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52 Conversations

By Janis Hough
Welcome to 52 conversations with me Janis Hough. Each week join me for a conversation a chat, space for connection, community and change. Sharing stories and insights. Enjoy.
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Episode 10: Conversation with Ron Howard, aka GuavaDeArtist

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Episode 10: Conversation with Ron Howard, aka GuavaDeArtist

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Episode 20: Conversation with Adam Telford
A conversation with Adam Telford on trusting yourself enough to follow your heart, leave your community to set up a retreat space. How to trust and lean into creating a new community for spiritual growth and connection where all are welcomed. A beautiful conversation.
54:32
August 1, 2021
Episode 19: Conversation with Owen Bailey
Owen is a leadership facilitator and creativity coach, yoga teacher and movement guide.  He has worked with international companies such as UPS, Ricoh and with local government authorities within the UK and internationally.  With over a decade of facilitation experience, he brings a firm,  energetic and seriously playful approach using techniques to consciously disrupts stagnant attitudes, behaviours and thoughts.   These include coaching, mindfulness and different forms of movement that engages creativity, fresh perspectives that embody new stories of change for a new world.
51:33
July 25, 2021
Episode 18: Conversation with Petra Rakebrandt
In conversation with Petra who left the marriage and her corporate role in Germany and went in search of something else. Which included learning French in Guadeloupe and finding her new home a place where she really felt at home within herself. A fascinating conversation that covers many topics.
51:55
July 18, 2021
Episode 17: Conversation with Will Smith
This week's conversation is with Will Smith. He is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of international business experience. Through Will's leadership, he grew his facilities management startup to become one of the largest minority-owned firms in the United States.
45:40
July 11, 2021
Episode 16: Conversation with Jane Talbot
Jane is a breath of fresh. With her quick and witty humour, she has you wanting to listen to what she has to share straight away. If you're a woman and you have worries about ageing, menopause or thinking life is over then you have to listen. Jane has a juice for life that is contagious.
01:01:07
July 4, 2021
Episode 15: Conversation with Damara
DD and I met 7 years ago let's just say our energies connected and that was that. A remarkable young woman working within the wider Caribbean and world as a DJ. We talk music, radio, sound systems, clashing and mental health! Tune in!
47:10
June 27, 2021
Episode 14: Conversation with Lou Lyons
This delightful conversation with Lou is pure magic and stardust. He drops wisdom and knowledge as effortlessly as he creates lyrics for songs. With insights about Tobago his home twin island to Trinidad and how he found the way to follow his path. A heartfelt conversation with Lou and I know he will be back for more.
01:08:03
June 13, 2021
Episode 13: Conversation with Natalie Clarke-White
A conversation with Natalie is like a sensory explosion. As she linguistically and magically describes her childhood from the Caribbean to Africa and back to the Islands and UK. A wonderful listen with Natalie enjoy, I certainly did.
01:00:03
June 6, 2021
Episode 12: Conversation with Karen Ryan Molan
A conversation with Karen, with her lilting Irish tones and quick wit. From meeting in a hotel lobby at DHE in Florida right up until today a friendship that has seen us both grow, change and evolve yet fundamentally maintain the same passion for helping people to be the best they can be. Karen shares her story of how she found the joy of working with people with some great insights. Join us for a great craic.
01:08:20
May 30, 2021
Episode 11: Conversation with Gabriella M Lindsay
A conversation with Gabriella covers her entrepreneurial business, education, homeschooling, moving countries to find the best life for her and her family. With her bright smile and clear intellect, it’s a lively conversation that covers much.
58:33
May 23, 2021
Episode 10: Conversation with Ron Howard, aka GuavaDeArtist
https://fiftytwoconvos.com Born and raised in Antigua and Barbuda, Ron Howard, aka GuavaDeArtist is a self-taught artist who has been drawing from the age of two. After studying TV, video production, (major) and graphic design (minor) in Canada he moved back to Antigua in 2005 with hopes of applying his skills gained in college to his country of birth.   After a couple of attempts to integrate himself into the TV Video Production field in his home country, Ron, GuavaDeArtist settled for a job with his minor and graphic designer at Sun printing and publishing, and newspaper and publishing house (which no longer exists).    There he took on two jobs, Junior graphic designer and editorial cartoonist, wanting to explore his potential as an artist, Ron, aka GuaveDeArtist requested to work freelance doing solely the editorial cartoons. He was then given the opportunity to travel more, which helped him to develop his skills teaching himself more art techniques which gave life to his art style.  Though some may label his work as pop street urban contemporary or graffiti Ron, aka GuavaDeArtist has coined his style. Guavarised.
01:06:18
May 16, 2021
Episode 9: Conversation with Vernon C. Lindsay PhD
In this great conversation with Vernon Lindsay, we discuss education, family values, life in general. How being a capoeirista shapes much of Vernon’s life and how he shares the values that give him both across personal and professional life. A professor, father, husband, uncle, friend, and man walks his path with much wisdom that he chooses to share. If you need some inspiration, then listen in, a sublime end with Vernon playing his berimbau. You can thank me later.
01:03:54
May 9, 2021
Episode 8: Conversation with Gregory Seale
https://fiftytwoconvos.com In conversation with Greg where we talk about fitness & health. What Greg would love to do is encourage the youth to be more active and understand that what they do now is fundamental to their futures in more ways than one.  A meeting of minds on many levels. Greg is all about optimal health and he helps people to achieve both optimal health and fitness in their chosen area.
01:01:47
May 2, 2021
Episode 7: Conversation with Alison Sly-Adams
Alison is a woman known for her business smarts, humour and tenacity. This conversation shows us an insight into her background from humble beginnings as a council house girl with a strong mother showing her that you can do what you put your mind into.    From corporate jobs in the clothing industry to the West Indies Antigua Nice and Sailing week. Two big C’s in this conversation covid and cancer.  Alison’s insight into her diagnosis and treatment and the statement ‘I’m glad I’ve got cancer’ the only way to know more is to listen or watch.
51:28
April 25, 2021
Episode 6: Conversation with Troy Hadeed
A conversation with Troy Hadeed in Trinidad. Covering how he came to yoga and what yoga means for him. A bigger conversation on how he came to be able to mention the name God in yoga classes which was a big one for me on my own journey to also get my head around. Thinking about God in a different way and how that works for me. Also a look forward to his book, Popcorn in my pocket.   Troy was born in Trinidad & Tobago and has lived there for the majority of his life with the exceptions of attending the University Of Tampa, and his regular stints of travel and exploration. During his senior year at university, he participated in a study abroad program called Semester At Sea taking him to fifteen different countries and exposing him to a wealth of cultures and experiences.   After graduating from university Troy traversed Costa Rica coast to coast on foot, has spent prolonged periods in silence, and has immersed himself in the study and practice of Yoga. After graduating Troy returned to Trinidad to open Trinidad’s first Hemp store (not Head shop) which he ran for eight years, before starting a biofuel business, and then finally nurturing a beautiful yoga studio and community known as One Yoga Trinidad—recently rebranding as BeyondYogaTv.   Troy currently lives on the forested North Coast of Trinidad among the majestic hills of Paramin, continues to share the practice of yoga, and spends his mornings writing on the wings of hummingbirds and coffee.
01:01:48
April 18, 2021
Episode 5: Conversation with Nicole Antonio-Gadsdon
Joined this week by Nicole Antonio-Gadsdon. Nicole founded Banana Pepper HR for visionary luxury hospitality leaders tired of the status quo and who are ready to level up their game. What makes Banana Pepper HR different is the close contact work with marketing to understand businesses brand plus a laser focus on connecting people to culture and uncovering the secret sauce of a company’s employer brand. After all, if your business is red-hot, your people should be too. Nicole has built her niche expertise over 20 years as an in-house HR Director as well as leading her own freelance consulting business. Known for a creative approach to HR, Nicole works with independent luxury hospitality brands, private properties, and boutique hotels in the Caribbean on the People aspect of brand launches, openings, restructuring, business growth and developing COVID-19 business bounce-back action plans.
54:25
April 11, 2021
Episode 4: Conversation with Jamie Catto
Joined this week by Jamie Catto author, filmmaker, musician, facilitator or creative and personal breakthroughs.  A conversation that covers a diverse range of things from coping with the current climate, music projects to how to make the teachings Jamie has to share more accessible to all. Grab a cuppa and join us.  Jamie Catto is an author, filmmaker and musician running transformational workshops and events to reclaim all the treasure we edited away into the shadows and facilitate everyone daring to be more real, more fallible, more tender, more intimate. His mission is to create a world full of ‘walking permission slips’ where we all lighten up and enjoy the unpredictable human path together with humour, playfulness and a healthy dose of irreverence. Jamie’s workshops and 1-1s provide a refreshing approach to inner work with the right dose of playfulness and depth.
51:57
April 4, 2021
Episode 3: Conversation with Arlen Seaton
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Today's guest is Arlen Seaton.  Arlen is an Antiguan singer-songwriter whose easy-as-molasses vocals charm the listener with a disarming sense of familiarity. It’s not the familiarity of a lyric heard before but of the stranger, sitting beside you in a bar, whom you feel like you’ve known all your life. His nostalgic style of storytelling through song owes a lot to his West Indian heritage of Calypso and folk tales as well as the influences of eclectic artists including Damien Rice, the Mighty Sparrow, John Legend, Coldplay and the Cinematic Orchestra.   Although Arlen graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a degree in Biology, he studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Melvin Foster every semester of his tenure there. He spent as much time in practice rooms as he did in the laboratory, using music as a means of negotiating the world around him and as a tool for introspection.  In 2018, after having completed his course of study in Medicine at the American University of Antigua, Arlen decided to forego medical practice to pursue his dream of a full-time career in music.   Now, he has finally found the gumption to share his music with the rest of the world!  He has collaborated with York on York’s 2016 Traveler album and released ‘Christmas by my Side’, a dynamic duet sung with fellow Antiguan singer Jenny Medina in 2016.  He co-founded the band Blakk Gold with friends Hani Hechme and Venisa Gittens in 2018 and through that, has had the opportunity to open for major acts such as Marcia Griffith and Buju Banton, performing original but unrecorded content.  He now continues to hone his performance craft as the lead singer of the band Rico & Muzic4Play under the expert guidance of premier Antiguan drummer and band leader, Ricardo Anthony.     Arlen is currently working on his EP album and is committed to creating honest pieces, inspired by real life, and to giving himself, through his music, to those who would but listen.  His first single Queen Supreme is a collaboration with indomitable New York City producer David Sisko and was released everywhere on December 6th, 2020.
01:10:21
March 28, 2021
Episode 2: Conversation with Tom Morley
Today’s guest is Tom Morley former drummer with Scritti Politti in the ’80s a band built around connection and conversation.  To leaving that behind and becoming the ‘Rockstar Activator’. A conversation that touches on having it all, whatever all is. Re-finding yourself by first losing yourself. As the groove returned to him and he returned to the groove how he moved to where he is now. How to lead your own way and activate your inner Rockstar.  A conversation that covers the pieces of training he delivered in the covid lockdowns around the globe; children at home with the parents have got involved with the training and actually facilitated the childlike curiosity of their parents in a quicker way, 200 hundred all on zoom doing the front crawl 10 minutes into the training! A wonderful story of life and how to walk your path.  ‘The groove is found at the crossroads of discipline and surrender”.
53:30
March 21, 2021
Episode 1: Conversation with Brenda Lee Browne
About Brenda Lee Browne: BLB, as her friends call her, is a storyteller. This conversation weaves backwards and forwards across The Atlantic Ocean, as well as through the years.   British, Caribbean born in the ’60s growing up and through the ’70s in the UK. A conversation that touches on ancestry, rites of passage, growth, acceptance and above all, the spirit of a woman destined to return to the country of her parents and find her roots and just write. This conversation has so much depth I know you will enjoy it.   "I was born in London to Antiguan parents. I studied journalism and started my career in Black British media before moving to Antigua in the mid-1980s, where I began writing and publishing short stories and poetry. In the mid-1990s, I returned to the UK and gained an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. And returned to Antigua in 2003 and established Just Write – Antigua, teaching creative writing workshops and worked with government agencies, adults, young people and inmates at HMP in Antigua.    My work has appeared in a number of anthologies in the USA, UK and Canada as well as online. My first novella, ‘London Rocks’ was published by Hansib Publications in the UK in 2018. I am presently a part-time lecturer at the Antigua and Barbuda State College, where I teach Communication Studies and English Literature.  I joined the Hub Dot community five years ago when the Antigua and Barbuda Hub Dot team was established."
48:00
March 14, 2021