This year for Christmas I gave myself the confidence to follow my dream. The confidence to push myself in a direction I know I need to go. The confidence to make a career change and feed my true passion for baking and cooking. In January I will be a student at the International Culinary Center in New York City.

Am I nervous and scared? Absolutely. Am I ready to be pushed outside my comfort zone? Absolutely. This is why I know I’m ready. It’s important to push myself to take chances. I’m excited, overwhelmed, and I can’t wait to get started.

I’ve added a new section to my blog called “Culinary School,” where you can follow my journey through classes, seminars, internships and eating adventures around town.

Thank you to my family and friends for your endless support and love. Your encouragement and constant motivation means everything to me. Thank you for reading, sharing and trying my recipes. You believed in me, and now I believe in myself.