Putting the business on pause

Unfortunately, I have to pause my little business once again. The reason is not as joyful as welcoming another baby into our family like my last hiatus; but it's not enterally bad either. I am thankful that my husband and I are finally able to take the time to redo our kitchen. The downside is that "the kitchen" is currently "my office" so to speak. So, until I have a reliable and functional space to be able to create custom cakes I will not be taking any more orders. My heart has already broken pretty much daily during the month of November because I've had to turn away so many of my loyal clients during the holidays but I'm keeping the end goal in my sights. When all is updated I will have the capabilities to accommodate even more requests and I'm very excited about that.

I am very lucky that my November has been booked to capacity for a while now. If it weren't for us gearing up to go back into construction mode, I would happily be pushing specialty items for the holidays but in all reality I probably would have overextended myself. Fun fact about Yvette - she hates to say "no" especially in regards to her business. Fortunately, I feel confidant that this time away from my kitchen won't put me under completely. Having taken some maternity time off for the birth of our second child as recently as Feb, I was overwhelmed with the demand that I was met with upon reopening and taking orders again. It was way more than I expected and the well wishes for our family were definitely felt. It's an incredible feeling and it is a humble reminder that I am nothing without my clients.

During the time away from baking, I'm excited to actually be able to put some energy towards expanding my little business. If you've read my previous blogs then you know this has been a long standing attempt of mine. I had lofty expectations for myself thinking that I could juggle a toddler, a newborn, and make jewelry or other accessories for sale in my spare time while still continuing to maintain my business behind the scenes. That was the beginning of 2020. Now that my littlest one is 8 months old, I feel like I've got a slightly better handle on my daily schedule and managing the tasks I have lined up for myself as a business owner. Everyday is a learning experience when you're a one-woman business though and very few of those days actually go 100% according to plan. Correction - None of those days actually go 100% according to plan. Moms in general learn to roll with it though so I guess I've got that going for me. Of course - that's the understatement of the year. Literally everyone has had to make major adjustments in daily life.

Alas, I digress... At the end of the day we're incredibly lucky to be able to finally move forward with our plans to renovate our kitchen a bit and I truly am looking forward to the finished product despite the hard stop on my orders. My husband is, as always, wildly supportive and actively making choices to accommodate the growth of outpast2 with the update we're about to undergo. I'm excited to get to know the new space and really use the new appliances to their fullest capabilities. The line up that we have planned should actually make it so that I can accommodate more orders than I have been able to in the past - so that's exciting. Probably one of the most exciting things to happen to us this year... outside of the birth of Colette, of course. It's comforting to think about the reasons we have to celebrate even in the midst of 2020. The main point that I want to express is that I am thankful - so that theme fits in nicely this week with Thanksgiving right around the corner but it's important to be thankful all year long. That's a little nugget of a life lesson I want to pass on to my children: The secret to happiness is being thankful for what you have.

Moving forward, I wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. I appreciate you and I am looking forward to celebrating all of your birthdays, milestones, work achievements, baby and bridal showers, and special occasions with you in the New Year.

My family trying to get a photo with a fun mural in the background.... This is the best one after an ongoing battle with the sun. Gad we got so much of that parking spot in the shot haha!

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