Early last week, I announced that I would officially introduce my new venture. June 1st was supposed to be…the big reveal!
Well, 8 minutes and 46 seconds changed all that.
On Monday, my friends gathered six feet apart as planned, to raise a glass and asked, “Did we miss something? I didn’t see your announcement.” My response was vague…littered with incomplete thoughts.
Like most of the world, I had spent the last few days, internalizing the horrific footage of George Floyd’s murder and digesting the national headlines. And, like most of Black America, I was also offering insights in response to my white friends’ questions and reflections. Honestly, I barely realized that Monday had rolled around…the “launch” seemed inconsequential and tone deaf at best.
Instead, June 1st looked like this. In the morning, my son yelled into the other room, “Ma, can I go to the beach with Chris?” My answer was, “Heck yeah! You better take yourself to that beach with your best friend and live your best life!” The truth is, the two of them have been thinking, talking and posting about all the events for days; and I was happy to release them into some normalcy.
So, sitting in an empty living room, I went to a old playlist and let Kendrick Lamar and Frankie Beverly & Maze work on my spirit. In their own way, they wisely reminded me that joy - pain - sunshine - rain, are all interconnected. After my music therapy, I decided to talk to a few trusted friends who were showing glimmers of restoration and hope. My only objective was to share some good energy and get refocused! With each conversation, I gained clarity. With each conversation I was reminded to stop playin’, and get crystal clear on who I’m serving and why. Thank God for dear friends!
The reality was that in just those few days, I had started to lose my footing and forget what I am made of. I was falling into the white supremacy danger-zone where the lies became distracting, masterful and destructive. So, as a business owner, I got back to the basics, and I offer this to you...when you wake up each morning get grounded.
Okay, on the surface this might appear to be self-help ‘woo-woo,’ but trust me, getting grounded quickly can make or break your spirit.
So, this morning, I reintroduced me… to me and committed to launching my company in honor of my son, my ancestors and in full response to the hateful haze that hangs over this country.
Here’s the cool part, I’m a fourth generation entrepreneur on my mom’s side. Special love to Ancestry.com for recently helping me discover that ownership runs three generations deep on my dad’s side. The fact is, I couldn’t shrink from this moment even if I wanted to! It's in my DNA! Allow me to introduce Jes & Co.
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*DNA - Howard Benson, Kendrick Lamar, Lenny Zakitck, Lia Johnson, Michael Len Williams, Sidni Tipton for contributing these powerful lyrics to my restoration.