Showing up


On Tuesday morning at 630 AM, still sleepy from a relaxing long weekend, I received a panicked voice mail from PGB’s Head Baker, Andrea, to call her ASAP. Andrea never calls me at home before I go in to work so I knew something was up. Sure enough, someone had thrown a brick through our main store’s window and taken both of our iMac point of sale terminals and the Moneris terminals and, well, it could have been worse…but it could have been better.



Add this on to some other questions and concerns going around in my head at the moment and all I can think of is Woody Allen’s quote, “80% of success is showing up”. A great sentiment that especially applies when things aren’t all easy-breezy. Someone asked me recently if I could recall a time when I wondered if I was on the right path and except that it would have been rude, I’d have laughed out loud. Show me a person who claims to never wonder about his or her path and I will show you someone who is either stretching the truth or deluded.

When I was practicing law, sometime between becoming an associate and joining the partnership, I remember calling the University of Calgary to see if they had a dentistry program. I also had times when working in a big company felt like the opposite of “me” and now that I am an entrepreneur there are times (like this week) when the security of a corporate job feels very appealing.

I guess what I have learned is that showing up, doing the next obvious constructive thing, and then the next… is the best approach. So far I haven’t made a big decision while in a low period and I hope I don’t. I am a big advocate of making changes and dong different things in one’s life, but the best changes aren’t made from a low point. Mostly I’ve found if I just keep going, I am able to gain perspective and find solutions or options which are, say, better than dentistry. No offence to you dentists out there.

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.

By Jean Blacklock


To receive email notifications of new blog posts, please subscribe below.



Hello, You!

I’m so glad you are here.

Sign up to receive my posts and you will never miss one. (and by the way - absolutely no other marketing-type emails will be sent your way!)

- Jean