2016 has been a year of change for me and I wouldn't have it any other way. I've started to realize what I really want out of life and although it's not a clear picture yet at all, I've made some big changes to make that picture a little clearer.

I've worked in professional kitchens for 3 years now. I've worked my ass off for those 3 years, working long hours for little pay, no breaks, no overtime, all because I love pastry and I love creating. I've had some awesome jobs and learned more than I could ever have dreamed of. And I'm good at what I do. I'm proud of myself for everything that I've done.

But tomorrow is my last day in the industry. I still love it, I still love creating, I still love the team camaraderie. But working in kitchens consumes your life. After working 12 hrs on your feet with no break, you just want to eat something (anything) and sleep. And then you wake up and do it all again. For weeks. For months. For years. You give everything to your job. I used to be happy doing that. I wanted to give it all and focus on my career and become great. But now...it's not as important anymore. I want to do more outside of work and go places and explore and have adventures and that's just not possible when you work 6 days a week. I've already made the effort to get outside on my rare days off, even if its rainy and cold and I've only had 6 hours of sleep, because I love it out there. It's beautiful, serene, quiet, peaceful, exhilarating.  I feel alive when I'm outside. I've lived in British Columbia all my life, yet there are so many many places I have never been. It's always on that "one day" list. "One day, when it's not as busy..." or "One day, when we're not understaffed..." but "one day" doesn't just happen. You have to make it happen.

I don't know exactly what I'm going to do next for a job. Honestly, it's scary because I've only ever worked in the food service industry. But I'm going to find a job that aligns with my interests in the outdoors and exploring and I'm gonna rock it. I'm not putting my life on hold anymore. I'm  excited to start living my life the way I truly want to. 
Bring it on, 2017.
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  • meganleevoigt2016 has been a year of change for me and I wouldn't have it any other way. I've started to realize what I really want out of life and although it's not a clear picture yet at all, I've made some big changes to make that picture a little clearer.

    I've worked in professional kitchens for 3 years now. I've worked my ass off for those 3 years, working long hours for little pay, no breaks, no overtime, all because I love pastry and I love creating. I've had some awesome jobs and learned more than I could ever have dreamed of. And I'm good at what I do. I'm proud of myself for everything that I've done.

    But tomorrow is my last day in the industry. I still love it, I still love creating, I still love the team camaraderie. But working in kitchens consumes your life. After working 12 hrs on your feet with no break, you just want to eat something (anything) and sleep. And then you wake up and do it all again. For weeks. For months. For years. You give everything to your job. I used to be happy doing that. I wanted to give it all and focus on my career and become great. But now...it's not as important anymore. I want to do more outside of work and go places and explore and have adventures and that's just not possible when you work 6 days a week. I've already made the effort to get outside on my rare days off, even if its rainy and cold and I've only had 6 hours of sleep, because I love it out there. It's beautiful, serene, quiet, peaceful, exhilarating. I feel alive when I'm outside. I've lived in British Columbia all my life, yet there are so many many places I have never been. It's always on that "one day" list. "One day, when it's not as busy..." or "One day, when we're not understaffed..." but "one day" doesn't just happen. You have to make it happen.

    I don't know exactly what I'm going to do next for a job. Honestly, it's scary because I've only ever worked in the food service industry. But I'm going to find a job that aligns with my interests in the outdoors and exploring and I'm gonna rock it. I'm not putting my life on hold anymore. I'm excited to start living my life the way I truly want to.
    Bring it on, 2017.

  • meganleevoigt@mightyvanilla Thanks Brenda!!
  • meganleevoigt@crustpiespt Thank you for your wise words! Ive definitely changed a lot in the past year but I love it! Its so exciting and everything feels so new
  • meganleevoigt@joel_panlilio Thanks Joel!
  • meganleevoigt@yvrwanderer Thanks! Im so excited when I think about the future :)
  • meganleevoigt@ellebeelb1 Thank you so much! 😊
  • meganleevoigt@jdarlystrup Thats what Im trying to do!
  • meganleevoigt@oliverbernardino Thanks! Im a little disappointed in myself cause Im giving up, but its just not worth the sacrifices anymore...
  • meganleevoigt@pastrychefmatthew Its good to know Im not alone! I think some people in my kitchen are disappointed in me because I have such passion and work ethic and they think Im just giving up cause its too hard...
  • meganleevoigt@littlewhitedog1 Thank you! It really is the first step to a new life :) And I cant wait to start living it
  • meganleevoigt@noobshons42 Good to know you got through it and kept doing pastry!
  • noobshons42@meganleevoigt Yeah it is an exciting ride; Pastries for life!
  • sashapluslydia@meganleevoigt arbnb your place!!!! Or simply rent!
  • pastrychefmatthew@meganleevoigt I love the John Muir quote, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." In this industry we focus so much time on the bread but it's so important to go out and make time to enjoy the beauty of the world!
  • lukirbsAh men to that sister. I will miss you so much
  • toetjeaddictedI wish you all the best in 2017, Megan!✨good luck!
  • lesfillesdemadeleineOh, how much I recognize this! I went through something very similar during the past couple of years, and while I still have no clear picture of where I'm going, I have never regretted walking away from the career that held me back. Listen to your gut and you will find your way. Happy 2017, Megan!
  • starthebakerYou will find your way. Congratulations! All the Best for the New Year!
  • mimibakescookiesIf you ever want to move to Mammoth Lakes, I'm always looking for talented bakers and our hours are nothing like what you described, you can bake, create and enjoy the outdoors, that is what we do at @mimiscookiebar ❄️🍪🌲
  • meganleevoigt@mimibakescookies Thank you so much for the offer! However, I really love Vancouver and I own my apartment here so I think I'll be staying for a few years at least. But I really appreciate the offer and I will keep it in mind for the future 😊
  • mazwinbAwwwww. This is wonderful megan.
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