By Destiny Medicine Cloud
Being able to do what someone loves after their retirement is the best thing that can happen. When choosing your career path, you do not always have to go to college to do so. If you are passionate about something, then go after it.
Jill Stepper retired from her past job, working at a bank, and decided she wanted to open her own business, Coffee with Friends. As a barista, she makes various delicious drinks and does what she loves the most-bringing people together.
“After retiring from my past job, I wanted to stay involved in the community and be able to keep in touch with friends and make new friends,” said Stepper. “Coffee makes me happy, and it brings people together.”
The process of getting her mobile coffee bus up and running was a new thing for Stepper. She did not have to go to college, but she had to take classes in Seattle with her daughter so they could both learn all the different techniques and methods behind making coffee. The classes showed them how to be the baristas they are today.
“I did not have to go to college, but I did travel to Seattle for training on the products we offer,” said Stepper. “The training wasn’t as hard as it was fun. We went for four days and learned so much. It was a blast.”
The long process of getting her mobile coffee bus started had its struggles, but she has had her family there to support her and help her through the process of getting it up and running.
“Family always comes first; it’s not always easy, and starting a new business takes some time to build, but I schedule everything, and I have learned to find a balance,” said Stepper. “My family is very supportive, and I’m lucky to have a husband who is so supportive, along with my kids, who help whenever I need a hand. Trust me, being mobile has had its challenges, and I’m thankful for my family and friends.”