Please note: This post was created in collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited. All opinions, images and content are my own.

One of the very cool parts about my job is that I get to work with brands that I love to create very cool content. I have a really neat series kicking off today that not only allows me to create that cool content that I love, but also challenge myself and work towards one of the 2019 goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year!  I’m so excited to be teaming up withChase Freedom Unlimited to share my Always Earning journey. I’ve been a Chase cardmember for a few years now and appreciate how my cash back credit card allows me to earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases. Chase has challenged me to take on working towards a goal this year in my own Always Earning pursuit. 2019 goals Be a Better Baker ChallengeSo, what exactly am I working towards? Well, when I was writing my cookbook last year I worked through savory dishes with ease but always struggled with recipe development around baked goods. It’s the classic dichotomy of art and science. I cook like an artist – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Baking is pure science and takes a lot more precision and PRACTICE! I’ve decided to take on my baking skills and teach myself to be a better baker (just like I did with cooking!). This goal is going to be a pretty tasty one; I plan to tackle a different baking challenge each month in the hopes that I build up my go-to recipes that I can make with confidence.2019 goals Be a Better Baker ChallengeTo kick off this collaboration, Chase Freedom Unlimited sent me a toolkit to help me get started. Along with my trusty Chase Freedom Unlimited card they shared some baking supplies (including a rainbow whisk that has quickly been commandeered to Jane’s play-kitchen), and a notebook to start writing down my goals. I had a little brainstorming session this week at a local café to outline a couple of the recipes and techniques I want to master, like layer cakes and cake decorating, French macarons and croissants, beautiful pies, and baked bread.2019 goals Be a Better Baker ChallengeI then took a stroll over to a cooking supply store to dig into their cookbooks for research and bought a few with my Chase Freedom Unlimited card to bring home and get started. Having the right tools and resources (some baking classes might be in my future!) is key to accomplishing this goal and earning cash back with my Chase Freedom Unlimited card while I’m working towards those goals is an added bonus. I’m really excited to get started and share this journey here as these small steps and purchases help me work towards the bigger goal!2019 goals Be a Better Baker Challenge