It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
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Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I’m Jasmine Comer and I am a foodie at heart. When I tell people that they always ask me what my favorite restaurant is, but truly I enjoy doing most of my own cooking at home. I was born and raised in Greensboro. I’ve been here pretty much my whole life. But I’m only 23 by the way. My family is also everything to me and whenever I’m not working I enjoy spending time with them. My sister is one of my biggest supporters!
I’ve always been super creative, and by the time I was in 8th grade, I just knew that I was going to be a graphic designer. Little did I know that would change! I earned a BS in Graphic Communications from North Carolina A&T State University. Shortly after graduating I entered the corporate world and stayed there for only about nine months. During that time I created Lively Meals which literally began as me taking pictures of my food. Thankfully it has turned into so much more than that. I am also currently working on a MS in Marketing with Liberty University Online. I’ve enjoyed utilizing those skills to grow my food blog.
Q. What is your work?
A. I run my food blog, Lively Meals. I also work at Harris Teeter. With Lively Meals I focus on real, nourishing foods. I love avocados! My work with the blog consists of a lot of content creation and collaborations with different brands. I also manage the social media for a small company and my church as well.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Right now I am working on my first cookbook which will be an eBook. I have realized that social media is important, but it is equally as important to provide people experiences outside of social networks. Through my eBook I want to create value for individuals of all types – those who love to cook, those who are new at cooking and anyone else who is interested. I want to help make the cooking experience as a whole enjoyable.
I am also really getting focused in on working for myself full time. I know that it’s not going to be easy but I love a challenge and I am definitely looking forward to it.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Leaving my corporate job was very scary for me. I knew that I was leaving a place that could potentially open up many opportunities for me. But at the same time I was following my heart and listening to my gut. I was doing the opposite of what everyone told me I should be doing. I have not regretted that decision one bit though. In the corporate world, it seems like there’s so many limitations and as a creative individual, I felt like I wasn’t able to thrive in that type of environment. As soon as I left my corporate job, Lively Meals flourished. I really haven’t even looked back since then. During that time I had no idea that Lively Meals would change my life but I am so thankful that it did.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I really want to get out and do more in the community. To me it’s really important to share your gifts and passions in ways that can uplift others. I’ve realized that God blesses us with gifts so that we can share them with others. I could see myself teaching cooking classes, or even helping those who are in less fortunate communities who may not have access to fresh local produce. I am actually in the process of setting up some projects in the community and I am really looking forward to it!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell myself not to compare your journey to anyone else’s. What God has planned for you, is only for you. That’s why everyone’s journey is so unique.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. One of my favorite quotes is “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”. To me being passionate about something is one of the best things you can do for yourself and those around you.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Staying inspired is so important to me. Inspiration can come from people, experiences, almost anything! Sometimes I also just like to take breaks. As bloggers I think we feel like we should never miss a beat on social media but I have times where I stay off of social media for a few days. Those moments keep me feeling really refreshed and whenever I return to social media I have a plethora of new ideas!
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I want to stress the importance of following your dreams. If you don’t know what your dreams are, then follow your passions. They will lead you to something more than you could probably ever imagine.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I am fairly new to yoga but downward facing dog is one of my favorites so far. I love the way that yoga makes me feel, even after a 15 minute session. It’s honestly life-changing.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I try to practice gratefulness in even the simplest things. Each week on my Instagram I express my thankfulness for Monday’s because I know that’s a tough day for most people. Being appreciative of the little things makes life so much easier. Every day is such a blessing so I try to take advantage of every opportunity. I also try to love and encourage the people around me as much as possible.