Hello! Hi! Thank you for checking out my first blog post ever! Bear with me y'all, I have big news to share!
A piece of advice that I've heard over and over is the importance of blogging for small business owners. The benefits are obvious: it allows the opportunity to elaborate on a specific skill or craft and shed some light on the things that social media simply does not have the capacity to showcase. On the other hand, we have our reasons for not blogging as well... the fear that no one is interested in what we have to say, perceived lack of content, and, the kicker, lack of time. All of these excuses were true for me, and they're the reasons why my first blog post is going live almost a year and a half after I started Sorby Sweets. To top it all, I got to a point where it seemed like there just were not enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the things that I knew I should be doing as a responsible business owner. After commitments like the full time job, actual cake baking and decorating, and day to day activities took their portion of the time-pie, carving a few hours out for back end business things - much less blogging - began to feel like it was becoming harder and harder. Growing this business that I've been trying to nurture seemed to be at a stand still. Unless I gave up sleep, and if we're being honest there were some nights when that did happen, I just wasn't going to be able to spread myself any thinner. That complacency is where I sat for a few months. I put a hard limit on the number of orders that I was allowing myself to take and because of that I found myself having to say no much more than I was really comfortable with.
About a month ago, after more or less deciding that the only option that I had was to accept that Sorby Sweets wasn't going to get any bigger a flip switched in me. I realized, with the encouragement of friends and family, that if ever there was a time to take a leap of faith and believe in myself it's right now. Truly the worst thing that could happen is failure, and that'd still be better than wondering "what if?" for the rest of me life. Before I even had time to chicken out, I marched myself into my boss's office and told her that I needed a change of pace. I needed to see what Sorby Sweets could be before it was too late and to my pleasant surprise, she was agreeable.
So here were are, my very first blog post and my official announcement that I've transitioned to part time at my day job to make more time for Sorby Sweets. Yay! The symbolism of this transition is probably more noteworthy than the actual hours that I'll clock, though, because it forced me to say out loud to people that aren't family that I believe in myself. That's some heavy stuff y'all. It's one thing to have a hobby on the side and another thing to make it a goal for it to become your full time gig. In any case, whatever this becomes I am in a place that is full of hope and excitement. I hope that people will continue to let me feed them beautifully decorated towers of sweetness and excited to devote the proper amount of time to this business that is deserves.