I’m always inspired by working women who are also mothers and wives. Juggling it all is not easy, but a #FearlessWoman gets it done! Jhéanell Adams is the creator of Jolie Bloom, an eco-luxe brand specializing in hand crafted beauty products that are simply divine! I’ve tried the Caribbean Coconut Body Scrub (review coming soon) and immediately fell in love! This working Mom is also the creative blogger behind Belle Jhéanell.
With a heart of gold, a strong business mind and a passion for beuaty, Jhéanell is definitely an entrepreneur on the rise. Enjoy her interview below and be inspired!
What’s a typical day for Jhéanell?
Morning: A typical day starts with me seeing my sister off to school and then trying to get as much work done as possible before my son wakes up. This usually consists of responding to emails, sending out tracking numbers or finishing up a blog post that I may have started the night before. Once my son is up, we shower, eat breakfast and usually he wants to play, cuddle or have me read books to him.
Afternoon: One a good day he’ll take his afternoon nap and I’ll try to get some blogging done or make products to fulfill orders for Jolie Bloom. If he doesn’t take a nap, I give him about an hour of tv time while I continue to work. Afterwards we do some learning activities and do a few educational sing a longs.
Late afternoon/Early Evening: I leave to get my sister from school and drop Jolie Bloom packages off at the post office for delivery that have been packed the night before. If I happen to have a cute outfit, I’ll also ask my sister to photograph it for me during this time of the day for a Lookbook post on Belle Jheanell.com
Evening: Once we’re back home, I start dinner and check my sisters homework before we sit down to eat as a family. However, if I have a shift at my part time job, I make dinner and then run out for a couple hours.
Night: Once I return from work, my husband and I stay up packing boxes in preparation for me to ship them the following afternoon. If we don’t have any orders, I do research for upcoming blog posts before getting some “me time” (catching up on my favorite shows) after everyone goes to bed.
What inspired you to create Belle Jhéanell & Jolie Bloom?
I originally started blogging back in 2008 as a way to organize my wedding inspirations (pre-Pinterest days) and journal through the process. Once my wedding was over, I continued to use the space to document my life. Having been blogging for most of my adulthood, I’ve shared many things from the preparation of my wedding, to life as a newlywed and my excitement after learning that I was going to be a mother for the first time.
Unfortunately, my daughter was born prematurely and passed away shortly thereafter. It was the hardest time of my life and through sharing my experience on my blog, I was able to gain a great addition to my already amazing support system. Thankfully, I went on to had my son but I felt as though my site had become somber as I’d been writing through my grief. I eventually decided to rebrand it as Belle Jheanell where I regularly share outfit posts as well as my knowledge of beauty and passion for natural living.
After gaining back my confidence and wanting to do something meaningful to honor my daughters short life, I then created Jolie Bloom which is a brand of eco luxury personal care products. Having gone through such a traumatic experience, I have to say that it feels amazing that so many people know Jolie’s story and understand how huge of a role she plays in my life although she’s not physically with us any longer.
Who are your top 3 women inspirations, famous or non-famous, and why?
My top 3 women inspirations are my mother, Oprah Winfrey and Myleik Teele. All of these women have been knocked down many times but have made the choice over and over to keep going.
My mother was the person who inspired me to become an entrepreneur after witnessing her from her own business during the earlier part of my childhood. She believes in me more than I believe in myself at time and is such a cheerleader for Jolie Bloom.
Oprah is self explanatory but the fact that a poor little girl from Mississippi has built such an a billionaire dollar empire is nothing short of incredible.
Myleik’s work ethic is unlike anything I’ve seen in a while. Having met her when Curlbox was only two months old and seeing where it is now is mind blowing!
One piece of advice you have for women entrepreneurs?
“Leap and a net will appear”, it’s my favorite quote by John Burroughs . You don’t have to have every single detail in place to start your business. Do you research, get started and you’ll be surprised how things start to line up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I imagine that Jolie Bloom would have grown substantially and will be housed in headquarter facility containing our office, production and shipping space. I’d love to be a couple hundred retail stores around the world by then. My dream ever since I was a little girl has been to be an author, so I’d love to have at least two books published within the next 5 years. I haven’t shared this publicly as yet, but I’m currently working on my first children’s book.
As for Belle Jheanell, I still imagine that I’ll have it as a creative outlet and journal. Most importantly, I love that people go back in my archives and are able to see my growth and how I decided to use my pain to fuel my passions and help others.
In my personal life, I’d love to have another child or two by then. Ultimately, I see myself continuing to be family oriented while building my empire and growing even closer to God.
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