Journeying Out of the Depths of Unemployment

My story is a pretty common one these days. Like many people out there, I’m over-educated and struggling to find a fulfilling job.  About a year ago, I left my job in a small town in Colorado to move to Montana.  This move held hopes of better career opportunities, but when I arrived I soon realized how naïve I was.  For the past year, I’ve struggled to find openings for jobs that I’m qualified for and when there are openings I’m finding it even harder to get an interview.  I’m not going to lie – it’s been a hard year.  I’ve tried to make the most out of my unemployment and spend my free time productively by volunteering and fundraising, but no matter how much I do I still can’t help but feel like something is missing in my life.

For those of you who have been unemployed for an extended period of time, you can understand what I’m going through.   At first unemployment isn’t all that terrible and you kind of enjoy having all this new found free time.  As time goes by though, it gets a little less fun and little more feeling like you might go crazy if you don’t get a job soon.  You start to realize that the person you talk to most during the day is your dog (you also start referring to your dog as a person) and that you’re 30 years old and your greatest achievement in the past couple weeks was hitting level 35 on the video game Skyrim.  After a year of disappointments and feeling sorry for myself, I decided I have two options.  I can sit around and hope that the perfect job will open up and someone will finally take a chance on me OR I can take matters into my own hands and take a chance on myself.  It’s time to take a risk people and I haven’t felt this excited in a long time. I’m tired of sitting around, so I’m finally doing it…….I’m starting my own business in baking.  I’m starting off small – baking out of my kitchen, making the Farmer’s Market rounds this summer, and then maybe one day fulfilling my life-long dream of owning my own bakery.

For those of you who know me, you could probably say this decision has been 25 years in the making.  My love for baking started when I was a kid watching my Dad make cookies.  I was so fascinated by the process and loved when he would let me scrape down the bowl for him when he was making the dough.  As I got a little older, I started baking myself and my passion for it has only increased over the years.  I’m kind of a sweet whore and need to eat something sweet every day (I would give up wine before I gave up dessert…..I have a problem).  I also tend to massively geek out on baking, which means I’m constantly in the kitchen whipping up some new dessert or obsessing over the latest cookbook from my favorite pastry chef.  The only thing I love more than baking (and eating the finished product) is being able to share my desserts with the people I care about.

The journey of starting my own business is going to be a long one. There are going to be highs and there are definitely going to be lows.  But here’s the thing, even if I fail at least I’m out there and I’m trying.  I want to take you guys on this journey with me and make you a part of it, so I’m starting this blog to chronicle my path from unemployment to proud business owner.  I want all of you there with me as I test recipes, finalize my business plan, and start getting my name out there in the community.  Get ready for lots of pictures, polls, and hopefully some creative ways to get you involved.  I can’t do this alone and thankfully with how socially connected the world is today, I won’t have to.  I am beyond stoked to start this journey and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

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9 responses

  1. I only just graduated from the land of unemployment a few days ago and it feels so good to feel like I am finally on the right track again! And I too picked up and moved to a new city… hopefully this move will help me find my passion as it did for you!

    • That’s awesome to hear!! After being unemployed, it really does feel amazing to finally feel like you’re on the right track again. Sometimes it just takes something like moving to a new city to give you the push you need to find your passion.

  2. I loved reading your blog ! You’re right when you say this business and career was 25 years in the making. The confluence of genes, desire, knowledge and energy is a very powerful thing and you have it all. I know you will be successful and I will be right there reading, watching and I hope eventually tasting. – Good luck! Nikki Baron

    • I’m so happy you’re enjoying my blog and thank you so much for the kind words! Baking is definitely in my genes – I’m lucky to have a Dad who’s such an amazing cook. He taught me well and spoiled me and my brother with the world’s best breakfasts growing up!

  3. I’m excited for you! I wish so much you could have been around when our Oma was cooking and baking. She was a really good cook, and I spent a lot of my summers in Cashiers, NC watching her do her thing in the kitchen. Oma would be so proud of you!

  4. All I can say to you is finally. Not finally that you are working, but finally you are following your dream. Your works of art are just that…beautiful and I am sure they are quite tasty. I have always known you to love baking and didn’t I just recently say, “You should start your own business.” ? Your dad gave you his gift so now use it. Good luck to you in your new venture. Just don’t let JD get fat being the taste tester. Love you. Aunt Sandy

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