9 years ago this mom who had “stayed at home” since she moved to the area (Albany, NY) 1 year before, ventured out and got a part time seasonal job in a kitchen store without a whole lot of “big store” retail experience. I remember the interview well. I had to find an item in the store and “sell it” to the assistant manager. I chose a cookie mix gift jar because I knew baking. I didn’t even know most big brand kitchen products. Calphalon what? It’s funny now but it was not so funny then. I was sure I bombed it, but somehow I was hired and became one of the few who received permanent status at season’s end.
In my time there I became a kitchen product connoisseur. Calphalon, Wusthof, OXO, Le Creuset, KitchenAid and Lodge took up residence in my dream kitchen. Anytime some one came in looking for pans and asked what I would buy I took them to that wall of wonder and proceeded to find out how they cooked and what they needed. Inevitably I sold quite a few Calphalon sets because they are amazing and a girl can sell a dream when it’s HER dream. I knew features like nobody’s business – anodized, non-stick and stainless steel with a copper core, I dreamed big on a part time salary.
Fast forward to June 2013. New town, several jobs later, I made a big leap and hit “purchase” on a ticket to Eat, Write, Retreat, encouraged on by the best blogging mentor a girl could have, Pammy Pam at An Unconventional Librarian. When I thought “NO WAY”, she said, “How are you going to get there?” I got there, and learned, was inspired, grew, and WON. Calphalon gave away 2 gift certificates toward sets of “Your Set” Calphalon pans and I was one of the winners.
I held off ordering my set because I wanted to have a little extra money to add on to the set with the awesome deal they had where every piece you add gives you an extra discount. Imagine my surprise 5 days ago when I finally went to place my order and on top of the FREE shipping you automatically receive, each order also came with a 7 piece utensil set AND A Calphalon Unison Sear nonstick 12 inch everyday pan!!! (Sorry, had to throw a few exclamation marks in for good measure.) Just an FYI, you can choose Unison Nonstick or AcCuCore Stainless Steel as your base then build from there, mixing and matching as you like. I have no idea when this deal ends but don’t miss it. ( I wasn’t paid to say that either.)
A girl can dream. Sometimes it takes patience. Sometimes it takes a dream being fulfilled in an unconventional way. It may be a dream for a set of pans or bigger, like a better job, a baby, stability. No matter what it is, sometimes it takes jumping in head first, but most of all it means – DREAM BIG! REACH FOR THE STARS! BE PATIENT! You just never know when fulfilling that dream may be right around the corner.
For me one dream was a Calphalon pan dream. What’s your dream?
Today I’m linking up with A Life in Balance for Motivation Monday.