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We Are New

It’s that time of year again when everything is new. Life surrounds us, introducing something fresh to this world. It feels like the beginning of a new chapter as spring starts her work. She thaws the frozen ground beneath us and brings a brightness, coloring the upcoming season. With spring comes a fresh-feeling energy. Revival.

Before I get any further, you may be wondering who in the world is authoring these words, so I’ll clear the air: my name is Kelly Nelson and I am a 2016 graduate of Augustana University, a product of the English, Communications, and Religion departments. (Go Humanities!)

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Nelson at Augustana University Class of 2016 Graduation. Photo Submitted by Pamela Nelson.

I fell into my role at Oh My Cupcakes! about 8 months ago as I searched for a new beginning in my post-graduate life. For those of you familiar with moving forward and starting over, that feeling is a dichotomy of both anxiety and relief. Luckily, in my post-grad job, I feel less like I gained a job and more like I gained a family. Though my blood-related family resides 180 miles away in Minnesota, I’ve never felt so at home in a place. Jumping (or falling) into post-grad life is nothing college can really prepare you for. But, like with any change of direction comes that new, fresh feeling, like putting on a brand new pair of shoes. In the beginning, there’s a feeling of discomfort and uncertainty, but with time, you slowly and surely ease into the shoes, gaining ground, reassurance and freedom with every step.

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A group of cupcake ninjas pose around a custom cupcake cake. Photo Submitted by Mariah Logan.

 

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The early morning crew is all smiles. Photo Submitted by Mariah Logan.

When you think about it, we are faced with newness every day. Today will bring something tomorrow never brought. New thoughts, new ideas, new interactions with people. Working in a customer service-oriented place, there is not much monotony. With every person that walks through the doors of Oh My Cupcakes!, walks a living, breathing, blinking story. Someone bringing something different to the day. Those of us that are fortunate enough to work at Oh My Cupcakes! realize that we are less in the business of cupcakes and more in the business of people.

That is the reason for this blog. Every day we hear stories from those we interact with: many stories making us laugh, many moving us to tears, and many we will never forget. We have discovered that cupcakes are not just simply a sweet treat, but a vehicle that forges connections with people.

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People young and old gather in communion around cupcakes. Photo submitted by Mariah Logan.

Because of what we believe in at Oh My Cupcakes!, we wanted a place to share the stories we hear so that they might broaden your world as they have broadened ours. After all, without stories, our worlds would be so, so small. So, please, listen and tell. The world needs it. We hope with each day, you find newness in your story.

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