I’m a recipe developer and food blogger. My story is about creating a successful cornbread career with courage, faith, persistence, a strategic plan, and a fierce work ethic. Since my early teens, I’ve had a deep desire for self-employment. However, I worked a series of office administrative positions… which sharpened skills required for self-employment!
Each year, the desire to work for myself intensified. Several years ago, unemployment and personal losses MADE me determined to succeed as an entrepreneur and to create multiple income streams. Will never again trust one source. More details in this self-interview…
What is a cornbread career? I’m a recipe developer and food blogger. Started my food blog in 2010. Cornbread was the first recipe. Now, I create a variety of classic southern recipes with a twist.
Where are you based? In March 2013, I moved into my precious aunt’s home in a rural area outside of Atlanta. She has medical issues including rheumatoid arthritis (twisted fingers and toes). I’m an excellent caregiver, cook, housekeeper, and lawn girl! The arrangement allows me to also work on my food blog.
Although I work from home (Georgia, USA), I’m a global-mobile-mogul communicating with individuals worldwide on social media. VERY grateful for visitors from around the globe who read this blog.
How long have you been blogging? After the successful launch, I did great for several months and hit a proverbial brick wall. Stopped for awhile to pray and work through horrible obstacles. Also taught myself how to shoot food photos and to film recipe videos. Started again more intelligently in 2016. Still here!
How did you start food blogging from scratch? As previously mentioned, launched this site (same name) on a different platform in June 2010. At the time, I was unemployed and determined to recover my first home from ugly foreclosure (more on that later). The site’s first 30 days were free. A month later, obtained free local and national media attention by emailing a story idea. As a result, sold several copies of my first e-cookbook, inspirational bumper stickers, and prepaid purchases of a signature cornbread mix (products no longer available). Used some profits to pay the site’s next month’s $20 fee. Still online for 8 years later!
Did all that publicity help you earn a million dollars? I’m often asked that question. Many individuals, including distant relatives, assumed I was already a millionaire when they heard about Cornbread Millionaire in the media. I consider it prophetic confirmation that I WILL make it happen. To be clear, I’m not yet a millionaire. I AM working on it! Thank You Jesus my situation is better than when I started. Hallelujah!!
How did you make a comeback in 2016? My faith in God remained strong as I developed a plan which included consistent fasting, prayer, and Bible study. There is a spiritual solution to every problem. The precious Holy Spirit revealed the root causes of persistent setbacks and failures: a generational curse and horrible negative word curses spoken over my life starting in childhood. The Holy Spirit led me to powerful deliverance ministers. I studied deliverance sermons on YouTube. Applied the lessons! Dr. D.K. Olukoya and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan provided priceless teachings.
BROKE the curses and reversed evil effects through strategic prayers, fasting, and by speaking prophetic blessings over my life and family! Mountains moved. Creative ideas and the wisdom to make them a reality came to me.
Also studied successful food bloggers. Applied the lessons to my work. I broke through stagnation and started moving forward! I prayed and worked 60 hours a week. I developed new recipes, shot better photos, filmed videos, and promoted my blog on social media.
When you did not recover the foreclosed house, how did you overcome defeated feelings and cruel mockery from fake friends and relatives who celebrated your loss? I made a firm decision to succeed anyway and refused to get bitter. Strengthened my Spirit with positive affirmations, prayer, fasting, and Bible study. I effectively used mockery from “friends and relatives” as motivational fuel. Made haters motivators!
Name two inspirational achievers who overcame foreclosure, achieved financial success, and purchased a new home with cash? Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista, is America’s favorite financial educator. According to her website, “She’s a bestselling author, The One Week Budget (#1 Amazon) and the Live Richer Challenge (#1 Amazon), blogger, speaker and award-winning teacher of engaging financial education.” Five years (estimated) after losing her first home to foreclosure, she has a thriving business based on budgeting. She recently purchased a second home with cash.
Steve Harvey was homeless 3 years, survived a divorce, and foreclosure. He now has several successful talk shows, a nationally syndicated radio show, hit movie, and bestselling books. This book inspired me a LOT…
Tell me about your second self-published picture cookbook? My forthcoming labor of love contains more details about my bizarre, twisted journey from unemployment horrors to self-employed entrepreneur, notes of wisdom, and tasty new recipes. One day, I believe it will become a blockbuster hit movie that will inspire multitudes. Available for purchase soon.