Welcome to Real Women Wednesday
It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s your weekly dose of RWW! I created this series to empower, inspire and connect women. Every Wednesday (minus last Wednesday), I share an interview with a woman who I’ve connected with or admire.
I want this series to showcase the empathic, soft and powerful sides that every woman has. I want us to push the comparison, jealousy and girl hate to the side and listen to these vulnerable words. As women, let’s lift each other up and help each other grow.
This week my Real Woman is Jayna Lowe.
I met Jayna at the Igniting the Kelowna Sisterhood Event. After that wonderful night, Jayna felt it in her heart to hold a backyard social at her beautiful house on top of Dilworth Mountain. The night was full of women, connections and beautiful acoustic music by ICELANDIA.
Jayna went on to form the Sisterhood Circle, which is a gathering of women every other Thursday. Jayna has graciously opened her house and her heart to these women in hopes of building connection, allowing vulnerability and growing together. Amazing!
When I think of Jayna, I think of a woman who knows her purpose and lives her life to fulfill it. It’s beautiful to watch. Jayna has a graceful soul and a kind heart and exudes beauty. She’s lived so much, explored the world and has found love with her husband Jono and their three children. Jayna leads by her heart and that’s something I admire about her, along with her passion for connection and the love she has for Jono and her family.
Meet the ever-wonderful Jayna Lowe.
Who are you deep down?
The core of my identity is in my relationship with God. Deep down, I love and I am loved. I am a daughter. I am a wife. I am a mother. I’m a sister, a friend. I love adventure. I am motivated by challenge.
How do you define success?
Knowing my purpose, using my skills and resources to help others in a meaningful way, loving my husband and children well, and living life to the fullest.
What are your passion and purpose in this life?
I have a passion for world travel and using my skills in communications to help humanitarian projects in third world countries. I have a genuine passion for knowing God. I spend time daily enjoying my relationship with Him. I have passion for a fulfilling marriage and for seeing my children grow into the amazing humans they are created to be! I have a new found passion for empowering and connecting with women. All of these passions create my purpose which is to love God, to continually grow as a person, and to love others.
How important is women connection for you? What are you doing to achieve the connection you’re looking for?
I recently moved back to Kelowna after spending a year and a half in New Zealand. During my time there, I was involved in a women’s group that connected on a deep level and this had a profound impact on me. I now have a desire to create a space where other women can feel empowered, be vulnerable and feel encouraged. I desire to push myself outside of my comfort zone, open my heart and home, and see others achieve growth and breakthrough. I host a small group of women that meet on a regular basis to create this space for growth and connection. I also seek opportunities to participate in other women’s groups that meet around the city.
What role does faith play in your life? How has it helped you become you?
Faith plays a huge role in my life, and it has from a young age. Many of the defining moments in my life tie back to my relationship with God and to faith. My faith in God is what has guided me through life this far and is what motivates my passions and purpose. It’s also enabled me to face things that have felt scary or to take on challenges that have seemed too big. It fills my heart with hope. My faith is at the centre of who I am. I’m not perfect, but without faith, I would not be who I am.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want my children to remember me as a mom who deeply loved and cared for them. Who showed them right from wrong and who provided them with a big worldview. I’d like others to remember me as someone who lived life to the fullest, who was generous and encouraging, and for loving God and others.
How has becoming a mother influenced or changed your life?
Being a mother has been my greatest joy and provided some of my greatest challenges. I have 3 children age 7, 5 and 1. My children have taught me innumerable things and changed me in many ways over the past 7 years of being a mother. They have forced me to care less about what others think and act more upon what I feel is best for them. They constantly reveal my weaknesses and push me to my limits. Because of them, I have more empathy for others. I am far more aware of all children than I ever used to be, and they all pull on my heart strings. I am probably a lot more aware of my surroundings as I am constantly scanning for dangers… and the 3 kids that have just run off in all directions! I can multi-task at a whole new level. I can live on less sleep. I have learned a ton about raising children and being a mother, yet I still get thrown curve balls daily! My children make my heart and life full.
How has becoming a wife influenced or changed your life?
I got married at age 24, and I have been married now for 10 years! When my husband proposed to me, I knew he would be an incredible husband, yet I was afraid of giving up my independence. I’d already travelled extensively at the time and I didn’t want to give up my life of adventure and “freedom”. I didn’t want to let him go either, so it was with some uncertainty that I walked down the isle. Luckily, I married a man who has provided plenty of adventure and fulfillment to my life. I feel free to be totally me in our relationship and in that way I don’t believe being married has changed who I am. Instead, we face life as a team and I have been able to do far more, and be far more fulfilled than I would have alone.
When was your last “a-ha” moment and what was it about?
A recent “a-ha” moment was learning about being a powerful person. Being a powerful person does not mean controlling others, or dominating a room. Being powerful means controlling the only person I can control, which is me. Loving, even when I’m not loved back. Setting boundaries. Taking responsibility for all of my choices, my actions and my life. I desire to live “powerfully”.
Do you have a quote, phrase or passage that you live your life by?
My diaries are filled with verses and quotes, however, I don’t have one particular one that I live by. For this season, I’ve been inspired by this snippet of ancient wisdom:
“If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds.” I think of myself as both a ‘sheep’ and a ‘shepherd’. I follow what others do who have achieved results I’d like to see in my own life, and I also offer an example to others from what I have learned in life.
Jayna is an incredible woman whom I’m lucky to know. She’s a woman of her word, her faith and her purpose. It’s been incredible so far seeing her in action. What an inspiration!
I want to say thank you to Jayna for being a part of this series. Thank you for opening your heart and soul to us and allowing up to get to know you better. The world is a much brighter place having you in it.
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