Jani Ashmore was born in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of four children in her family. Within the first six months of her life, the family moved to their first dairy farm in the countryside north east of Denver. They lived on several different farms until she was 9 when they settled onto one piece of land where her parents lived until they retired.
Being raised on a farm gave Jani an appreciation for and connection with nature that remains with her today. She was also given a strong set of values, an appreciation for the higher creative forces, and a loving family environment that has provided a stable foundation for life. Her family remains an important part of her life today.
Evidence of Janis strive for achievement was first seen at 7 years of age when she won an award at a state level for a sewing project in a rural organization called Grange. She went on to receive top awards in 4-H, as well as top positions in a spiritual organization called Rainbow Girls (a branch of Eastern Star and Masons). During her school years she was a majorette, in school plays, held offices in the Pep Club and was a pompom girl. In retrospect, Jani now sees the consistent thread that drew her to positions of leadership which often times put her in a position of being a model for others. This was challenging for Jani to be seen as a model since much of her young life she battled with low self-esteem.
She attended Colorado State University where she studied Data Processing/Computers. After receiving a degree, she began a career in business that allowed her to gain experience in technical positions, management, sales and support, training, coaching and consulting. She began her career at a time when it was less common than it is today for women to be in business. This provided her with experience of being on what some call the leading edge but what she sometimes saw as the bleeding edge. She related to the line from the movie Steel Magnolias, What doesnt kill us makes us stronger!
Jani married while in college and gave birth to her daughter the following year. In addition to having the deep bond that can exist between a mother and daughter, the two of them worked throughout their lives to maintain a clean and healthy relationship. Many have remarked over the years what an inspiring relationship she has with her daughter. Her daughter is now married and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Being a grandparent has brought a new depth of joy and love to Janis life and a new addition to the legacy of her and her daughters relationship. They are currently working together on a childrens book that is based on their three generations.
For the past 25 years, Jani has had a keen interest in the behavioral sciences and human potential. In addition to other specific technologies, Jani has studied Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a certified NLP Practitioner. As a test of her own human potential, she has accomplished a black belt in Karate, completed the San Francisco marathon, and has proven herself as a firewalker.
Jani has been an organizer and speaker for international peace conferences in Costa Rica, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and the U.S. She also has been a part of projects related to ending hunger in Africa, Russia, and the U.S. Her commitment to improving the quality of life for all people has directed her to the work she is doing today.
As a young child, Janis family attended church on a regular basis. Frustrated with the confines of a single organized religion, she found herself studying a variety of religions and interested in expanding awareness through additional means of personal development. Her commitment to her own growth and spirituality has taken her to over 30 countries to learn about other cultures and religions.
Today, in addition to being a personal and professional coach, she practices being a Celebrant, someone who officiates weddings, baby blessings and memorials. To her it is a form of ministry that allows her to creatively write, speak, and consult/coach individuals, couples, and families. At the foundation of her ceremonies is the value of staying open and connected at the heart with not only those who are closest to us, but all of mankind.
In San Diego County, Jani is living a disciplined life style that includes regular exercise, a healthful food plan, and daily spiritual practices. She has found that this attention to a balanced life has brought energy, vitality, peace and joy. The experience of living life in this way and what it takes to do this is part of what allows Jani to be available to others as a caring and sensitive Celebrant as well what she has to offer individuals as a Professional Coach and a Personal Consultant in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County.
Only as high as I reach
can I grow.
Only as far as I seek
can I go.
Only as deep as I look
can I see.
Only as much as I dream
can I be.