Finding myself unemployed (and in my mid 30's....Shhhh, please dont repeat that little bit of info!), was quite unsettling. I had owned my own interior painting business and when the economy plummeted, so did my business. The phone stopped ringing altogether and I found myself wondering what I was going to do next to support my 2 children. Thank God I have a wonderful boyfriend that is there for my and supports all my decisions in this area of my life. Thank you, Walt!
Having a background in art and music, I really felt that I wanted to do something creative as an occupation, but what would I do and where would I find a job that I really loved doing? Its nice to "think" that way but was it realistic? I started thinking about it and one day it dawned on me that I had been watching every cake decorating show known to man on TV, and I obviously had an interest in it. The only difference is that it's a different artistic medium. I had never even considered a career in food before. Why not become a cake decorator? It looked to be very creative and a lot of fun to do! So I signed up for a few Wilton classes at a local cake supply store and learned the basics. I needed to learn the foundation of cake decorating. Every week was something new and interesting and I found myself not being able to wait until the next class. I had found a new passion and hopefully a new career. I worked VERY hard on my new skills and before I had even finished all the classes I had a job at cake decorating shop in Quincy, MA. I had found my calling! Unfortunately the economy had also taken its tole on the cake shop and it closed. So what would I do now? I LOVED that job! I was heartbroken. I began watching every video and looking at hundreds...no THOUSANDS of cake pictures on line to learn from and for inspiration. I started making cakes for friends and family. The orders started rolling in! I LOVE what I do, but I STILL need to find a job doing it!! I have decided to go back to school in the fall for culinary. I need to broaden my horizons even more. Fingers crossed that this will work out and I will find the job of my dreams once I graduate in 2 years. The strange thing is I will be going to college the same time as my oldest daughter!
I will share with you what I learn in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 school year. I'm sure it wont always be pretty, but hopefully it will ALWAYS be fun!