We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Tilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
What is the most important factor behind my success? Let’s start with that I have dreamed of what success looks like, how it feels, and where I would be when I achieved it. To be honest, some of it felt really good and other times, it made me feel bad or more like a failure if I didn’t hit the mark to achieve it. I have achieved a lot of things in my career and business, but it was until recently I have shifted my point of view of what success is. I was in a session, and I was asked if I feel satisfied with all that I have accomplished? It was like a big moment within myself that I realized that all that I accomplished didn’t sustain me, because I was too busy chasing the next thing. I discovered that “success” was a never ending task. Chasing your tail around. I wasn’t allowing myself to be in the feeling of success because I was too worried about accomplishing all the other items off my list or better yet down playing it because it was a little moment of success and not a big one.
I have now stopped measuring my success, and started measuring my satisfaction in what I was doing and accomplishing. I still have goals for my business & personal growth but I no longer let success define me anymore.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Well, one thing that sets me apart from many other professional pastry chefs is that I’m an intuitive medium. Yes, I can talk to dead people. This has been a gift that I’ve had since I was at the age of five, and within this year I have been able to grow in it and be able to give people messages from their loved ones. With this gift, it has expanded me and my offerings in my business. You can order yourself a pastry and get a reading all in one shot! I never thought my baking business would cross this bridge, but it’s all about expanding and pivoting.
My brand will continue to grow and expand in all the ways that I feel it needs to go. Baking will not go away, nor do I see my gift of mediumship.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have to take them around downtown Detroit. So much has changed for the better.
1st stop- Detroit River Front
2nd stop- The monument to Joe Louis “The Fist”
3rd stop- The Spirit of Detroit
4th stop- Who has the best coney – Lafayette? or American?
5th stop- Campus Martius Park
6th stop- Shinola hotel
7th stop- Comerica Park
8th stop- Fox Theatre
9th stop- Belle Isle Park
10th stop- Greek town
11th stop- Pizza Papalis for Detroit style pizza
12th stop- Treat Dreams ice cream shop
13th stop- Eastern Market
14th stop- Avalon Bakery
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my dad and family! They have all believed in me and actively supported me throughout my seventeen year career and two+ years in business.
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