We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Newson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has changed significantly over time as I started to work on my personal projects after my 9-5. While I don’t bring my direct work home anymore, I do spend my time building the things I am passionate about. As I learn to strike a balance juggling working for others then working for myself, I realize that the time to rest and recover is just as important as my work. Balance to me looks like understanding the capacity you have for what you are carrying in each season and making decisions rooted in the best interest of your mental wellness. Creatives tend to take on too much with little to no reprieve and it is important to prioritize and incorporate self care in our schedules. Balance is taking care of yourself and honoring your craft enough to feed the one that is pouring out and executing the vision.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is my voice and my words. It took me a while to embrace that and fully walk in it but I do now. Speaking and writing in hopes that others get closer to finding their purpose is my purpose. I believe what sets me apart from others is understanding that God gifted me a specific lane to walk in and I have learned to commit to that very lane. I am most proud of my willingness to say yes in spite of fear and the beauty that comes on the other side of brave steps. I am most excited by the possibility of impacting someone’s life in a positive way through my purpose. I believe that I am still on my way professionally, I am a sponge learning all I can about how I can contribute in the best way. I am where I am today because I decided to take the time to get to know myself and share what I have learned along the way. It Is not easy to be transparent and vulnerable with parts of life I am still working through but there is power in sharing that story. I have overcome challenges by learning to trust myself and the gifts I have been blessed with; connecting what I do to my higher purpose has given me solace. I want the world to know that my story does not look much different from theirs, I just decided to learn from each season and share the lessons I have gleaned from each season. My brand is to help others identify and wholeheartedly pursue their purpose through being an advocate for success in youth, mental wellness for women, and healing for all. I believe that operating in your purpose will create a brand, influence,and platform that you often won’t think you deserve but eventually learn to embrace as apart of the journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was coming into town, I would definitely make a list of things to do, eat and see. Things to do: Ride bikes and have a picnic at Piedmont Park, go see an exhibit at The High Museum, go to The Civil Rights Museum, rollerskate on The Beltline, hike Stone Mountain, see The Amicalola Falls, football-bowling at Pin and Proper, go skating at Cascade Monday Night, hang out at Skyline Park at Ponce City Market, go to the Hawks game, hang out in the Delta sky club, take a picture at the Go Out: Hookah and Drinks at Sivas, bar hop at Edgewood Bars, happy hour at Harolds, roof top bar at Estrellas, the Groove Party at The Masquerade, go dancing at the Graveyard in East Atlanta Village, happy hour then listen to live music at Pizza Bar on Camp Creek, bar hop at Buckhead Bards, listen to amazing DJs at Pals, party at MJQ on Ponce, hang out Boogaloos, hang out at Dugans, have fun at Escobar, get the best frose at Krog Street Market Places to eat: Slutty Vegan, Mr. Everything, Poor Calvin’s, Edgewood Pizza, A Broken Egg, Thumbs Up, Negril Village, Flying biscuit, J.R. Crickets, Krispy Kreme, Waffle House, Jacks Pizza and Wings
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout Brandon Dawson. He’s an amazing author, podcaster, and most importantly my cousin. We grew up together and its been beautiful watching him grow into his purpose. He has devoted his time to share his faith through his blog, book, and podcast: Love. Faith. Endurance. Anything he puts his mind to, he does and does it very well. The impact that a young, black, and motivated man can have on the culture is great especially when they have decided to use their platform to inspire others.
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