Crazy stuff happens


I’m really excited about 2020 because I have been thinking about all the stuff that happened in 2019 and it just blows my mind!

Some of it really, really sucked, I can’t lie.

But other great things that happened like two people on our management team marrying wonderful people (to be clear, they didn’t marry each other, they married other wonderful people) and the original Head Baker returning to PGB… These were super happy, un-predicted events that make me think: what happy, un-predicted things will happen NEXT year?!

We will find out and I am ready for them!  But of course I’m not so excited about the unpleasant un-predicted events and happenings.

I am going to try two things in the New Year. The first is to remember that life is supposed to be 50% hard-and-difficult and 50% pretty-good-to-great. It’s so easy to think (consciously or not) that every event, every day, every meeting should be at least okay. I think our human brains are wired to be this way – let’s be optimistic!

But this is crazy thinking because it is just not going to roll out that way…at least half of what we get dealt we will wish we hadn’t, even if it is something small like jackhammering next door at 8:30 am on a Saturday. In Toronto, we need to expect unwelcome jackhammering, it’s Toronto for God’s sake.

The other thing I am going to try to do is think about experiences – as I go through them– as one more thing being  added to the river of life i.e. forgotten soon. Just the other day, I stumbled on a 2013 email chain with the then-landlord of one of the stores.


They were insane. Or at least I thought so then but to be honest maybe I was a little crazy too about the  sign or whatever we were arguing about. I don’t recall the details but I’m sure they won 🙂

My point is: crazy stuff happens. Bring it all on!

About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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