We had the good fortune of connecting with Akira Piquant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Akira, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I started my business it was in the summer time, so I didn’t have school, or as many orders because I had just started. Then around the fall, I got more orders and I started back in school. So it was more of a struggle to keep up with baking and schoolwork. Then I came up with a schedule that would allow me to stay ahead of my studies, and baking. I think that the balance between work and life has been successful so far and should prove to be in the future! Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the owner of Belle of the Bakery, I create cakes, cookies, and all sorts of treats. I started my business at the age of 13 and have been growing ever since. I love seeing the joy on a customers face when they see the cake that I’ve done for them. After putting on the final touches on my desert there is always a feeling of exhilaration. When I came up with the idea of baking it didn’t occur to me that at 13 years old I could really be managing a legitimate business. I had thought that I would just sell treats to friends and family. Then my mom really pushed me to believe I could have something more than that. When I started my business I had overwhelming support from friends and family. Along the way I have realized that practice is key when starting something new. Trying out and experimenting with different recipes, practicing with different frosting techniques. Those are all things I needed to practice to make my items the highest quality they can be!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.
I would first take them to eat at first watch, a gourmet breakfast and lunch restaurant. After that I would take them to the store so we could get food, painting supplies, and other activities for the week. Then we could go to an air b&b in the city and talk until we fall asleep. Then throughout the week I would take my friend to places like Apple Orchards, concerts, and the fort worth zoo. Then while at our air b&b we would do things like karaoke, nerf gun wars, DIY face mask, and DIY pizza’s.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?
Shout out to my mother for guiding me and making sure that I stay on track of things.
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