I’m only 24 years old, but having two children and becoming a work-at-home-mom and leaving my thriving career in the corporate world it’s easy to feel like my own dreams have been put on hold permanently. Don’t get me wrong! I love being home with the Bugs more than I could ever express in words and I am thankful that Mr. Determined works so hard for us to have this sort of life. There’s always a little part of me that remembers my pre-mommy-life aspirations.
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -Anna Quindlen
I wanted to be a writer, and in some ways that’s been fulfilled. I’ve had poetry published over a dozen times in my lifetime, but nothing recently. My novel is a work in progress, but I’m becoming more comfortable with my own “voice”. Thousands of people read my blogs every month and I hope that in some ways, I’ve helped them. I’ve also made a decent income from this little chunk of the internet and I’m extremely thankful for that. I never thought in a year’s time after leaving my banking job that I would have a steady income from blogging, but it’s happened.
Dream fulfilled, all thanks to my beloved readers. You cannot imagine all the awesome things you guys do for me behind the scenes. Thank you for giving a simple homemaker a voice on the internet. I’ve been given great writing opportunities all thanks to the fact that my audience is ah-mazing.
That income I talked about up there goes toward our retirement savings and into accounts for the Bugs, but I have a feeling that someday I’ll be taking a big chunk of it out to invest in myself. Like many women across the country, I would love to open a bakery.
I have over 200 recipes that are my own written in little notebooks. You get to see a new one each Tuesdays here on the blog. Some things I’ve made off of the top of my head and some that I’ve found or been given from family and modified. (Big shout out to Mr. Determined for being the most patient guinea pig ever!)
The dream isn’t just for my obsession with cupcakes, which is admittedly crazy obsessive. I *love* cupcakes. I’ve also spent years coming up with designer coffee, tea, and chocolate based drinks. My mother taught me to bake soft breads and to dry fruit on a rack. I’m spoiled and we still tend to get breads from a bakery rather than just the bagged variety from ther supermarket.
Mr. Determined has even passed along some of his mother’s desserts. (That man can make an eclaire like nobody’s business.) I also worked as a chocolatier for some time, leaving me with the tools and knowledge to make some amazing chocolate desserts and candies. Mint truffles are an art that I have perfected.
Someday the Bugs are both going to be in school and I’ll have more time to work toward these kinds of dreams. In 2018, I’ll turn 30. That seems like as good of a time as any to do it, right? Assuming the economy doesn’t tank before then, I think I’ll go for it. In the mean time, I’ll just keep pinning and writing. It’s what makes me happy.
Follow my Lifelong Dream Board on Pinterest for delicious recipes, cupcake designs, and awesome bakeries from around the web… until I’m able to open my own.