Open a gluten free Bakery- that's my one giant goal.
I can't afford and don't have the experience I'd want to open a bakery storefront (yet). So I'm going to bake out of a certified kitchen. It will be wholesale and I'd like to sell at a Farmer's Market. It also means that I may be able to do mail-order and local deliveries (think CSA with neighborhood pick-up spots). And how cool if I'm able to sell at local shops, cafes and yoga studios! I found a food incubator in D.C. that looks really promising, I've simplified the recipes I'll bake but have a bunch on the back burner in case it makes sense to expand, and I'm more clear on the necessary steps to make it a legal and licensed business. I've also got something in the works to re-brand my blog and the soon-to-be business with a new name and a new design. Something that speaks more to being bold and happy.
My time line is to start in July and to get there I'm going to:
SIMPLIFY (buy less, use what I have, know where stuff is, get rid of stuff that makes it harder)
CONNECT (with businesses and people that are cool and inspiring, local and online)
ACCEPT CHAOS (hello- new baby, paying for daycare, working full-time, getting back in shape, researching and starting a new business)
SAVE AS MUCH MONEY as I possibly can (for so many reasons)
This will all take work and I'm sure I will hit bumps in the road, get totally stressed out and have melt-downs here and there. But ultimately each of these steps and goals are doable and are not that hard. There is a lot that I don't know about running a bakery business, working out of a certified kitchen or selling wholesale. But if I let that stop me then this will never happen. And I have to make it happen.
I'll leave you with this:
"If you love something and you're good at it, then you must do it."
(Thank you The Bletchley Circle, one of my many Netflix binges during maternity leave)
What Do You Want With Your Life?
Clarity, Part 1
Clarity, Part 2
Who I Am and Who I Want to Become
What Scares Me
My Dream Bakery