After the 9 to 5: Making a difference through cakes

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Selena Childress-Mayo is a busy lady. She’s the director of Head Start at TAP. So she’s constantly checking her email, making, calls, and keeping everything on track. But outside of work, you’ll find her in her kitchen, baking up a storm.

“I just love doing what I do,” said Selena.

Selena has been baking for over 20 years. She learned from her aunt, and after she passed away, she continued on the family tradition. Her business is called Lean Lean’s Bakery.

"My nieces and nephew – they call me Lean Lean and so my oldest niece, one of the things she would always say is, ‘Lean Lean are you gonna bake?’”

Selena thought, what she would call her own bakery if she were to start one. And her niece responded, “Lean Lean!” So that’s how she settled on the name Lean Lean’s Bakery.

For Selena, baking is a joy and at times a much needed stress reliever.

“I am up most mornings at 5 o’clock in the morning and my staff, they tease me because they’ll say, ‘Aren’t you stressed out today?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’ And they’re like, ‘I think you’re a little stressed and we want a carrot cake or we want a strawberry cake.’ And I’m like you guys just want me to bake something,” she explained.

Selena says her talent to be able to make cakes wouldn’t be possible without God. It’s truly a blessing she’s grateful to share with others.

“I enjoy helping people and knowing that I’ve made a difference in somebody’s life. And if I can do that through my cakes, it just makes me happy,” Selena said.

Click here to take a look at the Lean Lean's Bakery Facebook page.