CREATIVE GIRL CREW: JUNE FEATURE
JADE | JADE OF TRADES
I honestly can't believe it's already June! Excited for another monthly feature about the wonderful women of Creative Girl Crew. The June feature highlights Jade from Jade of Trades!
Name: Jade Blog/Biz Name: Jade Of Trades
Describe yourself in 3 words: Tenacious, compassionate & mindful
Please tell us a bit about yourself!
I was born in Hawaii but grew up in Northern Georgia. When I went off to college, I decided on Arizona State because of their incredible journalism program. I earned my journalism and mass communication degree last year, and just graduated with my Masters of Arts in mass communication. I will now be moving to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend law school at Stetson Law. I am passionate about sustainable fashion, mindful living and empowerment through education.
When did you start Jade of Trades and what inspired you to do so?
I started my blog in February of this year. It was always something I aspired to do; however, after I "failed" the first few times, I stopped trying and deleted the websites I had created. I was so discouraged by my page views and I was incredibly weighed down by the numbers (or lack thereof), and didn't allow myself to grow or experience the trial and tribulation it takes to create something from the ground up. I now recognize, with grace, that everything that is worth having takes a lot of time, effort and energy; success isn't given overnight, it's earned over a lifetime.
I was inspired particularly to begin this blog to document my law school applications process, but have since found this to be an outlet to express the wide-ranging interests I have. I love and have always loved to write, so much so that I pursued a degree in it. I love to tell stories, whether they're my own or others', and this position has allowed me to tell the stories of different brands who are committed to missions I believe in. This has opened up so many incredible opportunities for me and I could've never dreamed of being able to grow so rapidly. Letting go of the numbers and focusing on my content has entirely changed my perspective, and I couldn't recommend that strategy enough. Be confident and completely invested in what you have to offer; your audience will follow when the time is right.
What is something you struggled with when you first started blogging?
I struggled (and admittedly still struggle) with comparison. It's so easy to see others who have accomplished what you dream of accomplishing every day. With social media, the comparison game is so easy and so toxic. Instead of viewing others with envy, I now look at them as inspiration. There is room for all of us to win, and in a society that was systematically built for competition (especially for young women), we must stand up and realize there is no capacity to success. We are all inventive and unique, and we all bring something of value to the table.
What advice would you offer those aspiring to start their own biz/blog?
I field a lot of questions from friends who aspire to start a blog all of the time, and they often ask the same vague questions like "how do I start?" or "do you have any tips?" These questions, while I try to answer them as best I can, are often difficult for me because they are so wide-ranging. I would recommend being specific in your questions to other creators, but to also just follow and observe. I have a very observational personality, and before even beginning my blog, I was constantly taking notes on what I admired from other creators. This could be anything from their website design to their posting schedule or communication style. And, while I'd never recommend copying any other creator, I do think it's important to be mindful of what is successful and what draws you to others' content in order to mirror it in your own. For example, for me, I really admired others' positive attitudes, bright filters and consistent/frequent posting schedules, which are all assets I implemented into my own brand.
In addition, and to be completely honest, you might not even know the questions you need to ask until you get there. I could've never guessed in February that I'd be interested in learning how people auto-generate their content or what scheduling applications they use simply because I wasn't there yet. And you'll get there! All of this is a learning process. Have the "growth" mindset, and keep in mind that on your launch date, not everything will be exactly perfect. Be mindful of your progress and patient with yourself as you begin to learn what works for you and what doesn't.
Please, feel free to share anything else with us!
I never thought that I would be able to use my blog as a platform for change. I had the mindset that it would just be a "how to" platform, but it has evolved into so much more in this short time and I am so, so proud of it. Don't box yourself into one niche; be open to what you are passionate about, and try out new things. You never know where it could lead you!
Check out some of Jade's Blog Posts!
The Fashion Revolution | How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following
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