In 2006 at the age of 23, Janna Turner founded Style House PR from her post-college apartment on the Upper East Side. Today, Style House is an award-winning PR and marcom strategy firm, building and changing narratives for female-forward brands on a mission. Janna leads a team of sharp, fun-loving, creative communicators in New York City, with clients all over the world. Janna shares with us how being an entrepreneur helped train her for motherhood!
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
I started my company when I was 23, and my naivete at the time was one of my greatest assets – I had to be resourceful, train on-the-job and gain the confidence to do things my own way. I didn’t became a mother until I was 31, but my work throughout the years seasoned me as much as anything could. My friends would say I’m the queen of self-care and organizing chaos (literally and figuratively).
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a mom?
I developed a meditation practice during my pregnancy, so I honestly feel there is no part of me that hasn’t grown and expanded since becoming a mom.
Do you have a Beyond dream that you are pursing?
Doing what I love every waking hour and inspiring others to do the same.
What relationships and activities help you stay connected to yourself?
I value quality time by myself, and am lucky to have a partner who supports this without being insulted by my need for it. My work (and my life) involves strategy and creativity that require unstructured spaciousness. In that same vein, timeblocking my calendar (for work, life, productivity, free time) allows me to not only get more done, but also spend less time thinking about all the things I need to or want to get done.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you live by?
“Everything is figureout-able” – Marie Forleo
What causes and topics are you most passionate about right now?
Gender parity, social media and screen addiction, conscious food, alternative health and wellness
How do you think we can change our culture from one in which a woman is expected to be a “perfect mother” to one in which she is encouraged to discover and explore her evolving self?
We all need to amplify the voices of mothers who are constantly discovering and exploring their evolving selves. You can’t be what you can’t see. Beyond Mom is doing a great job!
Favorite go-to’s for:
Beyond Content (Books & Podcasts):
I just finished Lynne Twist’s The Soul of Money and while I read a lot in this genre, nothing has been so profoundly perspective-shifting as this book. Podcasts I love: Forever35 and Call Your Girlfriend. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks.
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