She's The Business: Meet College Lifestyle Blogger Jasmine

"THIS WORLD IS FULL OF CREATIVES, ENTREPRENEURS, BOSS LADIES, AND MOMPRENEURS WHO'VE MADE THE DECISION TO DO WHAT THEY LOVE. I KNOW, BECAUSE I GET TO WORK WITH SOME OF THEM EVERYDAY. THIS SERIES OF MY DIARY IS ALL ABOUT SHEDDING A LIGHT ON THEM AND BRINGING SOME INSPIRATION TO GIRLBOSSES EVERYWHERE.

Jasmine picked my brain almost a year ago on what it's like being a girlboss, to talk about her plans for college, and how to develop her blog. I'm amazed at how over a short period of time she is finishing her freshmen year strong, is loving college, has started vlogging, and she's inspiring other college girls everywhere. This month I decided I had to interview her in return." - TL HAYDEN

Meet Jasmine, the girl behind Stay Classy By Jazzy

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1. How did you get into blogging and vlogging?

During my second semester of my senior year in high school, I took a leap of faith and started my own blog called "Stay Classy by Jazzy" as a creative outlet and side hobby. Initially, I wanted to start a food blog because I HAD A HUGE (and totally acceptable) OBSESSION with Food Network. I'm not kidding! I would spend hours watching and studying the techniques of various chefs like Bobby Flay and Ina Garten and I seriously wanted to become a pastry chef and own my own business. I even toured a culinary school in North Carolina called Johnson and Wales. But in the end, I settled on a lifestyle blog where I talked about a range of topics ( I really didn't have a true focus at the time). I started vlogging (blogging but in video form) this past January! I secretly created a YouTube channel as an extension of my blog and surprised my family and friends with it! Man, it was hard keeping it a secret, but I succeeded. I really enjoy the world of YouTube and vlogging and I plan to kick up my feet and stay for a while:)

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2. How do you stay creative?

 Okay, I'm not going to lie to you. It's easy to get into what I like to call a "creative slump", but it's hard to get out of it. Whenever I am feeling uninspired in the creative department, I like to do three things: look at blog posts and YouTube videos of some of my favorite creators, read inspirational/motivational quotes on Pinterest, and listen to some of my favorite upbeat songs. I love looking at some of my favorite creators' blog posts and videos because it helps me get a fresh perspective on different ways to write, film, and edit blog posts and videos that I never thought of before. Honestly, I am addicted to Pinterest (I'm literally on it everyday!) and one of my favorite things to do when I am feeling uninspired is to read quotes that motivate me to get off my lazy butt and just create something. And lastly, I like to listen to upbeat music because it instantly puts me in a good mood, which causes me to get up and dance. Plus, the dancing helps get my "creative juices" flowing!

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3. As a new college student, how do you keep up with it all?

To-do lists! Hands down this is the glue that holds my life together. Without to-do lists, I would forget about things a lot more easily, especially due to all the homework, papers, and projects I am assigned on a regular basis. Each day, I like to write down everything I want to complete that day (mainly homework) and usually on Sunday nights or Monday mornings, I like to compile a general list of things I need to do for the week as a whole. In terms of filming and editing for my YouTube channel, I only have one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I try to film a video on one of those days and then I spend Friday and Saturday nights and sometimes Sunday mornings editing my video that will go live that Sunday evening.

4. Do you see your self developing your blog into a business/brand or do you blog/vlog just for fun?

Right now, my blog/vlog (YouTube channel) is still a creative outlet and side hobby, but I would love to develop it into a business/recognizable brand one day! I've seen videos and read blog posts about bloggers who have turned their blogs into a full-time career (Iike you Mrs. Tamika😊) and if I ever got the opportunity to turn my blog and/or YouTube channel into a full-time career, I would take it in a heartbeat! How many people can say that they absolutely love doing what they do EVERY SINGLE DAY!?!  That's why I plan on redesigning my blog once I finish this semester to make it look more cohesive and professional, so if the opportunity ever arises, I'll be ready:)

5. What do you see yourself doing after graduation in relation to your blog?

Fingers crossed that once I graduate, I will have landed in a career field that excites me. Currently, I am an undeclared major (I'm thinking possibly Psychology) pursuing an Education minor and I'm considering being a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. If in the future God grants that as my career, then I would love to create a blog focused on speech therapy techniques and activities, so I can have a digital portfolio for my clients and future SLPs (speech language pathologists) to look at. Now, my dream career would be to work for a food-based company like Spoon University or Food Network and be in charge of video and content creation for a blog/website/YouTube channel or etc.! 

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6. In your own words, what's a girl boss and do you consider yourself one?

To me. a "girl boss" is any female who is taking charge of her life and empowering other women to do the same! Every female is a "girl boss" regardless of their circumstances, background, income, career, or etc. If you wake up every day (let's be honest, most days because some days you want to be lazy. I feel ya!) and have the mentality that I want to work hard and be better than I was yesterday, then you are a "girl boss". A "girl boss" knows what she wants and she will not stop until she reaches her goal, regardless if it takes a few days to a few years to reach it. She also empowers other women to do the same by sharing her knowledge with other women who are eager to learn. Most importantly, a "girl boss'" understands her worth and knows that she needs to treat herself for all her hard work. TREAT YO SELF! And yes, I consider myself a "girl boss" because I work hard towards accomplishing my goals and I enjoy helping others by sharing advice or knowledge, but I know how to reward myself after all my hard work. 

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7. What advice would you give another young woman wanting to start a blog and vlog?

Just do it! Yes, I am referencing the Nike slogan, but they're right! You will never know if you enjoy blogging and/or vlogging if you don't try it out! I understand where you are coming from. I was EXTREMELY nervous when I started my blog because i was scared that no one would want to read it or I would not be good at it. But guess what? People actually read my blog and I found out I enjoy blogging/vlogging! I know it's scary, but I would recommend researching about how to start a blog and reach out--perhaps e-mail--a few of your favorite bloggers and ask them for their advice. I did that before I started my blog and now I have made some really great blogger friendships! I would say try it out for a year. If you end up not liking blogging/vlogging, that's okay! At least you gave it a try and now you can find another hobby to do. If you end up liking or even loving it, GREAT! Keep working and creating! The more you create, the better you will get! You've got this!! And if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to help! Just shoot me an e-mail at: stayclassybyjazzy@gmail.com.

8. What software do you use for your vlog?

I use a software called Wondershare Filmora since I don't have an Apple Computer to use iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

9. What's your favorite word, quote, or verse for this year? 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 This bible verse has been one that I have been constantly referring to this year because I am in a season of indecisiveness, especially with making choices and choosing a major. So, lately I have been trying to let go of control, which is SO HARD, and trusting God and the plans He has for me. That's my goal for the year: "let go and let God".

Love, Jazzy

www.stayclassybyjazzy.com | @stayclassybyjazzy