Through the years, she’s learned to transcend the hate that comes with being in the public eye—by responding with grace and kindness. But the process hasn’t always been easy and, even after six years in the industry, there are still tough days. She interjects, “I think being able to experience your emotions is part of being kind to yourself. I would like to pretend that I’m indestructible, and when I get hate…I don’t care, but the truth is, until now, it still hurts. I think that’s the first thing that isn’t talked about enough. You’re allowed to be hurt by these things; as long as you pick yourself up after, you’re good.”
A lot of strength goes into this process of taking the higher ground. She feels empathy for these “keyboard warriors” who “leave their heart behind” when they spread unnecessary hatred. She explains, “I never want to do that online, my heart stays with me wherever I go. I think [about] why they must have reached that point where they feel relieved to hate on someone…and that actually brings [forth] so much compassion. I guess it’s humanizing the hater. If they don’t want to be human, I won’t allow them to dehumanize themselves. Because I still see them as human, as someone whose heart has been hurt.”
As a believer in holistic health—physical, spiritual, emotional and mental—Janina acknowledges everything is interconnected, and tangible steps need to be taken to cultivate it. Her systematic take on her well-being involves a lot of work but it’s worth it.
Soon, she’ll infiltrate a new platform, Spotify, and explore the world of podcasts with Globe in the form of Self Space. Here, she’ll be highlighting essential discussions on self-care, wellness and improvement with the experts. It’s perfect for her as someone with, in her own words, a madaldal (talkative) brain. She adds, “I [don’t] want to just give people a quick laugh and move on, I want to make people’s lives better…Awareness without action is useless. It’s the action step that goes beyond awareness so we don’t just stay aware but we become overcomers. That’s Self Space.”