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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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ABC's 5 O’Clock News. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating dessert every single day!

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  1. Megan says

    I have been awaiting this post since you said you had news to share on Tuesday. I am SO glad that you are keeping your blog and pursuing what is right for you! Thanks for sharing what’s been going on too (I am still pulling for a CCK cookbook). I LOVE reading your blog and look forward to seeing what you have everyday! You really inspire me to eat what sounds fun and explore new ideas! Thanks Katie!

  2. Amanda says

    Great post – congratulations! I only recently discovered your blog and immediately fell in love with it. I’m super excited that there will be many more recipes to come. I, too, hope I have the courage to follow my dreams and just do what makes me happy. When I’m finally brave enough, you’ll be my inspiration! 🙂

  3. Lita says

    I just started reading your blog recently because I had to change my diet due to health reasons. I may not have tried any particular recipe but it’s very enjoyable to see all the possibilities and learn about new ingredients. I’m so glad you’re sticking around =)

  4. Anonymous says

    Hey katie! Just wondering what you majored in college? And really glad that you’re not going to give up blogging! I don’t know what I’ll do without all your recipies!!

  5. Jennifer says

    Congratulations, Katie, on making a difficult decision! I know how scary making post-graduation decisions can be–which is probably why I am still in school…. From a completely selfish point of view, I am certainly glad that I will be able to come here to “see” you everyday as I toil away at my dissertation over the next few years. Reading your blog over the past year or so has been a great joy to me each day and getting to try your recipes has increased my confidence in the kitchen and increased my repetoire of recipes. Thanks!

  6. Jessy says

    Heh, from the moment you mentioned your blog-related future in your older posts/comments, I knew this would be the announcement! Exciting! 😉

  7. Lizzie says

    Yahoo! You are the best, Katie. I’m hoping the “another post for another day” part is hintiing at a cookbook???

  8. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says

    Wow, that’s a huge decision. Congratulations. I’m sure that it wasn’t easy to get to this point and I really applaud you for pushing through and pursuing what you actually want-not what you think others want you to do. So often, we go through life pursuing dreams that other people have planted in our heads. Law school because parents suggest it is a good idea. Medicine because your father is a doctor. It takes guts to actually go after what you honestly love. I am very happy that CCK is here to stay and look forward to seeing how the blog grows in the future!

  9. Bryant says

    I’m so excited for you!

    “To be honest with you, I am terrified. I’m scared of the uncertainty, and I’m especially scared of not knowing what the heck I’m doing in regards to the whole blogging process! I don’t have technological, culinary, nor photography training. In fact, I’ve never even taken a course in any of these areas. (So much for a college degree!) Everything I do is from experimentation– trial and error.

    As I wrote in my post on Food Blogging Tips, I blog simply because I enjoy sharing my crazy ideas and getting inspired by others’ crazy ideas.”

    This really struck me. I have something I feel I’m meant to do, but have been waiting until I have the money to do the website better, I know more, I know if it will be well received and so on. To read what you put, it just made sense! I want to share and connect and I should just get started. Terrifying! 🙂 Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us and Good luck to you!

  10. Sarah C says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, and I could not be more excited about your chocolate-covered future.
    Also, like some of the other commenters, I’d be very interested in a book…. and I’d fight them to be first in line ;).

  11. Nikita says

    I’m so glad you made that decision! There are so many inspiring people in the blog world. Its wonderful that you can do what you love! I hope someday my blog will be a bigger part of my life, but right now it is small and I’m working AND in school so it’s difficult to find the time for it. Yet I find myself thinking about recipes and blog posts all day at work or school… Hmm… lol.

  12. Ellen says

    Congratulations, Katie, and a big hug from a reader who adores you, your blog, and all your recipes I’ve ever tried!

  13. Jenny says

    congrats on your decision & on following your heart! i’ve just stumbled on your blog recently (via tastespotting) and i’ve really been enjoying your posts and recipes. i’m glad to hear they wont be going away anytime soon!

  14. Amanda in TX says

    Your blog wasn’t the first one I came across, but it certainly is the BEST one. I so look forward to clicking every day and seeing “What’s Katie up to? What amazing delicious yummy treat has she somehow healthified today?” Thanks for brightening my world. I know you’re going to succeed in your new job, and I am so happy you made the decision you did!

  15. Victoria @ Pursuit of Hippieness says

    What a great decision. I’ve been struggling with something similar lately, and while much of the “logic” and “practicality” swings in one direction, I know in my gut that, while it’s risky, now is the time to go the other way because I have the potential to make my dreams come true. It’s all about choosing mind over matter and pushing what other people think out of my mind completely, and remembering that even if the road is harder, it will be so much more worth it in the end!

  16. Kathy says

    Katie,
    You go, girl! I am so happy for you–and your readers that you have decided to continue to dream up and share the most amazing chocolate recipes in the world! I truly believe that all forms of success (satisfaction, fame, money) come naturally when you do what you love. I wish you all the best.
    Chocolate XOs.

  17. Amy says

    This post really helped me to evaluate my own life. You see, right now I’m stuck in a job that makes a lot of money but that I HATE. Reading about courage like yours is really making me think I should go for my dreams, even though it’s a bit harder now that I’m older. Congratulations for figuring it out so early in life. I wish I had!

  18. Brittany @ A Spoonful of Peanut Butter says

    Thats so exciting and scary at the same time! But congratulations! I’m really glad that you said that you want to do something you enjoy instead of having a job that pays but you hate it. My parents have drilled this fact into my head because it’s so important to enjoy life. Who’s going to enjoy life when you have a job you hate, something you have to face every day? Not I. lol. Good luck with everything!
    Best wishes,
    Brittany

  19. Lorin says

    I am happy you are not leaving, but also happy you thought about it and know that you truly want to stay, not just for the readers but for yourself. I’m looking forward to all the more delicious recipes that you’re making up 🙂

  20. Katherine says

    Good for you, Katie! I know this must be really scary, but you’re always making the right decision when you choose to do a job you love! Best of luck to you and keep right on blogging to your heart’s content! 😀

  21. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan says

    Congrats, pretty lady! It’s a scary but wonderful feeling – needless to say, I’m familiar with it 🙂 You’re very lucky to have such an amazing opportunity, so taking it and running with it is the right thing to do! Oh, and – I have quite a hunch that you’ve been offered a possible book deal – WOOT! ;D

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