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

Hi Michelle, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Finding and creating a successful work life balance is no easy task, especially for small business owners. As a one person shop, it feels impossible to find an ending to the day because the work never truly ends. When I first opened my business, I worked late into the night, all through the weekend, and found myself feeling burned out. Over time I’ve learned to set boundaries with my clients, even if it meant losing their order. You can only run on fumes for so long until it eventually takes the joy out of what you are doing. For your mental health and for the overall successful of your business, it’s best to set the balance as early as possible.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own Devil’s Food Cakery, which is located in Prescott Valley, Arizona. What makes my bakery different is that I specialize in customized sugar work. Though our baked goods are delicious, it’s the artistic aspect that makes us most appealing to our clients. There’s nothing “easy” about owning a business, but it is definitely worth it. The biggest lesson I have learned along the way is to prioritize yourself (and your staff). Though I’d love to take every order, I have to find a balance that allows me time to relax and refill my creativity so I can continue to do what I love.

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?
Anytime someone visits, I love to take them shopping for handmade, local items in Sedona and Prescott. It is always a priority to explore Jerome and take in the fresh, cold air. I personally love leaving the city and showcasing all the Arizona beauty.

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, Vincent. He has been my biggest fan and supporter since I daydreamed about owning a bakery. From lugging tables and cookies to weekly craft fairs, to wedding cake deliveries across town, to helping me navigate all the stress, disappointment, joy, and excitement along the way, he has been there unconditionally.

Website: Www.devilsfoodcakery.com

Instagram: @devilsfoodcakery

Facebook: Www.facebook.com/devilsfoodcakery

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