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See the World.

If you’ve been coming here awhile you may know that I took a huge leap. A leap into the unknown, into the creative world, into a space I had only previously dreamed about. After working full time for over two decades (23 years to be exact), I said goodbye to full time employment, and hello to a creative existence that had been itching to break free.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been many many meltdowns, a lot of anxiety (mostly unwarranted), moments of staring at myself in the mirror and wondering “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?” and a lot of leaning on likeminded creatives for support. Despite all that, I wouldn’t change a thing. You see I had spent many years dreaming, but until I took that leap I knew I wasn’t going to move forward. 

I had been cruising along uninspired enough to not act and fearful of life without a full time secure income. Since I left school I had worked, I didn’t know, or I couldn’t imagine, how it would be like to rely on my partner to feed me and pay my half of the mortgage. It just wasn’t something I’d done before. This security of the fortnightly pay cheque kept me waking up every morning and jumping on that treadmill – get ready, go to work, work, come home, cook, clean etc etc then sleep – five days a week. Honestly, I was dying inside. The creative side of me was screaming out for freedom, for reprieve from the repetitive nature that comes with corporate work, for some space to just be. 

A little less than two years ago as I was driving home from the office where I sat five days a week for 8-9 hours a day, I spent yet another minute too long in the horrible traffic (traffic kills me, I absolutely hate it) and thought to myself, when am I actually going to do something? I came home, and I wrote out a list of what I needed to do to live my creative dream. It wasn’t a lengthy list that contained a multitude of safe points that would never be put into action, rather it contained three things. One was ‘Quit job’ and another ‘Find writing work’. Now I didn’t actually quit my job, I like the actual work I do in my day job. I just needed more time to allow my creative side do its thing and working full time was getting in its way. So for the next few months I found a way to free up more time without being completely irresponsible (or losing my financial independence) and dropped my employment down to two days a week. 

So with that, my very safe (and most likely unlikely to ever happen) three year plan became an instant one. I had to do it, I had to leap without a net, without a safety back up plan. I had to fly without wings and find them on the way down. So I leapt.

2013 was a wonderful year. I feel like after all these years of dreaming I have finally found myself, I have found my place in my own creative world. I think less about doing things and just do them. I spend less time talking and more time moving, but the good kind of moving, not the so-busy-I-don’t-have-time-to-scratch-myself moving. And man it feels good. Real good.

I don’t usually reflect much on the year as it draws to an end, I am more of a look forward rather than look back kinda gal. This year however I feel a warmth in my heart as I think of how wonderful and kind 2013 has been. I feel a sense of home, a sense of being that I haven’t felt before. And when I think about all the amazing and unexpected opportunities and places 2013 and my leap of faith have taken me, I am quietly a little proud. And a lot happy. 

I had my first ever styled shoot with The Vintage Table which was featured in The Vintage and Handmade Bride. cake crumbs & beach sand made the Top 100 Bloggers list as part of Kidspot’s Voices of 2013, placing us in the 25 food bloggers of Australia alongside some seriously talented bloggers. Subsequently I was chosen to take part in The Good Guys Gourmet Gadget Challenge and also Ford’s Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge, which I won and took home a Ford Territory for 12 months. Still pinching myself over this one.

I was involved in creative collaborations with Alison of The Vintage Table, Megan of Littlesweet Baking, Fleur of Leaf Bean Machine and I continued to work with Cassandra from The Lettuce Shop throughout the past year. These amazingly creative women have inspired me beyond words, I hope I am just as lucky to be able to work with them again in the new year.

My freelance photography business has been keeping me busy and inspired and, I finally made a start on my website. Many more images to come but I’m halfway there. One of my images featured in Hello May Magazine, a family recipe in The Guardian UK’s Cook Supplement, and I have had the wonderful opportunity to photograph fabulous brands such as The Vintage Table, Delish Ice, Littlesweet Baking, Leaf Bean Machine and Pure Tea, West Chef Catering and Pampered Pooch Parties. What a year! 

So here’s to a fantastic year. All the fear and anxiety was worth it, all the homemade lunches instead of bought lunches were very much worth it. I’ve given up 5-weekly hair cuts (I had three hair cuts this entire year) and have no problem saving coin instead of spending it on takeaway coffee or something else I don’t really need. I don’t mind having to be frugal, in fact I like it. I like that I now, for possibly the first time in my life, understand the true value of money. And better still, the true value of time. 

And finally, I have to say a huge THANK YOU to you. My readers and friends have been a huge pillar of support and honestly, if I didn’t get to read your lovely comments and interact with you on Facebook and twitter, this blogging gig would not be half as much fun. I hope your 2013 was a blast! If you have a moment please share your ultimate highlight from the past year with me in the comments.

Happy New Year my wonderful cake crumbs & beach sand community! 

 

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  • Kelly Exeter - Ah – what a wonderful wonderful post. It’s been so wonderful observing your journey this year Pegs. And 2014 – well I can’t even imagine where that is going to take you!!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Congratulations Peggy, I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to realise their dreams xoxReplyCancel

  • Jo - Hello Peggy,
    Thanks for this wonderful post, for speaking your truth, and for your willingness to be vulnerable with your reader community by sharing so deeply. It really is sheer madness isn’t it, all of this rushing about, driving frantically to get to and from work, to earn money for…..what exactly?? An impressive house? Multiple electronic gadgets for each kid?? It’s time for us all to get back to basics in our lives, reduce our consumption, live more frugally, grow some of our own food, eat simple meals cooked at home, and connect with our friends and family. Thanks for being an inspiration for others who seek to get off the treadmill, as I do.
    Warmest regards,
    JoReplyCancel

  • Cindy - I particularly love your photography and the Finnish flair. Always lovely and a delight to receive to my inbox.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy | Hungry Again? - This is fantastic. Congratulations on everything! Your style of photos are easily one of my favourites, hoping to see many more! :)ReplyCancel

  • Your One and Only Loving Mother - I’m so very proud of you for taking that leap. I know that you would have struggled with the thought of doing it for long time, but you did it. See it wasn’t hard after all. You have come a long way in such a short period of time. Now you have come to realize how wonderful this world of creativity really is. Your work in photography is second to none. Your writing is mesmerizing and your food just out of this world. Heaven only knows where this all leads you but if I can take guess, it’ll be greater heights for you. xxoo
    I’m so privilege to be your mother xxooReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thanks Kelly. It has been lovely having you in my corner cheering me on. You have been an integral part of me continuing on doing what I am doing, giving me a gentle nudge when I need it. Thanks lovely. xReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Teresa, you’re too kind. xoReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Seriously Jo, it is madness. When did life get so hectic? I realised I don’t strive to impress with bigger or better possessions, and they don’t really bring me joy, so all that rushing around to earn an extra few dollars didn’t really do it for me. I absolutely agree that it is time to get back to basics, you said it perfectly. Everything you mention, is exactly what I strive for now.
    Good luck Jo, if you want it bad enough I know you will get it.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Cindy, it’s lovely to know someone reads those inbox deliveries. :)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Sandy. I’ll be sure to post more photos, just for you. :)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Mum. Even though I think you may be a tad bias, I still appreciate the very kind words. It wasn’t an easy jump but I am rapt that I did it. I can see I have come a long way, and although I have a very long way to go, I feel at home on my new path. I’m the lucky one to have you as my mother! xoReplyCancel

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