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The Hope Initiative
89 minutes | Jan 26, 2023
#116 - Find Your Flow
“Some people need that soft inner voice, like “you can do it, you got this”, small victories… Some people just like to wake up and be like, “Don't be a bitch today. Let's go to the gym. Let's get shit done!” We function different and I like reading David Goggin's books. I've never gone into the military, I don't have any family in the military. But I'm always drawn to that like harsh military type of discipline. Let's do this, let's get it done. I'm from the same exact parents as my sister. My sister cannot function with a harsh inner voice. She needs someone soft. She needs encouraging little notes throughout the day and like a soft inner voice that's like, “Okay, you went out and you planned seven miles today, you only did a 5k. It's fine. You did great. You put your shoes on. I'm proud of you.” And then some people do better with “You are not gonna finish at this 5k. You're gonna continue doing this seven miles.” They thrive like that. But if you try and force that other person that needs that like softer inner voice, you know, they might crumble and then they might give up running or something. You gotta find your flow. And that's why it's hard in this health and fitness area. I say it's hard, but it's also more of a blessing that there's so many people out there. But you gotta be careful who you listen to. You gotta find who you like. You gotta understand not everyone out there is gonna be the same vibe as you. So that's why it's fun. You get to go out and you get to find the people that inspire you and motivate you.” Episode #116 of The Hope Initiative with Ryder Langley. I met the effervescent Ryder Langley on IG IN August 2022 and she has been a constant source of ENERGY since! So stoked to have this chat with her for the podcast and be friends with her across the Pacific. Go get after it today folks - it’s the only way! Enjoy the pod - love Rien! SHOW LINKS Ryder on Instagram Ep 15 of the pod - Paris Down to Turkey Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
74 minutes | Jan 20, 2023
#115 - Willingness to Work
“I would read those articles about the lives of those players and what route that they took to get to their famous lives. I could just see myself, you know, when I would read them, I would read those stories and I would place myself into those stories. Some of the information I took in, it was talking about nutrition and keeping your body clean and staying away from drugs and alcohol and also the willingness to work and get better every day. Those messages were coming through to me from various different sources, whether it was Look magazine or whether the interviews that I saw on on the tv. And so I just bought into it, Rien. I bought into a hook, line and sinker because this is what I wanted to do. And I believed those guys were telling the truth. That's what I did. And whether or not it was that, or whether it was just sheer luck or it was destiny, I really don't know. All I know is that if it was gonna happen for me, then I wanted to give myself the best chance for it happening. And I didn't want to do things that were going to deter from my opportunities. If I was given the opportunity in order for me to take advantage of it, I had to put myself in the best position to be able to do so. And that meant doing certain things to give my chance, self the best chance to make it.” Episode #115 of The Hope Initiative with Walter Abercrombie. I met Walter Abercrombie at Baylor University the day after Waco 70.3 in October 2022. I went back for a proper look at the grounds we had to run through the day prior, and met him in the carpark. We had a great conversation that day and he was kind enough to give me a tour inside the ground where he worked! Growing up in 1960’s America, Walter was 8 years old when Martin Luther King was assassinated. A tragic event and one that impacted all African Americans at the time. His journey through life, being the first member of his family to graduate Baylor University, representing their football team plus a career in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Philadelphia Eagles is just part of the journey. Now back in Waco where he grew up, Walter has raised 4 children and has helped thousands of people if not more I’m sure, through the work he does at the University. Thanks so much to Walter for the time and being such a legend! I hope you all enjoy. Cheers, SHOW LINKS Check out Walters Wikipedia A sweet video from Baylor University, narrated by Walter Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
107 minutes | Jan 12, 2023
#114 - A Wherewithal for Whimsicality
“I can remember looking outside and just thinking those exact things, you know, “How is the sun shining? How's the rain falling? How are those people just walking normally? How can they walk normally? You know, those are little memories I would have when I was 16 years old, just because I was in such shock. My dad had tubes coming out of him in every direction and the doctors were saying his brain was damaged hugely and his whole body was damaged and he could hardly walk… He was unconscious and he stayed unconscious for two years. But you know, you just do with strength. I believe that God gave me a lot of that strength. And you really have a choice. You wake up in the morning and make a life, or you can wake up in the morning, and, I don't mean to say some people don't have the capacity to wake up and make it a good day, you know, because I firmly believe in depression and people that need help with that, I am so supportive of that. But thank goodness I somehow had the wherewithal to rise and be where I needed to be, you know, at that time. But I didn't know any different, I didn't know there was a choice. I mean, it wasn't; my brother took off and became a musician in California. That's kind of how he handled it. But I stayed and, you know, and nothing against him, but that fit him better.” Episode #114 of The Hope Initiative with Kai Sibley. I met the wonderful Kai Sibley on a flight from Florida to Denver in November 2022, and had a fabulous conversation with her on the plane. We kept in touch, and I am so stoked to be able to have had this conversation to share her wisdom. An incredible kind and loving woman, she has lived many lives in her years and still remains whimsically optimistic about life as she likely did as a young girl. Thank you so much for the conversation, Kai. I hope you all enjoy listening. Much love! Rien SHOW LINKS Not many links for Kai, if you’d like to send her a message, feel free to get in contact with me and I’ll forward it to her! Check out her daughters brand, Bocobaby here! Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
113 minutes | Jan 5, 2023
#113 - Full Time Savage
“I built up a growth mindset. I was working out hard. I had a higher position in the cleaning company as a supervisor in just 12 months of being there… It seems like it all started with that decision though. Can you distill what that decision was in your mind? If you can articulate it? So, as I said, it was just thinking about where do you wanna go? Do you wanna keep drinking alcohol? Do you wanna keep wasting your life? And you know, being hopeless in Australia and then go back to Colombia and be a useless guy for my parents. Or do you want to really have what you want in life? Do you want to create the life you want? That was a the decision and I said, fuck it. I wanna try my best to stay in Australia. I have just one goal; extend my visa. I wanna try my best to do that.” Episode #113 of The Hope Initiative with Andres Cubides. In the past 18 months I have had so many serendipitous meetings with fantastic humans, and this conversation with Andres Cubides is no exception. Introduced by a mutual friend - Bastien Tabaillou (episode #84 of the podcast) - on the 2nd of January, I reached out to Andres who was in the final 3 days of #75Hard. Completing the program only yesterday, we sat down for this conversation where he outlined his journey from a young kid, drinking and using drugs as a teenager in Colombia, to Melbourne Australia at just 18 years old, where after a shaky start, he is now running at an epic pace both literally and metaphorically. A man on a mission with a big vision, it was an honour to learn a bit about him and what he has planned. Thank you for your time, Andres! Looking forward to getting after it with you some time soon. Stay Savage and enjoy! Cheers, Rien SHOW LINKS Andres on Instagram Episode 208 of Real AF - 75 Hard + The Live Hard Program Link to donate to Andres’ World Record attempt and charity - coming soon! Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
101 minutes | Dec 28, 2022
#112 - 2022 in Review
“It’s ok to communicate. People want to communicate!” Episode #112 of The Hope Initiative Podcast: 2022 in Review. A compilation episode recapping the year that was! The best year yet for the podcast. And we’re only just getting starting! Thanks to all of the guests this year and previously that have made the podcast what it is. And thank you to everyone who has listened wherever you been around the world! It means a lot. Wishing you a creative and consistent 2023. Go make it yours! Love always, Rien SHOW LINKS For the full episode, click the link below, or check timestamps for location within this ep. #75 - Peyton Elroy @ 10:26 #77 - Boyd Myers @ 13:31 #78 - Trina Nguyen @ 22:54 #80 - Louie Ruvolo @ 29:57 #86 - Case Bradford @ 34:57 #89 - Melinda Watts @ 39:20 #92 - Maurice Esmond @ 44:52 #94 - Brett Foster @ 50:01 #96 - Ian Traynor @ 54:04 #98 - Kayla Herbert @ 58:21 #100 - Chris Boettcher @ 1:02:55 #102 - Waco Recap by me! @ 1:07:29 #103 - Nadia Zekaria @ 1:12:38 #104 - Ryan Dreyer @ 1:18:17 #105 - Taylor Meskimen @ 1:24:11 #106 - Mike Sudyk @ 1:27:49 Final Thoughts on the year @ 1:33:51 Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
48 minutes | Dec 22, 2022
#111 - Progress Or Perfection
“I think the inspiration is kind of what I was just explaining before, that feeling of creating something that causes a reaction in me, an emotional response. It's chasing that feeling. And yeah, that's like what I think for any people who really love music, they'll have favourite bands and favourite songs and favourite albums, like of course you love the songs cuz they're catchy and because the lyrics are cool and it's a sweet guitar solo, whatever. But it's really about how it makes you feel and what it makes you remember when you hear it, like you hear a specific song and it takes you back to a place and you might hear a song and it reminds you of when you're a kid, whatever, playing in the backyard. And then I might hear that same song and it reminds me of something completely different. I suppose it's that that inspires me. I want to be able to create that for people, for myself. And like also just making music's fun.” Episode #111 of The Hope Initiative Podcast with Daniel MacDonald A rapid ep with my brother Dan. He’s a legend for helping me keep the streak alive! I hope you enjoy, and if you didn’t, that’s ok because I did :) SHOW LINKS Check out Shoes off House on Instagram Stay tuned for their first song on The Spotifys Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
87 minutes | Dec 15, 2022
#110 - Inspire the Impossible
“Let's keep on going. That's my biggest thing, is just proving to people that everything, like anything you want to do is possible, right? There's no goal out there that isn't possible if you put your mind to it, if you work relentlessly towards it and you give it time, it's not gonna happen overnight, right? There's no such thing as overnight success. But if you go and you work towards it and you're relentless with it, I truly believe anything is possible. And like I've proven that to myself time and time again. I never thought running an Ironman was possible. I didn't even think of running a mile was possible a couple years ago. And I'm an Ironman, I proved myself wrong” Episode #110 of The Hope Initiative with Adam Sikora. I came across Adam Sikora on Twitter - the magical corner of Twitter where I have met so many brilliant people this year. Holy shit it’s been a great year. In this conversation we talk how he grew up the funny fat kid at school and is now helping men take control of their life through putting in the work. His big personality has come through so much in my time viewing him on my phone screen, so I’m blessed to have had some of it on this call and can’t wait to meet him in person one day soon - Florida 2023 baby! We’re coming for that finish line. Thanks so much to Adam and you all for listening! I hope you enjoy. Cheers SHOW LINKS Adam on Twitter Adam on Instagram Check out Adams Linktree to book a call! DT on Twitter and his episode on The Hope Initiative! Episode 102 of the pod - Wakey Wakey Waco Ryan Dreyer’s Tribal Training Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
100 minutes | Dec 8, 2022
#109 - The Hope Manifesto
“I think like contribution is probably one of my strongest values that I try to live by now and incorporate. It's kind of self-explanatory with the Hope Manifesto, what I'm trying to do there. I'm always curious as to how I've impacted other people, but I think that's also a part of life that you're not supposed to have all those answers. And need to sit in the unknown, and it kind of forces you as like, why am I doing this? Am I doing it for the accolades and for the validation? Or am I doing this because, no, I think this is what the right thing is to do regardless. And it's exactly like what you were talking about. When you get to that point of just doing things because it's the right thing. And like I, I used to try and picture that. I try to ask myself “Could be a dear friend, that they turn around, never speak to me again for whatever reason, would I still be okay that I've done this?” And it's like, if I wasn't, well…” Episode #109 of The Hope Initiative with Leigh Pritchard. Having met Leigh earlier in 2022, he was someone who instantly stood out to me as one who I would love to have a chat with on the podcast. I quickly found out he ran a page called The Hope Manifesto, where he shares writing and thoughts on how to live life. In this conversation we dissect his, how he has become the man he is today through a loving upbringing that involved its fair share of heartbreak, and most importantly, how he is creating on through it all with hope in his heart. Thanks so much to Leigh for scratching the surface with me on this one! I hope you enjoy. SHOW LINKS Leigh on Instagram The Hope Manifesto on Instagram Leigh Pritchard Golf on Instagram Check out Leigh’s podcast - coming later in 2022… Check back here for the updated link! Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
61 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
#108 - Worthy Opponents
“To be my friend, you must be a worthy opponent. So I think that's what we all bring to the table here. You know, you're not gonna be around someone that doesn't provide any value or competition to your life because then you're just gonna plateau or you're just gonna get comfortable. I think all of us, specifically in our circle here, bring something really, really unique to the table. Whether it's creative, business, fitness, athleticism, music, whatever that is, we all bring something really, really strong to the table and it collectively makes us a really strong unit.” Episode #108 of The Hope Initiative with Jake Dobbs. After a few months of briefly chatting online, it was when I was in the same time zone on my recent trip to the US that I got on a call with Jake “Youngblood” Dobbs for this conversation. In it, we chat his early life as a popular and talented young kid, stories of djing in China, Doordash and now his entrepreneurial path that is taking shape with Phase 2 Brands doing plenty. He’s a young man on the rise and there’s plenty more to come. Stoked to have been able to pick his brain and take the conversation from text to live communication - even if it remains online for now. Thanks to Jake for taking the time! I hope you all enjoy and take a leaf out of his book and work on becoming a worthy opponent. The time is now. SHOW LINKS Follow Jake on Twitter Jake on Instagram Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Made by RUKKUS
73 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
#107 - Keep Dating Your Wife
Jason: “I'm sure this is true for others in the beginning, you spend a lot of time and energy and then if it's a good match and it's successful, then great you're together. You're serious, you're married. But that's what it is, that was a successful thing. So now, later, to not put in the same amount of time and energy seems obviously not right. The thing that got you the girl and now you're not gonna do it? Rien: “So gotta keep dating your wife.” J: “That's exactly it. Very well said. Keep dating your wife. I love that . That's a perfect concept that I definitely adhere to. Cause maybe back then it didn't feel like a lot of time and energy because it was natural. It was easy. You didn't even think you just were doing it. You had this attraction. But now? Okay, maybe it takes more of a conscious effort. But still do it. You know? It's my job to make her fall in love with me. I think if that's my duty. If I don't do it, then I'm not doing it. So I guess that's the answer of; It's a continual thing. And it's so easy cause you just remember what it was like in the beginning. What did you do then? Alright. Just keep doing it.” Episode #107 of The Hope Initiative with Jason and Tiffany Park. In a different sort of episode, I sit down with Jason and Tiffany Park of San Diego, California. I recently spent 5 weeks in the US on “holiday” and on my first night in Florida, witnessed Jason give a speech on a course he’d just completed. The way in which he spoke immediately marked him out as someone I wanted to meet. Of course the next morning, we were both in the hotel gym together, and our friendship grew from there! It wasn’t for a few weeks that I told Jason about the podcast, and on my last night in the US, I sat down with he and his wife Tiffany to chat about his life as a young man and how he has matured through meeting the wife of his dreams, and becoming the man she deserves. It was a lovely conversation and timely as ever for me in my life. Thank you enormously to Jason and Tiffany for sharing. I hope you and your kids enjoying listening to this. With love, always. Rien SHOW LINKS Jason is one of those rare guests who doesn’t have a big social presence. So, if you’d like to reach out, send me a message and I’ll get it to him! As “promised” two guest appearances I’ve made on podcasts… The Collective Wisdom Podcast and Quarantine Phone Calls Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie Podcast made by RUKKUS
72 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
#106 - Creative Abnormalities
“That's your freaking job as a parent. And that's the whole struggle with parenting is, yeah, on one end of the spectrum you can just be thumbs down, mandating they do everything and not let them like grow as a person and just be super strict. On the other end of the spectrum is, I think they're both lazy, but on the other end of the spectrum is like, “Whatever, you know, we're just letting them just… Hh, they coloured on the wall, that's fine! They're expressing themselves, oh, you know. They wanna just be some other gender? That's fine… Like they just need to be free spirits.” And that's lazy parenting. You’re abdicating your role to actually craft this person to a functional adult and the struggle is it's somewhere in the middle. You have to, earlier on, you have to be obviously doing some things for them and all this stuff, but as they get older, you have to let them make their own mistakes. But you have to guide them in building a set of values and a set of like ethics and a set of like, hardworking mentality and all of this stuff. And that only comes through discipline. And the struggle is the discipline. And that's where like the public discussion around this is like, we're vacillating between these extremes. So the side that's free spirited, everything is like, “Oh, you're being too strict side. That's too strict,” to saying, “Oh, you're being too free spirited.” Right? And the struggle is in the middle. You see this, kids need consistency. They need discipline. Everyone knows it. And I think where you do the most damage, and we fall into this too, is when you're inconsistent. You come down on 'em for something, you know, or you come down on something and then the next minute you're just like, not even coming down on 'em. Kids need that structure. They need some semblance. But again, back to our earlier comment around like over-scheduling kids. They need structure, but you can't just totally structure every minute of their day. Cuz that's not helpful either. They have to have some of that kind of free kind of thinking, creative time…” Episode #106 of The Hope Initiative with Mike Sudyk. Mike hails from Texas and now lives in Michigan with his wife and 5 kids! After a 17 hour journey we met in Waco, Texas for the Ironman weekend there last month where he absolutely crushed his 2nd ever triathlon! A father from a young age, in this conversation we chat about how he is raising his children to think what society deems as abnormal is actually normal, how he started his relationship with his wife in a way that parallels an Indian tradition, and what he’s working on creating now and into the future. Despite only spending a very short time in person with Mike, we entered the water together in Waco in a pretty cool moment in time for both of us - one that we no doubt will never forget. It was incredible seeing him cross the finish line so pumped and to be greeted by his family with so much love and admiration. A true role model. Thank you Mike for the wisdom and all that you shared brother. I look forward to racing with you in Australia! Enjoy the show. SHOW LINKS Follow Mike on Twitter Mike’s company - EC Group 2 Cent Dad Podcast Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
80 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
#105 - Decide Upon Magic
“I do a lot of just like deciding, “Okay, what's gonna happen this week?” Like what do I want to happen this week or this month? And how could I create that? I'll think about it and put it out into the universe and then I'll do my work and like flow things in that direction and then things come outta nowhere. And I have learned that you need to create in the universe in those directions. At first I thought you could just kind of wish them into existence. And I won't say that never happens cause it does actually. But I've found that a more accurate way to really ensure that it does happen is to make that wish or that decision and then you do things; do actions in that direction and then it will. It's guaranteed.” Episode #105 of The Hope Initiative with Taylor Meskimen. I followed Taylor on Instagram a few years ago after her Dad, Jim, was interviewed by my friend, Lee Rogers on The Blank Canvas Podcast. I’d seen Jim in a few films over the years but had not followed him on Instagram, but in doing so saw he had a daughter, Taylor! Currently in Florida, I serendipitously met Taylor one Friday evening and a few days later, we sat down for this conversation you’re potentially about to listen to (weird if you’re just reading the description only but then again, I guess that’s what descriptions are for - enticing you to listen!) So, we had a rad chat about life, creativity, magic and making your dreams become reality in a way which is eloquently described by this incredible woman. Plus many more interesting things like growing up with freedoms, the imagination of children and becoming great at your craft. It was a pleasure to chat and I hope it brings a smile to your face like it did to mine. Cheers, Rien SHOW LINKS Follow Taylor on Instagram Check out taylormeskimen.com Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
102 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
#104 - Rules of Your Tribe
“I love like the push and pull of it where it's like, it's a team sport, but nobody can do it but you. But you need everybody else's help to make sure that it happens for yourself. There's a really interesting dynamic with it that I think you can only really understand once you actually insert yourself into it. So it's amazing to hear that you've realised that and how valuable it was to feel the energy of the other people, even though they might not have been presently there. Being able to connect with Mike, like that's kind of what it's all about for me. And you know, that's a huge core value of my business and of my team that I've built. I just think it's a really important way to go through life. We need help from other people and we need to be a part of a tribe that we have shared values in, but we also gotta do this shit ourselves, right? Like, nobody can go fucking swim 4K for us, right? So there's this dynamic that I've just really fallen in love with and that allows me to get a lot outta life.” Episode #104 of The Hope Initiative with Ryan Dreyer. I met Ryan Dreyer in August this year seeking his guidance for Waco 70.3. Aside from getting me race fit and in the best nick of my life, he’s someone who has a massive impact on me professionally in how he operates and what he has built in a short time. In this conversation we delve into his chubby childhood, where he gets energy, why going fast is better than going slow, and how operating within the rules of the tribe is the best way to live. He’s a legend, and I’m looking forward to all that is to come. Find your tribe, and Stay Hard. Enjoy the show! Cheers, Rien SHOW LINKS Follow Ryan on Twitter Tribal Training on Instagram www.traintribal.com Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
93 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
#103 - Consequences of Becoming
“I'm a big advocate for intense personal responsibility. You only you can save you. And listen to my life, if I was waiting around for someone else to save me, I'll tell you right now, I wouldn't be sitting in front of you. I live a very different life and I see a lot of learned helplessness in clients and in the public these days. A lot of, “Oh, there's nothing I can do. I just feel like this…” That slapping on of a label I think sometimes can be I think in people's best interests. Because yes, there's a place and I understand it, but I also think potentially it's part of how we've allowed people to stop taking responsibility. They just go, “Oh well I'm depressed or I'm anxious, or I have ADHD” and they just give up… They're just given the pills and sent on their way and not given any opportunity to take personal responsibility. That's such a failure of our medical system and that's why I do podcasts and I do posts and all that sort of thing is so people start understanding that there is always something you can do. Maybe it's not a hundred percent of the way and depending on what's going on, obviously like what my mum has going on, and I have a lot of empathy now that I didn't as a child. What is going on in her brain is quite intense in comparison to some things. But there's always something. There was something she could do cause she's better now than she was. But it was learning to take as much personal responsibility as you can is a massive thing that I'm an advocate for. Episode #103 of The Hope Initiative with Nadia Zekaria. Nadia was introduced to me by a previous guest and ever since following her I’ve been intrigued into what shaped such strong and outspoken woman. In this conversation I learn all about that, why she loves personal responsibility, the dance of internal and external love and how to bring about the best in your life, and of course, all things becoming. It was a pleasure and I look forward to further chats with Nadia. I hope you all enjoy! SHOW LINKS Follow Nadia on Instagram Check out her Linktree to learn more about working with her! Books referenced! The Way of The Superior Man - David Deida Vagina - Naomi Wolf Attached - Amir Levine & Rachel Heller How to do the work - Nicole LePera Getting the love you want Other links Fight the New Drug 75 Hard - Andy Frisella Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie
140 minutes | Oct 22, 2022
#102 - Wakey Wakey Waco
Welcome to episode 102 which comes off the back of my time in Waco, Texas for the Ironman weekend! I personally competed in the 70.3 event which encompassed a swim (1.2mile / 1.9km) ride (56mile / 90km) and run (13.1mile / 21.1km) along with many of the other guests on this episode. On Thursday the 13th of October I travelled a total of 33 hours from Melbourne, Australia to the outskirts of Waco Texas to a small town called Valley Mills to compete in the Waco Ironman weekend. I met several of the other competitors there over the weekend, in particular Boyd Myers and Daniel Taylor - as they were guests on a previous episode of the podcast. I arrived in to Waco ready for weekend that would see the culmination of months of hard work, and upon leaving I have made lifelong friends, memories that will never leave me, and a desire to continue in this incredible sport that has given me so much already. Below are timestamps with the mark for when each guest appears in the episode, should you wish to jump forward or back. Thanks again to all of the guests - this one was special! And thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy. Intro Boyd Myers and Jared Raney pre race - 3:53 Rien post Waco reflection - 12:39 Keith Benz - 16:36 Mike McMahan - 19:23 Check out our coach, Ryan Dreyer on Twitter and the Train Tribal website for more details of what got both me and Mike race ready! Chris - 25:34 Spencer Trussell and his girlfriend Drew - 31:16 Follow Spencer on Instagram Mike Sudyk - 37:05 Check out Mike on Twitter and check out his podcast, 2 Cent Dad! Daniel Taylor, his partner Ashleigh and daughter Addy - 41:31 Follow Daniel on Twitter and his daughter Addy on Twitter Episode 82 of The Hope Initiative with Daniel Taylor Caleb Feyereisen - 50:07 Follow Caleb on Twitter Marcelo Galvao Fenerich- 1:04:33 Follow Marcelo on Instagram Annie, Sarah Malia and Naomi - 1:15:48 A special note on these 4 girls and the aid station they were at over the weekend. Such incredible energy and the care from not only them but all of the volunteers over the weekend was amazing. Blessed I got to meet them and have these 4 on the podcast. Cheers girls! Parker Gregory - 1:21:54 Follow Parker on Instagram The shirt that brought us together - use code “PARKER” for 10% off Jared Raney - 1:38:19 Follow Jared on Twitter Boyd Myers - 1:51:08 Follow Boyd Myers on Twitter Episode 77 of The Hope Initiative with Boyd Myers Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter Music by Jess Fairlie
92 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
#101 - Under the Influence of Each Other
“I was still very self-conscious about it and was very hyper aware all the time of what people were thinking of me. I felt like I was just not comfortable in it. And then came the showtime. And that first night when I was on stage in front of the audience, I felt this feeling of being exactly where I was meant to be. That was the moment where everything shifted. And so I owe everything to that single moment of that teacher convincing me to be the lead role in the school musical. I all of a sudden had people cheering for me. I had parents asking me for my autograph as a kid. And that attention and being valued and being seen as being good at something and seeing that as an asset was the start of me rebuilding my self confidence that I'd lost. And it's just been a journey of progressing that and building ever since.” Episode #101 of The Hope Initiative with Andrew Stevenson. A fantastic human I have the pleasure to call a friend, Andrew Stevenson is a special human. In this conversation we cover some fairly deep things surrounding the passing of his father and how it has shaped the person he has become today. One who is empathetic, grateful, and an inspiration to many, myself included. Thanks to Andrew for his wisdom and candidly sharing his life with me. Big love - King! SHOW LINKS Andrew on Instagram Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
84 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
#100 - Compete Against the System
“I believe that's kind of where we've gotten to this idea of risk and failure are such a negative thing, but unfortunately you have to take risks to grow. The idea of overcoming something or having something get in your way and you're able to work through that, just gives us that feedback I think specifically as men to teach us how to continue to build ourselves. So I think that's a big piece of it is, the cheap dopamine and the excessive comfort, and you call it what you want, whether it's intentional or unintentional. We're sort of bombarded with this stuff all day. Crappy food, pornography, Netflix, you name it, you can find it anywhere. It’s instant gratification. And I think it's easier for people to choose instant gratification over and over again than to delay it and have to continue to delay it for those long-term results that are gonna reward them a whole lot more.” Episode #100 of The Hope Initiative with Chris Boettcher. Twitter has been a place where I’ve met some incredible humans in 2022 - Chris is right up there with the best of them. A soon-to-be father of three, Chris is a 10 times Ironman and former physical therapist. Off the back of the pandemic, Chris took the opportunity with a new path for his life and has since been working to help men reclaim responsibility and discipline in their lives to help impact others in what is ultimately the early stages of an alternative to traditional healthcare. Incredible honoured to have Chris on the podcast, and as episode 100 I am grateful to have reached this milestone with such an important message at this time. As always thanks for the support and for listening - I hope you enjoy. Big love, Rien SHOW LINKS Follow Chris on Twitter Sign up to the Brother2Brother mailing list Brother2Brother Podcast Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
62 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
#99 - A Life Of Allegory
“Allegorical comes from basically everything in life should have a deeper meaning to it, you should be conscious of everything you're doing. Why do you drink from a certain mug? What is one cheap thing that you found or passed on for years? Every film you watched as a deeper meaning. All these things in life you should strive to have a bit more of a conscious attitude… I think it was the tagline was like the rebirth of everything that has meaning.” Episode #99 of The Hope Initiative with Adam James Pollock. After following Adam on Twitter for most of 2022, I decided to reach out to him to guest on the podcast and within 36 hours we had this conversation about his life and how through following his interest and observations, he’s created a new life for himself. Grateful for the conversation! Thanks to Adam for sharing all he did. SHOW LINKS Adam on Twitter Adam on Instagram https://adamjp.net/- His website where you can support his work! Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
89 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
#98 - It's All Happening For You
“I don't want my suffering to be meaningless. I think that's not honouring the parts of me that had to survive that shit. You know, the five year old Kayla that survived being raped, it's not right for me to not honour her and use that experience and give it meaning. I know there's that whole philosophical debate around, do we apply meaning or is there actual like an objective meaning to things? And I don't really care. I think for me, I apply meaning, but it also feels very true for me that the objective meaning of all my experiences is for me to turn it into something, you know, alchemy, right?” Episode #98 of The Hope Initiative with Kayla Herbert. I met Kayla through a mutual friend (Matty Lansdown) not 2 months ago and in that time have been honoured to get to know one of the wisest 21 year old humans I’ve met this lifetime. She’s often smiling and laughing (every day) and when you hear her story, I think you’ll be amazed and inspired as to why. Thanks so much to Kayla Cheers, Rien SHOW LINKS Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
88 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
#97 - Still Evolving, Still Dre
“I admire people who can receive new information and then change their mind and form their own opinion or take things that they think work and leave out the others. That's how you grow too. When you get older and you change your mind and you have different experiences. I think if you're thinking the same way your whole life, you can be very narrow minded and not - you know, you're stuck in your ways, which I never wanna do. There's pros and cons. Absolutely. But I think there's more pros to being open to change.” Episode #97 of The Hope Initiative with Andrea Sincan. I first reached out to Andrea Sincan in November 2021 after following her and her lifestyle as a juicer and plant based human, intrigued to learn about her story. After initial interest, we couldn’t make a time, and then she had an IG hiatus, before coming back a few months ago having changed the way she is living. She’s still juicing, but I think it’s fair to say living a more balanced and vitally healthy lifestyle. It was a fun conversation and looking forward to learning more from her and following along on the evolution over the years to come. Thanks again to Andrea, I hope you all enjoy listening! Cheers, Rien SHOW LINKS Juiced by Dre on Instagram The book she forgot the title of - Sacred Cow Follow and connect with the podcast on Instagram and Twitter. Music by Jess Fairlie.
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