Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Cooksy.
Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have always been fascinated by human behavior and how people come together.
Relationships are my thing. All of my friends would come to me for advice about what their significant other was doing, “What does it mean when a guy tells you this…” and everything in between. I just loved sitting down with people and having open and honest dialogue about what makes relationships work.
So post-graduation I decided to write a book. I had seen and heard too much not to put it down on paper. I wanted to make sure that I was on the right track so I invited about 20 of my friends and colleagues out or brunch and asked them some questions about dating as a millennial. The conversation was so raw, hilarious, and thought-provoking that I knew I was onto something. What if we give young adults a space to talk about their grievances and successes in their romantic relationships? Thus, EAT DRINK ARGUE was born.
We have done three relationship brunches so far, and each has gotten better than the last. I strive to keep the conversation as transparent as possible based on the belief “if we want better relationships, we have to become better people–and it all starts with being honest about who you are.” After graduating from SMU this past December with a master’s degree in Counseling, it is my goal to continue hosting these brunches and improve the quality of relationships among millennials.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been relatively smooth so far, being that we are a relatively new brand. As the brunches gain momentum, we hope to gain more sponsors so that funding each brunch will not be as taxing.
Eat Drink Argue – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in millennial relationships–what makes them work, why dating can be exceptionally challenging, etc. We are known mostly through the Relationship Brunches that we put on every six months or so. We bring about 30-40 young adults together, serve brunch, and then we all talk about dating and relationships. The discussion can get very animated, and we often go over our time.
What sets us apart is our level of transparency. Our brunches are a safe space for everyone to say what they need. No matter what it is, we set the tone each time that we will be supportive of one another during the event. It is a tailored experience, unlike any other dating mixer you have ever attended.
We also have a Facebook group called EAT DRINK ARGUE where a question about dating/relationships/marriage is posted daily, and all of the members contribute to the discussion.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is knowing you put your best foot forward every day and that you stayed true to what you believe. For me, I want to make sure that EAT DRINK ARGUE never strays from its core of wanting others to have better quality relationships but also to examine themselves.
- Website: www.eatdrinkargue.com
- Phone: 2148817204
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @eatdrinkargue
- Facebook: facebook.com/eatdrinkargue