That's right, I'm finally taking the plunge. I put in my departure notice just before the bike accident. Actually, the timing has been pretty odd. I'd figured a goal and made sure to save up X amount of dollars before quitting, and now I'm throwing money at doctors and lawyers left and right. I just hope it all comes back to me in the way that I deserve. I'm so relieved to finally be thrust out on my own, though. Now's when I become a real adult (at the youthful age of 30).
A little history:
I've been baking for almost 12 years. It's something I've enjoyed all my life, ever since I was icing cookies at my mother's side. I loved it so much, in fact, that it took me all the way to New York following a passion for pastries. I attended the French Culinary Institute and dove head first into the crazy but wonderful world that is a New York service industry job. It's grueling, it pays next to nothing, and it takes away any social life you ever thought you had. But you gain family, you gain skill, and you come out a stronger person because of it. The best job I ever had was at Betty Bakery in Brooklyn, where I learned to sculpt some of the most unbelievably marvelous creations that would ever spring forth from my fingers. Here's a tiny trip down memory lane.
If you'd like to see more, head over to the cake set on my flickr page!
After so many years on my feet working manual labor for little money, I've decided to switch gears. I'm following my love of illustration for awhile and seeing where it takes me. This is both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. Like being on Space Mountain in Disneyland. You're in the pitch dark with absolutely no idea what lies around every intimidating corner. Is it a simple climb or a severe and paralyzing drop? Twists? Turns? You might have a minute to rest and gather your thoughts, or you might be screaming bloody murder feeling on the edge of death. At the very end you could feel a little sick in your belly, but you're still high from the thrill of it all. That's what I'm looking forward to. I've chosen to ride the rollercoaster, at least for awhile. I can always go back to baking, and I plan to do plenty in my spare time. I'm excited to bake for pleasure, so expect me to talk a LOT more about pastries on this blog. Yay!
AND, in celebration of my newfound freedom, I'm having a giveaway!
No, not ME, sillies! I'm giving away some sweet goods from my etsy shop! Included in this package will be one large print measuring 8.5x11, one 5x7 print, and 2 greeting cards! You, the winner, will get to choose which ones from my store. Isn't this fun? All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you think of my shop, if it needs improvement, what I might be missing, or if you like it just the way it is. I'm hoping to up my sales now that I'm no longer employed, and any suggestions help! AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!! Let's get the word out!
Please leave your comment by the end of the day on Friday, July 8th
I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement! Feel free to leave your email address with your comment so I can contact you easily.
Thanks to everyone, and have a wonderful 4th of July, if you celebrate it :)
I'm leaving you with this video, should get your booty moving.
Architecture in Helsinki, That Beep.