I’m excited about this interview! This beautiful woman is incredibly talented, and I hope you take a moment to check out her Blog: Black Girl mom. I’ve been on a quest trying to find people that were on the same page as me to collaborate with, and she has graciously accepted and we have some exciting projects coming your way! She’s a mother-blogger-freelance-writer, and as a fellow creative, I’m here for it! You grow mama! Cheers to pursuits of passions leading to prosperous fruition.
Tell me about yourself
I’m Jazmine! I’m a writer, teacher, wife, and mom to the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met. I became a mom in February 28, 2019 and I’m loving every moment. It’s been challenging, but rewarding.
What do you do for a living?
It’s always funny when people ask what I do now because I’m not sure how to give a neat answer. I worked in media for several years after college, then I left to pursue teaching. Since then, I’ve taught middle school English; however I resigned to become a stay-at-home mom at the end of my maternity leave. Since I’ve been home, I returned to my passion, which is writing. So currently, I’m a freelance writer in addition to managing my own blog, Black Girl Mom, but I will also be teaching a college writing course in the fall. So I guess I’m a writer and educator. Lol, that wasn’t so complicated after all.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I have the ability to create! For teaching, the beauty of crafting lesson plans that center around beautiful works of literature is exhilarating. To then be able to execute those lessons and help my students to see the beauty in those works is rewarding. For writing, I love telling stories. I love that I am able to write stories about women who look like me for women who look like me.
Advice for other mothers who wish to pursue the same career?
For teaching, I would say look into alternate route education programs. There is a high need for teachers and there are programs that can get you into the classroom a lot sooner than later. As for writing, I would say a great place to begin writing is by starting your own blog. Once you get some really strong posts that you’re proud of, you can start reaching out to more established platforms for freelance work. It’s a great way to show editors how creative you are.
For how long did you work for until you started making money?
In education, I began making money right away. In writing I was blessed enough to begin making money the first semester after my first media internship. The internship was at a local newspaper and when it was over, the publisher offered me a job as an assistant editor.
Do you have time for vacations?
Surprisingly, yes. We haven’t had time to leave the country or anything, but we’re planning our first family road trip at the end of this summer, which I’m really looking forward to.
Have you always wanted kids? If not, when did that change?
Always! Since childhood, I’ve known that I wanted to be a mom and I’ve known that I wanted a daughter. My mother and I have such a beautiful relationship, I’m so happy to be able to add my daughter into the mix.
Tell me about the birth or infancy stage of your child?
It’s funny because I always wondered what labor pains would be like. I went into labor on a Wednesday. It was about one week before my actual due date. I woke up that morning determined to get all of this stuff done — including cleaning out my trunk. I probably did one thing on the list before I laid down for a nap. I wound up sleeping until late in the afternoon. When I finally woke up, I felt a pain that I couldn’t make sense of. It took me a while to realize they were labor pains.i grabbed my hospital bag and my husband and I were on our way. I had the sweetest labor and delivery nurse who put my mind at ease. I delivered my daughter after just one push at 12:28 am on my dad’s birthday. I was so happy that my parents were able to make it to the hospital in time. It was absolutely beautiful.
What was the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you? And how are you coping?
I used to say the biggest sacrifice was my career but my baby has truly helped to bring my career full circle. I’m the bolder, more assertive and no nonsense version of myself that I always wanted to me. The thing that I’m struggling with is rarely having any down time. The way I’ve been dealing with it is just to sort of decide on one thing that I’m going to do for myself, plan for it the entire week and then execute. For example, I’ll say “I’m getting my hair done inn Sunday.” Then I’ll let my husband know, make sure I have enough milk in place for him to take over, then I just go and have some time for myself.
Could we follow you on social media?
Definitely! First and foremost, you can catch up with me on my blog, Black Girl Mom. As a black woman, I felt very much ignored by mainstream parenting outlets and so I created my own. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @blackgirlmom. You can also follow my personal Twitter account @jazminedenise.