Awaken The Awesome

A down-to-earth approach to personal growth. Helping individuals just like you learn about tapping into their incredible potential through insightful interviews and inspiring lessons. Our mission is to encourage you to always keep pushing towards achieving your dreams and to stay awesome along the way.

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Monday Oct 16, 2023

Asd transparent as I've been, I always shied away from bring up Religion on this show.
Reason being it is such a hot button issue, I'd basically decided it was going to be one the few topics I would avoid bringing up.
But something happened this year - been dealing with a lot of particular issues, from my personal health, to family emergencies, to professional shifts and everything in between.
Overwhelm has really done a number on me on many fronts.
Found myself doing a lot of soul searching of sorts and it is in conversation with my good friend Phil, that the subject of our religious upbringing came up as we were reminiscing about growing up in Haiti and how church was an non-negotiable.
In my admitting that I was feeling a bit "lost" in how I, as husband and father, was leading and caring my family, he suggested and invited me to participate in the Faithful Men's Fellowship bible study group. 
In a sense of vulnerability and willingness to open my heart to reconnecting with my faith, I got on the Zoom call and got acquainted with a group of well-meaning, like-minded, incredibly open-hearted men who welcomed me with respect, truth and immense compassion.
As the leader and main speaker of the group, Pastor Michael Winfrey caught my eye as a no-holds barred, casual, insightful voice of wisdom and guidance that speaks to us from a place of experience and raw truth.
Which is why I wanted to have him on the show, as my first impression was such a resonating one. Felt like showing some gratitude and letting you guys know a bit more about the group and mission.
You can connect with Pastor Mike on Facebook or ...you're welcome to join the group for the weekly Saturday prayer call. Details below :
 
#StayAwesome
 
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Solo - Live Your Life By Design

Thursday Oct 12, 2023

Thursday Oct 12, 2023

Oftentimes, we think things 'JUST' happen.
I don't subscribe to that.
Particular circumstances not withstanding, you DO have the ability to forge the outcome you seek.
There's a process to everything.
Don't train? You will struggle.
Train well? You will reap the benefits.
Leave things up to chance. Watch The Universe do its thing.
Stay focused.
Stay disciplined.
And when things occasionally go sideways - learn and adjust accordingly.
#StayAwesome #ATATribe
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Tuesday Sep 19, 2023


 
 
 
Little know fact - when I started numbering these episodes, I had this grand vision that I would always use three digits to play a mind-trick on myself and aim for as many episodes as possible....999 is still quite a ways off ...but here we are...episode 200.
 
It is such an incredible honour to be able to share today's episode with you all. I thought it'd be a good opportunity to go back to the basics and bring on someone who is not only a good friend and avid supporter of the show, but is always a genuine treat to have on given his consistently thought-provoking insights and terrific energy. 
 
Tanguy Exumé is an individual you are immensely fortunate to know. And if he's someone you're lucky enough to call a 'brother', you've got it made.
 
Indeed, his incredible heart beats to the tune of an uncommon spirit. One whose singular journey has been shaped by circumstances, adventures, discoveries, experiences, and many teachings.
 
A born storyteller, and a damn good one at that, Tanguy has continuously demonstrated how leaning into one's gift can reveal so much about ourselves : educator, teacher, author, spoken-word artist, poet...and more recently, a seasoned podcaster.
 
Through his impressive body of work, and as the host of the impactful Teach Reach podcast, a podcast exploring human connections through shared stories, Tanguy carry us through a journey of emotion and truth from which we cannot walk away unaffected. He aims to bring us into his world, through journeys of laughter, leisure, longings, and sometimes great sorrow. And we can't help but thank him for it. 
 
On this candid and heartfelt conversation between longtime friends, Tanguy and I touch on the concepts on vulnerability and identity, finding one's place in the world, having to explore one's trauma by way of circumstance and duty, as well as trade podcasting war stories...
 
A solemn and singular exchange which I do hope you'll enjoy.
 
 
You can connect with Tanguy via Instagram.
 
Be sure to Subscribe, rate and review Tanguy's incredible Teach Reach podcast . Available on all podcast platforms.
 
Enjoy
 
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Thursday Sep 07, 2023

How a trip to the ER with my son suffering a severe allergic reaction made me realize how what we say matters to us actually doesn't - as  what we do often does not align with what we say when it comes to our goals.
Not for the weak.
#StayAwesome #ATATribe
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Monday Aug 28, 2023


 
 
I came across Julian Bell's body of work through a Reel that was recommended on my Instagram feed.
 
Couldn't quite place it at the time, but as I'm recording this, I realize that what drew me, even on such a small screen, was this sense of genuine playfulness that he had about him.
 
I know that Reels are meant to catch our eye and give us that small second of dopamine and giggles, but Julian's content has that differentiating factor that sets it apart from all the junk. His is a particular mix of engaging playfulness and thoughtful engagement that might make you overlook what a truly hard worker you're looking at.  
 
Even though I have long since put professional photography behind me, I always keep these masterful handlers of the visual art in high esteem.  Julian Bell is an incredibly talented creative and that goes without saying. 
 
Being a skilled filmmaker, photographer as well as a  prolific content creator, Julian's storytelling skills and eye for detail have been effectively chiseled in order for his content to answer the needs of  his community.
 
Even with an ever increasing Social Media following, he manages to maintain a level head through it all, despite his success.
From touching words of encouragement, to gear tips, to reminding us the importance of taking a break, Julian is one of those engaging souls whose warmth and approachability are always welcome.
 
On this episode, I sit down with Julian to talk about his beginnings, going full-time as filmmaker and content creator, the importance of play, tapping into your wild ideas, experimentation...and even get his insights on his favourite Anime and Manga.
 
You can connect with Julian via Instagram.
 
For bookings and business inquiries, visit his official website (https://www.mrniceguyfilms.com/).
 
Enjoy
 
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Solo - A Heartwarming Review

Tuesday Jun 20, 2023

Tuesday Jun 20, 2023

When an admittedly writes a review - and it goes straight to my heart.
#StayAwesome #ATATribe
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Monday Jun 05, 2023


I find today's episode is incredibly appropriate as for some reason, the very subject matter we're going to touch on happens to be so relevant.
See, I was bullied a lot when I was a kid. Something I'm sure many of you can relate to. I'm from a different time where I was taught to strike a balance between sucking it up to recognizing bullying from just playful schoolyard teasing to standing up for myself even if it meant a bruised lip when other person went over the line.
I however cannot speak to some of the particular traumas that some people have experienced from their childhood and have unfortunately carried on way into their adult life...and sadly, in their workplace as well.
Because truth is, personally, in the grand scheme of things, I'll admit that I never took the time to put a label on it. But as much as my tendencies would have me believe otherwise, some of the worst bullies can often be found in the very place where you work.
Workplace bullying is a very real thing. There’s an actual prevalence of it in North America. A January 2021 Workplace Bullying Survey survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute estimates 30 percent of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work.That's about 48.6 million Americans.
if this numbers seem unreal. Imagine the stories of the people who have experienced these incidents in the first place. I believe it made for an interesting and educational exchange as today's guest, Zenica Chatman, graced this humble podcast with her insights, expertise, wit and incredible truth. 
I admire people who have tapped into their purpose with a clear sense of direction and drive and Zenica is one of those. 
Zenica is a certified personal and executive coach, workplace trauma expert, trainer and speaker helping her clients rediscover their inner strength and confidence. As a trained journalist and communications strategist, Zenica uses her unique background to help her clients reimagine what’s possible for them and design a career and life they love. 
She decided to take a stand against corporate bullies after she was left emotionally broken by a pair of workplace bullies at the height of her career. Once she realized that too many women (especially women of colour) had experiences similar to hers, Zenica decided to take a stand against workplace bullies and help other women learn to stand up, speak out and be heard in the workplace and beyond! 
This episode is an emotional one. Zenica's story and mission are truly noteworthy and it's an honour to bring you this wonderful exchange. 
On this episode, recognizing workplace bullying as it happens, knowing when it's not , not giving away your power, the importance of guiding principles for finding personal strength...and so much more.
You connect with Zenica via Instagram or her personal website.
 
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Solo - Set YOUr standards

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Standards are the measure by which you teach people how to treat you.
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Monday May 29, 2023

This thing called Life has some very unpleasant lessons to teach you. You're better getting used to it as early as possible.
 
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Tuesday May 16, 2023


I think this episode is a very special one.
Recorded a while back, I had taken a lot of time before publishing it. Simply because, while listening to it during the editing stage, I realized that I was in a kind a weird mental state. 
I've often told you guys that this show being a work in progress, one thing I would never do is pretend that I have it all figured out. Sometimes, I go into these conversations and what I have in mind and what eventually comes out of it are totally different. And that's one the time-capsule aspects of podcasting that I truly enjoy. You go back in time and relive conversations and emotions you forgot were there. And it really helps when the person you share this time with has both the empathy and space to receive what you have to share.
This is the mutual respect, vulnerability and brotherly love that came from this intimate, unfiltered and emotional exchange with my friend, Dennis Gable.
Even though he and I have never met in person, I do not hesitate to call him a personal friend, as in someone who's friendship, honesty, good heart and willingness to always be real has been nothing short of humbling. Something that I truly hope to keep giving back. 
Dennis truly is a man of many talents.
He is a dedicated father, something that already makes him awesome in my book. As an imaginative entrepreneur, among his many ventures, he is the creator of 52 Card Pick Me Up, a Mental Health tool for all ages, helping you to identify and align the areas of your life that need attention and action.
He is the also a talented branding specialist, marketing consultant and content creator - or as he coined it himself back in 2019, a bonafied Brand Producer, integrating traditional marketing theory, relational philosophy, and foundational creative principles.
As a fellow podcaster, he his the creator and host of the Self To Society podcast where brings a vast and deeply masculine voice to the conversation on the topic of vulnerability and where he shares a deep understanding of the human experience through his singular perspective.
This conversation is one of those "...wait, I think we should record this.." type of scenarios where two men, two brothers, sat down and chose to hold space for each other in a moment of kindness where each other had a lot on their mind... manhood, confusion, the beauty and fragility of life, having the courage to be genuine in an age hypocrisy, what it means to being a good person...and so much more.
Unfiltered, unbothered, just truth - the best kind of recordings. Enjoy.
You can connect with Dennis via his official website as well as Instagram.
 
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