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Conversations with the Inspiring Janelle Lynnae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janelle Lynnae.

Janelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Kansas and moved to Belarus (next to Russia) when I was 2. When I was 5, my family moved us to upstate New York and I absolutely loved my childhood there!

When I was 13, my parents announced that we were moving to Colorado. I politely let them know I wouldn’t be joining and would be staying in New York & moving in with my best friend @rebekah. They weren’t down for that, so I reluctantly joined them in the move.

I spent most of the 8th grade pissed off that I was forced to move to Colorado, but by 9th grade, I learned a valuable lesson: location doesn’t matter nearly as much as the people you surround yourself with. I made new friends and my character grew immensely.

I wanted to go out of state for college and wished I could go to school somewhere in California. But given how freaking expensive college was and the fact that my dad was a pastor, my mom was going back to college to get her masters in therapy, my older brother was in college, and I had 2 little brothers living at home, in-state was the best option.

So, with a lot of financial help from the government, I chose to go to the amazing school of Colorado State University (Go Rams!)

My freshman year, I was going to school to become an interior designer, but at the end of the year, I took a huge exam to get into the program, and I didn’t get chosen! 😅

I actually found out on my birthday, April 22nd (I cried a lot that day) but I needed to suck it up & apply for my sophomore year classes on April 24th. I had 2 days to pick a new career path. So honestly, I kind of randomly chose Hospitality Management so I could become an event planner.

I literally had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I loved working with people & having fun.

After graduating with my degree in Hospitality Management & minor in business, I began working at a software company in Fort Collins, CO as an Executive Assistant to the owner of the company.

Now, it was THERE that I learned the importance of “figure it out” and “do the right thing”. My wonderful boss trusted me and never micromanaged me.

To have someone believe in you like that is liberating, FREEING feeling.

Over those 2 years, I began to think more about what my TRUE PURPOSE is, what I’m good at naturally, and what I love. I knew I loved people. I loved working out. I loved having a deep heart to hearts every chance I could get.

And, of course, there’s always a boy in every story. The boy in my story was a man I thought I was going to marry, a thought I had never experienced prior to him! I was 23 years old, and my 2 best friends were both already married. I thought he was “the one”!But when this boy left me and got back with his ex, I was devastated and felt incredibly stupid.

So, what did I do? I packed up my bags and said goodbye to Colorado. I was ready for a new city and a crazy adventure.

In the summer of 2016, I moved to San Diego, California! I was 24 and I moved in with 2 strangers that I met online (who are now 2 of my best friends)!

Within a month of moving, the whirlwind began. It’s kinda crazy when I think about it now.

I bought the course to become a personal trainer. I got a job at Orangetheory doing sales. I became a Bootcamp Coach at a local park. I was hired as a social media marketer for a sports beverage company.

And while that all might sound glamorous, I went broke and in debt while working 3 jobs, studying, trying to meet new friends, and figure out the new city. Ultimately, I was simply trying to keep my head above the water.

There were times of severe loneliness and doubt. Sometimes, I would be crying in my car and think, maybe I’ll just give up on this “dream life” and go back to my stable job at the software company, back to my family and friends I left behind.

Somehow, I kept moving forward. I was so excited when I passed my personal training test in December of 2016. Yay!!!

But shortly after, I was rejected as a coach (twice, actually!) at Orangetheory. Then, the social media company laid off myself & most of their employees, so I was left with my Bootcamp job which was 3 hours a week. I was totally screwed. I thought I would probably have to move home to my parent’s basement. Lol.

Which brings me to working at Fit Athletic Club in downtown San Diego. They usually only hired trainers with 2 years experience. But by the grace of God, with the little experience I had, I was hired! My boss there believed in me. He encouraged me and empowered me.

Isn’t it crazy what a human is capable of when they have someone who believes, supports, trusts, and encourages them?? Every individual is capable of true greatness.

While working at Fit, I began reading books, listening to podcasts, and talking with entrepreneurs that had big dreams and visions. Naturally, that began to rub off on me.

I came back to WHAT IS MY PURPOSE? My purpose is to love people, transform lives, and to pull GREATNESS out of individuals who are hungry for change. Because I KNEW what it was like to WANT change so badly, in every area of life.

My family & friends loved me & believed in me, but at that time, I didn’t believe in myself. I wasn’t confident in my God-given gifts.

I knew what it felt like to convinced that my life wasn’t worth very much, but when someone believed in me and pushed me- I was able to rise to the occasion! Despite rejection by the boy and rejection from companies that told me I wasn’t good enough, I had those 2 bosses that BELIEVED IN ME, and gave me the chance I didn’t even deserve!

I wanted to BE THAT PERSON for others.

So, I quit my “normal job” (which was an amazing job, don’t get me wrong!) and launched my own company in March of 2018.

I founded a company called Next Level Confident. Next Level Confident is an online program designed to help motivated, authentic individuals transform their body & mind so they can discover their true worth and begin living a bold, purpose-filled life.

I have SO MUCH to learn, so much growing to do, and I STILL have days where I feel like running back to comfortability. Running back to a stable job. Running back to Colorado. Running back to the old Janelle. But somehow, (once again, by the grace of God), I keep moving forward.

I share this story in hopes that the ups and downs of my story can help you understand and see the beauty in the ups and downs of your own story.

Keep stepping outside of your comfort zone. Don’t run back to what you know. Keep moving forward.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Ha! Well, read my story if you want to hear about the struggle. In regards to this question, I don’t think struggles are any more for young women than they are for middle-aged or older women. Struggles are for everyone and no matter your age nor where you’re at on this journey. Keep moving forward, keep growing, never become stagnant. If there’s zero struggle in your life, it’s probably time to get out of your comfort zone and do something new & scary! Basically, be grateful for the struggle.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m the founder of a company called Next Level Confident. Next Level Confident is an online program designed to help motivated, authentic individuals transform their body & mind so they can discover their true worth and begin living a bold, purpose-filled life.

I’m known for living a healthy, balanced, fun, fit lifestyle. I workout a lot, but I also travel & socialize a lot. I eat healthy quite often, but I still enjoy beer, caliburittos, and donut bar often as well. I’m confident & I love my life, but I also openly talk about the insecure thought processes that I sometimes struggle with. Through and through I’m told how “real, genuine, and motivational” I am.

I’m most proud of my client’s success stories. My clients are hard working and, honestly, they are simply incredible. I love helping my clients discover weight loss, strength gain, anxiety loss, confidence gain and much more.

What sets me apart? I don’t feel the need to compare myself to others, follow me on Instagram and answer this question yourself! 🙂

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
YES! Ugh, I love this question so much.

Firstly, your number one resource is HUMANS. Please surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who are passionate about life. You’re the sum of the 5 people you hang around the most. Get a mentor, or hire one! Surround yourself with people who think the way you don’t think and who live life the way you want to live life.

Next, please do yourself a favor and read these 2 books:
1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
2. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

And listen to these 2 podcasts RELIGIOUSLY:
1. The Model Health Show by Shawn Stevenson (so much more than just health & fitness on here!)
2. Park Hill Church Podcast (even if you don’t have a faith, amazing content.)

My favorite apps include the Bible app, Breathe Meditation App, Spotify, Asana for work task lists, MyFitnessPal to log my food, and my most recent favorite is called Hip which allows you to enter birthdays so you never forget birthdays again! 😉

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