We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyenesha Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyenesha, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My balance between work and life changed drastically when I started my own business because I work in the medical field but I also run my business full-time so sometimes trying to balance the two it is challenging. When I first started my business I thought about picking one and sticking to it but I wouldn’t feel complete unless I’m contributing to both of my passions which is healthcare and baking
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I started out business I was facing eviction but the moment I made my first post business went full speed ahead and it was actually going pretty well. I was able to pay my rent for three months without an issue but then businesses dropped drastically. It wasn’t easy and I went five months without a sale, I started to doubt myself and even question whether or not I should let my business stay open. I prayed a lot and I ask God for guidance on what it is that I should do. I closed down for a little bit changed a few items and came back stronger than ever. One thing about any business is that you have to believe in yourself because even if nobody is supporting you, you have to still support yourself. Nobody wants to support a business that the business owner doesn’t even believe in. So whether or not I get a sale I’m still going to continue to promote myself, I’m still going to continue to push myself to become better. What sets me apart is my peach cobbler, People who don’t even like peach cobbler love my peach cobbler and it’s one of my biggest sellers. I sale all of my desserts in Mason jars with the exception of my peach cobbler cheesecake.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend of mine was visiting from out of town I would first take them to Sedona. Sedona is extremely beautiful and I’ve been there twice this year. I stayed at the Arabella hotel and it is gorgeous, It’s located in the city surrounded by a shopping center and a fine dining restaurants. We would spend the day exploring the different trail paths they have, going to the mini souvenir shops and enjoying a beautiful dinner with a Mountain View. The next day I will bring them back to the Biltmore area in Phoenix Arizona and we would stop at Henry ‘s which is an American contemporary restaurant that has a family fine dining environment.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give credit to my son because he was the one to push me to start my business. My son is autistic and when I started my business it was a little challenging trying to balance work and dealing with a special needs child. I needed something that would give me the flexibility of being able to tend to all of my sons needs but also provide for him. When it comes to my business cooking has always been a passion & that was the reason I went to culinary school but I never pursued it after leaving school. I feel My son gave me the push that I needed because he was the drive behind my passion.
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