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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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ep. 009 - This is not beneath you

 
A quick solo rapid-fire episode. Just reflecting on how little acts of kindness should not be an effort.



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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.

#StayAwesome

Oli