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Life and Work with Janae Strickland Strickland-Nunn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janae Strickland Strickland-Nunn.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began Confessions From a Red Couch blog after a health scare and an anxiety disorder diagnosis. My world was flipped upside down and I realized that I had been ignoring myself to make sure others were okay. I started my blog as a way to shout to the world and give myself a voice I thought I had lost.

Blogging was a therapeutic way to think through all my stuff but I didn’t realize others were relating to my situations. I started getting inboxes and comments saying “Girl I thought I was the only one” and “thank you for sharing your story”. Women and men were relating to my journey and finding their voice as well. Just from that I realized I couldn’t stop. My random ramblings about my journey to rediscovering me was helping others and I just took it from there.

Three years later, the blog gave birth to the podcast where my guest and I discuss life lessons learned that have helped us improve our relationships with ourselves and others. On my podcast, we discuss ways to improve your relationship with yourself, dating tips, social media pop culture that relates to self-care and awareness and ways to improve your relationships with others.

Stepping out into the public was a big move for me but I fell that I have a story that can help others move past their inner battles and come forward triumphant.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This journey has not been smooth. Life throws wrenches in situations right when you think you’ve gotten a good grasp on what is going on. every time I think I want to give up there is always someone that says what I am doing has encouraged them or given them hope to keep moving forward. This along with my faith in God and the support of my husband, family and friends is what keeps me going.

If you are looking to get into the world of being a social media entrepreneur there are a couple of things you should do:
1. Make sure you have a plan, Know what message you want to bring to the world.
2. Know who you want to present it to. Not everyone is going to want what you have to give. Know your target audience and their pain points and design your content based on their needs.
3. Surround yourself with supportive people in your industry. You can not be a lone wolf in this business. It’s good to have others to bounce ideas off of, who offer sound advice, and that you can actually collaborate with.

Please tell us about Confessions From A Red Couch Blog and Podcast.
I am a teacher by trade. I have taught in public education for 13 years now. I use my relationship building skills that I use in my classroom help others (as well as myself) develop positive personal relationships in order to foster effective relationships with others. My blog and podcast gives tips and skills to build self-love and awareness plans for yourself. If you can’t love you then who can.

I have also written a book called The Journey Back to Loving Yourself that helps people get back to loving themselves. Sometimes we let everyday life get in the way of self-love and self-care. I want to help others get back to their star player, themselves.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
Right now, I feel that women can do anything we set our minds to. Even though there is still a wage gap issue, especially with women of color, and we sill have the government trying to police what we do with our bodies, we still are in a better position that our foremothers. We can still do anything we put our minds to and right now entrepreneurship is that arena. Although the number of African American woman that owned their own business was more that 2 million the amount of money we earn compared to white males is still miniscule. We still need to push for equal pay in the workplace and equal earning power in our own places of business.


  • The Journey Back To Loving Yourself Ebook $6.99
  • Confessions From A Red Couch Merchandise $22.50-$37.50

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