For the past eight years I have been stuck behind a desk working the days away. Subsequently for the past eight years I have felt like there was something else I wanted to do. I started college at 19 and studied information systems. That didn't last. I went to study the culinary arts last year, and a $52,000 that didn't even start. So my desk job was all I had to fall back on. That job, and era of my life is over now. Last Friday was the last day I would sit in a cubicle.
Let me rewind a little though... This past June was a big month for me. It had many very low down in the dumps days, days that I thought I just wanted to walk away from a lot of things. Then one night, I decided that I didn't want to stay at my work anymore, and I needed something else to do. I created DaisyCakes! I had the name rolling around in my head for some time before then, but now I really had an idea of what I wanted DaisyCakes to be. I want to make simple but beautiful items for the home. I also wanted to make simple but delicious treats for the tummy. So far things have been going well. I had a couples of months of planning and trial and error. The month of September I work my fingers off to put together enough items for a craft fair I did in October. I am happy to report that it was a very successful day! Not only did I sell most of the pillows I made, but I had a TON of great feedback on all my items.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I had been talking to my husband and sharing my feelings about wanting more for myself other than a desk job. I prayed about it, and told him I was going to find another job, one that would make me happy. I went online, and ended up at the Michael's craft store website. They were hiring. I applied, and I got the job! Everyone, ok well most everyone has been really supportive about the move. Even though it's like a 6.oo pay cut, and I am working part time. I could not be happier! My husband has been right there beside me this whole way, and is my biggest support in this decision. He wants me to find myself again, and to take the time I need as a part time employee, and build my DaisyCakes. I totally love him for that!!
Friday was my first night. Half way through my shift, I started to wonder what in the world I had gotten myself into. It was hard!! A lot harder than I had imagined. My feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurt, and I felt so lost. I had been in the store about a million times, but every time a customer asked where something was I felt like a fool, and a failure. But, by the end of the night I felt accomplished. I was doing what I wanted. Yesterday was my second shift, and I found that I loved it even more. I had a little more direction, and my feet didn't hurt as much thank you to Dr Schols!
I am so grateful that I can take a step back from a desk and get to experience the wonderful world of retail, so that I can gain further knowledge, and push DaisyCakes out into the world.
I sit here this afternoon, and I wonder to myself, what do I do with my first day off? We are headed out of town for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I think I will make cookies!! Simple enough.
(By the way, I am making my full proof chocolate chip cookie recipe, and going a step further, I am dipping them in chocolate!!)