Why You Should Stay in the Game


A month ago here, I was discouraged, something that I’ve noticed happens a lot with goal-setting – “LOL” as they say. Anyway, I wrote that I had the “what” figured out – what business? what products? – but I was perplexed on the “where” and the “how”.
Well, let me say: the Universe intervened and I have news, people, not to mention 3 good reasons to demonstrate that good things can happen when you just stay in the game. Not always! But sometimes persistence pays off.

Regarding the “where” of my new bakery, in a weirdly woo-woo series of events, I learned of (1) a perfect location that is a 50 second walk from our home; AND (2) a bakery that may be interested in a discussion.

So before Christmas, I excitedly dove into looking at both options and – with a nod to the still-pending details – what I can say right now is: it’s looking good for Sticky to come alive through one of these options.

The news on the “how” is even better.
Shortly after my last post, I placed an ad on Indeed.com for a freelance, part-time bakery consultant to help me with the many things I do not know as a home baker, like how to scale my little recipes into one that will fit a 20 quart mixer.
Thanks to the miracle that is “Zoom”, I met some of the applicants and soon hired Nicole who is already on Project #3 and proving to be very smart and knowledgeable. I like to think of her as “Dear Nicole”: I write to her about my problems and she send me answers, so it is perfect.

Also, in a startling turn of events, I have a delivery man!! My sweetie is leaving the bank, and based on the tears that flowed on the news and the hundreds of heartfelt emails that came his way, Andrew is qualified not only for delivery but also maybe for even more responsibility! I say that about his qualifications facetiously: having worked with Andrew at the bank for years, and being married to him for even longer, I know the leader – and person – that he is. I can’t believe my good luck that he is genuinely looking forward to having the time to actively help me get Sticky up and running. (And I do think he wants to be the delivery man…)

So, in summary, I’ve had myself a couple of Christmas miracles, and 2022 is looking very bright indeed.
Until my next post early next year, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you for reading my blog and for your support – I love hearing from any of you at any time (reach me at jeanblacklock@mac.com) – and I wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year! Stay well and stay safe.


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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