I’m at the end of my professional career in Human Services- and at the beginning of my professional career as a Home Baker.
This seems to be the way of life- that the loss of one thing leaves room for another. In my case, I’ve worked in Employment Services for people with Developmental Disabilities for the past 22 years. I’ve met and grown to care deeply for many coworkers as well as those I serve. Some of the people I’ve helped on the job or get a job, or that my staff have helped, have worked for 10, 15, 20 plus years building rewarding and enriching lives around their jobs.
It is hard to let go of being right in the middle of such good things. I have to let go, though, to have room, space and time to move on to something else. And by letting go, I’m also making space within my nonprofit agency for another to advance. I’m leaving space for new ideas, new ways, and new enthusiasm in a position I’ve held for many years.
Now comes the business I said I would never start. And I have my first order! Yes, I took an order for 48 cookies to be delivered on April 23. Of course, I have no business license or health department permit for a home baking business, and I’m not charging for the order. I guess this is my first practice order.
My sister is buying me a special cookie cutter and I’m making her special cookies for an event. But even this order is scary! Will I actually be able to produce something that fills the need and is special for her? Will I meet my own expectations? I guess I’ll be finding out!