169 episodes

Stories with everyday people. A podcast learning about humans on planet earth. The success and struggle in their life, to help inspire hope in yours.

The Hope Initiative Rien MacDonald

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Stories with everyday people. A podcast learning about humans on planet earth. The success and struggle in their life, to help inspire hope in yours.

    #194 - A Run Around Australia with Sean Bell

    #194 - A Run Around Australia with Sean Bell

    “Running has become a genuine life force for me… This is me, this is my calling. It’s what I was going to do.”

    Episode #194 of The Hope Initiative with Sean Bell

    A great chat with my mate Sean Bell.

    This legend came on the pod 5 years ago when we first met having just completed 50 marathons in 50 days and in the past 5 years has been building toward this moment. No, not coming on the pod again, running around (yes around) Australia, aiming for an average of 80km per day fore 170 days to break the record.

    We recorded this chat 10 days out from the start, and it’s been a full on month for Sean as he now approaches the NSW/QLD border.

    Thank you all for listening and if you can take the time to share this with someone it would mean the world.

    Follow Sean on Instagram

    Learn more and donate via seanbellruns.com

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    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehopeinitiative

    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #193 - Full Time Savage: Part 2 - Steady, Quiet, Breath with Andres Cubides

    #193 - Full Time Savage: Part 2 - Steady, Quiet, Breath with Andres Cubides

    “Steady, quiet, breathe. When I’m going fast, steady, quiet, breathe…

    I am aware of my environment and aware of my steps and I’m listening [to] how I am stepping…

    I remember there were a few guys complaining about the wind [during the Melbourne marathon]. I was just like ‘man, shut up and enjoy, go through it and don’t complain about the wind. The more you complain the more you’re going to get in your head.’ And I can talk like that because I’ve done the work.”

    Episode #193 of The Hope Initiative with Andres Cubides

    Another guest appearance for Andres Cubides, who has had an enormous last 12 months.

    From completing what he said he would in the Goggins pull up challenge, to running a sub 3hr marathon in Melbourne, qualifying him for Berlin this year, as well as doing the Alpine Challenge - arguably Australia’s hardest ultra marathons.

    No chance of slowing down. I caught up with him and dissected it all.

    A pleasure! I hope you enjoy.

    Connect with the guest

    Andres on Instagram

    Episode 208 of Real AF - 75 Hard + The Live Hard Program

    Our previous episode: #113 - Full Time Savage

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    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    • 1 hr 45 min
    #192 - Stranger in the Streets - Christine

    #192 - Stranger in the Streets - Christine

    Stranger in the Streets: V. 020

    Guest: Christine

    Location: Bank of The Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria.

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    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehopeinitiative

    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    • 9 min
    #191 - Intricacy to Consistency with Toby Simmons

    #191 - Intricacy to Consistency with Toby Simmons

    “There's so many people that are sat in their houses right now working with some amazing idea that they’ll never put it to work because they're so scared of what the results may be. I count my blessings that I just sort of went, ‘I'm gonna spend all my money on this for a little bit’, because now coming into my future projects, I'm going with exactly the same approach, and I'll favor that over the one of buying a house or all the standard 1, 2, 3 things that you would be expected to do in society.

    I wanna put these things in place in a different position, and I would implore anybody who's got these sorts of ideas to just give it a go if you're in the situation too, because it can absolutely change your life. Whether it works or whether it just changes your mindset on certain things that you are used to working in.”

    Episode #191 of The Hope Initiative with Toby Simmons

    A super fun chat with Toby. He’s a consistent fella and super patient with me in getting this episode out - we recorded it a week or so before the end of 2023.

    In it, we discuss his bias for extreme sports, suffering from ADHD and from a young age being called up by the world to be a consistent man. A battle with suicidal thoughts in 2018 and turning things around off the back of Covid which were his “thousand days”.

    Toby is now in the midst of training for his first Ironman 70.3 race and we chat business, social media and training for that plus plenty more.

    Super grateful for his time and all of you tuning in to listen. I do hope you enjoy as much as I have putting it together 😄

    Cheers

    Connect with the guest

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tobysimmonsuk/

    Follow the legend on Strava - https://www.strava.com/athletes/21730062

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    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehopeinitiative

    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #190 - 5 Years a Podcaster

    #190 - 5 Years a Podcaster

    Riff with Rien;

    This week: 5 years in the game.

    A few thoughts on the last 5 years. The struggle currently. The next 5 years.

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    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehopeinitiative

    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    • 10 min
    #189 - The Art of Storytelling with Matt Allyn

    #189 - The Art of Storytelling with Matt Allyn

    “I think we get so far away from trusting ourselves. And, you know, when you do a breathwork session, or you go for a run, or you're in the shower, you have a download, and you're like, yeah, that's the fucking thing!

    And then an hour goes by, and then you convince yourself out of that thing, and you do a lesser thing… “I'm gonna reach out to Lewis Howes and get him on my podcast. Like that's too audacious. I'm going to go 20 people below him.” It's like, no fucking do the thing. You know, trust yourself!”

    Episode #189 of The Hope Initiative with Matt Allyn

    We’re finally back for 2024 and I’ve been sitting on this epic conversation with Matt Allyn for a short while now.

    Stoked to have had it. We discuss storytelling, creativity, how Matt shifted his life after riding across America, and so much more! Thank you for your kind words and patience, my friend.

    Excited to race with you at some stage this year.

    Connect with Matt!

    Matt on Instagram - https://instagram.com/matthew.allyn

    Subscribe to Matt’s email list - https://matthew-allyn.ck.page/

    Listen to that epic conversation he had with Ryan Dreyer - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3aAY2Tx5o9mD5mIRDg8eH0?si=a47b7f995d61498d

    Follow and connect with The Hope Initiative on;

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hopeinitiativepod/

    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@thehopeinitiative

    Music by Jess Fairlie - jessfairlie.com

    Made by RUKKUS - instagram.com/makearukkus

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

I-toy05 ,

Quality listening

Loving to Hope Initiative Rien, real stories from real people, everybody has a story and you are doing a great job bringing them to the surface
Keep up the good work!!!!

hellsbellsslotted ,

Gold

I’ve been kinda surprised to find myself getting hooked on these chats with ‘everyday people’. Rien has a knack of stripping away the social veneer and discovering what really makes people tick. I’ve been entertained, educated and uplifted. Thank you.

JayMel18 ,

Fresh, Fun and Raw Reality

Looking at starting my own podcast and came across this in my R&D, absolutely love this real snap shot of everyday people's lives. Rien offers a really humble, compassionate and curious interview style which is very endearing. Easy to listen to, heart warming and uplifting. Keep up the great work!

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