Thank you so much everyone!! I feel very happy because I am now semi-retired however as you all know we never really "retire"....lol
I have owned my bakery/catering business for a little over 9 years with the business plan of selling it eventually. I waited for the right person to come along and they did. My wonderful second in command or "sushi" (as her youngest daughter would call her as she could not pronounce sous chef) wanted to eventually start her own business and now that time has arrived. She will take it all to the next level with her vision and her oldest son is now a part of the company as an amazing prep cook and 1st year apprentice starting September.
I had to sell the business a little earlier than I planned but that is only because I fell ill and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I have learned to overcome the main issues with the disease through nutrition and exercise (no meds) but felt that my business plan no longer supported my vision of health and vitality. So instead of trying to change an already well established business concept I decided to follow through on the sale of this business to the right people and move forward. Tough decision however, it went by so smoothly that I knew the universe agreed...haha
@panini I resonated with what you had to say and I am going to look into teaching and mentoring children locally. I love working with my local farmers market and the community. I already glean each year and help at the food banks so I will look into expanding on that. I am curious to know about the SCORE thing? I have never heard of this before and would like to know what it is if you have a moment.
@Lagom I like what you do with catering for school children. That must be a challenging yet uplifting experience hearing feedback from the kids that enjoy your food. I really admire you challenging your foodie self even more with importing certified organics into the Nordic countries. What a great endeavour! You will have to keep me posted on how you are making out with that as I love to hear how others are succeeding with any food/farm relationship. I am in the same frame of mind as you with not missing the line too much....lol. I feel sad to hear that your youngest is going through a rough time medically. I hope that it all gets resolved and they are back up and at it before you know it. I know how taxing the worry is for family when one is ill so I send much positive energy your little one's way. You sound like you have the most amazing family!
@Cerise I sold the business with that goal in mind however maybe a wee bit earlier than I would have liked but I feel happy nonetheless. I never thought about a life coach.....I think that is a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for the suggestion
@CuteChef Taking some time off is great advice! My husband and I are going to do just that and travel for a wee bit, visit some family and farms to get some creative juices flowing and come back refreshed to hit the ground running.
I will keep everyone posted on what the next great adventure in the food world is for me! For now I get to change my profile to retired chef......for now...hehe