GETTING TO KNOW JENNIFER NARANJO, CERTIFIED LIFE & SPIRITUAL COACH

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WEBSITE: www.strengthiswithin.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/strengthiswithin

INSTAGRAM: @strength.is.within

YOUTUBE: Strength is Within

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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

YOUTUBE:  Major Keys Square Dance

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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 LISANDRO PLANCARTE, OWNER OF “THE YARD” ~ TRANSFORMATION CENTER

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FACEBOOK PAGE:  The Yard TC

INSTAGRAM:  theyardtcw

 

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

The ability to help people to feel better about themselves and live healthier lives.

What motivated you to start your company?

After working with a couple of gyms and experiencing some things that I didn’t agree with I decided to go off on my own. I started off only doing personal training, but after a few months of driving from client to client and to different gyms, I decided to stop doing that and start my own gym. I wanted to create an environment that was full of positivity, where everyone that came felt comfortable and not judged, but most importantly a place where they saw results. With the help of my wife we bought all the equipment I needed and turned my garage into a gym and The Yard Transformation Center was born.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would say my proudest accomplishment business wise has been going from my garage to a commercial location here in Whittier.

What is the best feature about your company?

The best thing about my gym is the fact that I have created an environment where people feel comfortable and not judged. They know we are here to help and encourage.

How would your friends describe you?

That’s a tough one… From what I have been told, my friends and clients have described me as social and friendly. Someone who cares and is always willing to help. Someone who is passionate and determined about accomplishing my goals and someone who doesn’t see myself above anyone else.

What are your hobbies?

I like going to classic car shows. I also like buying, fixing, and reselling classic cars. I figure that is the easiest way for me to own and enjoy every car I wanted as kid while having one pay for the next.

List two pet peeves.

Friday freeway traffic and when someone suddenly stops right in front of you as you’re walking and you almost bump into them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself already in a second location and having a staff who can run the gym so I can focus on more ways to provide our clients with a one stop shop type of environment when comes to their fitness needs.

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

Honestly, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Everything that has happened has let me to where I am today.

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

  • My Grandpa that I never got to meet but always hear cool stories about.
  • George Barris famous custom car builder/designer, because I love classic cars and I think it would be cool to be able to have a conversation with him and ask him about all the cars he built.
  • Gary Vee because, in my opinion, the guy is a business and marketing genius that tells it like it is, so he would definitely be able to help me grow my business.
  • Jeff Cavalier because I have learned a lot from him and agree with the way he views and focuses on educating/training people. He is someone I respect and look up to in the fitness industry.

 

GETTING TO KNOW BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

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WEBSITE: www.theskinroom.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: The Skin Room

INSTAGRAM:  theskinroom104

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GETTING TO KNOW…..BRENDA RODRIGUEZ: OWNER OF THE SKIN ROOM

BIO:  Hi, my name is Brenda Rodriguez and I have been an esthetician since October 2005. Since then I have attended many additional skin care product knowledge courses and esthetics educational training in the science of the skin and it’s required care to keep it healthy and happy.

 We believe the esthetics industry offers an ongoing learning experience & keeping up with available knowledge is key to being the best esthetician possible. Our passion for skin care makes our job an enjoyable experience each day we work. We believe that investing in our skin is an investment that lasts a lifetime.

From Facials, Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, to Waxing services, We take pride in each treatment we perform. The connection with our customers that establish trust and personal attention for their needs and requests are fulfilling to us. The Skin Room is purely a wonderful place to be an Esthetician and indulge in a career that we simply adore.

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

My favorite thing about my career is being able to work on different clients skin care needs and concern. I love being able to educate clients on how to take care of their skin correctly and give them a boost of confidence.  I love being able to pamper a client and at the same time help them look and feel their best! 

What motivated you to start your company (a little history)

Honestly I never thought or imagined that I would be a business owner.  I went through a transition in my life that brought me to Whittier. Shortly after establishing my self in Whittier – I thought every door around me was closing. I thought my career as an esthetician had hit rock bottom.  but my passion for the industry is what kept me going.  I wanted the freedom  of making my own schedule and I wanted to create my own workspace where I can take care of clients my way. I was determined to have a place with meaning and purpose, a place that would bring skin care and wellness together.  

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’d have to say my proudest accomplishment is motivating my friend Nicole to branch off on her own and open her own business. 

What is the best feature or item from your Company?

The Skin Room is known for having the best “happy hour” in town. We do an amazing Microdermabrasion Facial which includes extractions, customized facial mask and facial massage.  We offer this at an incredible price!  Clients are able to come in and relax and enjoy a Happy Hour facial with a glass of wine!

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal, smart, enthusiastic, problem solver 

What are your hobbies?

Hiking and being out doors. I love just getting out side and doing things, especially with my son! I feel no stress when I’m hiking, and I love exploring the out doors through the eyes of my 8 year old! He’s full of wonder and full of adventure. 

List two pet peeves. 

1: hairy ears ( we can wax that for you) 

2: entitlement, we all have to work for what we have! 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

In 5 years I hope to have a second location for The Skin Room. 

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

I’ve always lived my life with the idea and belief that EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  I’d honestly have to say that I wouldn’t change anything.  Even when I look back and wonder if I made the right choices in my life – I truly look at the outcome of what it’s brought me.  I wouldn’t be where I am today with out all of those choices!  At the end of the day I’m very thankful and blessed to have a beautiful and healthy son full of wonder and light and I have a small business where I get to use my trade that I’m passionate about to help people feel and look their best!