Don't Try to Change How You Feel

As I took another bite of my toast, my eyes welled up with tears, my breath caught in my throat.  

I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and sad this morning because of some things that were happening in my life – nothing huge, just the stuff of life, what I sometimes refer to as “First World Problems.”

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

Pixar - The Disruptive Power of Imagination and Storytelling

For over two decades Pixar has delivered the most epic animation films of all time. And I saw all 20 recently! They infuse the minds and hearts of audiences worldwide with fast moving and attention-grabbing storytelling. They offer our eyes a simple yet mythic message about our connectedness as people and the innocence of a moral imagination.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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Close up of woman's crying eye
05/29/2019
As I took another bite of my toast, my eyes welled up with tears, my breath caught in my throat.   I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and sad this morning because of some things that were... read more
Wall of childrens' art with characters from Finding Nemo
09/28/2018
For over two decades Pixar has delivered the most epic animation films of all time. And I saw all 20 recently! They infuse the minds and hearts of audiences worldwide with fast moving and attention-... read more
Close up of woman's crying eye
05/29/2019
As I took another bite of my toast, my eyes welled up with tears, my breath caught in my throat.   I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and sad this morning because of some things that were... read more
Wall of childrens' art with characters from Finding Nemo
09/28/2018
For over two decades Pixar has delivered the most epic animation films of all time. And I saw all 20 recently! They infuse the minds and hearts of audiences worldwide with fast moving and attention-... read more