Janelle Brown runs a faith-based blog Faithfully Fashioned, where she speaks about experiences we face as Christians.
“Keep your eyes on what’s eternal and constantly submerse yourself with the love and guidance from God’s Word. If you stay focused on Him, you will come into your own because you’ll be constantly looking and listening for His voice, and that will shape you into the person He created you to be.” states Janelle Brown of Fearfully Fashioned.
It has taken me sometime to hear His voice because I spent part of my life trying to figure things out on my own. But, when you start allowing Him to guide your life; He will begin unveiling who you are. The good and the bad.
The amazing thing about God is He knows everything about timing. There are many times where I have reflected on life, I realized that God does everything for a reason. Yes, He may have closed a door or two, but it was for our good and slowly He begins to unveil why. He doesn’t give us everything at once because we can’t handle it, especially in the midst of chaos. I am certain Janelle would agree that this journey is not easy, but it is the best decision you could ever make!
Be sure to check out Janelle Brown’s entire interview in defining beauty, listening to His voice and cookie cutter role models.
DEFINE WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU? My definition of beauty has definitely evolved over the years. When you’re younger, you’re always told that it’s your inner beauty that matters most, not your outward appearance. Back then, I believed that I had to look a certain way in order for others to think that I was “pretty.” Now, I’m much more confident in who I am as a person, and I think that that’s beautiful to me. Beauty is to have an unwavering confidence in who you are and who God has created you to be.
AS A CHILD DID YOU HATE A CERTAIN FEATURE, IF SO, DID YOU BEGIN EMBRACING IT LATER ON? I didn’t have a certain feature that I disliked, but I was very uncomfortable with my body as a whole. Growing up, I was a little “fluffier” than the average kid, so I definitely resented the way that God created my body. My weight always fluctuated up and down, but it wasn’t until high school when the Lord revealed to me that I was bashing His creation by talking poorly about myself. I soon realized that I needed to shift my mindset. From there I was able to makeover my mindset, which led me to embrace my beauty, and resulted in me losing 65lbs by the time I graduated from high school.
DO YOU FEEL THAT THE INNER BEAUTY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE OUTER BEAUTY? Of course! Every time I see a beautiful woman who has an ugly spirit I am reminded of Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” Although I know I am beautiful, I don’t want to be followed or remembered for my looks. At the end of the day, I know that I have a vivacious spirit and I want to be remembered for that and how I encourage and serve others; not for my cute selfies on Instagram.
AS WOMEN WE ARE CONSTANTLY WORKING ON OUR INNER BEAUTY: DO YOU FEEL THAT ONCE YOU BEGAN TO NOT CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT ABOUT YOU EVERYTHING BEGAN TO FALL INTO PLACE? DID YOU FIND YOUR CALLING IN THAT? For sure! Once I stopped caring about what boys and other people thought of me, I was able to see how God sees me, and that is what’s most important. That moment was what propelled me into my personal development journey and sparked my passion for motivating and encouraging women to be all that God calls them to be.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE WORLD IS MISSING IN THE SCOPE OF WOMEN ROLE MODELS? HOW CAN WE CHANGE THAT? I believe that many women aren’t transparent enough when it comes to their journey. My rawness and authenticity is what I appreciate about myself the most. I’m not afraid to be an open book and to share my struggles. Transparency is so important because it shows that even as a role model that you’re not perfect. It’s all about progress, not perfection. I think if we can fill the gap by replacing these cookie cutter roles models with imperfect and genuine women, we will see a long lasting and transformational impact on this generation of women.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNGER GIRLS COMING INTO THEIR OWN? I would tell them to stay focused. It’s so easy to be swayed by the highlight reels on social media or society’s expectations, but remember that this world is temporary. We are here on a mission. Don’t let society distract you from what you are here to do. Keep your eyes on what’s eternal and constantly submerse yourself with the love and guidance from God’s Word. If you stay focused on Him, you will come into your own because you’ll be constantly looking and listening for His voice, and that will shape you into the person He created you to be.
ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS OR PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU CAN SPEAK ABOUT? I always have something that I’m working on. I’m in the midst of whipping up some special content and services to further help women fashion their life according to God’s purpose and plan. The best way to keep up with everything I’m doing is to follow me on my blog, Fearfully Fashioned.