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Hidden Gems: Meet Vania Suzeth Parra of Vania’s Treats

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vania Suzeth Parra.

Hi Vania, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Hello, thank you so much for having me here.” passion for drawing and crafting has been a thing ever since I was in kindergarten. That’s where I discovered I was in love with making simple little things into art pieces.

My passion for drawing and crafting has been a thing ever since I was in kindergarten. That’s where I discovered I was in love with making simple little things into art pieces.

When my mother decided she wanted us to move to the United States my main goal was to finish high school so I could work to save up and travel you know, as every teenager wants.

Little would I know I was going to fall in love at such a young age and get married, plans took a little turn so before finishing high school we had our first little one.

Things slowed down so much but while being a stay home mom I knew I wanted to work without leaving my house, so one day while scrolling through social media I saw a video of someone decorating a cookie, and the colors, the flooding, the dedication on the video just woke up something in me.

I knew I wanted to make some cookies, so I learned a recipe my mother-in-law showed me and that’s actually the same one I’ve been using ever since, my first set of cookies was made in 2018 for my husband as Valentine’s Day present, they weren’t the best but I decided I wanted to get deeper into it. I never thought that I will love it so much that it was going to turn out into making cookies for a living.

I’m so grateful I can learn tips from other bakers on a daily. I know that I’m not where I want to be just yet, but even though things have been going pretty smooth in the past few years I’m really looking forward to keeping growing until I have the kitchen of my dreams and even more.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There was a time when I wasn’t making any money, I wasn’t charging enough and I was spending way too much on supplies. I tried to put the baking aside and went to school for Medical Assistant with Phlebotomy, my whole 2019-2020 was school and baking once in a while because I couldn’t stop doing it.

I got my first job in 2020 which only lasted 5 months, I was stressing way too much I had to put my health first. I took a break from medical assistance and went back to baking for a few months but once again things didn’t go as planned and decided to get another job as a medical assistant, a few weeks later after getting the job I found out I was pregnant with my second baby and I worked my whole pregnancy till I had to quit because last few weeks of pregnancy were though.

My second baby was born in 2021 and not even a week later I went back to baking. Having two kids under 4 makes things more complicated, but I’ve been managing to be a mother, wife, daughter, and business owner all on my own.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I make all types of party treats from chocolate-dipped desserts to baked goods.

My most popular item is the custom sugar cookies, those are sold per dozen and sometimes I can make an exception of half a dozen, depending. I’m a one-person behind the business I do the marketing myself, shopping, baking, decorating, cleaning, packaging, invoices, and deliveries.

Everything. I’m really grateful to those ones that get to support me every day especially those ones that have been with me in the long run, believe it or not, I have clients that had stuck to me for the last 3 years and that’s a beautiful feeling. Know that everything made at home is made with lots of love.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I wasn’t happy working in a field doing something that wasn’t for me.

I can say I was more well paid and had fewer hours of work. But I love what I do even if I get to work all day in only one set of cookies. There are days that I get to make orders, there are days that I don’t.

I feel like leaving my medical assistant career on the side in order to pursue something I love it’s a whole risk-taking. I’m proud of being a Latina business owner and that’s something I wouldn’t change.

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