The goal of our mission ~
An artist from the age of four, author and motivational speaker, Jan Bethancourt has discovered that creative passions can combine to create a mission
with a passion for encouragement.  Out of a desire to encourage and comfort her daughter Sarah, Jan's goal of encouraging women to recognize their
worth became her mission. Through her art, her book and her motivational speaking, Jan urges women to recognize and embrace their strengths and
to believe in them selves.


The mission began with a whispered plea,"Tell me what to say."~
In early 2001 Jan Bethancourt was a mom grasping for a way to encourage her daughter Sarah.  She whispered a simple prayer, "Please tell me what to
say so she will know her worth."  As a freshman at Texas A&M University  in College Station, Texas, Sarah was recovering from spine surgery and was
learning to manage significant immune issues.  Despite being very active on campus in leadership and volunteer endeavors, Jan knew Sarah was
struggling to believe in herself.  

An answer came to Jan in the form of original short sayings.  She began composing and sending Sarah weekly e-mails of her heartfelt observations of
life and living.  Jan hoped they would encouraged an attitude of confidence, courage, and also compassion for ones self when things were roughest.  
She urged Sarah to believe in herself and embrace the knowledge that she was worthy of goodness.   Recognize your gifts, identify your goals, trust
your abilities was the subtle message from mother to daughter.

Months passed with Sarah showing no obvious interest in the worldly wisdom her mom was sharing.  The surprising truth was revealed months later
when Jan visited Sarah in her tiny dorm room.  Jan found her sayings prominently posted  on walls, computer and refrigerator.  Sarah smiled brightly
saying,
"Mom, I love your sayings, all my friends love your sayings!  You should write a book.  Use your art work to illustrate.  Every woman needs to
have your  sayings."  
The encourager was encouraged...a mission was born.
Although words of wisdom could not heal Sarah physically, she was inspired to recognize that she is empowered by an attitude of confidence, courage
and compassion that resides within.

In 2003, dubbing herself an, "accidental author", Jan had no idea how to actually write and create a printed book.  Investing countless hour, she tackled
the project with a fierce passion.  Organizing sayings, designing a layout, setting up copy, learning to use new equipment, was all guess work done in a
spare bedroom she had claimed as her studio. Producing illustrations was the only easy part of the project.  Jan had been creating art nearly all her
life.  A copyright was filed in 2005 for the title,  
Be Empowered!  Eat Chocolate with Breakfast and was granted by the Library of Congress.  And a "real"
book was born.  Jan's prototype went on to become a lovely  7" x 5" full-color book.

An ongoing mission of sharing ~
All women need to be reminded that they truly are worthy of goodness.   Sharing encouragement through donations of books and time, with those
who need it most, is at practice at Janbeth Designs.  The primary recipients of presentations and/or books are, women living in (undisclosed) crisis
shelters, and  women in the military.  

Family is the first mission ~
As a young girl Jan lived in southeast Texas, where she met her future husband.  They have lived in a quiet suburb of Houston, TX since 1980.  For Jan,
true joy is spending time with her husband, with their daughter and her husband and their two sons, and with their son and his wife and their four
children.

Education ~
In 1978 Jan Bethancourt received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Jan studied
extensively at the Museum of Fine Arts studio school, the Glassell School of Art, in Houston, Texas.
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