John Bourgeois: Catching Dreams

John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois is a writer, investor, and dreamcatcher. The Dreamcatchers Show is a series of bold conversations with fellow powerhouses and personal development leaders that will provide listeners with real-life valuable takeaway. It is also a strategic and practical tool that helps you stop just chasing your dreams and start catching them both in life and in business.

In this episode, John will be sharing a little bit of himself; where he came from and also a bit of his childhood. He will also share the story of how he started Dreamcatcher- it’s journey. Starting the Dreamcatcher on Facebook, John will talk about how other people can connect there; know what the group is about as well as why he started it.

“I had to spend the next 3 years falling in love with myself, discovering who I was, discovering.. You know? Who is John Bourgeois? I know this is what you thought he was but who is he really? And are you comfortable being in the space all by yourself? Nobody else is around, you didn’t have any of the accolades, you didn’t have any relationships. Are you comfortable just loving yourself?” – John Bourgeois —–

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Self Care Mini-Episode: How To Make Time For Yourself in 5 Simple Steps

It’s easy to become wrapped up in life and it will spin out of control like a tornado or a hurricane if you aren’t careful. Family, community, friends and work often keep us so busy we forget about ourselves. I’ve already created a couple of other mini self care episodes but we need to talk about how to make TIME for ourselves in order to indulge in those self care activities.

Someone recently asked me how I made, “me” time. I was overly excited about that request because it’s something that took me a while to master and I was thrilled someone wanted me to share that golden nugget of information. Managing a schedule and having a routine are SO important. If you don’t manage your life, life will grab you by the head and manage you.

I’ve been talking about schedule and routine for several years at military veteran caregiver type workshops, and now it’s time to share that information with the world because everyone can use the info! Seriously, it’s not rocket science. ANYONE can make, “me” time. I end up getting so frustrated when I hear someone say that it is just impossible for them to find any time at all for me time. There is ALWAYS a way.

It’s mostly about making an appointment for yourself and KEEPING that appointment!

  1. Use a Calendar – I have to use a calendar to manage my busy life. I put everything from doctor appointments to Ken’s appointments, my daughters school schedule and more on it. I even take it a step further and use a family joint calendar so I don’t skip a beat.
  2. Schedule ME Time – That’s right. I schedule me time. I don’t move the ME time appointments around either. If I have a certain day and time marked off to have my nails or hair done, I don’t cancel that appointment for myself. I keep it. I’ve learned that my ME time appointments are just as important as my doctor appointments. You can do the same with your gym time, a massage or whatever other ways you like to pamper and take care of yourself.
  3. Tasks – I put tasks on my calendar. Need to pay a bill by a certain date? Schedule that on your calendar. Grocery shopping? Put it on the calendar. The better routine you have, the less frazzled you are going to feel going into the day.
  4. Just Say NO – It’s OK to say NO. Someone ask you to do something but you feel like your schedule is too full? Don’t do it, or plan that task on another day if it’s something you want to do.
  5. Prioritize – Just because you are busier, doesn’t mean you are more productive. Prioritize what you want to do in life. Make a list of what’s most important and spend less time doing things you don’t want to participate in. Once you have a goal, make steps to conquer your goal in the least amount of steps possible. Running around in circles is a time waster. Make a direct plan of action in your schedule and routine and watch. You’ll end up getting much more accomplished!

Global Motivational Speaker, Damien Rider: Take Time To Celebrate Your Success

Somewhere out on the ocean Damien Rider found his purpose – and the saving grace and simplicity of breath and peace. The paddle reset his internal compass and gave him a renewed resilience and fortitude to power him forward. Damien created the first Child Abuse Awareness Week in Australia and Thailand and was a featured baton bearer in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. His book, ‘One breath meditation’, combines mediation techniques to bring people back to breath and connection. Damien has produced two documentaries about his journey, and is currently working on a television series. He remains motivated to help and inspire others who’ve suffered childhood trauma or abuse through media campaigns, education programs, school support projects and community health classes. Damien Rider’s mantra is… accept, adapt, breath and keep moving forward. In this episode, Damien will talk about where he’s from; a bit of himself- how is it was when he grew up, his childhood and how its impacted him as well as what he is today. Know why the topic about focusing on the good things in life was so impactful to Damien. He will share how he started going public and how he figured out what it is that he wanted to do.

Self Care Mini-Episode: Ways To Show Yourself Love

Let’s start with the definition of LOVE from the Dictionary.


  1. An intense feeling of deep affection
  2. A great interest and pleasure in something
  3. A person or thing that one loves

Often, we look to others to show us love. Maybe you feel like your family, your significant other or friends don’t tell you they love you enough or maybe they don’t show you they love you in the ways you want to be shown. I’ve felt that. I’m human. I think we all have some type of void when it comes to love in our lives. Sometimes, the problem lies within ourselves. Do you find yourself easily criticizing yourself and not showing yourself love? This is something to think about and work on if the answer is yes.

Others around you may be expressing their love to you the best they know how to, but only you know what lies deep within your soul on the ways you need to be loved. Your friends and significant other aren’t mind readers first of all, but secondly, it is not their job to fulfill your every emotional or physical need.

I’ve learned over the years, if you don’t love yourself it’s easy to try to blame others for the lack of that “love feeling” in your life. Maybe you’re still blaming your past or maybe you’ve had something bad happen to you and you aren’t letting anyone into your life because you still feel hurt. Fact is, we look to others too often for self fulfillment when we should be looking within.

I remember a time where I used to wish my husband would surprise me with flowers. One day, I had an ah-ha! moment. Why did I want him to bring me flowers? Why couldn’t I just go pick up the flowers myself? This way, I would have the exact type of flower I wanted and I could display it however I wanted. I think many young ladies are taught their boyfriends should bring them flowers, but they aren’t being taught about how to love themselves and provide for themselves.

I’m not saying that those who love you shouldn’t do anything for you. But, I AM saying, it’s IS important to do for yourself and to love yourself so that you aren’t waiting around for others to bring you gratification when you can make yourself happy. It’s not the job of others to make you happy.

Recently, I asked my friends on Facebook ways people could show themselves love. Here are some of the answers that were submitted in no particular order:

  • Get Enough Sleep
  • Make time to do things you like (hobbies)
  • It’s ok to say NO
  • Massage/Spa Day
  • Manicures/Pedicures
  • Buy yourself flowers or something special you’ve been wanting
  • Listen to music
  • Take yourself on a date
  • Exercise and eat right
  • Take a warm bath

What are some ways that you show yourself love? I want to hear from you. Hop on social media, either on the Wake Up With Patti Katter Instagram feed or the closed Wake Up With Patti Katter Facebook Group and share with one another on how you can show yourself love. I hope this mini-podcast has given you something to think about. It’s important to motivate and encourage each other.

You can listen listen to this mini-episode of Ways To Show Yourself Love along with all of Patti’s podcasts on your favorite major podcast platform by searching WAKE UP WITH PATTI KATTER in your podcast player.

Dan Dwyer, CEO of Vet2BizLife Presents: 5 Leadership Hacks For 2020

Dan Dwyer joined Patti for a sit down interview to discuss 5 Leadership Hacks for 2020. In this episode, Dan talks about the steps to success AND he wanted to share this AMAZING Workbook with you all:

Dan Dwyer is a Northern Alabama-based entrepreneur dedicated to the boots to business advancement of veteran entrepreneurs across the globe. An experienced leadership and organizational development consultant, coach to leaders, managers and organizations, leadership blogger, and podcaster, I am passionate about powerful conversations that accelerate organizational success. I enjoy guiding people who guide others; shaping performance improvement, and up starting start-ups. I especially enjoy working with young leaders who want to make a difference for their team, their organization, and our society. With over 25 years experience in building and leading high performing teams at all levels, retaining top performing professionals, orchestrating multimillion-dollar operational budgets, and cultivating trusting relationships with team members, peers, and senior leaders alike, I blend a practical, results-driven approach, centered on powerful conversations, to get to the core of any situation, and guides leaders and organizations to achieve their very best results. In this episode, Dan will share a rundown of himself. He will talk about what prompted him into working on his books. Regarding about Dan’s passion to military, he will also talk about how people who are not in the military can utilize his books and how can people be part of his organization. Dan will be sharing where to find his business as well as tips for success. Be sure to go to www.PattiKatter to download Dan’s FREE Leadership Workbook as discussed on the show!

12 Steps To Better Sleep

I don’t know how many times I’ve read on social media, “Can’t sleep, have insomnia, not going to fall asleep tonight…” and guess what? I’m guilty of doing that as well.

After a few years of riding the lack of sleep rollercoaster, I’ve come up with a few of my own tips that help me sleep like a baby, and has helped others who listen to my podcast who shared some of their tips with me to share with you!

Let’s start with the first obvious that you didn’t think I’d bring up. SEX. I’m just going to get this one out of the way right away.

  1. Sex – Seriously. I’m not going to go into great detail here, but let’s face it… when I released a poll on social media asking what people do before they go to sleep to help them release pent up energy, sex was the first answer. After having good sex, aren’t you more relaxed? Don’t you feel a little more drained? 😉 If you don’t have anyone to help you out – help yourself out… and, that’s all I’m saying on that right now because I’m not Dr. Ruth.
  2. Exercise Early – Make sure you exercise early during the day. I like exercising in the morning. If I wait to exercise too close to bedtime, I actually feel too energetic to sleep, because exercise really does give you more energy. Try working out earlier in the day instead. Many people also drink energy drinks before working out. You don’t want to drink those in the afternoon, because it could impact your relaxation and sleep later.
  3. Cut Caffeine, Cigarettes and other Stimulants – I can’t drink coffee, tea or other caffeine drinks after noon unless I plan on staying up until at least midnight like Cinderella. Next, it’s 2020. You shouldn’t be smoking cigarettes or ingest other types of stimulants. We all know cigarettes can kill you sooner than later, or at very least make you unhealthy and stinky. Cigarettes also tamper with your sleep because they can act as a stimulant. Cigarettes are disgusting. If you smoke, you really should just quit.
  4. Buh Bye Blue Light – Did you know blue light from your phone or computer reduces natural hormones like melatonin, which help you relax during sleep? What’s one of the first habits many of us do when we can’t sleep? Jump on the phone to see who’s doing what on Facebook, TicTok or maybe Instagram. Then, we write the most epic post ever…. “Can’t sleep… anyone else up?”
  5. Don’t Nap – Someone might call you, “Bae” or “Baby” (which was my nickname at one point but I lost it someplace along the way), but you aren’t really a baby so you don’t need a nap. Taking a nap during the day can confuse your internal time clock. If you must nap, make sure it’s a short power nap. Longer naps can affect your health and sleep quality.
  6. Create a Sleep & Wake Schedule – Try to wake up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time every evening. Your body will become used to your schedule. Science has proven those who stay up late and sleep in on the weekends have poor quality of sleep in general.
  7. Ditch The Alcohol – I’m not a drinker. I just don’t love the taste of it. It doesn’t tickle my taste buds or make them dance. It has extra calories I could spend someplace else. Once in a great while, I’ll have a glass of wine when going out to dinner or while celebrating a special occasion with friends. Alcohol has been proven to increase symptoms of sleep apnea and decrease night time hormones (HCG).
  8. Optimize The BedroomI don’t mean add a swing or quarter machine to your bed. Make sure the temperature of your bedroom is comfortable. Studies show that it’s harder to sleep in warmer temperatures. I like my bedroom on the cooler side and I sleep with the ceiling fan on. I make sure the blinds are pulled, especially nights when there’s a full moon so the light stays out. Keep clean sheets on that cozy bed of yours. A good mattress and nice blankets are important. Keep your room dust and clutter free.
  9. Don’t Eat Too Close To Bedtime – Stuffing yourself late at night might temporarily feel good but eating too close to bedtime can impact your melatonin and HGH sleep hormone levels which in return directly will impact your sleep.
  10. Relax & Clear Your Mind in the Evening – I have been turning off the TV a couple hours before it’s time. Many nights, I light candles because I love the scent of a candle as well as the beautiful glow and warmth a candle releases. Sometimes, I read before bed or I listen to piano music before I turn start getting ready for bed.
  11. Practice Good Hygiene – I’m a huge advocate for cleanliness. My room must be clean before I go to sleep, and so must my body! I love soaking in the hot tub to relax on the evenings that I am able to make time to do so. After jumping out of the hot tub and making a mad dash to the bathroom, I shower. Brush my teeth. Dry my hair and then, if I’m lucky I am able to turn my ceiling fan on, hop in bed and go to sleep.
  12. No Liquids Before Bed – Try not to drink liquids 1-2 hours before bed. This way, you aren’t finding yourself all snuggled up ready for bed only to find yourself needing to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. Obviously, go to the bathroom before you go to bed.

If you are having a hard time sleeping, it’s always a good thing to seek advice from your doctor. There are different sleep disorders that can interrupt your sleep or can even be dangerous such as sleep apnea (for you snorers out there or those who aren’t breathing correctly during sleep).

After thinking about all of these great snuggly, cozy sleep tips… it’s sort of making me tired but I’m going to skip that nap and wait until bed time to go to sleep. Do you have any tips to share on how you fall asleep? I’d love to hear! Interact on social media: Facebook, Instagram.

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Rom Raviv, Young Serial Entrepreneur Co-Founder of Podblade

In this episode, Rom will talk a little bit of himself; where he came from as well his childhood. He will be sharing information about his podcast agency from how he started podcasting and how he started his Podcast Business, Podblade.

—-“I was always into entrepreneurship and I always wanted some kind of a personal brand…Uh, creating content, something like that. I knew it ever since I was maybe.. 14 or 15.” – Rom Raviv—–

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