#015 – Naomi on Finding Your Why & Being of Service

Helloooo beautiful people! This week I am speaking with Naomi Haile, the co-founder of Find Your Tribe and of the Power of Why Podcast. Naomi is a community builder in Ottawa, and she really has a gift for rallying people. She is passionate about walking into your purpose, and after speaking with her, you just feel like you can take on the world. I hope that she inspires you to keep pushing in the direction of your dreams 🙂

01:30 – Naomi introduces herself, and the work that she’s been doing

04:45 – On how she developed such a clear vision of her life

08:45 – The turning point that made Naomi want to delve deeper into her Ethiopian culture

16:45 – How Find Your Tribe was started out of a need to build a community of young professionals, and how she met Samukele Ncube, her co-founder.

19:45 – On the different ways you can pivot your work, and how that led to Inclusively

30:35 – On the Power of Why Podcast and what led Naomi to start it

39:45 – On patience and how we can both practice it better

46:50 – What Naomi enjoys, how she learned to interview, and ask the hard questions

51:45 – Naomi’s ‘5-year plan’ and how she realizes it will depend on the systems and habits that she has in place

56:45 – Advice to her younger self

[Always remember that yourself in 20 years is relying on you to be smart right now, relying on you to work hard and to be diligent. Hustle in the way that feels right for you – Naomi]

You can find Naomi on LinkedIn, her website, Instagram, and Twitter

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In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

#014 – Imanzi on Becoming a Servant Leader

In this week’s episode, we are speaking with Imanzi Kayitare. We chat about his work as a public servant, how he is always involved in some form of community building, and what inspired it all. Enjoy 🙂  

01:45 – Imanzi introduces himself, his background, and how he started being involved in the community 

06:25 – Why politics are important, and the value in being involved and navigating these spaces

12:20 – How Imanzi started his career in government and how he kept discovering and growing throughout the years

[Start with your community, start with what interests you and you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved – Imanzi]

20:15 – On joining non profit boards, and what he is learning from them 

29:00 – How Imanzi’s parents’ involvement in the Rwandan community led to his own involvement 

38:50 – His work with the Casa Foundation Friends of Africa Economic Development Summit, and how that’s a way of contributing to the African continent

45:45 – My awkward question on how Imanzi identifies as Rwandan-Canadian and how he embraces both 

54:00 – How I’m learning to be Canadian and Imanzi reassuring me that all is well (lol)

58:00 – What keeps him motivated to keep pushing in his endeavours 

64:00 – Advice to his younger self and others, as well as his plans for the next couple of years 

Since this episode was recorded, Imanzi has now launched Rwandapreneur, a project to amplify Rwandan entrepreneurs. You can also find them on Instagram and Twitter. 

If you liked this episode, you might also like Moses’s – another Rwandan servant leader interested in politics! 

Last but not least, if you are interestered in joining a board of directors, you can visit onBoard Canada

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In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

#013 – Umuruta sur Son Parcours et La QuĂȘte de Soi

Bonjour tout le monde 😀

Ma petite pause est dĂ©jĂ  terminĂ©e et je suis ravie d’ĂȘtre de retour avec une interview de Sandra Gasana alias Umuruta. Aujourd’hui, nous discutons comment elle a dĂ©cidĂ© de se lancer dans sa carriĂšre d’artiste/chanteuse, quand le dĂ©clic s’est produit, et de son nouveau projet avec Aly Keita – D’est en Ouest – Partitions d’Afrique

1:15 – Sandra s’introduit et nous parle de ses dĂ©buts en musique

4:50 – Le dĂ©clic et quand elle a dĂ©cidĂ© de recommencer Ă  chanter

8:15 – Le choix d’Umuruta comme son nom d’artiste

[Umurutasate – Better than her, what would it look like? Mieux qu’elle, Ă  quoi ça ressemble?]

10:45 – Ses premiers cours de chants et comment cela l’a aidĂ© Ă  avoir confiance en son talent

13:00 – Umuruta nous partage l’expĂ©rience de son premier concert et le dĂ©but de sa collaboration avec Aly Keita 

16:15 – La vision derriĂšre “D’est en Ouest: Partitions d’Afrique” 

19:20 – Comment ils choisissent leur rĂ©pertoire et la musique qu’ils interprĂštent

22:15 – L’idĂ©e derriĂšre le Volume II, le spectacle du 14 FĂ©vrier 2020: Voies fĂ©ministes | D’Est en Ouest: Partitions d’Afrique (vol.II)

25:00 – Ce que Sandra a appris au cours de la derniĂšre annĂ©e et les belles surprises de cette expĂ©rience

[Il faut apprendre Ă  se connaitre, et trouver ce qu’on aime vraiment… Ne pas se donner de limites – Umuruta]

31:15 – La vision des 5 ans et leçons apprises 🙂

Retrouvez Umurata sur Instagram et Facebook. Suivez aussi son nouveau project: D’est en Ouest – Partitions d’Afrique. ❀ 

Suivez-nous aussi sur Facebook, Instagram, et oĂč on trouve les podcasts: Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Podcasts, et Stitcher

Qu’avez-vous pensez de cet Ă©pisode? Partagez vos pensĂ©es avec nous dans les commentaires, et s’il vous a plu – partagez-le avec vos ami(e)s😊

En attendant, continuez Ă  vous battre, Ă  vous Ă©panouir et Ă  briller! đŸ’«

Michaella

#012 – Sarah Somian on living a slow life where we listen to our intuition…

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe that we’re in 2020 already!

This week, I am speaking with Sarah Somian, a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach, about how to live a life with intention. I met her through Fiona, after she mentioned how positive and inspiring she was. We chat about she got into nutrition from initially wanting to be a doctor, and her love for travel. I hope that this episode inspires you, to go within yourself, as you plan for the new year 🙂

01:45 – Sarah introduces herself and her many interests

03:00 – How Sarah got into food from wanting to initially be an OBGYN, public health, and studying psychology rather than medicine

14:00 – How we have learned to take life’s challenges to learn the lessons within them

17:30 – On realizing that nutrition could be the main hustle rather than the fun project

[Just because you have an interest in something doesn’t mean that you will love working in that – Sarah]

23:30 – Why Michaella cares so much about people do, and how they feel in what they do

[Life is short and you want to live it for yourself, and not for anyone else – Sarah]

36:00 – The moment that made Sarah realize it was time to move on, and how she approached it

49:00 – How we can settle intentions that are more flexible and make room for the magic to happen

[Take everyday as a beautiful gift, and an opportunity for you to have fun, to explore, to experience – Sarah]

 

Check out Deliciously Vibrant to learn more about Sarah’s work. You can also find her on Instagram 🙂

Workaway, the resource that can help you travel abroad

 

May 2020 be the year where you have peace, as Landry mentioned 😉

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

#011 – Akpe Sur l’Importance de Parler Avec d’Autres Personnes Pour Nous Guider – Part 2

La semaine derniĂšre dans la premiĂšre partie, Akpe et moi avons parlĂ© de notre quĂȘte d’identitĂ©, de notre volontĂ© de suivre une voie diffĂ©rente de celle de nos diplĂŽmes professionnels et de sa participation Ă  la COP 22. Cette semaine, elle nous explique comment elle demande de l’aide aux gens, son travail de tous les jours, et nous parle de son nouveau projet sur comment vivre une vie consciente et payer respect Ă  l’environnement. J’ai hate Ă  ce que vous Ă©coutiez cette deuxiĂšme partie!

01:00 – Comment Akpe a approchĂ© une nĂ©gociatrice qui l’avait impressionnĂ©e

08:30 – Doit-on toujours faire un suivi quand on rencontre de nouvelles personnes? Comment peut-on faire pour crĂ©er des connexions authentiques?

[N’ayez pas peur de frapper à la porte des gens, et de leur demander de l’aide – Akpe]

14:00 – Akpe explique comment elle a eu son role, et ce qu’elle fait en tant que consultante en environnement

23:55 – Ce qu’elle trouve dur dans son domaine, et ce qui la motive

27:15– La perte d’une amie lui a fait rĂ©alisĂ© que la vie est courte, et qu’il ne fallait pas hĂ©sitĂ© dans nos projets, d’oĂč son nouveau blog

31:30 – Conseils pour les personnes intĂ©ressĂ©es en droit et en environnement

[Ça c’était un petit non, mais aprĂšs les oui que j’ai eu
 si je m’étais arrĂȘtĂ©e je n’aurais pas eu la belle expĂ©rience que j’ai eu pendant 3 ans – Akpe]

42:00 – Nos ambitions pour les prochaines 5 annĂ©es

Retrouvez Akpe sur Twitter et consciouslyawovi pour suivre son parcours

Suivez-nous aussi sur Facebook, Instagram, et oĂč on trouve les podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, et Google Podcasts

Qu’avez-vous pensez de cet Ă©pisode? Partagez vos pensĂ©es avec nous dans les commentaires, et s’il vous a plu – partagez-le avec vos ami(e)s😊

En attendant, continuez Ă  vous battre, Ă  vous Ă©panouir et Ă  briller! đŸ’«

Michaella

#010 – Akpe sur son parcours: des Ă©tudes de droit au conseil en environnement, et la quĂȘte d’identitĂ©

Cette semaine, je parle avec Akpedze Komassi, et elle partage son expĂ©rience avec nous: son parcours de ses Ă©tudes en droit Ă  son travail en tant que consultante en environnement. On parle aussi d’identitĂ©s et du questionnement que nous avons eu sur ce sujet-lĂ . Akpe explique ce qui l’a poussĂ©e Ă  Ă©crire sur l’environnement en Afrique, et ses participations Ă  des confĂ©rences comme la COP22 (ConfĂ©rence de Paris sur le climat). Et dans tout cela, elle m’a aussi posĂ©e de bonnes questions 🙂

01:00 – Akpe s’introduit et nous parle de son profil: sa formation en droit, son travail en environnement, et comment elle combine les deux

06:00 – On partage nos premiĂšres expĂ©riences au Canada, le choix de langues d’instruction, et le choc culturel

11:10 – La quĂȘte de l’identitĂ© et une discussion sur nos relations avec nos communautĂ©s d’origine

17:15 – Comment Akpe a commencĂ© Ă  chercher des personnes qui avaient Ă©tudiĂ© le droit, mais faisaient d’autres mĂ©tiers, et comment cela l’a emmenĂ©e Ă  commencer Ă  Ă©crire des articles

22:30 – La pression des diplĂŽmes professionnels, et comment ils nous poussent vers des chemins prĂ©dĂ©finis

[Je me rassure aussi en disant, j’ai le droit de changer d’avis. Si un jour je veux changer d’avis, je peux le faire – Akpe]

30:00 – Comment je me suis auto-sabotĂ©e pour dire que j’avais essayĂ© alors que je savais pas que ce n’Ă©tait pas la bonne voie

31:35 – Le dĂ©clic qui l’a poussĂ©e Ă  se dĂ©cider et Ă  retourner Ă  l’école pour des Ă©tudes en environnement, et sa participation dans la COP22 (ConfĂ©rence de Paris sur le climat)

35:45 – OĂč Akpe trouve la confiance d’écrire et de contribuer sur les questions d’environnement en Afrique, Ă  partir de MontrĂ©al

[Mon dĂ©faut, je ne veux pas dĂ©ranger les gens, parfois j’ai peur de demander
 Les fois oĂč je me suis forcĂ©e Ă  ne pas penser comme ça, le rĂ©sultat a Ă©tĂ© extraordinaire. Et donc aujourd’hui, je n’ai pas peur du non – Akpe]

Si vous ĂȘtes arrivĂ©(e)s jusqu’ici, merci! J’espĂšre que cette conversation vous a plu et qu’elle vous a laissĂ© matiĂšre Ă  rĂ©flexion. Rejoignez-nous la semaine prochaine pour en savoir plus sur ce qu’Akpe fait rĂ©ellement dans son travail quotidien et le nouveau projet sur lequel elle travaille, consciouslyawovi

Retrouvez Akpe sur Twitter pour suivre son parcours

Suivez-nous aussi sur Facebook, Instagram, et oĂč on trouve les podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, et Google Play

Qu’avez-vous pensez de cet Ă©pisode? Partagez vos pensĂ©es avec nous dans les commentaires, et s’il vous a plu – partagez-le avec vos amis😊

En attendant, continuez Ă  vous battre, Ă  vous Ă©panouir et Ă  briller! đŸ’«

Michaella

#009 – Moses on How Following Your Heart Continuously Builds into Something Greater

 

On this episode I speak with Moses Gashirabake. Moses is truly an example of what it means to be a go getter, and to go above and beyond in all that you do. He is very involved in both the Canadian and Rwandan communities on top of his demanding work schedule, and I can’t wait for you to hear more about him. I basically want to be like him when I grow up 🙂

*forgive this recording, I was still figuring out my sound*

04:40 – How his experience growing up as a refugee in Kenya influenced his career choice as a lawyer, and his realization that a law degree is a tool

08:50 – The need to share and open up a dialogue, and why following your heart is still the way to go

[I knew I wanted to become who I am today, but I really had to seek advice. It’s not a destination, it’s a constant need. We need to constantly seek knowledge… – Moses]

13:25 – We talk about business law, philanthropy law and what they actually entail. Then what he loves, and finds challenging about his work

20:25 – Moses tells us how he got involved in Canadian community work, and how small actions add up when you do the work you are interested in

29:35 – How the Canadian Race Relations Foundation started and the work that they do, and how it started with the Japanese Community

36:55 – How the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) came about after a visit to Rwanda

42:20 – Words of advice and lessons learned from ‘failures’

[We can use what we have, however little, to get a lot of what we don’t have. And along the way we are helping people, we are being happy, we are creating change, inspiring other people and living life to the fullest – Moses]

You can Find Moses on LinkedIn, check out his organization IRYD on Facebook and on the website

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

#008 – Hiko Sur Le Fait Que Le Partage d’ExpĂ©riences Peut RĂ©soudre (presque) Tout Les ProblĂšmes

Bienvenue Ă  notre premier Ă©pisode en Français!!! OĂč il y’aura un peu de Franglais bien sĂ»r 😉

Aujourd’hui on parle avec Hikmat (Hiko) qui a commencĂ© HibisKo. Elle nous parle un peu de son parcours, son arrivĂ©e au Canada, son idĂ©e avec HibisKo et sa vision pour le futur.

1:15 – Hiko nous parle de son parcours pour arriver jusqu’a MontrĂ©al, et comment elle a gĂ©rĂ© le changement de son programme universitaire

07:15 – Comment HibisKo a commencĂ© tout doucement durant ses Ă©tudes

17:30 – Comment Hiko Ă  su saisir une opportunitĂ© pour pouvoir se lancer Ă  temps plein

21:30 – La direction vers les incubateurs pour lui donner les informations qui lui manquaient, et comment elle les a trouvĂ©s

26:45 – La dĂ©finition d’un incubateur et comment ils peuvent nous aider dans nos projets

29:30 – Le besoin de clarifier le “pourquoi” d’Hibisko et la vision redĂ©finie

[Le bien-ĂȘtre c’est vraiment tout, c’est vraiment que les gens se rappellent que le bien ĂȘtre c’est Ă  la fois physique, et Ă  la fois mental… on ne fait pas l’un, et on oublie l’autre- Hiko]

34:45 – L’ expĂ©rience qui a Ă©tĂ© le catalyseur de toute la vision

37:00 – Ce a quoi elle s’attendait le moins, et comment elle a apprit Ă  gĂ©rer ça

41:25 – Conseils pour les entrepreneurs qui viennent de commencer, et l’Hiko d’il y’a 5 ans

46:40 – OĂč on peut trouver les produits HibisKo et son produit favori

48: 45 – Le mot de la fin et la philosophie HibisKo

[Du moment oĂč on accepte que tu dois apprendre des autres pour grandir, tu ne peux pas les voir comme un obstacle – Hiko]

Vous pouvez trouver les produits HibisKo sur le site web, Olly Fresco’s au centre ville, et l’IGA Picard à Brossard

Suivez l’aventure HibisKo sur Facebook, et Instagram đŸ„°

Suivez-nous aussi sur Facebook, Instagram, et oĂč on trouve les podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, et Google Play

Qu’avez-vous pensez de cet Ă©pisode? Partagez vos pensĂ©es avec nous dans les commentaires, et s’il vous a plu – partagez-le avec vos amis😊

En attendant, continuez Ă  vous battre, Ă  vous Ă©panouir et Ă  briller! đŸ’«

Michaella

#007 – Fiona on Growing Anaya Arts Organically by Listening

In today’s episode, I speak with Fiona, the founder of Anaya Arts. She shares her experience growing up in multiple countries, and her love for art. Then she delves deeper into how she slowly realized she was an artist, and decided to launch a business out of it. I hope it inspires you to discover what you’re passionate about, and to pursue it 🙂

1:30 – Fiona talks about her childhood, being Kenyan and growing up in Ivory Coast, and how her mother sees the beauty in winter

8:00 – How Fiona started by doodling and the people that encouraged her growth into Anaya Arts

15:20 – The day that Fiona realized Anaya Arts could become a business, and the steps that she took to further develop it by listening to the feedback

[Do what you love and the rest will take care of itself – Fiona]

24:00 – Fiona shares a tip on how you can figure out what your passion is

25:30 – What she’s most excited about, as well as how she tackles the challenges that come

36:30 – Where Fiona gets her inspiration from, and advice she would give to other aspiring artists

[Believing in someone else’s belief in me: my mom believed in me, and I believed her – then I believed in myself – Fiona]

54:00 – We share last words and our goals for the next coming months

Find Anaya Arts on Instagram, on Facebook, and her online shop and make sure to order in advance for your Christmas shopping ❀

If you are in the Ottawa and Montréal area, join Anaya Arts and Savana Boulevard boutique for A Night of Fashion on February 7th, 2020

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

#006 – Fabiola on Recognizing Important Moments and Leveraging Them to Build – Part 2

In Part 1 last week, we spoke about who Fabiola was, what drives her, and how a spark was ignited when she arrived in Montreal. For this episode, join us as we learn more about what she does in her day to day life, her work with Oxfam Québec, as well as tips and tricks on how to take care of ourselves.

1:00 – Fabiola explains what it means to be an organizational health consultant, what she does in her day to day, and how it helps her reassess her life

09:30 – How managing the finances of her organization impacted her own relationship with money

11:45 – Living with dyslexia has made her realize we all learn differently, and that she’s not bad with math

15:30 – Her work with youth boards, and how we can leverage the resources of larger organizations to achieve our community goals

20:00 – On the importance of us being involved in all types of spaces, and recognizing that we bring a lot of value

[As we enter new spaces, we can leave the doors open and encourage each other to join]

26:30- Advice and lessons learned

31:00 – Fabiola’s 5 year vision including art and creativity, and how we both made a plan for Year 31 ❀

[I can do anything that I want, but I cannot have everything! What is the work that I need to do within myself, that will prepare me for the world? – Fabiola]

Follow Fabiola’s awesome Instagram feed

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What did you think of the episode? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, and if you liked it – share it with your friends 🙂

In the meantime keep striving, keep thriving, and keep shining!

Michaella

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