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January Update!!

It’s funny how much can change in a few weeks. We’re only two weeks into this new calendar year, and so much is going on, it’s nuts. There’s a lot going on personally, but even more so on the 9944 side. 

The biggest news? 
THE NEW STOVE HAS BEEN PURCHASED!

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This may be more exciting than getting the refrigerator because so many things are now even closer to being real. The stove my mom and I had been looking at was on an amazing sale, and we had discounts on top of that. I guess the time, and price, were right. I’m still shocked and slightly nervous about this whole thing not being real, but I know it is. I have the bills to remind me! 

There’s something else that’s been quietly in the works that is now coming to light, and with the new stove, can finally take shape. This little ol’ blog is going to pick up, move, rebrand and do a whole mess of cool things that I wasn’t ready to do before. I am seriously so beyond excited for this, I can’t gather the right words. The next couple of months are going to busy with writing, designing and photographing some amazing recipes that I already have up my sleeve. I’m aiming for a March launch so it’s now officially “Crunchtime” because I’m saying this out loud to the masses. 

Kayla and I are still working on the logo for 9944 Confectionery.. and finding the right font, layout and colors is turning out to be much more difficult than either of us anticipated. Luckily we have similar taste and are hoping to figure out the best solution soon. It’s still exciting, no matter the fustration level. I’m going to be contacting the proper city office this week so I can make sure that all my ducks are in a row for the bakery. The county stuff is easy, it’s the city stuff that’s a little confusing because there’s no information online. Well, fingers crossed it goes smoothly. 

This may have been a relatively short update, but there are HUGE things coming and I could not be more excited. There’s a lot of unknowns, things that I’m unsure about, but I know they are all going to work out because I have some amazing friends and family to support me. 

Til next time!

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I honestly don’t remember learning to cook, to bake or to feel comfortable in a kitchen. I remember spending time next to my mom, my grandma and my aunts following along while they were making dinner, standing around talking about my day at school while dinner was being made, the first batch of cookies I made and how I fell in love adventuring with food and recipes while in college. I vividly remember a conversation I had with my Mom and Grandma when I was younger, telling them that we should have a family restaurant because our family is full of good cooks… I put that idea on the back burner for a long time, until the kettle it was in whistled louder than any other idea I’d had.

I finally took the leap in July to start my business. I posted a picture of my filed Fictitious Business Name paperwork on my Instagram, but other than that, I didn’t make a big deal about it. I was afraid that I would want to back out and not go through with a dream I’d held onto for so long. When I decided to start this blog, it was going to mostly be about the trials and tribulations that occur when you’re starting a business, but somewhere along the line I got distracted and made the choice to start writing about more personal things. This wasn’t a bad thing at all, just not my original intention (don’t worry, I’m totally going to write random posts about things.. especially if Brittany Gibbons continues to come up with writing prompts!). Yesterday I skyped with my friend Caitlin and told her that somewhere along the line, I started evading the idea of posting progress made toward starting my bakery; mostly because it would mean that I have evidence of what I’ve done and I’m accountable for it. It’s quite a scary undertaking and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to actually do it. We talked about it and I decided to throw caution to the wind and post about my progress.

IT'S HAPPENING

IT’S HAPPENING

In short, there it is. Each piece of that multi-colored pie is something that I still need to do to get this business off the ground. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but each step has a lot that goes into it. The diagram reminds me of a Trivial Pursuit game-piece, and I guess in a way that makes sense. It can be difficult to collect each little wedge to fill the pie, but those who do win, and I like winning. I’m nervous, and I’m scared, but I know I’ll be able to cross off a couple things in the next month or so, and I promise that when something gets crossed off, I’ll post about it.

On top of being nervous and scared, I’m also insanely excited. I have great friends who are more than willing to help me along the way. Kayla Ihrig is designing my logo, Caitlin is most likely going to help out with my website, people are signing up left and right to taste-test and I have support coming out of the woodwork. I think that’s part of the anxiety, I don’t want to risk letting these people down. I know, I know; if I don’t try, it’ll be a bigger let down than failing.

I’ve decided to start Autumn working towards the loudest whistling dream and taking a HUGE step forward in building the life I want because no one else besides me can do that. Here goes nothing.