We had the good fortune of connecting with Jocelyn Stargell-Zachery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jocelyn, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my personal and brand success is my attitude of perseverance. I feel like no matter how many times you are told no, you will one day get that yes! Being able to keep going, even after all the no’s is true perseverance. After having my son in 2017, it gave me a renewed purpose and that is why I created my brand/blog Millennial Momme. The blog is for all mamas but especially new to the game mamas! It started with me writing about tips and advice that I wish I would have known while on my journey to motherhood. But since then, it has transitioned to covering three main topics: motherhood, toddler life, and co-parenting. My child has a speech delay and truly seeing him go hard every day to overcome it, truly is what fuels me nowadays. Truly, how can you expect your children to overcome something and be successful if you can’t?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of or excited about where millennial momme will go in the next year. I have a lot of upcoming projects, so stay tuned! I love writing and truly is the reason I studied communications and journalism in college. Since my son was diagnosed with a speech delay in March of 2020 I have switched gears to create more content about understanding developmental delays in children and letting mamas know it is okay. I use to be very ashamed as if I did something wrong as a mom. But I had to realize that every child learns differently and all we can do as parents is prepare them best for life. By day, I am a marketing lead for a film catering company in Metro Atlanta. I like my job because there is never a dull moment. Each day brings on a new task and keeps me learning. I initially started working in the communications/marketing industry after graduation from Savannah State. It has been an up and down road in corporate America but I would not trade all of the lessons I have learned. By night, I’m a mom, blogger, therapist, and everything in between. It was not easy to adjust to this balance but through hard work, perseverance, and consistent routines my son and I have been able to overcome the challenges thrown our way. My biggest takeaway from this journey would be to stay in your lane and don’t let the noise get to you. I use to have a real bad problem with comparing myself to people and trying to be and do everything but where God was leading me to be. I have seen so much growth in engagement on my pages from just being authentically me. So I say that to say, do you sis and let them DO THEM!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmm… this is hard to answer. Atlanta has so many fun things to do. It’s amazing because I find a new place each week rather it be a park, restaurant, etc. But here’s my shot at the best places to eat, drink, visit and hang out in Atlanta:
Places to eat- Life Bistro, The Corner Grille, Herban Fix, Soul Vegetarian Restaurant, Viva La Vegan
Places to drink- The Vortex, The Gentleman, Foxtrot Liquor Bar, Suite Food Lounge, Ice Bar
Places to visit- Ponce City Market/ Beltline, Cascade Nature Preserve, Ga Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Krog Street Tunnel, Piedmont Park- perfect play date for the kiddos, but also good for yoga with the girls, Atlanta Contemporary- love this museum! Not only is free, but there also is always a new exhibit with new curators, and it’s always fascinating because you never know what you are going to see. Ionic Foot Detox- any spa around the metro Atlanta.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, where do I start? Man… when they say it takes a village, it TAKES A VILLAGE. From supervisors at my job in high school, college professors, mentors, and my mom, it is hard to choose. Through the support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of my entire village, I have been able to get to where I currently am in life, my brand, and internally. I think through this journey of finding your passions, motherhood, and life is to remember to heal and make yourself whole. As long as you stay true to yourself and your morals you will succeed. My mom instilled foundational morals that have made me the woman I am today. She has always been my biggest supporter in everything I do. In high school, she would wake up early for extracurricular trips or stay late for practices. When I studied abroad in college she would call me every night even though we were in two different time zones. Anything any of her children do or put their minds to she is always motivating us to be our best and she deserves the praise for all that is me!
Terry Clayborn @urbaneperception
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