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“Communicate your emotions through the written word.”
Dr. Jade L. Ranger is the co-owner of The Prescription Shoppe, the first Black-owned independent community pharmacy located in Colonial Williamsburg. She recently published her first book titled Mustard Seed Mentality. She wrote Mustard Seed Mentality to help guide women, who do it all, to live healthy and balanced lives. “My journey to becoming an author began long before I wrote Mustard Seed Mentality,” Jade says. Her dad would read J. California Cooper books before bed. She remembers getting good grades in English class in high school. “Reading and writing have always been a part of who I am,” she says. “There is something special about being able to communicate your emotions through the written word.” When Jade was in her early 20s, she would drive to Barnes & Noble and pick out three books from three different genres. Her intention was to challenge her viewpoints and broaden her perspective. Mustard Seed Mentality blossomed out of Jade’s love for reading, but her life experiences are what is written on its pages.
Dr. Jade L. Ranger recently published her first book titled Mustard Seed Mentality to help guide women, who do it all, to live healthy and balanced lives.
Mustard Seed Mentality is just the beginning of Jade’s writing career. Jade also is a monthly columnist for The Virginia Gazette. The title of the column is #ParentLife UnscRxipted. Instead of writing about health and wellness, Jade wanted to create a column about parenthood. She says laughingly that because of her two boys (ages 4 and 8) she has so much material to cover. “My goal is for the column to be an insightful, funny, and relatable conversation on the joys and challenges of parenting,” Jade says. “Getting paid to do what I love is priceless.”
At the beginning of this year, Jade and her husband will launch a consulting business. “We’ve had several pharmacists reach out to us to inquire about our winning formula since we branched out on our own in March of 2019 when we first opened our pharmacy,” Jade says. “Now, we plan to turn this opportunity into another business venture.” Jade also has the ambitions to create a coalition of independent community pharmacies that are owned by young Black and brown pharmacists. “We are lifting as we climb, and the journey thus far has been nothing short of amazing,” she says.