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Fifty Five Lessons + Wisdoms from 55 Years of Living

In this episode of the pod, Nina shares fifty-five life and business wisdoms and lessons on their 55th birthday with special guest and bestie Gordon Miller of Hairbrained. Grab your favorite beverage and snack, take a listen and if you feel inspired, share some of your wisdoms and lessons with us on the socials. You can find Nina + Passion Squared on the gram @passionsquared @ninakovner and Gordon @gordnm @hairbrained_official
Thank you so much for listening and for you trust, support and LOVE. We’re gratefulAF for you.

Some Causes Close To Nina’s Heart  

Black Trans Travel Fund

Marsha P Johnson Institute

Trevor Project

Dress Code Project (totally spaced on mentioning this v important cause in the episode, ugh!)

Best Friends Animal Society

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

Some Causes Close To Gordon’s Heart

PAWS Chicago

Your Local Food Bank

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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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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 passionsquared.net

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 dresscodeproject.com@thedresscodeproject 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

 

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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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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

EMDR

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

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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 Canva.com 1 hour (these are graphics we designed prior to this post)