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Raw. Not Researched. Real Life. Stories

Jen interviews fascinating, and inspiring(famous or not) human beings from all over the world! As one of her guests pointed out "Jen's pursuit is to unravel the person and not thier title."

Connecting with truth, spoken from an open heart, with one purpose – to make us all feel connected, one and inspired!

Interviews explore largely – career choices, with the influence of love, philosophy, achievements, story to here, purpose, passion, self development, and the pursuit of joy and connection with self!

Jen has lived around the world, and is born and bred in South Africa.

Inspirational Interviews, is an international inspiring Podcast Show. The Studio is currently based in The Netherlands.

"with her down-to-earth nature, and genuine love and inquiry into peoples lives, Jen's biggest strength, is that she is an outstanding listener, with the formidable skill of asking the most natural, and unasked questions"

Inspirational Interviews with Jen Rodd Jen Rodd - Inspirational Interviews

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    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Raw. Not Researched. Real Life. Stories

Jen interviews fascinating, and inspiring(famous or not) human beings from all over the world! As one of her guests pointed out "Jen's pursuit is to unravel the person and not thier title."

Connecting with truth, spoken from an open heart, with one purpose – to make us all feel connected, one and inspired!

Interviews explore largely – career choices, with the influence of love, philosophy, achievements, story to here, purpose, passion, self development, and the pursuit of joy and connection with self!

Jen has lived around the world, and is born and bred in South Africa.

Inspirational Interviews, is an international inspiring Podcast Show. The Studio is currently based in The Netherlands.

"with her down-to-earth nature, and genuine love and inquiry into peoples lives, Jen's biggest strength, is that she is an outstanding listener, with the formidable skill of asking the most natural, and unasked questions"

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | KUNIYOSHI OHTAWARA | LIFE STORY

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | KUNIYOSHI OHTAWARA | LIFE STORY

    At six years old he dreamt of living abroad. Doing what...it didn't matter. His dream was to travel the world, and live in another country. Did it come true, of course it did! Meet Kuniyoshi Ohtawara. He grew up in Tokyo, and while growing up, he watched in admiration, his close companion and cousin, who is a professional dancer, travel the world for her dancing. This inspired him to want to also get out of Tokyo and explore the world This story is not about traveling abroad per se, it's about how dreams come true. Why is this such an inspiring story?Firstly, This story is about how our calling finds us. Secondly, when we listen to the voice inside us, and we act on it, it leads us to destinations we never imagine, Thirdly, Kuni's beautiful life story shows us that, the journey, teaches us skills which in the end become our life's purpose. Kuniyoshi is a well known sushi chef in his area. People travel far to enjoy a meal at Hokkai Kitchen, or to order from their international fish market. He and his restaurant team attract customers from all over The Netherlands to come to his Kitchen and to be entertained and wowed by the flavours. The Restaurant, Hokkai Kitchen happens to be located, well... in the middle of nowhere, a shipping yard, so as Kuni says in his introduction, he feels he needs to make it worth their while when they come out of their way to his Kitchen. Come join us in this beautiful, calming, open, honest, and inspiring conversation.Want to Visit Hokkai Kitchen, go to https://www.hokkaikitchen.nl







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    • 2 hrs 19 min
    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | MARJAN VAN RAVENZWAAI | LIFE STORY

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | MARJAN VAN RAVENZWAAI | LIFE STORY

    Marjan lived the high life in Amsterdam, left it behind-changed her career completely, and moved to Bali to run a little farm and cafe. She was running an advertising agency, lived in the best suburbs, lived with the love of her life, had the dog, shopped the luxury brands, but something was not quite right. Since moving to Bali, she has had to learn, to unlearn everything she knew, so that she could find the happiness within herself and not be influenced by what society wants us to believe is important for our happiness. With her Advertising agency, Marjan was at the forefront of this negative persuasion and influence, of what she describes, as brain wash and the sale of just a whole bunch of "crap and a dream bubble". Because of this she wanted to leave her life behind, and find herself again. Marjan lives on a remote farm in Bali now. Located in an area that only a real traveller would find. It's off the beaten track, and as you will hear from this conversation not quite in the best signal area either! For me my most technically challenging Podcast to date!







    One of her greatest gifts she has given herself is the connection and reminder that we are all apart of nature!Discover how Marjan has been uplifting her community, helping the local farmers and providing education opportunities for the children, now young adults, in her local village. Marjan says" I would far rather have my office under a tree in the sun, than in a concrete jungle."Stunning conversation, where you can discover yourself through Marjan's life story. In mid-conversation, I was half packing my bags and buying one way tickets to Bali;-)







    Enjoy!







    You can find Marjan here: http://theorganicfarmbali.com







    Need help with your career find me here https://inspirationalinterviews.com/interview-within/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | RYAN STRAMROOD | LIFE STORY

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | RYAN STRAMROOD | LIFE STORY

    He was a couch potato, and one day he joined a swimming squad, for no reason other than a friends suggestion. Before he knew it, Ryan Stramrood was swimming from the famous Robben Island, to Cape Town's main land. Within a just a couple of months of joining the squad. Little did he know then he would be swimming from Europe to Africa, Alcatraz Island to Main land San Fransisco, the Serbian Lakes at 0.1 Degrees, Antartica at -1Degrees for 32 minutes breaking records! Taiwan to China. The list goes on and on and on. To date Ryan has swam from Robben Island to Cape Town's main land 109 times! As you all know, the purpose of the show is not to lay out fact by fact, but with the facts, to draw on the strength and essence of human beings who are following a truth, answering to a calling, and connecting with their heart. In my experience of listening to many life stories, this is never an easy path, it's challenging. Sometimes, if not often, it's hard on the body and mind, so much so that only the heart / mind over matter "stuff"can source the strength to muscle through. Following a dream is never easy! Listen to this beautiful and inspiring story of South African born and based, International, record breaking open water, ice cold swimmer, Ryan Stramrood. He found his love and passion by just saying yes to joining a swimming squad one day. What is his life story, how does this kind of life actually look like, Ryan is also a business owner and a Motivational Speaker? How can you be all these things and still find the time to swim from Europe to Africa! So often doors open for us and when we just say yes, miracles, and beautiful life changing events happen where we least expect it. Check out Ryan







    He was a couch potato, and one day he joined a swimming squad, for no reason other than a friends suggestion. Before he knew it, Ryan Stramrood was swimming from the famous Robben Island, to Cape Town’s main land. Within a just a couple of months of joining the squad. Little did he know then he would be swimming from Europe to Africa, Alcatraz Island to Main land San Fransisco, the Serbian Lakes at 0.1 Degrees, Antartica at -1Degrees for 32 minutes breaking records! Taiwan to China. The list goes on and on and on. To date Ryan has swam from Robben Island to Cape Town’s main land 109 times! 







    As you all know, the purpose of the show is not to lay out fact by fact, but with the facts, to draw on the strength and essence of human beings who are following a truth, answering to a calling, and connecting with their heart.  In my experience of listening to many life stories, this is never an easy path, it’s challenging. Sometimes, if not often, it’s hard on the body and mind, so much so that only the heart / mind over matter “stuff”can source the strength to muscle through. Following a dream is never easy! 







    Listen to this beautiful and inspiring story of South African born and based, International, record breaking open water, ice cold swimmer, Ryan Stramrood. He found his love and passion by just saying yes to joining a swimming squad one day. 







    What is his life story, how does this kind of life actually look like, Ryan is also a business owner and a Motivational Speaker? How can you be all these things and still find the time to swim from Europe to Africa! So often doors open for us and when we just say yes, miracles, and beautiful life changing events happen where we least expect it. 







    check out Ryan here: www.ryanstramrood.comTo understand the challenges of the open water Ryan takes on, go google escapes from Alcatraz and Escape from Robben Island.. its a scary statistic…any of you research and statistic geniuses, please do comment below. I d love to know some hard facts! Ryan!! You go boy!! Holy smokes ! 

    • 1 hr 50 min
    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | JASMINE BONGAERTS | LIFE STORY

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | JASMINE BONGAERTS | LIFE STORY

    Meet Jasmine Bongaerts, a mom, a mover and a shaker and a super persisent determined woman!Jasmine knew she wanted to have her own company and she went out and started one! Of course her life story does not just start and stop there. Learn how Jasmine found her calling for this time of her life. In fact it's an hilarious story, that actually made her realise that she HAS TO start an amazing kick ass eye wear business for children!! Often our brilliant ideas come from ridiculously awful situations..right?! Find out how she started her career, moved and shaked with Jamie Oliver, to now, having the diversity and confidence to partner up with her super talented and creative friend, Marieke Kolleman, and start their own fun, funky, cool children's eye-wear business together.. This conversation oozes determination, flow, fun and self belief. Want to start your own business? Listen and learn from the life story and the essence of Jasmine. Human beings are all the same, and when we let go of our own thoughts and listen to someone else's life story, we feel connected, inspired and innately we know that we too can do it!It takes these amazing brave hearts to share their stories with all of us, so that we can learn and grow from their ideas, inspirations, mistakes and perspectives. In this Inspirational Podcast Interview, Please join me in conversation with Dutch born, and Netherlands based Entrepreneur, Jasmine Bongaerts. Want to know more about her authentic eyewear business for children, called Junior and Junior - find Jasmine here: www.juniorandjunior.com

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Jen's Personal Notes-Connecting with truth

    Jen's Personal Notes-Connecting with truth

    Hi my beautiful listeners. So here's the deal. If you are connecting with your truth, and you are happy as Larry with your day job, click pass. But if you are not and you hate your day job, and you know there is something out there for you, this is a little conversation to simply trigger some thoughts. My recordings are unscripted, so - as the interviews this is raw, not researched and simply a real life, story and perspective in real time. I recorded this straight after interviewing Ryan Stramrood, an amazing, and courageous open water swimmer from South Africa. His interview will go live in the weeks to come. In the mean time, please enjoy the ramblings from me to you, because I feel so passionately that everyone should connect with their truth in life. So ...for you... with love, from Jen



    If you have any challenges or questions for this post, hit the comments below. I'm all yours.

    • 23 min
    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | PAUL GARDINER | LIFE STORY

    INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW | PAUL GARDINER | LIFE STORY

    This conversation oozes openness, pride, love for family and friends, a strong sense of connection and control, and a major amount of zest for life!Meet Paul Gardiner, CEO of Mantis, a luxury group of hotels and eco-lodges and waterways. Son to the owner and founder, Adrian Gardiner. Paul, the conservationist, globe trotter, international / eco innovator, shares his life story with us in the most humble and down to earth way! Paul is part of an organisation so many people would just love to be apart of; wild life conservation, international boutique lodging, travel, innovation, the big five, and a continuous bubbling of new ideas, partnerships and ventures.Hear about Paul's business and training operation with with Bear Grylls, a fun telephone call from one of the Spice Girls, disvover what his dreams are, and appreciate even the most relatable story where he shares the experiences of his academic challenges at school. Please join us in conversation, share this interview with a friend, family member or colleague, and don't be shy to reach out to either of us should an idea present itself. The interview was made possibly by an introduction from John Winternitz. Who inspires you? Do you know someone who you think is inspiring? Please share their information with me! jen@inspirationalinterviews.com Stories change lives. Thanks Johnny! Want to contact Paul? You can reach Paul here: www.mantiscollection.com / www.ccfa.africa / www.pauljgardiner.com

    • 1 hr 33 min

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11 Ratings

Marleen Basart ,

Lovely talk

It was great to talk to Jen and feel her good energy. Her interview style is open, warm and relaxed. Which helps create a lovely atmosphere, even though our interview took place by phone. Thank you Jen, keep sharing these lovely life stories!

jade van der mark ,

Connecting

When I arrived on a rainy morning, into the podcast studio of Jen Rodd, I was immediately touched by the environment and energy. The place was filled with creativity, stories, love and secret spaces. She made tea for me and we shared our visions about life! It felt as a real connection Jen! Thank you for that ❤️ Such an honor to be in the podcast of this amazing lady @inspirational.interviews
With her mission “
“I believe that hearing peoples stories is the source for all lessons to be learned in life.
when we can identify parallels between our stories and other people’s stories, we feel together, not alone we feel more capable, inspired, one.” She is giving so much love and wise life lessons with her podcast. Thank you ❤️

J. Kuiper ,

Interview

What would the world be without a woman who dares to ask the right questions! Who is afraid of confrontation and tries to understand live! This what is so important to understand what we are doing here!Thank you Jen!

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