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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