We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Ryans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was deciding to obey God, His Word and intentionally deciding to give Him a yes every single day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a distributor of health, wellness and beauty products to businesses in the health and beauty industry that offers wholesale and private label options and sell exclusive health, wellness and beauty products for the family unit. Soul(tre) is a faith-based company that focuses on holistic health and education. We believe in healing for the mind, body and soul to help human beings experience overall wellness and wholeness for the entire being. Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates. We want not only your hair and skin to shine but for your soul to shine through too! #truebeauty #realbeauty. I have always had a passion for health and wellness. I am a certified pharmacy technician and originally pursued a degree in Pharmacy before I was led to pursue a degree in Business, which sparked the interest in creating my own business and this was when my journey of giving birth to Soul(tre) began. The word easy has not come across my lips since I embarked on this entrepreneurial journey lol. There were so so many unexpected challenges that you can’t even prepare for. However, it was the constant reminders of the mission and vision God had given me when He led me to this “uncharted territory” He wanted me to possess and make a difference in, that helped me in overcoming those “stepping stones” in the road. Along this journey, if I could sum up the most valuable lessons I have learned in three points, they would be: 1. Always remember ‘whose’ I was. 2. Always obey God. 3. Always be ready to serve. When I finally realized and really applied these lessons, I started to flourish in all areas of my life and not just functioning or existing in life and going with the “flow”. I am just a spiritual being having a human experience that is passionate and driven by all things health, wellness and beauty. Soul(tre) was created to be a way to introduce God, faith and ministry through true health, wellness and beauty in the most unorthodox way. I wanted to be able to share my story, knowledge and experiences in the most authentic and creative way possible. Soul(tre) is just one of the many ways God has allowed me to be able to carry that out.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I was so excited to share some of my favorite spots in my city! Though I love Atlanta, GA dearly and I appreciate all the love and support they give to me and my brand, I am and will always be a native of Augusta, GA. And my favorite spots are: 1. Humanitree House hands down! You can not, I repeat, can not come to Augusta, GA and NOT go to Humanitree House. You are doing yourself a huge disservice if you do not go. You will regret it, I PROMISE lol. Humanitree House is a vegan juice bar / art gallery. They sell vegan breakfast and lunch and their smoothies are life! All the art work is HAND PAINTED by the owner Baruti Tucker ( Brotha B) and all the juices and food recipes are inspired by his amazing wife, Denise Tucker ( Juice Mama), co-owner of Humanitree House. 2. Augusta & Co houses the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Augusta’s Sports Council and a wonderful retail section of nothing but local small businesses’ and artists’ products and Augusta merchandise! (including Soul(tre) products #shamelessplug lol 3. Studio Neighborhood Bar would be the place to go for those looking for late night option for entertainment or looking for live music by local artist and bands that will blow your mind! Live performances be dynamic artist like AE The Cool and violin performances by none other than THE Javonne Jones. 4. Partridge Inn has an upscale restaurant, the PI Bar and Grill. The food is amazing and there is live performance on certain days and there is also a rooftop bar! 5. If you are into diy activities and or enjoy hands on activities, Augusta Candle Company would be a great place to check out. You can make your own candle with your own custom scent! A very fun experience, especially with friends and family! 6. My seafood lovers, you have to go to Big T’s Seafood Restaurant. I have tried almost everything on the menu and I have yet to find something I don’t like lol. 7. The Brunch House of Augusta. Need I say more. I am a foodie at heart so I am going to share all the great food places lol. 8. Cafe 209 for amazing homestyle American food. It’s all your favorite Sunday dinner meals that you can enjoy during the week as well. 9. Lucy Craft Laney Museum is definitely a place worth visiting in Augusta, GA. It is a small house that showcases the legacy of a prominent African-American educator through Augusta history and art. 10. The Augusta Museum of History is another history museum located in Augusta, GA, which was founded to preserve and share the history of Augusta and the surrounding areas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I would like to recognize God, who made all this possible. I would like to recognize my mother, Marilyn Steadman, who was the first female entrepreneur who influenced and inspired me to pursue my dreams and share my gifts with the world. I would also like to recognize Kayla Johnson, my soul sister, my church family at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Daryl Rolle, one of the best mentors, Destiny Inspire for always pushing my and challenge me to not just function but to flourish in life and my daughter for always reminding me to keep pushing and fighting because someone needs it what I have to offer.
Crystal E. Smith