Name: Chelbe Hudgens
Side Hustle: Food & Lifestyle blog called Peachy Jean.
How did you get started?: My family is full of amazing home cooks. While growing up, I always helped in the kitchen. When I went away to college, I still desired the home-cooked meals I grew up with so it went from simply helping to preparing whole meals for myself and my friends. My friends loved that I baked and cooked for them and they are the ones that told me I should start a blog. It took me a few years to listen to them, but I finally started a food blog my senior year of college.
When/where do you work?: I work at Spredfast, a social media software company.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Time is my biggest challenge. Because of my 9-5 job, I usually plan on cooking/baking something on the weekends. The weekends can still be hectic because of life and such, so it’s hard to find time to set aside for prepping, cooking, plating/styling, photography, editing, writing, etc., etc., etc., etc.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The best reward of Peachy Jean is being able to combine several of my passions and interests. I get to cook/bake, photograph, edit, write, and create my own website.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My greatest supports are my friends and family. My friends are the ones that pushed me to start a blog. My family is so proud of me and is always sending me family recipes to share. My boyfriend is always there for whatever I need, whether it be kind words or a helping hand.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My greatest inspiration is the food and culture I’m surrounded by in Austin, Texas. There are amazing restaurants here with innovative chefs who are always blowing my mind with their delicious dishes.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?:
My dream for Peachy Jean is that it inspires people to step out of their comfort zones, whether that be in the kitchen, their style, or elsewhere.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Be patient, good things take time.
When I first started brainstorming Peachy Jean and everything that came with it, it was very overwhelming. I knew that if I tried to tackle everything at once that I would get overwhelmed and that could lead me to potentially giving up. I decided from the beginning that I wanted to be organized and take small steps. This was supposed to be a fun way of flexing my creativity and passions, and I didn’t want it to turn into something stressful.