Two years in business and it’s been an incredible journey thus far. I’ve met so many people, I have been able to inspire, be introduced to local agriculture, produce many smiles, and contribute to happy bellies! Along the way I’ve learned so many lessons. Thought I would share a few today…
1.Every recipe is not going to be an instant success. For instance, My caramel cake took more than two years to be perfected. It took a lot of tweaking and learning from mistakes, to achieve true progress. Every great recipe I created required a lot of time and effort before becoming a recipe I was proud to stand by.
2.The proper tools do make a difference. I am a fan of doing what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do. However, a writer doesn’t use an ice cream scooper to write does he? I was improvising almost everything at the beginning until I could figure out if baking was really something I wanted to invest in. I wrote a blog post explaining my top 10 baking tools. Check it out here.
3.Remembering why I started and staying focused on that. I started Sweets by Chy as a business because I wanted my time to belong to me, and no longer be controlled by a corporate schedule. I enjoy serving my community and helping others. My 9-5 didn’t allow me the time or energy to serve people. Ministry is a huge part of Sweets by Chy and will always be. Baking is a passion of mine, I never want my passion to become mundane.
4.Rest is a necessity not an option. This is so important! I was baking like a mad woman last year sometimes 24-36 hours straight. I had this crazy concept that I had to deprive myself of sleep or a life outside of baking if I wanted to be successful. Rest, spending time with my family, and vacation are all very important to me and well deserved. So, now I take the time to enjoy the breeze.
5.Quality ingredients are non-negotiable. Quick story; A family member cooked for Thanksgiving. Fast forward a couple days, I realized there was some leftover store brand butter in the refrigerator. Thought I would use it before opening a fresh pack of my usual butter. Well, I put the butter in the microwave and to my surprise it was having a hard time melting. I thought I was losing my mind, so I cut a piece of my name brand butter and microwaved it. The name brand butter melted in no time, I actually had to take it out the microwave early. Needless to say, I will not be purchasing store brand butter for my Sweeties. I believe in quality over quantity…and I wouldn’t serve anything I wouldn’t eat myself.
I have so many things I could share, however that post would be never ending. So I’ll stop here…for now. I plan to learn and share so much more throughout this journey. Join me! Subscribe to our mail list here.