Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmyn Anderson.
Jazmyn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my lifestyle blog Daily Dose of Luxury 2 weeks before my 27th birthday; I was just engaged and was going through what felt like a mid life crisis. I have a background in events, 7 years, 4 internships, 1 certification and a degree to be exact and just knew, I was meant to be an event planner; I knew, I was going to have my own business, I thought I knew everything. Rewind a little bit; I’m born and raised in LA, went to San Jose State and then transferred (and made a very big deal out of it by the way) to Johnson & Wales Charlotte. I was very involved on campus and that led me to thinking that events was my calling. It wasn’t until 2017, that I was really struggling with the idea of doing events long term. I wasn’t excited, every client seemed like a task instead of something I enjoyed, I just felt like I wasn’t being true to myself. I had a blog, but I could’t make blogging work the way I wanted to; I was basically trying to make lifestyle blogging work with my event business and it didn’t make sense. I was devastated that I didn’t want to be involved in event planning anymore; my identity was in event planning but my heart and passion was with blogging. I’ve always wanted a lifestyle blog and after time to myself and letting go of fear, Daily Dose of Luxury was born.
I created it as a space to encourage millennial women to create their dream lives regardless of current circumstance. I’m where I am today because of God first and foremost, but I really just surrendered and went all in. I knew that if I was going to do a complete 360, I had to be 100% in it. Almost 5 months in, I truly feel like I’m creating my dream life; I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. Opportunities that were only dreams are showing up in such beautiful ways. I feel so blessed to be here, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road but the road changes along the way. I struggled with confidence and caring a lot about what other people thought about me; again my “identity” was in something that I no longer cared about; I was concerned what others thought, instead of caring most about what made me happy, in the end, I had to do what was best for me.
My advice for young women getting started is to be authentic. Someone needs what YOU have. Focus on the things that you love and that give you life and energy and get rid of all of the things that don’t. You can do and be exactly who you want to be. Get clear about what you want, what your goals are and what your why is. Decide that you’re committing to your goals and plans but also be open to those plans showing up in a way you might not have expected. Embrace the unknown. I would also suggest creating your own lane, a lot of us think we need to do the same things that others do to attain that same type of “success”; whether that is the same social media channels, taking the same type of pictures or going after the same type of people. There is success for all of us and there is a certain way that YOU need to do it. Pay attention to your gifts.
My advice would also be to put your blinders on; meaning become so focused on what you have going on that you don’t even have the time to compare yourself to others. We all started somewhere else and the only thing that is holding you back from going after it is yourself. Get out of your own way and go for it!
what should we know about Daily Dose of Luxury? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My work includes blogging, sharing things that inspire or motivate people, creating and connecting with like minded individuals who are looking to grow or improve themselves AND sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It includes uplifting women through mindset shifts, affirmations, books and other avenues. My passion for this was really sparked on a mission trip while in Africa in 2015; I had this desire to connect with women in a way that allowed them to understand that we are so worthy.
I would like to say I’m known for my personality and the way I dress/do things and carry myself. I used to be known as the girl who did events but since I’ve started my lifestyle blog, I would like to think that people see me as an influencer and as an inspiration for women of color. I want people to be happy with what they have going on instead of paying attention to what others are doing. I don’t even want anyone comparing themselves to me. What works for me may be different for someone else and I want to inspire women to find out what works for them.
I am most proud of my brand for being the space where my authenticity can come through. I am proud that when people visit my blog or my page they feel better about themselves or feel empowered. I am proud that I’ve been able to help one person go about living differently through sharing my own story and/or by just saying something nice to them.
One thing that sets me apart from others is that the journey that I’m encouraging my tribe to take is also the same journey I’m on; it isn’t me talking AT people, but working with and talking TO people. I’m relatable and I want everyone to win. I feel incredibly blessed to have built something that has made such an impact in such a short time. Lastly, my brand is set apart by my actions and message; I want to be the reason that someone didn’t give up.
It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
My favorite and most used apps are my Bible app, Instagram, Pinterest, Planonly, VSCO, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive and Photos.
I listen to 3 podcasts: Elevation Church, Edge Control and Style Your Mind. I know there are so many more out there but these are my solid lineup right now.
My favorite books include:
Contagious – Jonah Berger
You’re a Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero
Power of Broke – Damon John
Passionistas – Erika De La Cruz
Unspoken Languages – Robin Ayers
- Website: dailydoseofluxury.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_dailydoseofluxury/