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This week: Life curveballs


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Oct 2021 | clock 20 min | Download transcript (PDF)

Well that came outta nowhere

Pretty much no one expected everything that life has thrown at us over the last couple of years.

But the amazing thing is, somehow, we’re making it though. On this week’s podcast, we’ll hear the inspiring story of a local Harlem business and its courageous owner, Tammeca Rochester, who survived the worst of COVID (and more), thanks to the incredible power of community.



The number of major life transitions the average person will experience in their lifetime.


Source: Feiler, Bruce, “How to Master Change,” Psychology Today, April 23, 2020.

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A pandemic fairy tale

Need a pick-me-up for your day? Might a little JVN magic do the trick?

On this week’s podcast, the one-and-only Jonathan Van Ness (of Queer Eye fame), tells us the heartwarming story of their whirlwind pandemic romance with now-husband Mark Peacock.

(And who said nothing good ever came from a stranger sending a DM on Instagram?)



of Americans say the growing variety of family structures is a good or neutral thing.


Source: Thomas, Deja, "As family structures change in U.S., a growing share of Americans say it makes no difference," Pew Research Center, April 10, 2020,


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Getting unstuck

As COVID reminded us all, life is short—too short to spend at a job that saps your soul. But making big changes can be risky, and it’s often hard to tell in advance whether that dream job you’re seeking will actually turn out to be a nightmare.

In our podcast this week, sought-after career guru Ashley Stahl shares her secrets for turning a bland career into a grand career.



of workers are considering quitting or changing jobs this year.

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Source: “2021 Work Trend Index: Annual Report,” Microsoft, March 22, 2021.

Our Host: Jamila Souffrant

Jamila Souffrant is an award-winning podcaster, blogger, and money educator. She is the founder of the "Journey to Launch" platform and hosts a podcast of the same name, where she shares her journey to reach financial freedom while helping others do the same. Along with being a passionate financial educator, Jamila is a mom of 3 and a first-generation immigrant to the US.

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