We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Jensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
One word: Curiosity Curiosity has led me down the most important paths of my life. By asking the simple question “what if?” I have changed my career, friendships, relationship with myself, and my spirituality. Curiosity means I don’t have to have all the answers or have an opinion about everything right away, it simply means that I have to be open to a different way of viewing the world. This might mean I explore an idea and then put it down after a while. Or maybe I try and see the world from someone else’s perspective. Curiosity has helped me minimize fear and judgment and instead enter into new ideas with a sense of playfulness and not taking the outcome so seriously.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve taken my love for tarot, energy work, and bodywork and united it into a host of offerings at my business – INVOKE. For a long time, I’ve been a student of the magical arts but kept it hidden away while I went to my day job as a digital marketing consultant. In my free time, I studied and practiced voraciously until people started coming to me and asking for readings. In no time at all, I was moonlighting as a tarot reader and energy worker (the healing arts were passed down to me from my father when I was very young) and slogging to my other job that paid the biils. After a while, my passion was clear and I knew I wanted to make a shift. The big change came when I saw how massage, tarot, and energy work could really have a huge impact on the people who were open to receiving it. By combining mind, body, and soul, we were able to effect lasting change and help people open up to their own magic and potential. Once I graduated from massage school, I opened up INVOKE, quit my day job and haven’t looked back since!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re an early riser, we might catch a gorgeous sunrise with a walk around Sloan’s Lake. It’s one of my favorite places because it offers views of the city and the mountains set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lake in the middle of Denver. Next, we’d have brunch at Rupert’s or Jelly to kick the day off right. I love to take guests to the MCA or the Denver Botanic Garden’s followed by a visit to South Broadway to check out some of my favorite shops like Rosehouse, Awakenings Boutique, and Decades. Maybe next we’d catch a happy hour at Senor Bear in LoHi or Lady Jane for some killer cocktails. At night we could head to Nocturne for some live Jazz and a bite. If you’re hankering for the outdoors, I love taking friends to Hot Sulpher Springs for a day after a good hike outside of Empire. If it’s rafting season, we might head out on the Clear Creek for an afternoon of rafting!
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’m so thankful to my tarot teachers and bodywork teachers who encouraged me to take risks before I was ready. And I’m eternally grateful to my husband for being a fellow entrepreneur and supporting me when I second-guessed myself, when I wanted to change careers and when I needed someone to bounce ideas off of.