We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiarsha Tiffany and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiarsha, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be about my stewardship and generosity to the communities that are often overlooked or unseen. My passion lies in helping others to create a better life for themselves and to open endless doors of opportunities for them. My goal in life is to impact and inspire others. I want to inspire others to chase after their dreams and to know there is no such thing as dreaming too big. I want to inspire others to know that despite the odds set against based on race, age, or gender, with perseverance and dedication you can achieve anything! As far as impact, I want to impact as many different people in this world that I can before I leave, from small local communities to individuals from across the world. Furthermore, what I would want people to remember the most about me is my heart. I want to be known as someone who had a giving heart and whose mission was always to give back to others. Since I was young, I always said I wanted to obtain wealth in life, not to live a lavish life, but to be able to give back to others with no limitations. So when I’m no longer on this earth, I hope that when my name is said in different rooms, people always say “her actions always matched what was in her heart, which was sharing that love through giving.” If my reputation precedes me, then I know I did everything I set out to do in life.
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?
I am the host of a podcast called TeaWithtT Podcast. On my podcast, my sole objective is to help people through all of their life transitions. “Life transitions” to me means all of the different obstacles we go through as we get older in life. Life transitions consist of self-love, dating, finances, family, choosing a professional career path, etc. On my podcast, I invite different guests who are experts in their area of specialty, and they share their life stories regarding the topic at hand. Through my personal life experiences and those of my guests, my objective is to help others to learn from our experiences and to apply the tools mentioned in their own life. I think what sets me apart from other podcasts is that I don’t just have one niche that I talk about — I talk about a wide array of topics. Another unique aspect of my podcast is that I’m not afraid to be a daredevil and talk about topics that most other people wouldn’t, such as religion and politics. If you were to ask what my favorite part of starting my podcast was I would have to say it’s the growth that I personally experienced through starting and having a podcast. Here I was thinking that I was going to create a platform to help others grow and better their lives, and ironically, I ended up doing the same for myself. My podcast has helped me not only personally but professionally as well. Through my podcast, I’ve learned how to market myself, network, how to perfect my speech, embrace my flaws, and share sides of me that are normally kept hidden. When I started the podcast, I was definitely a shy caterpillar that has now blossomed into this amazing butterfly. The ironic part of my story is that even when Covid-19 ends, it will always be a part of my story to success. Because of the pandemic, I was able to set aside time to research and start my business. Starting a podcast is not as easy as most people think, especially since there are millions of podcasts out there. You really have to know what sets you apart, who your target audience is, and how to grow that audience. I haven’t hit my one-year mark, and let me tell you I am already exhausted. I heard a podcaster recently who said “if you’re thinking about starting a podcast but don’t know if you should, the best advice I could give to you would be to only start one if you can make 100 episodes without giving up.” So far, I’m at 17, so I have a long way to go. The best advice I could give to someone looking to start a podcast is to know your “WHY” and always reflect on that why when you begin to feel like giving up. I reflect on my why when I’m drained late at night editing my Youtube videos. I reflect on my why when I have to make yet another purchase for my podcast. I reflect on my why when I get criticism. My why is what always drives me. Also, another tip of advice is to not always expect family and friends to support you, and starting a business always shows you who the genuine people in your life are. If someone genuinely supports you, then you will never have to ask for them to support you, and supporting people in the day of social media is easy. Support looks like sharing a post to your story, paying full price for your merchandise, or even sharing your business via word of mouth. In conclusion, if you’re thinking about starting a podcast do it, don’t worry about what you don’t know — you learn along the way!
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.
If my best friend were to visit San Diego for the weekend, it would look a little something like this…. We would start our Saturday morning with brunch at Great Maple. I would order us the maple bacon doughnuts as a starter. For myself as the main dish, I would order the French toast logs. After brunch, I would drive us to Mission Beach where we would rent bikes/skates and travel along the boardwalk. I would probably bring my speaker so that we could play music and enjoy a beautiful sunny Saturday. We would also explore the theme park and ride the legendary wood roller coaster. For lunch, we would have sushi at the Cannonball and soak up our last moments at the beach. We would end the evening going to Sunset Cliffs, where we would watch the sunset while journaling and talking about life. We would more than likely take photos to capture the beautiful sunset. Of course, when coming to California, you must try In N Out, so we would end the night there. I would tell her to try the animal-style fries and the Neapolitan shake. For Sunday, we would start our day early by hiking Potato Chip Mountain, followed by strolling through Little Italy experiencing the farmers’ market. We would then visit Hillcrest and experience a little bit of Sunday Funday by either going to Fiesta Cantina, Gossip Girl, or Mo’s. To end our adventurous weekend, we would grab dinner to go from Tacos El Gordo and head to my alma mater the University of San Diego. I would give her a grand tour of the campus, and then we would sit at my secret viewing place and view the night scenery of San Diego.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to the loving memory of my grandmother Priscilla Dixon. To an amazing woman who believed in all my dreams and never made me doubt myself. To the woman who always had a smile on her face despite all of life’s obstacles. She taught me to never give up. A great comparison to her would be the poem Maya Angelou wrote titled “Phenomenal Woman.” She embodied everything that poem stood for. So when life gets hard, self-doubt tries to creep in on me, or when I genuinely want to give up, I look up and remember that she’s still there cheering me on. I look up and remind myself that my success isn’t solely just for me, it’s for her and my entire family. I remind myself that I, too, someday desire to be that same Phenomenal Woman.
Youtube: TeawithT Podcast
Other: Podcast instagram page is @_teawitht_podcast