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Meet Trailblazer MaJhane Dill

Today we’d like to introduce you to MaJhane Dill.

MaJhane, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 with my bachelors in Recreation Tourism Management: Information Systems and minored in Communication. I spent five years at State trying to find my voice and figure out what my true passions consisted of. My first few years of college, I kind of floated by and did enough to get by but was certainly consumed with the culture that college brings and I realized I wasn’t fully prepared to take on this new set of responsibilities. Because of this, my GPA dropped exponentially and I had no choice but to switch to a partnering major that didn’t have a GPA requirement just to ensure decent academic standing. This was the wake-up call I needed to buckle down and focus on what really mattered which was connecting with my community. By my third year at State, I had joined all the major Black organizations such as ASU, BBS, BSSO, NSBE, BCM and a few others which allowed myself to branch out and create a solid foundation on campus. The remainder of my years at State (s/o to my 5-year college grads!) allowed me to cultivate leadership skills and provided mentorship opportunities for me to grow into the person I am today which is “MamMaJ” (pronounced Mama MaJ). Once I graduated, I had to figure out ways to remain MamMaJ w/o compromising myself so I made plans to create a podcast but never fully committed until two years later and here I am today loving the dream I envisioned as a freshly graduated college student!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most definitely has NOT been a smooth road but I think most of the bumps in the road that I experienced came from my own self-doubt. I was terrified to put myself out there for the world to scrutinize, especially since podcasting is something that is very new to me so I wasn’t even sure where to start. But one day, I had a moment and came to the realization that I can always find a reason not to do something but I shouldn’t let that rule my life, it should be enough that I want to get it done. So with that, I think my main advice for young women, in particular, would just be to start. It’s okay to be intimidated by the unknown, especially when it’s a craft you’re trying for the first time, but you can’t expect results w/o taking that first step. Don’t overthink. Don’t psych yourself out. Just believe in yourself and do your thing!

We’d love to hear more about MamMaJ(ism).
For starters, MamMaJ(ism) is meant to be an artistic movement that pushes you to be the best version of yourself. As I’ve mentioned before MamMaJ is an alter ego that was created when I went to State where I was nurturing and loving toward my friends/supporters, whom I also refer to as my “babies”. The (ism) is a movement of love and open conversations, I want my listeners to be open about who they are and who they wish to become. I created MamMaJ(ism) the Podcast to create an opportunity for open conversations on topics that may typically be deemed as taboo or maybe even “unpopular”. Topics that range from post-grad depression and self-love to implicit bias and creating boundaries for yourself. I do this by utilizing storytelling to highlight important lessons I’ve learned in my life. Since I’m not licensed, I never want to come off as all-knowing so I like to think of my moments of clarity as suggestions or merely my take on the situation.

I’d like to think that what sets me apart is that the basis of this podcast is meant as a form of self-reflection for myself while also attempting to normalize meditation. Most of my podcast episodes start w/ a guided meditation led by me to get the listener in the right mindset to receive the message of the episode properly. My main goal is to normalize meditation so that more people can turn to this healthy way of connecting w/ themselves and get a deeper understanding of who they are.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, I moved around a lot due to my dad being in the Army, so that taught me how to adapt to new surroundings at the drop of a hat. I believe this has helped shape the fluidity in me and allow me to create opportunities for myself out of little to nothing so that I can thrive in my own way. Because of this, I have been able to see other avenues in the podcasting world that need a voice, my voice, to help these underground stories come to life. Early 2020 I plan on dropping a new podcast show, “The Intentional Tea with MamMaJ,” where I talk with different people from the community where we set an intention for the episode and then talk about the topic while sipping tasty local business teas. For example, the intentions will range from shedding light on domestic violence to talking about the ego and how it affects the way we move in the world; while the tea will vary based on the type of intention we’re trying to set (healing, health, success, financial freedom etc). My plan is to keep the ball rolling on having healthy and open conversations about things people don’t like to talk about, one tea at a time!

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Image Credit:
Kyela (@aleyk_) for the grad photos

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