'Seeing women operate in their God-given purpose inspires me. So many women don’t know what it is. They confuse their jobs and even their passions with their purpose. My mission is that women are no longer confused about that distinction.'
My name is Janelle Brown and I’m a Certified Life Coach and Vision Strategist. I have a life coaching business called Fearfully Fashioned where I coach, equip, and empower women to fashion a purpose-driven life & vision that they and God love. A lot of that looks like me working one-on-one with women, coaching them to uncover their purpose and pursue the business vision that God has placed on their hearts.
That sounds amazing! From blogger to life coach, tell us about your journey...
Yes! I started Fearfully Fashioned in 2012 as a fashion and style blog. I was a college student at the time interested in pursuing fashion marketing. However, upon graduating college and entering into my master’s program, I entered into a season of prayer and fasting to uncover my purpose. I had a few passions that I was interested in pursuing but I wanted to make sure that I was aligning myself with God’s plan for my life. After spending months in prayer and fasting, God told me to pick up the blog again. At the time, I hadn’t touched it in two years since when I began it in 2012. Over time as I refined the blog, I noticed I was blogging more about personal and spiritual development. Then a few months into blogging and following the Lord’s direction, He told me to look up the word ‘life coach’. I had heard of the profession before but wasn’t sure what a life coach actually did. To my surprise, the career described everything I had already been doing and it highlighted all of my gifts, talents, and educational experience in psychology. In that moment, the Lord shared with me that my purpose is to motivate and inspire women and life coaching is how I would go about pursuing it for this season.
God truly works in mysterious ways! It's great to hear about the path He's lead you on. Tell us, what inspires you?
Seeing women operate in their God-given purpose inspires me. So many women don’t know what it is. They confuse their jobs and even their passions with their purpose. My mission is that women are no longer confused about that distinction. It fires me up to see women knowing and walking in everything that God has called them to do. When I can serve them in the facilitation of uncovering and pursuing their purpose, that inspires me to keep moving forward with mine!
I'm feeling empowered just reading this, I hope others will be too! How has your faith affected your blogging/life coaching?
When I first began blogging, I remember not wanting to be as explicit about my faith so that I wouldn’t “offend” others. I wanted to subtly share it like Chick-fil-A does with instrumental worship music playing in the background of their restaurants or like Forever 21 does with discreetly putting John 3:16 on the bottom of their shopping bags. God, however, had other plans for me. My faith would seep into every piece that I wrote, and I found myself sharing more about faith and personal development. I quickly realized that God wanted my faith to have an unequivocal presence in my business. That boldness in my faith has led me to be interviewed by other businesses and podcasts where I’ve been able to share my faith and business outside of the Christian realm. God has used me as a missionary to share His light in a sometimes dark industry.
Funny you should say that, I also had similar ideas, but God, as we know, leads us to His perfect way. Thanks for sharing. I'd be crazy not to ask...behind every set of curls there's a story, what's yours?
Well, I was natural before it was a “thing” to be natural. I grew up getting perms but because they wreaked havoc on my hair, I decided to go natural when I was in high school to prevent further damage. I had to learn how to love my texture, especially when I did my big chop. I struggled with feeling pretty at times and navigating how to wear my natural hair. That was actually around the time my personal development journey began. It was more than learning how to love my natural hair, but who God created me to be -- curves, kinks, and all.
This is exactly what I aim to do as a designer, help people learn to love who they are and not be ashamed of who God has made them to be! I love it when people share in my vision. Tell us something about yourself our readers would be surprised to hear!
Sometimes I think I missed my calling in the performing arts! I always loved to sing, dance, and perform when I was younger. I actually still do! I strongly believe that if my parents would have enrolled me in performing arts school when I was younger, I would have ended up on Glee or on Broadway somewhere, haha!
It's never too late...haha! What has been your greatest achievement to date?
That’s a tough question! I’m proud of many moments, but I believe starting this business has to be the biggest one.
'I quickly realized that God wanted my faith to have an unequivocal presence in my business. That boldness in my faith has led me to be interviewed by other businesses and podcasts where I’ve been able to share my faith and business outside of the Christian realm. God has used me as a missionary to share His light in a sometimes dark industry.'
I'd second that! Being a #girlboss is a great achievement! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to go to Greece one day! Ever since seeing the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when I was younger, I fell in love! I would love to go there for my honeymoon.
Might have to add it to my watch list! As the end of the year is swiftly approaching, do you have any goals for 2018?
I have about ten goals that I’ve set with my PowerSheets, but one of my biggest goals is to grow a purposeful and profitable business. I recently decided to go full-time in my coaching business and I want to make sure that I’m growing it intentionally so I can steward the vision that God has given me and the women that He is calling me to reach.
Do you have any advice for those women who are searching for God's vision in their life?
By greatest advice would be to find out what your purpose is. Our overall mission is to spread the Gospel and enjoy and glorify God forever. Our purpose is uniquely assigned to us so that we can accomplish that overall mission. Once you know your purpose, ask the Lord to show you how he wants you pursue your purpose in this season. Regardless if it’s through a career, business, or even volunteering at church, your foundation will be your purpose and your vision will give you direction for how to move forward, but in order to effectively understand it, you must spend time with your Creator. It is He who holds the blueprint for your life.
We've loved interviewing you, before you go, what tip can you share with us?
Stop comparing your life to others and get about your Father’s business. Instead of comparing your life to everyone else, figure out what the Lord wants you to do and pursue that wholeheartedly. When you pay attention to what the Lord wants you to do, that is when you will receive the ultimate fulfillment and satisfaction. (Galatians 6:4)