In 2013, Jasmine took her best puppy friend, Fiji, a bicycle and her violin on a trek across the United States with less than $50 in her pocket. It took six months. She didn’t know how to camp, and she did not have prior long distance cycling experience. She was just a chubby city girl, trying to regain self-confidence and recapture the person she thought she’d lost. While on the road, she experienced profound acts of kindness, strangers taking her and her dog into their homes, feeding, sheltering and looking out for them. With renewed faith in humanity, she pressed on, reshaping much more than her body, but her mind.
Living outside of the box opened up a world of opportunities, but it also taught Jasmine about the limitations society places on people. She finally realized that when you set your mind to something, free from fear, and with great sense of determination, anything is possible. In March 2016, she began to bicycle around the world in order to fully explore the magnitude of living outside of the comfort zone in a musical context. She took her pup and violin with the intent to use music to bridge cultural and social gaps and learn as much as possible in pursuit of her own personal dream to become a professional violinist, despite starting later than most of her peers.
She now seeks to inspire others to face their fears and pursue their dreams, giving talks in schools and other venues. Jasmine also gives house concerts. To inquire about having her speak at your venue or give a house concert, please contact here. In addition, Jasmine currently raises funds to provide string instruments to community music and after-school programs who serve low-income or zero income families.
The FiJaPAW Journal — along with allowing push notifications from the FiJaPAW website — is the ONLY way to stay thoroughly updated with Jasmine and Fiji. It is our monthly journal entries, detailing our travels and pursuits on the road. A blog is not available on the website. It comes out on the 20th of each month and contains stories, video, and photos from the road.
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