I began my business in March of 2018! I started to become tired of my regular day-to-day job. Putting on my uniform every day and working with people that wear the same uniform as me has become an eyesore and has even made me miserable.
Wanting more for my life, I started picking up freelance personal assistant jobs and really putting my heart into what my client needs. From there, I got back in touch with my love of helping people. I remembered that one of my good friends was an aspiring actor, so I helped him build his portfolio and professional website with professional modeling photos and headshots. After his site, I took on the role of public relations manager for a young woman I met through an old friend. I built the website for her event planning business, helped her hammer out some business details, and even still act as an advisor for her from time-to-time.
I’m still in the business of building people and their brand, whatever they want it to be, but I’m currently working mainly as a writer.
I’m the mom of two fun, silly, sweet babies. My daughter, Gemma, is six years old and my son, Luke, is one year old. I also have two nephews that I consider my own babies.
These four are an absolute hoot. They light up my life, to say the least. I love to laugh and they have been the only ones to really make me have a belly-aching, tear-jerking laugh. Of course, with the sweetness and silliness comes the stubbornness and sarcasm—but they really are my favorite people in this whole world.
The biggest challenges I’ve faced, so far, have been more with my writing. I’m very passionate and honest when I’m working on something I absolutely love, so I’ve had to learn how to curb the amount of emotion I include in my work.
Motherhood influences my business and creativity in a very sincere and pure way. I’m a big believer of putting my heart and soul into everything I do, but there are times when putting in 50% or 25% of my creativity is tempting. Then I remind myself that if I want my kids to put 100% into everything they do, I should do the same. Children learn by example, so in order for them to lead positive lives, I should lead by example.
An important piece of advice I’d give to a brand-new creative entrepreneur is to never lose sight of why you started. It’ll keep you going. That fresh-faced, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed motivation can keep a business thriving and growing for a lifetime. You should never forget why you started.
For a brand-new mom, I’d tell her that parenting doesn’t come with a handbook. I’d also want her to remember that she should do parenting in a way that she’s comfortable. Everyone’s going to have their own take on how she should raise her children, but the only opinions and thoughts that matter, regarding her child(ren), are hers.
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Jewel is a military-trained administrative assistant that’s using her skills to enhance her online presence through social media, personal assistant gigs, and more. Born and raised in New York City, she’s no stranger to big dreams, determination, and the hunger for more; more knowledge, more strength, more experience, and more excitement. Also, as a mom of two, conveying the importance of daydreaming, hard work, and always being ready to learn has become a message she keeps in her daily conversations with her children. Follow her on Instagram at Watch.JewelGo and on Twitter at WatchJewelGo.
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