Nearly four years ago, I started this blog, and I started my love affair for all things baking and pastry.
While I was in Sydney recently I got hit with a big case of reality. I was there visiting friends and attending their wedding (and making their cake!) and just being able to spend time with friends and have an enjoyable weekend with them made something click. I was done baking for work.
I started my business on the 1st of December, 2009. Six months later, I went to pastry school, and then another six months later I was working full time on cakes, cupcakes, and decorating parties. I left my other job and started teaching cake classes. Another year later and I went to study a business diploma… and then it started to weigh me down.
I was working 60+ hours some weekends, from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon, and I missed a lot of things in my life which made me feel very angry, sad and isolated.
Last Sunday I turned 25, and the following day I was starting my new job back in the land of the living. I am slowly making my withdrawal from the cake business. I’ve spent my 20′s so far doing cakes for work. It’s time for a change.
It doesn’t mean I have given up cakes completely or this job. I still love the art and design behind putting together a dozen cupcakes or an awesome looking dessert table (as I made one for my birthday) but I just can’t manage it as a job anymore. I would love to just do this for the fun of it again.
I didn’t spend too much time in that stage of my love affair with cake decorating as I launched straight into work, so I didn’t have time to build things up before it became a fully fledged career.
Since starting my new job on Monday, a lot of my colleagues (and now friends) have been surprised I’ve come from that career, where others have transitioned from another section of retail. Is the surprise about giving it up to come do what I’m doing now? Or awe?
These changes mean I have plenty of time to love cake decorating again for what it was and what it always will be – my beloved hobby.
(and if you haven’t figured it out MORE TIME FOR RECIPES!)