We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Bruny and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When it comes to the critical thought process behind my business, I have always had guidance with the 3P’s: prayer, pen and paper. Through brainstorming I was able to articulate the steps necessary to move forward in my business. Over time I finally knew it was about developing Godfidence to show up in these rooms as a business owner. I struggled with having the courage to start my business, but decided to welcome a new decade with a new mindset. I honored my dreams by taking the steps of faith and established JessBeU, LLC in June 2020. There was a seed planted in my heart post college while fasting, then at the beginning of 2020 I was spiritually guided to start my business. I intentionally sought out resources, and when networking, discovered the right people to connect with and began with business counseling. While our world was shutting down, I enrolled in a program called “It’s Your Time” at IEWBC and had the grit to write out my business plan. Despite a pandemic, I was in flow to start my business, and it all began with having a growth mindset.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from other wellness entrepreneurs is that my mission is focused on a multigenerational impact. I am most proud of the progress that my company has made thus far. When JessBeU presented “Are You Being Gentle With Your Mental” Podcast it evolved into 3 seasons of transparency, celebration, truth, and dedication of creators from all walks of life. The podcast has reached listeners in over 12 countries and 150 cities that have been able to resonate with the stories being shared. I look forward to diving into the fourth season soon. I have been able to work with international corporations, state and local leaders, community activists, universities within the state of California, and nonprofits. My work keeps me motivated to create sacred spaces with healing modalities and by discussing how we are all managing during groundbreaking times. Till this day I have many mentors providing counseling and sharing other ways to level up in business. Overcoming my fears of the unknown and having the courage to ask for help has been a challenge. Through trial and error I am still adapting as a new business owner and have more to learn. Entrepreneurship is nowhere near easy! I made a commitment to myself to always be open to learn and grow in areas that I am weak in. Also asking for help has provided an overflow of blessings and the right people to work with. A great lesson I have appreciated is that “teamwork makes the dream work”! There are some solo entrepreneurs but that is not my style of business. I thank my team who have spent many hours to uplift and expand JessBeU. I would like to encourage others to be intentional about starting a business. When it comes to self-leadership, be accountable for showing up and move with a heart of gratitude. I am proud to be living a purposeful life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
California is known as one of the best states in the country! I believe the best season to visit is during Spring to explore many great adventures. Growing up in SoCal there are so many great cities to explore but I would want to start in the Inland Empire with a great hike at Claremont Loop. This hike provides a beautiful scenic view and consists of 5 miles. After a nice day of hiking we would grab a smoothie and catch up on life. We would have lunch at Dhat Island in Redlands, as a Haitian American this is one of my go to spots to enjoy haitian food. Heading back we would check out the art mural in downtown San Bernardino “Know Justice, Know Peace” which was dedicated to George Flyod, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Tyisha Miller. Thanks to the non-profit organization Music Changing Lives and us community members who got to paint that together. There are a few states that still offer drive-in movie theaters so it would be only right to take my friend to one. Going to Laguna Beach would be a great day to rent a bike and cruise around and even bring our yoga mats to soak up the sun and meditate while the sun sets.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my #1 cheerleader my mother, Granada Crawford. I grew up with my mother being my sole provider and always admired her courage to not give up. She has been a prayer warrior for me through many trials and tribulations especially when it comes to my business. Being a wellness entrepreneur has given me space to introduce mindfulness to her. She now receives deep healing while cultivating a holistic lifestyle. As a single parent she did not have the time nor support when raising our family to engage in moments of mindfulness. My mother has become a great source of acknowledging my entrepreneurial road and to not give up. I would also like to thank my family, close friends, and community members for their continuous support in each of my endeavors.