“I need to do better and be better. This is not the life that I should be living. I was embarrassed, sad, and depressed. However, I became determined to change my situation by any means. I need to find my passion.”– Jonathan reflected on his life when he was living in his car.
As a valued director of a corporate company, he enjoys managing the after school program so that that younger generation can have better opportunities in the future.
What are some of your life-lessons?
I learned that you need to be yourself and live your truth, but don’t get too hard on yourself. It’s okay to not be okay. You need to invest your time in relaxing your mind. Do meditation. Do yoga.
“Being homeless, I knew how it felt to have nothing. I remember feeling worthless. Now, I don’t take anything for granted. I knew I had to find my purpose in life. I had to reset because I knew I had the potential to be someone.”– Jonathan Sims
Any advice to the younger generation?
It would be best if you surround yourself with positive people. Build your network. Volunteer a lot. Also, you cannot be stubborn. Put your pride on the side. You have to be willing to listen. Do not dumb yourself down to please others. Be a leader. We need leaders now more than ever.
Is there are anything else that you want to share?
Joining EMPIRE Modelz gave me a whole perspective in life. It helped me a lot in college. Because of the group, I was able to walk in the room with more confidence. It opened the door for me; it helped me build and utilize my platform. It’s also why I have a great sense of fashion.