Laura Janssen

Laura, 26
Land Use Planning Assistant

Lola (aka Laura) is one of my favorite humans.

She is my cousin, friend, sister and one of my closest confidants. I’ve known her my entire life and feel so lucky to be able to say that she more like a sister than a cousin.  She is fiercely loyal, beyond intelligent and always so kind. She is one of those people that you can tell are meant to be a Mama and she is going to be a damn good one.

Every year our families plan a trip to Gordon Bay provincial campground (my favorite place on Earth). The reason this trip is so special is because everyone is there, all together.

When we were younger, we used to spend hours upon hours doing the “wallet trick”. We’d tie fishing line to a big black wallet, some of us would hide in the bushes and others would help with bating the next poor victim. When said victim would reach down to grab the wallet, we’d pull the string and watch with anticipation as they would scramble with fright. We’d somehow never get tired of this game and laugh just as hard, if not harder, every single time someone would fall for our little trick.

It’s memories like this that I look back on and feel nothing but gratitude.


 

How would you describe our relationship in three words?
Cousins, laughs, adventure

Where is your favorite place on Earth?
Canada’s west coast. It’s home.

What is the one thing that always makes you smile?
Babies (human or animals!)

What’s your go-to work out song?
Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha

How do you make the world a better place?
I am kind to everyone, do my best to consider my impact on the environment,, volunteer and donate when I can.

What is your favorite place to escape?
Anywhere where I’m completely immersed in nature. Preferably a few days off the grid!

What’s one thing in your life that make you feel strong?
James, my boyfriend – he’s so encouraging and makes me feel like I can take on anything.

If you had one day left to live, what would you do first?
Have a BBQ at the lake with family and friends. And great food of course!

Who is the one person on Earth that knows you the best? 
My sister, Alison

What is your favorite physical attribute about yourself? 
My strength.

What is your favorite non-physical attribute about yourself?
I am kind hearted.

Who inspires you? Why?
My parents. They work so hard but always make time for family, fun and adventure. They are always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needs it.

What’s something you’ve never done, but always wanted to?
Traveled to Greece

What was the last thing that made you cry?
Hearing about a family member’s sick friend.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Move to northern Alberta. I met some wonderful people, but southern British Columbia is where I belong!

What’s your favorite joke?
I can’t think of a favourite joke, but I have these little Tupperware containers called “Smidget containers” and James recently told me they’d probably prefer if I call them “little containers.” I thought that was pretty funny!

What gives your life meaning?
The wonderful relationships I have and setting goals for the future.

What inspires you to be better?
The people around me that I love and value so much and this beautiful country we live in that I want to protect.

There are two types of people in the world… what are those two types? 
Those who are self-centered and those who are altruistic.

As you get older, what are you becoming more afraid of?
This next generation of children growing up in a world so full so social media, and all the mental anxiety that has been proven to come along with it. I just want girl and boys to grow up appreciating their bodies for what they can do and not comparing themselves to these flawless fake images they see everywhere. I know how much it affects me even as an adult and I just hate to think about the younger generations growing up with more and more of those influences all around them

What do you take for granted? 
Having such a supportive family so full of love and generosity. From my parents and siblings to my extended family (and friends that have
become family), I know I can count on them, whether it’s an oil change for my car or emotional support!

What makes a good life?
Quality time with quality people!

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Don’t be afraid to let go of friendships that aren’t what they used to be. People change, you’ll change – you can move on and still treasure the good memories you had. Spend more money on experiences than things, they’re way more fun and memorable.

What are the top three things you want to accomplish before you die?
Get married, have or adopt a baby, travel somewhere new every year (near or far).

What is your favourite quote?
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
-Dr. Seuss

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