We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Berglund Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have always loved being busy, but it hasn’t always loved me back! Today, I’m a mother of two, a business entrepreneur and energy healer. This may sound like a lot but this trinity has actually brought more balance into my life. It takes a lot of creativity, work and determination to create a good work life balance, especially as an entrepreneur. I had to make a conscious decision to create a better balance in my life. We know that the only constant in life is change and in that I have to continuously rearrange and find new ways to keep balanced. I started Find Rhythm (@find_rhythm) as a place, a refuge, for space and balance, awareness and ease. This is where I connect with myself, my inner wisdom, my intuition. From that space I create, find energy and access power to help others find their own inner strength, through energy healing and intuitive work. Through balance, I get more clarity and creative ideas to put into the world. I am Co-Founder and Co-CEO of YOUBE (yoube.today) a new kind of co-working space opening up this spring. YOUBE is a place for creativity, productivity and those in between moments. YOUBE will offer seats for working but also focus chairs for reading or meditating and outdoor areas to just ‘be’. Allowing for and normalizing pauses during the workday will lead to a less stressed and more aware community. With this shift, I believe we can see real changes happening for us humans. We can find our own rhythm when we quiet our minds, open up and pay attention to what is inside.
What should our readers know about your business?
YOUBE, pronounced ‘you-bee’, is a new take on co-working where you can book a seat via an app and come in to work, read, meditate or get inspired by the surroundings. It’s a shared office space, but only when you need it. The idea was born out of a need of a quick space as freelancers driving around Los Angeles. We wanted an upgrade from working in a coffee shop – a too loud, nowhere to charge, uncomfortable seat, who-needs-a-fifth-cup-of-coffee anyway kind of need. None of the co-working spaces were flexible enough for us. YOUBE is that next upgrade, but without the unnecessary bells and whistles – and commitment – of a bigger, more traditional co-working place. At YOUBE you can buy credits and use them for booking a seat whenever you need it. The plan is to have a ton of these all over the city in only a couple of years! We are very excited about launching YOUBE this spring. It has been in the making for the last 2 years. The idea was conceptualized before the pandemic and we have had to change some of our thinking due to it. However, we believe our customer base has exploded because of it as well. The work-from-home workforce will need a place that is in between the office and their home and YOUBE is that place! It is amazing to create ideas and putting them into motion. In an entrepreneurial space there is room for naivety, creativity and expansion. We talk a lot during the day and bounce tons of ideas off of each other. Very rarely do we say no – I love that space. There are also tough teachings, set backs and hold ups but with a vision, a healthy perspective and a strong belief you find ways around it. As mentioned earlier, I have my meditation and healing practice to find my way around challenges – it is a true source of inspiration and sense of clarity that I bring with me into the business world. Website: yoube.today Instagram: @yoube.today Instagram: @find_rhythm
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food: Gjusta in Venice, Republique on La Brea, Trois Mec on Highland, Kismet in Echo Park, Botanica in Silverlake Matcha latte: Blue Stone Lane Cafe on La Brea Coffee: Silverback Coffee of Rwanda in Echo Park Ice cream: Salt & Straw on Larchmont, Bumsan in K-town Shop: any farmers market for greens and fruit, Lazy Acres in Redondo Beach for groceries Walks: Santa Monica mountain trails and any beach Bike rides: Anywhere along the coast, rent bikes at any Perry’s Cafe Day trip 1: Ojai for a nice drive, good food and beautiful landscape Day trip 2: Encinitas for tacos and beach time My place: for a Yoga, Meditation, Healing and Cacao Ceremony experience 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to the amazing and generous teachers in the meditation and energy space; Michael A Singer, Gary Zukav, Kathryn Schiff, Jamie Wozny, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Gahl Sasson, David Gandelman and Davidji – there are so many of them. They have all inspired me to see life as a balance between doing and being, the left and the right, the masculine and the feminine – and that magic space in between where we are all one. These teachers help us not only to get perspective on life but teach us to see who we really are, direct us to go within to find answers, remind us to breathe, listen to our questions, navigate us when we feel lost and help us reconnect with our inner strengths. Their teachings have changed my life.
Alan Castro www.ascastro.com