Oh my gosh, I love you all! I don't think you know how much this means to me. I've been struggling with whether or not to go to school or start another business now for over a year and a half and just kept coming up with excuses...kids, money, will it work out, what if I don't succeed, it's not the right time, yadda, yadda, yadda. At this rate the excuses will never end. I think I just really needed to talk to people who could actually relate to me and help me see past my wall of excuses.
Since I was a kid I dreamt of going to art school, but that never sat well with my family and in turn did not sit well with me. I was told I'd be better off studying something more solid and with more potential to make the big bucks. I always had an interest for business (not a passion, but it was something I gravitated towards), so I off I went to study something with more "potential".
For years I ran other peoples businesses and my own. I eventually co-founded a company that dealt with some pretty heavy situations, had overseas and even high profile clients, and made a pretty respectable living at it to boot. But I was never happy with what I was doing. I trudged through it for the money. I knew I wanted to run a business, but thinking back now I never quite found one that was personally fulfilling to me. When I scaled back to become a sahm I struggled with this because I wasn't sure what I would do when the kids were finally ready to go to school. All I knew was that something was missing and I didn't want to go back to what I was doing before. Couldn't stay home for the rest of my life either because that's just not in my dna (I can't sit still for longer than 5 minutes, lol!).
Well, now it seems the pieces are all finally coming together somehow. I realize that I can do something I am truly passionate about AND combine it with my business background. I love designing and making cakes! I love utilizing my artistic side AND making people happy while doing so. However, I'm one who's also interested in knowing how to interchange recipes succesfully... I'd like know the science behind it all. And heck, I'd love to learn sugar pulling and sculpture while I'm at it! Ultimately my goal would be to run my own cake studio, but maybe I'd like to have cafe attached to it as well. And possibly establish something my kids could have the option of getting into later, but only if they're interested.....ya know, if I don't give it a shot I guess I'll looking back at my life when I'm 80 and saying "I wonder what would have happened if only I had......".
Okay, I'm sorry to ramble on so much! I'm hoping this thread may be as useful to others facing the same dilemna as it was to me! Thank you all for being so instrumental in helping me decide which path to take. Honestly, I really can't thank you enough!!!