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Success After Motherhood: How 4 Women Did ItThese accomplished women prove that personal goals need not take a backseat even when you're a mom.by Maika Bernardo .
Mom to Laura Noelle, 1 year old
I always thought becoming a baker was a faraway dream. it never really crossed my mind that I could pursue this dream and make it happen,” Krissie Pacia confesses.
Krissie spent seven years working in the hotel industry, until she decided to give it up to start her own family. “After I stopped working, I thought of ways to earn an income. When I gave birth, I wanted to make a cake for my baby every month,” she says. “When I made her first cake, everybody loved it, and each time I’d [bake] something, people would encourage me to start a business.”
The boost from family and friends gave Krissie the push she needed to turn her hobby into an enterprise, and Krazylicious Desserts was born. Building a business and raising a daughter, she says, is like having two babies at the same time. “It was a little difficult in the beginning,” she reveals, “but because my business is based from home, it’s easier to manage. While I’m baking, I can take a short break to check on my baby.”
Now, Krissie’s days are a happy balance of baby and baking. As a one-woman team when it comes to her business, she says, “I have to pace myself. I have my baking days, and then I do meet-ups and deliveries. I like to do my own deliveries because that allows me to [personally] market my goods.” She adds, “My dream is to have a dessert café in three to five years, so that I could also cater to people who just crave desserts.”
It’s a dream that is still in progress as Krissie is learning more every day. “Going for your dreams is not an easy road,” she admits, saying that there are certain challenges you will face that will make you want to give up. “It helps to surround yourself with whatever gives you peace and strength, such as family and friends. Prayers also help me quiet my heart and my mind.”
Her advice to other moms hoping to fulfill their own personal goals? “Dream big, work hard, and believe in yourself. Nothing is sadder than an unfulfilled dream. Don’t be so afraid of failing that you won’t even try... anything is possible.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW1 of 4 NEXT