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Nina L. Kovner On Business Integrity & Agreements + No Shows + Lifetime Client Value + Venmo Drama

In this What’s On My Mind episode we are back with Nina sharing what’s been on their mind the last couple weeks. Nina share’s their thoughts on business integrity and ethics, business agreements and how they align with your own brand vision and values along with your brand purpose, promise and people. This applies to all aspects of your business and the daily decisions you make as a leader and small business owner. We talk lifetime client value and could not help but talk about the the recent Venmo drama and some things to consider before you make a decision for your own business. You can find us on the gram @passionsquared and on the web at

To listen to the recent episode with Dr. Nancy on Mental Health, click here.

To get your copy of My AwesomeAF Boundary Book, click here.

To learn more about A School, click here

Thank you so for listening and for your trust, support and love.

With love + in service to you-
Nina @passionsquared


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Your experience matters. We would be so grateful if you shared your experience with our podcast by leaving a review. It matters to us, and so do you. Thank you- Nina

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Kristin Rankin on Pride + Creating Inclusive Salons + Pronouns + The Dress Code Project

In this episode we talk (again!) with Kristin Rankin, hairdresser, owner of Fox & Jane Salon in Toronto + Founder of Dress Code Project. As we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride this month, our discussion with Kristin is super relevant as you reflect on how you can be a more inclusive, affirming salon for both your clients + team members.

We talk about all the things; salon closures, mental health, pronouns, pricing, the simplicity of removing gender from your services, creating safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ communities, a graceful way to correct misgendering someone, Pride + more!

Thank you Kristin for coming back to the podcast, sharing your passion and for all you do for our communities. We are so grateful for you and your work.

You can find The Dress Code Project online at and to see gender free pricing and services in action visit Fox & Jane Salon.

To download the Passion Squared 2021 Pride Guide, click here.

With love + Pride-
Nina @passionsquared


You can also listen + subscribe to our podcast on;

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Google Play

Your experience matters. We would be so grateful if you shared your experience with our podcast by leaving a review. It matters to us, and so do you. Thank you- Nina

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Dr. Nancy Sobel On Mental Health + Wellness As We Enter Our Post Pandemic World

Content Warning: Depression, Suicidal Ideation & Traumatic Experience

In this comeback episode Nina brings back her therapist, Dr. Nancy Sobel, to talk about all the things mental health. Dr. Nancy Sobel is a psychologist in private practice in West LA specializing in the treatment of trauma and compulsive disorders and has been Nina’s personal therapist for the past 14 years. Dr. Sobel has worked in the addiction field for over thirty years and has consulted in the development of treatment programs in the United States and abroad. Dr. Sobel is widely known for her work in the entertainment industry and has developed a unique style of therapy for musicians and artists who spend large amounts of time on the road. She helped develop the MusiCares Addiction Recovery Program, a charity for impaired musicians funded in association with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Nancy shares her insight into what we may be feeling, how to navigate those feelings in ourselves and in supporting others along with some practical tools, resources and practices to help with your grief, traumatic experiences and depression.

We also talked briefly about Nina’s personal journey with depression, traumatic experiences and grief along with our current treatment plan. Thank you Dr. Nancy for sharing your expertise, wisdom and heart with us. You can find Dr. Nancy on the gram @gapcreate and Nina @passionsquared

It’s OK not to be OK and always remember as lonely as you may feel, you are not alone in your struggle or journey.

Mental Health Resources 
Calm App

Headspace App

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


Personal Crazy Index 

Dr. Kate Truitt Havening

Dr. Rubin Naiman Sleep Hygiene

Suicide Prevention Hotline US

Crisis Services Canada

Trevor Project

Trans Lifeline

National Institute of Mental Health

 You can also listen + subscribe to our podcast on;

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Your experience matters. We would be so grateful if you shared your experience with our podcast by leaving a review. It matters to us, and so do you. Thank you- Nina

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Black History Month: Listening To Black Voices

            “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

         -Maya Angelou

The year 2020. A movement not a moment. A time when many of us woke up and decided to do better. As we enter 2021 and celebrate Black history month, it is time to remember those commitments we made with our black squares and to continue to learn, unlearn along with centering and amplifying Black voices.

For every MLK quote we share out of context, every performative “we care” action we take, we continue to be part of the problem. In order to be part of the solution, we first must acknowledge there is a problem and then, do better.

This is not about politics, it’s about people. It’s about history repeating itself year after year, decade after decade, century after century.

Let’s take time this month to listen. With open minds, hearts and actions.

We have been honored and blessed to have some incredible, wise, generous, passionate, talented and awesome Black leaders and storytellers sharing their stories on the people passion purpose Podcast over the years. Listen to them. Learn from them. Believe them. Follow them. Engage with them.

NOTE: All of these episodes were recorded 2018-2020 pre pandemic. Click on the graphics to listen.

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Change begins with us. It is our responsibility to unravel what we’ve been taught, use our privilege and platforms to amplify Black voices and stories, stay open to learning the truth, decide to put people before politics and do our part in dismantling systemic racism. Let’s do better.

With love + respect-
Nina @passionsquared

BTS of this blog 

Total Time: 2 hours

Building the blog
Writing 20 min.
Editing/SEO stuff 20 min.
Proof reading 20 min.
Designing graphics on 1 hour (these are graphics we designed prior to this post)

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The 2020 gratefulAF challenge

           There is always something to be grateful for.

Three years ago we kicked off our annual gratefulAF challenge and had NO idea the impact it would make. Like, WOW. Each day I saw you, our passionate community, light up the world. A big shout out of gratitude to all of you who participated in 2017, 2018 + 2019 you sparked so much fucking joy for those your serve and love.

We are doing the challenge again for 2020 because gratitude changes fucking everything and we need this!

This is my personal story and why gratitude is the center of all that we do at Passion Squared and how it can help you with perspective, awareness and even possibly help change the chemistry in your brain (here’s a study!)

In early 2007 I was in the darkest place I have ever been in my life. So much so, that I was planning my suicide. But here it is, 20 fucking 20, and even with all the heaviness, confusion, grief and stress of this year, I am alive, living my purpose and empowering others to live their’s too. How did this happen? It all began with gratitude.

Of course, there is so much more to the story which I share in my book Follow Your Heart, but it was learning about the power of daily gratitude that made me realize that I had more to do on this planet, and that no matter how dark my head became, there was always something to be grateful for.

From there, I was able to keep perspective, and perspective allows me to get through just about any hardship, sadness or loss. It was this quote that changed it all for me, which is tattooed on my left arm to be sure I never forget that gratitude saved my fucking life.

         “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

We created a simple challenge for you and one I hope you invite your community + teams to join in too. It’s called the gratefulAF challenge.

Each day in the month of November we invite you to practice a little piece of gratitude and kindness. And of course this year, even though things are so different, there are so many folks to share our gratitude with along with many people to help. It’s truly is the little things. You just never know who is in desperate need of your light + love.

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How You Can Participate

Start date: November 1, 2020 (but you can begin anywhere, anytime!)

1. Capture your gratitude
2. Post to your Instagram page or Stories (only if you feel inspired to do so)
3. Use #passionsquared
4. Tag @passionsquared /@ mention passionsquared if posting in Stories

Click here for the Instagram Stories graphic
Click here for the Instagram gratitude list template
Click here for the Facebook/Instagram/Blog post square size graphic

To use our gratitude gif’s for your Insta Stories or anywhere, search the term PASSION SQUARED under GIFS in Insta Stories or on
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Our intention is that after 30 days you will feel how much gratitude can change your perspective, your energy, your brain, your biz and your LIFE and you see the value of a daily gratitude practice.

How will you incorporate this challenge into your business and life? We would love to hear your gratitude ideas!

With love + a fuck ton of gratitude-
Nina @passionsquared

BTS of this blog + challenge
Total Time: 5 hours

Building the challenge
Developing the idea and daily themes 2 hours
Designing graphics on 1 hour
Editing 30 min.

Building the blog
Writing 30 min.
Editing/SEO stuff 30 min.
Proof reading 15 min.
Designing graphics on 15 min.