Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Strachan.
Jasmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started Jasmine’s Cup of Tea (JCOT) my last semester in college. It started online and then I made the decision to transition to Instagram because I am always scrolling down my timeline, just like everyone else. I have always been a fan of good conversation and I’m naturally inquisitive. I love learning and hearing other people’s perspectives. I think conversation is an underrated birthplace to learn, grow and affect change. So that became my ultimate goal with JCOT, to raise awareness, educate, and discuss themes in the hopes to understand differing perspectives and ultimately affect change. Since its start in March of 2019, I have accumulated a following of over 790+ followers where I talk about everything from social justice, pop culture, politics, life, love and affirmations. JCOT has blossomed into a page where we celebrate and learn about ourselves and the world around us.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road always gets a little bumpy from time to time. I think the greatest challenge has been growing my following. I run a blog on Instagram. It’s different than a traditional blog where there’s a written entry every day about a particular topic. JCOT is unique in the sense that it’s my opinion about anything: the world, music, life, love, etc. It doesn’t cover just one thing. The purpose is to cover any and all things. So I think that’s been the challenge, growing and keeping a following of users who care about what I care about, who want to be a part of these conversations, and who are interested in these topics.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jasmine’s Cup of Tea – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Jasmine’s Cup of Tea is my opinion-based blog on Instagram. I curate, post and discuss any and all things that I believe are important or isn’t heavily discussed or encourages myself, you or anyone to reach their higher selves. I am a huge believer of affirmations and self-love. You can see that throughout my page and posts. I want everyone to feel seen, heard and represented. I want everyone to be reminded that they are human and regardless of what my obstacles, I stand before them, they are worthy, they are important, and they are capable to accomplish anything. I am big on the concept of learning and unlearning with the intention of becoming your best self and being the best person you can be. I think that is what sets me apart from others, that my blog is heavily rooted in acknowledging the human element in all of us and the world. And that is what I am most proud of. I am constantly working to grow and be my best self. I am learning and unlearning every day, releasing traumas, recognizing the parts of myself that need improvement and learning to shower myself in love and adoration every step of the way. I am becoming more self-aware, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually and I am able to embark on that journey with my followers and by their sides. And that brings me the greatest joy.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the energy, the people and the culture. I don’t like how crowded it is. It’s still best city in the world.
What were you like growing up?
I was so talkative. I remember the comments on my report card now. Always talking and laughing. I was outgoing and funny, I like to think, I always have been outspoken, sometimes, the loudest in the room. Growing up, I was into movies, TV, radio and music. One of my favorites past times is riding to school listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show or Big Boy’s Neighborhood. I remember the jokes, the music, the conversations. It was always so much fun to me.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes! Los Angeles is full of energy and possibilities. Someone out there is going to love your content, your art, your business. Anything that is life-giving to you and brings you joy is where you should start. Have fun with whatever your passion is. Jasmine’s Cup of Tea isn’t just me talking to my followers, but it’s also me talking to myself. I am in need of the same encouragement and enlightenment. Think about that when you’re starting. How can you help your self/your younger self with your craft? And whatever that is, do that and do it genuinely.
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