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Life and Work with Jackie Roque Salas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Roque Salas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jackie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started DashOfPanacheBlog.com after I finished a fashion design program at Parsons in New York City, and moved back to Miami to finish my Bachelors in Communications. Once I moved back to Miami, I realized that not only could I have my own space on the internet beyond Instagram, but this would serve as my creative outlet as well.

There are always challenges, this is not all about pretty content. Plus, it takes a lot of time to make that content beautiful and captivating.

I love making things pretty, whether it’s a website, a brand’s social media, or even the inside of someone’s home or office.

Being a first generation Cuban-American, I’m grateful to be American, and I very much believe in the “American Dream”, and it’s my hope that others can see my journey and believe that they too can pursue their own dreams as well.

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?
There are always challenges, this is not all about pretty content. Plus, it takes a lot of time to make that content pretty and captivating. Over the years, as the blogging world has become more saturated, it has been challenging to find ways to distinguish myself from the pack, and what has helped me is to not only have a vision for what I’m trying to achieve, but to also remember why I started this journey in the first place.

It is important to keep your priorities in perspective and focus on your blog as being a vehicle to build community and not a popularity contest. By always having my “why” in mind, I stay focused on bringing value to my community, as well as empowering myself to be the best that I can be.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
While my blog is a focus, I have been fortunate to branch out and expand my business into a lot more work, such as; social media consulting, brand and marketing consulting, interior decorating / design, and personal styling. I love making things pretty, whether it’s a website, a brand’s social media, or even the inside of someone’s home, or even an office.

I’m most proud of my personal growth, as I have expanded to the west coast, and now go back and forth between Miami and Los Angeles. Taking on some new verticals such as consulting and interior design have been challenging, yet rewarding at the same time. Being a first generation Cuban-American, I’m very grateful to be American, and I very much believe in the “American Dream”, and it’s my hope that others can see my journey and believe that they too can pursue their own dreams as well.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Focus on what YOU love, instead of what others think you should love.

Have a vision, know your “why”, and have clarity as to how you bring that vision to life.

Find people who believe in you, and surround yourself with people that have similar aspirations as yourself.

Kindness is more than a virtue, and it is most certainly not a sign of weakness. Be kind everywhere you go.

Write thank you notes – taking time to say thank you goes a long way.

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Photo by Zachary Bennett Le

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