We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, how do you think about risk?
As someone who is usually risk-averse, I have come to learn and appreciate the value that can come from trusting your gut and just going for it. Taking risks can feel like a trust fall with yourself in a way — everything is on you. However, there can be great lessons learned from whatever the outcome may be.
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 really started from me coming up with the right chia seed pudding recipe at home. I was making it for myself all of the time. I’d have it for breakfast at work or as a snack before I’d teach a fitness class. It would fill me up without weighing me down — I always felt satisfied after eating it. Coming up with the right recipe sounds simple enough, but as available as chia seed pudding is at a lot of places, sometimes the flavor isn’t always there! My boyfriend has always a big fan of it and kind of planted the seed of me selling it. What I’m most proud of with this product is that it is made without any added sugar! I rely on the fruit in the chia pudding base to give it the right amount of sweetness. I think it helps keep the pudding from being overly sweet, but still tasty. One of the things I enjoy most is coming up with new flavors. I’m inspired by the seasons and the flavors we crave and associate with them. Like the fresh and vibrant flavors of the summertime and the comforting spiced flavors of the fall. This past summer I introduced the Newport Peach flavor that has coconut cream, fresh berries, peach puree, and coconut flakes. Pumpkin Spice was a must for the fall as well!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Starting with a hike is a must! I always enjoy the El Moro Canyon trail in Laguna Beach or the Red Rocks Canyon hike. Definitely going to a class at Newport Peach at some point as well. We’d go to Gracias Madre, Sidecar Donuts, and MoonGoat Coffee or Neat Coffee. If it’s a weekend, maybe a drive down PCH with a couple of stops by the beach and then FitBar for an acai bowl — I recommend the Admiral bowl, yum.
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?
Throughout my journey with starting my own small business, I’ve really grown to have a whole new level of appreciation for the people in my life. My family, boyfriend, clients, friends, etc. have all been encouraging and supportive of this endeavor. I truly am so grateful for them and for believing in me. Definitely giving a shoutout to my friend, Nicole Kniss, owner of Newport Peach step aerobics studio in Newport Beach. I sell my product out of her studio where clients can pick up a chia pudding after class and fuel up. She’s been a big supporter since the beginning.
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