Jenny is an author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and proud to chair International Association for Environmental Professionals
Hi! I’m Jenny!
A girl with an entrepreneurial spirit…
… but what does that even mean?
Born on a snowy Saturday night in Montreal, Canada, I rocketed into the world with a big smile on my face and a willing readiness to do everything.
Even as a child, I had a burning desire to learn something new every day, and I was, and still am, a voracious reader – from raggedy paperback mystery novels to ancient and weighty tomes of wisdom, you name it – if it had words in it, I’d read it, simply for the joy of learning something NEW.
I was interested in everything – equally! The sky wasn’t even the limit!
But there seems to come a time in everyone’s life where they feel compelled to choose a path to follow, get a “real job”, and settle into a comfortable nest. Despite having a zillion (often seemingly completely unrelated) interests, I followed the path of becoming a scientist and engineer in fields that I love – chemistry, and the environment.
Building a career in any given field takes focus and dedication, and it was with some regret that I cast off the bowlines from the more creative, and expressive interests that I had – little did I know at the time that suppressing those critical creative interests would also suppress the critical elements of a joyful life – like fulfillment, satisfaction, and most of all, WELLNESS!
If you’d asked me just a few years ago, “So, what do you do?”, my answer would have been, “I’m an engineer” … but despite taking immense pride in my work, that answer never rang completely true for me – that didn’t define ALL that I was! Is that all I had to show for my life, midway through my 40’s?
It took a couple of major health scares and a whole lot of personal dissatisfactions to force me to open my eyes and realize that not only was I not living up to my full potential, but in reality, I was no longer even AWARE that I had potential – I’d wedged myself neatly onto a small ledge, and every ounce of my time and energy was committed to staying right where I was – there was no growth, no path forward, and a long way to fall if I toppled off… and also a long and uncomfortable wait, if I chose to stay right there.
A soul-searching medical-treatment trip to India helped open my eyes to all of the self-imposed obstacles that I had somehow willingly placed in my own path and started me on a journey of healing – physically, mentally and spiritually. I started writing my first book, Getting Naked, on that trip to India, and I am so gratefully excited that it will be published in 2021!
We are all born naked, until layers of conditioning – as well as joys and sorrows, tough times and big wins – obscures our vision so that we sometimes lose our way in the process… but we CAN find our way back and move forward to have the most impactful and meaningful life possible. To fully live an inspired, creative and joyful life, we must not only be open to receive, but also open to give!
Throughout that sometimes rocky and convoluted road in search of my answers, I stumbled upon the meaning of my life – and that it is a uniquely and intensely personal journey to acquire as much ‘treasure’ as I can, and to share it with as many people as possible.
I’m now the founder of multiple businesses, training programs and the chairman of a professional association. I’m a passionate environmentalist, a writer, a philanthropist, an adventurer, a music lover, a positive inspiration for change, a mentor, a student, a guide, and a friend… and I’m leaving room for more exponential growth in my life, and in myself.
Our destiny is the opportunity to leave behind a legacy to help guide others, a chance to stand tall and share our incredible gifts, to establish and proclaim our philosophy, and in so doing, to change the world with our own unique song.
Learn something new every day. Give something away every day. The meaning of life is to learn as much as you can – and to give it all away.
Through leadership, training programs, a widespread multinational audience, and a series of books on the way, I love to help others achieve amazing things in their lives through spirited action and passionate desire for change.
If you want to stay in the loop and find out more, check out my website at www.jennygough.com.
Cheers, to your amazing success and joyful life,