Jenny Thomas | Age 42 | Profession: Motivational Mentor
Q: Tell us about your journey through womanhood
A: My journey was filled with hills, valleys, and mountain peaks. I lived under the radar and my worth for many years due to overwhelming feelings of rejection, and lack of identity. For many years I felt like a lost little girl looking for love and validation. I made a lot of mistakes; however I got married and raised (still raising) four children, and managed to attain the career (Nursing) that I felt I needed to be in. As an adoptee I always felt like a human question mark. I finally received the gift that I’d prayed for, and that was finding my biological family. Only, finding them didn’t bring the love and peace that I’d dreamed of. The quest to find the answers about myself brought me to a place of awareness and understanding. Realizing the answers that I’d sought, I’d always possessed. My journey unearthed my purpose and passions that had been buried by shame, and abandonment for most of my adult life.
Q: What would you say to another woman who may be going through something you've been through?
A: Let faith be your catalyst. Everything that you’ve endured has given you everything that you need to be the pioneer that you are.
Q: What surprised you most about your photography experience?
A: How fun and relaxing it was!
Q: How do you feel when you look at your favorite photo of yourself from your shoot?
Q: What would you share with a woman who doesn't think she is beautiful enough to be photographed?
A: We don’t give ourselves permission to be our own kind of beautiful. Not the beauty that we compare ourselves to. Remove the labels and allow YOUR beauty to be released and exist.
Q: What message would you like to share with other women?
A: There is nothing that you’ve done, or endured that can cancel who you are destined to be. Don’t ever dim your light to fit in. Instead hit them with your high beams.
Q: What are your thoughts on beauty?
A: Physical beauty is totally subjective. Kindness, love, and the ability to make people feel special are the most beautiful.
Q: What are your hopes for the next generation of women? What advice would you give to them?
A: I hope women will be innovators, and no longer live within limits. If you haven’t found where you fit in, create it.
Q: What would you say to your sixteen year old self?
A: I need you to know that you were born with purpose. There are no mistakes, and you will understand everything you’ve endured. I love you!
Q: What empowering message would you like to share with young women today?
A: Don’t wait to be told how great you are. Know your worth for yourself, and if people don’t acknowledge that, let your success leave them with no choice.
Q: What's the biggest hurdle you've overcome career-wise as a woman?
A: Realizing that what I initially chose as a career wasn’t ultimately what I was born to do. Overcoming the fear connected with “letting go” and becoming an entrepreneur.
Q: What's the most empowering experience you've had as a woman?
A: Understanding that I can conquer fear. One of our biggest setbacks. My saying is: “be scared and do it anyways”.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
A: When I’m happy
Q: What do you love about being a woman?
A: Our ability to battle back.