THE TWO PRAIRIE GIRLS
Meet Jan & Erin Johnson –
Eighteen years ago we did what few mothers and daughters would ever consider – we started a business together. We began our entrepreneurial partnership with the kind of unabashed enthusiasm that enterprising individuals possess… our minds filled with creativity and our daily attitudes driven by the curiosity to carve out a place for ourselves that was both satisfying and rewarding. Looking back now, we couldn’t have predicted how much grit we would develop over the course of these unpredictable learning years… and just how many times we would need to dust off and go again.
Growing up and living in Alberta, a province built on the resilience of enterprising and pioneering individuals obviously shaped our beliefs about what we thought was possible for us. What we know is… We are prairie women. We are resilient. We are enterprising. And we most certainly are creative and forward-moving. We are Trailblazing women. There is no doubt!
We now stand on the foundation of experience and wisdom that eighteen years in business together have built inside of us. We are laser-focused on helping other women awaken their trailblazing spirits and create and live the frickin’ best lives they can live. We absolutely love lighting sparks of possibility in the minds of our female counterparts and then witnessing them power up and get shit done!
We design, we write, we create, we make. We keep pushing our ideas forward to see how they can inspire other women to own their own pioneering spirits. We thrive on this!! This is our territory!
Into our Goods & Gatherin’s™ we infuse our spirits and our ideas about what a woman needs to feel strong, beautiful and powerful. And gritty. Let’s not forget grit. We want women to feel supercharged with possibility when they wear our signature pieces or join us at one of our gatherin’s. We also believe that any woman who says ‘Yes’ to herself and her dreams ought to have her own unique way to show up in her world. The Createbook Process™, that we developed to help ourselves years ago, is the most streamlined way for any trailblazing gal to stake a claim to her own unique place in the world. It’s a discovery tool that will bring about the meaningful and the remarkable. So there! We’ve said it. We’ve got your back and we’ll also walk with you. Come join us and let your rebel spirit lead you onward.
Meet Jan and Erin
Creative visionary, junk reclaimer, momma-to-be, courageous adventurer, lover of Alberta, seasoned entrepreneur
The spirit of adventure. No four words could better describe the way Erin approaches her life and business. A fiery Aries, her passion, head strong nature and resourcefulness have helped her create a full life. With creativity running through her veins, coupled with a quiet courage, fear has never stopped her from going for it. From spending 3 months in the Amazon jungle at 18 years old, to working on a remote gold mine in the the Yukon as a young teenager, to selling all of her worldly possessions and moving to Denmark with her furry family – she has never shied from experiences that she knew would grow her into a balanced woman who could contribute to the world around her. Being in business with her mom and best friend is a dream come true, albeit not always an easy road, but worth every moment. And life is about to get even sweeter as her and her partner, Jean, are about to welcome a baby into their family in February, 2018. Forever appreciative of the people and experiences she has in her life, Erin is grateful for everyday she gets to spend living her dream in Alberta – where the entrepreneurial spirit is so strong, and possibilities abound.
Edge-pusher, vision builder, back roads explorer, horse-lover, sometimes loner, Prairie rooted, serial entrepreneur
Jan has lived her life in a way that many would say ‘goes against the grain’. Having an entrepreneurial spirit while also raising her son, Jesse and daughter, Erin, on her own as a single parent was one such example. Not an easy thing, but the calling to explore her skills and talents and create a life that was meaningful to her was too big to ignore or put on the back burner until some day. Unhappy with conventional ‘career pathing’, Jan has always felt passionate about on-going learning and finding ways to bring her ideas and insights into tangible offerings. She sees her life as a way to create… to discover new ways to inspire or awaken new thinking, and she sees no endpoint such as a retirement age or the things that go with it. Her aim in partnering with Erin, who she absolutely loves working and creating with, is to grow Prairie Girl Outpost into a far-reaching movement and example of how women can take on life. On the simpler side, Jan loves cooking great food, playing with her two beautiful grand kids (and awaiting her third one in 2018), watching Prairie sunrises and sunsets… and the smell of horse grit on her hands.