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  • Writer's pictureRachel Glaza

Welcome to amalgam design & bakery.

It's finally here- a place to detail my creative life. As I was thinking about what to call this - business? expression? service? - one word kept popping into my mind: amalgam. A mixture or blend. Design and baking. Creative and analytical. Cautious and brave.

I had the incredible privilege to step away from my professional position a couple of months ago to assess what I really want to do with my life. I was burnt out. I didn't have balance and I was struggling to create it. My work wasn't fulfilling; it didn't capitalize on my skills or interests. I consulted with a career coach who asked me "What do you like to do?" and I couldn't answer that question (I'm not sure I could answer now, even). I could provide my coach with fifty things I didn't like to do, but I had no clue what made me energized at work any longer.

So I took some time to reflect and just be. And in that time I also baked. And I helped loved ones design spaces in their homes that reflected who they are and what they wanted to feel when they were there. My love of color and form and organization and management merged into two distinct yet overlapping areas of focus, neither of which I really wanted to give up in favor of the other.

I agonized over what to do: find a full time job? Start a design business? Sell my baked goods? I worried - and still worry - about whether I'm good enough to do either, let alone both. One day, I decided I was going to take a leap and sell my baked goods.

And people bought them.

And I'm working on some projects to build a design portfolio. I promise to share when they're under way.

I'm putting myself out into the world. Exploring what makes me smile and tick and brings me joy. Creating community with others through food and space.

Thanks for exploring with me.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

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