It is early November and I am on Instagram scrolling through some of my favorite Instagram accounts, and listening to Jackie Hill Perry song the Art of Joy. I kept thinking to myself for our first magazine how can we tie together the idea of “ditching the canvas” to where it is connectable and understandable to the everyday life of millennial’s. We are an ambitious generation, academically savvy and yet broken pieces. Somehow we do not fit quite right. We “act right” for the most part, but that is just an act. At the core we are skeptical and worrisome. What is the one restoring factor for us? Then it hit me, it hit me like the first time I realized oranges were pre-sliced by nature. Like Smalls when he found out the King of Crash and The Great Bambino was the same guy; that the restoring and reviving factor is Joy.
And so came about the Art of Joy and we thought who better to represent that than the beautiful, ambitious, talented and intelligent Vanessa Simmons; daughter to living legend and man of God Reverend Run Formerly Run of Run DMC. TV personality, host, actress and fashion lover Vanessa Simmons is a great snap shot of a millennial.
Many of us either marveled at her ambition on MTV’s Run’s House, as she was often shown heading to or preparing for acting gigs. Or we argued over who was more attractive herself or her younger sister Angela. Beauty and talent are dead giveaways but what we found out about the 32-year-old eldest of the Simmons clan, is that behind this sweet self-professed beauty product junkie is heart through hard times, failures and victories. Building a brand and addressing elephants all the while finding her own way. Becoming a mother, expressing her fashion taste and how she relies fully on Christ for who she is and so much more. We find that at her core is a canvas displaying the art of Joy.
Celebrities have very fast food like lives and if they do not slow down to check the bag they can find they have no napkins and no straw so they end up thirsty and a mess. Vanessa however has prioritized her time with being a mother first. A day in the life for Vanessa is filled with chasing around a toddler, trying to get her to eat and tons of poopy diapers, Vanessa with a laugh recollects to us.
I’m loving being a mother to Ava Marie while simultaneously building my brand and being a budding business woman. it’s definitely not easy and all about balance, but when you love the things you do it makes even the most challenging things a labor of love.