Thursday, March 29, 2012

JBS Takes New York...

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for not keeping up with my blog. My hiatus commenced due to me not being in the best of spirits and having to mentally regroup. Moving across the country and being thrown into a foreign environment can take a tole on anyone; I do not know why I thought I was exempt from this. Maybe because I am a "social person" and up until now my hard work always quickly paid off. I did not want friends and family worrying about my well being and to avoid negative thoughts, other than my random ratchet punchy tweets, I kept the depths of my life pretty private.

With that said, with the change of season (literally), I am finally coming out of a cold, dark, and humbling Winter into a beautifully blossoming Spring. The passed few months have been nothing short of an emotional, financial, and traumatizing headache and roller coaster. From small things like losing my wallet on a bus (including my California Driver's License I have to fly back to replace), being legitimately warned not to talk to strangers in a social setting, wondering how I was going to pay passed due student loans, and finding love in a hopeless place, New York was trying to tear a brotha down! I wondered how I was going to survive here, and more important why was I trying to survive? My life was so much easier in Los Angeles and I was a cheap plane ticket away to sunshine, beach trips, and people who continuously expressed that missed me. Why was I dealing with the harsh winds blowing in my face to the point where I was in physical pain next to a homeless man taking a shit on the corner? As much as I wanted to throw the towel in and call it quits, with the help God, friends and family new and old, I was able to come out of one of the darkest times of my life.

Looking back I am happy that I can see all the good and life lessons that have some out of this experience. Since September I have started my very own PR company. After internships, wack jobs, and broken commitments, I decided to take yet another risk and branch off on my own. I've been working in PR and entertainment since 2007 for Bravo, Project Ethos, and other firms and gigs, but never did my own. Finding security in starting a business is a very scary thing, but I learned early on that a "9-5 job" is just not for me. The risk was well worth it and since opening, I have done my 1st paid New York City campaign and have multiple active clients. The most important lesson is that God will allow things to happen when He wants. I am one of the most impatient people on the planet and it was difficult for me to let go and let God, but I did. Been blessed ever since.

All in all, giving up my vehicle and top level apartment with an amazing view of Los Angeles to live on the floor in Biggie's neighborhood for a few months was well worth it. With the launch of  Jayce & Co PR and the relaunch of DGFU quickly approaching, I an overjoy with the 180 degree turn my life has taken. I've learned to roll with the punches and accepted help when it is offered. Being the oldest of 5 and a strong since of independence installed in my character, it was hard to finally break down and take a bite of Humble Pie. I'm not there yet, but God is opening the right doors for me to make it to the top. I love my new friends and family and cannot wait to see what else The City has to offer JBS.

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