How I Thrive: Black Girls Breathing Founder Jasmine Marie

How I Thrive: Black Girls Breathing Founder Jasmine Marie

How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Black Girls Breathing founder who successfully re-watched all of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" during the pandemic in the name of a self-care and skips when she needs an instant joy-booster.

Name: Jasmine Marie

Age: 30

City: Atlanta, Georgia 

Company: Black Girls Breathing, a company that helps Black womxn manage their mental and emotional health through breathwork and community.

Role: Founder and CEO 
Beyond the role: Former dancer who still dances, the friend that listens without judgement, the reader who will submit to audiobooks this year due to her schedule, the advanced French speaker who has lost her fluency.

Morning routine:

Hah! What routine? I wake up and create space for reflection of some sort, and as I find myself in a new life chapter, morning routines change every day and I'm giving myself space to continue to explore what works best for me in this moment.

The first thing I do after work:  

Eat. I love to eat! I'll also probably turn on a favorite show to help ease into my evening, or a podcast depending on what day it is.

Dinner ritual: 

I've been doing a weekly meal plan service from a local chef here in Atlanta named Kelsey. It's been so good for me on long work days, and it isn't bad from a budget perspective either. I'm not eating out as much, and the meals are less expensive than they would be if I ordered in. It would be so easy to just work through a meal, but I love my body and want it to feel good. Eating consistently is so necessary for that.

Nighttime routine: 

My skincare routine is my yummy daily pampering reminder. I hear the voice of some of my favorite K-beauty influencers reminding me to "be gentle to the skin" when I'm doing my multi-step regimen that signifies to my brain to wind down.

Also— candles! After a certain time, I only have the dim light on in my kitchen, candles in every corner of my apartment, and a candle lamp. My senses are extremely sensitive, so I have to be mindful.

Self-care guilty pleasure:

During the pandemic, I successfully re-watched all seasons of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," and honestly, I don't think it's a guilty pleasure. I don't feel guilty about consuming TV that makes me laugh and takes me out of the heaviness of my work.

Workday self-care hack: 

Yelling! It's such a release. If I feel the pressure mounting, I grab a pillow, yell into it and get back at it.

How do you define self-care?

An ever-evolving process of doing the work to discover your fundamental needs and giving them to yourself.

Favorite childhood toy or hobby:

What was your favorite childhood toy or hobby?
SKIP IT! I begged my parents for this toy, got it, and skipped all around town. I've said many times that an instant joy booster is skipping. When I found myself at the park this past summer, I challenged myself to skip a lap. Instant joy booster!

State of your (email) inbox: 

Priorities only. Maybe zero inbox one day, but it honestly puts more pressure on me than I need. I skim, delegate, forward, etc. But at this point, our team has certain boundaries in place so that I'm only getting looped in if necessary.

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