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

Hi Jamie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Starting this business as a new mom, I feel that my work life balance constantly shifts. When I first started, I was only able to work while my son was napping or asleep for the night. Now that my son is 4, he is able to entertain himself for extended periods of time and I can accomplish some work (mom-guilt free). Pre-pandemic he was attending preschool three days per week which made having a consistent work life balance much easier to manage. When I get overwhelmed with my workload, I step away and recharge with some family time, and it all works out in the end. I am proud to say though, time management has always been a strength of mine.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My custom decorated cookie business is called Festively Frosted Cookie Co. Each order is custom designed based off of the details my clients give me. Most clients let me have free reign when it comes to the design, however, I love when clients give me a bit of a direction to go on. As an artist, it’s extremely important to me that I achieve the correct esthetic my clients have in mind. A little about my background, I grew up in San Diego, CA and I was in commercial property management for years. When I moved to Arizona, I worked as a Design/Office Assistant for a high-end wedding florist in the valley. When our son was born in 2015, my husband and I decided that I would stay home to raise our son. Financially, it made more sense than paying astronomical daycare fees. It was the best decision we ever made. Being able to raise our child is my greatest life accomplishment thus far. Being able to stay home allowed for me to find my talent in cookie decorating. I am a very creative person and not working was so new to me. I just wanted to create beautiful things again. I started by making cookies for our family and friends and everyone encouraged me to start a business. The biggest setback I faced was when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2016. Coming from someone who had never had serious health problems in her life, it was the darkest my life had gotten. Once I started my medication though, it was easier to find the light in every day. I’m a positive person by nature, so it was a bit alarming that my positivity could be taken away by this diagnosis. It took me a little while to come out of it and forgive my body for betraying me (so to speak) but everything is now stable and under control. I’ve learned to be patient with myself. Life is full of ups and downs, but every part of it is beautiful. I make sure that I take the time everyday to be thankful for my health and family. I am also thankful to all of my clients for letting me create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for them.

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?
I am all about adventure and exploring! We would head north to Sedona and do some hiking and people watching. We would head back to Phoenix and have fun heading to a nice spa at either The Montelucia or Four Seasons at Troon North. Then I’d have to introduce her to the amazing cuisine at Fabio on Fire (a great Italian restaurant that’s a local favorite to us.) She wouldn’t be able to leave town without visiting El Encanto Dos in Cave Creek without drinking a Prickly Pear Margarita. Then we would finish the trip with some shopping at Scottsdale Quarter. And of course there would be some days where we just lounge in the pool! (Can I officially plan this vacation now?!)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person in my life who deserves some credit and recognition for the success of my business is my husband, Travis Garner. He really is the most amazing partner I can ask for. Now that he is working from home, we each have shifts to accommodate taking turns with our son so that we can each accomplish our workloads. He recognized my talent before I knew that I even had a talent for decorating cookies. He knows exactly how to get me motivated and is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. (And he never complains about the insane amount of cookie cutters I purchase.) Thank you for being the best husband ever!

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Image Credits
Katie LaCoste Photography & Design Jamie Garner