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post #16 of 19
I too have a major in Criminology with a minor in Psychology. I spent 2 years as a Corrections Officer. Then I had a baby. That absolutely chaged my priorities and my idea of "fun" no longer included dealing with drunks and fighters. I thought Criminology was cool, and I enjoyed the schoolwork, but it was depressing day after day. I felt like I was the inmate! Now I have 4 kids, and I homeschool them and we're adopting more from Ethiopia. If you would've asked me 10 years ago, I NEVER would've thought I would do this. But my kids are waaay more important than cakes or working outside the home. I'm blessed in a way I never thought possible. Enjoy your daughter. You only get one chance to raise her.

I homeschool because I've seen the village and I don't want it raising my children.

 

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I homeschool because I've seen the village and I don't want it raising my children.

 

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post #17 of 19
BarbaraMo809: Don't let others derail you. You should see my first cakes. I posted them so I can grow from there. I am definitely not up to the standards of most of them here, but I am having fun and the people who have requested me to bake for them know that I am still learning. I work full time and am trying to start an online store. The cakes are a side job! I also do a Market in the summer. I have 4 kids on top of that. I feel your pain. Sometimes my DH and I work on projects until 2 am or later! Also, don't let other discourage you. Everybody started with first run cakes. Now, I will also recommend what Bakingangel said. I too own Sharon Zambito and Jennifer Dontz's DVD's. Every one of them! My DH even bought me some last Christmas. (luv ya hun!) However, it is not just the DVD's that are fantastic, THEY are fantastic people! If it was not for the both of them, my first wedding cake would not have happened. Sharon helped me with the icing through email and Jennifer helped me with the set up instructions (it was her design) AND called me and talked to me about her chocolate fondant and pearls on the cake. How many Pros would do that? Sharon and Jennifer, along with the support of my DH and kids have helped me grow little by little. Oh, and as a little note, if you go on Sharon's blog, she shared her first cakes with her fans last year. I don't remember what month. But, it shows that she didn't just jump in knowing it all. Also, if you watch her DVD's you can see that she also explains new techniques that she has learned and now does them over what she did a few years ago. We should never stop learning. If we did, it would get boring! icon_smile.gif Best of luck to you.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by luckylibra

I understand your struggle but perhaps you just have not gotten into the right part of the criminal justice "business" I have been in the criminal justice field for over 20 years as a juvenile probation officer and find baking and decorating as a great way to relax and unwind from the day. I feel like I have the best of both worlds, a recession proof job that allows me to, help keep the community safe, help people willing to make changes (I have been working with juvenile's this entire time) and still enjoy my free time doing something creative and totally unrelated. I am a single mom so I am in no way ready to take the risks of running my own business as my sole income. While I was getting my graduate degree in business I realized most businesses do not make a profit for the first several years and there is no way right now I can take that risk. If my husband were still alive and I could rely on his income, it would be another story but I think I would still miss the interaction with the criminal justice system and making a difference. Best of luck to you



Sometimes no part of the criminal justice system in "right" for a person. I lived in Las Vegas where crime is rampant, but we were not recession proof- they pulled hiring freezes, promotional freezes, wage freezes, and that lasted for two years before I left, and there was going to be more to come- layoffs, furlough days for those that got the "privilege" of keeping their jobs as we were told weekly. I worked at the Clark County Detention Center, but have done sit-a-longs in many departments.

Most areas of criminial justice are stressful jobs, and some people enjoy that- some people don't; I wanted to be a crime scene investigator, but after seeing day in and day out other people's hurt and misery- it does begin to creep into your home life.

Sorry that had nothing to do with cakes, except my motivation to move back to the east coast to pursue cake decorating as a business. As it turns out I do have tough enough skin to work in the criminal justice field, but I also know it would never make me truly happy. I prefer feeling good about myself when I finish a job, not grimy and relieved to walk out of a detention center. Making the switch for me has been the best thing in my life thus far. It is a struggle at times, but I feel fulfilled at the end of the day. icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 19
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I agree I thought I would love to be a CI and I love the school work for the most part, my professor does do "real life" lectures with true crime scene videos and photos and sometimes they would get to me. But the breaking point for me was my internship with CI. After getting in there and doing what they do would leave me so angry and sad and "grimy" at the end of the day I just couldn't see myself doing that as a career. And the only other options around here is the county jail or federal prison...who know what I'll do after graduation in May icon_biggrin.gif But right now it's 5:30am and I'm just getting home from work and really need a shower before I gotta get my little one up for daycare...Have a blessed day everyone and thanks again for the support!
Oh and I'm doing another car cake this weekend for my uncle wish me luck!!!!! icon_eek.gif
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