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Meet Jennefer O’Brien of Mindful Mornings Atlanta in Inside The Perimeter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennefer O’Brien.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennefer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Yoga Teacher and last Spring, I saw a post asking for help in making Yoga Event happen. The mission spoke to me and I volunteered to do it.

In the summer of 2017, I scouted a studio and yoga teachers for and put together a Charity Yoga Event called Drive 4 Change. An American Yoga DJ who lives in India drove around the USA in her minivan promoting her center Khusi Hona which is in India and provides women with a means to financial independence.

The power of social media comes in to play here in becoming the Atlanta Chapter Founder of Mindful Mornings Atlanta. I saw an Instagram post speaking passionately about the need for people coming together and creating “community over competition.” Surprisingly, when putting the yoga event together, I was surprised and dismayed to learn some teachers wanted it to be all about them and studio owners not wanting to come together in harmony to make the event happen. I have been teaching Yoga since before yoga studios existed as they do now all over the place and it made me sad to discover the change of mindset in the yoga world.

I liked the post and then noticed that Karri, Khusi Hona Founder followed the woman Becky Crump who had made the post. I asked Karri how she knew Becky and it turns out Becky is Karri’s best friend! Karri told me that Becky was in the beginning stages of creating an organization called Mindful Mornings and was looking for local Chapter Founders. I learned about the dream Becky has in finding Do Gooders in cities across the USA bringing the community together once a month to connect and share what they are doing, to offer and receive help in bringing good things to others.

I hosted my first meeting in October with 9 attendees and now purely through social media and word of mouth, the March meeting had 90 attendees and the mailing list is already in the hundreds with over 1,000 followers on Instagram.

I have had many people tell me how happy they are to finally have found a forum of this nature. It’s exciting!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
On the people part, yes – very smooth! The technology part – learning MailChimp, Instagram and figuring out how to cross reference all the social media. I have been a stay at home Mom for 15 years and had no clue or interest in any of the above! I have now discovered what an amazing tool social media is.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mindful Mornings Atlanta – what should we know?
Mindful Mornings is a monthly forum for do-gooders who are working to make the world a better place.
From executives to yogis to nutritionists, to nonprofit leaders, wellness advocates and entrepreneurs, this monthly meet up breaks down silos, encourages new ideas through collaboration and inspires unique partnerships.

In order to solve for some of the greatest challenges of our time, we need to work together. Invite in new perspectives and learn new ways to approach our tough goals. This fun, fast, inspirational and interactive forum provides the ideal format to make that happen.

Mindful Mornings Atlanta members enjoy free Chai, Coffee, Kombucha, Kind Bars, a compelling keynote and one another. I organize the meetings and pulling a great group of people together. I am a connector who loves scouting for cool people doing inspiring things. I am known for making things happen. What sets me apart from others is I believe in the good of all people and truly want to see collaborations happen with no motive other than happiness.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I have no fear of approaching anyone. I am able to see into others and pull out what is inside the heart. I have a natural knack for meeting a broad spectrum of people and introducing people to each other who have common interests.

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