Keep Calm and Bake On

From the last time that I posted until this very moment I have been extremely busy with life. Let’s be real the key word life is just another word for work, work, work . Unfortunately, the restaurant industry leaves little room for extracurricular activities. Long grueling hours, physically exhausting tasks, standing for at least 8 hours a day, sometimes way longer, eating unhealthy foods or sometimes being so busy you don’t eat at all. One day my pedometer read that I had done 12 miles in a day (walking as well as going up and down stairs). If it sounds like I’m complaining don’t worry I’m not. Believe it or not, I love what I do so, so, so much. But it is important to figure out what works for you, and what makes you happy. With the fact that work is your “life” you better hope that you are content, and if you’re not, then it’s time to make a change.

If you have read some of my previous posts you already know that I am a recent college graduate. Well, I finished my classes a few months early, but my actual graduation is next week!

I never really settled into my first job after college. It didn’t make me happy, and I pretty much knew that from the start, but I kept on working. I stayed for so long for the fear of disappointing others as well as the fear of not being able to pay my bills, we all know a college education isn’t cheap, and loans will be here before I know it.

Two weeks ago I decided to give my two weeks’ notice at my place of employment. I was so unhappy, and I brought my unhappiness home with me, and that is just no way to live. At this point in my life some would think that money would be on the list of things that are most important to me, but most people would be incorrect. The most important thing to me in life right now is my happiness. If for whatever reason I can’t pay my bills I can rely on my family for help, not that I would want to, but there is always that option. You can’t get back your younger years no matter how hard you try, so spend them doing what you love, and being happy.  It’s never too late to make a change.

I now intend to devote more of my time to the restaurants that I work at. I am currently fiddling with new menu ideas. Oh, I forgot to mention I have weekends off so I actually get to see the sunlight! And I get my life  back!

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New Opportunities

A few weeks ago I received a Facebook message from a friend I used to work with. She told me that she was leaving her current job, and that that place was going to need a replacement. The head chef was interested in hiring me to fill her shoes, how exciting! I believe that the best jobs are the ones that find you. Also I think its VERY important to maintain good relationships with all of the connections you make inside and outside of the industry. You never know when they might come in handy.

After I had expressed my interest in the position the chef basically told me to come in the next day and start training. While I am getting acclimated this will be a part time job; about thirty hours a week, and as it gets more busy I will acquire more hours.

This is probably the best job that I could have ever been offered considering I just got out of college only three months ago. I am the sole Pastry Chef of this restaurant as well as the adjoining restaurant. I work in a spacious basement all by myself Monday through Friday (I even get weekends off!) . I am responsible for daily production, including banquet event desserts and ordering necessary ingredients.

Did I mention I am also working my catering job? haha sounds like a lot to handle, but I really enjoy being busy. I go a little stir crazy when I have too much free time on my hands.

A typical day starts for me with my alarm is blaring in my ear at the crack of dawn, 4:30am to be exact. I get ready, make my much needed cup of coffee, and hop into my car; anxiously awaiting about an hour of traffic sometimes more.  I arrive at my first job for 6:00 am and I make sure that everything is complete by 12:00pm, which leaves me half an hour to get back into my car and head over to my next job, which usually starts around 12:30pm and doesn’t usually end until 10:00pm. Then I get to drive home, sleep, and do it all over again. But I wouldn’t change it for the world, I am very thankful for the opportunities that I have been given, and I cannot wait to see how things progress.