We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryanna Jordanne Declines and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryanna Jordanne, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risk – I think of it as an opportunity to learn. In most cases let’s be honest risks are scary. The fear of not knowing what is on the other side or where you’ll land after can prevent most of us to even start. One of my friends told me a quote that really changed my perspective about risk. She told me “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” Even today when I think about that quote I realize how much truth there is to it. Risks have allowed me to break past my threshold whether I was ready for it or not. In the past it has led me to quit my desk job to pursue my dream career in Beverly Hills even though the commute was 2 hours each way. It helped me network and meet some amazing mentors through this pandemic. It has even allowed me to reflect and fuel my own passion project which has now become my own business. Everything you want is on the other side of fear because it brings clarity of what you are capable of and who you are meant to be. I don’t regret taking the leap because whether or not it ended up being a “good” or “bad” decision – success to me is measured from the lessons and skills I’ve gained throughout the process.
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?
I created my small business in the middle of the Pandemic. During the Summer, I recently got laid off from my dream career because the event industry got heavily affected and there was no knowing when it would come back. During this time of dealing with unemployment, the effects of COVID, racial injustice, the election, and just a whole bunch of heavy media – I really wanted to create something more positive to combat the negativity I had been consuming everyday. Starting my own business especially during Pandemic was not the easiest. A lot of it stems from fear, imposter syndrome, and not knowing where or how to start. The biggest contribution to my success is because of the connections I’ve made with others. My community means the world to me. There are so many people you can lean on and so many people you can learn from. Some of the lessons I’ve learned is to be proud of your gifts and what you have to offer, ask for help, and be willing to make mistakes and learn from them. Built From The Soil is community driven and community minded. My goal is to take everything I’ve learned and use it to amplify other peoples’ unique talents and truths so that other people can see it too. I strive to promote more representation and authenticity in marketing and media as well as create more opportunities for all hustles and walks of life. This is where our passion meets our purpose. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So many fun places in SoCal (mainly places to eat). I’ve been all over SoCal from LA, OC, and SD. -LACMA always my favorite to sit on the grass and have a picnic, not too far is Kazunori (best sushi/handrolls ever) – The Grove especially the Farmers Market -The Getty Villa transports you to another place. -M&M Donuts for late night cravings in Anaheim. -The Platform in Culver City to sit out traffic -Stop by SD to get the best TACOS EVER . Shoutout to Tacos El Gordo. -Simones Donuts in LB or Seaside Bakery in OC. -Signal Hill near LB to see the view of LA, San Pedro, LB and more at sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank the amazing women of In Her Purpose who I met this year during the summer of their Virtual Book Launch. Thank you for sharing the stories of Asian American Women living out their dreams – people who look and have the same narratives as me. I am so grateful for your guidance and mentorship while building Built From The Soil through this crazy year. Thank you to my family for your constant love and support – you are my WHY and the reason why I can live in my purpose. Thank you to every single friend and supporter of Built From The Soil – support is nothing without my community and I thank you for every bit of the success I have. When the community wins, we all win!
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