More than five years ago, I started my first blog. Its main goal was to chronicle the exciting changes in my life and to share my once-in-a-lifetime experience with my family and friends.
At the time, I was in a steady job, with wonderful people, working professionally under one of the careers I went to university for. I had work-life balance and was happy enough. But I imagined myself in 10 years time and decided that I couldn't keep doing this forever. I craved creativity, excitement, learning new things, a challenge, and living abroad.
So I resigned from my responsible job and applied for a pastry course in Paris, thinking I could make a career of my love of baking. If I was going to quit my job and change careers (and countries), I figured I might as well go the whole hog. My partner had secured a PhD position in the Netherlands, so I decided to jump on the Europe train, or plane, as the case may be.
What followed was an extremely intense, exhilarating, demanding couple of years of learning, experimenting, hard work and travelling. I worked in patisseries in Paris, bakeries in Nijmegen and restaurants in London. With as much extracurricular travel thrown in as we could manage.
After a few years of blogging I stopped posting so regularly. Partly because I was working an ungodly number of hours each week. Then a new project came in to my life, the promise of a little child of our own. I took leave from the pastry section, we moved home to Sydney, then I undertook one of the world’s toughest jobs (full time mum) for well over a year.
Soon that itch came back. That need for a creative outlet and mental stimulation, and to stretch myself in ways that didn’t involve crying or screaming, as is often the case with looking after a little human being (or working in high-stress restaurants and patisseries!)
I redefined what I wanted to do (besides look after my kid) and set up my own business, pulling together all the food related skills I’d honed over the years — photography, patisserie, food technology, marketing, consulting.
So now it’s time to reopen the blogging books. I can’t promise I’ll be able to post as regularly as I used to, but I’ll try. I hope you can join me on my latest journey.