Welcome to Episode 56 of our podcast, Courageous Conversations, hosted by Leanne Pilkington.
In this episode, our guest is Alyssa Morley, owner of Alyssa’s Kitchen. Alyssa talks about her experience in corporate procurement, her cancer diagnosis, leaving her career for cooking school, how she came to the decision to start her cake making business and what she has learned from the transition from the office job to building her own brand.
01:00 – A background on what Alyssa used to do in corporate procurement (and what this involves)
02:30 – Alyssa’s cancer diagnosis in 2016 and keeping this news low key
03:50 – Quitting corporate work, hand operations and planning what’s next
04:50 – Using trauma cover to enrol in cooking school in 2018, starting her cake shop Alyssa’s Kitchen in 2019
05:30 – How Alyssa reached the decision to start her own business and reinforcing her belief in herself to succeed (with thanks to her husband, Michael)
07:00 – Stress and reflecting on its influence on Alyssa’s health and in general
08:00 – What is Alyssa’s Kitchen (Follow on Instagram) and what Alyssa wanted for her brand
09:50 – What’s involved in creating her cakes
12:00 – What being in a different career is like for Alyssa and what she has learned
14:00 – From being in isolation before isolation to being more connected now than ever before