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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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Published on August 2, 2011

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  1. Mari M says

    Found your blog a couple months back… and have yet to try all of your recipes (studying abroad in foreign country… i cook less) but I have had a couple! (dessert for ones are a fav 🙂 ) but when I am home I think I am going to try just about EVERY recipe you have on here. I love ALL of them and can’t wait to try them!

  2. Heather Edwards says

    Katie,

    You are an inspiration for women everywhere! Doing what you love. I only recently discovered you. I feel like I am just now starting on my food journey for real. I have always loved sweets, cooking, and entertaining. However, I am turning 41 and realizing I must start paying more attention to what I am putting into my body! I love your recipes and your general outlook on life. I am working toward starting a company that gives self esteem seminars mostly to young girls and women. You truly are an inspiration to women!

    Heather

  3. Dare says

    Dear Katie,

    I realize this post is from a while ago, but I am only just discovering your blog (and I must say I am IN LOVE!). Anyways, I wanted to let you know that this post means a lot to me, because I’m am currently in the huge decision making process of switching majors in University. What I want to take is potentially a huge risk, but I truly believe I will be happier if I do. Thank you for inspiring me!

    -Dare

    P.S. What did you take in school?

  4. Rhonda Thompson says

    Hi, I just found you when I searched for a chocolate bar recipe, I’ve been going thru all your recipes and I must say, they look so easy to make and delicious too, I am a celiac therefore gluten free is a must and you have so many recipes that are just what I have been looking for easy and with chocolate, I just want to say that I’m so glad you didn’t give up this because you are very good at it, I want to thank you so much for the recipes. I’ve been having a hard time finding ones that are easy and taste good too, I live in the country and some ingredients are hard to find, so here’s a big cheer to you! keeping it simple and good too, it’s always best to follow your heart <3

  5. Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes says

    Hi Katie! I would love to talk to you more about your decision and thoughts behind going into blogging full-time. I could use some tips/advice! I was looking for your email address but couldn’t find it on the site, unless I just over-looked it. Would you mind emailing me so I can ask you some questions if you’re up to it? My email is bfdahn at gmail dot com. Thank you!!

  6. Maria says

    I just discovered your blog and I’m so impressed with all these amazing recipes. But I’m even more impressed with the decision you made to make this blog your job. With this decision you’ve earned all of my respect. And this blog is just the beginning of an awesome trip in your life – I’m pretty sure.
    Your recipes are so inspiring – there is so much love and passion. I’m glad, I discovered your blog – it makes my life a little sweeter… 😉
    Greetings from Germany!

  7. Kiki says

    I’m really young, but I love the idea of being healthy yet eating delicious foods, like the ones presented on your blog. I love trying new healthy foods and I would love to have a website or a little place when I’m older but I have absolutely no experience and I don’t understand, how do you get all the right measurements, all the right ingredients and combinations?? Help!!!

  8. Donna Clelments says

    Well, it is now March 18th, 2014. This post is nearly 3 years old. And it is still so very relevant today. Your parting sentence is so filled with sage for one so young. I just turned 59, and sugar, the time does fly faster with each passing year, so take it from this ole prune and do the best you can to TRULY savor each and every single day in and of itself. Now I need to thank you for those parting words. I have not yet followed my dreams. Not really. So you see, even 3 years later, your words still have impact.

  9. Dabney says

    I know that post is three years old, but I am so, so glad you have kept this blog. I found it in the past few weeks ad have to say no other blog even comes close! All your recipes are healthy and ACTUALLY taste good! Lots of people blogging healthy food claim it taste nice… but bleh. Anyway, you make it possible for me to eat in a way that makes me feel better without sacrificing. THANK YOU!!!

  10. Ozne says

    Katie, I love your site but I know I’d love you on YouTube even more! I think it’s the next step in Kate-volution. Also, I’m sure you’d get a large number of subscribers where you’d be making some nice cash.

    I can totally see you standing in a sexy kitchen showing us how to make all your delicious recipes. The world is waiting . . .

  11. Kay says

    Katie, it would shock me with all of your work to even sen me a response is email. But somehow, someway I had to ask. What is really the secret to just growing a business and doing well. This field of cooking has been my passion my entire life, I was raised in the restaurant business. However I do it healthy. I would literally fall over to do what you do and inspire others. I just returned from Cambodia volunteering with young women and children teaching proper health and what I noticed was my niche for making things healthy and cooking for a community often. I’m home now, wanting to find a way, any way, to do what you do. I’m lost. How the heck do you do it? Katie you inspire me. Really. Go girl.

  12. Angela P. says

    Good for you, Katie!! Congratulations on your decision and all your success so far! I totally believe in following your dreams and living your passion. I just came across your site a few hours ago and have been captivated by your story and delicious-looking, healthy recipes ever since! You’ve inspired me to not only try the black bean brownies and no-bake chocolate peanut butter pie (both of which I am going to make today!), but I’ve also thought about starting a blog of my own but wasn’t sure of the subject matter. It just dawned on me…martinis!!! Making decadent, delicious, festive martinis has been a passion of mine for at least 10 years. Having made them for family and friends’ parties, I’m known as the mad mixologist, always being told I should bartend for a living or write a recipe book! I also love photographing them. After considering all my options, I thought a blog would be the perfect blend of all those things that I truly enjoy, which would incorporate posting my recipes and photographing them for my blog site! And if I can make a little money at the same time, that’s a plus! (I still have to research how to monetize a blog as I am brand new to it.) Someday, I hope to have even half the success that you’ve had! Thanks for the inspiration, I wish you all the best!! ?

  13. Cyril McDermott says

    I like your approach to eating as something to enjoy each day. Besides nourishing our bodies, food satisfies our senses, and is so much a part of social cultures. I have been a dietetic technician in an acute-care hospital for 28 years. That might make me sound like one of those haughty, now-it-all nutrition types. But my first strategy when discussing changes in their eating habits, because of a newly discovered chronic illness, was to avoid total deprivation of some of their favorite foods. Sometimes all that’s needed is altering some ingredients or recipe amounts to allow for that special treat. I don’t believe in diets….those are what people do a month before their high school reunions! Eating is part of our lifestyle, just like our favorite activities, attitudes, and so on. So I say “Three cheers!” to you for sharing your ideas about food, and of course, all the recipes you’ve created. Someone told me once that I should start a blog. But I’m not sure what I want to talk about…I am interested in lots of things, some passionately, and some I am probably over-zealous about. I’m going to try the Banana Bread; I’m sure the kids will devour it! Consider me a fan! Bon apetit!!

  14. Cara Clark says

    Love your page so much! As a nutritionist who advocates healthy eating, rather than dieting, love being able to promote you and your site. Keep up the good work, Katie!! Thank you!

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  15. Julia says

    You are such an inspiration! Do you have a degree in nutrition? How did you learn about the way ingredients interact and whatnot? Do you just try out random ingredients or alter recipes you find online? I just started an Food Instagram and want to start coming up with my own recipes and stuff. I’d love any advice you have!

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    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Thank you 🙂

      No degree in nutrition, but I have been experimenting for years… decades, I guess. In the beginning, I would use other recipes as a base, but after a while you learn what proportions of ingredients (baking soda, salt, flour, etc.) to use. Still have many failed experiments though. That’s part of the fun!

  16. Carley says

    Hi Katie. You were one of the very first clean baking website/blog I came across years ago. I absolutely love making clean eats & treats & have thought about setting up a blog. Can you help me out as to where do I start? One day I’d like to do this full time & create my own cookbook. I just need some help from someone as successful as you point me in the right direction. ? Did you create a free blog or did you have someone create you a website? How did you gain such a large following & gain exposure to tv shows etc? Anything else you can help me with would be appreciated. Thanks so very much x

  17. Yesenia says

    Hi Katie,
    I want to start my own channel and dedicate to do what I love which is educate others in nutrition. But I’m a little afraid to leave my two jobs to pursue this. What financial advice would you give me?

  18. theresa says

    I know it is several years later that I am reading this—-and I go to your recipes and website often—-but GOOD FOR YOU for doing what makes you happy. I couldn’t have read this at a better time! I just did the same thing—-I took a leap of faith!
    I quit my very nice salaried position and took a much lower paying job to do something that will make me much happier! And I couldn’t agree with you more about being scared—-I am really scared financially. But I am hoping that all will work out because I will be so much happier!
    Thank you for sharing your story and your blog. You are an inspiration to all!!

  19. Dominique says

    Hi Katie,
    I am so thrilled you moved to Washington, DC. I am a nutritionist here in NOVA (as we say around here). I would love to grab a cup of coffee sometimes with you. I have been following your career since about 2011 and have given your blog to all my clients. My website is http://www.zizania.com if you are curious who I am.

  20. Río Soledad says

    Dear Katie,
    I obviously don’t know you, yet a smile broadened across my face reading this post! I’m very happy for you and this leap you’re taking, and I’d be lying if it was for entirely altruistic reasons, but after having made your black bean brownies yesterday, using one of your recipes for the first time (even though my mother has been trying to get me to make your treats and has made them for me a couple of times), I can’t wait to see what else you will create and delight us with. Thank you for sharing your light. Sometimes all that can save a day is a rich decadent brownie. As someone with a myriad of food sensitivities that was out of my reach, until your black bean brownie recipe came along. Thank you so much and so much success for you, you seem to be a really beautiful person!

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