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I’m Mark Dyck. I used to spend a lot of time wondering what it would be like to leave the corporate job I (often) loved to start my own small business.
I thought. I dreamed, I wondered. Then one day in 2010, I leaped and opened Regina’s artisan bread bakery with my wife Cindy.
We never worked harder in our lives and all the work was totally worth it. We got great reviews, made a ton of friends, and built several teams. But after five great years we got an offer to sell our gear and, being completely worn out, we took the offer and closed our bakery. For now, at least.
These days, I still bake a little, but mainly I travel, write and help other bakery owners build a business that sustains them as well as their customers.
This is my personal blog, where I write about things that are on my mind that aren’t specific to baking and travel.
What else is there in life, eh? In my case it’s family, community and the lifelong fight with my own head that prevents me from writing (and leaping) more.
This blog is also about struggling with your calling in life when it doesn’t line up with what ‘society’ expects. I fight everyday with the overwhelming fear of giving up and getting a ‘normal’ job. If you are fighting the same fight, I hope some of this helps.
If you’re looking for my travel blog, where I write about Cindy and my travel adventures, that’s at Ready With Shoes On.
And I write about bread, baking and bakery ownership at Orange Boot Bakery.
Note: This blog has been part of me since 2006. It’s changed and morphed and fuzzed in and out of focus over the years, including losing most of the images in the middle period due to using a now defunct posting tool. But it’s all here for you, warts and all.