A guest post today by Kristin Davis on making your culinary dreams become a reality!
Not only am I raising an energetic 4 year old boy, I work full time at an advertising agency, and I also run a small side business specializing in catering and cakes called Debiteful. How do I do it? Good question. How do I do it and maintain the highest level of myself in each aspect? Even better question. It is certainly not easy.
I think the most important place to start is to list your priorities. First and foremost is my son. He is the light of my life and my pride and joy. I wish that I could spend every moment with him but that is not feasible. Which brings us to priority number two, my full time job. I must maintain a steady income to provide for my son, hence the 40-45 hour work weeks. I, however, am extremely lucky to LOVE my job. I work in a creative and fun environment that allows me to fulfill my idiosyncratic ways. I am organized, very organized, extremely organized. Lucky for me, my job requires this of me. It also nurtures creativity in everyone who works for the agency. If your day to day tasks are not creative in nature, there is an outlet for them here.
That brings me to my third priority, Debiteful. I adore being in the kitchen. My grandmother taught me to cook/bake at a very young age and I have been hooked ever since. She has always aimed to please through your stomach and I wanted to provide the same joy and comfort for others as she does. It wasn’t enough for me to just bake for my family, I wanted more. I have parlayed my love for cooking/baking into catering small events and baking wedding cakes. Making a bride happy on her wedding day and filling all those guests full of moist delicious cake and decadent buttercream is a dream come true. I am so thankful that I am able to fulfill my passion and share it with my son as he learns his way around the kitchen.
Although at times I am tired, I try to keep a few things front of mind. First, I cannot allow myself to get distracted. I focus 100% of my attention on the task at hand. That means no catering or cake business during normal business hours. That also goes the other way around, no checking work email on the weekends that I have orders. If I let these items intertwine, then my performance suffers, my work suffers, my side business suffers and my responsibilities as a mother suffers. Second, I need rest. I go to bed early and allow a little time all by myself to recoup. Sometimes you just need to take a few steps back and take a break. Breaks are important. Lastly, enjoy myself. If I am not having fun, then the extra work is not worth it.
Kristin Davis is the baker behind the scenes at Debiteful Cupcakes and Catering. She is a full-time mom, with a full time job and does catering and weddings in her spare time. Her mission… to keep stomachs happy, one Debite at a time!
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