So you want to know a little bit about me? Well, let’s start with I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, businesswomen, foodie who loves yoga, traveling, reading, writing, hanging with my friends and snuggling with my Beagle-Basset Hound, Gavin.
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit, MI in 1962 and, yes, that does reveal my age,but I’m relatively certain that information is all over the internet. Also, I am a Scorpio and that explains a lot.
I don’t think there was anything unusual or spectacular about my childhood to tell other than I was born cross-eyed and had to have surgery when I was 2 1/2 to correct it. Call me crazy even at that age, but I really didn’t like wearing a patch over my right eye every day to strengthen my left eye and thus have had what is referred to as a “lazy eye” ever since. It is probably the only thing you could ever say about me is that is lazy.
Yep, I was THAT kid…you know, the one that thinks they can do anything they set their mind to…except sports. I blamed it on the eye thing resulting in some pretty bad hand-eye coordination and terrible depth perception. So I decided my “athletic endeavors” would be more on the creative side of life including cooking and baking. Had MasterChef Junior been around when I was kid, I totally would have driven my parents crazy trying to get on that show.
Instead, I sent them over the edge when I decided after spending 4 years at the University of Michigan getting a B.A. in Communications with the intentions of going into advertising or public relations to go to culinary school in New York City. This was way before chefs became rock stars on Food Network (as in 1984) but my father in his infinite wisdom said “Do what you want because you’re going to do it anyway.”
And so I spent about 8 years working in the food industry in The Big Apple. It was fun but burnout was an eventual reality and I moved on to do other things through the years including trade show management, marketing for various companies and then circling back to my roots, of sorts, in 2011 by starting a baked goods company, tcP! Sweets.
With the tcP! venture I became heavily involved in the business and non-profit communities in Tampa Bay where I’ve lived since 1995 (after leaving New York in 1993 and living in Louisville for a few years). I’m not kidding…I networked my tushy off and gained a fair amount of recognition and credibility rather quickly. And in 2013 I got the opportunity to take one of my products, beth’s killer brownie bites, nationwide.
Such a heady experience!
While distribution was quickly secured, mass-production became problematic. So by the beginning of 2015 I made the decision to shift my daily efforts to other things. The brownie bites may still end up on retail shelves one day but I am now parlaying all of the things I learned or culled from that experience, most importantly the amazing relationships both online and face to face, and seeing what I can do to keep it all real for one another…one crazy day at a time!
That’s all for now…#Blackerout