We had the good fortune of connecting with Jane Elizabeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jane, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Three years ago I was an obese, struggling asthmatic. I didn’t realize how much emotional pain I was in at the time, and how unhealed trauma played a role in my physical health. There was one moment of clarity that changed my perspective. While looking at pictures of me holding my daughter at a celebration for finishing Grad school, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked exactly how I felt: hopeless, exhausted, trapped in my own body, and helpless to change my situation. In that moment I had a choice: I could continue doing things the way I had been and pass down all of my limiting beliefs and unhealthy behaviors to my daughter OR I could choose to break the cycle. I could be the first one in my family to do the work and heal from generational trauma. I didn’t have to pass down unhealed trauma, unhealthy behaviors, and limiting beliefs to my daughter. I realized that I had the power to change her story by changing my life. I knew it would be a lot of work and that I would have to change pretty much everything about myself, but I also knew it would be worth it. My daughter is my why. Over the course of 18 months I changed my whole life. I lost 85 pounds, became a long distance runner, healed from asthma, did the work to heal emotionally, and completely changed my life. I can’t begin to describe how empowering it is to embrace the power I have to change my life. It was always up to me. Now my daughter has a healthy lifestyle as her default. That is one of the greatest gifts I can give her.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My health/fitness journey wasn’t easy. There were a lot of obstacles I had to overcome along the way and it was HARD WORK. The thing is, these challenges taught me the most about my inner strength. I learned to love the process instead of being so focused on the end result. This attitude has served me well because no matter what, I keep showing up and doing the work. I look at it like a road trip. If you’re focused solely on your destination, you’re going to miss so much beauty along the way. So appreciate the journey, fall in love with the process, and keep showing up. It was my own fitness and health journey that inspired me to write a book about empowerment and start my own coaching business. I know what it feels like to be completely overwhelmed, lost, and hopeless. My purpose is to be there as a mentor for others who feel that way. Guiding people as they find their why and teaching them to embrace their strength is pretty incredible. Seeing people change- physically and emotionally- as they heal from what has been holding them back is a game changer. What sets me apart from others is my approach to fitness and health. I don’t focus on just the physical body. While that is important, it’s only one component of health. My clients learn how to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle; body, mind, and spirit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s a tough question! There are so many amazing things to see and do. I’ll try to narrow it down to the things I think everyone should have the opportunity to experience. For starters, we would definitely spend time at the beach, relaxing and soaking up the gorgeous California sun. As a Minnesota girl, I appreciate having the ocean within driving distance. The warmth, the serenity, and the peaceful feeling of being in nature is unlike anything else. I could listen to the waves crashing on the sand all day. There are some irresistible restaurants here in Los Angeles, so we’d have to make the rounds: Crossroads, Joi Cafe, Gracias Madre, Pura Vita, and so many others. Each one is unique and I’d want my friend to try each one. Of course we’d have to end the day watching the sunset from the Santa Monica Pier. Being on the pier in the ocean while the sun paints the sky on her journey beyond the sea is an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. It’s truly breathtaking. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my good friend Annalisa Dunker. When I moved from Minnesota to Los Angeles at the end of 2019, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find any support out here. We met while planning a charity event and we’ve been close friends ever since. Her kind, creative spirit inspires me each day to step up my game and do what I can to make a difference.
Other: People can grab a free copy of my book here: https://badassrebelrunners.lpages.co/become-a-badass-rebel-runner/
Headshot with brick wall in the background: Laeti Golden (Laeti Photography)