What would you do if you weren’t afraid?



Pastries, cupcakes, & sugary treats have always been my favorite. Since I’ve gotten older I eat less of them (on occasion) but I love to create them. The first time I got an “Easy Baked Oven” (I went through 6) I had fallen in love. I was 5 of course I didn’t know what that meant at the time but now that I’m older I love creating the goodies a lot more than eating them. Don’t get me wrong, some days I’ll make a dozen cupcakes and eat 3 or 4. I’ve also found from my love of baking a passion has grown. When I make cupcakes or a cake for a client I put my heart into it. I want everything to be prefect! I’ve been known to scrap an entire tier of wedding cake just to bake & decorate it all over again. If I can’t make it level, the coloring isn’t right, or any minuet detail is off I don’t even want to think about presenting it to a client. That is my name they are going to tell their friends about, that their family will be enjoying, and hopefully someone’s day I’ll be making.

If I didn’t worry about everything, I’d quit my job & take the leap! I worry about the bank, my backers, the products, & just about anything else involved. If I fail then everyone fails. That is a ton of pressure and a huge responsibly (I also worry about keeping everyone happy)! I’d feel horrible for letting down the people that back me up on this. So I’ve decided to turn it into my retirement plan! I’d drive myself crazy if I didn’t have something to keep myself & my mind busy when I retire, so I plan on opening my own bakery. I have everything set for me to retire at 50 right now & hopefully I can keep it that way. The thought of the pastel colored walls & the smell of chocolates, cupcakes, and other assorted decadence filling the air when you walk through the door passing by the huge open windows makes me smile and a little gitty.

I told you that to ask you this.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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Daughter. Sister. Christian. Latte addict. Humble. Goofball. Creative. Crafty. Thankful. Loved. Confused. Loud. Sarcastic. Yoga participant. Football & Basketball lover. Cartoon Watcher.


23 Responses to What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

  1. That sounds like such a great idea, I am sure so many more things are possible when you retire… you will be more relaxed and have a lot more time. Altho, I think if its your true dream you should do it sooner! I don’t believe waiting on dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  2. Savvy says:

    And now I am reminded why I started following your blog. I had wanted to interview a pastry chef for my career interview series. I had read pastry chefs were a career where you could make over 100k a year without a college degree. Love that you’ve found your passion and that you have a plan. Wish I could discover mine. BTW – I never did find a pastry chef to interview. Though I was stood up once. My blog was just too small for those big timers. I’ve also kind of scraped the series. I was getting interest only from people who wanted to sell their services and I felt they weren’t being completely honest about their careers.

    Good luck with your plan.
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    • Leslie says:

      That is horrible that they stood you up. How rude! You’ll find your passion eventually, it’s not a race. Just think about something you love to do. You can make a lot of money, especially if you do show pieces. I do wedding cakes too & I love it!

  3. I think life is too short not to go after what you love, but that you also need a plan. You have a plan, but I hope you are able to go after your dream sooner than later! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing on #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup.
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  4. There are so many things that I would do if I wasn’t afraid. I think sometimes we just need to take the leap of faith and forget about our insecurities.
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  5. Debbie says:

    Fear paralyzes us. Men is able to do so many amazing things and yet, we get stuck.
    I quit my job recently to dedicate myself 100% to my work as Virtual Assistant. I am sure I can do it!

  6. I think it I weren’t afraid of stability, we would move closer to the beach! I think that is so great you have a passion for baking and decorating.
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  7. Macy Lane says:

    I love people who have the courage to follow their dreams and I try to do the same as often as I can. Sadly, it’s not as often as I’d like. I want to own my own business. My dream would be a vintage boutique. I have not made the leap yet. Maybe someday?
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  8. Sara says:

    This is such a great post, i love it!

  9. Fabiola says:

    When my husband and I retire, we should go backpacking across Europe. Do you think 60 is too old to go backpacking? lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Bev says:

    Oh wow, there are so many things I would do if I weren’t afraid! Find a way to teach to adults. Travel more. Write more ebooks. Sometimes I surprise myself with what I have done so far, but there is definitely some fear that holds me back sometimes. Good luck with your dream!
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  11. Jhanis says:

    I’d quit my job and concentrate on blogging! But I am scared of the uncertainty of it all so here I am, still in the rat race. Sigh.
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  12. That’s a great retirement plan! If I weren’t afraid I’d be growing my side businesses to allow me to stay home with my boys. Daycare costs are outrageous!
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  13. CourtneyLynne says:

    Hehehe I’m a pretty bold person these days! I use to hid in my shell and then afew years back I realized that’s no way to live. I’ve been happier not being afraid of life ever since!

  14. Lindi mogale says:

    I would travel the world as a travel writer and produce a tv series about all my travels I would take my kids out of school and show them the world

  15. I did the “thing.” I quit my high-powered lawyer job, started blogging and doing a bit of legal work on the side, and spent more time with my kids.

    I haven’t regretted it for a moment.
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  16. Zainab says:

    Ahhhh I love your passion for cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚
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  17. Hello fellow Raleigh girl! This is such a great reminder to face the fear and get a plan to put your dreams into action. Honestly, I think blogging is my passion. I’m passionate about sharing my love for books, supporting the blogging community and helping people like me that have RA, I just haven’t quite figured out which to focus on to make it a full time job. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week! You’re one of our Featured Bloggers we’ll announce this Sunday, congrats!

  18. Farrah says:

    This reminds me of the “what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail” thing, and I’m definitely in the camp of…following my dreams and working on being able to work a job that I love, so major props to you! I can’t wait to see that bakery! <3

  19. Byn Always says:

    Well… funny you should ask. My husband has been asking me to go live on a sailboat during our entire 21 years of marriage. I’ve always said (very adamantly) NO WAY IN H3LL!!!

    This year, something made me say, “maybe”

    5 months later, and we’re two weeks out from moving onto our sailboat with our four teenagers.

    I’m excited. And terrified. The ocean scares me. I’ve never been on a sailboat before (I was on a power boat once and on a kayak once. that’s it)

    So I guess I’ll let you know how it feels to just take the leap in a couple of weeks.

    I know what its like to have a dream that is terrifying to contemplate doing. Or not doing. Its in your soul… and trying is almost as scary as NOT trying. Good luck on your venture ๐Ÿ™‚ And remember, you can never make everyone happy!!!
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  20. Adrian says:

    Good question. I am in an extremely boring and unchallenging job, but it pays good and they never hassle me. I guess if I weren’t afraid, I’d apply for some different jobs or just quit altogether and make money from blogging and doing free lance work.

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