In a world that is constantly pushing standards of…
Who to be
What to be
How to be
When it be
Where to be
Why to be
All the bees as you can see.
I think it's important to be reminded that life is a blank canvas, and whatever you want for your life you get to create.
I was really feeling that this needed to be said, so I just thought that I’d drop by to remind you that everything is going to work itself out.
As one of my homegirls once said, “Self-care is an everyday practice, not just me reacting when I’m already burned out.” I know the past few months have been uniquely stressful for a number of people, but as of late I’m actually hearing articulated more. I know that just because you’re home a lot these days doesn’t change the fact that you’ve got a lot on your plate. In fact, at a time like this, I imagine that internally, you may be carrying a little more than usual. So, I was thinking now would be a good time to revisit a conversation about ways to practice self-care through the lens of living simply.
The past month of my life has been quite... Interesting. (When isn't it?) One of the things that I've been working on is building my team so that I can continue to grow my business, and I have to tell you... It's one of the best things that I've ever done.
The problem I had before was trying to do everything on my own. While it can be empowering to feel like you can literally handle your business, the problem comes in when you're doing all this work and still not making the kind of progress that you want to make. I was getting so tired of working around the clock every day of the week, but looking at what was Done and feeling like I barely put a dent in any of my projects. So, let me be the first to tell you (and hear me out) that you're not doing yourself any favors trying to do it all.
On that note, I want to share a few things to think about (now or for the future) when it comes to building a team.
I’ve been talking lately about this “subtle” rebrand. So, I thought it would be good to take a moment to stop and dig a little deeper with you.
First and foremost, one of the things I’ve absolutely loved about being an entrepreneur is freedom… the freedom of time and being creative in the work that I do. Yet, as I’ve said before, this level of freedom also comes with great responsibility… one of those responsibilities being that you’ve got to learning to survive and thrive—most of the time to survive and thrive you’ve got to make changes.
As I’m constantly assessing my brand and thinking about where I want to be years from now, I found myself thinking about a few things that are reasons why you should rebrand.
Have you ever wondered how to spark change and overcome obstacles within your family? If so, then look no further! Today, we will learn how to prevent certain events from ruining communication methods within your life.
What are the types of topics that people don’t talk about freely? - 6:55
Out of all the topics, guess the two that people don’t like to discuss. If you guessed finances and insecurities, then you’re correct! Many people feel compelled to keep their business to themselves; being silent about these issues, though, is what creates generational curses. Yikes!
When generational curses start in the home, there will be no time until it begins to affect the children. Therefore, it is becoming even more crucial to foster effective communication between parent and child.
What advice do you have for people trying to bounce back from financial turmoil? - 19:04
If you’re currently in a financial bind, keep your head up! There are several ways to cut down on your financial troubles and live a life of abundance:
Any thoughts to leave with the audience? - 33:59
If there’s one thing that Jamey Jenkins wants to leave for the audience, it’s that sometimes the best things in life aren’t things at all. What does this mean? Well, memorable moments in life are not all about material things. They can be memories, time spent with people, and more.
Jamey Jenkins is a first generation graduate of Alcorn State University. He completed his bachelors in Political Science in 2002. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. Since that time he has been the successful owner of multiple companies. He is also a 16 year veteran at Nissan North America. Jamey is the Founder and CEO of Hello Black man enterprises. Hello Black Man was originated as a Journal series to restore communication within the black community and more importantly within the black family. It has sparked a fire and that company is now exploring apparel, jewelry, podcast, conferences, building a nonprofit organization to support the black man throughout life and much more. Hello Black Man will be globally known and accepted as a breakthrough. The movement can be found on all social media platforms, the website helloblackman.com and the journals can be purchased on amazon.
One of the most important things in our lives are the relationships that we have with other people. So, it’s time for us to have an honest conversation about being there for others. Look at all the loving people within your inner circle. They’re always there for you, but have you considered who is there for them? If you haven’t, then today is the day that we discuss how you can be there for these special people!
Doing What's Best For Other People - 2:17
Let’s get one thing straight: Relationships are the fiber of life! When you start any kind of relationship, it’s important to understand that you must be there for them like they are for you. Otherwise, you will constantly run into conflicts and ruin the relationship. Plus, it helps that doing what’s best for them can also be what’s best for you.
Listening To People And Hearing Them Out - 8:38
Listen! No, seriously, sit down and listen to your friends. One of the best ways to show up and show out for them is to make them feel heard. You never know what that person may be going through. Therefore, offering your shoulder for them to cry on is a great start to showing that you care.
Loving People In More Ways Than One- 10:21
Now, here’s the question you must ask yourself: Can you show up for the people in your circle? If you can’t, then maybe it’s time to love them from a distance. Does this mean terminate the relationship with these people? No way! Instead, it means that it’s time for you to take a more passive role in these people’s lives. This means answering their calls, addressing their problems, giving them advice, and more!
New, current, and longtime business owners, here’s a heads up! Have you ever wondered how you can make yourself and your business stand out? If so, then you’re in for a treat! Here are the top five business tools that you need to establish for your business today.
Keep up with your money. - 1:52
Where’d all your revenue go? Let’s hope not to your personal bank account! If you want to make sure that your money is there, it’s time to invest in two tools: a financial management app and a business bank account. QuickBooks Self Employed is great for financial management. When it comes to the business account, though, make sure you’re opening one up with a credit union to help save money on fees.
Have a professional email account. - 4:18
Did you think that your personal Gmail account was going to make the cut? Not today! Try to look at creating an account with a professional branding domain. Not only does it help you look professional, but it also gives you a trustworthy and reliable image.
Have a website. - 6:30
Social media is great, but guess what’s better? Creating your website to display the purpose of your business! You’ll have flexibility in creating the website to help people find you and learn more about your purpose. I enjoy using Weebly but be sure to choose a platform based on your preference.
Get an email marketing platform. - 8:39
Another great method to use to get your content out there is by using an email marketing platform. These platforms allow you to easily connect with your customers while also controlling your algorithms. You will also be able to reach your target customers regardless of which one you pick.
File your corporation papers for your business. - 12:17
Corporation papers! Why? Well, it’s because these papers will open more doors for you during your journey. You’ll also enjoy many perks, in addition to being labeled as professional and prepared.
Click here to grab your 5 biz tools checklist (with a few bonuses).
If you are a Black creative, then chances are you’ll have to work twice as hard to get your work out there. Luckily, there are some ways to help you stand out in creative industries. To get you started, here are some tips on how to make impactful moves within these industries.
How to not be an “angry black person” in the creative/film industry? - (14:06)
Let me drop some wisdom said by Deondra: Sometimes, it’s easy to get pushed around in certain industries. This is especially true for black first-gen creatives since we want to express our emotions all the time. Until you can get to higher positions, you’re going to have to keep your emotions in check and remain professional at all times.
Advice for young and black filmmakers/creatives? - (15:52)
If you’re a creative, listen up! Before you can make it, you must define your tribe of people that will stand by you. You can’t juggle everything at once because you will eventually become drained physically and mentally. Having these relationships with your tribe will solidify your spot in the creative industry and make the process much smoother.
How to find the funds as a black creative? - (17:25)
When you have a dream, finances will NOT be your roadblock! First, you must be willing to make sacrifices before you can fund your passion. Then, you’ll have to save your money, making loans your last resort! Self-advocacy is also needed to help raise funds for your dream.
Final thoughts to keep in mind? - (22:52)
If you’re a creative, keep this in mind: When you have a passion, you must keep going no matter what! If you stick with your tribe and continue to work towards your passion, then everything will work in your favor.
Deondra J. Edwards (born November 13, 1990), is a filmmaker from St. Louis, Missouri that strives to tell stories that has subliminal messages, comedic elements, and of overall substance. He is the creator, director, and screenwriter for the proof of concept pilot, '#JustBlack' that is currently streaming on YouTube. If he could describe himself, it would be 'integrity, unpredictability, a quiet storm, an in depth thinker, and persistent'. Deondra is a proud graduate of the greatest HBCU in existence, Virginia State University... and it's not even close!
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