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GPS to Happiness

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.

Harry Potter Snitch Cake

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.

Beach Cake

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.

Sunflower Cupcakes with M&M Ladybugs

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.

Here I am in my cake decorating class rocking my Simi Apron!

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?

Happy Cookies

Debbie Kaufman - July 17, 2012 - 1:27 am

Yum! Congrats on taking steps to do something that makes you happy!

Coleen Kwan - July 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

An inspirational post, and best of luck with the cake decorating.

Marilyn Baron - July 17, 2012 - 7:35 am

You love writing and you love baking. The two aren’t mututally exclusive. In fact, you can combine both of your loves — write a character that’s a baker ala Julie and Julia. Or write a book about baking. I see a very sweet future for you. Loved your post!

Linsey Lanier - July 17, 2012 - 8:29 am

Bryonna, I’m so thrilled that you’ve found your passions in life. You do look very happy in that picture. And those goodies look yummy. I love the GPS thought about emotions. So true.

I also like some of Marilyn’s ideas. A baking book in your future? Hmm.

Of course, writing is my first love, too. But since I’ve been doing my book covers, I’ve discovered a love of graphic art. You just never know what might light your fire. :) Thanks for an inspiring post.

Maxine - July 17, 2012 - 11:01 am

Bryonna, I am so proud for you! You found out where your happiness lies early enough to “go for it.” It’s sad when I see people that have worked their whole life just to get to retirement. I enjoyed what I did and it makes a difference. Great post and Good Luck on the decorating. You are off to a great start. I love the snitch cake. Signed, A Harry Potter Fan!

Sia Huff - July 17, 2012 - 11:15 am

I needed to hear, “You have to go toward your happiness.” You do look very happy in that picture. I’m sure both wedding cakes will look and taste delicious. Hope you post pictures of them.

Pam Asberry - July 17, 2012 - 11:45 am

You go, girl! I have considered taking a cake decorating class. You have inspired me to check out local offerings. In the meantime, I am going to remember Maggie Shayne’s quote. That’s great advice.

tamara Leblanc - July 17, 2012 - 1:43 pm

I love your quote, “Its where my GPS is telling me to go to find my happiness. To live a life I want to live.” So awesome!!
I’m glad you’re doing something that gives you joy. And by your pictures, you really seem to love what you’re doing.
I bet your neices adore you!! And I know that with practice, those wedding cakes will come out dreamy!!
Have a great day and best wishes with your goals,

Bryonna Nobles - July 17, 2012 - 3:18 pm

All of ya’ll’s responses made me smile. I’m actually getting ready to go take my second lesson tonight! I’m making a devil’s food cake with strawberry filling and almond buttercream icing. Hoping it turns out as delicious as it sounds. :silly:

I really wanted to share all of this with anyone taking the time to read it because I feel its important that we remember: Nothing is a waste of our time if it makes us happy. I forgot that at some point and I know many others have as well. If it makes you happy, go for it and don’t let anyone tell you ‘boo’. That just means they’re jealous of your bravery.

Be it writing, cake decorating or widdling wood, if it makes you happy, its worth it and I’m very grateful to Maggie Shayne for reminding me about that.

As for baking and books, I always did feel there was a type of magic to cooking and since paranormal is what I love to write, don’t be surprised to see a book with those elements in the future. :D

For any of you ladies who might be eyeing something like that now, I recommend “Brownies and Broomsticks” by Bailey Cates. Its a Magical Mystery series with romantic elements laced in. Takes place in Savannah.

EC Spurlock - July 17, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Thanks for this, Bryonna. “GPS to happiness” is such a great phrase! I’m in a place right now where, because of having to take time off from my day job for appointments and therapy, I am having to pick up extra freelance work to squeeze into the time I have available and help pay the bills. So I am trying to seek out the kind of work I love to do, so that I will enjoy doing more of it, as well as work that will give me credentials I can trade on in future, even though it may be harder to come by. Thanks for backing me up in that decision.

Good luck with the cake decorating! That is truly an art form and you already have a great talent for it! You go girl!

Kathryn Jane - July 17, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Thanks for the reminder Bryonna! I was feeling guilty in getting so caught up in my website design and creating my book covers. But maybe, like Linsey, I should look into Graphic Design myself. Perhaps that’s what my GPS is trying to tell me. Thanks :-D

Carol Burnside - July 18, 2012 - 1:38 am

Bryonna, you look fabulously happy in that pic with the cookies! Keep following your GPS. Looks to me like it’s steering you in the right direction.

Shelley Munro - July 18, 2012 - 6:08 am

Life is way too short to do things that make us miserable. I love your cakes, especially the whale one. I’ve been going to do a cake decorating class for ages. Maybe it’s time :)

Tami Brothers - July 19, 2012 - 8:11 am

Bryonna, you are very inspiring (I’m saying that a lot, but it is sooooo true). I am thrilled you did this. Great job.

I tend to fall into that depression stage thinking about all the things i have to give up to do others. I need to take a page from your book and live.

Can’t wait to hear more about this new adventure.


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