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My Big Decision

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Time to talk about the F word.

Yesterday’s f word was frivolous: Healthy Frappucinos.

But today, it’s time to get more serious; today’s f word is “future.” Specifically, my future and the future of my chocolate-covered blog.

The future of Chocolate-Covered Katie

This summer, I had to make a big decision regarding the blog I’ve written for over three years. I enjoy every second of the blogging process—from writing posts to creating recipes to setting up photoshoots to interacting with readers. But keeping up a blog takes a lot of time, and as the blog has grown, so too has the time requirement. Answering the hundreds of daily questions I receive from readers could be a full-time job in itself!

I knew there’d be no way to maintain a full-time job and still focus as much passion and energy as I’d like on CCK. If I didn’t want to give up the blog completely, I would at least be forced to give it less than my full attention.

This was not ok with me. When I do something, I do it 100% or not at all. But I couldn’t imagine giving up all my passions to make room for a job where I’d be miserable. Therefore, I decided to make this blog…

My full-time job.

It seems to easy, now, to write the above statement. Just. Like. That. But the truth is my decision wasn’t just like that. It took many hours of going back and forth, writing pros-and-cons lists, and eating a copious number of chocolate bars to counter all the nervousness. There were many “cons” on the list of reasons not to keep blogging, but I realized that most of them had something to do with security. And when it comes down to it, I’d rather take a risk if there’s a possibility to be ridiculously happy.

With Robert Frost’s “Road not Taken” poem in mind, I’ve decided to not go out and look for a “real” job. Instead, I will be a full-time blogger, at Chocolate-Covered Katie.

Nothing is going to change, except that I’ll now have even more time to dream up—and experiment with—healthy dessert creations like hot chocolate fudge cinnamon rolls or chocolate pumpkin cream pie. If I have a chance to do what I love for a living, I need to take that chance. I have to take a risk and at least try!

chocolate covered katie brownies

 

The fact that I even have the opportunity to make this choice is all thanks to you. If you’ve ever recommended my site to a friend, shared a link, liked the Chocolate Covered Katie Facebook Page, made one of my recipes, or even simply read one of my posts, I am so incredibly grateful.

Yes, I’m scared about the future now that I’ve made my decision. But I’m also excited because of the people with whom I’ll get to interact every day: you all! (Well, you all and chocolate. I must admit to being pretty thrilled my job lets me work so closely with chocolate.) I think part of my apprehension for the future is unavoidable no matter what route I take. That’s just the nature of getting out on one’s own and defining one’s life. It’s a scary time.

I am so indebted to your support and kindness that makes it even possible for me to explore this path. I hope, if any of you are ever faced with a scary decision requiring you to take a leap of faith, that you go for it! Don’t force your passions to take a back seat to the “shoulds” and “have to”s in life, because you only stand to look back someday with regret, thinking:

“What if I’d followed my dreams???”

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. awesome decision katie – we would miss you and your healthy desserts. following your heart is always the way to go!

  2. Wow Katie! Good for you! It’s obvious as a reader how much you love blogging and I’m thrilled that you’re going to stay with us. That took a huge leap of faith and I know you will be extremely successful.

  3. good for you katie. i know exactly how you feel, last year i made a huge decision and made some drastic changes with how my life was going. follow your heart and you will always be truly happy!!

  4. Congrats on your decision Katie!! I definitely think you mde the right one! 🙂

  5. Alyssa says:

    Wow, this is so exciting!!!!! Congratulations! So glad to see you following your heart.

  6. That is such a bold move – congrats to you for making it! I’m not sure I had the guts you do when I graduated. I’m sure you will always be glad you did it. 🙂

  7. You know what? From the first time I read your blog… I still remember which post it was… the “Voluminous Oatmeal Trick” post… I fell in love… with this blog, with your recipes, with you (NO not in a lesbian kind of way!). This is an awesome blog and I’m so glad you’re going after your dreams all the way. Money indeed isn’t everything. No one wants to earn a ton yet dread every moment of everyday. Living life to the fullest by doing what you truly love? THAT’s the right thing to do! I’ve always had my own dream that I want to go after and to achieve… and it doesn’t really involve much money either. My parents have shown their disapproval but I’m not going to give p my dream. I’m so glad you can pursue yours. Please don’t be scared! We (the readers) will always be supportive of you! 😀 And thank you for your decision.

  8. Lisa C says:

    Oh my GOSH, thank goodness you’ve decided to stick with us. Where else would I got when I need a recipe for a dessert that tastes good and also makes my tummy feel good? Do not leave us, Katie. My tastebuds would miss you too much! 😉

  9. Joanna says:

    So glad you’ve decided to continue blogging! I was getting a little nervous when I first started reading this post since your blog is definitely one of my favorites. Congratulations on pursuing something your passionate about! You’re going to be great!

    1. Meg says:

      I got nervous as well! I am SO happy you’re pursuing happiness!!!! It is the only way to truly, TRULY live.

  10. I’m so glad you went forward with this post! And I couldn’t be happier that you’re staying with the blogging world. I’m a firm believer in doing what you love and loving what you do. I very much understand your position. I’m in a PhD program right now, doing something I thought I loved. It turns out, while I find it interesting, I’m not dedicated enough to finish my 6 year degree with enough gusto to be successful, nor do I love it enough to be happy doing so. I have so many more interests, blogging and photography included, to tie myself down here.

    You’re a fantastic blogger, I love reading your posts and making your recipes. You’ll be successful for sure! We’re all here to support you!

    1. Amy says:

      Ugh I am in the same position! I’m currently too far into my degree to quit, but I wish I hadn’t ever started. But if I quit now, all those years (three) will have been wasted :(.

  11. Sarah says:

    Congrats on your decision 🙂 I am sure you will do amazing. I love your blogs and all of your recipes. I practically live off of the chocolate covered katie diet 🙂 It sounds like you made a very long and hard decision and am happy you have chosen to continue what you love doing most.

  12. Ally says:

    CCK! What would I have done without you?! Your post today made me smile from ear-to-ear 🙂 I am so happy I will be getting new CCK posts for a very long time in the future…

    1. Your comment made ME smile from ear to ear! 🙂

  13. Leslie says:

    I LOVE your blog, Katie! I even just voted for it in VegNews. I was shocked it wasn’t there originally :(. Thanks for being so awesome!

    1. Thanks Leslie! That means so much to me!

  14. I think all your readers will agree that your decision is a great one, and not one you will regret down the road. Your drive and confidence is contagious and inspiring! Congratulations on being brave enough to follow your true passion.

  15. Sarahishealthy says:

    I don’t have a blog of my own, but I check yours every day, and I think I’ve probably made over two thirds of your recipes. And only once did one not work out perfectly for me, and it turned out that was because of a mistake I made in reading the directions!

    You are so brave and so awesome. You have my best wishes for the future. And I am excited to hear about some of those new recipes!

  16. saskia says:

    Girl, you SO rock!

    nothing more i can say, i cannot find any words.

    sending you my best wishes and respect,

    Saskia

  17. Erika K says:

    Congrats! After college is a really scary time! But don’t worry, you can always change careers. Honestly its probably not the best time to go out looking for a job right now anyway, with our economy. You’re so lucky you get the opportunity to be doing what you love. I admire your courage and confidence, and it’s just natural to be scared, so don’t worry. We all love and support you!

    1. So true! Definitely not the best job market out there right now! 😕

  18. Heidi says:

    See those?

    Goosebumps.

    Hear That?

    Shout of joy and “You Go Girl!”

    Feel that?

    A whoosh of air from my fist pumping in the air for your benefit.

    Too few follow their dreams. Thank you for sharing with us your decision to do just that. And Rock The Casbah Katie, you are ruling your world:) 🙂

  19. VeggieGirl says:

    Love ya, girl! We need to have a phone chat soon please.

  20. tracey says:

    Congrats on following your dreams! You have wonderful natural talents! 🙂