That, my friends, is what life is all about.


Frustration comes to those who dare to dream. There are set-backs, screw-ups, and failures, but what matters is perseverance.

In a previous blog post I discussed why I love baking and when I started. Now I want to explain how people tend to view my goal and what I have experienced as an aspiring baker.

For those of you who don’t know, my goal is to one day open an allergy specialized bakery. I want a bakery that connects people and creates joy in the community. My bakery will not be a faceless, tableless place solely created to capitalize.

I want a bakery with heart.

A bakery that people can come have a muffin and read Catcher in the Rye.

A bakery that welcomes children and families.

A bakery that makes the perfect wedding cake.

I want a bakery where memories are made.

Currently, I am in a communications degree at MacEwan University. I know it doesn’t exactly seem connected. But I want to do what I love and what I love is writing and baking. I decided to postpone my culinary diploma until after I finish my degree because I got a scholarship to MacEwan. I like to say that I started with my plan B. Bakeries don’t just pop up, it’s hard work and a lot of money. I decided to pursue communications to expand my skills and also so I have a way to make real money for the bakery.

Usually when I tell people that in the long run I want to be a baker, not a journalist, editor, or policy writer, they tell me not to. So many times I have had people decide that in fact baking is not in my future and it’s really their decision. That baking is too much work and not enough money. But what they don’t get is that I would never be happy as a journalist, editing makes me exhausted, and policy writing is my idea of hell. I love fiction writing and baking and that all that matters. I am going to do what I love because that, my friends, is what life is about. Find something you love and work hard to make it happen, even if it means starting with your backup plan.


Tell me about your dreams and how people perceive them.


Picture and quote found on Pinterest.


4 thoughts on “That, my friends, is what life is all about.

  1. Emily ~ you have wanted to be a baker since you were just 7 years old, and I find it hard to imagine that anything will stop you! PLAN B is a testament to your ingenuity!

  2. Emily, I love your dream! I can already imagine sitting and visiting in your beautiful, warm bakery. It smells like fresh bread and feels like home. It’s not hard work when you love it, the only hard-work is getting to the point where you can do what you love. Also, it would be awesome if you had your bakery in Canmore!

    As for my experience with my dream… I’ve had diverse responses over the years. Comments about how “ambitious” it is, how I couldn’t know what I want for my future because I’m young, how I should go to Medical school instead, how I should get a Ph.D., and how I need to do certain things or else I won’t be able to do it (which were almost always factually incorrect). The worst thing has been how quick people are to view me as incapable of achieving my goals, and how they tend to view any bump in the road as a sign of failure. Fortunately, I’ve been able to surround myself with people who believe in me and instead of jumping at any chance to judge whether I will be successful, actually want to help me make my dream a reality.

    • A bakery in Canmore would be wonderful! Comments about ambition should always be taken as a compliment (even if they don’t mean it like that). You are ambitious, and it’s great! It’s true that you just have to ignore the people who tell you it won’t work. You will be successful! 😀

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