We had the good fortune of connecting with iirie Earnest and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi iirie, why did you pursue a creative career?
First and foremost, I would like to say I am so grateful for the opportunity to share with SDVoyager. There’s been a lot going since my last interview. I am so happy to have this platform to share what’s new with me and that SDVoyager thinks I am interesting enough to chat with again. I am humbled and excited. So to answer your first question, I am a person who cannot just take a job to make money. I understand it and have done it many times in my life, because the truth is we all have to make money to live. I am also naturally creative. It is hard for me to work in a situation that I don’t feel connected to. It was no different than sitting in a class, I often felt it was boring when I was in school. Since I was a kid, I have always sang, danced, painted and been drawn to how plants heal. As soon as I felt high school, I was excited to pursue all of these amazing interests and gifts. I wasn’t sure how I could use all of them in a career per say but I knew these things should be a part of my life. I went to the San Diego School Of Creative Arts and it made an awesome impact on me and somehow led me to pursue a holistic health career along with the arts, which one day included the culinary arts, to my surprise. I love food and cooking for my family, but I didn’t imagine I would be a part of a culinary business. In that aspect of the business, I handle a lot of the paperwork, some of the online promo, our promo campaigns along with helping to get us into events and set up pops etc. It’s been pretty amazing so far. All the things I love to do for our businesses, I see how connected these things are and how much what I have chosen to do is important and part of our human experience. We care for the Mind, Body & Spirit through our holistic business. We provide food and a social experiences that engages the senses. Then there is the music and the art. It’s all holistic in some way. I wanted to find a way to translate this in all of my work and into my life and I am happy, I have. I really just want to do what makes me happy all day like working on holistic health, exploring vegan food and supporting people in changing their diets. Also I love being an advocate for cannabis and it is important to show people how it has helped me and could be a part of their healing journey. I have been diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia, the treatment use of holistic health therapies, using different herbs/plants including cannabis as one of the many herbs I use has been a godsend. I actually also work at Golden State Greens in Point Loma, which has been educational and beneficial in helping me learn more about cannabis products and the business of cannabis. It is just important along with courses I am taking and all the research I am doing on cannabis, I am in the environment. I am able to soak more knowledge up as Earnestly iirie, the business starts to evolve with more cannabis education and one day more services. It’s like my career has come full circle with my life. I share so much with my clients and all the things I share I actually apply to my life. Along with cannabis education my business started with a foundation in Ayurvedic & Eastern based therapies such as massage, Reiki, Meditation, Yoga and Chakra focused.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our business Earnestly iirie and ReBeLFoodie ByPOE, are unique because we focus on maintaining uniqueness in our products, services and online content. We are also doing what we do, all out of love for these creative small businesses. We love standing out, we pride ourselves on being “creatively rebellious”. What “creatively rebellious” means, is standing out and introducing people to something new in the way we conceptualize everything. I will give an example using my shared business ReBeLFoodie ByPOE. Right now we are known for menus that allow vegan and non-vegan to enjoy fresh creative entrees. We also have a rotating pop series of menus, which keeps it fun, fresh and new every time. Our vegan food on our menu is just as great as the meat dishes, so everyone can eat, enjoy and possibly change how they view vegan food. Another great thing is that Chef Poe is so creative he takes classics, we all love to eat and adds so much color, great flavors and his dishes are full of surprising fresh ingredients. It’s a different type of soulful experience, that really feels Cali but also like a little bit of everywhere and considering San Diego is so culturally diverse, it works. It’s like a foodie love letter to culinary arts. It is meant to hit the senses, make you smile and clean your plate. It gives those enjoying our food a new experience.
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?
If my best friend were coming out to visit San Diego. I would take her to Ocean Beach and let her check out the coolness of this little hippie beach town. There is such a cool vibe here, I am lucky to live in the community, and have access to the beach everyday. We would go to lunch or dinner at The Yasai, which is some amazing vegan sushi. Even a meat eater will love. I love all the sushi there, yet what also stands out is the ramen. The Triple Tomato and The Red Edition are must haves.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Poetential Earnest deserves a major shoutout. We are definitely a team and we keep each other motivated. Poetential also affectionately know as Poe is not only an asset but the chef of ReBeLFoodie ByPOE and he helps with the Earnestly iirie brand. He is also back on the path of eating vegan and living a more animal friendly lifestyle. We are not perfect, but successfully transitioned back to eating only vegan. In our business for ReBeLFoodie ByPOE, we provide vegan and non-vegan food so all people can eat but also in hopes that our food is so good to those who have the pleasure of enjoying it may get curious and try the “vegan versions of what we create”. Another person who keeps me inspired is my friend Adriana known as Nurtured Goddess on IG. She is an amazing holistic healer and growing as a business woman every time we speak. She was one of my first students, in a holistic/massage class at a vocational college. We have become more like family over the years. The times we have to talk and check in about our goals for business and personal goals have been very inspiring for me. I am excited about the future collaborations we will do with Earnestly iirie & ReBeLFoodie ByPOE.