Adulting is hard, and learning about yourself is even harder. This podcast is the journey of a 20-something woman named Jamilah who is learning how to hold nothing back, how to embrace every part of herself while balancing the joys and sorrows of adulting in the American society. || New episodes every Saturday
Recently, I am constantly physically exhausted and battling my deteriorating mental health. Therefore, we are saying goodbye for a few months. After a major venting session about my retail job where I discuss how tired I am of people valuing money over other people and hiring unqualified people out of desperation, I announce that season 2 is coming to an end, and season 3 will be in your ear on July 3, 2021. I hope the next few months treat you well, and I can't wait to get back to our therapy sessions (well, my therapy sessions that you listen to).
Do you ever have those days where everything you say floods your brain, and you're filled with regret/guilt/anxiety? Because same, and that's been happening to me more and more recently. I've been constantly overthinking every word to come out of my mouth and fearing any potential conflict to stem from it.
To remember who I am, who I'm becoming, and where I am on this journey of self-acceptance, I decided to discuss four tips that I've used over the years to learn to hold nothing back and show the world who I truly am. This is an episode of encouragement that we (you and I) need to accept ourselves and fearlessly do/say whatever we want. Get ready for a bit of redundancy, a few anecdotes, and a deeper look into my personal life.
Also, I have to ask: What is the best Step Up movie?
First and foremost, Black history goes beyond the 28 (sometimes 29) days of February, which is something I will always and forever repeat like I did in this episode. I wanted to end Black History Month by sharing a few Black game changers from six different categories (music, film industry, podcasts, content creators, bloggers/fashion icons, & businesses) who you definitely need to know. Honestly, this is pretty much me hyping people up and giving them an ounce of the recognition they one thousand percent deserve.
In the beginning of the episode, I mention my Freedom Fighters playlist, which is a collaborative playlist dedicated to songs that speak on the fight for equality and true freedom and the fight against racial injustice. Check it out on my Spotify: itsmilahh
In an era where social distancing is highly recommended, I wanted to hang out with my friend Kristen, a girl who is obsessed with Blown Away, over Zoom. February is the shortest month of the year but holds so much significance (Black History Month, Valentine's Day, etc.), and we talk about it. There's lots of laughter, lots of controversial opinions, and an overall insight into what it's like to hang out with us. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this special Galentine's Day episode of the Simply Jamilah Podcast.
Through a few anecdotes, I decided to vent about people, complete strangers, feeling the need to verbalize their negative opinions about someone else's appearance and choices; I don't see how people changing their physical appearance affects other people to the point where people think their opinions matter (how many times can I use "people" in one sentence?). Plus, I drop a small amount of knowledge about black and share my reasoning for wearing weave. As a black woman, all I know is black hair so get ready to hear those two words a bunch. // Instagram: simplyjamilahofficial
After lost service because of a Christmas Day explosion and accidentally giving myself a concussion on the final day of 2020, I am back with Simply Jamilah's first episode of 2021 (recorded before the events of 01/06). A new year means creating and improving new habits. This is the year to take time to take care of yourself so I share some simple every day things that you can incorporate in a potential routine to show yourself a bit more love. Even though this episode will sound super sponsored, I promise it's not. @simplyjamilahofficial
After giving a bit of a life update (where I discuss my minor foot injury and minor progress with my mental downward spiral), I share a list of last minute gifts you could give the young adult in your life. From period panties to a therapist, this is a hodgepodge of different gifts mixed with a whole lot of rambling. Per usual, I hope you do not find anything in this episode to be offensive. ♡
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Yep, Spotify Wrapped has been released, and since I am obsessed with music and pretending to be a radio DJ and seeing growth within myself, I decided to share all the music and analytics from 2020 Spotify Wrapped. I was not expecting my #1s to be my #1s. ♡
Cuffing season is among us, and I decided to spend some time talking about it, including the different types of people during cuffing season. However, this episode is all about my short-lived experience on the dating app Hinge, including my answers to prompt questions, similarities between the guys, and a story of the time I got into a car without a complete stranger to avoid Great Danes. ♡
WARNING: I recorded this on a day when my interior architecture program broke me (yet again), and I have a venting session about it since it relates to taking time off to recover and do better. This episode is all about the importance of taking time off working and hustling to develop, grow, recover. Yes, the term “hustle culture” makes an appearance. Also, this episode may seem sponsored by Dash & Lily, but I swear it’s not; I just really love the show. ♡
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
What do Big Sean, Bea Miller, and James Bay have in common? They all create music that evokes different emotions, thoughts, and memories. In this episode of “Jamilah pretends to be a radio DJ,” I share different songs that make me feel varying emotions and remember different moments, from songs of sorrow to a song of appreciation. Check me out on Spotify: itsmilahh ♡
Most of America released a breath of relief this past week, and though the results were what half of the divided country hoped for, I start this episode expressing how I feel more unsafe and uncomfortable because inner evilness has been exposed and rebirthed. However, the majority of this episode is about my inspiration/role model, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick and The Skinny Confidential, and how authenticity is the key to success. (While editing this, I was trying to figure out new software so advanced apologies for any choppiness). ♡ The Insta: @simplyjamilahofficial
This was recorded right after I watched a live Q&A with Jonathan Van Ness, and the game changed; this episode became about a bit more than fashion. Along with introducing my love for style, I give commentary on male homosexuality and Walter Wallace Jr. without (hopefully) being offensive. However, for the entrée of the episode, I give my thoughts, tips, and anecdotes on thrifting and fast fashion. ♡
Before getting into the real meat of this episode, which is about everyone putting up a front, I briefly discuss my new promotion and a troublesome coworker. Some truths are told and withheld thoughts are finally spoken. Parts of this episode are low key rants/venting sessions.
◉ Simply Jamilah episode referenced: Be Like Mr. Walls ♡
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Anchor has created a new, fun way to do a better version of YouTube’s playlist videos without being copyrighted, and I had an incredible amount of fun exploring the new feature. This episode is me sharing my current vibe and hints at my life via music-- music from Spotify. There’s some Thirdstory, a little bit of Zara Larsson, and of course queen Meg. Welcome to some of the music that mentally plays on repeat. ♡
I’m back with an unusual amount of energy and another late night recording of me rambling. After raving about Space Art Room (an Etsy shop) for quite a few minutes, I spent the episode going into great detail recapping a much needed trip I took last week. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I wanted to visit and help out the people in the village who have helped me become the adult child I am. As I recapped the trip, I shared little life nuggets and lessons learned. Somehow in the midst of recording, I began having a random allergic reaction. Enjoy thighs incredibly scatterbrained episode. ♡
Things get slightly political in today’s episode, and that kind of scares me. Before talking about the legendary Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I wanted to take some time to discuss the U.S. reaching 200,000 COVID deaths and discuss the American justice system failing black people again with the death of Breonna Taylor-- exactly 65 years after Emmett Till’s killers were acquitted. I’m appalled. While not knowing much about being a lawyer and all it entails, I tried my best to honor Mrs. Ginsburg and explain why she is a history-making legend. #cancerisamonster ♡
This episode is not a complaint session nor me trying to sound desperate to get a man. I just wanted to talk about boys-- sue me. I’m done lying to myself about physical appearances not mattering when it comes to choosing a life partner. In this episode, I list reasons I keep dismissing the idea of joining a dating app, and I read and add to my list of future husband expectations, which includes some small talk about dating outside of my race. (Take a shot every time I say “like”) ♡
Say I Do is a show on Netflix where three beautiful experts give deserving couples the wedding of their dreams; the first season takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, a city I fell in love with despite it also being a place of trauma for me. When I originally watched episode 7 of the show, I cried my eyes out, and it had nothing to do with the wedding. This episode of the podcast is about Essie, the bride from episode seven, and how much I relate to her. There’s a lot of self-realization I wasn’t prepared for and tears I’m surprised I shed. ♡
My overactive mind won't let me forget that my late night mind kept saying he was in Selma (even though I eventually corrected it to Marshall).
After briefly talking about Jacob Black being handcuffed to his hospital bed, the rest of the episode is all about Chadwick Boseman (hence the aforementioned Selma guilt). From a moment of silence to reading Instagram captions that attest to his beautiful spirit, I tried my hardest to honor Chadwick Boseman. Needless to say, the episode ended in several unexpected tears. ♡
I’m back baby (and you know I’m truly back because you hear how muddled my brain is within the first three minutes, which shows how much of a mess I still am) !!! Although honestly, this is low key an over-explained self promo episode, but there’s still some good stuff. I properly introduce myself, something I probably didn’t do in season one. More importantly, I talk about everything happening with the Black Lives Matter Movement and my initial response during the end of season one. To lighten things up a bit, I share some stories regarding me staying home for my final year of college. It’s all good stuff, and there’s a new intro/outro song by David Sanya. ♡ The Insta: @simplyjamilahofficial
This is the final episode of season one of Simply Special (now Simply Jamilah Podcast), and it took me well over a minute to say goodbye. I share everything I've learned about podcasting over the course of the season, share plans for the second season (because some things are going to change), and share my long list of different recommendations, from podcasts and films to books and beauty. Season one was fun, and I'm sure season two (coming August 28, 2020) will be too.
After the week I've had, I produced an all over the place episode. The first half revolves around the injustice and death of George Floyd, and the latter half is about how being the only underage person is anything but fun.
I believe people come in our lives for a reason, and Mister Walls came into my life to show me what it means to be real and authentic. For this episode, I wanted to introduce the world to him and share how our friendship has impacted my life in one of the best ways possible.
I'm sure you could guess this episode has something to do with fashion. During this time of COVID Quarantine, do what you want, including wearing what you want. If you're not leaving the house but still want to toss on a ball gown, wear the ball gown and STRUT! The only person you dress for is yourself.
This episode is all about a popular social platform many people avidly use. I'm not talking about TikTok; I'm talking about Instagram, including how I edit my Instagram pictures and the usual anecdotes and random tangents.
Through the tangents and tidbits of random information, I share my personal struggles with branding, including merging, growth and improving engagement. Also, I feel like I'm super repetitive, so if you're looking for a drinking game, take a shot every time I say "the blog.."
Thought spirals: the noun version of overthinking. There are five things I overthink about: COVID-19, marriage, life after college, money, and my image. Let's talk about it. // Instagram: its_supersimple
This episode is all about being apologetic, especially as women, and how we need to stop. We have no reason to apologize... unless we actually did something wrong like purposely sabotaging a coworker's promotion.
It's Women's History Month, and I am living for it!! This is one of my favorite months out of the entire year, and to celebrate, we're going to talk about women. This episode is pretty much all about allowing women to do whatever they want with their bodies, including growing hair. In the last few minutes, we flip the script a bit and talk about the EF-3 tornado that hit my hometown, Nashville, TN.
In honor of it being Black History Month and me being an African-American, this episode is all about my time being born and raised in Tennessee, a very Republican state. If you get offended easily, don't listen to this.
Happy Valentine's Day!! As a single bean with a history of a non-existent love life, I thought it would be fun to talk about boys and love and romantic relationships; take a shot every time I say "romantic relationship." (Also, yes, the title is a tik tok).
Today's episode is all about money and how it pretty much rules the world. It's hard to accomplish everything you want to accomplish if you don't have any money. At this point in society, it's hard to live without money on the mind.
When I think of 2020, I think of 20/20 vision. With it being 2020, this could be the year to receive clarity on different situations and relationships in our lives, and it's up to us to act upon the clarity we receive. In this rambling session full of tangents, I discuss the vision for 2020... even though we're already a month in.