We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Ramsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jasmine, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
For me it’s been my guy and intuition that tells me whether to give up or keep trying. There have been PLENTY of times where I’ve wanted to close up shop and quit because I wasn’t seeing immediate results or the results I had expected but my inner voice wouldn’t let me quit. Instead when I got in those tough spaces in my mind my inner voice would feed me new and productive ways of doing things and I would meet in the middle with the will power to get it done. Starting and running a business is not easy but if you love it enough you’ll try everything to make it work.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business Jazz It Up Soul Food currently operates as an e-commerce business that sells our homemade Cajun seasoning line. We are in the process of securing a kitchen space so that we may move to catering our unique Cajun dishes to the Valley. This has been a dream of mine since I was 5 years old,but it hasn’t been am easy one. I have had to deal with people not believing I could accomplish this dream, having no money and lots of time, or money but no time to work on my business. I’ve had many obstacles that have stood in my way and by the grace and help of Jah I’m still standing. I’m still accomplishing. I’m still building my brand into what I know it can be and that gives me so much joy. If I’ve learned anything on this journey it’s that if you don’t address and correct your past it could halt your future,patience is key but grace towards yourself is necessary,and networking is vital as a business owner.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely have to take them to my top 3 food places at the moment which are Tempura Takeover (ALWAYS),Island Boyz Jerk Spot 🔥🔥🔥, and this Peruvian place I found called Taste of Peru(AMAZING). On Wednesday night I would definitely take them to an amazing event at Club Dwntwn called Poetic Soul. The energy, experience and all around vibe is so dope and the connections you can make there,OMG off the charts. Everything else would just be a spur of the moment vibe, meeting new people, finding new things to do. It’d be an amazing week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to shoutout The Phoenix Palate and it’s owner Alexis Armijo. She found me in the middle of a pandemic and took a chance on me as one of her chefs. In the process I have grown and gained so much knowledge that I have been applying to my own business. She helped me to get past that stage of doubt and be able to pursue my dreams without apology. I also want to shoutout a foodie friend @erikobakes. We have been each other’s rock through our journey as new entrepreneurs and she helped me to realize the things I feel I’m not alone. My business coach Alicia Howell @courageouscoaching_ is also someone who helped me TREMENDOUSLY. She helped make sense of all the things swirling in my head. She put me on a clear path and helped me when I got lost/sidetracked along the way. She spoke works of encouragement to me and applauded all my progress no matter how small I thought it to be. Without her I wouldn’t have my business today. She helped me get established and I’m forever greatful. Lastly I want to shoutout my sister Jade @yungtastebudzz_az. With her help from her foodie platform I have gained such great connections, mentors and even some loyal supportive customers. I love you sis. ❤

Website: jazzitupsoulfood.wixsite.com

Instagram: @jazzitupsoulfood

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