Positive thinking is something people talk about, but for Isabella Tebeau, it's a way of life.

A barista at Curbside Coffee, Tebeau always serves customers with a smile.

"My friends always ask why I decided to serve coffee after having an extensive education and career at Mastercard," she said. "I am happier. I want to do something meaningful. I want to make people happy."

Originally, Project LOOP was going to open a coffee house in the McCrory Timmerman Building, and Tebeau wanted to be involved.

Unfortunately, the original plan did not work out, but Tebeau still wanted to be involved.

After speaking with Judy Blundell, co-developer of the building, Tebeau learned there would still be an opportunity to work at a coffee house in the building.

Blundell told Tebeau the shop was "all about quality and happiness." Tebeau was sold on the idea and hired immediately.

Along with working part-time at Curbside Coffee, Tebeau has always been active in the community. She has served as an ambassador for the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce, and been involved in several local events.

She is known for her Good News column in the Sunday editions of the Taylor Press and the Good News Taylor Made Facebook page.

"It's my town. I want to know what's going on and I want to make it better," she said. "You can sit at home and complain, or you can do something."

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