NotBlueAtAll

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And So, The Big News…

August10

So the big news I was waiting on was a possible buyer for my cafe. And after many offers, much back and forth and high hopes, I have sold the cafe as of Monday, August 8th. It is such a relief, as some of you may know, to no longer have the stress of everyday small business ownership. I will be training the new owner today and hopefully that is all. He wants me to stay through Saturday, but I just really want to move on, ya know? The cafe gave me so much these last two years. It’s given me a new perspective, lots of new friends and the chance to challenge myself everyday and watch what I can do with sheer determination!

Now the big question on everyone’s lips: What are ya gonna do now? And my answer: I don’t know, dude! Ha-ha!

Honestly? I just wanna find a nice job with a decent, but  more importantly, steady paycheck. The cafe wasn’t a dream of mine, but a project I felt compelled to complete. That behind me, I feel more free to follow whatever dreams do pop up or come to mind. I have lots of ideas, many of them fat related, but for now money and stability are on my brain. My husband wants to move up to the Santa Cruz mountains and I am seriously considering that as a possibility now. To be surrounded by redwood trees? Hmm, that doesn’t sound so bad at all!

I would like to thank you all for your support. I know I’ve had some mini breakdowns and y’all have helped me through that so much! Thank you to those who were able to come visit me at the cafe and to those who wanted to. Thank you all! <3

It is bittersweet of course. I truly surprised myself by accomplishing exactly what I set out to do. I hadn’t done any of that or anything like that before. It just goes to show what can happen when you are passionate and willing to step outside of your comfort zone. But I could not have done it had I not discovered and embraced fat acceptance/liberation wholly and completely! It gave me the confidence to trust in myself and the support of so many wonderful people all over the world. And they say fat is bad? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Seems  it’s done nothing but good for me, but hey, I could be the exception.

Thanks again! *Hugs*

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29 Comments to

“And So, The Big News…”

  1. On August 10th, 2011 at 4:42 am Chutti Says:

    Yay!!! I was hoping this was your big news!
    I’m so glad I did actually get to see you in action at the cafe, but also glad you will be able to make this transition.

    Congrats! This looks like it will be an exciting time for you!

  2. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:08 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Chutti: Thank you and yes, it was great to have you visit, too! <3

  3. On August 10th, 2011 at 8:18 am psycho sue Says:

    Congrats on starting another phase of your life! I know you will be inspiring to us, whatever comes next!

  4. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:09 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @psycho sue: Oh, thank you, doll. You’e far too kind. =0)

  5. On August 10th, 2011 at 8:33 am FattiBoombalatti Says:

    wowhoooo congratulations! (and I LOVE the foothills of Santa Cruz..Soquel area most definately) go there so I can visit. ha!

  6. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:10 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @FattiBoombalatti: Thank you! Ha-ha! Yeah, I’m hoping to have a home where entertaining will be not just possible, but fun! <3

  7. On August 10th, 2011 at 8:43 am JeninCanada Says:

    Congratulations on starting this next chapter of your life! How exciting. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

  8. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:11 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @JeninCanada: Oh thank you! Can’t wait to find out, myself.

  9. On August 10th, 2011 at 9:10 am TropicalChrome Says:

    Congratulations and I hope the transition goes smoothly for both you and the new owner!

    I’ve been reading along for awhile, and it was becoming abundantly clear that while you loved a lot about your cafe, it just wasn’t making you happy overall. It’s scary to close a door like this, but as you’ve pointed out above, it makes so much more room for other good things to come into your life!

  10. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @TropicalChrome: Thank you! Yes, nail on the head there. I absolutely am ready for new challenges and projects and who knows what else?! Thanks so much, too, for reading and commenting along.

  11. On August 10th, 2011 at 9:36 am LadyATX Says:

    Congratulations!
    I hope you can take a little time to breathe that sigh of relief now. 🙂

  12. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @LadyATX: Thank you! Yes, me too, it is much needed! I’ll have my sigh of relief when the check clears! Ha!

  13. On August 10th, 2011 at 11:07 am Lachrimaestro Says:

    Aww. Hey! That’s fantastic news. I’m really happy for you! I know how this has been hanging over your head, and the sense of liberation you must be experiencing. Here’s to the next chapter! 🙂

  14. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:15 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Lachrimaestro: Oh hey there! Thank you! Yes, now to find that next chapter?!

  15. On August 10th, 2011 at 11:46 am Missus Fahrenheit Says:

    Congratulations! I have missed your posts on Tumblr lately, but sounds like you’ve had a lot going on. I hope you are happy whatever and wherever you go…and redwood trees and mountains couldn’t hurt! <3

  16. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:15 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Missus Fahrenheit: Oh! Thank you! Didn’t think anyone would notice I skipped out on Tumblr for two weeks! Ha-ha! Thanks though, yes, I’m quite happy.

  17. On August 10th, 2011 at 2:22 pm Twistie Says:

    Congratulations, my friend! And best of luck following the next dream/project. I know you’ll find something that works for you.

    But if you’re talking about moving, we are DEFINITELY going to have to find a way to get together in the too, too solid flesh.

    After all, you haven’t tasted any of my baking yet.

  18. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:16 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Twistie: I know!~ Bring it on, lady! Will I be bumping into you at the Cupcakes & Muffintops swap in Oakland on the 18th? I hope so! <3

  19. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:25 pm Twistie Says:

    Cupcakes and Muffintops? I know not of this thing. Do tell! It sounds so very up my alley.

  20. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Twistie: What? You’re killing me! Here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137728976310722&ref=ts
    I hope I will see you there!

  21. On August 10th, 2011 at 3:54 pm maggiemunkee Says:

    oh how exciting! hooray!

  22. On August 10th, 2011 at 5:35 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @maggiemunkee: Thank you!

  23. On August 10th, 2011 at 4:18 pm Twistie Says:

    See, I’m not on Facebook. That’s probably how I had no idea at all.

    Hmmm… the 28th, eh? Damn. I think that’s the day Mr. Twistie heads off for the WAA conference and the day after our annual block party… for which I’m going to have to do a massive buttload of baking, since last year I almost literally had to shank an eight-year-old to get one slice out of the two layer cakes I baked!

  24. On August 10th, 2011 at 5:36 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    @Twistie: Oh of course! You are one busy lady!

  25. On August 11th, 2011 at 8:36 pm E. Ai B. Says:

    I’m so glad to hear you sold it. You sound a ton happier! Congrats!

  26. On August 12th, 2011 at 7:49 am Not Blue at All Says:

    @E. Ai B.: Thanks, hun. I am much happier! Thank you! <3

  27. On August 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am thirtiesgirl Says:

    Ok, I did some further reading and found the answer to my query about what you plan to do next, which is just see where life takes you and what you’re inspired to do. …Although there’s that whole needing money thing that’s such a damn nuisance! If you’re looking for a decent job with a steady paycheck, have you considered working as a legal secretary or paralegal? I worked as a legal secretary for a few years before I got into education and I made decent money, and the work wasn’t bad. Some of the attorneys could be jerks, but I shrugged it off as best as I could. Some of the cases, particularly when I worked in a family law office, were interesting, and we got good benefits. You really don’t need any other skills other than typing ability and some grammar and spelling knowledge to be a legal secretary. You learn the court stuff and opposing counsel stuff as you go.

  28. On August 21st, 2011 at 11:11 am Not Blue at All Says:

    @thirtiesgirl: Yep, you got it! No, I’d never considered becoming a paralegal, seems the education requirements are usually quite lofty, if you ask me. But I’ll keep an open mind to it. Thanks.

  29. On August 21st, 2011 at 11:21 am thirtiesgirl Says:

    Being a paralegal is a little different than being a legal secretary. Paralegals do legal research for the attorneys they work for, whereas legal secretaries don’t. Paralegals are also paid more. There is some schooling to do to be a paralegal, but from my research, it’s usually a business college or community college type program of only a few months. You don’t need a degree to do it, and you don’t need a degree to be a legal secretary. I was one of the few legal secretaries at the firms I worked for who had a college degree. But most of the women I worked with (since it’s still largely a “woman’s profession”) were sharp cookies and hadn’t made it where they were without some smarts in their heads. I worked with one secretary who dropped out of high school when she was 17, started working for free at a small local law office, learned to type and some basics of the job, and was then hired as a legal secretary. She eventually worked her way up to a position working for one of the partners of a mid-sized family law firm, which is when I met her. She was making nearly $60,000 a year, and she and her electrician husband were sending their 3 kids to private school. They weren’t wealthy by any means, but they were certainly doing ok for themselves.

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