Episode 77: The Episodes that Helped Me Move Forward on My Journey

December 30, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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For the last episode of 2018, I wanted to share excerpts from shows that helped me transform and rebuild after a few years of treading water. All of my guests have helped me in some way; unfortunately, I didn’t have time in an hour long show to play segments from all of my favorite moments of 2018. I had to narrow it down somehow, so I pulled moments from certain episodes that stayed with me, that still whisper in my ear and guide me on my path forward.

Here are the guests in order:

Dennis McCarthy’s dedication to figuring out the mystery that has dumbfounded Shakespearean researchers for hundreds of years continues to inspire me to never give up. The truth is out there, but we also need the courage and wisdom to look for it and recognize it when we see it.

Natalia Iyudin shares her wisdom and experiences as a film director. Her advice to stand firm in your convictions and to know who you are before you get into the film industry was solid. We’ve all seen how the industry can destroy those who are not ready for that life.

Sophie Grimm’s perspective on audience helps me give each person the healthy respect we all deserve. Her audition advice also helped me prep my son for his theatre audition.

Roclyn Porter is a therapist who works with first responders. In her discussion of compassion fatigue, I realized I was suffering from it. Roclyn gave me an impromptu therapy session to help me heal. I can now see the symptoms when they show up and know what to do to alleviate them.

Jamie Jenson, a former colleague, talks about her year of saying, “Yes!” Her goal to accept every opportunity that came her way has helped me to say yes to things I normally would have said no to. Those yeses have been some of my best moments this year.

Chris Carrera and his family decided to move to Costa Rica for a year to find out what was missing in their lives. His description of the rat race made me rethink some of the choices I was making.

Finally, the last two segments I share came from Devin Powell, Jay Mansfield, and Adam Rivera. Their definitions of going all in were probably the most impactful perspectives of this year, making me realize that I have not been going all in with my dreams and goals. Every moment since those interviews, I have been making choices that are bringing me closer and closer to the life I’ve been striving for.

For some musical inspiration, I chose Pink’s cover of The Greatest Showman’s “A Million Dreams”

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Episode 57: Walking Away from Consumerism with Chris Carrera

July 8, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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Chris Carrera joins me on All In to discuss a life-changing event: He and his wife Laurie and their two children are leaving New Hampshire and moving to Costa Rica for a year. Chris quit a well-paying job with benefits to take this leap of faith with his family; they are resetting their souls and walking away from consumerism. The path they have been on these last few years made them question their choices and what the “American Dream” really means.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Two Shoes” by The Cat Empire; 2nd song: “Home” by LCD Soundsystem; and 3rd song: “Take the Night” by Harrison Stafford.

Follow Chris and Laurie’s journey here: http://onewesternsky.com/

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Episode 27: Painting Around the Country with Scott David Chase

November 14, 2017
All In with Pauline Hawkins

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Scott David Chase joins me to discuss his literal artist’s journey across the country, painting in 48 of the 50 states. He talks about his travels with Zoe (his rescue dog) and the artists he visited and painted with on his literal and figurative creative journey.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “If Not Now, When?” by Incubus -; 2nd song: “Where Have My Countrymen Gone” by The Sheila Divine; 3rd song of soundtrack: “National Anthem” by The Gaslight Anthem.

To hear more from Scott, check out his podcast: This Is My Truth.

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The Great Gatsby: Chapter 1

The Great Gatsby movie posterOn May 10th, 2013 the new attempt at turning the beloved novel into a movie will be released; as hopeful as I am that it will be a beautiful rendition, I am just as doubtful that anything can do it justice. The other versions fell flat. They did a good job at presenting the basic plot of the story, but the heart of the story hasn’t played out well on screen.

Why? I believe it’s because the beauty of the novel lies not so much in the plot, but in the words on the page.

The story paints a bleak picture of 1920’s America–a story based on truths that has led to our present reality. Despite the glitz and glamour, not one of the characters is likeable. Even the narrator, try as he might to deny it, is despicable. The only character who is immune to that judgment is Gatsby–the one thing that Nick, the narrator, tells readers–yet we are supposed to despise Gatsby and everything he represents. After all, Gatsby’s shady steps to fulfilling his dream came at others’ expense. However, try as we might, we can’t hate Gatsby; he is a tragic figure who worked his whole life to grasp a dream that began disintegrating in his hands as soon as he touched it.

Trust me, the tragic American hero comes alive more on the page than he has on screen–at least so far. Unfortunately, we have a generation of passive readers in our midst, which will make reading The Great Gatsby extremely difficult for them. Fitzgerald refuses to tell the reader–anything; instead, he shows the reader everything–every movement, every expression, every bit of scenery and decoration–hoping to inspire the reader to think what it all means and judge for him or herself. A mental exercise most people shy away from these days.

In an attempt to encourage people to read The Great Gatsby, and not just passively be entertained by the movie, I am sharing my favorite quotes from each of the nine chapters. Pay attention to the poetry in his prose, to the images Fitzgerald shows us, and what those things make us feel and think.

Chapter 1:

If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about [Gatsby], some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life . . . –it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.

Please, feel free to share your thoughts or your favorite quotes from this chapter in the comment section below.