I Quit My 9 to 5!
Chicky’s Kitchen Creations, LLC
Whew! What a relief!
At the beginning of my culinary and hospitality education we were given a career ladder sheet, which provided a path of positions for me to follow that would eventually lead me to become a head chef or a high manager in the industry. I thought it was perfect! However, that career ladder sheet made a mental home in my head for eight years! Not so much of a bad thing, but I was so focused on that sheet that I lost sight of my actual passion, which is simply cooking.
Since then, I made it my goal to work in every position in the restaurant and hotel industry. From hosting, to serving to team manager. I have also held positions on the hotel end. I started as a front desk associate to call operator, to catering and events manager. But even after I conquered all those positions there was still a hole that hadn’t been filled. I just knew after I successfully completed that mental career ladder sheet, I would be happy, I would be fulfilled and have the position of my dreams, but nope!
Fast forward to about a week ago, I had finally landed a manager position at Panera. I had successfully completed 6 weeks of training, settled in at the store I would be managing and made some great friends along the way. Then, I took a little vacation and was able to get sit down and work on my business that I had abandoned and OMG! I was instantly revived with an outburst of joy! Those next couple of days got harder and harder to get up and go to work. Everything in me just drew me back to wanting to devote all my time back to CKC, so I quit the very next day.
There were two things that I was told that pretty much confirmed it. One, was that “You could have all the experience in the world, but that experience will never make you the best out there.” I was also told, “Your resume doesn’t make you; you make you!” Those two quotes gave me the courage to quit my 9 to 5 the very next day!
I never would’ve thought in a million years, that I wouldn’t be working for myself and pursuing my passion for cooking. Well, it’s so much more than just pursuing a passion. Cooking is love made visible through food. It’s the joy I get when I smell food cooking, it’s the joy I get when I hear someone say, “Mmm, now who made this?”, it’s the joy I get when someone loves my cooking so much, that they want me to cater their event.
I hope to pass this passion on to my daughter. She already tells me if something is nasty or if something is tasty and she loves to play cook. Although she’s only two, I think I got her exactly where I want her. LOL!
Thank you all for taking the time out to read about my new chapter. Stick around with me and see what God has planned next.