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157 Janna Lopez

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 09/14/2020

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Mary talks about post-partem depression, mental health and self care.

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Risa's family and many others lost their homes during the 1991 Oakland Hills fire in California. She had to start with nothing and was pushed into action. Risa had to rebuild a home for her 3 young children. She found glimmers of light to try to establish a sense of a normal life. Her neighborhood and community pulled together for those families.

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Rifka was the daughter of an unstable single mother and sought freedom from all limitations. Her attempted suicide was the turning point. She began a journey from a place of darkness to a place of light. Rifka discovered an inner voice and deep intuition that always knows what's best for her. She feels that the hand of grace was evident in her life.

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Mary was the second illegitimate child of a single unconventional mother. She did not have the money to attend college, so she took a job as a stripper. Mary took the grim descent into the underworld. Fortunately, she met someone, got married, attended college and finished her university degree. Then, one day, her husband died at the age of 33. Mary and her young son were left with nothing to live on.

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Carlyn discovered she was adopted. It felt like a tsunami hit her. Initially, she felt shock, anger, abandonment, sadness and grief. Her identity got pulled out from her. Everything started to unravel. What got her through it all what her profound sense of gratitude. She was able to move through it all and put the pieces back together again.

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Janna experienced grief in her midlife and her internal dialogue felt interrupted. She spent two weeks in a casita (a small house) by herself, where she made room for and listened for what was being said. What Janna heard was profound, empowering, inspiring and affirming. She realized that she was not experiencing a midlife crisis, but rather grief as we say goodbye to things.

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Stefanos was living a life of lies, compulsions and addictions. He was unfaithful in his relationships. Then, Stefanos was caught. This was catalyst that changed his life. He realized that his soul wanted to be caught all along, but he didn't have the courage to stop it. This also helped him to realize the hardship, trauma, abuse and isolation that he felt as a child. Stefanos realized that he had dishonored others and himself.

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Rebecca walked the path of cancer with her mom twice, including when she was going through a divorce with small children. She knew she had a choice. Rebecca could crumble under the weight of it all or accept that change is how we grow. She took on her mom's strength, chose to live a life of gratitude and became an observer in her life.

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154 Diane Dewey show art 154 Diane Dewey

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Diane lived in an orphanage, then adopted by a family. She felt rejected and abandoned, as if no one was coming to retrieve her. Diane internalized the trauma. She became her own mother and father; with inner logical voices of wisdom. Then, Diane's biological father contacted her. Initially, her cart was turned over, as she had to become conscious of her new and old self. Then, Diane began to feel complete and utter relief and thought 'at last'.

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153 Joan Cohen show art 153 Joan Cohen

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Watching her mother and grandmother experience alzheimer's disease, encouraged Joan to pursue to educate and empower herself on the disease.

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Janna experienced grief in her midlife and her internal dialogue felt interrupted. She spent two weeks in a casita (a small house) by herself, where she made room for and listened for what was being said. What Janna heard was profound, empowering, inspiring and affirming. She realized that she was not experiencing a midlife crisis, but rather grief as we say goodbye to things. Today, Janna helps others to redefine who they are in midlife, helps with changes related to their identities and facilitates new ways of feeling and thinking about themselves. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- practice forgiveness, grace and self compassion
- be kind to yourself
- be cognizant of the expectations you put on yourself
- be still and listen to your inner voice
- acknowledge what voice is saying
- make room for your voice without judgement and expectation
- allow yourself to make room to listen, nurture, love and receive

A thing to know is that Janna's life passion and work consistently revolve around expression through words and images. She calls herself a ‘Wordstress.’ She perceives the world through words and images, and that’s the way she expresses and depicts the human experience. For the first time in her life, she feels tremendous freedom and curiosity, trying new forms of writing and photography, with uncertainty a welcomed part of the adventure.

Janna recently published her first book, “Me My Selfie & Eye – A Midlife Conversation About Lost Identity, Grief & Seeing Who You Are.” She's proud of what it shares, how it’s helped people feel less alone, and how it truly resonates with both men and women. This was a major accomplishment, especially because she never thought she’d write a book. Which is why Janna understands people’s fears and hesitation about writing. She. Totally. Gets. IT! And she will be beside you every single step of the way.

She hosts a weekly podcast, “Eyedentity Talk” where she talks about identity, love, and the universe with dynamic, diverse people from all walks of life. Her enlivened conversations go DEEP!

https://www.jannalopez.com/ 

Me, My Selfie and Eye

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