THAT GIRL: Juania OwensAugust 6, 2015
Each day, social entrepreneur Juania Owens wakes up in her New York City apartment to greet the sunrise, creeping over Manhattan’s eastern skyline. “It is, literally an amazing perspective,” laughs Juania nodding toward the phrase that is also her organization’s namesake: Amazing Perspective. A former White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (selected from more than 400 applicants), Juania is bringing her enthusiasm for positivity and empowerment to create a unique community. The Amazing Perspective inspires people to re-envision their lives in terms of possibilities, opportunities, and attainable goals.
As someone who has already accomplished so much and has seen first hand the transformative power of perspective shifts, Juania keeps herself energized and keeps her outlook fresh by stepping outside of her boundaries every chance she gets.
Whether it’s taking a new walking path in Central Park or heading back to a place that stole her heart, Bali, Juania says that traveling helps her live her brand: “It fuels me and helps me get centered by experiencing different perspectives, seeing new things, and meeting new people.”
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
Nancy Guberti. She's an amazing business woman, wife, daughter, friend and mother of two teenage boys who manages to juggle it all. She's always present in each of her relationships. She is THAT GIRL who loves, supports and gives back. She speaks her truth and kicks ass in her business and in life. I am truly grateful to have her as a mentor and a friend.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of who I've become. I've become someone who inspires people I meet and the people in my circle. I've become someone people look to for advice and mentorship and that feels pretty great given that mission in life is to inspire and empower others.
What piece of advice changed your life?
Hmmm...there is no one piece of advice that changed my life. I think experiences have changed my life.
What is one thing you love about yourself?
I love that I'm optimistic about life: I'm able to see the good in difficult situations and people - because I want the best possible outcome. It's all about perspective; and I believe when you pick out the good, you create space for opportunity, you are happier, and you live in the flow of the universe for good things to come back to you.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The biggest risk I've ever taken was moving to New York City after I found out - just two days before Christmas and four days before my move - that the contract with my previous employer was ending. I had no other job lined up! I had signed my lease the first week of December and was scheduled to move on December 27th. I had two options: I could stay in in Maryland or move to New York City anyway. I moved and it was one of THE best (and scariest) decisions I've ever made. What I learned is that sometimes, we MUST step out in faith if we want major shifts to happen in our lives. After I moved, I landed a spot on the new contract and started my business - I haven't looked back. Taking that leap instilled a confidence in me like no other. I wanted to live in New York City for yeeeeears. That leap made me see that anything is possible.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
I am THAT GIRL because I stand for that girl who loves, supports, gives back and speaks her truth. I am constantly encouraging and inspiring others to be and do their best. I am constantly giving (and trying to be on the receiving end as well :-) ) and being love. Sometimes I'm so wrapped up in helping others that I forget to take time for me. It's because I am passionate about being a positive force in other people's lives. I am passionate about helping people see their greatness and feel their magnificence. I'm on a mission to empower others to live life from an Amazing Perspective so they reap the benefits and rewards of what life has to offer them. I believe when we live in this light, we inspire others to do the same. And I constantly progressing and improving myself to make sure I am living in that flow.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor