Lifestyle Expert Tells Audience How to Seize the Day At Sharjah International Book Fair 2017November 10, 2017

Author Jasmine Brett Stringer says she is “a lot of things: lifestyle expert, social media maven, nationally sought-after blogger and, most of all, a person who lives life to the fullest by seizing each and every day.”

An audience at Sharjah International Book Fair heard from the writer about the journey she made to reach the dizzy heights which she treasures so dearly.

“I used to work in sales in corporate America and I wanted to be in win-win situations with customers. I wasn’t a sleazy sales person, I wanted both of us to gain something, they wanted to buy something and I wanted to sell it.” But having been laid off from her work, Jasmine had a revelation that put her on a new path.

“I have always tried to spread positivity and I realised that there is so much fear in the world that it almost suffocates us and that is not how we should lead our lives. People may not know what their passion is, but we must always remember that we are ‘good enough’ to be in any room with any people. Being ‘good enough’ is an attitude we must all carry with us.”

Referring to her new book, ‘How to Carpe Diem Every Day’, Jasmine said: “It is a book about self-reflection. People think carpe diem (Latin for ‘seize the day’) means having to make something massive happen and then immediately post it with a hashtag, but that isn’t what it means; it is an ongoing philosophy.

“Every week carpe diem has a new meaning for me. Life changes in the blink of an eye either for the good or for the bad, so we have to be relentless in seizing our days and seizing our lives. Your vision will change depending on your circumstances such as getting married or having children but you can always have new goals and seize them. Ask yourself what your passion is, but you don’t have to have your life mapped out in front of you. Think about Google Maps”

As a famous blogger, Jasmine told the audience how her parents had reacted when she started: “They were totally confused that I should want to do that but sometimes you have to mute the outside sound because not everybody buys into your dream, you’ve got to just follow your GPS and trust your own judgement.”

Ending with a reference and advice regarding social media, Jasmine said caution needs to be exercised. “My vision is to spread the message of inclusiveness through the media, whether that is TV, radio, blogs, podcasts and I love social media, but we have to remember – it is not real life.”