see coming, let's agree there a very few reasons to sugarcoat it : it just sucks.

On this very candid and no less personal episode, I welcome back the charming and undaunted Stephanie Delpe (IG: @justme_smd) who, in her own words, fought against the natural instinct to shutdown and close off, and instead, show a tremendous example of vulnerability and transparency.

We touch on the wisdom brought on by perspective, the importance of humility, reflect on our personal choices...and a heck of a lot more.

Here's to new new chapters, and looking ahead, heads high.

You can connect with Stephanie via her blog or show some love and follow her on Instagram and/or Facebook



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Monday, October 2, 2017

Ep. 007 - The Matchbox we called Home

A little trip down nostalgia road and a short rapid-fire version of the story of a very impactful day in me & my siblings' young lives that still resonates with me to this day, both as a parent and as a person.



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If you just happen to find some kind of personal truth in this little trip, feel free to share. Would love to hear from you : awakentheawesome [at] gmail [dot] com

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Ep. 006 - "Rivalry? What rivalry?" - w. Vivardy Boursiquot (Photo Friday Special)



Don't you just love it when a good wholesome, unplanned, unrehearsed, unscripted, unfiltered and honest conversation just flows smoothly and takes on a life of its own?

I do.

Hadn't done a Photography-centered recording in a while so it was really nice of my friend and creative compadre, Vivardy Boursiquot, to stop by and chime on a couple of items that we just threw out onto the proverbial whiteboard and just ran with.

What transpired was a truly fun and engaging exchange of ideas and perspectives which are always a blast if you ask me.

From the subject of ethics in photography, to an open overview of Vivardy's new website, to the relevance on online critiques...we pretty much let loose on this one - and it's a gem of a good one.

You can connect with Vivardy via his website for business and related inquiries. You can also follow his Social Media updates via Instagram and/or Facebook.



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ep. 005 - "I am loving this marathon called Life" - Stephanie Delpe


When you have the opportunity to connect with a kindred spirit, you do not brush it off. I believe that not every person we meet along our ongoing path of Awesomeness is meant to stay there. But there is certainly a great deal of worthy and enriching connections and friendships to be made and embraced along the way. 
[*Note - I'll definitely do an episode on the topic of toxic relationships as it's certainly something I want to touch on]

On this episode of the Awaken The Awesome podcast, I welcome Stephanie Delpe, New York-born Fashion & Lifestyle blogger, and a woman of many of many singular accomplishments, who got on my radar recently following a recent post that really got me thinking. 

See, as much as we talk about 'equality' and not dismissing the many victories that have happened over the course of our history as human beings, I do believe there are some things that Men will never understand about Women, and vice versa. But that should stop us from trying. Which is why, when I read this very honest and sincere account about that emotional roller-coaster that can occur when a woman chooses to cut her hair - I had questions. Lots of questions. 

The words were true and the story was heartfelt...but there was obviously something I didn't get.

"...Hair?"


Yes, hair. And so much more.

A delightful exchange of perspectives and a noteworthy learning experience for your truly. I want to thank Stephanie for her time and powerful message which I believe to be a resounding one.

You can connect with Stephanie Delpe via her blog or show some love and follow her on Instagram and/or Facebook



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How is this a thing?

File this under the "random" file but that's usually how these little reflections of mine happen.

I was watching this short documentary on the pervasiveness of apps (read: mobile applications) in our daily lives and, even though the report was a tad bit dated, it still caught my attention as I had to compare how things had not only worsened but also the incredibly short time in which this shift had happened.

But I digress - put aside the report, one app caught my eye, as it was brought up as an umpteenth example of how we use apps for pretty much anything and how the coin phrase "there's an app for that" rang ever so true.

The app was "Note To God" and it'ls official description is available as follows:

"Note to God allows the user to enter a personal note to God. The app is non-denominational and is meant to allow anyone with any belief to communicate with his or her own higher power.
In many religions, the act of writing a letter to God is seen as a holy commitment and a legitimate way of communicating one's spiritual emotions. The Note To God app is simply a digital expression of those same honest feelings.
After the note is sent, it disappears. The user cannot recall past notes. This way, the writing of the note can be completely honest and the hitting of send is a true commitment to what's in the note.
"

Quick side note - The creator of the app, a young man by the name of Allen Wright, was hospitalized following a tragic hit-and-run that left him in a coma for 8 days. As far as my research suggests, he has since pulled through and miraculously recovered. During his ordeal, parents and family witnessed the outpouring of thoughts and well-wishes from his app's user community sending their blessings through the app.

As of this posting, the app has long since been removed from the AppStore.

I found myself pausing because, as much I did not want to sound condescending, preachy or simply cynical - it had to be said : HOW. IS THIS. A THING?

I've put this disclaimer forward before so I'll take a second to point this out one more time : I'm not your everyday Christian so I do not sit here as some form of Holier Than Thou individual...*THAT SAID* - when something seems a tad bit peculiar in my honest opinion, I have itch to point it out. Now that we've properly cleared that out, allow me if you would...

WHY - do you need - an app - to pray to God?

I mean really. It's been my very humble understanding that God is Almighty, all powerful, all being, and wouldn't you know it - all seeing...so why would I need an app to communicate with the Lord?

Call me crazy or way too naive but I believe God to be at your side anywhere and anyhow you need Him to be. You don't need an app for that. I think that what's at play here is our ever increasing need to record and have our thoughts archived somewhere for posterity. 
It's my concern that applications and modern methods of communications have certainly earned their useful place in our lives. I even use one for daily meditation. But do we really have to go as far as to need an app to pray to our individual higher power? 
I just find it a bit odd that we've come to this point where one the simplest and most sincere acts of your own personal faith has to be, yet again, subject to an electronic device or preserved via digital medium. Not to mention that the word 'anonymous' always makes me cringe when I see it - cause I don't buy it. But that's a comment for another time.

I can totally empathise with someone having the need to express, share and reflect on their thoughts and emotions as they might be dealing with issues they might not otherwise feel at ease to lay that on someone else like a relative or a friend - but God made it so simple. Why complicate things? I guess I just find that Life has become complicated enough that we shouldn't have to convince ourselves that our prayers, whether intended for own personal struggle or that of our fellow human, need be filtered or curated though an app.

I'm speaking from a position of observation and curiosity not condescension. As far as I can tell, you don't have to pull out your phone to speak to God - He's right here.

Be blessed.

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Oli