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MONDAY MOCHA WITH ELJAY AGUILLO

Where’s your safe place? Is it a physical place you can go to and know that you feel completely ok to be yourself? Or is a space you go to when you meditate or a feeling that takes you there. For me, the feeling and the comfort that comes when I am in New York makes it my place. It’s one of the reasons why I love New York City, and its from this love that lead me to meeting our next guest. Eljay Aguillo was in a long distance relationship with a lady from Chicago who sent him a Joss Stone album request he listen to a song called, “I fell in love with a boy.” After realising that it was her way of telling him that she had fallen in love with someone else, heartbroken, Eljay moved to New York City in hope of one day running into his ex girlfriend in the city she loved so dearly. Three years later, amidst the sadness of his break-up, Eljay finally healed enough to gain the courage to listen to the entire Joss Stone album. As a reward to himself, he went to a party with his friends, leaving his credit card at the bar to shout everyone drinks to celebrate this long awaited milestone. In a twist of fate, that night, Eljay’s credit card got mixed up with someone else’s at the party and this lead him to meet the inspiration behind his amazing photographic turned published book: Why I Love New York City – his wife Maria. Eljay has captured and heard nearly 700 stories of love. One of my favourite Monday Mocha podcasts so far.

“There’s always a romance to being or doing something for yourself that you’ve always wanted to do in your life. If you do that, you should look at it always as a positive. You did this for yourself and you did this because you love who and what you are.”

Follow Eljay: @whyilovenewyorkcity
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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Eljay Aguillo, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: MONDAY MOCHA & WEDNESDAYS RETURN: November 2017
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH ROBYN EXTON

Three more Mocha’s to go folks. I know I say this about all of the guests, but what I love most about the first Monday Mocha series is the diversity of guests. We’ve had equality in the sense that we’ve had the same about of females as we’ve had males. They all have an inspiring and individual story. Monday’s for me have become a day I look forward to than one that I dread. I hope it’s been the same for you as well.

This guest is someone I would say is the equivalent of the modern day cupid. I guess dating site and app creators are like that, right? Meet Robyn Exton – founder and CEO of lesbian/queer dating app – HER. The creation of the app was originally inspired when one of her best friends asked her for some advice on how to meet women. After working with a tech company, Robyn finally decided to bite the bullet and create HER, which is now operating in over 20 countries in the world.

“We look at the struggles and the unique patterns that women have and try and make an app that works best for women”

Follow Monique: @RobynExton
Available on: iTunes | Spreaker | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google Play
Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Robyn, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: May 1: Monday Mocha with Eljay Aguilo
WEDNESDAY RETURNS: July 2017
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH CHRIS FREDERICK

This Monday Mocha is a story of quite a powerful manifestation. Meet Chris Frederick, a boy from Ohio, middle America. Growing up with the person who left the biggest heart print on him; his mother, he came out to her when he was 17, just a few months before they were set to head out on a trip to New York.

The special moment that was awaiting them both turned out to actually be a moment that would not only shape Chris Frederick’s history…..but the actual history of New York City Pride. Chris experienced his first pride, in New York, alongside his beloved mother. He was immersed in the colour, community and celebration of what it is to be you. Little did this boy from Ohio know that a decade later, he would be the Managing Director of New York City Pride.

I love this story and I hope it gives your Monday just what it needs.

“Pride is the single moment the community comes together and rallies behind this identity and cause for wanting to be accepted by the world.”

Follow Chris: @ChrisFredrick
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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Chris Frederick, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: April 24: Monday Mocha with Robyn Exton
WEDNESDAY RETURNS: July 2017
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH MONIQUE BOWLEY

I know it feels like a long time between Mocha’s. Now that Wednesday’s aren’t returning until July, our catch up time is down to once a week. It sucks but given the fact that I ask you all to invest in yourselves and listen to your inner child, play time and balance is a part of that so I must practice what I preach. At least that means we get Monday’s together right?

Now, before you freak out when you listen to this podcast and say, “I’ve heard this voice before.” Other than my dulcet tones, my guest for this week, Australia’s Queen of Podcasts herself – Monique Bowley, frequents the airwaves, currently on the Mamamia Podcast Network. Her work is award winning and her witty, quick whips and natural flair for conversation is apparent. What I loved about this particular podcast is that I got to see a deeper side of Monique, even when she told me she “Mutes it when the plop happens.”  What I loved learning about her was that she is engineered from a place of gratitude; which comes doing what she does….and having a pair legs. Much wisdom, laughter and Monday Motivation in this one, my friends.

“I go to mass every Sunday. There is no where in life anymore that tells you not to be a dickhead, as an adult. The one hour on Sunday morning, tells me to be a better person.”

Follow Monique: @MoniqueBowley
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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Monique Bowley, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: April 17: Monday Mocha with Chris Fredrick
WEDNESDAY RETURNS: July 2017
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH CURTIS WONG

Just when you thought The Ginni Show was over for another season, I surprise you with yet another Monday Mocha. YAY! Well technically, the Wednesday part of the show will return in July 2017, but we still have quite a few Monday Mocha’s up our sleeves. So in episode two, I took a trip to Huffington Post Headquarters where I caught up with Executive Editor Noah Michelson. Taking yet another trip back, I caught up with Senior Editor Curtis Wong. What I love about Curtis is he is so wonderfully genuine in how he answers his questions. I love chatting with him because I learn so much and look at life in a different way. The man has also met Madonna. Just saying.

“With as many friendships as you leave behind, you gain new ones.”

Follow Curtis: @CurtisMWong
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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Curtis Wong, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH SILKE BADER

This Monday Mocha is a little closer to home. Literally. When I was in my early to late teens and growing in self awareness and learning about myself, it wasn’t just Queer As Folk that shone some light on the parts of me that I darkened. I used to hide underneath the covers reading LGBT magazines and newspapers. LOTL was one of those publications – headed up by Silke Bader – ranked the eight most powerful lesbian in the world by CLEO. A powerhouse publisher, event planner and equality advocate here in Australia, it’s an honour to have a mocha with yet another person who’s indirectly had some influence in shaping who I was today.

“When friendships are no longer give and take, when it’s heading only in one direction, you realise who you can turn to for support, and who you can give support to.”

Follow Silke: @SilkeBader
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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Silke Bader, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: Season Finale: The Wall Street Of Life – Wednesday, March 29
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH PETER PAIGE

On the eight Monday Mocha show, we still continue in Hollywood and chat to someone who has left a heart print on my journey. I first caught a glimpse of him on Showtime’s Hit Series, “Queer As Folk,” where he played the character Emmett Honeycutt.  From there, Peter Paige has gone on to be one of the creators and writer’s for the ABC’s hit show, The Fosters. One of the many many things I love about Peter is the fact that he always makes time to connect with you. A lot of people reach out to him about the art he creates and how it has impacted their lives – I was one of those people and am better for it. A very special Monday Mocha.

“Connection is more important than ever at this moment in time. Despite the fact that we are tapped into the internet, in some ways we are less connected. It’s important for me to share a meaningful moment with someone.”

Follow Peter: @ThePeterPaige

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Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Peter Paige, Missy Dempsey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: Menu, Please? – Wednesday, March 15
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH LIZ VASSEY

On the seventh Monday Mocha show, we head to the Hollywood Hills and chat to long time actress, Liz Vassey. I first watched her as “Lou,” on Brotherly Love and since then she has graced our scenes playing many a character in Nikki & Nora, CSI and Two and A Half Men to name a Few.

“Sometimes the best relationships aren’t the longest. You come into this world, find your tribe and sometimes you learn what you’re supposed to learn. As long as you’re acting the way you think is best and are good to others.”

This week, we hit the Hollywood Hills to chat to actress and writer Liz Vassey. Currently, Liz is crowd funding for her latest project – The Human Race Documentary. She is nearly at her goal. Click here to support her.
Follow Liz: @lizvassey

Available on: iTunes | Spreaker | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google Play
Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Liz Vassey & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: Menu, Please? – Wednesday, March 15
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

MONDAY MOCHA WITH TODD SEARS

It’s the sixth Monday Mocha podcast show. I have loved the diversity in guests that I’ve had the honour of spending time with.  One of the reasons why I wanted to start this particular series is to help change the attitude and resistance we have towards Monday which is essentially the mentality we go into the week with. By chatting to an inspiring individual, taking time out to have a coffee or a break – it’s a good way to ease into your week.

“I think friendships can be cyclical based off where you are in your life. True friends understand how I care about them. You may not see them for weeks at a time, but you pick up where you left off. “

This week, we take a trip into the finance world and take a trip down Wall Street to have a chat with banker, LGBT equality entrepreneur and founder of Out Leadership – Todd Sears. Find out how he thinks Australian coffee compares to American coffee and how many times he hits the snooze button before he wakes up.


Follow Todd: @toddsears

Available on: iTunes | Spreaker | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google Play
Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Todd Sears & Sam Phelps
Produced by: Sam Phelps
NEXT EPISODE: Approved – Wednesday, March 8
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com

#13 BREAK THE FUNK

How are you? No really, how are you? I think sometimes, that phrase is used quite flippantly as a way to start a conversation rather than make it the focus of the conversation.

If we were actually using the phrase, “How are you,” and paying extra attention to the response, then the need for a day where you ask people how they are and make it your focus wouldn’t be necessary.

If we’re aware of ourselves more and how we feel, we’re aware of others and how they feel. It becomes difficult to navigate through our emotions, our day to day thoughts, our pre existing though patterns if we lack that very thing; self awareness.

It’s the key to many openings – your strengths, your weaknesses, what you need to work on, what makes you happen, what you need. If you’re self aware, you are well on your way to authentic power.

In a lot of the podcasts I do, I encourage everyone to take time out of their day for themselves. To spend with themselves. I truly want everyone to get to know the essence of how they are, and that takes time and focus. This can be done through meditation, or if that’s not your flavour, sports, reading or just sitting in silence for 30 minutes. It’s perhaps the most important tool you will have.

This episode is a little different to others. I’ve taken a more “serious,” tone to it because I’m serious about you living the happiest life possible for you.

NEXT EPISODE: Wednesday, February 22
Produced by: Sam Phelps
Featured Voices: Ginni Saraswati, Missy Dempse
Photos: Joey Middleton
www.theginnishow.com
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