We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Woudenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Before COVID, I had always worked for a company because of the comfort of knowing exactly how much was going to show up in my bank account every two weeks. However, navigating through the mysterious and daunting forest that was 2020, with losing my job and health insurance while pregnant with my first baby, sparked a new path in me. This energy gave me the confidence to start my own marketing agency and go after a life-long dream of becoming a children’s book author.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Dive into my world >> JennyWoudenberg.com My career started upon graduating from college with a Women’s Studies degree in the dark days of the recession. Needless to say, it wasn’t blossoming, so I packed up my wanderlust, a few dollars, and took a one-way ticket and no plan to Australia. This experience led me to discovering a few jobs that helped spark my passion for creative, human focused marketing and for taking care of our beautiful mother earth! Two years later, I left with one hour left on my visa and returned to San Diego to find myself still struggling to find good jobs. I went through a number of them (if this is you – there is hope – you really just need to find where you fit). But looking back, I am grateful because I was able to experience a vast range of industries from fashion to cyber-security and discovered that the basic truths of marketing are all the same. I have worked the full gamut – from nonprofits to agencies and even large tech companies and all of these experiences have made me the capable person I am today.
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?
If San Diego was a day, this is what she would do: – Morning: Greet the sun with a morning walk from Cardiff Reef Beach to Del Mar Dog Beach. Legendary San Diego cliffs on one side and all the magic of momma ocean on the other! The fuel your body with the literally best Acai bowl in the county – Lofty Coffee in Encinitas. No one does it better. Prove me wrong.
– Midday: Head to La Jolla for a party for your eyes! Wonder into all of the art and photography galleries that your wanderlust takes you. Explore the world and then head Mt. Soledad and feel like you are on top of the world! Next head to the cove to complete the last stamp of your La Jolla passport and say hi to tiger sharks, seals, fish of all colors, turtles, and maybe even a dolphin from a paddle board, kayak, the lens of your snorkel, or from the dry land.
– Afternoon: After exploring from the seafloor to the sky, your soul will be full but taco-bout feeling hAngry! And the best tacos in the city that has the best tacos (outside of Mexico) are found in Barrio Logan. Walk down the main street and get a few tacos from each spot and then wash them down with beer from local breweries. The tacos may look like they belong in an art gallery, but they don’t hold a tortilla to the bright, creative art that can be found in galleries and shops throughout the neighborhood
-Evening: Now it is time to feast your ears and soul of some world-class and local latin Jazz at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. Under twinkling stars, surrounded by sculptures and best friends.
Yeeuuewww! What a DAY!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Waves of love to my husband for his continuous flow of support and encouragement for me, our baby, and my businesses!