Meet December 2012 Family Lady Lennia: Janessa Smith


Meet 2012 Family Lady Lennia Janessa Smith

Holiday Time is Family Time and we cannot wait to introduce you to this month’s lady lennia. Meet Janessa Smith who values her family and cannot wait to share her perspective about what family means and how to make the most of your time with them this holiday season. Meet Lady Lennia Janessa Smith!

What makes you an expert in Family?

 I wouldn’t necessarily say I was an expert in family, but I know what it means to be a family.  I grew up with a very supportive mother, father and brother; and I’m just mentioning my immediate family.  I have all the support in the world from them.  They encourage me, give me advice and show me what it means to love unconditionally.  People that are always there for you, blood related or not, tell you the truth and love you unconditionally are your family.  These characteristics are what I strive to uphold in my future family.

Are you in, or have you gone to college? If so, when did you graduate or what is your expected graduation date?

I am expected to graduate in May 2013

What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?

I am studying Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism

What is your age? 


What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?

I think my biggest struggle in achieving my goals has been my own attitude.  Nothing physically has kept me from reaching my goals, but sometimes I stand in my own way.  I may not give myself the credit that I deserve, and I wind up putting myself down.  I’m learning now, more than ever, to be thankful for all the challenges God has got me through and to be grateful for all that I have achieved, than to think about the negative.

What inspires you?

I think what inspires me the most is seeing young women like me doing what they love.  I love seeing young women going after what they are devoted to, and not letting anyone deter or discourage them from what they love to do.  Seeing their passion inspires me to keep following my dreams.


What would you write about for the blog?

Since December is the magazines family month, I could blog about what my family experience has been like.  I can also write some words of encouragement for those women who felt that they’ve had no real family, and how they can still pursue their dreams even when no one is there to encourage.  Also since I am getting older, I can write about steps young women can take to prepare for their future family. Something along those lines


Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?

Yes I think I can inspire women in this age range.  I think more in the 20’s age group than the 30’s, but I know I can.  I’m young.  I’ll be 21 soon and I’ll be graduating college in the spring.  I believe that I am following my dreams and doing something with my life.  That can be inspiration to many.


Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?

It represents empowerment for women.  It represents hope and provides a voice for women looking for encouragement and inspiration.

Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Family edition?

I would make a great Lady Lennia for this edition because I’ve seen and experienced what a family is, and I know what being a part of a family means for me personally.  The way I carry myself is a representation of family, and I want to make sure that other young ladies like me know that they can reach their full potential no matter what, and be good representations for themselves and their families.


What is something you absolutely must have?  

MY CHAPSTICK! No but for real, I absolutely must have my family J