What circumstances brought you to where you were before you joined Together We Bake?
Mia: I’d gotten to a place in my life where I had to change. I was tired of the life I was living, the negative things that were being said about me, letting myself and the people I love down, and just not living up to my potential. I knew I was capable of doing better so I made a promise to myself that I would do whatever it took to be the best version of myself. After falling so far I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started to plan for a better life. In my pursuit while at Friends of Guest House, I heard about Together We Bake and knew it was something I needed to be apart, I reached out and got accepted. That decision has been one of the best I ever made because TWB has changed my life, my way of thinking, and given me the tools and self esteem to be confident in any situation despite the mistakes I’ve made.
What inspired you to apply to Together We Bake?
Mia: I was inspired to come to Together We Bake by word of mouth. I heard about the program. Every person I asked about it had nothing but great things to say. When I brought up the program to Alumni, it was amazing to see the way their faces lit up when they talked about the program. It was in those moments I knew I needed to be a part of it.
How has Together We Bake changed your perspective on life?
Mia: TWB has helped me love myself again. After falling so low in life, I felt unworthy and worthless, but TWB and the women on my team have helped me to realize that I am perfect and that my mistakes don’t make me. I feel phenomenal, and I am proud of myself again. You know we are the hardest on ourselves, and I was feeling so guilty and so useless until I saw myself through my TWB family’s lives and realized just how great I am and have always been.
Has someone at Together We Bake (a fellow participant, a volunteer, an instructor, etc) had a particular influence on you?
Mia: I could never pick just one. EVERYONE has influenced and enriched my life tremendously. I LOVE MY TWB FAMILY!
How would you describe Together We Bake?
What do you feel is the most valuable thing Together We Bake does?
Mia: Build self esteem.
What is the most valuable thing you learned at Together We Bake?
Mia: That it is okay to fall as long as you get back up, and that they are here to pick me up if I need them.
Do you have any specific memories of experiences at Together We Bake?
Mia: Wow there’s so many…From working with Tricia on the business team and working with Liz on the business team, getting to know them, really feeling like part of a functional, loving family. The laughs we’ve shared the skills I’ve learned. The wonderful ladies who volunteer to help us as job coaches, just EVERYTHING!
What was the most challenging thing about the program? How did you overcome that challenge?
Mia: Nothing, they made everything a breeze and made sure we were prepared for whatever would come our way.
What is something you are proud of that you achieved because of your participation in Together We Bake?
Mia: Passing my Servsafe Test and getting a great job.
What advice do you have for women considering applying to Together We Bake?
Mia: Thank you guys so much! I am forever grateful. You help me to love me again. I will continue to make you proud and be your greatest success story ever!