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#BEYOUROWN MEETS JENNICA COLLADO

Jennica Collado is the founder of Tech School and an Email Automation Consultant supporting intuitive and spiritual entrepreneurs with making an impact by going global. The general feminine energy we see in today’s spirituality marries well with the masculine energy of technology. The love and care are balanced by putting it together with assertiveness and vigor. In practical terms, Jennica mixes meditation, journal prompts, and intuition with the tasks of automation and strategy. Find out how Jennica is helping introverted healers to show up as their true selves without the frustration of technology.

Hey Jennica, can you introduce yourself to us?

Hi, I’m Jen, founder of Tech School, a digital course hub where I support introverted intuitive and spiritual entrepreneurs in making an impact online without the frustration of working with tech. I see myself as a connector between spirituality and technology, marrying the feminine and masculine energies.

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career background?

I have a degree in Psychology and an experience with working on Human Resources. After my contract expired, a company reached out to me and offered me a job in software development complete with a training course on the basics.

Even if I had no idea what software development even meant, I went for it and stayed with the company for the next 5 years. I took it as a mission to climb the corporate ladder and from being an associate software engineer, I’m now a business analyst for a startup company based in Virginia.

As a business owner from the Philippines, I was exposed to people not believing that I should be proud of where I’m from, how did that play a big part in you getting to where you are today?

Up to months after hearing that, the impact was still raw. I chose to believe it instead of doing something to disprove it. To be honest, I don’t think my VA coach meant anything bad but her words hurt me. I decided to use this experience to teach me how powerful words are. It also lit a fire under me to now be better than I’ve ever expected myself to be. I am now empowered to empower fellow Filipina entrepreneurs to go global.

What made you figure you wanted more from life?

When I found myself working nights for a startup company. It’s not as bad as it sounds because I’m blessed in other ways (e.g. good compensation and wonderful colleagues). I’m used to it but it’s not a life I want for more than what’s needed.

The moment of seeing the dark 2AM skies, typing, and typing, attending meetings, working, all while my family slept. That’s lonely. It showed me the kind of life I don’t want to be living for more than several years – and especially not when I decide to start a family of my own.

How would you say that you are a guiding light for others?

I want to show intuitive and spiritual entrepreneurs, who are usually introverted, that they can fulfill their purpose in a much bigger way than they’ve dreamt of. They can reach and heal more people. I show up to show them that there’s nothing sleazy or scary about being more visible online. I educate them on the tech tools they need to have an influence online to empower them to expand their skills as their businesses grow.

Can you tell us what is your most seminal point?

I don’t think I have a seminal point yet but I’m building towards that.

A most rewarding moment in your personal life?

Looking back and seeing my metamorphosis. There’s no single moment but more of a collection of changes. From following my intuition to transition from a comfortable career in Human Resources to a scary turn in Information Technology. From the growing comfortable role of being a business analyst to an adventure venture of starting an online business and a personal brand.

As an introvert, can you tell us what areas you have struggled with the most in business?

I have struggled the most with the confidence with doing videos. I know I had the skills to do it but I was drowned with fear and worry of what others will think of me. I was living in my own little bubble, not living beyond who I thought I am.

Have you ever had a mentor?

In my 2 years in business, I’ve had a couple of mentors and they’ve led me from one phase of life and business to another. My first mentor is Jana Rowland of JanaWorks. She trained me in transitioning my mindset from that of an employee’s to an entrepreneur’s. I’ll always be grateful for her seeing the potential in me and giving me the chance to basically learn on-the-job. My current mentor is Katrina Ruth, a manifestation coach, and she’s teaching me the inner work to allow myself and my business to soar.

Which methods are you using to build your audience and expand your network?

I’m very intentional about expanding my influence so I focus on only three platforms: Instagram, emails, and Facebook.

I use Instagram to connect with my followers daily, giving them a glimpse of what my days are like and the behind-the-scenes of what I create. My emails are more for personal and vulnerable stories with jam-packed content. Facebook is essentially my online resume or portfolio, housing all my tech tutorials and collaboration results.

What is the best piece of advice you have received to date?

To get behind myself. I’ve spoken to spiritual teacher Sonia Choquette a week before starting my online school, Tech School. It was a channelling / business coaching session and this is the sentence she kept on repeating back to me.

She told me that I can be more than I’ve ever expected to be. I’m just lacking one thing: getting behind myself. The moment I allow myself to be my #1 supporter in every way, things will flow and people will see me as who I really am.

What is the number 1 critical lesson you have learned along your path to success?

That every unpleasant thing that happens to me contains a lesson that I have to learn. Choosing to look the other way will not get rid of the problem but will be a reason for it to continue coming up in my life.

This taught me that mindfulness and intentionality are “must’s” in my business. The more I become aware of situations and seeing them as what they are… The better everything flows for me.

How do you create an evenly balanced work and personal life?

I don’t really believe in balance, I believe in a flow. As long as I feel flow in the things I do daily, I’m happy. People may call that balanced, I guess. I see being in flow as different because there can be days when I do more work than play and vise versa. I’m not bothered because it’s what makes me happy. When I feel like I need to step back from work, I follow my intuition and spend more time relaxing and focusing on my family.

Which other leading entrepreneurs and leading female pioneers do you also admire and why?

Katrina Ruth, of course. This woman needs to be known by more women! Just being a student in her courses created shifts in my life. She teaches people to be themselves and to follow their soul’s desires. These are the things I know I need most in my business and this magnetises me to her and her energy.

What Youtube or online space channels are you watching currently?

I’m not into Youtube so much. I’m more into Facebook videos and I always get a dose of Katrina Ruth’s quick clips to motivate me in my business.

What is a good article or book you have read recently?

I love ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks. It opened my mind to upper limit problems and it made me aware of how to prepare for it. I noticed that this awareness made me see my fear of change – regardless if it’s good or bad. It’s why I started telling myself “You’re safe. You’re going to be okay.” whenever a good change is happening because I don’t want to keep on sabotaging myself.

What does your Podcast playlist look like?

I’ve stopped listening to podcasts for several weeks now so it’s not updated with the latest golden nuggets from influential entrepreneurs. The last episodes I downloaded were from ‘Screw The 9-5’ Podcast. They always have the best-detailed strategy and tactics of growing a business online. 

What does success look like in your eyes?

Success is following my soul’s purpose. I believe that if I let my soul desires win, I’ll do what I’m meant to do and the material abundance that comes with that will naturally flow.

What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?

#BEYOUROWN means a lot to me. I see it as a constant encouragement to firstly be myself at all times, and secondly to really get behind myself.

Lastly, what is next for you?

It’s an exciting time for me and Tech School! I feel like the coming year is the culmination of all the inner work I’ve done for several months now. I’m spiritually and emotionally ready to be the leader my tribe needs. Tech School’s course content will stand for the marriage of the feminine and masculine in a more expansive way than ever before.

 

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