Well my time is up in my hometown, and I have now made the first step in my move just west of there. It’s just a short drive from Welland – about an hour away – so I will be able to get back and visit my family and friends often. But the time is now for the next chapter in my life. I must say, I have had so many chapters in this life of mine, I can honestly say I get excited every time I turn the page.
This next chapter involves me becoming a grandmother (and my daughter becoming a first time mom). I am excited for her and for me! We know she is having a boy and this grandma has bought far too much for a baby that hasn’t even arrived yet! It’s going to be great!!
The other part of this chapter is a new career. I have several ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do, with many things coming to mind. One big thing I want to do, when it’s safe to do so, is to get back into some sort of catering business like I had in Alberta. I loved doing that, and cooking and baking always brings me so much joy. That’s just part of the things I want to do. So much I want to do, so little time to do it all in!
And so, life goes on. There will be ups and downs, and I am prepared for both. To be successful in life, you must realize that not everything will go perfectly, and that is perfectly okay with me. I am ready to accept any challenges that this new chapter brings my way!
I love baking and cooking. It’s one of my passions. Definitely the reason I went back to school, culinary school, in 2005 to get a diploma at a culinary institute here in Ontario. I was very proud of myself for accomplishing something I had wanted to do for decades, and dove into the restaurant business. Alas, working in restaurants was definitely not my forte but it did not damper my passion for cooking and baking.
Fast forward to 2013, and I was living in Calgary Alberta when the worst natural disaster in Canada happened. The floods of 2013 were disastrous for Calgary and I wanted to do something to help out. I racked my brain for something different that I could do, I wanted to raise money for the relief fund and finally I came up with an idea – a cookbook! I was running my own catering business out there, and I thought what a better way to raise money then to create a cookbook of my favourite baking recipes and sell it for charity. It turned out to be a big success and I was so happy I was able to contribute to my adopted home city during a crisis.
So now the pandemic is wreaking havoc with everyone’s lives, and once again, I thought about volunteering somewhere or helping in some way, and then I realized, I have accumulated many recipes and have many great friends and family members who I was sure would want to help by providing me with recipes. This time, I decided that Food Banks Canada would be the charity I would donate the proceeds to. So far, I have made over $300 for this charity, and I have just begun. It is so rewarding to do something good and I am so incredibly grateful that I have the means to do this. I am very fortunate to be where I am, and I am so thankful for the many great friends and family who helped me and encouraged me throughout this project.
So why not try some new skills in the kitchen and keep safe at the same time!