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

Hi Amy, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
There are several habits that I feel have helped me be successful. 1) The first and most important habit, is that I strongly rely on God on a daily consistent basis for courage, wisdom, creativity and physical and emotional endurance. Running your own business is one of the most demanding and daunting pursuits and I know I would have never survived, if all I had to lean on was myself. 2) Keeping myself motivated to not quit when I’m exhausted and want to throw in the towel, by remembering it’s NOT ALL ABOUT ME! It’s about the people who work for me, it’s about the people who work along side of me and the people who benefit in some small way, from the work that we all do TOGETHER. 3) Accepting the fact that Blood, Sweat and Tears are apart of the package: Whether I am trying to have a successful career or a successful marriage, it takes long hard WORK. I can’t expect a harvest in a field I haven’t worked and tended. It’s not enough to daydream or believe in yourself, you must put in the effort, if you are ever to see success. 4) Consistent Risk Taking: which often means: investing/spending money I barely have, asking others for honest feedback, humbling myself and asking for help from someone who’s skills, success or fame may intimidate me. 5)Constantly challenging myself to improve in every area of my business, from recipes to bookkeeping, to customer service and so on. I try not to ever settle for being “good” or “ok” at something, rather I’m always looking for new ways to become better. If this means continued culinary education with a world class chef or taking some needed advice from one of my employees, then that’s what I strive to do. 6)Along with that, is a habit of continually seeking out honest feedback and constructive criticism. This habit has been an enormous blessing to both my personal life and my business. I would like to strongly encourage fellow entrepreneurs (and the entire human race, for that matter!) to courageously pursue this habit. It is difficult I agree, but mostly because most of us, are all so ridiculously in love with ourselves, that it can be, at times, somewhat challenging to take a moment to clothe ourselves in a bit of needed humility. However, we must remember that as humans, we are often blind to our own flaws, so it’s very important to humbly seek out input from others. In doing so, we must also remember to never ever take offense when someone has the courage to actually be honest with us, in order to help us. It takes a lot of courage to tell someone what they need to hear. Applaud them for that, rather than allowing your ego to rise up and get offended. It’s people like that (and a God like that) who care enough about you to tell you the truth, that you will be thanking someday! If you will listen without offense and apply what you have heard…you might just wake up one day and be successful, thanks to those “annoyingly honest” people that God so KINDLY brought across your path 🙂

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional Chocolatier and Baker in the DFW area. I specialize in top shelf quality liqueur cakes and handmade artisan chocolates. Our best sellers, which often sell out, are our Texas Chocolate Whiskey Cakes (comes elegantly packaged in gorgeous black Keepsake tins perfect for gift giving) our Maple Bourbon Caramels, our Hand painted Artisan Truffles and Our Texas Caramel Pretzels that our family has been making for Texans off and on for over 30 years! I am proud to have learned my art and skills from my mom and my grandmother and owe them a deep gratitude for the legacy that they have left me. I’m excited to have moved back to the Dallas area a few years ago! I feel as if I have finally come home after years of moving all over the country. I’m proud to be re-opening my business right here amongst lifelong friends, customers, and family members. It’s going to be an exciting journey!

 

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In my perfect world of daydreams where money and calories are no object, if I had friends visiting the metroplex in the spring or summer and I wanted to share with them some of my favorite places, I guess most of my selections would involve food! No surprise there! We would start with morning coffee from the ever so charming Kimzys Coffee House in Argyle, lunch would either be at Hutchins BBQ in Mckinney, Noodle Wave Thai Restaurant in Mckinney or Hannah’s lovely patio dining in Denton. Dinner would, no question, be at one of Tim Loves unbelievable restaurants, such as Queenies in downtown Denton! Dessert?! Well…dessert would obviously be at my house scarfing down on Chocolate Whiskey Cake and a huge assortment of truffles! 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out of thanks and gratitude to my customers who became dear friends Mark and Angela from Cookingwithwineblog.com who’s labors of love, encouragement, constructive criticism, and culinary skills have richly enriched my life and my business in the last couple years that I have had both the honor and pleasure to get to know. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart!

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Other: To place an order or send an inquiry: You can send a text directly to Amys cell phone: 936-591-2268

Image Credits
Angela Persicke