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“I am here to help you release the patterns that do not serve you, to forgive yourself and each other for the past, and to MOVE FORWARD AND GROW IN LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. Let’s take the first step towards building a better relationship!” ~ Jennifer Naranjo: Certified Life & Spiritual Coach
BIO: Jennifer Naranjo is a Certified Life & Spiritual Coach, training with the Life Purpose Institute, Law of Attraction Life Coaching Academy, and Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Master Class. She is passionate about facilitating workshops on Conscious Parenting, Conscious Relationships (coming soon), and Mother-Daughter Communication. Jen is also passionate about conducting masterminds on Conscious Entrepreneurship, working with individuals who are connecting to their life’s work & purpose, and are committed to making the world a better place in their own unique way. Most recently, Jen has begun facilitating staff development workshops for businesses and organizations within the community.
Prior to beginning her life as an entrepreneur, she worked in the corporate world managing the operations of various sized offices, ranging in size from 10 – 90 individuals handling anything from budgeting and workflows to human resources issues and team building. She enjoys combining her professional experience with her passion for helping others find peace in the chaos of life.
Jen is married to her high school sweetheart, Tony, together for over 20 years and celebrating 11 years married this September. She is the mother of an 8 year old daughter, Marissa, who continues to be a major inspiration in her life to continue growing as an individual and make this world a better place.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
As a life & spiritual coach, I often hear from my clients during their most challenging times. As we begin shifting perspective and moving forward, there is this moment when I can see and feel a shift in them. This huge weight is lifted off their shoulders and they suddenly find peace and clarity in the moment. When I’m working with an entrepreneurial client, I see it when they break through a block and begin creating with this “I got this” attitude. Those are the moments that truly inspire me because it’s not me, it’s them. It’s empowering them to access what is already in them.
What motivated you to become a Life & Spiritual Coach?
Prior to becoming a life & spiritual coach, I worked in the corporate sector for about 12 years. While I learned many skills and excelled at the job, there was something missing. I felt this big hole. After some soul searching, I realized that I wasn’t living my purpose. The position I held was no longer meeting my personal goals. After my daughter was born, that feeling got even stronger. Her arrival was a huge catalyst in my life – she showed me the most real and purest form of love I had ever experienced, that I had to value myself so she would learn how to value herself, and it forced me to prioritize my life in a way I had never done before. My time away from family had to count. I KNEW I needed to make a difference in the world and lead by example for her.
In my corporate job, I felt most fulfilled when I was coaching employees, the kind of coaching where we got to the heart of the matter. Employees often poured their hearts out to me and commented on how much better they felt after talking with me – they felt lighter, calmer and more at peace. I started to notice the pattern. When a certification program came across my desk, I jumped at it and started working toward my dream. There was an instant connection for me – one that I felt deep in my soul. One year later, I left my corporate job and haven’t looked back.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
While I’m proud to have taken a huge chance on myself and start my own business, my proudest accomplishment is hands down… my daughter. I know… it sounds cliche and every parent says something like that, but it’s the truth. Anytime I see her apply a life lesson from something she learned, or when I see her help another human being (she has such a natural nurturing instinct) my heart is full. It makes all those difficult and challenging moments of parenthood worth it, and truly helps me stay connected to what is important in life.
What is it like to work with you?
With every encounter I have with my clients, I always want them to feel like they’ve learned more about themselves and/or come away with a sense of peace and clarity that they didn’t have before. I do not have all the answers, but I am here to help others find the answers that serve their highest good and propel them forward. I never want to go somewhere without adding value, so every single workshop, one-on-one session, mastermind or meeting comes from a loving and caring place. I put my clients to work on themselves, but in a gentle way. I’m their biggest cheerleader, but also keep it real.
How would your friends describe you?
They would describe me as calm, peaceful, and level-headed. I don’t know exactly where that came from, but I was very much like this even as a child. I’ve always had that “old soul” vibe. My friends come to me when they want a non-judgmental perspective, really want to get to the bottom of how they are feeling, and want to move forward. I’m all about spreading more love in this world and making a difference
What are your hobbies?
Family time is priceless, and I love sharing new experiences with them. I LOVE traveling and learning about new parts of the world. I also like being creative – whether it’s creating new workshops or projects to painting and sewing.
List two pet peeves.
I’m not a fan of traffic and it really bugs me to see people take others for granted. I try my best to stay neutral and treat everything as a lesson, including my pet peeves. Traffic is a reminder to be patient and trust the journey, and seeing others taken for granted brings me back to gratitude.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m forever committed to being a student for life, so I will always attend conferences, workshops and work on self-development. As I grow myself, I know that will affect and expand my business as I want to continue helping other learn ways to grow. In five years, I see myself traveling for work and pleasure giving workshops and conferences, writing a book (or two) and having my own podcast.
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything, not even my biggest “failures” or challenges. Each one of them has taught me extremely valuable lessons and I’m determined not to let them go to waste. If I could give my younger self some advice it would be to take a chance on yourself sooner rather than later and do not place so much value on what other people think.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
- Malala Yousafzai for standing up to hate even in the most dire circumstances.
- Oprah for building an empire based on empowering and growing others.
- Freddie Mercury for his creative genius.
- Martin Luther King Jr. because LOVE is always the answer.
I send you LOVE, LIGHT & PEACE on your journey and leave you with this beautiful prayer:
May the long time sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.