Finding my Passion

mypassionDay 2 of #FeelGoodBlogging Challenge- Finding my Passion. It’s a pretty long story so I tried to summarize it here. I hope it inspires you to find yours.

1990-2003

For as long as I can remember, I loved writing- poetry, short stories, journaling, etc. My  Senior High school English teacher was the first person to support and encourage my writing.

Writing was more of a hobby so my father, who is a furniture designer, encouraged me to take interior design, architecture and Auto CAD in High School, to possibly have a family business.

After taking those classes, even though I enjoyed them, I had a gut wrenching feeling that career was a bad idea.

Summer 2003

I  got myself an internship, when it wasn’t even available, at my local newspaper. Turned out that the Editor appreciated my persistence. They gave me the opportunity to go on a few calls, a few interviews and write fluff pieces.

Although it was a great experience and I enjoyed the newspaper, I still had that gut feeling it wasn’t for me. I didn’t know what else to do at the time so my father suggested getting a job as a Barista at my local indy cafe’. He’s a coffee addict and I had never really drunk coffee before then, so why not?

2004-2006

When it was time to start college, it was easy to decide on getting my English degree.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know exactly WHAT I was going to do with it. I knew I didn’t want to be an English teacher or necessarily a novelist either.

2006-2009

Then, I discovered Copywriting. No, not copyright (c)

I continued working as a Barista part-time and read everything I could get my hands on about Copywriting. I practiced all the different ways copy was used in marketing. Then, I started freelance copywriting. Specifically, web copy.

 2009-2012

I picked up freelance clients here and there, but I was really enjoying being a Barista and took on more hours.

Coffee became my new passion so I started a specialty coffee blog to educate coffee enthusiasts without being pretentious.

2012-2013

As much as I loved freelancing and coffee, I couldn’t decide between which to focus on, so when I got an opportunity to run a cafe’, I took the chance.

I learned a lot and did basically everything except for the finances. It was a start-up and very odd concept so due to unforeseen circumstances, I was gone after only nine months.

But it prepared me…

2013-2014

I had schemed about having my own cafe’ but I never dreamed of it actually happening.

Ok,  so it wasn’t a cafe’.

Instead, my boyfriend (of seven years 🙂 ) found out a stand-alone coffee drive-thru was for sale and helped me get the funds for it! The situation happened was a much lower risk business. Normally these kiosk aren’t that cheap.

The location used to be great, but it took a huge hit when Kmart left the shopping center and there was only a year left on the lease, so we decided to ride it out.

Right before the lease was up, we knew we couldn’t renew it.

We learned a lot about business, myself and met so many wonderful customers and enjoyed it more than we thought we would. Then, we found out another coffee kiosk was for sale, in a much better location and jumped on that.

2014…

It’s been a year at the new coffee drive-thru and been a wonderful roller coaster ride.

The thing I’ve finally realized through all this is my underlying passion inspiring others and getting very organized and focused with time management. Yet, I still love serving people smiles and great coffee.

Which brings me to this transition of this site.