This month I started a cake decorating class. I thought it would be fun and since I just got a job as a baker, its great for my future. I love writing but I also love baking. Making delicious deserts out of a few ingredients. Its like magic. To be able to make them look as beautiful as they taste, that’s even better.
I’ve done some cake decorating on my own. The Harry Potter snitch cake you see on the left was made for my niece, Sasha’s 9th birthday. That was a horrible cake to try and make! It kept falling apart! The wings are made of white chocolate and silver sprinkles. The only reason they made it on the cake is thanks to Mary Beth Chickering who has done chocolate work in the past.
The beach cake was made for my other niece, Alexis when we went to the Aquarium for her birthday one year. The whale is made of a Twinkie covered in liquid icing. The beach is crushed up pecan sandies. This cake was also inspired by Mary Beth and her amazing ideas.
As you can see, I’ve been decorating cakes for years but they definitely still look homemade. So I’m in this class trying to come up with a more professional look. Especially since two of the ladies in my family are getting married next year (well, one’s a vow renewal) and they both want me to do their wedding cakes. I can’t do an ugly wedding cake. I just can’t. It’s the focal point of the resection!
So I gave in and used part of my birthday money to buy a couple of classes at Joann’s. Walking through the store, my decorating supplies in hand, I realized that this was much more than just a hobby class, this was a step toward my happiness.
We all make compromises in our lives for whatever reason: our spouse, for our family, especially for our children. We compromise to make as many people happy as we can. “I can’t finish writing that chapter today, I have to go to Suzy’s soccer game.”
“I can’t go out with friends tonight, I have work in the morning.”
“I have to work this job I hate to pay my bills.”
Compromises. Letting go of one thing to hold onto another. I do that just as much as anyone else and for a while I was falling into depression over it. Too many compromises, too much sacrifice, makes us question a lot about our lives. You must always remember to take care of yourself as well.
That’s what I’m doing here. I realized that when I sat down in that classroom full of women all of whom were there for different reasons and yet the same reason. We were there because we wanted to be. Because something called to us to be there. No one made us walk through those doors. We wanted to decorate cakes.
Maggie Shayne once gave me the best advice I’ve ever gotten. Its advice I put to other people all the time because they can take it and make it what they want it to be. She told me, “Your emotions are your GPS for life. When you’re upset or angry, they’re telling you to steer your life away from that. It’s not a good place for you. When you’re happy, they’re telling you that you’re on the right path.”
More than any advice I’ve ever gotten, that advice truly changed my life. It made me look at things in an entirely new way. Its kind of like saying, “Others can only make you feel as low as you let them.” You have that power.
While there are problems in life that this advice won’t fix right away, I think iit’sa good thing to keep in mind when facing these problems; these things that upset you. I look at these things now and I ask myself why they make me upset and I do the best I can to fix that thing. Because nothing is the end of the world. Everything can be fixed. You just have to go toward your happiness.
So that’s what I’m really doing here. This cake decorating class is more than just a class. Its where my GPS is telling me to go to find my happiness. To live a life I want to live.
I love writing, I love baking. This is where my path lies. I will let no one tell me otherwise because this is where my happiness is. Where is your GPS taking you?