You are Beautiful: Janna A's Story

You are Beautiful: Janna A’s Story

It’s Important for a Beautiful Woman to Realize Her Own Strength and Independence 

Janna has two beautiful daughters, and she instills in them the true definition of beauty. It doesn’t only pertain to your outer looks. Beauty is what you are made of, beauty is how you view the world, and beauty is what’s on the inside – that’s what counts. Janna knows, and she makes sure that her daughters know. 

Even after such a long, hard battle with abuse, Janna found a way to be a better, more beautiful, and vibrant woman. Her struggles started when she was only 16 years old, still a child. She pushed and prodded her way through and made sure to come out on the other end with incredible strength and flawless independence.  

In fact, if you keep reading, you’ll see just what Janna can get you to realize and what she can do to help you in your life. 

Maggie: I think that the English language is very complex in nature. One word can mean three totally different things, like their, there, and they’re. We get those three messed up a lot when we’re young because we’re trying to learn and distinguish the difference. 

I also think you can do that with a variety of different words, beauty being one of them. My definition of beauty was different when I was a child, it changed when I was a teenager, and it formed a solid foundation when I reached adulthood. 

What about you, Janna? Can you tell me how you saw beauty throughout your life? 

Janna: From a young age, I thought beauty meant staying as natural as possible. I thought it meant taking care of my skin, starting young.  

I learned from many women around me that beauty was based on what was visible to everyone looking at me.  

In fact, many women in my life constantly applied makeup and made themselves look presentable on a daily basis.  

When I had my daughters at a young age, I wanted to change that cycle. I taught them to always hold their heads high. I taught them beauty comes from within, and that it’s more than just what a person physically sees.  

I wanted my daughters to be proud of how they felt within themselves. I wanted them to wake up every day and look at themselves in the mirror and smile.  

I’m proud to say that both of my daughters are naturally beautiful, inside and out.  

M: Keeping such a positive attitude through that growth period in your life must have been challenging, but still, you perspired. Having two daughters at a young age and carrying over those positive outlooks on beauty, and instilling them in their minds, is truly amazing.  

I find that a lot of the women I talk to with such awesome characteristics and personalities have been through an astronomical amount of life events. Would you mind telling me a bit about your life and how you arrived at the woman you are today? 

J: Well, as you know, I’m a single mother of four. I started from nothing and I’m still working towards achieving my dreams [currently attending graduate school]. 

Ever since I was a young girl, I have been abused. I left home partly because of that when I was 16 years old, and I struggled for quite some time. But, I always stayed true to myself despite all of the hardships I faced.  

I was in one abusive relationship after another. As a young female with children, I vowed to ALWAYS protect my children from anything that would cause them harm. I’m proud to say that my relationship with my children is healthy and strong, even today. We have remained close throughout the years. 

It’s true, I did have a difficult past, but I would not change it, because it shaped me into the woman I am today – strong and independent. My perseverance has kept me going through, no matter what challenges presented themselves.  

M: Strong and independent – and you know it! If I could give you one bit of advice, it would be to never lose that strength and independence; not every woman in this world has that. It’s truly a gift.  

You’ve shown me that you have a spectacular gift that you show the world, whether you know it or not. Would you mind sharing your spectacular gift? Is there a way you can show others how to be strong and independent like you are? 

J: I’d say it starts with not letting others define who you are and how you feel about yourself. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. That took me many years to learn and overcome. But then, I realized others don’t know me like they think they do. They don’t know what I’ve gone through and overcame to get to where I am today. That’s where I found strength and independence, through that. 

M: Is there anything you’re going to continue to do or start doing, to make sure you stay on that path of strength and independence? Sometimes, us gals fall off the wagon, and I wanted to see if you had any additional words of wisdom for what you’re going to do or for what other women should do in the near future to stick to their strength and independence goals. 

J: I’m going to keep living my best life and I’m going to enjoy the ride, despite the rocky paths that I’ve traveled and that I may again travel.  

I am in charge of my own happiness. 

And hey, if I get the chance to make others smile and laugh along the way, that’s just a bonus. 

M: I’m so excited to get started and make you feel as beautiful as you are! Will this be your first time being photographed? Are you excited to have this experience? 

J: Yes, this actually is my first experience being photographed. Honestly, I’d like to overcome my apprehensions of being photographed today, and I think I’ve definitely come to the right place. 

Janna opened my eyes. Even though I do have my own personal strength and independence, I found that it’s nothing compared to hers. But, guess what? We all have the power to change and adapt and guide ourselves to become stronger and more independent – in all areas of our lives.  

Janna took what she had and she rolled with it. She’s living her best life, and we can, too. Always look on the bright side, try to make a person smile here and there, and be sure to teach others how to be the best version of themselves that they can be. 

That’s really all it takes. 🙂  

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