I have Connie at the Baker’s Market to thank for choosing to send Real Weddings MY table photo instead of anyone else. I am super, 100% appreciative and am so happy to see this little photo of mine in a legitamite publication.
Thanks to everyone who has “liked” me on facebook, followed me on twitter, bought my treats, asked me to make them a cake, and sent me such encouraging messages. I appreciate it all, and I can’t thank you enough. It helps me look forward to the road ahead and remember that good things will happen if you let them.
Years ago one Christmas morning, my Mom gave me a magnet that says “Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures”. She knows that I’m a dreamer, as big as they come. I have been since I was young. I come by it honestly – my Dad is the same way. A schemer. An idealist. The perfect type to be entrepreneurs – to take an idea, a skill, and turn it into something tangible. I get an idea and run with it. It’s this trait that I thank for my choosing to move to London alone for a year, to write for magazines, to drop everything and enroll in pastry school. And now, to launch my own business. It’s a dream, and dreaming is good. The only tough part is taking the dream, the ideas, and combining them with a hefty dose of perseverance to actually make that dream become something tangible.
Every night, I go to sleep with swirling ideas of the next dessert table, the next treats to make for the market, and how on earth can I kick this up a notch to get those bigger contracts needed to actually succeed. I dream of the corporate accounts, the fancy weddings, the sweet and whimsical birthday parties, and I know it will come. I dream of one day having as much success and beauty on a table as Shauna Younge and Amy Atlas, the queens of the dessert tables and my personal role models. It’ll happen, I think. Everything takes time, and I have to remind myself constantly that this is just the beginning.
As sweet as it is to dream big, it’s important to live in the present. To celebrate every small achievement. To appreciate every customer who buys my macarons and marshmallows. To everyone who comments on my blog. To every friend who entrusts their wedding cake to me. It’s a tough road, self-employement. But it’s also incredibly rewarding. To know that every dollar earned, every smile made has come as a direct result of my idea, my effort, my work. I’m so excited for the successes of the present, and I’m excited for the road ahead. And so, speaking of small steps, this week I get to do a happy-dance at my first piece of media coverage! I am over the moon excited that my little dessert table from my sister’s wedding has a photo in a current glossy wedding magazine!