80 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 • 40 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.

    #77 - Don't Be A Pussy

    #77 - Don't Be A Pussy

    “I wanted it so bad. Like it was like they had something I was addicted to and I held out, I held out to the point where I was about to say, “Let me have one piece”. And I'm sitting there and a guy sitting beside me and his wife, she was in the military as well. They were talking and they were talking about me and I looked at him and he said, “We wish we had your willpower.”
    Now when they said that I was like 10 seconds ago, I was about to give in. Now there's no fucking way I'm eating that pizza. And I left and I went and worked out.”

    Episode #77 of The Hope Initiative with Boyd Myers.

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    #76 - Day 76

    #76 - Day 76

    “It was just the consistency of doing it every single day and knowing that I had to do it all again the next day after completing all of that. Because it the beginning, especially doing all of those tasks in one day, it can be overwhelming... I feel like we do big things in our lives, you then take days off or you rest. But going to bed after doing two workouts and doing everything right, and thinking I had to do it all again tomorrow, that was challenging. So just being consistent and actually doing all of those things every day was probably the hardest aspect of the program for me.”

    Episode #76 of The Hope Initiative with Lexi Tejcek.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #75 - Radicalised Ideas

    #75 - Radicalised Ideas

    “Love is the reason for everything, so yeah, maybe vague wasn’t the right word. But I feel like if you tell someone to ‘love yourself’, it sounds so simple. But I don’t think many people have actually fully been there. I haven’t for sure. It’s a lifelong journey to fully loving yourself because you have to love yourself at every stage to have the most fulfilling life. In my opinion, to have love for yourself whether things are going perfectly or not, you have to have love and acceptance for that.”

    Episode #75 of The Hope Initiative with Peyton Elroy.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    #74 - Messages, Momentum and Motivation

    #74 - Messages, Momentum and Motivation

    A different sort of episode, one specifically for me.

    I hope it helps you too.

    Thanks for listening.

    • 40 min
    #73 - Places I've Been and the Mujahideen

    #73 - Places I've Been and the Mujahideen

    “I believe now more than I believed then that life was a journey and not particularly a destination. We all know what the destination is. We all know where we're going. Nobody gets as Jim Morrison said, “Five to one, one in five, no one gets here out of here alive” That's the destination. But what you do in between the journey is what makes life fun.”

    Episode #73 of The Hope Initiative with Joseph Morrison.

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    #72 - Serious Adult Things

    #72 - Serious Adult Things

    “I choose who I want in my circle. Life is short. I had a beautiful friend of mine pass away from cancer 6 years ago. Benny. I didn’t see him often, but when we did catch up, it was a beautiful, powerful friendship. That was someone I made an effort to catch up with. So for me, having blood is not necessarily the reason to have a relationship with someone. But it’s that connection of similar values and I am clear with what my values are.”

    Episode #72 of The Hope Initiative with Jodie Hebrard.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

hellsbellsslotted ,


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!

megssyy21 ,

Quality listening!

I was hooked on this series by episode 2. The choice of guest and topics continues to be interesting and fresh. It’s not another podcast that takes it's queues from the news or social media, Rien has made creativity his priority and inspiring listeners his goal. I look forward to hearing more!

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