Put it in writing

Feb 22, 2013Stephen Charles Lincoln

"It's not business, it's personal"—for me, the sentence also works in reverse direction.

Having a website is a place to do the bakery's business, but, thanks to the drop-down menu on the right, it also means I have a place where I can speak more personally.

I'm an avid collector of ideas and imagery, great and small. If you step into my apartment, you'd immediately see how diverse my interests are—be it music, what's on my chalkboard wall, fashion books or matchbooks from all my travels.

I can shift from chocolate chips to paint chips in no time. But living in Manhattan, I know space is at a premium...so, I know to use this real estate wisely. 

Here is where I'll take time to collect my thoughts...and then let them go. Whenever I feel like it. A refuge from all the structure I require in my professional life and in my personal life.

It can be a struggle for me to keep my focus on both especially as my business continues to grow. It's ironic and slightly irritating, because I like things tidy. My office is the poster child for how to organize what fits on the head of a pin. Ideally, even  color-coordinated.

On the flip side, it's also a struggle for me to leave loose ends, to not indulge my need to tie events or thoughts all together into a neat and perfect bow.

This blog will provide some (needed) balance, to jump from Madonna to meditation to making sure I get home and walk my dogs, Elphaba and Salty Pretzel. Go random, geeky, gaga or go home. I want these entries to be the "essays" I wish my English teachers would've assigned.

And speaking of jumping around, it wouldn't be right for me to sign off of my inaugural entry without mentioning someone whose ideas about living a full life and creating a personal lifestyle still remains an inspiration to me. I'm speaking of Martha Stewart. I love the notion of "learning something new every day." For me, it's centering and humbling. I like that it's hopeful and I like that it predicts unexpected surprises.

And because I like it— I know that it's possible. I am one determined optimist.

Evolve. Adapt. Update. Transform. That covers my stages of waking life. Baking life, too.

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