ThinQAction TV Video Interview: How do you move past fear to find your passion?

There are several career advice cliches that really get under my skin (see my Open Letter to Love for a rant on relationship-related cliches):

  • Find a mentor!
  • Follow your passion!
  • Do what you love and the money will follow!

The follow-up that these missives are missing is HOW.

How do you find a mentor? I believe in one-off mentorship — short 15- to 30-minute calls that add up over time and that form relationships naturally and gradually.

How do you follow your passion and/or find it in the first place? I believe in big, broad, expansive and unrestricted creative thinking THEN narrowing down only after extensive work to uncover the many layers of a person’s brain and heart.

Do what you love and the money will follow? Only if you’re smart about it! Earning money is not a given — it requires skills you may not yet have such as sales and marketing.

ThinQAction TV – Video Interview with Antonio Neves

I’m excited to share with you an 8-minute video interview that my awesome friend Antonio Neves of ThinQAction filmed with me in January at Grind Spaces in New York City (where I’m also currently piloting Geek Yoga!). Antonio’s energy is contagious and it was my honor to help him kick off this ThinQActionTV series by answering some of the key questions many of us face during a big life change.

In the video we cover:


Invitation to Moxie Camp NYC – June 29-July 1

I’m very excited to be a part of Alexia Vernon’s inaugural Moxie Camp 2012 in New York City this June 29-July 1, 2012. I’ll be teaching a Geek Yoga class for the whole group on Friday night, then delivering my Make Sh*t Happen workshop the next day. And guess what? You’re invited!

What is Moxie Camp?

Moxie Camp is designed for women who work in social enterprise or the nonprofit sector, want to grow a socially conscious business, or who simply want to scale their positive impact in the world. Over the course of the 2.5 days together at the beautiful New York Insight Meditation Center, Moxie Campers will have the playspace to generate ideas, compiles strategies, develop skills, grow relationships, and make *moxie* a way of being.

Here are a handful of the takeaways from the weekend dedicated to participants’ professional, personal, social and spiritual growth:

  • Dive deep into your professional purpose. Discover how to build and sustain a career or business that lets your live your values, create the lifestyle you seek, and pay you what you’re worth.
  • Illuminate your innate charisma, and learn to speak up and shine. Be confident and competent every time your open your mouth and share your vision and voice.
  • Demystify the key behaviors to build a movement around your ideas and mobilize social change.
  • Become a true influencer by stepping up to crucial conversations. Practice the arts of negotiation, giving and receiving feedback, and coaching through conflict. End risk aversion – once and for all.
  • Fall in love with your financial future. By diving deep into your financial habits, hopes, and fears, you will learn how to develop financial behaviors that serve your professional and personal goals.
  • Discover how to create harmony and integration in each of your life spheres. Make self-care and spirituality your launching pad for busting bigger moves in the world.

A portion of every ticket sold will benefit the nonprofit, She’s the First, a NYC-based nonprofit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world. To grab your ticket, visit the Moxie Camp website. I hope to see some of you fabulous lady readers there!


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Antonio Neves April 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Jenny, it was such a blast interviewing you. Thanks for bringing your genius and awesome advice. I can’t tell you all of the awesome feedback I’ve received. I look forward to our next one.Hmm, maybe we need to co-host a show together! Is the world ready for it? :) Thanks again.


jennyblake April 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Thank you so much for having me, Tony!! It was an honor to kick off the series — and damn. If we co-hosted a show we would just plain blow the roof off! Your call yesterday made my whole week and then some. Thank you so much for the amazingly kind words — filled to the brim with gratitude to know you too! You (and Bassam) are partners-in-beast-mode :)


Bassam Tarazi April 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

 Forever EVAH!


jennyblake April 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Woot woot! Air high fives all around 😀


zoezemyna December 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Hay Jenny I’m new to blogging and I just realized about 2wks ago this will be my niche. I feel I have so much to offer the world and the writing community but didn’t know where to start getting my ideas out there, as being a published author takes most people years, I’m also a spoken word artist, public speaker, cosmetologist, college student, I know it’s a lot, but I just wanted to say in researching other bloggers I like your blog! I also like how you mentioned the envy and comparing ourselves to others. I was in a rut like that recently and it’s hard not to become overwhelmed by those feelings, but now I’m using those feelings to create the life the life of my dreams because I know I have the power to so!! Good luck to you and I’ll be back to visit soon maybe you can visit my blog when it’s all done!
Peace sistar**


jennyblake December 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hi Zoe! Thanks for stopping by to say hello :) Very cool that you just started blogging too — congrats! It sounds like you’re up to all kinds of amazing things — reach out any time if I can be helpful in any way. Have a fabulous rest of your week!


zoezemyna December 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hay Jen! Thanks for the response :) I most certainly will stay connected. 1st of all why am I seeing comments i’ve made on my blog, on here? aaaand why is my photo a creepy light blue avatar?? lmaoo! I swear sometimes I feel all I know about computers I feel totally infantile right now ( hides face) smh (>.*)


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