I love this time of year especially when it is sunny and crisp outside. We have had an amazing fall and I am so glad for it because it has not been an easy one for me. I never know how much I want to share on here, sometimes I feel like sharing a lot and sometimes I feel like making my posts quite simple and not in depth. I feel like lately I have been sharing quite a bit, with my job situation not working out and sort of wondering about this whole turning 30 thing. It has definitely been an uphill battle since moving back to Victoria. I just sort of feel lost, which I know a lot of people go through, especially at this age. Now that I have set my sights on changing my career fully and following my dreams to own a bakery one day I am feeling a bit more settled. I am really happy to have this blog though. It has been a constant for me and somewhere to express myself creatively, when it isn’t always easy to do in day to day life and in my jobs.
My love of baking is something I have shared a lot about on this blog and I definitely inherited it from my mum and grandmother. The past month has been hard on me and my family because my grandmother’s health had been deteriorating for some time. She has always been such a strong, amazing and inspirational woman who never took shit from anyone (her word not mine.) I hope that I inherit not only her baking and cooking skills, but also her strength and confidence too, . She always supported me whatever I was doing, whether it was going to university to study History of Art or to pursue my love of writing. When I told her I had applied and got a job at a bakery she was really happy for me and she knew that the job I had was not for me. She always wanted me to be happy and I think that is why I felt so compelled to take this new path. After moving back to Victoria, she gave me her recipe book from 1952 that she had filled to the brim with recipes. I knew I had to start my own recipe book after that but I will forever refer back to her amazing and delicious recipes. This week she passed away and it is never easy but now each and every time I use all her baking tools I will think of her and know she is looking down on me.
Since moving back to Victoria, I have made it a little bit of a weekly tradition to visit a new bakery/cafe in Victoria with Dave. Time can get away from us with life being so busy and it’s important to sit down without distractions and enjoy the time we have together, while also eating delicious foods and drinking delicious hot beverages. The other week we went to Hide & Seek on Oak Bay Avenue, owned by a really nice couple. My dream would be the same thing for Dave and I, to own our own little bakery and cafe somewhere in Victoria. I wanted to wear something cozy and fall like, since the leaves have been falling lately. This sweater dress is recently purchased from Aritzia and I absolutely love it. It looks perfect with a pair of booties like I wore here but also works with skinny jeans and sneakers for a more casual look. I love this time of year because it isn’t quite cold enough to have to wear a warm jacket but you always want to wear something cozy like this perfect sweater dress.