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

Hi Sadaf, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After my 3rd born I found myself doing all things mom and no time to do anything that involved only me. As amazing at it is to be a mom, I knew to be able to give my best to my kids I need to take time doing something just for me. Somehow I found myself making decorated sugar cookies. It’s an outlet that allowed me to do something I was enjoying and also providing something to others for their celebrations, its just the perfect combo.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create edible pieces of decor in cookie form for any occasion small or big. The joy I see when my customers receive their custom cookies makes all the hard work, worth it. I started making decorated cookies at the most busiest time in my life, soon after my 3rd baby was born. So there was a lot to figure out. I could not have done this without my husband stepping up to help more than before.

I wish I had valued my time right from the beginning. Making anything custom and from scratch takes time. I found a new level of respect for anyone out there making anything custom. I stayed consistent, providing the best I could with every order, learning with every cookie I decorated and today, I’m humbled with the kind of trust and support my customers have shown me and my small home
based business.

In the past three years, I’ve learned that if you stay consistent, honest and give your best, there’s no way you wont find the way to success. I hope to be an example for my kids when it comes to working hard as well as working smart, being honest and giving your best.

I’m also proud of myself for pushing my limits and offering cookie decorating classes for locals. The old me would never have put myself in a position where I would have to speak in front of a crowd even if it was a few people, let alone teach something. I had my very first class early in September and I couldn’t have been more happy with how it all went. I am looking forward to offering more classes, especially through the holiday season.

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?
While we don’t go out too much, we definitely has some favorite spots. For breakfast we like Barney’s Brunch house & Aussie Grind, for lunch? dinner we like Bonefish Grill, Windmill, Sushi Marquee, for coffee Summer Moon Coffee, Lemma Coffee, Kona Reserve, for sweet tooth we like Detour doughnut, Andy’s custard, Zero degrees, Cinnaholic and so many more. We have three kids so we end up at low key places like local parks quiet often. We often go to Grandscape, they have a little bit of everything and it’s always fun.

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?
Other than having a supportive circle of friends and family, I specifically want to thank my husband for his continued support right from the beginning. He’s there in the nitty gritty of it all. He’s there when I need him to takeover my chores so I can get my orders done. He’s there when ingredients are out of stock and I need him to run around and find me what I need. He’s there when I have late nights to work. And most recently he was there when I wanted to take this to the next level and offer cookie decorating classes.

Website: www.cookieinspired.com

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