I got a call one day, “turn on the TV to The Chew.” There was Tahisha, on air with so much life, excitement and confidence. She was in her element, doing what she loves, cooking, interacting with people and entertaining them. It was Creole Spicy Wings on the menu at The Chew that day. She was teaching the crowd how to make the most well seasoned wings. Besides her wings, her life too has been well seasoned. Every hurt, every burden, and ever tragedy have symbolized thyme, garlic, and habanero pepper blended together marinating her into a well-seasoned believer. Each encumbrance has taught her something different, when to cry, when to laugh, when to act and when to pray. God has chiseled her for His perfect work. All through it, she has used her talents and gifts to help and serve others. It is beautiful to see her talents paving roads for her to throttle on. She sings and she decorates. She is a culinary star, a Chef Extraordinaire.
Here goes my virtual interview with Tahisha:
- What do you do?
I do my best to live on purpose and pursue my passions to be a blessing to others and make a difference. With that being said, I run my own company within the field of Hospitality, specializing in food, events and mentorship. My latest effort has been a mentorship program through cooking classes called PanTree Learning Inc., where students get to store information about cooking, while learning important social disciplines such as table etiquette and being mentored through the art a food. However, despite the many things that I “do” my most rewarding title (besides being a servant of God and wife) is my latest title as a mom! Its one my greatest blessings to nurture and care after the fruit of my womb and see him grow!
2. What is one thing you would you like the audience to know about you?
I love Jesus! My life is a living testimony that God loves His children and His plans are ALWAYS (working out for our) GOOD! I love to cook and entertain sing, play piano and entertain.
3. How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?
I treat hardships and failures as a learning opportunity. I’ve learned from life experiences is that there will always be hardships and failures. It’s a part of the journey that takes part in your life’s story. Since hardships are sometimes unavoidable, your response to the hardship is what will make the difference. It is written:
◄ 1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I’ve learned to surround myself with positive minded people that will still keep it real with me but help me also shape my mindset to help me along the way, to the point if I would be experiencing a hardship or difficult situation, to always look at the bright side of things, and learn from the overall experience to keep pressing forward. Even if we look in the Bible, we come across individuals that were presented with hardships and challenges in their lives not to slow them down or keep them down but to help shape them and strengthen their muscles of faith so they can learn, be encouraged to press on forward. I’ve learned that despite the hardship it’s just a moment, a season and how I respond to the moment is really what counts. Also, one thing I realized is no matter how hard a season maybe there is always something to be thankful for. Whether it’s health, family support… As you become more thankful your mindset is changed and empowered and you feel the peace of God despite the storm.
4. What is the one thing that you would say contributed most to your success?Definitely my life’s story and the main people that played a major role in my life’s growth. First, my mom… One of the strongest women I know. She plays a pivotal role in my success as a strong woman who really exemplifies what a “strong woman” is! Not intimidated by hardships, always pushing me to be my best from the time I was in school, and teaching me what it means to have integrity and a women of faith! Similarly, my grandmother! Who has taught me all the essentials to be a wonderful wife, holding your respect in society with confidence and Grace… She was able to teach me that (basically raising me in the household when my parents were working hard to provide), having her own challenges of being illiterate but never allowed that to cripple her! My husband, my number one and greatest supporter ever! Who has taught me to be patient, has been so supportive of my career path and the changes and even challenges that presented in our lives. We were blessed to be able to endure them together. It’s so important especially as a young Christian woman to have a husband to support your goals and your dreams! It’s a true gift to be equally yoked to your partner to share and to live out common goals, building a legacy! My dad, who was soo strict in the household! So many rules, I see today that it definitely played a role in grounding me, as he drilled the word of God in us, which helped us, become zealous for God! My siblings (brother and 2 sisters and sister in love) are all so supportive, full with wisdom and love. And last but not least, my son! As young as he is, he has taught me so many lessons of Life of being patient. Just watching him grow I’ve learned so many life lessons, one being that life is done in stages and every stage is a new lesson for growth and progress! It’s been such a true joy to see him grow, really.
5. What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
I would definitely encourage other woman to keep God first and all of their plans. I mean SERIOUSLY keep God #1! God’s plans is always realistically better for us even when we may not understand in the moment. It is written that all things work together for our good! And it does… My life story contributes to my understanding of this Bible verse! Coming from a young lady with a college education, and a distinctive leader from her alma mater (St John’s University), I can’t say I thought I had it all figured out, but I would say that I was pretty confident that I would be successful because of my motives and morals that I’ve learned growing up. And although this is true, no one ever thinks about encountering hardships or failures in their lives. But that’s where God comes in; to give us a wake-up call so we could depend on him and not on our degrees or six figure income jobs which I’ve had in my past career path. My experiences in those seasons have been very rewarding nonetheless. It shaped me and taught me much discipline, which is needed in everything, you do in life! However, if one told me that I would become a TV personality, or an entrepreneur of hospitality, or someone told me perhaps all the struggles that I’ve encountered in my life while working a six-figure job in the world of Information Technology in the hospital industry, hating what I did and quitting without knowing what was next for me, feeling like I hit rock bottom …After experiencing five tragic miscarriages after being married all while being in a stressful job not doing the things that I love… I would have never believed. But I guess that’s what makes the journey interesting… the suspense of the future, the climax and turns… Those are the things that must always be appreciated! Seasons are meant to shape us. One thing my mother always mentioned about life’s hardships is the storms that we must endure! A speaker that was preaching one said that storms are crucial to our growth as it tests our foundation when the rain comes down hard and hits the ground of where we stand, before we can move to the next level. As young women especially as Women of Faith, hardships and struggles are inevitable. But we were built to endure them, as God will never give us what we cannot handle. More so, it’s a challenge to stay grinded in the word of God and hold to his unchanging word and promises, as we were called to be woman of Valor as Servants of Christ, loving wives and mothers! In closing, I don’t know what I would do without the word of God. It is my armor and my shield especially in times of struggle and seasons of hardships that I’ve experienced in the past and it is also my crown of Joy as I rejoice in all that God has done! I will share with you some key Bible verses that I love to read and keep in the tablet of my heart.
These key verses are:
◄ Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
◄ Proverbs 3:5, 6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths
◄ Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
I find so much strength in knowing her. I’m stronger with her as I learn to appreciate my humble beginnings. Years ago, she started doing her own edible arrangements and seeing her on TV teaches me that small beginnings is only stepping stones to great endings. Keep taking those steps.
Here is to having your own cooking show on TV Tahisha