Last week, I brought you the story of Jessica Conlan. An independent and amazing woman who’s life was changed while on a flight coming home to Tampa. This is the continuation of her story.
All throughout her married life, Jessica supported her husband. Everytime he gets reassigned, she would always build a life and a successful business wherever they are. And everytime they move, she would end up having to give up what she started. Until one day, she had enough.
In this episode, Jessica shares her story behind the divorce. How she would always get to build a home, a successful business with every move they made, until they end up moving again. This is a story of finally choosing self-love, forgiveness, and finding passion wherever you may go. Her story is a story of healing and finding yourself in the process.
Never say what if, should have, could have, because there's so many opportunities that you will miss. And if you have the opportunity, and you have it several times, take it. - Jessica
[01:23] Jessica had to give up her job when she became a mom, but she always had a strong desire to work.
[02:28] Even though she loved her son, Jessica felt her self-worth go downhill.
[05:02] Her husband Greg gets assigned to Tampa,and all of a sudden she knew she had to work, she decided to open an espresso cafe.
[06:02] Her coffee shop Jet City was a hit, she opened two more shops in Tampa.
[07:00] Greg gets assigned to Minnesota, Jessica sold everything and moved to Minnesota and had another baby.
[08:03] She wasn’t ready to open another coffee shop, but she started painting again.
[08:43] Jessica wanted to work again, she found a job in a restaurant in Minnesota where she was also able to paint and earn from her art.
[12:59] Once again Greg has to be reassigned and Jessica had to give up her job and her art.
[15:00] They moved into a beautiful mountain house in Boulder, Colorado.
[16:12] Jessica found another opportunity to start a restaurant in the mountains. It was a huge success, it became a popular music venue bar restaurant.
[23:53] But then, Greg has to be reassigned again. This was the last straw for Jessica, they moved to Tampa but it got Jessica sad and depressed.
[26:30] While Greg was gone for work, Jessica started traveling to go to Bluegrass festivals and visited friends and family with her boys.
[27:50] Jessica reopened her coffee shop Jet City Espresso in her own house and opened another in the north of Tampa.
[28:53] Jessica wasn’t happy in her marriage anymore, she wanted a divorce.
[30:05] The divorce wasn’t easy, until that particular flight where she felt peace and a burden was lifted.
[33:56] Forgiveness & reconciliation was the most beautiful thing.
[35:48] Selling her cafe in Seminole Heights and traveling Europe on her own rejuvenated her.
[37:38] As she ended her trip in Ireland, Jessica was overwhelmed with gratitude, love, sadness for leaving but happiness for getting to go back home to her family.
[38:58] Jessica went home rejuvenated and fired up to work.
[40:41] When Covid hit, Jessica was still working everyday until they had to shut down.
[41:49] Jessica started participating in blood drives.
[42:23] Who is Jessica now?
[44:31] If she hasn’t forgiven, she would still be in a path of destruction.
[42:23] Never say what if, should have, could have, because there's so many opportunities that you will miss. And if you have the opportunity, and you have it several times, take it. - Jessica
[46:16] God has never left me. I left God several times, but God never left me. - Jessica
Jessica Conlan is a mother, a daughter, a sister, an entrepreneur, triathlete, musician, entertainer, and a motivational speaker from behind her espresso bar - Jet City Espresso.