Hello, my cookie lovers!
I know it has been a while since my last post, and I apologize! I am back and excited to share some news with you! And before anyone can ask, I am most definitely not pregnant. :-)
I decided to make 2022 the year of change. I had to do some serious soul searching, praying, and crying to steer me in the right direction. My first conclusion was that I was in a job that I no longer felt any passion for. Instead of eagerly tackling projects head-on, I instead found myself dreading the idea of going to bed only to face another day upon awakening. The first task at hand hit me like a bolt of lightning, almost knocking me out of my chair one day: it was time to start aggressively applying for jobs.
Over the last three years, I have turned to food, alcohol, impulse buying, medication, therapy, and unhealthy habits. These things were my way of trying to fix a situation that couldn't be fixed. Nothing could heal the brokenness inside of me. Nothing could make my anxiety and depression turn into happiness. No amount of any of those items would make me happy. I could no longer try to Band-Aid the ruptured artery but rather needed to amputate the severed limb instead and move on with learning how to live with a new perspective rather than giving up on life minus my accomplished limb, my 'perfect' job.
After applying for several jobs that fit my criteria but saddened by the numerous postings that required a degree, it hit me that it was only my fault that I didn't have that piece of paper for myself. I was the one who took a "small break" almost twenty years ago and never completed school. I was the one who thought I was "too busy" and didn't have time. I had thought of every excuse in the book over the last two decades as to why I couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't go back to school. Those excuses suddenly screamed out of my mind and were replaced with an astounding clarity to apply and return to school. In only a few short years, I could have my college degree in my hands, and I could be one of the people who can applaud myself for obtaining my higher education.
So, I did it! I researched schools, looked at my employer's college reimbursement rules, and applied to Indiana Wesleyan Marion. Being officially accepted, applying for financial aid, and receiving my welcome letter within a week... it all happened so quickly that I didn't have time to panic or change my mind. I had unknowingly applied at the exact right time to begin classes within a month of my acceptance. That did not allow me enough time to back out, but rather the perfect amount of time to get excited and push ahead.
During that small timeframe of applying to IWU and beginning classes, I was also asked to interview not once but twice for a new department within the company I work for. During my first web-based interview, I fell into an instant calm with the leaders interviewing me. There was a casualness around them that I hadn't felt in a long time. They did a peer interview shortly after that, and again, that calmness and feeling of peace returned. It felt like everything they mentioned to me just aligned perfectly with where I needed to be. The hours would be flexible, and I could customize them at any time to fit my new lifestyle. Still, most importantly, they saw what my current leadership saw as character flaws and negatives as positives and vital skills needed to function as a successful team. God could not have painted me a more precise picture than what He laid out in front
The position was offered to me, and I accepted. The second I made it official, I felt small pieces of what felt like the world's weight leaving my shoulders. Once I gave my official notice, more pieces arose from my shoulders and chest. Once I told my team and the ones I now consider my friends versus my coworkers, while sad and concerned about what my departure would do to them, I was again relieved of the burden building up within me. There was a light at the end of what felt like the longest pitch-black tunnel I had ever been down in my life.
I am three weeks into life as an adult college student and only three weeks away from beginning my new position. My current grade is a 96.3 out of 100, proving that I can and WILL do this. I can balance work, school, a side job (you lovely cookie people), family, and maintain a loving marriage to an amazingly supportive husband. By taking a step back and realizing that I had put off taking care of myself for years, I saw the big picture for what I needed to do to survive and be happy. There is now more room for my amazing husband, of which I plan on finding more time to laugh and love with, plenty of time for schoolwork, a perfect balance of time for making and decorating cookies, all while working my eight hours a day for my new position.
Life is good and is getting balanced. God is not only good but excellent. 2022 is starting in the direction I didn't see it going last year, and I couldn't be happier. While I took a small but much-needed break from my cookies and advertising, I am back!
There are so many fun times heading our way that can be celebrated with cookies:
Easter: eggs, chicks, bunnies, etc.
Spring Break and Pool/Beach Season: flip flops, inner tubes, sun, mermaids, palm trees, water, suntan lotion, beach balls, swimsuits, beers, margaritas, etc.
BBQ Season: grills, hot dogs, hamburgers, beers, ketchup & mustard bottles, etc.
Graduation: cap-n-gowns, diplomas, etc.
Weddings & Bridal Showers: gowns, bouquets, Mr & Mrs, etc.
Baby Showers & Gender Reveals bottles, onesies, diapers, baby animals, bibs, etc.
Sleep Overs: Little Dipper cups for each guest, themed parties, sleeping bags, etc.
The possibilities are endless and all entirely customizable for your specific event. Call, email, or send me a message, and we can get you scheduled for your edible celebration!
I hope you all have a fantastic 2022- stay tuned for updates and more announcements as the year progresses. Have a Blessed Day!