Journey Series: Janai
The Femme Oasis: How do you identify yourself (gender and gender performance)?
Janai: I identify as a female, she/her/hers.
TFO: What is your current occupation?
J: I am currently a third-year student at Rutgers University.
TFO: What do you do as a hobby?
J: As a hobby, I create hair and skin care videos for my YouTube channel, JanaiKirsten.
TFO: What are some organizations you’re involved in?
J: I am not currently involved in any organizations, but I am very social and involved at my school, Rutgers University.
TFO: What is your dream job?
J: I don’t have a specific dream job. I just dream to someday work for myself and just be happy with whatever it is that I am doing.
TFO: What are the three major stressors in your life?
J: Three major stresses in my life are college, my future and maintaining relationships with others.
TFO: How do you cope with your stresses (if at all)?
J: I cope with my stresses by trying to be productive rather than letting my stress weigh me down.
TFO: Do you have goals you set for your life overall?
J: Yes, one of my goals in life is to be an inspiration to others.
TFO: What is your process for achieving these goals?
J: My process in achieving these goals is to build a widespread audience of people who may be similar to me or can relate to me in some way.
TFO: What is your daily mantra (if you have one)?
J: I do not have one. However, I do motivate myself on a daily basis to be productive and take steps to continue to achieve my goals.
TFO: Are you happy where you are in life?
J: I am not dissatisfied about where I am in life. However, I always feel like I could be doing better.
TFO: If not, would you say you’re unhappy, or just not completely satisfied because you want better/more?
J: I am very satisfied with, and fortunate, about where I am in life, but I do want better/more.
TFO: Are you on a path you feel is right for you?
J: I feel like I will not know if the path I am on is right for me until the future.
TFO: Do you feel confused or pressure to figure out if you are on the right path?
J: I do feel confused, and sometimes pressured, to figure out if I am on the right path. I just cope with it by continuing to chase my dreams doing what I enjoy, and if it turns out to be successful, I will know it was the right path for me.
TFO: If you feel you aren’t on the right path for you, what are your roadblock(s)?
J: I do not feel like I am not on the right path for myself. There will always be obstacles to overcome when achieving your goals, but your roadblocks do not define your situation as not right for you.
TFO: Do you feel you can alleviate these hindrances or do you feel they are bigger than you?
J: I feel like I am stronger than, and can get through, any hindrance I may encounter.
TFO: What are some pressures of society you wish didn’t exist?
J: I wish society didn’t take into consideration someone’s 'numbers' or popularity before various other factors. For example, many organizations, people, etc., pay very close attention to the number of followers a person may have rather than quality.
TFO: What would be one thing you don’t have, but you want at this very moment (it can be tangible or intangible)?
J: At this very moment, I would like to have a larger audience on my social media so that I can have a wider platform to spread the help and advice I have to give to others.
TFO: What do you do for self-care (if anything)?
J: For self-care, I enjoy doing hair and facial treatments every few days.
TFO: What is something you do well that you can offer society?
J: I feel like I have good advice and suggestions to offer to those who are similar or can relate to me in some way.
TFO: Do you have goods or services you want to sell or promote to your fellow femmes and women?
J: I do not at the moment, but possibly in the future.
TFO: Where can we find you (social media, email, organization, etc.)?
J: I can be found on YouTube, JanaiKirsten, as well as Instagram and Twitter (@janaikirsten). I can also be reached at email@example.com.