Well, here we are again with yet another busy, bossy, bad a** chick to add to our roster. Hailing all the way from Atlanta, GA, Daijah Marnae' has definitely made a statement with every move she's made thus far! You know what... let's just get into it!
My name is Daijah Marnae’! I am a Busy Brown Girl who writes, co owns a fitness clothing line, works in healthcare management & strives to live in her purpose daily! & this is BusyTalk with Brown Girl Proverb.
I always love hearing from young, black women who not only share the same interests as me but have the same drive and motivation. When Daijah reached out and shared her admiration for what it was I was doing with my business I immediately dug into hers. Not only is she a business owner, but she's also an author! Not to mention she's just as radiant on the outside as she seems on the inside.
As a blogger, specifically a black blogger, it’s expected we speak about “black” things and black things, only. Why is it important that you speak on universal topics as well as black topics on your blog site?
It is important to me because at the end of the day I’m a black woman and I care deeply about the things that effect us and our community. However, if we want to change the word we all have to work together. Regardless of race, I want to inspire everyone to learn themselves so that we can all discover and live in our purpose.
You stated that you have a deep passion for writing and health & wellness, how do you feel writing helps you attain both health (mentally) & wellness (emotionally)?
I feel that writing helps maintain my mental health in that for me, it is a stress reliever. I write down my schedule and to do list; this habit keeps me organized. By writing down my daily activities and checking things off as I go, I’m less likely to get overwhelmed, and it is easier to pace myself on the things that I need to get done. Secondly, writing is a great way to learn yourself. I write down my thoughts, feelings, affirmations, goals, what I’m grateful for, and my beliefs. Writing all of these things down keep me in a great mental space because it’s helps to reinforce why I do all of the things that I do. Writing helps me keep things in perspective, which in turn motivates me to keep living in my purpose.
What is it like being young, gifted and black?
Great question! To put it simply, it is an amazing blessing. To break it down further, it is amazing to know that I was created with so many gifts I will use to live out my purpose. I have the opportunity to break down so many barriers. Not only as a woman, but as black woman at that. Black women are the blue print. We are the inspiration. We lead the culture and eventually, the world. I am so overjoyed to know that I will have a part in making the world a better place.
You also have a fitness apparel line called in Ju’Nae Fit, what prompted you to co-create a clothing line?
Fitness has been a huge part of my life since high school. In high school, I ran track and was able to go to college on a track scholarship. Junior year of college is when i really started to get interested in fitness, not just as it related to track. That led me to do research in the fitness industry. I quickly noticed that overall, there weren’t that many black women in fitness; especially not on the apparel side of things. My friend Starr and I were talking about it and we literally said, “yeah, let’s start a fitness clothing line”. From there, we did the research, put in the work, and Ju’Nae Fit was born. We realized where the void was in the market, and decided to fill it better than any other fitness clothing brand. We offer quality, affordability and style all at the same time. We also have two new collections dropping this summer.
What advice would you give a young woman or man who’s interested in tapping into outlets like writing and fitness?
The advice I would give is to do your research and get started. Don’t wait until you have everything together, because you never will. Start where you can and with what you have. Also, make sure you bring something different to the table. Why should people read your writing or buy into your fitness products/services? Make sure you stand out, and let your personality shine thru.
What’s a typical day/week look like for you?
A typical week day for me starts at 5:00AM. From 5:00AM to 8:00AM, I meditate, pray, write, workout and eat breakfast. My work day starts at 8:00AM which is the time I turn on my business phone. I have a conference call every morning ,and then depending on my schedule for that day I work. When my day time career is over with, I make sure I dedicate an hour to each of my businesses. I also make sure that I am getting some reading in every night.
Where do you see Let’s Talk & Ju’Nae Fit being within the next 3-5 years?
Within 3-5 years, the expansion of my businesses will be phenomenal. Let’s start with “Let’s Talk”. By that time, I will be a New York Times best selling author, have my own publishing company and team of writers. I will also be traveling the country to speak about the topics that I cover in my writing. As far as Ju’Nae Fit, our brand will be a name that is recognized globally. Details? We’d rather show than tell. Stay tuned!
Daijah, sis, you are -IT-
I applaud you on your success and I cannot wait to connect with you more throughout your entrepreneurial journey! From one Busy Brown Girl to the next,
Favor, Peace & Blessings