We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally Jenkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sally, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Personally, I think it depends on how you think of risks. In reality everything we do has some risk attached to it and if you focus on that you’ll be fearful of doing anything. If everytime you got in your car you thought that you could have an accident or the car could breakdown you’ll have a very different experience from someone who gets in the car excited to meet their friend for dinner. It doesn’t mean you don’t keep yourself safe – car maintenance, insurance, wearing a seatbelt etc but your attention is not focussed on what could go wrong. In my life and career, I’ve often gone against what was expected or accepted as the path I should be following on numerous occasions. I’ve changed jobs and even career paths and I still use skills and lessons I learned from every single role. I think it’s also important to say that I didn’t have this planned out. I had no idea the route my career would take. So for anyone reading this that feels pressure to know their career path, it’s ok to not know and it’s ok to change your mind. I’ve known qualified doctors who’ve had a complete change of career though to people like me who worked it out as I went along! I didn’t go to college after highschool and went to work full time at an equestrian centre and trained as an horse riding instructor. I couldn’t imagine my life without horses and I was so happy working with them every day. I’m sure it’s not surprising to know that the pay was terrible and after a couple of years I knew I needed to get a different job. I achieved what I set out to do – becoming a qualified instructor and managing the equestrian centre I worked at. I got a job where part of it was learning about event management and running events. I wanted to move to a purely event management role. I remember saying to myself, “I’d love a job where I get to travel internationally for work.” Well lo and behold that’s exactly the job I got. I then worked in various jobs in and around the field of event management which included me moving to the USA. After being in Los Angeles for about a year, I remember saying to a friend of mine that I wanted to work with animals again. I didn’t know in what way but I just said I have a feeling it will be weird and I’ll know when I know. A few months later I was introduced to animal communication and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than being able to talk to animals. I had no idea of the journey that was ahead. Giving a voice to animals, helping their owners understand their behaviour and desires better so they have a deeper relationship brings me such joy and is incredibly rewarding. So, follow your heart – you never know where you’ll end up!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am most proud of my animal communication work and the impact it has had. From giving peace to people in grief after losing their pets, helping rescues know the best type of home an animal will thrive in, sharing an animal’s reasons for behavior/emotional issues, to helping animals understand changes in their home from divorce, a new baby arriving, moving and new pet additions as examples. Giving a voice to animals is hands down the most rewarding experience of my life. Was it easy to get where I am today? Looking back it was meant to be but hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it? Going through it, no it wasn’t. I experienced criticism, self-doubt, fear, distrust and worry. I even decided that I wasn’t going to attempt this as a career, I would just use it for my own animals and maybe friends’ animals. Then my dog got sick with Leukemia and I was using animal communication to speak with him. To find out how he felt and how it helped him was an enlightening experience. It was in that moment that I realized: “How could I be trained in this skill and not use it to help other animals and their families.” I took the risk and decided this was the path I needed and wanted to follow. I then worked with an amazing coach for about 8 months which helped me to deal with my inner critical voice in all aspects of my life. I can truly say that after working with my coach my life took off in ways I could never have imagined. One of the results of working with her were the connections I made in my business which gets busier year by year and I’m incredibly grateful and honored that I get to do what I love every day.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hiking at Runyon Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park & Fryman Canyon Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Staples Center Beach days at Hermosa Beach, Malibu, Redondo Beach. Santa Monica and Venice as they’re so iconic and you have to visit them Drinks at The Standard Hotel, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, rooftop at Hotel Erwin Food at Erth Cafe, Yamashiro, Aroma Coffee & Tea, Cafe Gratitude Entertainment at Disneyland, Universal Studios, Studio Tours, Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Boulevard Shopping at Rodeo Drive, The Grove and Santa Monica Sport – depending on time of year a Dodgers game and Lakers game 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 would like to dedicate my shoutout to Bunny’s Buddies. Bunny’s Buddies is a charity that rescues dogs from the dog meat trade in China & Korea. Amanda and her husband, Kyle, work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate dogs ensuring they find them a loving, forever home who will never give up on them again. They ensure that the dogs are given the best veterinary care they can provide, so that they are healthy and it’s safe for them to fly to their new homes in the USA. There is nothing they won’t do to help the dogs they save and ensure the rest of their life is the best of their life. With the cancellation of international flights from China/Korea to America, they had around 100 dogs stuck at their shelter that were unable to travel for nearly a year. Thankfully in the last 3 months these restrictions were lifted which meant they were able to save more dogs.

Website: www.sallyjenkins.co

Instagram: animalcommunicationwithsally

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