Name: Jan Johnston Osburn
Age: 53 (And don’t let anyone tell you that dreams have an expiration date!)
Home city/ country: Northern VA / USA
Current Occupation: (student, current job, etc.): Career Coach & Life Coach | Soon to be published author
Time I wake up: 5:00 a.m. but Henry, my cat, starts the process around 4:00 a.m. with his little “love taps” that get progressively harder if I don’t wake up to feed him!
First thing I do in the morning: Lovingly embrace my first cup ofcoffee, watch the morning news, and give my baby bichon a long “belly rub.”
My typical breakfast: I’m trying to watch my carbs at the moment so I’ll have some scrambled eggs but my favorite breakfast is fresh fruit and Greek yogurt and a Starbucks skim latte. If I had time, I’m make a fresh fruit and kale smoothie. That gets me going.
Here's what my morning commute is like: It’s the DC Metro so the traffic pretty much sucks all of the time.
I spend most of my day doing:
Helping people turn their dreams into reality, trying to help organizations find great people, writing, and plotting my next personal development move. I’ll be starting a new course in January to become a Certified Teacher of Meditation. The benefits of meditation are amazing and can’t be understated.
After work or school, I like to: Right now I am trying to get my final edits back to my publisher so my life revolves around writing. But, it’s a labor of love. No complaints here.
A fun night for me includes: Dinner out with my husband. We have a small neighborhood bar that isn’t much to look at but they have the most delicious mussels marinara. I also like to indulge my husband in karaoke. What can I say? He likes to sing.
Time I go to sleep: Unless I am out, I try to be in bed by no later than 10:00. The research on the importance of getting sleep is mounting.
Last thing I do at night: I ask myself this question: “How did I grow today?” Personal growth keeps us moving forward. Personal growth is a vital to our maturity, success and happiness and is the foundation of our emotional and physical health. So, I run through my day in my mind, take mental notes on what I need to accomplish the next day, and thank the universe for giving me another day.
My favorite thing to do for fun: Road trips.I’m one of those crazy people who actually likes road trips. I like to experience new things and I can make what may seem mundane an exciting adventure.
You see things that you had no idea that existed. You meet new people and are able to get a glimpse into another person’s life. All of these things send my mind racing. It also gives me a lot of great ideas for blogs. Last, but not least, it’s also a way to spend some time with my husband. Life gets busy so it’s a good way to reconnect.
My biggest fear right now: Not having enough time to do everything I want to do.
My biggest hope right now: My biggest hope right now it to make a difference in this world. I want to leave this earth a better place than when I arrived.
Someday I'd like to: Loaded question here.I’m on a path to do most of the things I’ve been carving out in my career. But in the immediate future, I’d like to give a powerful TED talk on the importance of Visioning. I also want to take a cross-country road trip. I have a book that is developing in my mind and I have a few places that I haven’t seen. I want to see those places in order to write it. Also, it’s been a few years since I’ve been to Europe. My husband used to live in Europe, too. However, we have never been to Europe together. My favorite city on earth is Paris and I want to experience my beloved Paris with my husband. I want to enjoy Luxembourg Gardens on a Sunday morning while doing Tai Chi. Gee, this list could go on and on!
The biggest challenge I have overcome so far: I don’t really see the world in terms of challenges. Obstacles are always temporary until you find a way to break through it.
Being a woman is wonderful because: I’m not sure how to be anything other than a woman. I embrace all that it has to offer.
Being a woman is a challenge because: Again, I don’t like to speak in terms of challenges but I’d say that early in my career, the workplace wasn’t always equal. It was a bit comical at times. A woman could say something and have no one pay attention and then a man could say the exact same thing and people would listen. We’ve made great strides in the workplace and in society. We still have a bit to go but there is a shift taking place. Our Millennial daughters will see to that.
What's one thing people don't understand about your culture that you'd like to clarify to the international community? I used to live in England. I actually obtained my Master’s degree while I was living there. The other students would talk about the U.S. and how everyone always seemed so “proud” of their country. American Exceptionalism can sometimes be a difficult topic to broach and to explain. I grew to realize that there is a fine line between being proud and being arrogant. I recall reading Jean-Jacques Rousseau and The Social Contract. There’s a lot of good material in that book: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
What's your favorite meal or recipe that is a specialty of your culture? My favorite meal is anything from an Indian restaurant. (Paneer Makhani, specifically) But from my culture? Who can pass up a good pizza? Wait, I guess that’s not really my culture again, is it? You know, I simply like good food and good wine and I enjoy cooking and creating new dishes.
If you could ask the Mogul community anything, what would it be? How can we help each other gain the success we all desire?
I am a Mogul because: I believe that life changes the instant we say it changes. Until the final sentence of our life has been written, there’s always the opportunity to write a new ending. I want women to understand this. I want women to understand the power they yield to dream their dreams and create a plan to live their life in real-time reality. I believe that’s why I was put on this earth: To help others design their destiny.
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]