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Do you believe in fate?

April 25, 2020

     I’m not the most religious person, and I’m not superstitious or anything like that. But fate, I do believe in. Through various experiences that I’ve encountered in my young lifetime, I believe that some things do happen for a reason, things pan out the way they are meant to, and that certain people are brought into your life for a reason. Of course these results never happen over night, but when I sit back and reflect, I see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

     Fate has proven itself in my family life, for example, distancing my sister from me at a young age, which has since influenced a lifestyle full of travel, one of my favourite hobbies and a passion that makes me happiest. Fate has proven itself in my lovelife, helping me out of an engagement that I was nowhere near ready for, and in turn, presented me with a healthy relationship that was good for my soul. Fate has proven itself on numerous occasions throughout my travel experiences (worth a blog post of its own), fate has also proven itself in my work life, closing down one chapter and shedding light on the next. Here, a glimpse of fate that I want to share is relevant to my life as a baker and current career path.

     As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I really just stumbled upon baking as a career. I had baked as a hobby and a method of therapy. But when I came across a job posting for a bakery clerk, my third eye opened and I realized it could actually be a way of making a living. I guess that may sound a little naive, but it’s my honest insight; I was young and knew absolutely nothing about the industry. Having said that, with no experience in the food industry, how would I even outline my resume? How would I possibly show my passion of baking and eagerness to enter the industry? I felt like I had nothing to offer at the time, so I was just nerdily honest in my cover letter, expressing how badly I wanted the job. And to my surprise, it worked! The bakery manager, Miranda, had noticed my resume, and while the position had been filled just before I applied, she referred me for a cashier position until some space in the bakery freed up. I was over the moon with excitement and couldn’t believe my luck meeting such an optimistic manager. With no experience or training, I knew that I couldn’t expect to start from the top, and so I was so grateful for this opportunity.

     There just so happened to be some staff turnover in the bakery department within weeks of me starting, so in the blink of an eye, there I was. Miranda took it upon herself to make sure I learned every aspect of that bakery, and even some of managerial tasks. The cake decorator at the time was anticipating her maternity leave, so she and Miranda trained me so that I would be ready to apply for the promotion. She even believed in me enough to encourage me to apply to be her assistant bakery manager (although I never went for it). And once we were no longer working together, we stayed in touch frequently.

     What started out as a mentorship quickly turned into a friendship, and one I’m happy to say we still have today! I have always looked up to her, admired her work ethic and her dedication to baking, so I was so proud when she started up her own business, The Sweet Retreat. While I do have a handful of friends who are entrepreneurs, our relationship is special because, being bakers, we are able to connect on a deeper level. It’s amazing to have a friend in the business who you know you can count on and collaborate with. As we continue to work together (six years strong now!), I’m happy to announce that we will be pairing up our products to offer gift boxes for upcoming celebrations throughout the year!

     Do you have any fate-related stories? Do you believe that some people come into your life for certain reasons? I would love to hear from you!

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