Remarkable Women Podcast – Janice Copeland


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Janice Copeland is a Remarkable Woman from Stephens City, VA. She is currently a Realtor and Managing Agent for the Jan & Dan Team, but had previously spent twelve years working in the Telecom Industry as the Senior Director of the Northeast Region of ATT Wireless. After having two children and spending some time as a business coach to women, her husband suggested she consider going into Real Estate, and it ended up being a wonderful fit for her talents and goals around freedom and flexibility.

I have known Janice for years and can speak to her excellence and passion as a professional woman. During our interview, she shares what is most important to her aside from typical things like her career and family. She says that she is a “Born Encourager” and tells us how she lives that out in helping others, especially women.

I loved hearing Janice share about a particular challenge in her life when working in the Corporate world. She was very confident and savvy when dealing with some of the inequitable “norms” that often go unchecked among men. Listen to how she used an afternoon of shopping to make her point.

Janice is passionate about the importance of “Guarding Your Mind.” She knows how much positive thoughts and beliefs affect our success and encourages her team and other colleagues to stay focused on the good and what’s most important in life.

Some of her favorite resources include books like The Sell by Frederik Eklund and The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale which follow along those themes of belief and action.

Janice is busy growing her business and is in the process of adding a Staging Arm to help service her team and others in the area with design needs, which she has also always naturally loved.

Contact Janice

You can find Janice all over the web. Feel free to reach out and connect with her via:


Facebook: jananddanteam

YouTube: JanAndDanTeam 

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Being Honest About Your Mistakes

You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.

The big secret to handling mistakes is being aware that it is part of the process for growth and development.

I’ve come to see that mistakes are just learning experiences that propel people toward success. Although it’s possible to learn from the mistakes of others, the lessons we learn from our own misjudgments are the ones most etched into our mind – for better or worse.

It is hard for most people to understand that when you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world! You are simply demonstrating that you are out there on the front lines, taking risks and giving your best effort. People who are very confident in their abilities are not afraid to share their blunders.

It is essential to be free of the fear of making mistakes which is why it is very important to learn to be honest about your mistakes. It makes such a huge impact in your life when you can learn this and practice it when mistakes happen. We will change up Nike’s logo of “Just do it” to “Just own it.” It can be very empowering and transformational, even spiritual in a way.

We all have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. If we could just embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives, and who knows what other interesting things will pop up.

There are actually huge benefits to making mistakes:

It points us to things we weren’t aware of.
Invites us to better choices.
Makes us more humble.
Shows us where to create more balance in our lives.
Helps us be in touch more with our authentic self.
Helps us let go of fear.
It teaches us how to live life without regrets.

This also allows for opening to a fuller acceptance of life’s challenges. We won’t shirk from new opportunities or experiences, and we’ll allow ourselves to risk more. We won’t be surprised when we make a mistake.

So the big secret to handling mistakes is being honest enough to admit and even expect it as part of the process for growth and development. So cool.

Here is a great TedTalk by Brian Goldman on the importance of talking about the mistakes we make. What stood out in the talk for me was when Brian said “I’m human. I make mistakes. I’m sorry about that, but I strive to learn one thing that I can pass on to other people.”

Personally, I have come to embrace my own mistakes. I know I am not perfect. I don’t want to be. I don’t welcome that kind of unwanted stress into my life. It doesn’t mean I don’t care about my work – and I make a huge effort not to make mistakes, but I am only human, and it’s just ok.

The pressure and stress it takes to cover it up and so forth is so much more damaging than just admitting it. People also appreciate the realness when you can admit you have made a mistake, and that just might give them the courage to admit their next mistake, because let’s be honest – it happens to us at least once a week! Help encourage others!

Don’t Settle

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Life is often what we make of it. There is never a need to settle. When we do, we take something away from ourselves and from the world.

Of course, it’s easy to get sidetracked by the distractions or overwhelmed by its problems.

But I have found that if we are clear about who we really are and tap into what we are passionate about, we can live into a life full of meaning and impact.

Remarkable Resources for August 2016

lean in – This organization is committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.

LeanIn supports women in 3 different ways.

  • Community – We want all women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. This starts with an active and supportive community. Each day we’ll encourage an open exchange of ideas and information.
  • Education – We offer a growing library of free online lectures on topics including leadership and communication.
  • Circles – Circles are small groups that meet monthly to encourage and support each other in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. We provide the materials and support to run a successful Circle, including online spaces that make it easy for members to stay up-to-date and connected.

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow – Discovering your right livelihood by Marsha Sinetar – This is a simple book of case studies with a very powerful message highlighting the value of pursuing a career that you truly love.

Woman Empowerment – I found a great app that sends the most inspiring and motivating quotes that not only help me but also fun to send to a girlfriend to brighten their day and let them know I am thinking of them.

Women Deliver – This conference took place just in May, but there is a short video about the topics that were discussed at this conference. I am bringing it to you because you can plan to be a part of it next year virtually. I think their suggestion on how to host a side event and be a part of it virtually would be a great way to connect with girlfriends, colleagues, daughters etc.

Remarkable Women Podcast – Jamie Jo Braner

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Jamie Jo Braner is a Remarkable Woman from Breckenridge, Colorado. She runs KIVU Gap Year, a Program for high school to college age students to travel the world, experience different cultures, and develop their faith. She has been married to her husband Andy for 19 years and loves being a mom to their five children, two of whom are adopted from Rwanda.

Jamie Jo and I had a wonderful conversation about the importance as a woman of being honest and real. She shared about her upbringing in a well-known family, and how she felt the expectation to be happy all the time. As an adult, she has given herself permission to be honest about how she’s really doing and share that with others. I loved how she described herself as “honest to a fault.” I completely resonated!

As women and moms, we are often expected to be positive and upbeat all the time. You’ll enjoy listening to Jamie as she shares her motivation for her passion for other moms. She’s honest about her own challenges as a working mom and where she’s at in her own journey.

I really loved Jamie Jo’s advice for women, which again tied in with her theme of giving yourself permission to be honest and real. Listen in. It’s something you will remember every time you look in a mirror.

One of her favorite books recently was The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown, an author I enjoy as well.

Jamie Jo keeps busy with KIVU Gap Year as it continues to expand. Students live and work in countries like Rwanda, Israel, Peru, or even urban cities in the United States. They are kicking off a new year with their students this week in Breckenridge, CO before they spread out around the world. Jamie Jo welcomes any inquiries as to whether this program is a possible opportunity for your child.

Contact Jamie Jo at KIVU Gap Year.

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Jenny Grooms – A Remarkable Woman

Jenny GroomsSo, tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live and what do you do?

I’ve lived in Winchester, VA for 11 years, but grew up in Max Meadows, VA, a small town in southwest Virginia. I’m a Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer for Valley Health System and the Winchester Medical Center Foundation, raising funds to support healthcare in our community.

I’m sure there are many things important to you in life. What do you care most about outside of typical things like family?

My greatest priority is making a difference. Whether it’s through my work or with my family, it boils down to a very simple mantra. Giving purpose to every action brings me happiness and sanity and a sense of reward in the memories created. A job in philanthropy is inherently intent on making a difference, which is why I’ve pursued that profession for over 15 years.

How do you feel you pursue those things in your life and career?

Personally, I love to garden and am addicted to poultry. Raising our food gives great purpose to the work, not to mention great memories with our children and a healthy, tasty reward. Whether it’s making time to cook with the kids, sweating over our garden or feeding blueberries to our chickens, those memories we make I’ll look back on and cherish.

I love my career in philanthropy – making a difference is what we do. Having the privilege to connect with like-minded people over a common cause, and then put their generosity into action; there are no words to describe how amazing it is. I move forward by finding new ways to connect with people who care about healthcare through networking events and sharing our story with whoever will listen. I’ve found the best way to connect is starting with a simple thank you.

Can you tell us a specific story about a challenge you encountered and how you overcame it?

One of my greatest challenges was when my spouse deployed just months after 9/11. Being left alone with our 2 year old daughter, 20 hours from family less than a year after we moved to Fort Hood was incredibly daunting. I was fortunate to have a job that I loved in a Cancer Center and had an amazing tribe of Army wives and soldiers for support. To get through, I tried to keep my focus on the good – the wonderful work being done in our Cancer Center and prioritizing quality time with our daughter and our friends.

I met with a psychologist once a month just to chat, to keep things in perspective. She helped me acknowledge that it was OK to feel overwhelmed – it was an overwhelming situation – and that acting intentionally every day to make things better would actually work. Guess what, it did! I was able to let myself feel sad, but not stay there, and to really feel joy, despite missing an important part of our family immensely. I went to school on the weekends with a friend just to learn something fun (massage therapy) and got some much needed grownup girl time and enjoyed free massages!

If you were only asked to give one success tip to help other women succeed what would it be?

Be empathetic. No matter your job, empathizing with others will establish stronger connections and help you grow personally. Acknowledging others and meeting them “where they are” is always a great start to any relationship and will always move it forward.

Are there any resources of your own that you would like to share with us?

For anyone who serves a nonprofit, whether professionally or as a volunteer, I love Amy Eisenstein. Amy’s blog always has inspiring stories and tips for philanthropy, always reminding us to keep the donor at the center of everything

Book: Fearless by Max Lucado

Vines – yes, the silly 6 second looped videos. It’s easy to get wrapped in seriousness and changing the world all the time. It’s important to remember to be silly and laugh with your whole belly on a regular basis! (really, who doesn’t want a cute kitten sneezing into a bowl of milk at the end of every day)

Meeting With Remarkable Women


I recently had the opportunity to connect with some very dear girlfriends of mine, and we were discussing all of the ways we connect with other women in our lives. There’s a lot of support out there for women, such as in women’s networks, coaching and mentoring.

We all agreed that we enjoy being in an intimate environment when meeting with the remarkable women, more than the networking, coaching and one-on-one mentoring. I know for me I feel more relaxed, open and engaged in the conversation.

When I get to start off a conversation with a toast, I know I’m in the right setting! We were all were conscious of asking each other what was going on in each others’ lives, and it was so inspiring to me to hear. We celebrated accomplishments, discussed strategies, new projects and great things happening in our personal lives.

When you are meeting with remarkable women, you tend to want the clock to stop because you are thoroughly enjoying yourself. It is natural and fun. Shared positive experiences are opportunities to bring you closer together and give you memories to reflect on for years to come. There is something to be said when you hear people say how important it is to “build close relationships”.

Over the years I have been more conscious when building my support system. I’ve come to learn just how important it is in my life. Not just to have a circle of girlfriends to help my career, but also if not more importantly to walk through life with on a personal level.

Spending time with them is not wasting my time. It really is like “exercising”. When we exercise, we are doing something good for our bodies, and it’s the same when we are hanging out with female friends.