An empty self, metamorphosed into a woman on a mission to serve and overflowing with peace. A woman who is humble, kind & continuing on her life-long journey of self-becoming.
Daughter. Grand-daughter. Sister. Mother. Friend. Wife. Mom.
This woman who became her little sisters’ “mother” at a young age because their mom had to work to provide for the family, has learned many lessons in her lifetime.
The most important is to not lose yourself in the midst of life. As Janet says,
“Maintain your own interests & identity. Be a mom, yes, and be a great mom…BUT….be sure to feed your soul….every day. You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
It was really tough when her grandmother passed because she was such an inspiration and an integral part of Janet’s life. Grandmother had a hard life, but she never gave up and she always found joy in the little things. Janet loves to cook because of her grandmother’s teachings & remembers often, there is always so much to smile about.
Looking back, she now sees “hitting rock bottom” was a catalyst to drive her to care so much for young moms. It’s what feeds her desire to make a difference. She remembers her own struggle and if there was somebody in her life to walk through the valley with her back then, it wouldn’t have been so hard, so lonely, so mentally debilitating. “Learning from the mistakes that I’ve made, if I can help younger moms and teach them, support them, guide them…. THAT would be a good day.”
Janet looks forward to teaching them to be financial responsible as well, and motivating them to keep their identity outside of their job and their children.
You never know how something like this will impact you but after being a “mental mess” she decided it was time to do something. Holding fast to: “God is GOOD All the Time, All the Time God is Good!!”
She pressed on. It was hard! But she built herself up! Just like her grandmother.
She took a job which became a better job, which then became her career. Now, she is touching lives every day. Her boss calls her his partner, which is quite an honor. She’s extremely important to him and he lets her know it. When the phone rings-she’s there. When the clients have questions-she’s there. When appointments fill up the day-she’s there. It’s about building relationships and she is good at it! Janet enjoys building friendships with clients and because of it, they trust her. To be an integral part of the success of the business is a blessing.
Another blessing was stumbling upon Noelle and The Working Single Mom at a time when Janet needed it most. Noelle’s strength, teachings, and blunt honesty about her own struggles, burdens & breakthroughs, Janet learned to change her way of thinking, alter her future and become a stronger woman. It has helped her have a peaceful, healthy, abundant life.
The biggest blessing of all was raising her two boys. She gave her ALL to raising them and stand proud at who they’ve become. Her youngest is off to college soon and she often wonders who will she be separate from her boys? Giving to and doing for herself is a new thing and she’s anxious & excited at what will come next. Never forgetting though, ‘Once a mom, always a mom.‘
This mom’s kind and nurturing spirit fills the room when she walks in. Her friends look forward to her arrival. 10 years ago though, it was a totally different story!! She didn’t’ get off the couch, let alone engage with people. Now as she stands firm in her worth, she is able to say what she means, express herself in a loving way and touch lives one hug at a time.
Janet continues to hope that she can take her love for supporting single moms to a more workable arena. Women new to single motherhood, women in their 40’s starting to go through menopause, women who are unsure of themselves. She knows “If you have someone to help you through it… things can be different.”
To Be that Voice. THIS is her passion!!!