b.Blunt readers you are in for a special treat! This week we sat down with Instagram sensation, and social influencer extraordinaire @themommyjane, who is the helping women navigate the path of cannabis and motherhood through her own journey.
In addition to the words of wisdom, inspirational stories and product testimonials, she also hosts weekly Instagram live feeds that you won’t want to miss. Her first collaboration this year is with @thecannamommy where you can sign up and have a sesh with to discuss anything from cannabis and pregnancy to microdosing, mindful consumption and weight loss.
@themommyjane is soulful, sexy and inspiring and out to to prove to the world that you can use cannabis everyday and still be an amazing mother and wife. Do yourself a favor. Follow her now.
Tell me about your brand The Mommy Jane. What inspired you to build a cannabis-conscious brand?
I started The Mommy Jane after I realized the need for normalizing cannabis, mental health and motherhood. I connected with a few Cannamoms around California, and soon I realized I wasn’t the only one who could have a successful and fulfilling life and use cannabis daily. It was really important for me to create a space where I could bust the myths, prove them wrong and show the world that you can have it all and be it all with cannabis and consciousness. I figured if I could do it, others could too, and every day I let them know it and thats how my community grew. However, I had no idea how impactful this community would end up being on the industry and motherhood in general. I am truly blessed and grateful every day that I wake up that I have the opportunity to be a part of something so big. Not only for my future, but for my children’s future, and everyone else’s children as well.
What were you doing before?
For the past five years, I have had the privilege of being a stay at home mom for my two girls. Though I was grateful for the extra time I was able to spend with my girls, while I was away from work those five years, there was always something nagging me that needed to be fulfilled. Luckily, this past year, I somehow managed to achieve the dream of working from home through The Mommy Jane. I now do what I love and still get to be there for my family when they need me, which is pretty much always. I definitely have the best of both worlds, but I have also had a struggle to balance them. Separating the two took a lot of trial and error and I am still learning every day. Before I became a stay at home mom, I was an event planner.
Your followers call you the “virtual guru”. How do you decide what products and brands to collaborate with?
That is so funny to hear that term “Guru”. I never thought my name would be attached to anything “Guru-esq”and here it is again! I had a follower call me out over the summer of last year and exclaimed “Aren’t you supposed to be the guru over here?!”And my first thought was “No!” because I really never considered myself of an expert in anything, even motherhood. I have over ten years of motherhood under my belt, but between that and cannabis, I am still learning from them both every day. Motherhood and cannabis teach me every day and I love being a student.
As for products and brands and who I collaborate with: when I first started, I went straight for the bougie cannabis dispensaries and attended their PAD’s using my own money and their specials to curate the very first videos for The Mommy Jane Instagram. Once companies saw my videos online, they began reaching out. Now, when it comes to collaborating it’s a matter of “will my followers like this?”. It’s not about just about me and what I like, it’s about everyone that’s in my neighborhood and who and what they will benefit from most. My taste varies too. I work with brands of all sizes from CBD start-ups to Amazon. If it is good, then it is good, period. It’s not about how many followers that brand or person has or how long you’ve been in the industry to me. If I don’t feel like my demographic would be interested or benefit from that person or product, I just won’t review it or align myself with them. My followers know. There are brands I speak about potentially working with, or business partners I start companies with, but there are reasons I let them fall wayside. If I get a hunch in any way, they’re gone. When you’ve been used as often as I have in such a short amount of time, you start trusting your gut so much more and realizing thats your best business partner: your intuition, your gut.
You also do a ton of inspirational speaking. What has been your favorite podcast?
By far, the most influential podcast for The Mommy Jane’s morning videos was comedian Christina Pazsitzky’s “That’s Deep Bro”. I mean, life changing, sobbing your eyes out and laughing your ass off good. She gave my ass the motivation to get my entire life, begin believing in myself, start showing light on the dark sides of who I TRULY am and embracing the strange that is me; that is human life. It’s not perfect, but it totally is, and I am so grateful I had a friend recommend it to me when I needed the verbal ass kicking the most. Now I tell the women in my life about it when I feel as though they need it. And hopefully one of your readers will see this and go listen and it can positively impact my life in the way that it did for me. May I also add a great one for those wanting to get into astrology and other human design woo-woo fun, Molly McCord’s“Conscious Soul Growth”. Between those two, they have shaped me into the woman that I am today, and hopefully they can impact you too!
What were some of the things that you learned unexpectedly since starting your journey?
Everyone is very last minute. Trust no one. Not even yourself! Because you’ll get wild-eyed and make promises you can’t keep. But that’s great too, because we cannot find our limits until we push them. But it will happen! I’ve noticed we tend to get over zealous in this industry. We want cannabis to succeed so badly we put our blood, sweat, tears and skin on the line and sometimes we don’t get it back. I’ve had some mental setback due to it. So finding balance is key when being in an industry that never sleeps. I also have to remind myself and my friends daily “This is a mental health industry. We are all a little crazy. We are all patients of this plant.”I also learned that even if you’re older than dirt, you can still gossip because high school sticks with some of us all the way to retirement, which is a shame, really. And in conjunction with that, I learned that gossiping is a fast way to lose work and friends in the industry. So keep your mouth and your cannabis clean, ladies! And lastly, on a good note, you never know where this industry can take you. Shoot for the stars and you could reach another universe before you know it. I feel like I have!
Any advice for new women entrepreneurs coming into the cannabis business?
Aside from the stuff I mentioned above, get into meditation and really work on yourself because we can’t heal others until we truly heal ourselves. We don’t have to achieve perfection, but it’s important that as an industry, we put in an effort to be a better person daily. To consciously do good and say good and BE good. Every single day. Because people will get you down, and as long as you have a strong body and a strong mind, you will be unstoppable. Also, find a mentor or an accountability friend that perhaps also wants to get involved in the industry or already is. Maybe you can send each other leads for jobs and attend job fairs together and encourage each other, or create a company together. Because the right job is out there for anyone that puts the effort in for it. You have no idea where you could be in a year. I had no idea I would be sitting here, interviewed for a community I live for every single day. You all bring me so much joy. Life is good. This is absolutely awesome!
How did you get introduced to cannabis, and is it a part of your everyday life?
Cannabis has been around me for as long as I could remember. Even before my extended family obtained medical cannabis cards in the 90’s they would have it at the family parties and get-togethers, so I never grew up with a stigma, or a need to try it. I was raised in a very liberal community in the Bay Area so I was always smelling it in the air wherever I went. Friends and neighbors grew it, smoked it. It was just part of every day life. My dad apparently grew it while I was in high school, but there was so much garden going on out there, I had no idea it was hidden in plain sight! I tried it once at a sleepover when I was 13 years old and again at a sleepover when I was 16 years old but I didn’t use it regularly until I was about 19 years old. I soon after moved to Southern California, and it was a bit more difficult to find cannabis at that time; at least in Orange County. So I went a few years medicating with pills and alcohol. Until I became a habitual smoker in my mid-20’s and beyond. I did not realize the medicinal benefits for myself until after my 30’s. But once I did, I went all in to discover everything I could about it!
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
My New Years Resolutions are to “not swear so much”- By the request of my husband. Spend more time with the family – For my children. And to stay calm every day – For myself. So far, so great! CBD and meditation help. With all of the above! Actually, everyone should CBD and meditate more in 2019! And we should be resolving and evolving for the better every single day. I set my intentions or my “resolutions”every single day upon arising. It has kept me focused and level headed so that I can be in the best space when I do these interviews. I almost lost it at the end of last year, and I don’t ever want to go down that rabbit hole again! Mental Health, FTW everyone! And keeping balance in 2019!
How can you be reached?
For those of you still interested in following along with my journey, you can find me on Instagram @themommyjane or if you have any questions or want to me on my Fri(high)day Live! Show email me: …I know, I need to link one to because it’s getting ridiculous but just email me anyway!