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This weeks Meet A Mom is well-known, Lansing native, Jazmin Anderson – most people call her, Jaz! She balances being a wife, mom and a full-time career along with her MANY passions. Her intense enthusiasm has spilled over into her not one, but two self-started Lansing based businesses. How lucky is the Lansing area (and beyond) to have Jaz?
First, The Stay Rooted Shop an online plant shop offering house plants and handmade plant accessories. She feels that, We truly believe in the power of being a plant parent and the ability to watch something grow right before your eyes. Be sure to check out the deal below that Jazmin & The Stay Rooted Shop have generously offered ELAM followers!
And second she hosts her own podcast – The Power of Her Podcast. Here she features Michigan based women sharing their stories. She explains, Each episode is an intimate conversation with an amazing woman, doing boss sh!t.
Last month, Jazmin was looking to make a difference locally during Black History Month. And she did just that. Jaz put pen to paper, and she created over 20 free coloring pages of Lansing area Black leaders & legends. Jazmin has graciously shared with these with us! These truly works of art that can be found HERE. Welcome, Jaz!
Hi Jazmin! Please introduce yourself-
I’m Jazmin but most people just call me Jaz. I’m native to Lansing and absolutely love raising my kids here. I’m a wife, mom, creative, and entrepreneur.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages? What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I have two kids. Jeremiah is 9 and Roman is 4. My favorite thing about being a mom is just watching their development, watching them learn how to do things, watching them begin to understand more, and watching them become themselves. It’s always so fascinating to me.
We’re big on self-care for moms, as hard as it is to find the time, what’s something you do just for yourself?
For me, self care right now is listening to my gut and really examining the things I do on a daily basis to figure out what is and isn’t serving me. I’m on a journey of trying to do more of what brings me joy and less of what doesn’t.
How do you juggle work with being a mom?
Right now I work full time, host Power of Her Podcast, and co-own Stay Rooted Shop. Sometimes it’s really hard. I just try to take life moment by moment and prioritize accordingly. Some nights that means playing 10 rounds of Uno with the kids before bed and other nights it means that I package Stay Rooted orders instead of making dinner. I’ve learned that balance isn’t a thing (for me) and just try to do what I can when I can.
What is the best piece of advice you have gotten from another mom?
I’d have to say the best advice that I’ve gotten from another mom is that I’m the perfect mom for my kids. This helps so much with not comparing myself to other moms as much. What another mom does is perfect for her family – not mine. We’re just all trying to do what’s best for our households.
What do you love about living in the Greater Lansing area? What are your favorite restaurants & places to shop in the Greater Lansing area?
The people and community. I never really paid that much attention to the actual community when I was growing up, but over the past few years I’ve met some incredible people and I’m happy to share this space with them.
You’re a mompreneur and wear so many hats! What inspired you to start the POWER OF HER podcast? Tell us about the focus of the podcast!
I love, love, love podcasts and have always wanted to start my own. Like I mentioned, community is really important to me and I just wanted to connect with other women in Michigan and thought this was a great way to do that. It’s so important for us to support each other and Power of Her is a way to do that.
You also co-own the Stay Rooted Shop! Tell us about this and how did it evolve?
My husband and I love being parents of our human kids but those plant babies are a close second 😉 We wanted to share our love of houseplants with others and educate people on the benefits of them and how to get started. Neither one of us have ever done anything like this so we’ve spent a lot of time learning this type of business and refining our processes. It’s been so fun and we can’t wait to grow more!
Best thing about your job? Most challenging part?
The best thing is connecting with people about the things that I’m passionate about. The most challenging thing for me is keeping up with my emails and DMs. It can get kind of crazy and sometimes I just don’t have the time to dedicate towards it like I’d like to.
Now some fun ones!
The plant that brings you the most joy-
This is so HARD! I’d say any lemon lime or neon variations of plants bring me joy. They are so bright and vibrant. 10/10 would recommend.
Easiest plant that someone without a green thumb can keep alive-
Hands down the Snake Plant. It can tolerate low light conditions and some neglect. Definitely a greater starter plant for new plant parents!
Can’t live without skincare or beauty product-
I’m not a huge skincare or makeup girl, but I always love a red lip. My favorite place to get matte lipstick from is The Lip Bar.
Must listen to podcasts for women &/ or moms-
Shameless plug – Power of Her Podcast. I interview amazing women in Michigan and they share their story. You can hear from moms, entrepreneurs, creatives, and women in public service. You’ll get self care tips, book recommendations, inspiration, and much more from each episode.
I also love The Sunday Jumpstart Podcast, Black Girl Bravado, and The Purpose Show.
Last book you read-
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth. Talk about a woman on a mission. If you’re at a place in your life where you want to start something new, I would definitely recommend reading it. Also, if you’re bi-racial, Elaine has a lot of stories about that journey that you may relate to (I sure did)!
Favorite place to visit in Michigan-
I love Detroit! It’s the perfect place for a late morning/early afternoon date. Grab a cup of coffee, head to the Eastern Market, and then take a stroll along with Riverwalk.
Best piece of advice for someone thinking about starting their own business?
Do it! Seriously, go for it. You will make mistakes, you will fail, you will do some things amazing, you learn as you go and will, and you will grow so much personally and professionally. Just don’t let fear get in the way of you doing what you want to do!
Last one, who is your mentor in life or business?
I really look up to so many people especially other small business owners in Lansing. I love when I get to connect with them to learn and grow.
Jazmin has been so kind to offer a special offer for ELAM followers ~ Use code ELMOMS at the Stay Rooted Shop for 10% off your order!
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