We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Bruny and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When it comes to the critical thought process behind my business, I have always been guided with 3 P’s: prayer, pen and paper. While brainstorming, I was able to document the necessary steps to move forward in my business. Over time, I finally developed “Godfidence” to show up in spaces as a business owner. I struggled with having the courage to start my business, but decided to welcome a new decade with a growth mindset. I honored my dreams by taking a step of faith and established JessBeU, LLC in June 2020. There was a seed planted in my heart post college while fasting. At the beginning of 2020 I was spiritually guided to start my business. I intentionally sought out resources, and while networking, discovered the right people to connect with through business counseling. While our world was shutting down, I enrolled in a program called “It’s Your Time” at IEWBC (Inland Empire Women Business Center) and with grit began to write out my business plan despite a pandemic.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from other wellness entrepreneurs is that my mission is focused on a multi-generational impact. I am proud of the progress my company has made thus far. JessBeU presented “Are You Being Gentle With Your Mental” Podcast in 2020, which has evolved into 3 seasons of transparency, celebration, truth, and dedication of creators from all walks of life. The podcast has reached over 12 countries and includes 150 cities. Our listeners have been able to relate with the stories being shared. Looking 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. Discussions are centered around how we all are managing during these groundbreaking times. Until this day, I have mentors providing counsel and sharing other ways to scale my business. Overcoming my fears of the unknown and having the courage to ask for help has been challenging. Through trial and error, I am still adapting to my role as a new business owner and have more to learn. Entrepreneurship is not easy! I made a commitment to myself to always be open to learn and develop new skill sets. Asking for help has led to connecting with the right people to collaborate with, which has led to an overflow of blessings. During this process, I have learned that “teamwork makes the dream work”! There are some solo entrepreneurs but that is not my style of business. I thank my team who has spent many hours to uplift and expand JessBeU. I would like to encourage others to be intentional when considering starting a business. It will require self-leadership, to be accountable for showing up and moving with a heart of gratitude. I am proud to be living a purposeful life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
California is known as one of the best states in the country for its sunny weather! I believe the best season to visit is during springtime to explore many great adventures. Growing up in SoCal there are so many great cities to visit but I would begin in the Inland Empire with a majestic 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. Next, 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 Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Tyisha Miller. This mural was provided by the non-profit organization Music Changing Lives and community members who came together to paint by numbers. To bring back a touch of nostalgia we would attend a drive-in movie theater. The next day we would go to Laguna Beach to ride bikes and cruise around the city; closing the evening with some delicious seafood and meditating as the sun sets.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize my #1 cheerleader my mother, Granada Crawford. Growing up my mother was my sole provider and I 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 utilizes tools to cultivate a holistic lifestyle. As a single parent raising our family, she did not often take the time to engage in moments of mindfulness. My mother has been a great source of encouragement to me. I would like to thank my family, close friends, and community members for their continuous support in each of my endeavors.