Featured Grindist: John Kalinowski

John Kalinowski
Certified Life Coach & Consulting Chief Wellness Officer for Grind

What is your profession? How does coworking fit into your work-life?

I’m a Certified Life Coach & Consulting Chief Wellness Officer for Grind. I joined the coworking world about 2 years ago. I’d had an office for a couple of years, but it started to feel very isolated, so the search began for the ideal coworking space. Grind works well for me for two reasons: 1) it has an open floorplan which allows me to be around and interact with other entrepreneurs. 2) it has phone cabins and small conference rooms where I can have coaching sessions with clients. I appreciate introducing my clients to an energetic, high-functioning environment where people are making things happen. I also dig the minimalist vibe/aesthetic. 

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Coworking Community Spotlight: John Kalinowksi

This month's Featured Grindist is a newer member of our coworking community who has captured all of our hearts with his kind spirit and wise soul.  Learn more about our friend John Kalinowski below.


Name: John Kalinowski

Occupation: Certified Life Coach

Current City:
New York, NY

Grind Location:
Park Ave

Why do you work out of a coworking space?
For one thing, being in an office became isolating, and I kept feeling like I wanted to be around other entrepreneurs and part of something larger. As a Life Coach I also want my clients to have the opportunity to see people following their dreams, taking risks, and making things happen.

Why Grind?
As soon as I walked into Grind I felt it was the right space for me. The openness of the space reflects the openness of the people. Though Grind houses a wide range of businesses it still somehow feels like we’re all here for some common purpose.

What is your current state of mind?
Excited and Confident that this year is going to be fantastic.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be an amazing singer. I’m not tone-deaf, but I’m also not being invited to sing at anyone’s wedding.

What's one app on your phone could you not live without?
I recently fell in love with the MindBody app - It lets me select my favorite yoga studios, see the class schedule for all of them at the same time, sign up for one, and go!

What is your most beloved possession?
In terms of what I might miss the most, I struggle to say that it might be my phone. Ugh. I have such conflicted feelings about that answer.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother is definitely one of my heroes, even though she drives me nuts sometimes. Outside of that, for me a hero is anybody who has faced adversity and used it to transform into an even better human. Of course, the greats like MLK and Nelson Mandela, but also people like Nick Vujicic, internationally renowned inspirational speaker who was born with no arms and legs. These people inspire me to do more and be more.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Up to this point, my greatest achievement has been starting my business and being able to make it grow year after year. Although I also think this is just the beginning. :-)

What is your favorite occupation?
I love philosophizing... talking about life, love, the mind, the spirit, personal growth and how it all ties together. That’s probably my favorite thing, though laughter and travel are close seconds.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It can really be anywhere, doing anything. For me, perfect happiness is being able to be completely present and grateful in any moment of my life, and trusting that everything is happening FOR me, not to me.

What's your favorite Grind memory?
Realizing that Donnalynn Civello is also working here. We each used to coach clients at the same little cafe when we were first starting out. When I found out she was also based here, it was like a little “thumbs-up" that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Interested in joining the Grind community?
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Name: Stephen P. Williams

Occupation: Writer/Entrepreneur

Current City: New York

Grind Location:

Why do you work out of a coworking space?
I am energized by the movement and buzz of people. I've had offices alone, and I prefer being in the mix. Plus, I've met a lot of people I've ended up working with.

Why Grind?
The light. The great staff. The coffee. And the owners. Plus, all the fantastic people who work there.

What is your current state of mind?
Positive, grateful, optimistic about our ability to make the future good.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Painting canvases. Being an artist.

What one app on your phone could you not live without?
Instagram, of course.

What is your most beloved possession?
I have no beloved possession.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Social entrepreneurs helping to encourage light, dignity, and peace in the far reaches of the planet, out of reach of media glory.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising three beautiful children.

What is your favorite occupation?
Writing novels.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A breeze through the trees and over the beach, a book, a lover, my friends.

What's your favorite Grind memory?
The first month Park Avenue opened, when there were only five or six of us in the vast, beautiful space.

Interested in joining the Grind community?
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Coworking Community Spotlight: Christine Mortensen

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What made you decide that a coworking space was the best fit for you? Why Grind?
There are two main reasons I knew I wanted to join a coworking space. Firstly, I can't stand staying home all day. I'm much happier when I'm out and about interacting with people. Secondly, a key part of starting a business is having a support system. Being around other entrepreneurs is very motivating, and I love exchanging ideas with them. What attracts me to Grind specifically is the diversity of the people here and the friendly, helpful vibe. Pretty much everyone I've met here does something different for a living, which is really interesting, but the common thread is that we're all rooting for each other to succeed. I love that.

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