Passion Never Retires for Antesa Jensen

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I’m not sure there are many other careers out there where it’s possible to get such a clear and irrefutable reflection of both my impact, and who I am, while also getting to partner with someone else in learning the same thing about themselves. To be able to facilitate and usher someone else’s transformational journey is remarkably life-changing, on both sides. It’s incredibly rewarding work.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Access to my whole body, to my entire emotional and spiritual existence, profoundly connected resonant connections with people who uplift and inspire me, and getting to bring my gifts into the world in a way that they can be impactful.
What is my greatest fear? Oh there are PLENTY! I like to say: Feel the fear, do it anyway. Some of the top contenders that I get to play with are around being misunderstood, worrying that I’m not good enough, and of losing love if I fuck it up. Also in the more material realm, I’m also pretty wigged out by spiders and really big bugs.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m a huge advocate for cultivating self-love. And with that said, I’m not sure anyone ever really arrives at a point where they don’t have something they judge about themselves. I judge myself for being so sensitive a lot. I’m this big, powerful woman who is often known for running circles around others, but I feel very deeply and very intensely, and I often find myself not making enough space for myself to have my feelings.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I’m a huge fan of other thought leaders, and especially people like Jason Silva, Simon Sinek, Brené Brown and obviously Oprah.
What is my greatest extravagance? I’m obsessed with salt baths. I have a 25kg bag of epsom salts in my basement. I also really love food, and will spend a lot of money to give my mouth a new adventure of flavor combinations.
On what occasion would I lie? Never. I actually legitimately have a physical response when I don’t speak my truth. I get sick, and sometimes vomit when I’m out of alignment in my authentic expression.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Basically everything that is administrative. Particularly tracking my expenses after having been on a trip for a couple weeks. So many receipts!
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In the work I do, especially with women, the moment right before a massive breakthrough. It’s usually shrouded with some level of hopelessness for them, but I can see where they are headed and when they finally make that shift, it feels like real magic. The light changes, the energy of the room gets lighter, and they see things they never knew existed before, instantaneously. Getting to be present for those moments feels a lot like witnessing god.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Absolutely nothing. I’m so grateful for the roller coaster of a journey I’ve been on. It got me here!
What is my greatest achievement in work? Building Adventure Awake – from conception, to the battle of believing I could do it, to launching, to running the first trip, to running the fourth trip, to keeping it agile enough to grow with me through my many phases of life and to continue to grow. I had to pull some major skeletons out of the closet in order to be a successful entrepreneur, and look at them square in the eye. Running your own business is a wild ride of transformation and growth, and my business specializes in transformation and growth, so it’s kind of like a constant double whammy.
Where would I most like to live? This is a really tough question. My long term home as of the past 7 years is in Copenhagen, Denmark. That’s where I’m based, and I also have hardly been there for the past year. I’m obsessed with a bunch of other places in the world and basically feel like I’m at home everywhere, but going back to my neighborhood in Frederiksberg, and riding my bike down the streets, even when it’s raining, fills my heart up in ways no other place quite can. And, I miss nature and mountains when I’m there, and often daydream about relocating to some isolated fjord in Norway or a cabin in the Pacific Northwest.
What is my most treasured possession? My camera (Fujifilm x100T), my inuit woman’s knife made from brass and narwal, and my passport.
What is my most marked characteristic? Probably my laugh. When I get really caught up in it, I shriek, hyperventilate from all the joy, and then start to cry. It’s pretty…unique.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In Copenhagen I love sitting at a bench at Torvehallerne, the local food hall, eating tacos, and people watching, in the early spring. Danes tend to hibernate in the winter, and so those first days of spring especially, when the sun is bright and it’s just barely warm enough to sit outside, are really inspiring. It’s like everyone collectively remembers that we are human and connection is essential at the exact same moment.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Manfreds & Vin on Jæggersborggade in Nørrebro, hands down. Their chef’s menu rocks my world every single time. I don’t drink anymore – I tend to go from sober to hungover in about two drinks – but if I did, I would probably hang out at GILT for cocktails, Mikkeller for beer, or Sankt Annæ 8 for wine.
What books influenced my life and how? The Giving Tree. Tiny Beautiful Things. Wounds into Blessings. Running with the Wolves.
Who are my favorite writers? Jonathan Safran Foer, Rumi, Marianne Williamson, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, E.B. White, Madeleine L’Engle
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Any Irish Folk song. The Parting Glass, perhaps.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I’ve been reading a ton about Artemis lately, though questionable whether that qualifies as fiction.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I have a powerful spiritual lineage that I’m incredibly grateful for. My coach, who I’ve been working with for almost two years, is a part of that list and is definitely at the top of it. Though I wouldn’t call them heroes and heroines so much as powerful reflectors of my brilliance. They stayed the course so that I could see what was possible in my life, building the muscle to have a solid sense of self in ways a hero who saves you from your own pitfalls never could.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? It’s a Wonderful Life.
What role plays art in my life and work? I’m a photographer, which is my favorite form of art. Photography often tells you more about the photographer than it does about the subject. It’s also a tangible way to measure my energetic clarity – my photography improves drastically over time as I continue to grow and she layers in my own life.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I’m so grateful to have a LONG list of people here. I know better than to consider for a second that a meaningful life is achieved alone. I have a whole team of sponsors, fans, and partners in crime. They are each in their own right, absolutely brilliant and epic, and I’m fortunate to have way too many to list here.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  I’d love to do a TED Talk on the power of using travel to expand your consciousness.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I’d love to meet Jason Silva, Brené Brown, Simon Sinek, and Oprah! That would be a great year.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’m currently writing a book about my business, Adventure Awake, and how to use travel to find yourself.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I’ll be interviewed on a couple podcasts this month, as well as some upcoming summits, am often publishing my writing in various online publications, and I’ve got a nice queue of Adventure Awake trips coming up this year. On deck is Namibia in May.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Once we’ve found our calling, and we’ve made it our purpose – our raison d’être – it no longer feels like work. It’s impossible to retire a thing you love in the way you can retire a thing you do. Passion is who we innately are. It’s living by being.
Which passionate professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? Bez Stone, Bristol Baughan, Jennifer Fein
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