We had the good fortune of connecting with Teyuna Chandler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teyuna, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I worked in Corporate America for the first half of my children’s lives. Unfortunately, that put me in the mindset of making money and gaining status so I could give them “things”. In pursuing the dream of giving them things, I failed to give them “me”. My aha moment: My husband, kids, and I went on a family vacation. I took my work phone with me, actually I took my work phone everywhere. My daughter said, “there goes Mommy’s phone”. My husband said, ok kids let’s give Mommy some space, let’s go to the pool!” The kids yelled in glee and they left the suite. I followed up with an employee via emailed that could’ve have waited till I got back or addressed by my assistant. Afterwards, I looked up and I was by myself with my phone in a beautiful room at a beautiful resort and my beautiful family was not around. I found them at the pool having fun without me. That was the moment that I realize that I was missing quality moments for a job (employees) who would replace me in a blink of an eye! Coming home and starting my own business, allows me to be present, create my own schedule, include them in my business by teaching them core values of being an entrepreneur, and it allows me to be apart of the quality talks, milestones, and laughs.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart?!? Hmmm, well in Atlanta, there are just as many bakers as there are Waffle Houses. Matter of Fact, the bakers have probably surpassed the amount of Waffle Houses! Standing out is very difficult.
However, I’ve focused on having consistent quality and taste in my baked goods. If you’ve ever been to Chick-fil-A or Starbucks, their taste and quality is always consistent. In addition, their customer service is always on point. When people taste a treat from Tey’s Southern Treats, I want them to experience all of that with an added experience of joy in every bite. I believe this is what has set me apart from other bakers.
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?
I’m really outdoorsy, I would direct them to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Park, or take a drive to the country, pack a picnic and explore High Falls State Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband is my number one investor, taste tester, and supporter.
My late mother who taught me all things about baking and cooking.
My Co-Pastor who was one of the first people who spoke over my gift of baking.
All of the people who gave me a chance to be apart of their special days and events.
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