We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooklyn Downing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooklyn, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started brookie bakes, I had just had my first baby and had stopped working as a full time dental hygienist. I wanted to be a stay at home mom and was so grateful I was able to do so. However I wanted an outlet, or a hobby that was just for me. I never imagined it would turn into what it has today. I started by just practicing baking during naps and after bedtimes with absolutely no stress. Today it definitely has become more of a time commitment, and i have to be more aware of balancing my cookie business and my family. I feel like I finally have a good balance as I’ve learned what works for me and my family.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve never been the artsy one in my family, so this was a huge surprise when I successfully started a “creative/artsy” business! I truly didn’t think I could do it, or even had an ounce of creativity in my body. Thats been the biggest surprise with this business, seeing myself develop those talents.
Im most proud of my growth personally and professionally. I’m proud of myself for sticking to something new. Especially something that is so different than anything I had ever done before. I love looking back and seeing some of my first orders, to my orders today. I proud of the fact that my business has grown to more than just custom cookies. It’s turned into holiday sales, markets, and teaching classes! I love sharing this with others; and teaching others what I love. I’m excited about the many classes i have planned for this next year! It’s become one of my favorite parts of this little business of mine.
I taught myself how to do this after watching many Instagram and YouTube videos. I decided to dive in 100% and make my Instagram before I was probably “qualified” to do so. But it’s because of that, that my business is where it is today. It’s not always easy, especially starting from ground zero, but i just threw myself in and it’s paid off. I’ve come a long way, but there are so many new skills and techniques out there for me to learn and I’m excited to see where this takes me 1, 5, even 10 years from now. Im not always very patient, and I’ve had to remind myself that with a creative field like this, there is always room to grow, and things to learn.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We absolutely love spending a day at Saguaro lake. There’s nothing better than being out on the water, soaking up the sun and getting behind the boat. We’d end the day with some Barros pizza and a drink from our favorite- soda rush! We’d spend time at top golf, eat dinner at Red White and Brew., and go to downtown Gilbert and get some prickly pear ice cream from Topo. My husband would probably smoke some tri tip and spend some time at home watching some shows and catching up!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my Husband, Bryan. He has always been so supportive of my dreams, small or big. He encouraged me to find this hobby and start this business. He’s the behind the scenes guy. He’s baked hundreds of cookies, cleaned hundreds of cookie sheets, and stayed up till 3 am with me countless nights as “moral support.” He deserves more thanks and recognition than I’ve given him, that’s for sure!