Last year, my sister and I quit our jobs. Shocker!! Everyone thought we’d lost our minds. I was working as a bookshop manager, nice job, perks that count in the way I live my life. As for my sister, she was a warehouse manager running this big great store for the same company I was working for.
In the way of companies, there was politics and major changes with management. There comes a time when an individual must weigh the pros and cons of holding down a certain job. For my part, I tend to get emotionally attached to my job. For those of you who understand, this means that I’d find myself staying later when things are getting harder. Just to make sure they are better the next day. Giving up more than I normally would for the sake of the job. I would view failures as my own, going above and beyond not to have failures but gain more victories. For someone else’s company, this can be a very trying experience. No matter how many times you advice, talk and suggest to the necessary parties above you, the truth is you can only get so far. The cons began to outweigh the pros and all my passion and inspiration in this company faded away.
My sister and I got tired, emotionally and physically, of fighting the good fight for this company. At the beginning of the year 2012, when things got particularly strained with the company, we decided to leave. I was caught in a whirlwind of relief and absolute terror when I handed in my resignation. I’d love to say that I did so with absolute confidence, but I would be lying. There was a lot of fear of the unknown, but there was no doubt that leaving was the right decision. My job was no longer right for me.
My sister on the other hand had absolute confidence in her decision. She’s always been like that, especially when she decides on something. You can’t shake her from her path, and that helped me along. We’ve been through so much together. And her confidence spurred my own. She had an idea that she believed in, and her passion toward this idea was leading the way forward. So, out of that moment a year and a half ago, a great big idea was born. Amari Bakery Ltd, my sister’s one year old baby.
It started out as a small idea. My sister is the baker of the family and she would do it from home and sell bread to the neighbors. Before we got our jobs, we’d started a small shop that ended up closing due to situations in our lives we couldn’t control. This time however, after we quit our jobs, we decided that there was nothing else to believe in but this idea. My sister named it Amari Quickbreads Bakery. We got the name registered and she started baking out of our home. There were ups and downs, a struggle for customers and of course, getting people to know and learn about the bakery. We’d advertise online using Social Media, a blog and a Website. Gradually, month by month, Amari Quickbreads Bakery began to gain loyal customers. This year, Amari Quickbreads Bakery, became Amari Bakery Ltd and opened a shop. My sister is now baking at the shop, delivering products to customers at their homes and marching on to the future. I’m proud to be part of Amari Bakery Ltd. and watching her and her determination allowed me to give my writing the same confidence.
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When I look at her and visit the Amari Bakery Shop these days, I see the realization of an idea that started out very small. There have been setbacks and facing them down has been a challenge. But isn’t it better to face down challenges of your own making than those set for you for another business? I’m proud of my sister for letting me be part of this project and what she’s done and will continue to do.
I’ve worked since I was sixteen years old. Odd jobs that were meant to pay the bills and meet daily life needs that were necessary. None of those jobs ever made sense to me. So, when I quite a year ago, that was the first time I ever felt like I was making a positive change in my life.
I write now, and do consultation for Amari Bakery Ltd. Business systems. There are months when I don’t have the constant money I used to get when I worked a steady job, but I wouldn’t give up the experiences I’ve gained the last months for anything. I’m excited to see what we build in the next year.