When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose,
we are more resilient,
because we can hold fast to
our vision of a better future.
A decade ago, I worked for a firm that went out of business. Sandra (above right) had come to work at that firm after giving up a good job at a large company. I asked what she planned to do now that we were out of work and she replied that she thought she’d go to school and study courses to become a pastry chef. Meanwhile, I scrambled to build back my graphic design client base that I’d given up several years before.
Fast forward almost a decade. A darling pastry shop (Vanilla Bean) opened two doors down from the knitting shop (Sarah Jane’s) where I teach classes. Curiosity drew me in and there was Sandra! Not only had she completed school, she and a fellow chef opened a business. That is what I call resilience. What more can I say? (… oh yes. I was instantly addicted to their Italian Ricotta Cookies.)
Katherine, what an uplifting and delightful story! It reminds me of a saying:
“Sometimes our greatest obstacles can turn out to be our greatest blessings.”
Thank you for sharing this message of hope. Dreams really do come true.
Ruth Isenogle said:
I am so happy for your friend. How wonderful to have such a fun business. I am proud for her and you.
I have been listening to Suzi Orman this evening. She is such an inspiring person. I called Maggie to see if she was listening too. I’ll just have to tell her about the show in the morning. I am inspired when I listen to people like Suzi. This was “The Money Class”.
Enjoy the fruits of your friend. I love pastry shops. I would be a very plump person if I lived near her shop.