Series: Broken Open

25: Broken Open Season 1, Episode 25: Journey to Self Validation

Husband. Father. Athlete. Activist. Author. 
Those are just a  few of the titles that are ascribed to guest Marcus Stennis. Yet, those are not the things that the world initially sees when they look at him. Can you imagine who you are being initially discounted by a slight difference in your physical appearance? Host Tawanna Nishi sits down with Marcus Stennis to discuss what it is like to first be seen as your physical disability, how to begin on the path to creating your own labels, and how you learn to validate yourself when all else fails. Tune in to hear about Marcus’ journey to self realization and the strong women who gave him the foundation to get there. 

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25: Broken Open Season 1, Episode 25: Journey to Self Validation
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24: Broken Open Season 1, Episode 24: “The Power and Honesty of Authenticity”

What if we told you that you are the only one of you who ever was or will be? Irreplaceable. What if we told you that the world needs your gifts, and the only way your dreams will come true is if you learn to live an authentic life? When you make idols of others’ expectations for you, you sell out your blessings and avert your destiny.  Host Tawanna Nishi walks you through how you may inadvertently help fulfill other’s’ dreams at your expense until you become fully aligned with your authentic self. Tune in to learn how your super powers are the things that make you unique and how, when you lean into them, you become everything you were supposed to be. 
 

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24: Broken Open Season 1, Episode 24: "The Power and Honesty of Authenticity"
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23: Broken Open Season 1, Episode 23: Myths of Fear and Fearlessness

Host Tawanna Nishi does a deep dive into the concept of fear, its propensity to hold you back, and how to take the necessary steps to overcome it and transition to fearlessness as you move through life. You won’t want to miss this episode where you learn what steps to take to free yourself from doubt, stagnancy, a scarcity mentality, and the many other faces that fear wears.

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22: Episode 22: Streams of Consciousness: Tough Calls

Host Tawanna Nishi explores the importance and power of making tough calls in order to transcend challenging situations. Tune in to learn how making the difficult decision to do the next right thing despite fear changes your outcome from broken down to “broken open.”

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22: Episode 22: Streams of Consciousness: Tough Calls
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20: Episode 20: Streams of Consciousness: How to Hold on to Yourself

There are a myriad of ways that one can lose or be taken away from themselves and the true core of who they are- parenthood, a demanding job, an all encompassing relationship, financial stressors, a traumatic experience, illness, and more. Life can get so hectic that we may not realize we are lost until the damage has been done and we find ourselves in the midst of an existential crisis. Host Tawanna Nishi takes you through the steps necessary to ensure that you remain intact no matter what life throws your way. She leaves you with questions that, once answered, can become your anchor in any storm. Tune in to learn how.

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21: Episode 21: Streams of Consciousness: Gratitude to Get You Through Show Description

Host Tawanna Nishi does a deep dive into the possibility and power of gratitude and how it can be utilized as an anchor and beacon to teach, and ultimately transform, you through the toughest circumstances of your life. If you feel like hope is gone, how can you think of things to be thankful for? Tune in to see how the alchemy of gratitude can help you break open rather than break down if trouble heads your way.

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19: Episode 19: Meeting of Minds, Part 1

Host Tawanna Nishi welcomes back Dr. Keenan Davis (One Institution, Pod is My Witness) as they give their take and share their hard earned knowledge and lived experiences as they pertain to race relations, the responsibility of hip hop artists, family, relationships, and the importance of the journey that we all take to arrive at our desired destinations. You won’t want to miss this candid conversation filled with laughter, teachable lessons, and mic drop moments.

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18: Episode 18: Support Circle: Sanitizing Your Circle

Host Tawanna Nishi speaks with educator, artist, and activist Logic Amen (founder of the Griot Party) about the importance of having a support circle, the many variations that a support circle can take, and how curating and “sanitizing” your circle can help set you up for success in life.  
 

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18: Episode 18: Support Circle: Sanitizing Your Circle
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17: Episode 17: Leveling Up

In a One Institution Media collaboration, host Tawanna Nishi speaks with SNA Live co-host Ryan Lugo about how to level up when faced with unexpected life circumstances. The two OIM influencers discuss strategies of how to keep moving forward when faced with setbacks by utilizing gratitude, intention, faith, innovation, the wise counsel of others, and a hustler’s spirit. Tune in to learn how anyone can learn to level up with the right mindset.

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16: Episode 16: Everyday Hero

Host Tawanna Nishi speaks with educator, property owner, activist, advocate, and mentor Shereena Lewis about growing up on the West side of Chicago during the 80’s and 90’s, and what propelled her to devote her life to giving back. They discuss racism, segregation in the city of Chicago and its ramifications, the importance of representation, what was behind her active decision never to code switch, and her unwavering dedication to living her life unfiltered.

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