Jessica Janzen is major #goals. She is a fierce leader, community builder, and brings joy to every challenge she faces while encouraging others to do the same. Her work in honouring the passing of her son, Lewiston, has become his beautiful legacy that lives on through us all. She’s a champion for sharing what’s real and has built a platform that encourages sharing, vulnerability and owning our stories. Read on to learn more about this magical woman, and support the Kickstarter campaign for her new book, Bring the Joy.
ACE: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Jessica: I just finished writing a book! It’s called Bring the Joy! It only took 5 plus years to make it happen. But it’s happening!!! I have dreamed of it since I was a little girl - but only truly been working on it since 2014. I believe it is a message we all need to hear. Some days joy isn’t easy to find or choose so we must bring it. The book launches in May 2020. I am speaking on stages more which is my true heart passion and run our non-profit The Love for Lewiston Foundation which raises funds to be able to pour them back into Alberta Children’s Hospital and SMA research and medical equipment for families fighting the disease across Canada.
ACE: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Jessica: When we were fighting for our son’s life I learned a lot. About being a partner, about fighting for what I believed in, about letting go of expectations and learning to stop caring about what others thought. I learned about staying in my own lane and then going after the nudges of my heart. My prayers and hopes are that it doesn’t take losing a son to get people unstuck and moving to live a life on purpose.
ACE: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Jessica: An actress, a cruise ship director…. or CEO of a massive company. Funnily enough, I was voted most likely to become a motivational speaker. And now that is my dream job and my hearts passion. I have always loved leading people, speaking to them. Now I want to share our story of heartache, loss and tragedy but also of joy, hope and perseverance. I am not afraid to tell it like it really is.
ACE: How do you empower other women?
Jessica: By showing up and giving it all I got, but most importantly by being real. I am not afraid to share my dark days, my struggles and what I battle with. But I also love sharing how I show up, roll up my selves and ask for help. I also believe we can all make it. There is enough of the pie for everyone. My greatest successes have been because other women have journeyed alongside me.
ACE: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Jessica: Fun, Energetic and Joyful
ACE: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure or hardship?
Jessica: Stop caring what others think, fear will paralyze you, and to keep going. My biggest hardship was losing my son Lewiston - we battled for his life for 179 days. He passed away 3 days shy of his 6 month birthday. In losing his life I truly have found mind. Life is crazy short and I have had that lesson handed to me on a silver platter - the best thing my family and I can do is honor him and to live a life on purpose.
ACE: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Jessica: Business is hands down Rachel Hollis - she was the ass kick I needed in the pants to get moving. She is blazing a trail and not apologizing for it along the way. So encouraging to see other women get after it. My hubby and I went to her marriage conference and it was so impactful in our life we named our son Hollis - crazy sure. Do I care what others think? Heck no!
ACE: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Jessica: First off, it is usually a call to my bestie or hot hubby. It starts with a freakout and rant session that lasts no longer than 60 seconds. I never hold onto it, I just get it off my chest. This is usually followed by a cup of coffee and then a whole lot of positive self-talk and some good jams to get me out of the funk - that or listening to a good podcast. I also love a good air kick - like legit I will kick my leg in the air for no other reason than that it feels badass. Don’t ask me why but somehow moving changes things and so I do a high kick to get going.
ACE: Do you have a go-to quote or mantra you live by?
Jessica: Dream big, go anywhere, do anything. A business mentor shared this with me years ago and it has stuck with me ever since.
ACE: What is a book, podcast or resource you would recommend for our community and why?
Jessica: Books - Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, and Miracle Morning by Hal Anderson. In the morning while getting readym I listen to a podcast or Audible book. Stop wasting time watching TV and start growing.
ACE: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Jessica: A glass of red wine, popcorn and milk chocolate with almonds in it.
ACE: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Jessica: The biggest thing you can currently do is to buy a copy of my book. DO it right now. I am running a Kickstarter campaign and time is running out - snag a copy for you and 5 of your friends. RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Secondly, Follow me on social - Instagram is my fave platform to be on @jsjanzen and www.jessicajanzen.ca for all the details about what is next and of course, follow @loveforlewiston for all the charity work and events.