We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Morales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process in creating my business is I am not actually starting a business, I am giving life to a dream. I persevere through mistakes and obstacles that come my way in order to fulfill a dream I once thought was out of reach. It has been quite a journey from where I first began to bake; but to see how far I have come pushes me even more to keep learning and creating.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel what sets me a part of everyone else is that I am not worried about what or what doesn’t set me a part from other bakers or businesses. Baking is a competitive career. However, I truly have a passion for what I do and that has brought me such a long way. I can go hours on my feet learning new techniques and would gladly be driven by 2-3 hours of sleep if that meant taking my business to the next level.
I get excited with every new tool that comes in or new technique I have never tried before. Challenging myself on projects that I have never done before is invigorating to me. To see how I have grown since the first batch of soggy and non edible frosting to the cakes I am doing now makes me so excited for what God has in store for the future of my business.
Everyone has their own story and hurdles they jumped through to get to their dream. I overcame myself. In creating this business, I have not only grown professionally but also personally. I overcame doubts in my work and in myself. I overcame mistakes I thought had no solution. A big part of not giving up was due to my husband and children. Talk about big support system! The encouragement I received from them was undoubtedly the best gift they could ever give me.
The lesson I have learned was to not limit myself to what my mind thinks of me. In the beginning, thoughts would continuously run through my mind. What if my work is not good enough? What if my cakes don’t taste as good as I think they do? What if I am just making a fool of myself? What will I do if this doesn’t work? But I gave myself no room for failure. If the door closed on this road then I would break the walls down to get back on. I am determined to be an example to my children of what it means to open their minds to the possibilities they could have in front of them.
What I want the world to know is that it is never too late to find your purpose. I searched for so long as to what career I would have and God has carved that way for me. It’s only up from here.
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 would definitely start with a spa mornings or afternoon like manicure and pedicures at the spa. A place I would absolutely to them to is the spa in the Hilton Hotel downtown. Their views are amazing. For brunch, I would definitely treat my bestie to a visit to the Breakfast Club located in midtown Houston or Tacos Flores for the best mexican morning tacos ever. I would plan activities that we can still socialize in like painting with a twist, shopping centers, or Escape the room. I am not a night out type of person so as far as the night scene, I prefer to try new restaurants for dinner around Midtown Houston or downtown for dinner. However, I also like the occasional taco truck spot like 403 Eats in Tomball, which would definitely be on the itinerary. I would love to invite them to a service at my home church, Hope City Church. I would also take them to walk down the restaurant strip at the woodlands mall for some drinks and nice strolls.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my success to God and my family. I am truly grateful and amazed at how this gift has transformed my life. My family pushed me out of my comfort zone in making my business public and I will be forever be grateful to them for seeing in me what I didn’t see in myself.
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