It is my birthday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm 31 and wow, this last year was a rollercoaster, am I right? Not just because of the current state of our world but I learned some tough lessons these past 12 months. But I've grown and see a bright future ahead, even through all the darkness around me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While this year's birthday looks a lot different than usual (still practicing social distancing and no Frankenmuth trip for me and Chris for the first time in 12 years!) but I'm thankful to be here and have the opportunity to continue to grow into a better version of me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @darcybenincosa @emma_natter @bellacosabeauty
I participated in the Black Out yesterday but I need to speak up. I took a step back because I'm exhausted and hurting so much all the time, I needed a break. But this time is too important to not use my voice. I was inspired by Robyn of @seventhandgray and @morganrapp to share some amazingly talented Black creative business owners I've been following or have recently discovered thanks to posts like their's. @elledanielle @thecreativescfo @alora.rachelle @iamkarmenk @createhershq @freshmedley @ilealafia.co @_jwarddesign @riotcustoms @alexabcdesign @thisishermarket @artiadesignco @studiokeyes @noisemakers.psd @ph.amm @jasmineeaster_ @helloluci @worthi.creative @tiereny I can't tag anymore in the caption so please check the comments for more that I know! And please share your favorites. 💜 Lastly, please visit the link in my bio to find more resources.
Things definitely got interesting around here. It's story time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Mother's Day night, we treated ourselves to some pizza. Not because I'm a mother but it was a holiday. Gotta celebrate life any way you can lately, right? I go to bed that night feeling full and happy. Then 3am hit... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And BAM! I had the WORST pain I've ever had in my life, and I've shattered my ankle and dislocated my knee multiple times. It was awful. I couldn't get back to sleep but tried all night until my husband woke up in the morning. He ran out as soon as he could to get me an ant-acid. I took it with no relief. We decided we needed to go to urgent care and as I was getting dressed I felt suddenly very sick and vomited blood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So no urgent care for us! Straight to the ER we went. Because of COVID, my husband was not allowed into the hospital with me and I was examined initially in a tent outside the hospital and it was cold and rainy so not ideal. I was moved into the ER when the pain kept getting worse and after many hours and many tests, turns out my gallbladder was full of stones. I didn't even know what a gallbladder was! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was scheduled for emergency surgery the next morning and all alone at the hospital. I was so scared, surrounded by people with Corona Virus and I had to stay strong. I have to say, I am very proud of myself because I depend heavily on my husband and family when I'm in trouble and I had to make a lot of hard decisions completely on my own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had surgery where they removed my gallbladder and have been home about a week healing. I've had to be quarantined (completely cut off minus help and food delivery) from everyone including Chris and still have a week to go. I was directly exposed to COVID but thankfully, I'm showing no symptoms. To protect others though, I'm remaining in quarantine until Monday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I'm starting to feel so much better and will be relaunching Stefani Jessica later this year. Stay tuned! And thank you to all the loving messages I've received.
I've been sick a whole week now and it's driving me crazy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I took it very easy over the Thanksgiving break and watched all the Star Wars movies again, which was a fun activity while I was coughing my lungs out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I'm finally starting to feel like myself again and I can't wait to wrap up my client projects for the year before a sabbatical. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you take a holiday sabbatical or do you continue to work?
If you ever asked me if I was a leader, I would have laughed out loud. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All my life, even with an entrepreneurial spirit, I still believed myself to be a follower. I imagined being able to design websites as my job one day but in a firm, having a boss dictate what I did. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fast forward to 2016, when I had been struggling in my business for almost 3 years, and a mentor of mine said I needed to step into the leader role I was born to be in. And I laughed. Me, a leader? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But once I owned the fact that people were hiring me for my expertise and to help solve their problems, it all finally clicked. I'm not just a leader because I own a business, technically anyone could do that. But because I am using my zone of genius to help others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is there a mindset blocking you from being an expert in your field?
I took a HUGE step in my business this weekend and it's gonna change everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm not putting my eggs into one basket here, but 2020 has so much potential. Courses are the name of the game for Stefani Jessica starting soon and I cannot wait to get them in your hands. You'll have the power to streamline your business and create more rather than be a business manager. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What has you stuck friend? What course have you been craving to take but it's just not out there?