HonestlyLucy – Hitting the Market?

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Recently I’ve been having a think about my career, and whether or not I’m on the path I want to be on. Not headache inducing at all, she says, words dripping with the thickest sarcasm known to man. The thing is I do enjoy my job. I like the team I work with and I’m pretty lucky to be given some quite cool opportunities. I’ve been working in my role for about 2 years and I like to think I’m pretty damn good at it. It’s taught me an awful lot about working in an office and at events, the importance of details and the art of juggling professionalism with a ‘quirky’ personality; and I’m really grateful for all of that. The thing is, as much as all of those statements are true, my job is largely an admin role, and it’s not really what I did my degree for. At uni I studied Psychology with English Literature, whilst volunteering as a counsellor at Childline and an assistant at The Stroke Association’s weekly group meetings; whilst also being a programme rep for both the Psychology department and the English department. It was hectic but I really, really loved it. I’m used to having a billion and one things to juggle, and right now I only have a couple, and it’s starting to make me itch. So it’s time for a new challenge.

The idea of selling the things I bake has been loitering around the jumble sale that is the back of my mind for months now. I’ve even got a food standards agency certificate for my kitchen to prove it – 5 stars I’ll have you know! I just haven’t known where to start. The closest I’ve ever got to studying business is watching The Apprentice, and I’m fairly confident that Sir Alan has no interest in my cookie topped brownies. I’ve had fleeting thoughts about maybe applying for a stall at Summer food festivals, which I’ve then shooed away. I’ve attended enough of those to know that they get busy as all hell, and I don’t know that I’m quite ready for that yet.

I’ve worked enough manically hectic Christmases in a discount store to know how to handle a queue of customers – I ain’t scared! The retail side of things I can solidly say, I have down – references upon request. It’s more the production I’m concerned about. How much of everything do I need to bake? Do I buy boxes to put customer’s stuff in, or are bags better? Do I need an adapter for my phone so I can take card payments? I have been knocking around good old planet Earth for long enough now to know that these are the kinds of questions that can only be answered with experience. I’ve also picked up and dropped enough hobbies to know that it’s all too easy to end up severely out of pocket with not a great deal to show for it if you move too fast, too soon. And hello, I’m a broke millennial, I ain’t got time for that!

When I first moved to Nottingham, Andy discovered a company called Phat Doughnuts (which swiftly changed to The Nottingham Doughnut Company after a few name related legal implications). Their premise was essentially: doughnuts on delivery. We ordered from them for my birthday one year and fell in love. In addition to the delivery service, they traded at local markets. That company eventually grew into a pretty massive business success story. Within about 18 months, they went from delivering doughnuts by hand, to running a hugely successful store and having several employees. These days I am 100% convinced that they are the sole reason I will never be a size 8. Seriously. If you’re ever in Nottingham you absolutely NEED to track them down and try one. Anyway, I find their story really inspiring. They really did start from nothing and build what has the potential to be an empire. Far be it for me to assume that every story will be as successful as theirs – this much I have learned from Sir Alan. But it certainly gives me food for thought – no pun intended. Ok, pun definitely intended.

So I had a think about the local markets they used to trade at, and paid a visit to the vegan version of Sneinton market which takes place on the first Saturday every month. I imagine the vegan market is a bit smaller than the regular market, but visiting helped me to realise that it’s not out of my reach. With all of that in mind, I’ve just submitted my application to trade there, which feels very bizarre. I’ll have to wait to hear back of course – maybe they have no use for yet another baked goods stand? But if they do, I shall be sure to blog about it.

 

 

Foodie Growing Pains (the self indulgent musings of a quarter life crisis)

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Hmmm. Life is a funny old thing. I’ve been having a nostalgic afternoon, thinking back to when I was 16 and so bloody cocky and arrogant in some ways, but in others so sad and insecure.

It made me realise how long it’s been since I felt that sense of cockiness and arrogance. Growing up kinda knocks the wind out of you in that way.

I’m in a tricky situation. I like my job, I like my office, I like the people I work with, but I just feel so far from where I want to be, without even knowing where it is that I do want to be. That’s the hard bit. At least if I knew where I wanted to be I could put one foot in front of the other and take those little steps to get there. But everything is so unclear at the moment. I just know I want more than this. I just want to clarify that there’s nothing wrong with my life, it’s actually quite nice. I just sort of feel like a goldfish that has outgrown it’s tank….shit, maybe I still am arrogant and cocky.

Anyway, all of that being said, I’m probably just being impatient. I’m 25 years old, which to some probably seems like i should have my shit together by now, but I know others will definitely be able to relate. I heard Steve Jobs once say that you have to trust that the dots will connect. I think the experience I’m gaining at work will work in my favour eventually, and enable me to broaden my horizons, but I’m just not sure how.

The only thing i never ever get bored of, and could spend all day talking about, is food. I love cooking, I love baking, I love devising menus, I love making weekly meal plans, I love writing food shopping lists, I even love doing the damn food shopping. But I have no experience in the food industry, and i feel like at 25, I’m too old to start from scratch there.

So i guess I should try and use the skills I’ve acquired through my education, life and work experiences to find a way in. I just don’t know how that will work or what the end result looks like yet. Maybe it’s not a case of finding my way into an existing world, but a case of building my own.

I suppose for now, the putting one foot in front of another stage is probably to continue to grow my professional skills in my work life, and continue to grow my foodie passion in my home life, and hope that one day, the two paths meet. I don’t know if that’s not being proactive enough, or if it’s being too hopeful (is that even a thing?). Well. For now it’s the only answer I can scrape from the bottom of the barrel, so it will just have to do.

I feel like this post just gave me a bit of clarity.

This is good.

Resuming life.