In 2015, I was working at a corporate office as a Lease Analysts.
Because of the low selection of tasty food and fellow employees who failed to stop and grab breakfast, I decided to start making muffins and small snacks and sell them. It was a HIT! After my shift changed it open time for me to offer full meals to cater for lunch. Which I called “Lunchbox Wednesdays.” I had a good run, but at the same time, I got depressed. Depressed because I could see how I wanted to spread myself over the DFW area, but I couldn’t keep the food warm.
My mom went out and bought items that could help me travel, but it was only a temporary fix. As time went by another shift change at the office came about. This took away lunchbox Wednesday’s. Things in my life were up and down with family, my child, finances, my faith, and work. I took a break for almost a year. I started reading different books on different subjects but all about business. I became encouraged.
I watched people I admired and studied them in a sense. My faith restored. I decided that my cooking business was my definite chief aim and that I had to get uncomfortable to become successful at what I wanted. I decided to push and accomplish something every day that involved Klohee’s Kitchen. I was already working from home, and I felt like God was saying this is the time. If you give me your all, this is time. I decided to listen. I made a brain map and decided to focus on my chief aim in life for the next five years.
I started back making plates for four cities in my surrounding area which lead to the request of other areas. More people from different states started noticing me. I got an idea to ship something that would be good and last when shipping by mail. I came up with a mouthwatering Strawberry lemonade cookie. I broke out of my shyness and started to get the word out. I’ve been able to meet with individuals from our local radio station who liked my cookies so much I was asked to help with a foundation their doing.
I’ve been able to get my cookies out to a few people at Radio One, which I had no idea they would post a response saying they actually tried the cookie and liked it. I’ve come in contact with a manager at a local grocery store who wants to speak to her manager about getting my cookies in their store. I’ve met with an individual who wants to invest in my business. All of these great opportunities because I didn’t give up on me or my faith. I became more focus on what I wanted, and now I know there’s no stopping me.
Where in at now is more than I could imagine. I’m so thankful and humbled by the response of my supporters and those who encourage me, especially my daughter whom I named my business after. I plan to continue to cook and serve these amazing experiences by food and soon have a food truck and then an actual building. In Gods speed!
Has it been a smooth road?
Some struggles are finances. I’ve been off a job than on and now working full time for myself. I have a daughter, and I have to manage my time and when I work. It is really hard when you’re doing it on your own. I’m the manager, promoter, chef, writer, marketing, driver for deliveries, over shipping, and controller of social sites. One thing is that you can say you have experience in multiple categories if you ever need. But for now I’m enjoying the rise of it all.