3 ways that bring joy - with Jo Lehndorf

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About Jo

Jo grew up in Katikati on a small farmlet with her younger brother. They were fortunate to have a very kiwi, outdoors orientated childhood with plenty of animals on their small farm. After completing her schooling in Katikati, Jo studied at the University of Waikato (BA in English and Film/TV). She has always enjoyed staying healthy and fit and was involved in rowing for many years.

In 2000 Jo studied at the Police College in Wellington and following her graduation she gained a police officer role in Porirua, where she worked for five years. She became interested in forensic photography and in 2006 she gained a role within the Wellington District as a forensic photographer. Jo covered a whole range of crime scenes as a forensic photographer, the work required exacting levels of accuracy using analogue photography techniques. The work was highly interesting and varied, but also deeply challenging and demanding, and included frequent on-call shift work.

Eventually Jo moved on from being a forensic photographer and took up a business opportunity to run an Open 2 View franchise – she managed her own highly successful franchise in Wellington for two years. Following the sale of this business, Jo and her partner went travelling for 5 months across the United States, Europe and China. In 2009 they moved to Auckland where they have since had a family with two beautiful children.

Jo’s focus shifted to exploring opportunities to do fulfilling work for herself and her family. Around the time her son was born Jo started making her own blended oils and researching these from home. Encouraged by family and friends, luxury NZ skincare brand LOVESKIN was born. LOVESKIN’s ethically sourced botanical products encourage a reconnection with our own inherent beauty, grace and strength with a return to simple daily rituals using nurturing, natural skincare.

3 ways that bring joy

  1. Spending time with my family – with my partner and our children. My partner is an incredible person & I have enormous respect for him – we have amazing communication built up over the years we have been together. We love spending time together the four of us as a family and experiencing those moments of simple joy in family life.

  2. Exercise– I’ve always loved to exercise and be active – whether it’s a full-on workout in cross-fit or a walk on the beach, it’s something I prioritise and it brings me a lot of happiness and joy.

  3. Learning more about the human condition and experience – I love learning new things – through podcasts, books, TED talks, meditation.

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One thing people can do to contribute to a better, kinder NZ

Compassion exercise

I’ve thought about this question a lot. And remembered this compassion exercise card I received a few years ago at an expo in Hamilton. I experienced the shift in energy and perspective this can have first-hand – you can use this compassion card and the steps within it to create a more compassionate approach based on kindness to other people. Give it a try! 

Compassion exercise - Try to do all five steps on the same person, it can be a stranger, an old antagonist or someone you know and care about.

  1. With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.

  2. With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life.

  3. With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.

  4. With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.

  5. With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: Just like me, this person is learning about life.

Source: Resurfacing Techniques for Exploring Consciousness by Harry Palmer, The Avatar Course.

You can find out more about LOVESKIN here.

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