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“Luxury Lifestyle of Leisure” Business Woman Talks Motherhood, Lifestyle Brand, Success, and More.

Jenni Graham is a woman with style and grace who has overcome many obstacles. Today, she is a 7-Figure Earner, and she takes pride in building Six and Seven figure CEO’s. She curates high-ticket strategies, systems, and projects for major brands and personalities. Jenni Graham is focusing on making a statement for a “Luxury Lifestyle of Leisure,” and she has no problem leading that narrative by example.

After having a child at the age of 15, moving out, and never looking back, she has achieved so much and retained the valuable wisdom that comes with it. She is the CEO and owner of JCHIC LifeStyle Brand, which provides: Luxury global travel experiences, Business strategizing, and consulting boutique champion consulting. She also owns Jenni Graham, the Brand Style Curator, which includes signature brand style curation, speaking engagements, and hosting events. 

Jenni plans to continue leading entrepreneurs with the actionable strategies to level up in luxury, elevate in excellence and succeed in style. She brings custom-curated experiences to the table. She knows there is no one-size-fits-all and customizes the brand experiences to the brand guest. Graham can work with anyone from the janitor to the CEO and treat them all equally. With the spirit of excellence she demands from her brand partners, she is sure to exude in all her brand interactions. She fully believes in service after the sale, while some brands are only great until they get your money.  

Jenni has an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources management. Graham graduated from fashion design school, Memphis College of the Arts; she is certified in public speaking by Paul Kazanofski and JT Foxx. She is also certified in hospitality and tourism management by Florida Atlantic University and so much more.

 

Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Jenni, Jenni? 

Jenni: What makes Jenni, Jenni is knowledge and acceptance of who I am, a never-ending quest to be my best self, and a drive to keep going even when giving up is so simple. I’m me because there is no one in this entire world like me (not even my twin sister Joni). I have this uncanny sense of self-awareness that makes dealing with anyone simple, and my high level of emotional intelligence keeps me from clicking out. From the janitor to the CEO, people are drawn to me, and I’m the same person every day, no matter what I’m going through. I love my God Jehovah more than anything in life, and every day in some way, I let His light shine through me. I take people for who they are; I’m a cheerful giver, forever student, and life of the party. 

When I’m alone in my space and thoughts, I’m still that little girl who can see all the good in the world, despite being surrounded by chaos sometimes. I’m one of the best friends you can ever have. I laugh from my belly and hold secrets like a vault at the Federal Reserve bank. Jenni is Jenni because, shoot, let’s be honest, when you try to keep up a facade by being someone you’re not, you then have to remember who you’re supposed (or post) to be. I don’t know about you, but I already have too many things to remember. So I’m just going to be me, and I will attract those who like it and repel the ones who don’t know any better, lol.

Christina: Tell us what a “Luxury Lifestyle of Leisure” is and how you are lending this narrative by example.

Jenni: When I say a “Luxurious Lifestyle of Leisure,” I add “void of a lot of labor” to the end. Now some may read this as being lazy. But contrary to popular beliefs, you can experience leisure and not be lazy. So long we’ve been conditioned to go go go, not to take a rest, never to get tired, etc. But I’m of the resolve that you can (and should) be able to build the life you desire. We’ve put in all this hard work in corporate America, raising our kids, being a spouse/partner, and running our businesses, so we deserve what we want, right? A “Luxury Lifestyle of Leisure” is depicted in everyday methods of operation. It means the work has been done on the front end so that the leisure can be experienced on the back end. And since the work was fruitful, the luxury lifestyle can be afforded. I’m leading this narrative by example daily. It took me a while to get here, and I still have strides to make, but now I fly more than I drive, my kids are good, and my business can run without me. I retired from my boutique when I turned 40 this year, and now I am the CEO of JCHIC. The leisure comes in because I built the empire into what it is today. So now the work is less like work and more like the “Luxury Lifestyle of Leisure,” void of a lot of labor that we all deserve. 

Christina: What are some things your business, JCHIC LifeStyle Brand®, can help others with? Where can readers go to learn more? 

Jenni: JCHIC LifeStyle Brand® is literally the marriage of business and style. Some call me a business coach or strategist, but I’m so much more than that. JCHIC LifeStyle Brand® is a full-service branding and marketing firm. As a brand style curator, I lead entrepreneurs in curating their signature brand style and elevating their brand in the pillars of branding, content, funding, and marketing. The style comes in because I’m an award-winning wardrobe stylist, and I provide sustainable style solutions for my brand guests via in-person and virtual style experiences. We have a cohesive brand blueprint for them to follow; whether they are interested in DIY (do it yourself), DWY (done with you), or DFY (done for you), our firm is there to serve. We serve the entrepreneurs who are tired of the fluff, are looking for actionable skills and strategies /tools and techniques to succeed, and who are ready to put in the work behind the training. We have a brand elevation membership, virtual and in-person brand experiences, content curation experiences, training, and classes globally, and a wide array of partner experts focused on growth and development.

 I also curate luxury global travel experiences through my firm and for others looking to travel and needing someone to put it all together. Since I’ve been on four of the seven continents, many, many countries, and cities, I’m well versed in travel and love to experience different cultures and cuisines. To find out more, follow us at www.linktr.ee/jchiclifestyle and www.jchiclife.style. Follow us to elevation unimagined on Instagram at www.instagram.com/jchiclifestyle, where you’ll find over 60 free training videos on our IGTV and a host of other elevation techniques and tools.

Christina: You had a child at the age of 15. What is some advice you wish you could give to that 15-year-old mother now? Do you have any advice for teen mothers out there? 

Jenni:  This question literally brought me to tears, so these following words are typed with tear-stained fingers. To that 15-year-old mother, I’d say this: Don’t fight so hard to be seen that you lose yourself in the process and begin to look identical to the thing (or person) you were trying to be seen by. I would also say don’t be in a hurry to be grown. Aging is a process that needs to take place in its natural form. Embrace your childhood. Enjoy the moments. As you get older, you don’t want to be the one looking back at how you handled things or the things you weren’t able to do. In the long run, you’ll be able to count your true friends, on the one hand, sometimes with just a few fingers. (My daddy taught me that when I was a little girl, and I didn’t understand it till I was much older). I’d also say that the things he’s whispering in your ear won’t matter in the long run. Be young. Be free. Live life and keep God first. Everything that’s meant for you will come in the time you’re ready to receive it. I’d also say I know that you think your parents don’t know anything. But listen to them, learn from them and just know that some of the things they’re telling you won’t be understood till you’re older. Get a trade even if you don’t want to go to college for four years or more. Always stay up to date on your craft, and you’ll always have a way to make some money. 

I’ll say this to teen mothers: Don’t let those stares and secret comments sway you. Don’t feel like you failed, and don’t feel like you made a mistake. Nine times out of ten, the person you’re with might not be around for the long run. But you now have another little person (or people) who depend on you every working moment, so don’t let them down. Finally, I’ll say this: Sometimes it’s ok to just be Jenni. Not someone’s mother, not someone’s girl, not someone’s family. Just Jenni. Take care of her so you can healthily take care of others from a full cup.

Christina: As a businesswoman, I know no one day is the same. What does a typical day in your life look like? 

Jenni: You sure nailed it with that first sentence, lol. My typical day starts with prayer and reading my daily text before I rise from bed. I then make my initial posts for the day on social media so that they are just working while I do the other work. I like to have a smoothie or fruit for breakfast. Sometimes that turns into grits (with salt, pepper, and butter), pancakes with crispy edges, eggs scrambled hard, and bacon (the pork kind). If my children are at home (they have grown entrepreneurs, lol), I make sure to give them some love and hugs for the day. Then I check my to BE list (not to DO list), so I can see where my attention, time, and effort will be allocated for the day. I now take the top 3 and get them done. 

Depending on the day: I’ll send an email or text blast, have a one-on-one with one of my VIBGs (Very Important Brand Guests), host an event, be a speaker, shoot some content, have a self-care day, go eat and drink lemon drops, go on one of my luxury global travel experiences, or something else. Throw in some time with family, moments to myself, personal development time, a little self-care, and time to eat, and you pretty much have my typical days. When the day ends correctly, I’ll have a good dinner, glass of wine, candle-lit bath, book, opulent body care, mini at-home facial, and some good zzzzssssss.

Christina: Can you define success in your own words? From your own definition, do you believe you have achieved success?

Jenni: To me, success is defined by accomplishing a goal or something you desired, worked for, and achieved. The important words in there are “worked for.” It’s easy to look at success through other people’s eyes and to want it to come without effort. But the most successful I’ve ever felt is after doing something that was a challenge. Success has to come after resilience, in my opinion. You have to keep going and pushing in order for success to be attained and sustained. You also can’t let someone else’s version of success morph into your own. You never know what they gave to be there, and you may not even want to accomplish the things they did. I feel like I’ve succeeded on my terms, but it’s an evolving process. I overcame being a young teen mother. I obtained multiple degrees and extensive training. I started and scaled a 7 figure brand from nothing to a global empire. I raised my two amazing children (Iyanna and Christion) when I was still a child myself to them being 21 and 25 and some of the best people ever created. In reality, though, in some shape or form, I’m going to have more things I want to do or redo. So I’ll be in a constant state of accomplishing, achieving, and appreciating but from a good head space of giving myself grace. I have to remember to celebrate all the wins, big or small, and don’t forget to appreciate the things that didn’t succeed as well. They are usually catapulted into success.

Christina: How did you get the nickname, JChic? What does that name mean to you? 

Jenni: It’s so funny. I never really had a nickname (unless you count Candy in my teen years. Long story, don’t ask, lol). One day my friend Candace Holyfield (@sixfigurespachick) started calling me JCHIC, and it stuck. It was already my brand name (JCHIC LifeStyle Brand®), but it quickly became my name, and since it was catchy, it stuck. Just a little background on where JCHIC came from: My boutique used to be named JenUinely Chic Boutique. J instead of G for genuine because my name is Jenni. Chic because that’s what I wanted the boutique to embody. One day my mentor at the time (Andrea Johnson of Bubble Bistro) told me I would have to change my name for branding purposes because it was different to spell and needed to be catchy. Years later, I changed it to JCHIC, and now it’s an empire that can stand on its own name. To me, the names mean a light. Light to brighten someone’s day, a light to shine God’s grace through, a light to always be illuminated as an enlightened place for myself and others. Now I always make sure it’s all capitalized when written, and JCHIC has a mind of its own, lol.

Christina: Is there anything else you would like to add? 

Jenni: People always tell me they are inspired and motivated by me. That means more than some will ever know. But I want to take it some steps further. Instead of being inspired, be influenced to take action. Instead of being motivated, be moved to elevate. I’m on a quest to elevate global communities and impact the world. When I help one person elevate, they change their families lives. When the families elevate, it changes the communities. When the communities elevate, it changes the world. Therefore by elevating one person, I, in turn, impact the world. Let’s do it together! See you at the top!

 

Connect with Jenni below:

Website: www.jchiclife.style 

Instagram: @jchiclifestyle

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