We had the good fortune of connecting with Taneshia Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taneshia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor is Unity. We must come together to love, education, and uplift each other. How else do we grow to be successful if we’re not unified?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What really sets me apart from others is my heart. Some may do it for money or fame, I do because I love to see people happy. Being able to be a small part of one of their most important days of their life is a privilege! I love to share information with other pasty chefs and chocolatiers and see them elevate to the next level. It makes me want to learn more so I can pour out more! My heart cries Unity and Love! And with Every Piece of chocolate and slice of Cake brings us closer together in Love.
That’s how I got to where I am today. Sharing information, staying in My lane and doing what I was called to do. Create! Teach! Uplift! Love! Almost 5yrs in business and I couldn’t be more happier with where we are now. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s worth it. With every challenge came a lesson and the biggest one was stay the course. My 3rd and 4th year in business became my hardest. I had gotten away from the course that was set before me. I was trying to please everyone. I started baking cakes and cupcakes and soon became burned out. It wasn’t fun anymore. It became Work! But I didn’t stop nor did I pray about it. Big Mistake!
2020 came and COVID hit. I lost my Job March 15th of 2020. March 30th I was officially diagnosed with Narcolepexy, Cataplexy, Rheumatoid arthritis in both hands And a thyroid disorder. I was crashed! My body was under attack but more so my skin and hands. As the months went by it got worse and worse. I had to shut the business down by September 2020 because my hands had open wounds all over and I was 90% bandaged up on my hands. There was nothing I could do but cry out in prayer.
God kept me through it all and also gave me instructions on how to move forward with the business He blessed me with. Go back to the Basics. Stay the course! And I did! Not only did he heal my body but he healed the business and we are doing big things! Lesson learned! Stay the Course! My business isn’t for everybody but it’s Perfect for somebody! Your gift will make room for you!
Tootie’s Creations was birthed out of obedience, love and unity. Those are the driving force that keeps us here. Our story isn’t your typical over night success and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This has strengthened me and grown me into the business women I am today. Tootie’s is here to be the example of what hard work determination, zeal and prayer looks like. When one cake falls guess what another one will rise! 💕Never give up!
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 a pretty laid back person and so is my bestie Bianca! I would rent an air bnb by the beach, we Love the beach! Corona Del Mar to be exact! The view is absolutely beautiful! I would also take her to my New found gem in La named Crossroads! Omg they have the best Vegan food! And of course we would shop and enjoy each other’s company because we are the party! Lol 🥰 We just go with the flow. California is beautiful the whole state is an experience in itself. ❤️
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest shoutout is to God. Without him none of this would be possible. Along with my aunt Cassandra she housed and funded Tooties Creations when we first started and she’s one of my biggest supporters and Provokers! Well…..besides my husband Gregory! He challenges me to create things I would’ve never thought of! He helps me with it All and keeps me grounded! Lol and a last but Not Least my church family Greater Works Praise and Worship Centre. They stood behind me every step of the way and they Still do. They spoke life into me and the business and showed me the Kingdom way. I’m forever grateful!