I have been working in the restaurant industry for almost 9 years now. I went to school thinking I'd come out of it an amazing cake decorator and make elaborate wedding cakes for the rest of my life. Out of school, restaurants were an easier calling. So, I worked my butt off for years in restaurants, always knowing I wanted something different. I had opportunities as pastry chefs and took them thinking that if I didn't, my education and experience were wasted. However, job after job after job I felt incomplete. My mind was always somewhere else. Something cutesy and fun and not so serious. Don't get me wrong, I love plated desserts and restaurant experiences, but I knew it just wasn't for me. After years of saying I was going to do something and then just falling into another restaurant job, I finally quit my last "pastry chef" job. I raised a little money on kickstarter and kiva, including some very amazing and generous friends and family donations. I used that money for a lot of things, including business cards and equipment, and am still saving it for the future! I did one First Friday at a gallery that a friend owns, which was great. I got a lot of positive feedback from everyone, so that made me feel great. I am the first to admit that I get unmotivated pretty easily, and I've been living in basically less than an in-law unit below my sister's without a kitchen for 2 years now. I'll clean it, but Bryan and I have so much stuff that it's impossible to organize and make it our own. Bryan is super crafty and makes things for us, such as an ottoman bench and dinner table, but we don't have any room to add anything else. The kitchen I use is my sister's upstairs, and we get in fights every time I use it. So, not having a kitchen has basically been the cause of my lack of motivation. Also, in my defense, I have been burnt out and could probably go a whole year being burnt out if money grew on trees. Needless to say, a little too long passed with me not doing much until I got desperate and needed a job! So, I've now been working front of house as a mini-manager for a bakery/cafe/artistic dessert shop for almost 2 months, trying to save up and get back in the swing of things! I finally actually took steps towards my business and am in the process of getting my cottage food license! I'm doing a pop up in July that will be really good for me, but I better get on the stick! I might do a KIVA night cruise to get some press, although they want 1000 servings of something for free, and I just don't know if I can do that right now. My sister (mostly my sister) and I made an adorable piano/cat grooms cake for her boss this past weekend. I am doing cupcakes (which I am very confident in) for another best friend, Maria's, wedding in August! I have a lot of things to look forward to and I can't wait for what is to come!