Hi to all my cookie friends
Ive been away for a short while and came back to read this amazing thread. First off, Ive been in awe of so many of you since I found this site last summer. Your cookies have inspired me, everyone has been so helpful and ready to give advice when needed, and most of all you are all such NICE people.
SweetdreamsAT: Im sure it must be hard to close your business, but your young family will benefit from your tough decision. You are such a talented baker and decorator, and that will never go away. You will still be able to use that talent, but will get "paid" in a different way
Ive been a Domestic Goddess (thanks for the title, Melvira!) since I started my family 21 years ago and have no regrets. Im proud that I wore out the knees of my jeans while crawling around with my boys, became a master Lego builder, and can build a mean fort with any objects in my house. Now my oldest boy is entering his last year in college and my little boy is going to be a Junior in high school. Im at a point in my life where I have a lot more time to myself, which is why I was thrilled to find this new hobby when my son went back to school last fall. As soon as I figured out how to put royal icing on a cookie, I was hooked. Shortly after that, it became an obsession
I remember thinking, I wish I knew how to do this when my boys were little. It would have been so cool to make favors for their birthday parties, teachers, etc. But looking back, it would have been really tough for me to balance a hobby like this and take care of my boys (including my husband) because I tend to be a little obsessive sometimes. I find myself feeling a little guilty now and then when I'm sneaking into bed 3 hours after my husband has fallen asleep just because I was trying out an awesome tip that TracyLH has posted
My kitchen can look like a war zone for days at a time, and for that matter my entire house is neglected when I'm "in the zone". Recently I developed some back issues and am now requiring some Physical Therapy to help the problem. Most likely, the thing that led to this was all of the sitting down, hunching over while decorating or looking at endless pictures of beautiful cookies or reading the posts of all of my new-found friends
Just a little bit of advice to any of you out there who are doing the same as I did - make sure that about every 20 minutes or so you stand up tall and stretch back for a minute before sitting back down. It can help prevent future problems. I wish I would have known this last fall
So, like many of you have said, the key word is balance. If you can balance your work life and personal life, then go for it. Just keep focus on the important things in your life and youll never go wrong.
Have fun with your family, and go wear out the knees in your jeans!
Your cookie friend, Tricia (aka Pebbles13)