I recently started reading The Alchemist, a fable about a young boy who sets out to follow his “Personal Legend,” or what he is meant to do in life. He meets an old king who tells him that when you are passionate about something in life, the universe will align to help you get it. As grand as that idea appears to be, I believe it is true. Ever since I decided I want to be a baker, the universe seems to have aligned in my favor. After leaving my full time position at Starwood Hotels, I serendipitously talked to a baker at the Polka Dot Cake Studio who invited me in for an interview. Now, having worked there for over 3 months, I am more convinced than ever that I am on the right path. It has proved to me that the reality of baking is as good as I imagined it to be, and I want to continue on.
This new found dedication has led to more opportunities from sources I never expected. A good friend of mine from my computer days introduced me to the editors at Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazine, and it has turned into an invaluable learning experience. I am helping to research and write articles for the magazines, which enables me to meet people in the business and learn baking from the best in the industry.
As luck would have it, it also turns out that a separate friend of mine from my computer days wants to open a bakery. She has the business and sales experience required to do it, but does not want to actually be responsible for the baking and store operations. Luckily for me, that’s exactly what I want to do, and we make a great pair. She also happens to be a great person to work with and is just as passionate about baking as I am, which makes our partnership almost too good to be true.
All of this is still in the early stages, but I am more dedicated than ever to seeing my dream become a reality. The lesson I have learned is that it pays to follow what you are passionate about, and to tell as many people as you can about what you are doing. You never know what things from your past will resurface to help you in the future or who you will meet along the way. I just hope my experience so far isn’t all beginner’s luck.