Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year! 2015's One Giant Goal and How I'll Get There

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)
and also,
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)

And these:
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

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