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Commitment is hard, y’all. Like, real hard. Especially when we’ve been spinning our wheels at a job we hate. And it takes time, sometimes time that we don’t think we have. But to be the best versions of ourselves and get to the places we wanna be, we have to put in the work.  Now, […]

Oct 1, 2021

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We’ve all been there: hating our job, feeling stuck, and not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s hard to define what makes us hate our jobs. SideBiz SMART has seven questions to ask yourself so that next time someone asks you why you truly hate your job, you have a […]

Oct 1, 2021

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Folks are scared of boundaries. We’re scared to have them, and we’re offended or off-put when they are exercised on us. But the truth? Healthy Boundaries make us significantly happier and make all of our relationships better. Creating and enforcing boundaries have single-handedly made the largest impact on my wellness and well-being. Here is how […]

Hey J Guide to Healthy Boundaries

May 1, 2020

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On the dating apps, the first weed out metric for me is if the person is a good text message conversationalist. My logic: if you can clearly convey thoughts, feelings, emotions AND tone in a text, the probability you effectively use your words in real life is also pretty high. Welp, as we all find […]

Apr 14, 2020

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“I never want to run my own business.” I used to say those words. Regularly. Crazy enough, I now run two…and manage to half-way maintain a full-time job… I’d say that’s a lesson in never saying never. But a couple weeks ago, I was sitting in a training program at my law firm regarding a […]

Dec 5, 2019

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Last week, I hosted an event together with the owners of Blushbaby Lash & Makeup Studio in ATL. It was AMAZING. The program was called “No Need To Quit Your Day Job to Pursue Your Daydream,” and it was a panel discussion with five badass boss babes in the city who have started their own […]

Panel discussion regarding side hustles

Sep 28, 2019

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First Job: Test Market for Adulthood Unfortunately, it’s clear that my first job was a test market for how to be an adult. Is that everyone’s experience or just mine? My first gig was in a large law firm in NYC. From the very first day, I clearly stood out for being one of a […]

Aug 23, 2019

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I really try to minimize risk, but somehow, I convinced myself that cutting my own hair with scissors in my tiny NYC studio apartment one Sunday night was the right idea. I was only 8 months into my very first Corporate America gig, but the pressure of daily assimilation and code switching was beginning to […]

Janelle, creator of Hey J. Nicole, showing earrings as one of her favorite ways to accessorize her short, natural hair known as a TWA

Aug 21, 2019

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Boundaries are Healthy & Appropriate It’s true. Some jobs and professions are inherently more stressful than others. But even in those high pressure environments, you have a lot more control over your stress and temperament than you probably think. Over the last few years, I’ve learned that my stress at work is directly correlated with […]

Aug 12, 2019

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There are so many free or low cost resources available out there. And although podcasts are my new favorite way to learn about the most up-to-date business thangs (you can read about my go to podcasts here), nothing can quite beat the depth of knowledge you can gain from books. That being said, a bulk […]

Janelle, creator of Hey J. Nicole, reading a recommended book for starting a business

Aug 9, 2019

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