We had the good fortune of connecting with Jewel Hargrove and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jewel, how does your business help the community?

The Enneagram is a popular personality characterization system with 9 “personality” types. Knowing my Enneagram Type – and that of my friends and family – has been such a great tool for empathy in my life. It’s helped me communicate more effectively and even love people in the ways they actually receive love. I enjoy physical planners and journals, so when I saw no one had created a planner for each Enneagram Type, I jumped on the idea. I hope enneaPAGES will not only help plan a more productive day, but also nourish self-awareness, relationships, families, marriages, and even communities as we all communicate better and see things from another’s perspective.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I’m not a jack-of-all-trades, but I am a multi-faceted artist. Actor, writer, designer, fighter (hey, martial arts is an art too.) Acting is my first love. I not only love the actual performance, I love the hours of research, meditation and journaling it takes to imagine and absorb someone else’s existence. I’ve also written a fantasy novel, designed the enneaPAGES planners, and trained in Muay Thai kickboxing (and had an amateur fight.)

In my journey as an artist, I’ve learned you have to be in it for the long haul. Some people strike gold quickly. Most don’t. I finally decided I would rather pursue acting my whole life and do what I love, than settle for something that won’t fulfill me. Once I made that decision, the life-sapping desperation dissolved and I was able to enjoy the journey more. If I had clung to the idea that I needed to “make it” by a certain age, I may not have pursued creating enneaPAGES, because I would have seen it as a detour instead of an asset to my acting career.

The idea for enneaPAGES came out of my own frustration with planners I’ve tried. I’ve explored so many different planners, but eventually end up using only half of their features, because the one-kind-fits-all planner didn’t fit my core motives. I’d end up less motivated just because there was so much wasted space left in the planner. I hope my planners are a little more fine-tuned, and help people grow into healthier and more productive versions of themselves- body, soul and spirit.

I’ve also found that learning my strengths and weaknesses has been a huge asset in any artistic endeavor. I never imagined I’d be an entrepreneur, but the idea hit and I realized I had all the strengths to design these planners. All I needed was someone to help me with the business side once the designs were complete. It’s amazing how a process expands like a possessed accordion the longer you stick with it; “just 5 steps to the finish line” turns into 50 real quick. But because I took the time to learn my own strengths and weaknesses, I knew I could actually make it this time, and that “weakness” isn’t just what I’m not good at, it’s also anything that drains my energy and motivation. If I take on a project that consistently includes tasks that drain me- whether I’m good at them or not- I won’t endure to the end of that venture. I know that now.

I also learned finding my process had to be factored in as PART of the process. I had to give myself time for the learning curve, instead of expecting I should just know how to do things. I no longer felt like the Learning was stealing time from the “actual work.” All of these lessons helped me start actually building momentum instead of staying in a cycle of half-finished pursuits.

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.

I like treasures that are off the beaten path. When I go out it is usually into nature or smaller, cozy atmospheres like coffee shops, bookstores or thrift shops.

Name a neighborhood in Los Angeles and I can probably name a coffee shop I’ve “approved of” for both its ambiance and coffee quality. M Street Coffee in the valley. Lamill in Silver Lake. Javista in Hollywood. Verve downtown. etc.

One of my favorite past times is getting a coffee at Lamill and walking around that neighborhood in Silver Lake. I love how quiet it is in those hills, and the hills themselves add character to the landscape in contrast to the mostly-flat-everywhere-else in LA, and the people actually smile when you walk by. The vintage architecture of the homes is a lot more interesting to me than most of LA, and every once in a while you’ll stumble upon a secret staircase!

Hollywood blvd would be avoided except for my beloved Pantages. If you love me, you’ll take me to a show at the Pantages. Dolby and Chinese theaters are also exceptions if there’s a fun, low-key event or movie going on.

While most flock to the beach I head to Franklin Canyon. It’s an escape from city noises and throngs without a long drive. Tucked in the hills and complete with turtle ponds, dragonflies and beautiful walking trails, it’s the perfect place to walk or picnic. There are also some beautiful hiking trails in Malibu I love to explore.

As far as food, my three musts are Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (you have to at least TRY a bite of waffle and chicken together or I’ll disown you), Kogi Taco Truck (Mexican/Korean Fusion), and cookies from Destroyer in Culver City. Salt and Straw Ice Cream might sneak in the schedule as well.

I’d also have to show my friends around at least one studio lot while they were here, although my favorite lot is Prospect Studios because it’s- once again- lowkey and near the Silver Lake hills.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Most of all- shoutout to my Jesus. His friendship has outlasted every high and low, and extracted me from seasons of severe self-doubt, anxiety and depression to continue pursuing the beautiful artistry He designed me to express.

My family. Choosing a career in the arts is not a quick or easy path. I wouldn’t have lasted 13 years in LA pursuing a creative career without their love and belief in who I am designed to be.

I have to shoutout my friends Rebekah Zehr and Jamie dela Rosa for helping get enneaPAGES over the finish line. I loved researching and designing these planners, but dealing with all the business tasks would have drained me dry without these two chipping in!

Finally, it took years of extraordinary mentors pouring into me, for me to believe I could succeed in a creative career. A special shoutout to Dennis Lamar, Julian Lowe, Aaron White, Courtney Richards, and Shaan Sharma for investing their valuable time, care, and expertise into this stubborn dreamer.

Website: www.enneapages.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thatjewel/, www.instagram.com/enneapages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thatjewel, https://www.facebook.com/EnneaPAGES/

Image Credits
David Chan

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