In Conversation with Jasmine Marie of black girls breathing™

Jasmine Marie_Blog Header

Describe your business in a few words?

black girls breathing makes space for Black womxn to manage their mental and emotional health through breathwork and community.

What made you take the leap to start your own business?

Every business I’ve started has been either my back being against the wall and needing to find a solution or me looking into the market and seeing a need that I was deeply passionate about solving.

What was your background prior to starting your own business?

Global brand marketing was my background prior to my entrepreneurial journey. I worked in haircare at a global consumers products goods company.

Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

I never foresaw myself being an entrepreneur. But in my senior year at NYU Stern, my MBA mentor listened to me list my plans after graduation and he told me “So you’re going to be an entrepreneur?” I wondered…where on earth did he get that information from? I said I wanted to be a Director at Unilever in 5 years…not become an entrepreneur. But in listing out my goals and dreams, he saw something I didn’t in my ambition. After I started my first business, I went back to thank him for not only seeing that but for saying it and affirming it for me.

We always learn the most from our mistakes, share a time with us that you made a mistake or had a challenging time in business and what you learned from it?

I learned so much from my 2nd business — which “failed.”

What is the accomplishment you are the most proud of to date?

That I kept going…and after business failure, had the courage and worked through (moved through) the fear to keep going and eventually start black girls breathing and to witness all the success that we’re having now.

When hiring for your team, what is your go-to interview question? Please share any hiring tips you can share from your experience?

I think having a passion for our work is so important. We have a diverse team though our work and mission is focused on mental health care accessibility for Black womxn. Everyone who signs on with us is deeply passionate about that mission.

I look for individuals who can take accountability, showcase a growth mindset, and are solutions-oriented.

How has your business or industry been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We’ve always offered virtual breathwork circles since we started but for those community members who preferred our in-person sessions, the pandemic forced them to adapt to our virtual sessions to feel that sense of community.

What’s next for your business? What can we expect to see over the next few years?

I’m so excited for all the ways we plan to expand our mission of making mental health care accessible for Black womxn in 2021 and beyond. You’ll have to stay tuned for more details.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned in 2020?

The smallest moments aren’t really that small. Leaning into all the things that we seem to skim or rush past when we’re engrossed to what we’re building. Stopping to celebrate how far we’ve come…taking a pause to meet that friend for coffee. Connection is so important to me. Building upon and nurturing my intimate relationships…I don’t take those for granted and want to be intentional in making space and time for them in 2021.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting your business?

Hmmm…by the time I launched black girls breathing, I already had past business failures under my belt to apply lol. So this time around, I’m leaning into those lessons and other lessons I’ve seen shared by founders.

How have you managed to stay grounded this year?

Being honest with myself, my friends and my community about what I’m going through. Giving myself so much self compassion about the rapid growth of our business and what it has in-turn required of me.

Do you believe in work/life balance? What are some of your best tips?

Yes I do! But balance looks different for different seasons in life. I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself when I’m in chapters of extreme transitions as I’m figuring it out. I’ll find my balance well enough…but in the moment, I’m truly doing the best that I can.

What’s something our audience would be surprised to learn about you?

I do great freestyle raps..Mercury is in Virgo so the quick-wittedness comes in handy.

What are your top 3 tips to stay productive each day?

I don’t really like the word being productive…I prefer being fruitful.

  • Stay hydrated and fed for a healthy mind.
  • Try and get as much sleep as possible.
  • Do check-ins throughout the day on what tasks feel aligned to the energy levels I possess.

What does being an Entreprenista mean to you?

It means crafting, creating and building in a way that’s unique to your gifts and mission and according to your own personal values and definitions of success.

Share it!

Posted in

Leave a Comment

8 Inspiring Latinx Entreprenistas that have launched groundbreaking companies

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve put together a list of 8 incredible Latinx women founders that have launched groundbreaking companies. Check it out: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Founded in 2011, The Honest Company makes sustainable, well-designed products that work – built on transparency, trust, and a deep sense of purpose. In…

Susan Sarit of Operations-Made Easy on achieving your goals by getting organized

Describe your business in a few words: I am a mom, daughter, sister, business owner, and more! I started my business for both financial freedom and to be a work-at-home mom. I created Operations-Made Easy to help diverse women with the Operations of their business. Deliberative, disciplined, and detail-oriented are just a few words we…

Lisa Nutt of Make Every Minute Count on personal and professional growth

Describe your business in a few words? The Make Every Minute Count ecosystem encourages us to go (do that thing), grow (personally and professionally) and give (through a membership based family to family giving circle). What made you take the leap to start your own business? I’m a serial entrepreneur. This is the third time…

Connection Coach Kristjana Hillberg on trusting your intuition and having an open mind

Describe your business in a few words: I’m a Connection Coach who helps women unearth their deepest desires, move from auto pilot to intentional action and prioritize their wellbeing. What was your background prior to starting your own business? I’m a multipotentialite – meaning, I have tried multiple things and tested multiple careers ranging from…

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon: Finally Back to Delicious Meals For Everyone

Cuisine varies by culture, but no matter how societies segment and define themselves, certain foods show up in households across the globe — only differing in their forms. Some of a culture’s time-honored meals are created by its culinary icons.  Among America’s culinary icons, Martha Stewart is, without question, its most trusted. In 2014, Martha…

7 Entreprenista League Members share the biggest business challenge they overcame and what it taught them

Brand Photographer Brittney Guy-Atakpo of Brittney Jean Photography The biggest business challenge I have faced is sticking to a schedule that made me feel productive and good about my work ethic. What I have learned is that there is no right or wrong schedule or routine that produces success. I have been more grateful for…

Courtney Spritzer of WorkRobe on her “secret sauce” for a successful product launch

Describe WorkRobe in a few words? WorkRobes are designed to have you looking your best during any video meeting, so you can go from bedroom to boardroom in seconds and in comfort. My mission is to reimagine what you wear to work (from home).  Can you pinpoint the moment you knew you wanted to create…

Brand Photographer Brittney Jean Guy-Atakpo on helping women show up confidently on camera

Describe your business in a few words? I’m Brittney with Brittney Jean Photography & Company. I help women show up confidently in photos and on social media to grow their brand and business. I’m a Brand Photographer and Strategist. I have over 5 years working for Fortune 100 companies in sales and marketing and over…

Lorena Tapiero of Conscious Consulting on the power of networking

Describe your business in a few words? Conscious Consulting is a Latina-owned, bilingual marketing and public relations agency with 20 years of experience in the hospitality, sports and wellness sectors. Our thoughtful, comprehensive approach helps brands establish clear communication priorities and a long-range vision for meaningful press coverage, value-added partnerships and sustainable influencer relationships. As…

Lindsay Applebaum Stuart of Mamalux on the beginning stage of business

Describe your business in a few words? Mamalux is a first-of-its-kind leakproof sleep solution for breastfeeding moms. Our Kickstarter launches on 10/19! What was your background prior to starting your own business? I spent the first 10 years of my career as a sports journalist for the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated! So this has…

Jessica Bargenquast of Lady ChangeMakers on organic marketing strategies that work

Describe your business in a few words? Lady ChangeMakers is an exclusive e-commerce platform for women-owned businesses to gain valuable exposure and sales. Most of my life I’ve been encouraged to be seen and not heard. Growing up extremely introverted and shy I felt invisible. I wanted to create a platform so women-owned businesses could…

Jennifer Gligoric of EntrePods on the importance of mindset

Describe EntrePods in a few words? Cutting-edge entrepreneur and investor network answering the question “So Now What?” for business owners powered by fractional consultants and coaches with decades worth of experience. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I had no choice.  My mother owned a staffing company for 54 years…

Certified Financial Planner Maggie Gomez on investing and building wealth

Describe your business in a few words? An accessible place where anyone can learn to invest and build wealth, regardless of their net worth. What made you take the leap to start your own business? I realized that it was only those who were already wealthy that had access to quality financial guidance. I got…

Claire Jones of Cushy Couture on shifting paradigms in the fashion industry

Describe your business in a few words? Cushy Couture is a customer-driven clothing brand that creates high quality sweatpants in a wide range of colors and patterns that come in three different inseam lengths because we believe that you don’t have to settle for less. We create functional sweatpants that will last you for multiple…

Writer, Speaker, Podcaster, and Life Coach Chelsea Austin on taking care of yourself first

Describe your business in a few words? I advocate for others to find their own self-worth and acceptance through self-care, love, respect, and storytelling. What made you take the leap to start your own business? When I started writing my book and my blog, I don’t think I ever realized it would become a business.…