Who am I?

I’m a Canadian/American (yes, it’s a thing), who loves challenging herself. One of my greatest challenges, however, came from a friend.

In 2007, author Jenesse Aurandt lost her battle with breast cancer, but not before making me promise to “write a book someday.” I'd never written (other than in journals), but she saw something in me and insisted.

Because of Jenesse, I play with words.

When her personal story and joy-filled attitude in the face of adversity changed my life forever, I felt compelled to mentor others.

Because of Jenesse, I speak.

When I missed our rich, heartfelt, and often hilarious conversations, I yearned for more of the same.

Because of Jenesse, I host a podcast for women.

I’m a firm believer that through exposure to exceptional people, we're better able to connect to ourselves. So, let's be purposeful in where we spend our time and put our efforts. Your greatest challenges, too, may  facilitate your greatest joys.

Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, Leana now stacks her books permanently in Dallas, TX.


Photo credit for all photos on this website: Telethia Hurley Photography