We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna LeDesma and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brianna, what’s your definition for success?
Success can be defined in many aspects, depending on who you ask. For myself, it isn’t about what I drive, whether I carry a designer purse, or how many figures are in my bank account. To me, success is the feeling I get each morning I see the smiles of my three beautiful children, or when I hear their innocent laughter, and I kiss them goodnight. It’s the feeling I get when I lay my head down on my pillow at night, knowing I have done everything from starting and ending careers, to becoming an entrepreneur and continuing my education to ensure those three have the best future imaginable.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I definitely don’t have a typical, all around happy story, but I think that’s what makes it so unique. Four years ago, I was working full time at Chandler Regional Medical Center as a tech while working towards my BSN. My dad was suddenly diagnosed with cancer, and I had just suffered the loss of twin boys, then shortly after another loss in my second trimester. This all led up to me taking time off of work to prepare for a major surgery, and time after to heal. During this time, my (then) four year olds birthday was quickly approaching, and she asked me for special unicorn cookies to celebrate. I had never been good at baking before, not even able to make a cake from a box without ruining it, so I was determined to make the best cookies for my sweet girl. I spent days testing many different recipes, and countless hours practicing over and over. I watched hundreds of videos and tutorials, and threw so many batches away before I was finally happy enough with the flavor and outcome. I posted a photo on my personal social media account, and someone asked if I would make a batch for her son’s birthday and she would pay me. I explained it was just something I did as a hobby, I was not a baker, nor was I selling a product, and she understood and wanted to proceed, so I accepted. She later raved about them, and she spread the word through her family and friends. That lit a little fire inside of me, and I started posting all over the internet, and as the orders came in, I knew I needed to take it to the next step – I received my LLC, calculated all my income and expenses, and was able to quit my job and do this full time.
Fast forward, I am now a single mom, pursuing my degree in Criminal Justice full time, as well as running my business. I want everyone to know that even when you feel like everything is crumbling down, and you want to give up and throw in the towel, that’s right when things are about to turn around for the better. Hold on a little longer, *Believe In Yourself*, and keep pushing through. The tough times are sculpting you into the person you are supposed to be, so let them happen, learn from them, and continue on in your journey through life.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Believe it or not, I am an Arizona native, and still have so much to see and do. It wasn’t until the past couple years that I really got out to start exploring this beautiful home state we call home. I am still very much an introvert, and when I do get out to do something, it’s typically something outdoors or up north.

If I had a best friend visiting from out of town, I would take them on an early morning hike to the Wave Cave. It’s a favorite hike of mine, and something any moderate hiker can achieve. Then get cleaned up and head to lunch at Thirsty Lion, followed by some shopping at San Tan mall. That evening would be a relaxed night, catching a movie, dinner and drinks at The Alamo Draft house.
Following day, I would be sure to take her for a night on the town. We would go for happy hour at Postino’s, check out the White Rabbit, throw some darts at Champions, play some arcade games at Level 1 Arcade, then head to Dierk’s Bentley Whiskey Row and dance the night away.
Before she left I’d be sure to take her to a Phoenix Suns game (during season, of course), and up to Sedona and Prescott if possible.

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?
I would like to dedicate this shout-out, as well as way more to my dad. He is the one person in my life who has never left, he has been my number one supporter, my number one motivator and has continued to encourage me through the toughest of times. I never thought I would be capable of doing half of the things I have accomplished to date, but with the help of my dad, his continued love and his words of wisdom, I have been able to be a single mom to three, own and run a home based bakery, and be a full time student.

Website: www.theblissfulbite.net

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