We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyesha Simmons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyesha, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
First, I wouldn’t necessarily call it giving up. Giving up has such a negative connotation. I look at it as making a better choice or making a positive change. For me I know it is time to make a change when something no longer brings me joy, I don’t have passion for it anymore, or it isn’t successful. If I think about it for a while and I still want to go in a different direction, then I know it’s time to make the change. If I think about it for a while, and I know I’m not ready to give up, then I keep going. I may think of better ways to make it work, but I still keep going. Taking the time to think and weigh my options is important because sometimes I feel differently about it later. I try to apply this mindset to all areas in my life. Making the choice isn’t always easy, but I try to think about how it will affect me in the long run.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m the owner of From Goodie’s Kitchen, LLC, which is a home bakery that specializes in baked goods such as decorated cookies, macarons, cupcakes, and traditional cookies. I’m most excited about the ideas I have to expand my menu. I’m constantly testing recipes because I want to continue to offer my customers beautiful and delicious baked goods that make their events special. I first started my business when I was still working in the restaurant industry. When I wasn’t cooking at work, I was baking at home as a creative outlet on my days off. I started posting pictures of decorated cookies I made on social media and people started asking if I was selling them. It took off from there. Having a culinary background has helped me develop new flavors for my menu. It was not easy getting started, and it currently isn’t always easy. I still have a full time job, so I have to find a balance to make sure I’m not overwhelming myself. When I get home from work, I immediately start working on orders for another 5 or 6 hours. Doing that can definitely have an affect on me, but I have learned that I need to pace myself and not take on more orders than I can handle. I’d like the world to know that I always strive to provide the best desserts using quality ingredients. Cooking is something I’ve been passionate about since I was a kid, so I make sure that my desserts both look and taste great. My passion for cooking and baking is what motivates me to work so hard to give the customers what they want.
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?
My friends are like me because we love Mexican, Tex-Mex, and bbq. I couldn’t let my friends come to DFW without having those things. Gloria’s is one of my favorite places; they have good food and good margaritas. El Vecino and Mesero are some other great choices. For bbq, I’d have to take them to Big Al’s Smokehouse, Off the Bone, or Hard Eight BBQ. Other places I’d take them would be Trinity Groves or Legacy Hall. Both of these areas are cool because they are great places to hangout and there are a lot of food options to try. For brunch, options would be Snooze, Saint Ann Restaurant, HG Supply, or Breadwinners. Other fun activities would be going to Klyde Warren Park, shopping at North Park Mall, and taking a tour of AT&T Stadium.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family. My parents, brother, and niece are my biggest supporters in life and with my bakery business. They help me in any way they can, and I am forever grateful for them. I also want thank my customers and anyone who has spread the word about my business. Without customers, there would be no From Goodie’s Kitchen. I am so thankful for them as well.