Wednesday, September 10, 2014

One Step Toward a Dream

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

I dropped the kids off at school today. It’s the first day in months and months and months that Rob’s been at work, the kids have been at school and I’ve been home with nothing to do. No work. No plans. No obligations. Nothing.

For the first time in what feels like forever, I have the freedom to think. To breathe. To relax.

To dream.

One in particular dream has been swirling around in my mind lately. Any time my mind has time to wander, it seems to wander to this particular place.


My bakery

This dream is still its infancy stage, but my dream is a dream none-the-less.

On my way back from dropping my kids off at school this morning I decided to take a detour. There’s a store closing in downtown Albany that I’ve driven by many times each week. I decided to stop by today and got a chance to talk with the owner and poke around the building. It would make a wonderful location for a bakery, in my humble opinion.

By the time I left, my brain was already arranging furniture and designing my commercial kitchen.

But alas, I recognize this dream is still far off. I’m sure this particular building will be rented by a new tenant before I have another free day to even think about turning my dream into reality. But still, I think taking the time to let myself dream a little is further solidifying my desire to open up a bakery someday.

Slowly but surely I think I shall develop a plan. I shall do some research. I shall let my mind wander. 

Here is a list of things I can think of off the top of my head that it will take to make my dream into a reality:

  • A dream

  • Retail space

  • Bakery name

  • Business plan

  • Website

  • A business license

  • Price lists

  • Capitol for start up costs

  • Commercial kitchen

  • Logo

  • Décor

  • Furnishings

  • Display cases

  • A bazillion incidentals that all cost money, like a cash register, coffee supplies, pans, boxes, shelving, displays, etc. 

Well, at least I got one thing crossed off the list. It’s the most important thing, if you ask me. Okay, maybe not the most important thing, but it’s an important place to start, for sure!

As for the rest of those things—unless the people who can make those things happen accept payment in the form of cupcakes and scones, well… the rest might still have to wait a while.

But today, I’m going to take the first step. I’m going to put aside the $30 I made from making and delivering 4 dozen petite maple pecan scones this week. I’m going to see what I can do about using that $30 to make $60. Then I will see what I can do about making that $60 turn into $120… until someday I have enough set aside to fund my dream.

Cupcakes anyone?


Unknown said...

Robyn, I do hope your dream becomes a reality! I'm beginning a food journey, one that I never saw myself doing, but am super excited about. Dream big!

Robyn said...

Yay for stepping toward dreams!

Caley M. said...

You go girl! Follow your dream :) It sounds like you already kind of do this, but can you try and grow your business while baking out of your kitchen? hand out cards to those you already have baked for and ask them to pass your name along? Some great bakeries begin that way.Just a thought. I'm excited for you though, sounds like a good season for you to start pursuing this.

God'sGirl said...

Who said, "A dream is a wish your heart makes"? In the absence of measurable success, paychecks, a daily job to go to, co-workers and employers who encourage you, my healing heart has done its fair share of dreaming these past 15 months. My life verse is Psalm 37:4 - 'Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.' In the wake of so much loss and brokenness, I yearn for creative beauty, and the peace that comes from knowing you're in the right place, that you're pouring your heart and energy into a cause that is worthwhile. I think bakeries, gardens, nurseries, craft rooms and studios can be holy places of healing where God breathes new life into a lost soul. I encourage you to pursue your dream. Think of all the people who need a safe place to land, to feed their bodies and souls, to be warmed and nourished on their journey. Godspeed, Robyn.