We had the good fortune of connecting with Talia Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Talia, what do you want your legacy to be?
There is a quote that I try to apply in my personal and business life. It’s from Maya Angelou, an American poet, memoirist and actress who passed away in 2014. She said that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. As the co-founder of Tummy Thyme, as a birth doula and as a childbirth educator, my life is really centered around supporting parents and children. Parenthood, particularly in that first year, can be incredibly challenging and confronting. My hope is that whether it’s in the food we make, the workshops I run or the intimate moments during a birthing experience, that those that I am around feel heard, supported and empowered.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Tummy Thyme was never meant to be a business. It grew organically, and by chance. When our daughter was transitioning to solids, I looked at what food was available commercially. I couldn’t find food to buy that I would be happy to give her. As a health-conscious foodie, I decided to prepare my own. When I shared what I was making in my Mommy and Me group, the moms convinced me to double batch what I was making for my daughter. They were having the same difficulty finding food they were comfortable feeding their little ones. Over the following few months word got around and before long, we were feeding families across Los Angeles. Eventually, our cottage industry was born. When it became too large to continue operating from home, we moved into our first commercial kitchen. That was the most significant shift, certainly financially, and the scariest time because of that. We also joined the Studio City Farmer’s Market as a vendor. What we loved about the market wasn’t only about selling our food and building up a dedicated customer base, but getting a chance to talk to parents about their food needs and interests. This was the most productive time for us. It was like we were living in a food lovers’ laboratory, because we were able to experiment with food combinations and get real-time feedback. Today, due to the pandemic we have shifted from being a predominately farmer’s market business to focusing on our online store. Thankfully we have been able to keep our doors open and have actually grown due to our ability to ship nationwide. We are also exploring new distribution possibilities for 2021. One of the biggest challenges in running a small business is finding balance. I feel like I am constantly searching for the right balance of quality time with my daughter and family, tending to the needs of the business and still having some moments to myself. It certainly hasn’t been easy starting a business, with a young child and in a foreign country. After this crazy journey, from starting a business to navigating a covid-influenced economy, I feel truly blessed that we have managed to continue to provide families with high quality, organic, handmade food at such a critical time in our lives.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I start? There are so many people deserving of a shoutout, but ground zero rests with my parents; my mum Judy and my dad Michael. My parents are the kindest, most generous and supportive people I know. Starting a business with a young baby in tow, in a foreign country where I had no extended family was very challenging. My parents encouraged and believed in me even when I found it difficult to believe in myself. They kept me and my husband going, long after we wanted to give up through sheer exhaustion. They kept saying, don’t lose sight of the vision. They kept reminding me that my ideas were valuable and would benefit others. There is no doubt that if it wasn’t for their support, Tummy Thyme would not have become realized.