October 2-8, 2003
sought answers and found a business, too
BY STEVE RAPHAEL
firstname.lastname@example.org Business Direct Weekly
Janene Ternes is
living proof of the power of God, perseverance, great friends and a pair
of ballet shoes in righting one's life.
Ternes, 48, is
founder, chairman, president and CEO of a new, one-employee, for-profit
business, Prayer in Motion LLC. The firm's goal is to connect people of
all ages to God through music and movement.
promotional line: "Let the spirit move you."
nondenominational music with a bent toward Christian music and writes
her own choreography. Body language, she says, reinforces the music.
movement is a powerful way to experience your connection with God," she
says, "The movement acts as a mantra. The music opens the heart and the
words reinforce the message. All of this serves to
awaken your ability to express your deepest feelings in prayer,"
teacher, businesswoman, and ballet dancer, all those experiences and
skills converged in August when Ternes incorporated Prayer in Motion.
The new company culminated a journey that began under emotionally
Four years ago,
Ternes' husband Don died following a two-year battle with cancer. The
couple had been married 17 years, and the disease brought the couple
closer than ever, says Ternes.
says, her life nearly unraveled. Ternes went through 18 months of grief
counseling, finding little solace for her loss. Her life began to
brighten three years ago when she followed a girlhood dream and signed
up for ballet lessons.
After her first
class, she says, "I felt better than I did after 18 months of therapy,"
Ternes wanted to help others in similar situations face their grief.
McDougall the priest at Ternes church, St. Francis Catholic Church in
Ann Arbor, encouraged her to join a spiritual leadership program.
In fall 2001,
Ternes entered the program conducted by
Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, and in May 2002 she had to
attend a weekend retreat as part of the program. Ternes was packing
comfortable clothes and a Bible when something told her to bring along
her ballet shoes.
night I was there, something happened," she says. "I spent the weekend
dancing and praying. I was called to know God through movement in a new
and exciting way."
Thus began Ternes'
road to recovery.
She decided to
build a ballet studio in her basement to continue the movement therapy.
First she had to selectively clear out her basement where 17 years of
happy marital memories lingered.
April 2002, Ternes also had to confront the very real challenge of
making a living. She saw a career counselor earlier this year who helped
plant the seed of Prayer in Motion. "I got a sense that this would be my
work," she says.
Ternes was no
stranger to the business world. Following a short teaching career, she
spent 15 years in the business world, including operations director for
Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. She oversaw
purchasing, customer service shipping/receiving or "whatever it takes to
get our product to the customer," she says.
Still, illness and
self-doubt delayed the start of Prayer in Motion. Ternes got over the
final hump by attending a startup business seminar through the
Business & Technology
Family and friends
chipped in, providing brochure editing, graphics and printing for free.
Others gave her quickie seminars on database marketing, accounting and
finances; another helped file the incorporation papers with the state in
August. A brother-in-law transformed her basement into a studio.
businessperson, Ternes determined she had to take in $100 an hour to be
profitable. She charges $10 an hour for her 90-minute classes, usually
to 10 people per session. Each class is offered once a week over four
Prayer in Motion's
clientele range in age from five to 70, with the majority of people
lumped in between the ages of 30 and 55.
lectures on spirituality in the community and is teaching Prayer in
Motion classes in area churches and retreat centers.
Ternes still has one final hurdle: insurance. She can't teach the
classes in her basement studio because she has no liability coverage.
Pricing rates with carriers is "overwhelming ... it is more than what
I've earned so far this year, " she says. "The quotes aren't pretty."
Steve Raphael covers
health care and nonprofits for Business Direct Weekly.