We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenelle Raimo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenelle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The greatest risk is the one I didn’t take. I relate risks to missing beautiful opportunities, as magic that was failed to be seen, glitter that was never thrown in the air and miracles that never came to be. My greatest career risk was resigning from the most amazing corporate role in March of 2020. I had achieved the pinnacle position with a fortune 500 company, stellar salary and benefits, flexible schedule, brilliant coworkers, and everything that on paper would make for a long standing professional career. I had it all except the inherent joy, purposeful meaningful work that I was expecting to find. My journey began more than 6 years ago after having my first born daughter. It was a whisper that turned into an overwhelming roar in 2020. I could no longer deny myself to pursue my dream of building a childcare program to serve children and families in my community. COVID-19 was just heating up in the world when I gave my notice, began to prepare and plan, and build my business from scratch amidst a global pandemic. Was I scared? Yes. Was it worth it? Hell yes!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I created Bee You Bee Happy to remind myself and encourage others to live authentically. I recognized early in life that when I did things that aligned with who I was, I was the most happy, things felt easy and I had perfect flow. That being said, when I began Bee You Bee Happy, I had nearly instant success. My first project was designing an in-home summer camp for girls ages 5-10 years old. I have passion for young girls and invest in them to help build skills for future success. I teach them that the most important relationships are in each other and how to lift one another up. We empower each other to live our best lives! My adoration for children, immense creative talents paired with a home that is designed especially for kids, makes Bee You Bee Happy Camp a haven for fun and friendship. My intention for after summer is to create a drop-in childcare program that will enable families to drop off their child so that they can ‘Bee You Bee Happy.’ Parents, especially following a global pandemic are experiencing burnout, fatigue and simply desire to get back to being themselves by investing in themselves. I will be here for parents and grandparents to help rejuvenate them by providing high quality care to their little ones. I firmly believe that when a parent has a full cup, they can show up and be the best parent to their child. I wake up each day with a renewed spirit. I am eternally grateful for taking a risk and watching how my life blossomed. I make a difference in our youth. I have the distinct honor and privilege of helping to raise the next generation of leaders, world changers, believers, thinkers and visionaries. What a risk worth taking.
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.
My go to favorite places are in the Carlsbad Village. There is an adorable crystal shop, Village Rock Shop on State Street. Park 101 is a relatively new hip spot to hang, they have music, fire pits and exotic drinks! Carlsbad have the cutest boutiques for clothing, handmade candles, jewelry and household accessories. Check out Dollhouse, Cielo, Wysh and Gypsy Den for some fun fashion finds. 264 Fresco is one of the best Italian restaurants! For a delicious margarita, stop by Las Olas. Handles is a must do, their ice cream is fantastic, and walking to the beach after is a must! For breakfast, Don’s County Kitchen, their scrambles are so good. We would go to Succulent Cafe for a cup of coffee or a latte. I love hiking Calavera Mountain, it is an inactive volcano. You get a 360 degree view at top of the hike, showing you just how gorgeous our county is. The best beaches are Tamarack and Warm Water. Our sunsets are gorgeous and spending time at the beach is a perfect way to spend the day.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I have to thank my husband, who is 100% my cheerleader, biggest supporter, always there to root me on and tell me to go for it. Thank you Jeremy for your unwavering love, encouragement and belief that I can do anything in life. Secondly, my mom for raising me to be a woman who doesn’t give up, who taught me to listen to my intuition, who has instilled in me that what I want matters. Who has shown me that loving and nurturing children is just as important as wearing a pant suit and climbing the corporate ladder. Lastly, my team at Philips. To every single one of you that immediately offered to help boost me in my new business, believe in me, offer words and actions of encouragement. For your ideas, your receptive feedback, well wishes, and inspiration. I have never felt more cared for and supported by a team than what I felt exiting that organization. In a time where losing a teammate who you relied upon was not advantageous. You held space for me, made it safe for me, and held me up. Thank you from the deepest part of my heart. I needed you all and will forever be grateful for being the wind for me to soar.