NTW 27 – Changing the World, One Community at a Time with Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog, Podcast Episodes | 3 comments

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Do you need to feel good about people and life again?  If so, this episode is for you!  I interviewed Dafna Michaelson Jenet co-founder, president and JourneyWoman for the 50 in 52 Journey.  The purpose of her Journey was simple: visit all 50 states in the USA in a year and interview the heroes that are making a difference in their community.

Dafna really gave herself over to this calling.  She quit her job and took on this effort in spite of being a single mother.  She cashed out her 401K to help fund the effort and her then boyfriend (now husband) even took money out of his own savings to complete the project.

The 50 in 52 Journey still continues to receive media attention.  Most notably, her story was picked up by CBS Sunday Morning – you can see the video embedded here below.

But the 50 in 52 Journey is just the beginning.  Dafna and her husband are taking all that they learned along the Journey to inspire  business professionals, community leaders, educators, students – – and YOU!

Relevant Links:

50 in 52 Journey

The Journey Institute

Email Dafna

Takeaway Points

1.  Don’t wait for someone someone else to solve your problems.  Everyone has the ability to make a difference in the community.

2.  Dafna had no other goal than to inspire others.  Most people would not sacrifice so much for what can only be titled “a calling” but her efforts have impacted people world-wide.

3.  Dafna set out to highlight was is so RIGHT about America.  Through this process she at once the leader in this effort as well as the cheerleader to all of the amazing individuals that she highlights on her website.

4.  Dafna and her husband had many opportunities and valid reasons to quit the Journey.  They struggled but persisted.  I love their tenacity.

I f there is something that I would personally love you to take away from this episode it is that, whatever you want to do, be or accomplish, just do it. You truly can do anything you want, so long as you are willing to do the work.


Final Thoughts

I’m very inspired about where the future is going in the world with the inter-connectedness and technology that we get to enjoy.  One media format that you need to be aware of is electronic periodicals (magazines and newspapers).  If you ever thought of producing your very own niche magazine, you can do so right now.  Heck, if you ever wanted to produce your own podcast, television show, book, whatever, there is NOTHING standing in your way.

Below is a link (affiliate) to a video that I know will at once educate and inspire you about where communication/the media is headed today.  It’s headed straight into your hands and mine!

New Electronic Magazine Platform

I had the amazing good fortune to among the first 350 Beta-Testers of this platform and have since launched my own magazine.  You can download the app (for your iPad/iPhone/iPod) for FREE and the current issue is FREE.  I’ve only scratched the surface of what is possible but this will give you a good idea of the possibilities.

Little Pampered Dog Magazine


Big thank you to Dixie “Dynamite” Gillaspie for connecting us with Dafna.  We interviewed Dixie “Dynamite” in a prior episode.  You can listen to it by clicking here.

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  1. Lourdes, thank you so much for spending time with me and sharing the story of our 50 in 52 Journey. Our work still continues today. As you know, since our interview my husband and I miscarried the baby I was so enjoying having inside my womb when we met. I learned so much from the people I met across the country and I know that I can help others who went through the same experience as I did. We are now working on launching a small effort to honor the moments of joy we had while dreaming of our new baby we affectionately called “Peanut” and are launching the “Peanut Project”. This project will educate medical professionals of the needs of women who lose their babies so early and will bring together both faith based and non faith based community to provide a team of support to help the family through those first days of loss. I am eager to find families who have lost babies who would be willing to help me deliver this program around the country. Please feel free to reach me directly at dafna@journeyinstitute.org or connect with me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DafnaMichaelson
    In gratitude and community,

  2. Once again, Dafna, you are taking responsibility and taking the lead where you see that there is need and suffering. I am so very sorry for your loss. You son is still and always will be with you and he will indeed bless many. Bless YOU! I am honored to know you.

  3. Hi 🙂 thank you for posting this. I am researching for a book I’m writing and I also have been thinking about starting a podcast, myself. I stumbled upon this by looking up the titles I have come up with for my book, to see if anyone already used the titles I am brainstorming. I found her books and found that she has done… basically what I am trying to become a part of. I’m very excited to have found your podcast and I would be so exited and honored to hear from you, ask you some questions and maybe get Dafna’s email address as well or advice on how to get in touch with her 🙂 thank you so much again. I hope your have a WONDERFUL day and hope to hear from you so soon 🙂 🙂 🙂

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