Colour Me Brave

Shobna Kannusamy, Founder - Soirette Connections

Colour Me Brave is a podcast where we connect, explore and celebrate the intricate journeys of women of colour who value authenticity and confidence, through candid conversations with amazing entrepreneurs and change makers from diverse backgrounds in our community and beyond. Break free with your host Shobna Kannusamy, a certified entrepreneurial & leadership coach and a multicultural immigrant woman, who has been challenging the “right” way of doing things since she could talk. With over 20 years of corporate, hospitality and retail experience, she has been through the grind of building brands and a retail business from the ground up, forged caring and inspired teams, and knows what it takes to redefine success and leadership so it rings true for you. Her goal is to inspire and empower you by sharing meaningful conversations and learnings, helping you to discover the courage and clarity to embrace your true self - in life, as a leader, and everything in between. You will find invaluable insights on how to harness the transformative power of courage, kindness, and self-compassion. Together, we explore the intricacies of identity, culture, tradition, conditioning, and challenge the norm, showing you how you can live in colour and freedom. By reframing perspectives and building meaningful connections, you will gain the momentum needed to propel yourself forward towards a brighter future. Join Shobna on the Colour Me Brave podcast every other Wednesday as she dives into new and inspirational topics! You can learn more about her work as an entrepreneurial & leadership coach at www.soirette.com. read less
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Episodes

Breaking the Stigma of Beauty by Being the Change you want to See
Nov 1 2023
Breaking the Stigma of Beauty by Being the Change you want to See
In this episode, I chat with LJ Cajigas, a tattoo loving, modern bohème-styling, urban-hippie Artist is also a wife & mother to three dalagas & two dogs. She is the visionary, owner and artist at Dalaga Beauty + Wellness, a beauty studio whose sole mission is to break the stigma on beauty and self care standards.   One of the themes of LJ's conversation is balance. As a wife, mother, and business owner, LJ faces the challenge of juggling various roles. She candidly discusses various highs and lows, symbolizing the ebb and flow of her life. This raises essential questions for all women entrepreneurs: How do you manage your various roles and responsibilities? What strategies can you employ to maintain balance in your life while pursuing your entrepreneurial goals?   LJ's journey of self-discovery and cultural identity also offers a powerful point of reflection. As she embraces her Filipino heritage while being a first-generation immigrant raised in Canada, she inspires us to reflect on our own backgrounds and the impact they have on our identities as leaders.   Join us in this meaningful conversation of what it's like to be a woman of colour business owner and mother in our present community, and what shifts we need to make to stay true to ourselves as we grow both personally and professionally.       Topics covered include: juggling multiple roles, inspiration for change and authenticity, values driven purpose in life and business and breaking stigmas.   For more resources from this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com.
Manifest Your Fire
Oct 4 2023
Manifest Your Fire
In this episode, I chat with Barb Mackenzie, a business woman and community champion. She runs several businesses, each with purpose and visions that feed her soul and her community. Our Bahay is a community of women who come together for purposeful gatherings, focused on building community and practicing mindful movement. RE by Barb offers sound baths, meditation, and Reiki energy healing to help individuals relax and improve their physical and mental well-being. Both businesses prioritize the importance of fostering a supportive and uplifting environment for individuals to grow and heal. She most recently, also became a certified mortgage broker.   If you find yourself caught up in the hustle of your day-to-day, how do you take stock of your energy? How do you create space for your physical and mental well-being, so you can manifest your fire?   As someone who is constantly on the go, Barb had an unexpected opportunity to slow down herself, and what happened during her downtime reshaped her alignment to her hustle, and brought a new perspective on how to get back into the groove of the fire within you.   Join us in this cozy conversation filled with laughter, momentary dips in life, and how Barb reignited her fire that serves herself and those around her, through intentional doses of mindful practices that we can use for our well-being.     Topics covered include: human connection, self-reflection, reigniting your flame of purpose, the importance of community, mindful movement   For more resources from this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com.     *Music credit: Good Times by Matrika, Glow by Sensho
It's Your Time to Shine: Releasing from the Conditioned Narratives Imprinted onto us
Sep 20 2023
It's Your Time to Shine: Releasing from the Conditioned Narratives Imprinted onto us
In this episode, I chat with Jocelyn Auyeung, a Certified Life Coach. Jocelyn is on a mission to empower working moms like you to achieve a life of joy, balance, and fulfillment! With her expertise, Jocelyn specializes in guiding and supporting working moms through the often complex journey of balancing professional aspirations with personal well-being.   As a working mom and a woman of colour, what does it mean to be released from the conditioned cultural narratives imprinted onto us?   Jocelyn takes us on an awakening journey through naming and acknowledging what it was like for her, and we both share stories of how this showed up in our lived experiences. We continue to reflect on how this informs our parenting, and what it takes to "be the change we wish to see in the world" (Mahatma Gandhi) in the context of being a mom.   The challenges that arise to break away from judgment and fear brings our conversation into an exploration on the stigma both our cultures continue to hold over mental wellness. She guides us expertly around ways we can do better for ourselves, and inspire us to shine, as this, is our TIME.     Topics covered include: cultural conditioning, dangers of external validation, self-compassion, self-worth, honouring lived experience, regenerative parenting.   For more resources from this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com.     *Music credit: Connected by Simon Fowlar
Baybayin: A Love Story of Culture, Identity & Boldness
Jun 28 2023
Baybayin: A Love Story of Culture, Identity & Boldness
In this episode, I chat with LeLe Chan, an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Inspired by a reconnection to her ancestral roots, she creates artwork that combines elements of tribal Filipinx designs with her own modern style.   We cover the difficult and vulnerable truths about the younger days, where, as a young immigrant, she struggled to identify with her own culture, as she searched for a sense of belonging everywhere and anywhere else in her Vancouver community. It wasn't until the later years, in the wake of the pandemic and social change that sparked shortly after the tragic death of George Floyd in the U.S., that she began reflecting on what it was like to fall in love again with her Filipino culture she was so quick to hide from all those years back, and how it flourished into a transformation of her truth and that of her business purpose, and motherhood.   This inspiring conversation of culture, identity and boldness encourages us to reflect on our own past, to take the learnings into our own hands and to be curious about our own relationship to our culture and how it can enrich our truth.   Also, wear sunscreen, and love the colour of your skin!   *Music credit: Love, by All Good Folks   Topics covered include: Trusting business experts to shine in their craft, pressure of assimilating to surroundings and community, the value of connection through ancestral history, know your worth, intersectionality between brand identity and cultural roots, and acts of kindness.   For more resources from this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com.
Garam Masala Diaries Part 2: The Value of Representation
Jun 14 2023
Garam Masala Diaries Part 2: The Value of Representation
In part 2 of Garam Masala Diaries, we continue our conversation with Aman Dosanj, Chef and owner of Paisley notebook, a diaspora kid, adulting in the Okanagan, telling stories about her food immersed in her culture and heritage, while expressing her emotions unapologetically through her one of a kind pop up dinner series, SOURCED. She gets right into societal assumptions and what we can do, to help correct the narrative, as women of colour with courageous voices. Aman’s outlook is informed by her lived experiences. In this deeply emotional episode, we explore taking on the responsibility of creating opportunities for ourselves, and take charge of the keys to our future. She explains how she does this and holds her power through her intentions and actions of giving herself a chance to make a difference. A poignant lesson she pulls from the beautiful festival of Holi (which she celebrates in one of her pop-up dinners annually), is the joy of evoking joy and laughter through the act of covering ourselves in a myriad of colours, while flattening the curve on all those pointers that sets us apart such as race, wealth, religious beliefs and cast - what better way to allow space for humanity to shine through. Through Aman’s captivating story-telling, you will discover ways you can stand up for what you believe in and find your path, no matter what life throws at you. Also, when it’s mango season, enjoy as many mangoes as you can, and find joy in sharing the love! Topics covered include:  Race, cultural perception and it’s limiting beliefs, self-compassion, how and why representation matters,accountability, strength of community, imprints of generational parenting, and acts of humanity. For more resources from this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com.   *In loving memory of Laticia Watson, who suddenly passed in between the recording of this episode and its airing*
Can I Call You Jane? - The Power of Speaking Up: Shifting from Shame to Shine
May 31 2023
Can I Call You Jane? - The Power of Speaking Up: Shifting from Shame to Shine
Speaking up: Why is it crucial when it comes to staying true to ourselves and standing up for our identity, or for something we believe in? When we stay silent in the face of ignorance or disrespect, we allow others to define us. We become complicit in perpetuating a cycle that diminishes our worth. But when we find the courage to speak up, we reclaim our narrative and assert our right to be seen and heard.   Whether it's correcting the mispronunciation of our names, challenging stereotypes, or sharing our stories, each act of speaking up contributes to the larger tapestry of social change.   Speaking up requires vulnerability, resilience, and a strong sense of self. So, what can we do about this - how can we find the courage to cultivate the confidence to speak up? How do we shift the perspective of speaking up, from shame to shine?   In this debut episode, I discuss what sparked my curiosity about speaking up, and how it serves us as leaders and parents.   You will discover how to shift your narrative, and key practices you can implement now, to fund the courage to power up your voice, and to shine in your authenticity.   Topics covered include:   Evaluating your values   Embracing culture and identity   Modelling behaviour for your child   Trusting your power to create change     Let's live a life of colour and lead with freedom.   For more resources for this episode, hop on to www.soirette.com