We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Waterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business has been the most rewarding and most stressful experience of my life. I am 100% in control, which can be a good and a bad thing. But ultimately having more control and flexibility was the driving force for starting my own business. I knew that building something from nothing is one of the most rewarding experiences for many people, but building something I was also passionate about would be that much more rewarding.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my career in the restaurant industry as soon as I was legally allowed to work and stayed in it for 15 years. I worked in many positions within the three restaurants I worked for over 15 years and left the industry as General Manager of two restaurants. During my time in the restaurant industry, I grew professionally and my adoration for food continued to prosper. I started my passion project, Confessions of a Baking Queen, one year before I took on the GM role. As soon as I took on the GM role my food blog was pushed to the side. In December of 2017, I finally felt ready to leave the restaurant industry to pursue my passion project properly. Since then there have been countless hours of sweat and tears pushing through to make it happen. Confessions of a Baking Queen has required constant commitment, determination, motivation, and knowledge to continue its growth. I have learned to accept that I am not able to complete everything on my to-do list every day and that not completing it all is OK. I have to remind myself “If you’re always waiting for the perfect time to start something new, you’ll never begin.” As an entrepreneur, there are many hats to wear so just getting started sometimes when you don’t know anything about that thing is the hardest part. My blog, Confessions of a Baking Queen, is growing each day with the help of a few key people. I continue to chose to reinvest into my company to see the business continue to flourish.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love going to the Gaslight Quarter in San Diego. The Omni Hotel is a favorite of mine. For brunch, I love visiting Cafe 21, their Mimosa Flights and Tiramisu pancakes are absolutely fantastic! Then walking around the city and doing some shopping is so fun. For dinner we usually stop in one of the local bars for some tasty bar bites, Barley Mash is a favorite! And we love to end the night dancing at Henry’s Pub! There are so many amazing local spots in San Diego. I always venture out of the Gaslight quarter to visit Extraordinary Desserts, one of my favorite places ever!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?