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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

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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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.

5 Biz Brand Life Lessons of COVID 19 with Nina Kovner

5 Biz + Brand + Life Lessons with COVID-19

In this class Nina shares her insights on what she see’s that is working with businesses, what opportunities you have to build trust and long term loyalty right now and what you can learn about yourself.

In this class you will learn:
Why clarity of brand matters now more than ever and how to find it
What building long term trust looks like right now
How the content you are sharing on the socials impacts your relationships with your clients
Why practicing healthy boundaries and honoring your process is critical to your long term mental health (to watch our class on Mental Health click here)

This is an HONEST AF class from someone who has been building businesses, brands and lives for over 30 years. Please watch with an open heart + mind.
If you have questions, please send them to