I am not totally sure where this will lead, but I wanted to start sharing my life as a cake artist. Some of you may make cakes at home, some of you may be professional cake artists as well and some of you may be addicted to Pinterest and never even have the slightest desire to recreate any of those cakes! In any event, I hope what I share with you is actually helpful to you in some way.
I love what I do and even after being in business for almost 13 years, it is still fun (when I actually get to that part of my business). I, like many people, started out as a mom who wanted to make creative cakes for my children when they were young (not telling you how old they are...cuz a lady never tells her age and you may be able to guess based on their ages!). I never knew that there was an artist who lived inside of this housewife. I had always had office jobs working 9 til 5. I thought that was my niche, but being indoors with a typewriter (yep, not a typo) and a copier and a boss (some of whom said I wasn't allowed to laugh because "We are professionals here!") seemed like a prison somehow. In addition to making cakes, I loved to sew and do needlework and home decorating. It was all fun to me. So, what made me decide to bake cakes as my career? In all honesty, it may have been the fact that I was told I would never be successful doing it. You know, we all have a little bit of a rebel inside of us. Negativity has always seemed to make me more determined to make things work. Don't limit me! People actually have the right to be happy at their job, don't they? I think so!
It was so hard in the beginning that I actually packed up everything related to making cakes and advertised it for sale. Sold everything to one lady and never looked back. But there was always that huge tug at my heart to create and be my own boss. I had to squash the dream for more than 20 years before it became so strong that I had to pursue it. After all, I owed it to myself to see if I could make a living getting battered and frosted. Having a retail store was never part of the dream because that would assume that I thought I could be successful...having been told I wouldn't be any good at it was always louder than any slight possibility that it would actually work! I learned along the way that you have to be strong and determined and a little deaf (who am I kidding......a lot deaf!!!) to the negative nellies you meet along the way. You also have to listen to the still small voices from heaven that lead you where your heart wants to go. They need to be louder than your fear. Fear is paralyzing...fear and faith cannot co-exist. At least that's what I have found to be true. Don't get me wrong...there are days when the negativity is blasting in my ears and just reverberates in my head. Things like...what are you thinking? Those people were so right, you should have just quit and gotten a "real" job. People, let me tell you, making cakes is a real job and is not for wimps. Cake decorators put in long, hard hours...sometimes working through the night just to make sure all the orders are completed on time and as expected (or better, yes, that's allowed). But, let me tell you that it has all been worth it. Never in a million years did I have the nerve to allow myself to think that I would go from being a hobbyist several decades ago to actually participating on Food Network's Cake Wars! As if that weren't amazing enough, imagine my awe of God's blessings when He allowed me to actually win on August 8th of this year. He has played a huge role in my career and has been the best business manager! In reality, had I not had Him on my side, I would have never overcome all of the adversities that have been thrown in my path. This keeps resounding in my head...If God brings you to it, He will get you through it! It has certainly proven true in my life. Happy caking...until next time!