We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Silas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My adult life is marked by many big risks..some that turned out amazing and some that had me face down crying out to God wondering why I would ever do something that crazy. I think risks are necessary for anything that is worthwhile and I’ve heard over and over again the greater risk the greater the reward. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I am striving to live a life of great reward. Faithfully Healthy Meals was birthed out of risk after an extremely hard failed attempt at a different business. It would have been easy and safe for me to run away from this idea and just stick with a corporate job, but the idea that I would be robbing people of experiencing what me and my business have to offer was too great of a burden for me to carry. I decided that I would rather give it my all and try than sit around and make a lists of negative what ifs.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Faithfully Healthy Meals was created with the desire to change the stigma and remove the burden out of eating and living healthy. Growing up I witnessed several family members and friends of family die from diseases and honestly it never sat right with me. I always felt like there were answers beyond living a life on prescription medicine and in and out of doctors appointments. Around 6 or 7 years ago I learned that my Grandma had chronic kidney disease and was nearing the time where they would be putting her on dialysis and the idea of that literally infuriated me. I was freshly unemployed so I dedicated myself to researching the proper diet for her and decided that before I would allow her to go on dialysis that we would fight it our way. I prepped every meal that she was allowed to eat and 7 years later she is still not on dialysis. It was in that moment that I really grew in my love for health and nutrition. I liked to remake old unhealthy meals that I enjoyed in new ways, it was so therapeutic for me. I would even help family and friends with food to help them adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. My older sister noticed my new found joy in cooking and helping other people and suggested that I begin doing it for money. Instantly I shot down the idea in fear that I wasnt capable enough to carry something like this out. For the next 7 days during my times of prayer God continued to show me this business and what it could do and even gave me the name. So I did a small launch by just word of mouth and about a year later I met a business coach Jose Rodriguez that helped me develop the idea to what it is now. Over these last 3/4 years I have literally had to fight to hold on to the God sized idea that was given to me in that time of prayer. I have had moments of complete excitement and other times that I have thought that I had lost my mind. Working a full time job still, while being the cook, shopper, social media manager, delivery driver, and everything else that this business needs is far from easy, but knowing that I am helping people adopt healthier lifestyles is worth it to me. I am proud that through it all Faithfully Healthy has stayed true to who we are. Organic food, cooked with love, hassle free experiences is who we are and what we will always be. I think its important to know what your non negotiable are as it pertains to your business and never allow inconvenience or the opinions of others to make you walk away from that. I know the value of fresh ingredients to our bodies so it is more important to me to continue to find the best quality of food for our customers to consume. Stay true to who you are if you change make sure it’s always for the better and not just for the money.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Lets dream a little with this one and talk about some pre pandemic fun lol. I love outside so we would definitely have a beach day and head to Newport for a day of sand and waves. We would also have to go on a hike one day so the Eaton Canyon trails would be my selection with the waterfall to seal the deal. I’m a wanna be foodie so some places that we must eat at during their trip would be Comfort La (Inglewood) because that is family and beyond the food some dope and enlightening conversations are always birthed out of that place. Alta West Adams for brunch is an absolute must because their food is just AMAZING..I am also a lover of a nice steak (no matter how many times I go vegan) so we would have to do dinner at Mastros (Newport or Malibu so we can overlook water). I also love discovering new places so we would probably try out some hidden gems based on yelp reviews. No visit is even real without an intimate night in with close friend and since I am competitive I would host a game night and cook my infamous Salmon Tacos that were featured on an episode of my show Kitchen Konversations. To top off the weekend on Sunday we would hit my favorite place in the world All Nations Worship Assembly in San Bernardino for worship and a mighty word of God. Head to Six Flags and eat In N Out, shopping in downtown Santa Monica , Get some juices from 1987 juices, Lunch at Azala Vegan, Hit LAX Firing Range, and spend a day at Glen Ivy Spa
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, it would be unfair for me to give credit to just one person because from the beginning I have had so many people who have believed in my vision and have literally poured money, resources, direction, insight, prayer, hands on support, and so much more into making Faithfully Healthy what it is today. So I guess my recognition would go to my tribe which entails family, friends, and strangers that have become friends. Thank you all for your selfless pour into me and my business.