We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Troupe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Being a mother has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had! I’ve always tried to be the type of parent that I longed for in my adolescence. One of the most important things my partner and I have done for our boys is to remember that we are their guides- not their owners! I don’t believe that our kids should be controlled or molded into the perfect little projections of what we want them to be as parents- they should be loved abundantly, granted their own unique freedom of expression and not forced to feel like they need to conform to society’s expectation of who they should be as young Black boys- but who they feel they are at their core! As Marie Forleo says, “everything is figureouttable” and my partner and I are here to help our boys learn how to think critically and figure out situations they may encounter along their journeys. I believe that when we as parents take on the mindset of loving teachers, it’s so much healthier for their development because children should have boundaries and healthy discipline- but we as parents should not treat them in such a way that they begin to identify themselves as the mistakes they may make. Speaking of mistakes- one big lesson we teach is that mistakes happen and that it’s ok! We have a family business (called Heritage Apothecary) and we use the business to teach them age appropriate lessons. One of the biggest takeaways that I want them to remember, though, is that they are creative beings and that they have the power to create authentic, powerful things that can change people’s realities (and their own) for the better- and it all starts with an idea that they can literally actualize into fruition. I’d say that helping my children to know, understand and use their unique abilities is the most rewarding experience, bar none.
What should our readers know about your business?
I feel like a lot of modern urban dwellers are finding ourselves yearning for the connection to the earth and to nature that our ancestors had. My tribe (customers) and I share similar stories and family histories centered around our elders working on farms (their own or otherwise), living more holistic lifestyles and experiencing a sense of community that is often lacking in our current digital age. At Heritage Apothecary, we honor the beauty and sacred nature of plants. We create crystal infused, high vibrational treatments for your body, home and aura. There’s a collective return to cultural traditions and practices happening; and it brings me so much joy to present a modernized way for all of us to reconnect with the energy, peace and beauty of nature for the fortifying of the mind, body and spirit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When outside opens up again (one can only hope that ‘rona decides to take her funky butt into a deep, dark abyss away from mankind and stay there – otherwise once the pandemic is less of a threat to humanity) I would recommend Malibu beaches and a restaurant called Geoffrey’s there, all of the farmers markets, parks like Shane’s inspiration and griffith park horseback rides for families with children, museums like the griffith observatory, any of the peaceful meditation gardens, in-n-out, picking your own produce from some of the family farms on the outskirts of LA county, and so much more. We have so many amazing activities, cultural immersion experiences and just pure fun in LA- I’d recommend taking to Yelp to search for the best things to do because you will find a wealth of places to go and things to do. And if you use a car sharing service like Lyft or Uber, ask your driver! They often have really great recommendations because they see them on a daily basis- especially for some awesome hidden gems. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As the famous African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child” and I have a very special village of my own! Some have taught me how to grow and flourish as a human being, while others taught me through their examples about what not to do/lessons on the type of human I did not desire to become in adulthood. All in all, I have been blessed with many parent figures, aunts, cousins, family friends, teachers, and community leaders that have encouraged and loved me along the way. None can take the place of my Mom and grandma, though, because their have taught me the most! I’d like to extend a very special shoutout to my mom because she has influenced me above all ❤️