Go your own way
Okay. I just named this blog after a Fleetwood Mac song.
Since launching my food wagon & catering business four years ago I’ve had to go my own way. I had to acknowledge that my business was going to be seasonal in the first year. A couple of years prior to that I decided to coach hockey & sacrifice great opportunities to be a Chef at various Restaurants & Resorts. For the last few years, I’ve questioned myself a few times because of the inconsistency in income & sacrifice to do something I love which is a coach. Bartending at the Mt Washington Hotel & resort has helped make this all happen. Bartending has been my saving grace.
A crucial decision back in the winter of 2014 where I left a job teaching Culinary to bartend at Jay peak so I could coach hockey. I felt dumb when I told people that’s what I was doing. I had a gut feeling to do something for myself & coach. Even if I was in financial turmoil from my restaurant closing & me trying to build momentum for me diversifying into my current business. The bartending money was really good & I had to learn quick & was kind of winging it seeing how I was really just a Chef. I figured it out & played catch up for the majority of the season. At the end of the season, we overachieved as a team & made a good run for it.
The following season I had just launched my wagon & met Elysia & moved in with her. We worked together to make it all work. She was a huge help with helping me with my business & helping with unexpected expenses when things were right. I’ve always tried to make her an amazing meal at least one time a week, sometimes more.
So it’s been a trip. It almost ruined me. But now I’m going into this hockey season & I’m feeling happy that I stayed the course throughout the years. I’ve got some pretty lofty goals in the future I’ll try to make them happen. In the meantime, I will most likely be hard to keep track of.
There’s something to be said about making your own schedule. I’ve got a lot of gratitude for the people that helped make it possible.