Janel Broderick: Jot & Tittle Designs
Janel Broderick is the founder and creator of Jot and Tittle Designs. Janel is using words to impact others through clothing. Her designs consist of uplifting reminders that we can be more and live an impactful life. Sometimes its the simple act of reading an encouraging word that can change a mindset and allow us to see ourselves as people who matter and can make a difference in the lives of the people we come in contact with in our daily lives.
Jot and Tittle also gives back by giving 10% of their sales to support children who have been personally impacted by human trafficking.
“I created this community to celebrate women on their journey to becoming their best selves.
Generosity is a natural extension of this vision, which is why 10% of all sales goes to support Life for the Innocent, an organization dedicated to caring for children whose lives have been impacted by human trafficking.
So, when you buy from my shop, you’re working to reverse the heartbreaking reality that more than 45 million people around the globe live in slavery.
Jot & Tittle Designs is honored to be named a 2018 Life for the Innocent business partner, and I hope this little shop can do big things in the world around it.” — Janel Broderick
1) What’s your story? Don’t hold back we would love to hear it!
I was born and raised in Alaska; I worked in missions for several years and in several countries; and consider myself fortunate to have worked in the political arena for over 15 years. I have a passion for learning—and a passion to encourage women to engage their mind to impact the world around them. I’m relatively active; I’ve run several full and half marathons, and have recently started practicing yoga. My husband and I live in Washington, DC; and I try to love Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
2) How did your clothing business begin?
As you would imagine, Washington, DC can be a hotbed of emotions, especially as it relates to politics. In my own personal walk, I felt the Lord challenging me to seek unity over political ideology and focus on what unites us as humans, rather than what divides us. From that desire to expand out, I thought, “I love athletic leisure wear and I love words; maybe I could try marrying up those two interests?” I launched a few months ago and then have proceeded to make a bazillion mistakes along the way!
3)How do you feel that this business has impacted people and the women in your community?
I hope the products I sell, (only shirts right now), reminds women of their capacity to achieve great things—not because they read aspirational memes on the internet that tell them they’re awesome, but because as daughters of the King, we’ve been created in his image. That makes us worthy, equal, and capable.
5) What would be your advice to women be who are wanting to start something similar?
Know what you really want to do, who you want to reach, how you want to reach them, and what message you want to communicate.
6) Do you feel it’s important for women to know that why have a voice and a purpose?
Yes. I’m a big believer in initiative … in quiet and steady work. But first, I think God asks us to know him, and through that process of becoming like him, we learn what drives our dreams and makes us tick. That said, I believe he acts when we move. Don’t wait for permission to be excellent. You have a dream in your heart? Buy a journal, educate yourself on the subject, and quietly put one foot in front of the other and make that dream reality. Don’t despise small beginnings, it’s on the foundations of small successes that larger achievements are made possible.
7) How would you encourage women to live a meaningful impactful life?
Your gifts are needed in the world around you. I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best when he wrote:
“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.”
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