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Reflections on 125 Podcast Episodes
Big Takeaways from Aaron Pete
It feels like just yesterday that Studio C in Cowork Chilliwack buzzed with the joy and camaraderie of close friends, family, and supporters, all gathered for a milestone—celebrating the 100th episode of the Bigger than Me podcast. Orchestrated by my wonderful partner Rebekah, the event was a feast for the senses, featuring an eclectic mix of delicious sandwiches, heavenly pizzas, and nostalgic Pop Shop drinks. A vibrant ‘100’ balloon arch served as the perfect backdrop for laughter and conversations that filled the air.
But this event wasn't just a celebration of 100 episodes; it was the culmination of a journey spanning almost three years. A journey marked not just by milestones, but also by the meticulous research, hours of editing, and relentless organization that went into each episode.
It was a road I didn't walk alone—on this path with me were countless remarkable souls. They were the gatekeepers who unlocked doors I didn't even know existed, the cheerleaders who faithfully tuned in week after week, and the influencers who graciously shared my work within their circles.
As the evening unfolded, the room hushed to a heartfelt silence as Rebekah and Sonny McHalsie stepped forward to share their reflections. Their words weren't just kind; they were soul-stirring, imprinting memories I knew would last a lifetime. Their speeches encapsulated the essence of what it took to get here—a blend of perseverance, community, and a whole lot of heart.
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Now, I’m reflecting again 25 episodes later. I’ve spoken with musicians, mental health experts, Indigenous leaders, actors, UFC fighter, scientists, legal experts, authors, and an expert in flow.
The advice that’s often given to podcasters is to niche, and if you look at the list of guests you’ll notice that they aren’t from one particular background. I’ve always said I don’t know how to niche, but perhaps that’s a bit of a heavy-handed comment. My niche is the the fact that guests I speak with often have a philosophy that is bigger than themselves.
Vin Jay uses his music to inspire listeners to follow through on their goals.
Eddie Gardner works tirelessly to preserve the Halq'eméylem language and protect wild Salmon.
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose is working to increase the quality of life for aging populations through her research.
Dana Tizya-Tramm reminds us that it doesn’t matter where you start, what matters is your vision.
Roy Ratnavel shows us what is possible through drive and determination.
Roy Henry Vickers has enriched our social fabric by sharing his artistic talents.
So many guests with so many big ideas and big goals.
The tragedy of our time is that we don’t think we can make a difference. We have stopped telling people that they need to “reach their full potential”. I hope that the guests I interview demonstrate the contrary, that it matters how you live your life, how you think and that if you work hard you can make the world a better place.
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