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International Peace Day – 1 Hot Tip To Make Someone Else’s Day Today.

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International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise by @hotndelicious.

International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise. 

Life is all about perspective. Each year on the 21st of September, International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The General Assembly has declared it as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. And today I want to do my part!

One of the approaches to life that I have lived by for years is that if I’m having a bad day, I say hi to someone else, quite often a stranger, and ask them how their day is going. It is amazing the difference a little human touch and kindness can make to someone else’s day and also lift the spirits of yours in turn.

In more recent years, a philosophy I have developed for myself is that if I can make a positive impact to just one person’s life in my lifetime, then in turn that validates my own. If you then strive to bring that philosophy into every day life and push yourself to exercise more patience and understanding (even if someone cuts you off in traffic or from a perceived slight from an off-hand comment), you can actually change the lives of people around you, make an impact on a micro scale and the world a better place.

If there’s someone who’s culture/background you don’t know enough about that might provide you with more insight as to who they are or who’s position on a viewpoint you vehemently disagree with, then reach out to them and engage in open dialogue (without attacking the person or getting angry). Most judgement or hate arises from lack of understanding or fear, so if we strive for understanding, even if we still don’t agree on a viewpoint, it creates a stronger connection & brings use closer together as a species.

Do yourself a favour today, on International Peace Day. Say hi to someone you don’t know and put some love out there in the world 🌎❤✨✌

My gift to you and all my love. It will make you feel good!

xo Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious.

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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International Peace Day. South Bondi. Sunrise by @hotndelicious.

Global jet setter, Rodriguez and The Road Home – Mark Wilkinson.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #144 Mark Wilkinson (Singer Songwriter). 

Australian singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson is living the dream!

Just back from a global tour that’s included the USA, Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, Mark joined me at my Bondi Beach podcast studio to chat about his sold out shows in 8 different countries on 3 continents and sharing the stage with some of music industry’s most enigmatic names including Brian Wilson and Rodriguez.

As Mark Wilkinson embarks on the final two legs of his global tour at home in Australia and New Zealand to launch brand new EP ‘Lost In A Dream’, we chat about: 

  • Meeting through another Sydney singer/songwriter, Kate Gogarty, whom I used to manage and I surprise him with the story that I met this artist through a friend of hers via a dating app.
  • Mark’s first ever memories as a small child in Singapore.
  • A “pinch me” moment that he enjoyed whilst on tour in the Netherlands, where he thought to himself “I can’t believe that this is happening right now!”.
  • Mark’s experiences self-producing the ‘Lost In A Dream’ EP, taking the leap of faith to work solo without a producer and the next steps for his upcoming 3rd studio album.
  • 2 people who have inspired him on his journey to become a global, touring singer/songwriter.
  • 2 pieces of advice that Mark Wilkinson would give to someone who has a dream, but is afraid to take that first step.

Super inspiring chats & I hope you enjoy it as much as I do… Let’s get into it!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #144 Mark Wilkinson (Singer Songwriter).

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professionals who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson.

How to Dress a Dummy. Inspiring journey of self-discovery with author Cassie Lane!

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with ‘How to Dress a Dummy’ author, Cassie Lane.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #141 Cassie Lane author of ‘How to Dress a Dummy’. 

“True beauty is found in the imperfect and vulnerable.”

Cassie Lane is one of the most hilarious, intelligent and beautiful people I know and like so many of us, Cassie Lane grew up desperately wanting to be someone else.

At 16 years of age, Cassie jetted off overseas from Australia on an exciting student exchange adventure. One day she was walking the streets of Italy and the next she found herself swept up into the life of a jet-setter, strutting the catwalks of Milan, Italy and the world as an international model.

Next stop USA. Life living in Los Angeles was like something out of a TV show – sharing a house with 3 other models, mixing it with celebrities on a global scale and partying hard in the LA scene. And yet something was missing…

Beneath all the flash and fancy, she started seeing through the world of exploitation and self-destruction where “living off your looks can attract as much scorn as admiration.” 

Yearning for something more, Cassie returned to Australia determined to pursue her passions and whilst taking her next steps in self-development through study, she also began dating Australian footballer, Alan Didak (Collingwood football Club), who wasn’t that well known at the time. As his sporting profile grew in Australia, Cassie found herself thrust back into the limelight and the oft noxious environment of a WAG (Wives And Girlfriends of high-profile professional athlete), where at times she found herself labelled as ‘slut’, ‘skank’ and ‘stripper’, and constantly being told that she should toe the line and be happy with her life as the partner of a football star. And then came the toxic cherry top… being voted worst dressed at the Brownlow Medal whilst attending the nationally televised AFL Best & Fairest Awards show with her partner. Devastating…

Especially for a highly intelligent person that now not only has a double degree in Psychology and Communications, but now a Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, from which the thesis of that Masters is this very book and memoir.

‘How to Dress a Dummy’ is frank, open, honest, hilarious and beautiful journey of empowerment and self discovery… I myself was clearly never a catwalk model, but there are so many parallels between Cassie’s life and my own. I grew up knowing that I was different, an outsider and I always felt like a bit of a weirdo. And I still am a weirdo, it’s just that I’m my kind of weirdo and the most beautiful thing that you can discover is to learn to love yourself and to be yourself, for once you do you will notice that you attract the friends/people who most want to be around you, to be with you and to be like you… And that is one of the most amazing moments of realization that anyone can experience!

It makes me so happy to see my friends strive for success, achieve their goals and focus on what completes them and makes them happy. I love that I can share this story. 

I love you Cassie Lane and I am SO proud of you!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with ‘How to Dress a Dummy’ author, Cassie Lane.

Ambition is greater than fear. Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Poe (CEO and co-founder of Habu Health)

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! w/- Poe, CEO & co-founder of Habu Health. #smartcannabis

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #140 Poe (CEO and co-founder of Habu Health).

Ever had a vision and then brought your dreams into reality?

Christopher Poe AKA Poe is the CEO and co-founder of Habu Health, a Portland (Oregon, USA) based research group committed to building consumer confidence through scientific rigour.

Led by 12 years of research into the neurobiology of pain, and the pain-relieving properties of opioids and cannabis by leading industry pharmacologist and neural scientist, Dr Adie Poe (Poe’s co-founder and wife), Habu Health is a startup created to work with legislators and partners to build digital products that will fuel an intelligent database which integrates high-fidelity plant and human data.

We cover the legalities of recreational use and need for medicinal marijuana globally, the $2M dollars that Dr Adie Poe has already received in US government federal funding, the meaning behind the name of the business (Japanese for “herb”), what motivated Poe and Dr Adie Poe to take the leap of faith to pursue this dream and the launch of the Habu Health App in just 2 weeks!

Fascinating and educating insights into this data-fuelled startup and I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy this entrepreneur podcast as much as I do!

‘Cause legalising cannabis can change the lives and how we manage chronic pain in our global community. This shit is SO much more than Puff Puff Pass!

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! w/- Poe, CEO & co-founder of Habu Health. #smartcannabis

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Alexis Jones (I Am That Girl founder, activist, speaker & social entrepreneur)

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with I Am That Girl and Protect Her founder, activist, speaker & social entrepreneur, Alexis Jones.

“Woman are inherently bad-ass”

And Alexis Jones is truly a bad-ass in her own right! 

Alexis Jones is the founder of nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which currently has 1M+ girls involved and chapters in over 20 countries. She is also an internationally recognized author, activist, speaker, TV host across a range of channels incl. CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and MTV, and the founder of ProtectHer, a locker room program educating male athletes on the importance of respecting women.

She has spoken at The White House, Harvard, Stanford, The United Nations, for Nike, DELL and Pepsi just to name a few.

Alexis Jones is a women who has made it her life’s mission to “inject more empathy, vulnerability and more authenticity into the world” and she is truly one of the most awe-inspiring podcast guests that I have had the pleasure of speaking with on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

And today I bring Alexis Jones over the interwebs from Austin, Texas to you!

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with I Am That Girl and Protect Her founder, activist, speaker & social entrepreneur, Alexis Jones.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (tech entrepreneur, CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #138 Matt Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks).

Boom boom boom…

Is your life is designed around pursuing your passions tenaciously? Creating a life by following gut instinct and pushing yourself beyond your comfort to try things you think that you might love, through an ethos of #ChooseYourOwnAdventure? 

If it’s not right now, you have a fire burning in you and you’re made like me, then it should be! And that’s that this week’s show is all about! This week, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with San Francisco-based, tech entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Henge Docks, Matthew Vroom.

Launched in April 2010, Henge Docks sold 3 months worth of inventory within the first 3 days of the launchinggrew from a single product line to become the leading supplier of docking stations for MacBooks after only 8 months on the market and in 2017 enjoy one of the few direct hardware partnerships with the Apple brand globally.

Fascinating show as we chat about Matthew Vroom’s latest inventionthe 6 months spent living out of his Nissan sports car after completing business school in Texas, driving around the USA hot-spotting to work remotely on Henge Docks before finally settling into San Francisco, becoming semi-famous for the creation of a satirical cartoon called “I hate Pam” whilst in college, the logistics of working with manufacturers in foreign countries at a time when the tech that Henge Docks were creating hadn’t been envisioned yet and so much more.

First and foremost, Matt Vroom is a husband, he’s a dad and he’s an ambitious, creative and strategic businessman. He is also the cousin of Illinois-based soya bean and corn farmer Nathan Webster AKA @nlwebs, my partner-in-crime on the @craftbeerlovin’ Instagram account, Matt Vroom is an inspiration and I am proud to call him my friend.

Don’t defer your life’s goals.” Make a start, make a start today. After all… we’re both just normal guys who took the leap of faith in pursuit of happiness… 

How many of you can say that you put everything on the line for an idea that you believe in? And managed to make it work! This is that story.

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton to launch STRANGERS ‘Mirrorland’.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #137 Ben Britton (STRANGERS launch ‘Mirrorland’).

Strangers lead singer Ben Britton & I met at the world’s largest music, film and interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) back in 2013 when his kick-ass Australian heavy rock band Strangers were selected to play the conference and was I immediately blown away by their explosive live set in the basement at The Aussie BBQ Australian showcase event in Austin (Texas).

The Aussie BBQ SXSW boasted an A-grade line-up of the likes Vance Joy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flume, Emma Louse, Seth Sentry, 360, Dune Rats, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Alpine, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack Carty, Gold Fields, The Beards, The Falls & shit-tons more… 37 amazing Australian bands and artists playing 3 stages in one venue across 13 hours in Texas!!!! Blew my mind!

And for those who haven’t been before, the most wonderful thing about touring the USA with Sounds Australia and all the Aussie bands performing every year at SXSW is that you spend time with your music industry peeps that you know from back home whom you haven’t seen for ages, make a whole swag of new music biz friends and soak up the most beautiful and generous sense of community that Austin and SXSW have on offer. Benny and I kept bumping into each other at different bars and live music showcases around Austin, became buddies that week and I was quite struck by what a friendly, chatty and genuine dude he is.

Flash forward 4 years and I am super excited to feature Strangers launch of their 2nd album ‘Mirrorland’ on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Benny and I catch-up to discuss just what it’s like for Australian artists/bands looking to take on SXSW, the differences between the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes, He generously shares his experiences battling anxiety and mental health, which have come to be a massive learning experience and part of the ‘Mirrorland’ album and yep, I’ll even give you an exclusive sneak peek of 3 tracks from the new album by just simply downloading the podcast.

Over the next 2 weeks this Sydney born, Melbourne based 4-piece are carving out their next steps with 2 explosive ‘Mirrorland’ album launch shows in Melbourne (Saturday Just 1st – The Evelyn Hotel) and Sydney (Friday July 14th – The Chippo Hotel).

Last time I saw them play in Texas, Benny was on some dude’s shoulders in the crowd singing mid-set, the guitarist brought his axe out into the crowd too and then I think Mr. Britton capped it all off by stage-diving back ONTO the stage and tackling the drummer and drum-kit in one fell swoop… Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

Download this shit and come see the show with me in Sydney! #GetSome #RocknRoll 🤘🏼✨🎸

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Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Melbourne – Saturday July 1st – Evelyn Hotel http://evelynhotel.oztix.com.au/?Event=74525
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.