We had the good fortune of connecting with Neanza Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neanza, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
I’m currently reading a book called “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The book serves as a guide to teach women and men how to get into the right headspace to manifest their personal goals. Since starting the book, I’ve taken notice of the positive changes in my mood and wellbeing. I feel more relaxed, worry less about my future, and my confidence has skyrocketed. I’m also reading “Permission to Pivot” by Kierra Asnauskas. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. In the past, I’ve tricked myself into believing that it was too late to start over and make changes in my life. What I love about this book is that the author emphasizes that we are all deserving of having a beautiful life and are fully capable of creating new goals for ourselves at any point of our journeys.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What am I most proud of or excited about? I feel like I’m getting a new start this year, and I’m excited to finally roll out some new projects that I’ve been privately working on. I’m a social media influencer who creates digital e-books for women and men who enjoy traveling. The reality is, most people don’t like planning their own trips. And I get it. Between working multiple jobs, being a full-time student or raising a family, most of us barely have time to take a vacation let alone plan one. So that birthed the idea for my adventure guides. The e-books include everything you would need to know to successfully prepare for a trip. That includes: what to pack, what documentation you’ll need to bring, who to contact if you misplace your passport, restaurants to visit, attractions to see, tours to take, the best lodging options, how to get around the city, and more! I currently have guides for several different cities (Barcelona, Mykonos, Rio, Dakar, Coron, Bali, London, Paris, and New Orelans to name a few), and I’m hoping to create a few more before the end of this year. Another project I’m working on is creating digital food guides specifically for vegans and vegetarians. The purpose of my V-books are to help veggie lovers find the best eateries wherever they travel. I started with Dallas to see how the e-books would be received. So later on in the year, I plan on creating a few more e-books in different cities. I would probably say the biggest challenge I’ve faced is asking for help. I think so many entrepreneurs feel like they have to do it all, but that type of mentality hasn’t been serving me. I wear a lot of different hats (I’m the writer, designer, copyeditor, influencer, videographer, photographer, assistant, social media marketer), and that can become overwhelming. So this year I will be practicing the art of ASKING FOR HELP so that I don’t feel overburdened with my workload.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love to eat! It’s pretty much a hobby of mine. I would probably take my friends on a (vegan) food tour of Dallas. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is getting into my car, putting on my favorite music and taking a road trip to two or three of my favorite restaurants. Since some establishments aren’t allowing people to dine in, I would order everything to go and take it back to my house. I honestly prefer it this way because: 1. I’m an introvert (lol) 2. I like to eat my food in my pajamas while watching Netflix! I recently created an e-book about vegan-friendly restaurants in Dallas. Some of my favorites are True Food Kitchen, TLC Vegan Kitchen, El Palote Panaderia, Cinnaholic, and Nuno’s Tacos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This question is hard to answer, because I have so many people I want to thank. So I’ll just say that my family, friends, and virtual community deserve all the recognition. They are truly THE BEST! The last few years of my life have felt like a rollercoaster. My business is in it’s beginning stages, and I’m still learning what strategies work well for me. While I try my best to maintain a positive attitude, sometimes doubt creeps in. There have been plenty of times I’ve thought to myself, “what the heck am I doing?” “is this all going to work out?” But any time I’ve second guessed myself, my support group pops up at the perfect time. When I’ve questioned my capabilities, my friends have encouraged me to keep going. When I was uncertain about what to charge for my digital products (I almost lowered my rates), my family told me to increase my prices and charge what I felt I was worth! And my virtual community ALWAYS comes through for me. They’re constantly sharing my content or supporting my ideas…even if they’re over the top (lol). When I make my first million dollars, I’m going to refer to myself as a community-made millionaire. My success will be partially due to my community’s support, love and encouraging words.
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