GETTING TO KNOW JENNIFER NARANJO, CERTIFIED LIFE & SPIRITUAL COACH

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WEBSITE: www.strengthiswithin.com

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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.

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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.

 

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GETTING TO KNOW JIM DAVIS: CLUB PRESIDENT & DEANNE DAVIS: PUBLICITY COORDINATOR [MajorKeys.org]

WEBSITE:   www.MajorKeys.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: Major Keys Square Dance Club

INSTAGRAM: majorkeyssquaredance

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IMG_2805 (2)What is Major Keys Square Dance Club?

We are a fun, friendly, non-profit social organization that has been in Whittier since 1973.  We are excited to share the love of square dancing with everyone and help continue the tradition of California’s official state folk-dance by teaching classes, holding monthly dances, doing demonstrations and special events.

Who are Jim and Deanne Davis?

Jim is the current club president for Major Keys, and Deanne is the publicity coordinator.  We have been with the club since 2010 and we want everyone to have as much fun as we do, and enjoy all the benefits of square dancing.

What are the physical benefits of square dancing?

It is great aerobic exercise, equal to hiking about 3-5 miles. It strengthens and tones muscles and loosens joints, but is low-impact with less risk of injury than other types of sports or activities.  It also improves flexibility, balance and coordination.  

What are the mental benefits of square dancing?

Recent studies show that square dancing reduces the effects of aging on your brain.  The combination of exercise with listening, learning, memory recall, quick reaction time, and social interaction uniquely stimulates the brain’s synapses and prevents the loss of white-matter better than any other type of exercise or mental activity tested.  Square dancing also reduces stress, enhances mood, induces laughter, and provides a mental challenge and satisfaction like solving a puzzle.  It helps develop listening skills, and sharpens your ability to focus and pay attention.  

What are the social benefits of square dancing?

In square dancing you develop a large circle of friends which provides an antidote to isolation or depression. You can forget your troubles as you “dance your cares away.” It develops teamwork and cooperation rather than competition.  It is an activity where family and friends of all ages can participate together. And it promotes a sense of community as people from all different cultures, backgrounds and demographics, whose paths might not otherwise cross, can interact in a fun way and build positive relationships.

What do you like about square dancing?

Jim: It’s easier for me than other types of dancing. It doesn’t matter so much where your feet go, if you start with your left or right foot, or if you are standing with your weight on your toe or your heel.  All you have to do is get your body to a certain place in the formation.  The caller tells you where to go, so you don’t have to remember the choreography.  The other dancers are really helpful too, and we all like to be goofy and have a good time.

How did you become interested in square dancing?

Deanne: When I was a little girl I remember looking over a railing to a plaza down below where a square dance was taking place. I could see the swirling colors and patterns of the ladies’ skirts as they twirled around, while the men seemed to magically float among them on a moving kaleidoscope ocean. The music was playing and everyone was laughing and clapping. I was mesmerized, and from that moment I knew I wanted to square dance.

How does someone learn to square dance?

We offer a beginner’s class on Thursdays from 7-9 pm, starting in September through Whittier Parks and Recreation.  No experience is needed, and no partner is required. It just takes practice. After 18 weeks, dancers are ready to “graduate” at the Mainstream level and will be able to attend dances locally and all over the world.  Some people choose to go on learning more advanced square dance levels.  Most are having so much fun they invite their friends and continue attending class on Thursday nights as “angels” to help a new set of dancers learn Mainstream.  Another beginner class will start in February.  If someone misses the first or second class, they can still join because the lessons are reviewed every week.

What problems do you see in society today?

Our society has become so isolated. People spend so much time connected to electronics and social media.  I wish everyone would just unplug those things once in a while and connect  to real people.  People are designed to live in community and interact with each other. We have so much to offer one another: a smile, a hug, a hand-shake, hearing someone say your name and give you affirmation.  These are simple things that we all need, yet we are starving ourselves of them, or looking in the wrong places.  Square dancing is a way to meet that need for connection in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

What could Whittier do to help promote square dancing?

Square dancing is so beneficial, I would love to see it offered in schools again.  It would be great as a college PE class, and a fun after-school program or activity for younger students. As a community, I would like to see square dancing taking place in parks or outdoor venues where it would be more visible and accessible to everyone, maybe at a street-fair, at concerts in the park, or at a shopping center.  I wish there was an old barn or building with a big wood floor that could be converted into a dance hall, that hundreds of folks from Whittier would be brave enough to try it and discover they love square dancing!

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GETTING TO KNOW DR. KERRY WOODS

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WEBSITE: www.woodschiropractic.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/woodschiropractic/

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TWITTER:  @drkwoods

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BIO:  Dr. Kerry Woods

Dr. Kerry Woods, Chiropractor Whittier

Dr. Kerry Woods

When I was growing up I loved my skateboard. I rode it almost every day along Whittier Blvd. past the shops, including the Chiropractor who had been there from before I was born. His office always intrigued me and I would often peek inside wondering what it would be like to be a Chiropractor.

I never thought I really “needed care”

As the years passed, my family often went to the Chiropractor for various problems but I never really “needed care,” so I thought…

My sophomore year at La Habra High School was pivotal. That year we had the compulsory health class. The very first day my friend bet me lunch that he would get a higher score in the class. Well, I was up for the challenge since I already had a good knowledge of anatomy. After all was said and done I owed him a lunch even though we both got an A+. Now all this knowledge of human health had my wheels of excitement turning and so I finished High School with a lot of Biology under the belt.

What I really wanted was to help people without drugs and surgery

In 1983, I was accepted to Fullerton State University and declared my major to be human Biology. My next big pivotal moment came when depression over my younger sister’s untimely death was hampering my grades and a well known professor, Dr. Miles McCarthy, called me to his office to ask me what was wrong. He helped me greatly and found out that what I really wanted was to help people, but I wanted to do that naturally. I already knew I did not want to get into the sickness model of drugs and surgery. He immediately said, “How bout Chiropractic?” Something told me he was right, something inside me felt this is what I was waiting for, someone to push me down the right path.

In 1987, I was accepted to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and my dream began to unfold before me. To say it was tough would be an understatement, but I pressed on. I quickly became interested in Radiology, Physiology, Neurology, Instrumentation and Athletic performance enhancement. I graduated in 1990 at the top of my class in clinical skills. I was the first student to complete my internship out of 170. Now I could work outside of school with other Doctors. I soon found the well known Dr. Reeves, who took me under her wing and showed me the ropes of caring for work and auto accident injuries. I quickly became well know for my ability to handle these kinds of cases and was getting great results. I loved it, but I knew something was missing.

Ongoing training and education are so important to me

In 1992, I bought the practice and took it over solo. I enrolled in many educational seminars and to this day thrive on learning and staying on the cutting edge. Since then I have been fortunate to meet and train under many very well known Doctors and the worlds best health experts. I have learned that what I do was not by accident and that health is built into each one of us. We are God’s creation and that design is to be trusted and not overlooked. Slowly I have become a Wellness expert and I love very much the privilege of helping people this way, it truly is a joy.

It is absolutely unbelievable that today I look through the window and see children skateboard past the same office I did over 30 years ago, only now I’m that Doctor.

Dr. Woods has been married to Robyn for over 28 years and they have one child, Summer, who was born at home without drugs and has never had an antibiotic or vaccination. (If that sounds interesting ask Dr. Woods to explain!)

Dr. Woods is very active and leads a very congruent life with what he teaches and believes. He is an avid oenology authority and lecturer, a gourmet cook and organic food nut. He loves playing the piano, scuba diving, playing hockey and doing triathlon

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10 QUESTIONS: GETTING TO KNOW DR. WOODS!!

When was the KEY “moment”  in your life that made you choose Chiropractic?

In 1983, I was accepted to Fullerton State University and declared my major to be human Biology. My next big pivotal moment came when depression over my younger sister’s untimely death was hampering my grades and a well known professor, Dr. Miles McCarthy, called me to his office to ask me what was wrong. He helped me greatly and found out that what I really wanted was to help people, but I wanted to do that naturally. I already knew I did not want to get into the sickness model of drugs and surgery. He immediately said, “How bout Chiropractic?” Something told me he was right, something inside me felt this is what I was waiting for, someone to push me down the right path.

In 1987, I was accepted to Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and my dream began to unfold before me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being featured in the newspapers several times for accomplishments with patients and being able to represent Chiropractic.

Do you have any unique skills or services as a Doctor of Chiropractic?

Great adjuster for all ages, nutritional skills, meditation and guided imagery expert.

How would your friends describe you?  

Outgoing, motivated, tireless

What are your hobbies?

Playing Hockey, Brewing beers and collecting wines, hiking

List two pet peeves and what is your biggest complaint about your job?  

Difficulties with insurance companies & the general public perception of Chiropractic is frequently incongruent with what we really do.

What sports do you follow if any, and why?  

Hockey, its FAST, competitive and its in my genes

Where do you see yourself in five years?

 Helping many more people in several capacities and traveling the world.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?  

Quitting ASHP. Landmark and ACN earlier

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

BJ Palmer, obvious reasons , he was genius and a Disruptor!

Candace Pert, Fascinating knowledge of human emotion, her discoveries were life changing.

Elon Musk, to hear the future from a true Disruptor

Wayne Dyer, to be able to learn more peace.