We had the good fortune of connecting with A’magine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A’magine, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always been a risk-taker, it’s in my DNA. That has made COVID challenging as I see the difference in risk-taking and assessment patterns among my friends! As an entrepreneur, risk-taking is part of the deal. Things change on a day-to-day basis. One day this trend works, the next week, it’s something new. There is a constant learning curve to everything we do. I have to be able to roll with that, and also decide what bold moves I will make in service of my vision and the mission of my business. If I were more conservative around risk-taking, I never would have published my first book before I turned 30, seen it be a best-seller, gotten myself on a TEDx stage, or put everything I had on the line in service of what I am here to do. Risk-taking has served me well overall, and at times, it’s exhausting. Self-care goes along with it! I have learned to manage my energy on multiple levels and have a brighter eye for the burnout that can hide under the adrenaline rush.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been teaching sexuality and sexual empowerment for over 25 years. Through my work primarily with cis women and non-binary folks, I developed a holistic sexual empowerment model for supporting people to break through around what blocks them in their sexuality, intimacy and relationships. Sex is a skill and we don’t often talk about it like it’s a skill that can be learned and developed and mastered. Most people tend to think that they should just know what to do and that having a great sex life is something instinctual that comes naturally. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I have written two books about sexuality and it’s not easy to get major book deals about sex, believe it or not. I published my first book when I was quite young and it proved to be a great decision, even though it involved coming out in the biggest way possible as it is titled Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men! My book Woman On Fire: 9 Elements to Wake Up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence is the book that I was always meant to write and I lay out my approach to sexuality in that book. There are many doorways or gateways into owning our power and healing sexuality. I wanted people to know that there were many ways to do it, and there is a way that will fit each person. It’s not one way, one-size-fits-all. I’ve become known as a grounded, rooted, spiritual sexuality educator that can assist adults to fully own their own sexual power and to claim the sexual fulfillment and desires they long to have. This past year I changed my name to A’magine, so my previous books are published under Amy Jo Goddard, and I am in the process not only of reimagining myself, but also my brand and how I want to work in the world. It involves helping people to connect the dots between sexuality, spirituality, creativity and social justice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So many. It depends on the friend, and also COVID. I would most definitely take them to the beach, and a walk along the Venice boardwalk is always in order. If they like roller skating, we’d do some skating at the park in Venice. I’d typically take them to Agape on a Sunday, but that’s not happening right now. I’d also take them to Smorgasburg, which is a gorgeous event inspired by Brooklyn, NY. It’s a food truck heaven and always a good time. I’d definitely show them some of my favorite taco trucks…in my neighborhood of Highland Park there are some primo ones. I also love Homestate for good tacos and outdoor seating. If they are vegan, there are some delicious vegan eats we would hit. Maybe we would head up to Griffith’s Observatory for an event. I’d definitely see what was happening on Museum Row and hit up a show at one or several of the amazing museums in town. No matter what, the beach, the beach, the beach. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Betty Dodson was pivotal in my coming into my own as a sexuality educator. She died on Halloween, 2020, at age 91. She was an absolute badass sexual revolutionary and I was very fortunate to have a powerful relationship with her for 25 years. Here is a delightful video I did with her about 5 years ago if you want to experience a one-of-a-kind powerhouse. https://youtu.be/K5CqMfVRwzk
Website: http://amyjogoddard.com (soon moving to http://amaginenation.com
Other: My TEDx talk “Owning Your Sexual Power” https://youtu.be/m9aqVqyJlJo
The last two images of me are Alexandra Kacha The rest are my team, not applicable.