We had the good fortune of connecting with Margarita Golden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margarita, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
My parents are both from Guatemala City, and moved to Houston in 1970 with virtually nothing but a couple of suitcases, an infant and a second child on the way. My dad was scheduled to start his internship at Baylor College of Medicine a week after arriving. My parents worked hard to establish a loving family, thriving nephrology career, and sense of home and security for all of us. My dad left before sunrise and came home late every night, but he always came home for dinner so he could spend time with us. My mom was always the family’s rock, making sure we always felt loved, supported, and cherished. Big shoes for us to fill in our own family from both sides. Because of the example I saw growing up, I always believed with hard work, courage, and an open heart, everything is possible. Timing matters, circumstances matter, but I always felt if I kept working and kept trying, eventually I would see the stars align – And they did! My career has taken a windy path and has spanned from cooking school to oil and gas sales, and back, but saying yes to good opportunities even when I felt a little lost or torn, led to so many wonderful experiences and lifelong relationships. I just kept moving forward and had faith eventually I would find something I could sit on and love for the long run. And who knows what the future holds? In the meantime I will just keep plugging away keeping my ears, eyes, and heart open for the next step. The big challenge so many of us have is finding work life balance. I have to remind myself on a daily basis to stop for a second and just be present. That’s easier said then done when working from home, most recently homeschooling, and trying to balance it all. Mostly I just want us to be present on a beach somewhere with a mojito and a good book instead. But I remind myself, one foot in my mom’s shoe, one foot in my dad’s… I look back at my childhood and don’t remember much about my dad coming home after I was asleep, or all the weekends and nights he was on call; I remember all the times we spent swimming on his off weekends, how he was always smiling, always so fun, and how he was always at my everything, never complaining about being tired. I don’t remember my mom stressed and stretched so thin from having to carry the weight of the household almost on her own; I remember her cooking the most delicious meals, serving as school clinic and homeroom mom every year, and always in the know. That’s my goal – to achieve goals I might not have even considered possible while having my kids feel the love and security I did growing up. And for them to forget the disheveled the nut case of a mom who shows up when I’ve had less than 4 hours of sleep! I’m juggling, some days I’m struggling, but every day I’m thankful. There’s always something to be thankful for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I run a certified bakery Confectionary Home from home. I am a mother of three. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a business owner, a cook, a housekeeper, a laundromat, a toosh-wiper, a chauffeur, an umpire, a personal shopper, a lover of Amazon.com, most recently a homeschool teacher, and a doer of all things that need to be done. Like so many of us, I wear lots of different hats – some cuter than others. That’s really the challenge..But the rewards are endless. It is such a good day when all those things are done, cakes are delivered to happy faces, kids are giggling and wanting to snuggle. But of course some days the hats are just thrown on the floor all over the place. I work hard, and strive to become better and more skillful with every cake order I deliver. I’m not going to sugar coat it – I work a lot. But it’s hard for me to say no when I love what I do, I love the people I do it for, and am so thankful and humbled by everyone’s support. When I’m not learning on the job, I’m trying to learn from mentors and people I admire because there is always so much more to know!
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?
If I had friends visiting, I would advise them to wear elastic pants. And tell them to come in March for the Rodeo! Then we would go eat all the things. We would go to an Astros game and root, root, root for the Astros! Then soak up downtown an the post-game energy! We would have a quiet little dinner of homemade pasta and the best Italian wine list at Divino, then go on to explore Montrose. We would spend the day in the museum district, and finish it off with dinner at MF Sushi. We would drink Margaritas, eat spicy curries, try Lebanese kibbeh, slurp a bowl of pho, try Jerk chicken, and finish off with a stack of pupusas all the same day because we can, because this is Houston! We would work it all of on a hike through the Arboretum. We would do a Buffalo Bayou Boat Tour. Then head to La Carafe, the oldest working bar in Houston. Check out farmers markets like Eleanor, Braeswood, and Rice University. We would go to the Heights. How I love the Heights. Antiques, beautiful homes, wonderful restaurants. We would drive to Galveston, and spend the morning on the beach, visit the strand and tour the Victorian homes. We would go to the theater – Houston has the second largest theater district in the country! I wish I could thrill them with the nightlife, but remember I’m a baker? Up at 4am, asleep by 9pm. Ok, ok, 8:30pm.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dr. Juan and Carol Olivero – my mom and dad! My family – husband Jeremy, delicious kids Oliver, Eloise, and Benny The support of all my friends, family, and loyal and endlessly supportive customers!
Image with little girl in the hospital was for a cake I did for the wonderful organization, Icing Smiles. They provide cakes for family’s affected by a serious illness and try to bring some joy to kids in need of a wonderful memory!