A few small changes …
Posted May 12, 2009on:
It was only a matter of time, but I finally decided to break apart Sweet Element posts and all other posts (knitting, recipes, kitty updates, etc.). All the original cake & chocolate posts will remain on this blog as well, but all future cake & chocolate related posts can be found at the Sweet Element blog.
So why did I start separating everything? This is one of the few first steps to really begin to focus on Sweet Element as an entity of it’s own and not just another jumbled thing that falls somewhere on my to-do list of a million other things. I know I’ve been kind of chicken-little in the number of times I’ve said that I’m closing the door on my corporate life and jumping into pastry, but the time is quickly coming! For real! I swear!
Am I crazy to leave a good job in the middle of uncertain economic times? Perhaps. Am I crazy to want to follow through on a goal/dream I set almost six years ago? No.
I kept adding on to the original goals I had wanted to acheive before I left corporate, and as of this July, I should have met all initial and added on goals. Basically, I wanted to be debt-free (except for our regular mortgage), and I wanted to have a substantial amount saved so we could self-finance my future bakery. As you might imagine, the ”amount saved” goal kept increasing and increasing the more research I did. I hope that I’ve picked a realistic amount!
I’ve decided that as a gift to myself for my 32nd birthday, I will set myself free. I have equal amounts of fear and relief about this gift every day.
Now the tricky part is finding a space that my future bakery can call home for the next five years. I’ve been finding that it’s near impossible to keep a job in the city and try to find a shop in the burbs while also trying to keep Sweet Element afloat and cranking out cake & chocolate. If only I could split out myself as easily I split out these two blogs!!! Of course, even though near impossible, I do have a space I am working on to see if it will be viable for a bakery. Unfortunately, on the current list of priorities, anything space-related falls to the bottom these days, since my day job, cake making and family related matters are eating up all the time I have.
On other notes … this past weekend, while procrastinating starting another cake due this Saturday, I finally finished a knitting project I started over a year ago. This particular project had a lot of sentimental meaning for me, because I started it while my beloved Jersey was still with us and every time I look at it, I’m reminded of her and how she was my knitting companion. The fact that the piece is jersey grey as she was, also pulls at my heart a little. I’ll post photos soon….
I hope to have more changes & updates to report soon. For now, I’m hoping that I can carve out a few moments a day to keep posting on both Whisking on Pens & Needles and Sweet Element blogs and keep everyone up to date with the ups and downs and roundabouts that jumping corporate ship into entrepreneurial waters brings!