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Meet the woman who followed a dream and brought the art of cheesemaking to Atlanta


Every now and then, we all have moments where we ask ourselves, “What’s next?”

To some, the answer is easy. It’s easy because they’ve always known what they actually wanted to do.

Sure, it may not be the easiest path to follow in life. They may have unforeseen things come up and need to change careers. But, it’s important to remember that following our dreams can be essential for happiness.

Robin Schick started CalyRoad Creamery with her sister a few years ago. They had an underutilized goat farm and the dream to do something big with it.

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In the heyday of farming in the South, the region was known primarily for tobacco, cotton, and sugar. It’s not typically known for cheesemaking. When people think of cheese, they probably think of a state like Wisconsin.

But the Atlanta area near Sandy Springs had an opening, and Schick saw a way to show the city what it was missing.

She decided to go for it, creating a product for people to enjoy — a truly tasty and delectable addition to any meal. And when it comes to cheese, you don’t realize what you’ve been missing out on until you’ve tried the real thing — fresh, real, unprocessed cheese in all of its wonderful forms.

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When we spoke with Schick, she had Italian cheesemaker Raffaele Mascolo with her, showing her how to make fresh mozzarella in her shop. It was heavenly. If you haven’t tried actual fresh cheese, you must. (Unless you’re lactose intolerant. Don’t do it if you’re lactose intolerant.)

It’s important to remember that at any age, any time, and in any place, we can reinvent ourselves. We create our own destiny. The person who is driving to a desk job every day is the same person who could be writing a book instead. The person who doesn’t enjoy his construction job could be the same person who would rather be making music in a band.

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Start a surfing company in Missouri. Challenge yourself to run farther than you ever have, then beat that record a couple days later. We can always be better, and we can always improve other people’s lives. We can always change ourselves for the benefit of others — or, for the very least, ourselves.

Get out there and make a difference, and then come tell us about it. We’d love to hear from you, and we’d love to know about your change or improvement.

This story was originally published on Rare.


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