building a business

How your Dreams Unfold

How Your Dreams Unfold

Yesterday morning as I was walking out of the gym after my exercise class I saw the sun rising through the clouds and I had an amazing moment. I envisioned my life as a piece of beautiful origami, folded up in so many ways at the beginning. Each day in your life a piece unfolds and you see a bit more of your path and how to get there. Sometimes you end up in the creases when things are challenging and it's difficult to see how to get to the next fold to create what you'd like. 

As I walked towards my car yesterday morning I felt like I was beginning to see the patterns, beginning to see the next fold in the colorful masterpiece of life. I thought about so many things in a few minutes on the way home. I pictured the weekends during college that I worked at a drycleaner/laundromat and learned how to help customers with all kinds of problems and deal with them gracefully, I pictured all of the parties I have organized and the menus I have created, I saw all of the time I spent with my English as a Second Language students developing materials for them and organizing activities and making sure paperwork was in on time. I saw all of the practice I have done baking and cooking. For me all of these life experiences have prepared me for the moments coming very soon. The moment that I partner with a lovely local coffee shop, Murray's Coffee Bar to offer pastries, breakfast, lunch and brunch. 

When I was a little girl I was so fortunate that my dad built me a playhouse out of a very large wooden crate. It had windows and a door that would close. I had my play kitchen in there and out in the yard nearby was an old sink that was no longer in use. I used to pretend that it was my restaurant. I made "pizzas" with sawdust from my dad's wood workshop as the "dough" and leaves from woodland plants as the "pepperoni." I had found some large metal lids that were my pizza pans. At the time it felt so real for me. Now I see that even then I was preparing for my dream even though it just felt like playing at the time. 

I am so excited that all of these folds in the origami in my life are unfolding in a beautiful way so that I can work in a location here in Beaverton, Oregon and offer local people lots of delicious pastries and food. I have been training for this moment for a long time and I am so grateful that I have been given an opportunity to partner with such a special coffee shop. I'll keep you posted on my start date at Murray's Coffee Bar so that you can stop by for some amazing coffee and food. 

I would love to hear about the folds and creases of your life's origami and where the path is leading you today. Please share with me by email or in the comments section below. 

My email is:

With care,



A Place of One's Own

A Place of One's Own

This post is one in a multi-part series of blog posts about my journey of opening up a local cafe. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time and I am enjoying each step as I go along exploring, learning and putting out into the world my thoughts on what I want this cafe to be about. Not just about the food, it's about the people and it always has been that way for me. To me the most joyful moment is when you realize that you have created food that people enjoy. I want to translate that joy into a  place that has ownership opportunities for my team. 

I want to explore this idea because I believe that it's important for all employees to have a real sense of ownership and pride in what they do. They have a stake in the cafe. People are important and I believe in treating everyone as owners. 

Whenever I go to employee owned stores I see the difference in the people. Often they are more helpful because it's their store too and they want you to feel welcome in their place. I really love that. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on this model and how it may be implemented for all team members. 

Please leave a comment below or email me at:

With lots of care,


Inclusion: Everyone is on our team!

Inclusion: everyone is on our team!

This post is the second in a series of posts I will share with you all about my journey to create an amazing community cafe! 

To me, inclusion is very important. It is just like the cranberry sauce pictured above. Without including all of the elements it's not the same. If I left out the fresh ginger it wouldn't have the same taste. It's the same with building a team for a cafe, a business  or a sports team. Without everyone's special abilities you don't have a special sauce. 

I believe that everyone has very unique abilities that nobody else has. That is why it is so important to me to start thinking about building my team with everyone in the community in mind. That means people of diverse backgrounds and people who have physical or mental disabilities can add a very unique and valuable element to the cafe that I envision. 

I'd love to share with you what I wrote about this during a day-long brainstorming session this week: 

Having a diverse/inclusive team is very important to me! 

Inclusion means believing that everyone has something unique and special to offer. 

Here is what I want: 

  • I want to provide benefits to all employees.
  • I want to include people with diverse backgrounds and diverse abilities on our team. 
  • I want to have a mentor program, matching mentor + employee (one on one coaching). 
  • I want to have monthly workshops for employees to improve their skills and learn more. 
  • I want to make sure that there is a positive, encouraging environment for the employees as well as the customers. 
  • I want to make sure that there is a profit-sharing opportunity for all employees.

I would love to hear from you on what you think of these items on my team wish list. I have a vision that this will work very well & am very excited about it! 

Thank you so much for sharing in my journey with me! 

Building a Dream

Building a Dream: My Cafe

I apologize for the delay in this new blog post. I usually try to post once a week, but now with many more meal service clients I don't always have the time to work in the kitchen to come up with brand new recipes. I am so very grateful for my abundance though! I am so thrilled to be so very busy cooking and preparing meals for clients. It brings me great joy! 

I wanted to share with you this very special project that I am working on. It is a long term project, a dream of mine that is taking shape, day by day. Dreams come in visions, baby steps, emails, phone calls, vision boards, trial and error, connections, conversations, meditations & more. 

Today I took the day to outline my dream in great detail and also make a vision board about it. 

Here are a few details that are important to my vision. I outlined many thing in my notebook today, but these points are the most powerful that I want to share with you. My "why" for this cafe is not about the food, baked goods or coffee, it is about community. 

Community & Inclusion: 

When I thought about what community and inclusion, these things came to mind: 

What community means to me is that we truly listen to each other without judgement to find common ground. We are all connected on Earth in ways that are amazing to imagine. All of the choices that we make are important and make a difference. I believe that if we can truly get to know those around us we can see that we ALL have some things in common as human beings: 

-to be seen

-to be heard

-to matter

-to find happiness

-to know our value

-to understand our special gifts

-to leave a legacy

-to experience joy

-to give back

These are things that we all feel in our lives. What does community and inclusion mean to you? I'll be writing several posts on this topic and hopefully sprinkle in some recipes as well. 

I wish you joy today,