We had the good fortune of connecting with Timothy Oyedele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Timothy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My biggest motivations behind starting Juzy was both a deep love for health and wellness and a great dismay for relying on other people to sign my paychecks for the rest of my life. I had the concept for Juzy long before I brought it to fruition, but it took getting laid off from my job to push me to pursue my idea seriously. I wanted to be able to do what I love full time while also making a positive impact on my community.
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.
My interest in juice began around 2016. I was very careless with my health and lifestyle, and it resulted in me weighing over 260 pounds. I was very unhappy with the way I looked and felt. I was then working at a gym when a co-worker said I should pursue competitive bodybuilding. I did a complete 180 to my diet and exercise, dropped 65 pounds in less than a year, and I went on to win 1st place at my first competition while simultaneously earning a certification in personal training. With the significant change to my physique, people would always ask how I did it. I stressed the importance of a diet full of fruits and veggies. In turn, I would ask that person why they weren’t able to get their fruits and veggies in, and I received answers that ranged from it being expensive or just time consuming. I wanted to help people get their nutrition as conveniently and as cost effectively as possible. I want the world to know that I’ve been there and I know what it’s like to not be in control of your health and well being. It’s not an easy task and a lot of times you want to give up, but with Juzy, I aim to make it that much easier for you to live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
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.
First, I would bring them to the gym with me in the early morning. There’s nothing like a solid workout at Specie’s Gym in Katy to start your day! Then, I would want to do something fun and active. I would take them to TopGolf for the afternoon to hit some golf balls and let loose. I would also be down to check out Discovery Green because there’s always something fun and entertaining going down, especially on weekends. For eats, there’s so many dope spots in Katy’s AsianTown like Bubble Egg or Beard Papa’s. I love sweet treats! I also consider myself to be quite the pizza aficionado so I would take someone to Locatelli’s up in Cypress. I would also show my friend our Galleria so we could walk around, check out all the shops and maybe go a little crazy and buy some stuff.
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?
I would like to give a shout out to my mentor Monaya for giving me guidance and motivation throughout my entrepreneurial journey, What started as an inquiry on Craigslist about some juicing equipment has turned into relationship full of wisdom and empowerment. She has dropped so many gems that have changed my business and life for the better. I’d also like to tremendously shout out my amazing girlfriend and partner in crime, Kaila. Since day one, she has consistently been there for me every step of the way. From late nights in the kitchen preparing for farmers markets to sprucing up my social media pages to talking me through every obstacle I faced where I contemplated giving up, Kaila has been the most reliable and loving person to me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to have her in my life.