Felecia Taylor-McClendon – 35 People Who Inspire

 

Name: Felecia Taylor-McClendon

Age: 35

Occupation: Owner/Cake Artist for You-nique Confections Cake Bakery

Hobbies: Working out, reading, writing, drawing, and spending time with family and friends

Church/Place of Worship:  The Pentecostal Church, Memphis, TN

Ministry Involvement: Prophetess, Accomplished Author of  “The Fight for My Life” A Chosen Vessel’s Story, Motivational Speaker

Community Service: United Way, March of Dimes, Food Bank, Junior Achievement

Professional Organizations: NAPW (National Association for Professional Women)

Favorite Leisure Activity: Working Out

What is your definition of an Inspirational person: An inspirational person has the ability to encourage, uplift, and inspire others by example through the word of God, prayer, and their own wisdom.

What is the difference between someone who inspires vs. someone who gives false hope: Someone who inspires has experienced enough struggles, downfalls, shortcomings, and difficulties in their life to produce a powerful testimony that will have a major impact on those who they come in contact with. Inspiring others is an easy task and the positive influence they have on others is genuine and effortless. Inspirational people always allow the Holy Spirit to lead them through their words and actions. When they open their mouths to speak, it’s evident that God is using them as his messenger to reach those who need a fresh Rhema word from him. A person who gives “false hope” tells others what they “think” they want to hear or uses someone else’s past experience as an example to make a point because many of them have not experienced enough in their own lives to produce any fruit.  “False hope” initiates FEAR and it’s impossible to live in FEAR and walk by FAITH!

What legacy do you plan to leave for your children/those that look up to you:  I want my daughter and those who know me to remember how much of an impact I had on other people lives, how hard I worked to reach my highest potential, how much I fought for Christ’s sake, and regardless to how high God elevated me that I always remained humble, caring, faithful, devoted, and loving.

On Following Dreams:  Before God formed us in our Mother’s womb, he knew us, and before we were born, he set us apart and anointed us with unique gifts and talents to use to build, strengthen, and promote his kingdom.  Many of us are able to recognize our gifts and talents during early childhood. As a child, my Mother instilled in me Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”.  I grew up with this scripture embedded in my mind and knew without a doubt that with God, I could do anything but fail. By age 14, I realized that I had a passion for baking and cooking. I spent days in the kitchen watching my Grandmother prepare dishes for our family and asked her if she could teach me how to be a great cook like her. I became her shadow and whenever I was at her house and she was in the kitchen cooking, I was in there with her too.  I learned how to cook every southern dish that existed. Many days my Mother came home to me in our kitchen with my Betty Crocker cookbook, ingredients, and baking dishes preparing to bake or cook a dish.  I realized how much I enjoyed the science of baking and started practicing everyday.  I baked pies, cookies, pastries, muffins, cakes, and desserts.  I fried doughnuts, made homemade pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.  I didn’t know that I had an artistic ability for creating things with my hands until I took Art during my senior year of high school. 7 years ago, one of my co-workers and I were talking about her beautiful custom cakes. I told her that I absolutely loved everything about cake decorating and was interested in attending a pastry school.  A few months later, I had completed all of my classes and started making cakes for my daughter and family’s birthdays. One of my cousins told me that I was talented enough to do cakes for others outside of our family. A few months later, “Custom Cakes by Felicia” was established!  I ordered business cards and began to market my business.  As my business grew, I changed the name to You-nique Confections Bakery and had my graphic designer create my website and new business cards.  I resigned from the corporate world on September 30, 2010, and started running a successful Christian cake bakery full-time. NEVER allow FEAR, past failures, or mistakes influence your decision to step out on FAITH and follow your dreams.  When God gives you a vision, write it down, pray about it, and have faith in knowing that it WILL come to pass.  Habakkuk 2:2 states, “And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”.  When it appears that your dreams are failing, remember “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”, Habakkuk 2:3. Be encouraged and know that, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good”, Numbers 23:19. God will never make us a promise that he can’t keep.

On Saturdays, one can usually find me decorating and delivering cakes early in the mornings and working my part-time job at Sephora inside J C Penny’s in the evenings.

What is your favorite quote/scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: Obtaining my ministerial license and ordination, starting my ministry, completing my degree, earning a Culinary Arts degree as a Pastry Chef, residing in Houston, TX successfully running my business at a storefront, publishing my second book, traveling around the world touching lives by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, building a strong empowered Women’s Ministry and Christian Network to assist others with their walk with Christ.

In 10 years: Attending seminary school to earn my Doctorate Degree in Theology, starting a publishing company, operating my cake business at a venue offering a wide range of wedding services for busy brides which include a bakery, caterer, florist, photographer, wedding consultant, officiant, and a live band.

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