Looking Beyond Biases with Jasmine Byrd

This week on the Mamaste Podcast we welcome Jasmine Byrd, Project Coordinator for NASA, and badass working-mama to four-year-old, Trey.

We dive into Jasmine’s background, including her faith-centered foundation that has led her through every stage in her life and helped her create a family life rich in values while expecting the very best from people.

She shares her experience transitioning from a predominantly white school to a historical black university, Hampton University. We also talk about the racial tension that’s still unmistakably present today and how she is raising her son to see everyone the same, regardless of the color of their skin.

Quotable Moments

“What am I gonna do here that will make me happy?”

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that people are better than you think.”

“I’d rather be an optimist and proven wrong than live as a pessimist.”

“Prayer is a way of letting things go, like a release.”


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The Mamaste Podcast is motherhood meets personal growth. Co-creators Ryann Watkin and Jill Erwich are on a mission to enlighten listeners through relatable interviews and topics, leading to more conscious connections with our kids, families, and communities. Positive impact in the world starts at home, in our everyday lives. The Mamaste Podcast has featured stay-at-home moms, working moms, homeschooling moms, a male yoga instructor and everyone in between. We strive to build a diverse community through inclusion and to talk about topics ranging from “how to get our kids to buckle into their carseats” to “how we can fit health, fitness and self-care into our lives”.