Janice is a born and raised New Yorker who's no stranger to culture all around. Still, she looks to fulfill her desire to see the world and travels as often as she can. When taking a break from immersive world experiences, Janice manages brand marketing and partnerships for a next-gen, skincare brand, seeks out her next adventure and takes it day by day "figuring it all out" here in NYC!
Hi Janice! Can you tell us briefly about yourself?
My name is Janice, and I’m a native New Yorker. I’ve been working in the beauty industry for a few years now. Aside from that, I am passionate about traveling and seeing the world.
What role does jewelry play in your everyday?
My schedule is pretty hectic, so I tend to wear the same timeless pieces everyday.
Do you wear any staple jewelry pieces that have symbolic meaning to you?
All of my jewelry is gold-toned because I love the look of gold with my skintone. My honey gave me a promise ring that I wear everyday. It’s kind of funny when people ask me if I’m married because I wear it on my ring finger, but I’m not. It symbolizes our love for each other. Some think it’s a bit obsessive, but love is love.
You have such a keen eye for creating beautiful imagery. Where do you get your inspiration?
Whenever I’m looking for inspiration, my first instinct is to travel because it’s such a huge part of who I am. Traveling has given me the opportunities to learn about other cultures, cultivate meaningful relationships with locals, and appreciate the smaller things in life that we usually tend to miss.
As a frequent traveler, what do you value most in your experience? And, with that, how do you find ways to immerse yourself in it?
I love to travel because I have the opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures and gain the ability to adapt in different environments. Tourism is the main source of income in various countries, so I always plan ahead so I can find ways to support local businesses that empower the communities. I find you end up getting the best travel experience that way.
In what ways do you empower yourself, in order to empower others?
Having self-awareness in who I am, and who I want to be allows me to better understand my values and what I stand for.
Do you have any rituals or routines for stress relief or just treating yourself in general?
Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me, but I get so focused in my career, I forget to take a step back and chill. It sounds silly, but I always make sure to get a minimum of 7 hrs of sleep. My co-workers always ask me what I’m doing during the weekend - the answer is sleep. I also get really serious about my skincare routine.
How did you find a greater sense of self and what was that journey like for you?
It’s easy to doubt yourself and follow the status quo. It’s been a long journey to be at a place where I can fully and wholeheartedly trust my intuition. Women in the workforce are often times viewed as too soft or emotional, but my gut has never failed me. My advice is to never feel sorry for feeling your full range of human emotions. Nothing makes me feel more powerful or sure about myself by trusting myself.
Often times, jewelry has been marketed for decades as a gift you receive from someone else. We’re changing that narrative. Today’s jewelry is a gift to oneself, a celebration, be it for the everyday feats we as women conquer, or the milestone moments. How do you take time to celebrate yourself?
It’s a hard balance when you want to advance in your career, but also not let work consume you. When I reach certain goals that I set for myself, I plan a trip. These experiences are the ones I will remember forever.