Cassandra Jensen – scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
Main roles consist of being wife, mum, sister, friend, sensitive and empathetic earth dweller with heart to help others, live, laugh and love. I have recently opened 'Unity Studios'. We cater in workshops in academics, creative and performing arts. So ultimately I teach, I am a secondary music teacher, learning support coordinator. In my business, I work hard at building and maintaining a team of educators to deliver quality workshops. I personally facilitate a workshop I devised called 'IGNITION'. The program assists students to stay focussed on their studies, learn about themselves as a learner and a person and get the most out of themselves and their study time. I also run a playgroup/music and movement workshop for littlies and their carers.

Why do you do it?
I wanted to create an environment for people to learn that was least like school as possible. School is not a great fit for everyone, especially for sensitive and creative types. 'Unity Studios' is a place to be yourself, where individualism is valued and artistic pursuits are thought about on the same level as academic pursuits. Academics get artful treatment, where as in school, the arts gets academic treatment. Our tagline is, "where education and creativity unite". Our education delivery is about small groups and more about mentoring than tutoring. My mission is to assist people to live their life to the absolute fullest and reach their full potential doing the things they love.

What do you love about the city you live in?
The Blue Mountains is a friendly place with a focus on family and the arts. People value real connection and it is a tight knit community.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
Up to the central coast NSW, I always try and stretch the warmer weather. To do that effectively I have to chase the sun!

What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
The jacket in the picture here. It's has a real Boho feel that I love.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
'The Comedy Company' or 'Hey, Hey, it's Saturday' (oh dear, now I've given away my vintage!)

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
70's - Peace, Love and all that.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook for us?
Oyster Kilpatrick, Salmon with salad and potato bake and sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Mostly people are doing the best they can and if they have upset me, I should try not to take it personally as it's a reflection of where they are at not of me.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I really hate paying rent and would so love to own a home with french doors and windows, a wrap around verandah, a loft study with books lining the walls and a Labrador in the back yard. 

Are you happy with your work/life balance?
Currently no, because I am building my new business I am doing a lot. It is a goal of mine to achieve a better balance between work/rest/play.

How do you define success?
Success is a slippery character for me. In the past I have thought I'd be successful when I achieved this, then that. Then I would achieve it and then move the goal posts on myself. So now I define success as living my dream, being able to enjoy small things and the finer things in life, my family, being grateful and honouring my incessant need to be creative.

What's your spirit animal?
A meerkat, they love to be with their pack and are busy, intense characters. They are quite comical looking and quirky!


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