Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to us by Susan Chen. In addition to starting Soozy’s, the new healthy muffin company we’re all obsessed with, Susan is an expert teacher in Vedic Meditation, a simple and effortless mental technique. Her passion for the practice led her to India, where she spent 4 months immersed in the teaching of meditation and study of Ayurveda. She teaches meditation courses in NYC and Austin.
“Can I really take the leap and do this?” I often asked myself as I considered leaving my job in corporate America. I was succeeding by all measures – I was advancing quickly, enjoyed the intellectual challenge at work and my co-workers were some of the smartest and most fun crew I’ve ever known. All the while though, that small voice kept pulling me back to my lifelong passion – baking.
A lifelong home baker and lover of sweets (lets be real – what girl isn’t?), I baked almost every night to unwind, especially after a long day spent in the corporate grind. I truly enjoyed nourishing my family and friends with cakes, muffins and breads. I experimented weekly, and had fun whipping up treats I could bring to family birthdays, our office brunch, and even to share with friends and neighbors.
My pure love of baking came from a desire to create the healthiest and best-tasting treats that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Much to my surprise, everyone raved about my baking. Comments such as “Susan, why aren’t you selling this?” and “this needs to be sold in grocery stores!” continued to pour in, and I felt an overwhelming sense of love and support.
But, despite being constantly reminded of how I was unique and “had something special,” I always stopped short of taking the plunge and moving ahead to start my own business. I feared giving up the comfort and predictable life, and forging into, what seemed at the time, the scary and anxiety-provoking world of the unknown. Then, on the recommendation from a friend, I learned to meditate. Shortly after, things began to shift… quickly.