I kept thinking about how I wanted to introduce this new platform when I decided to take the plunge and wave goodbye to most of my content from Nai’s Visions. I kept my collaboration posts with Tobi and Verge Wardrobe, + a few other posts I really loved working on. But everything else had to be let go of.
I started blogging in 2012 as a part of a school project and I thought it would be fun to keep the ball rolling. By 2014 I was writing my way out of heartbreak and it became the basis of my blog for a while. Couple that with choosing a blog name that was a play on my middle name and you have a blog that was rooted in someone trying to figure herself out. I can honestly say Nai’s Visions was the version of me that let fear run the show a lot. I was scared shitless whenever I would shoot anything by myself. I was scared that my content wouldn’t measure up and I was scared that I was too screwed up to see the light.
This time around Jasmine Jenai is more than just a blog name for my new platform. It’s me. It’s the very name I used to hate growing up. I thought ‘Jasmine’ was too common and ‘Jenai’ was something I only heard when I got in trouble. Putting both together used to sound like a twisted song people would sing. No one ever said ‘Jasmine Jenai‘ in a normal way and it used to irk my soul. Today, however, it gives me butterflies.
So what will you be getting from Jasmine Jenai? Well the goal will always be to inspire others but think a lot more honesty. I don’t necessarily mean exposing my so called dirty laundry but expect me to have a conversation with you like I would with the people closest to me. This includes not being politically correct sometimes and cursing. There will be cursing involved BUT the baseline message will be the same. When you visit this site, I want you to feel like you can exhale and find pieces of yourself in the dialogue with featured guests or even me. I love individuality and I think it’s one of the best things about people but I’d be remiss to say people have no way of being connected with each other.
Here at Jasmine Jenai? We’re all in this together…unless you choose to step away and never come back which is also fine. Free will babies. But if you do choose to stick around, I dare you to kick off your shoes and relax your feet. You might find it real rosy and cozy around here.