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

Hi Tiffany, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?

Over the last couple of years life really has showed me that sometimes work could easily take priority over more important things. I worked in the development field, specifically community engagement. It meant I was constantly engaging individuals, groups, volunteers, corporations, etc in order to help make our common community better together. I always felt like I had to prove myself (imposter syndrome is real) and I was also deeply passionate about what I was doing, so I worked during the day, at night and on weekends doing projects, public speaking events, or whatever was needed. It took a toll on my health and my family.

When Covid hit, it gave me space to do some self- reflection. In 2020, my family made a decision to move to Texas to be closer to my family and also to make some life changes. I happily continued to work with my employer in Virginia, but I began to shift my thinking on work-life balance and it has made all the difference. I’m paraphrasing some smart person who said, “balance isn’t easy , but what I realize is that you have several balls in life: work, family, friends and health to name a few. With work you have to work smarter and you may drop that ball sometimes- it usually bounces back. When it comes to your health, family and friendships if you drop those balls, there can be permanent damage and it’s not worth it.” My cookie business has allowed for more flexibility and I still struggle, as I just started my business, to have balance, but I’m a constant work in progress.

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 didn’t set out to open a cookie business. I was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and my doctor asked me to change my diet. I had to cut out gluten, and a host of other things. I love food, so it was a real blow to me, but I accepted the challenge.  I have a sweet tooth and it was so hard finding gluten free/ vegan desserts that I really enjoyed. So I started experimenting with brownies, cakes and cookies. Then I made decorated sugar cookies for Easter for my neighbors and I really enjoyed it. After that, one of my neighbors asked me if I would do cookies for her daughter’s birthday and I was so excited!

I officially opened Blue Horizon Bakes in August 2021. I make custom sugar cookies for any occasion that you may need them. I offer regular cookies, as well as options for people who are gluten-sensitive and vegan. For markets and holidays, I offer special treats like gluten free chocolate covered oreos and chocolate chip cookies, etc. I also offer a different flavor profile, my signature cookie is not a vanilla almond cookie, it’s vanilla with a twist and I offer lots of other flavors as well.

This has definitely not been easy. Learning how to run your own business I imagine, never is, but it has been fun. Honestly, I’m still learning about marketing, how much time it takes to make cookies and also how to educate people about what goes in to making customs cookies. What I can say is, I have loved having creative freedom and making cookies gives me an outlet to be as detailed and inventive as I want to be. It makes me happy to bring a smile to people’s faces, utilizing my love for baking.

My desire is not only to make my customers delicious cookies, I hope that through providing confections I can build a connection with people. Shared food is one of the greatest ways to build relationships and I hope that these cookies will help me to do so in my community.

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.
They can’t leave without having some good’ole smoked meat, brisket, ribs, chicken- you name it! We like Tejas Chocolate. We also have to have tamales, so a trip to Balderas Tamales would be in order. Hugo’s and The Breakfast Club are a must as well. When we first arrived we went with another family to The Bayou Wildlife Zoo and it was fun for the kids and us. Another Houston favorite is the Rodeo! If we can take a trip while they are visiting we would head to Brenham, where one side of my family is from, and take a tour of The Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, my husband for sure. I couldn’t do this without him and he has been there every step of the way supporting me, putting up with the late nights, being my taste tester and even my hype man. My family has been extremely supportive, my parents (thanks mom for helping me get ready for each sale), siblings and my in-laws. I am grateful for my amazing friends who have helped me prepare for sales, markets, and shared my business with others, but also who have just reminded me about self-care.  I also have the pleasure of being part of a local group of bakers who support one another- Cypress Bakers Network. All are welcome and we all share and root each other on in this business.

Website: www.bluehorizonbakes.com

Instagram: @bluehorizonbakes

Facebook: @bluehorizonbakes

Image Credits
Picture of me at the door is by Jessica Villarreal, Little Tiny Memories SJV

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