This wedding cake was the project I worked on a week ago. When I was offered the job, I was nervous and thought, "I can't do it."
I talked it over many times with Tyson, playing it out in my head. I really really wanted to do it because I knew that this would be the beginning of a beautiful thing.
I told Tyson at one point that I was too nervous to do it. Then, because he is brilliant, awesome, and perfect for me, he threw me the words of wisdom and encouragement that I needed to hear.
"Don't let nerves be the reason you don't do it."
Right then and there I committed to making the cake. I still had a bunch of nerves, but they were far less, even disappearing, as I replayed Tyson's words of wisdom through my head.
It was therapeutic to work on this cake.
Spending the time doing research on what the couple wanted, checking out a billion books from the Library, coupled with my books from Le Cordon Bleu schooling and planning how I would execute it.
I was so excited with each step. Even the "oh no" moment hours before the cake was to be picked up when the platter turned out to be a bit different than I had expected (and not food safe!) I spent a good hour figuring out the best way to present the cake without it slipping right off, touching the "non food safe" surface, and being able to safely transport it. I finally went with my first thought and it worked beautifully- and safely! It was a challenge that I thought, "Yes, this is something I will learn from!" and I welcomed it and even enjoyed working through it.
I realized a lot about myself while taking on this project. First, I NEED things like this in my life. Things I am passionate about, that I find joy in, and that help further my skills. That might be a "duh" statement but I will admit, it took this experience to really get it in my head. I've been searching for that something to help me find "me" time, where I can soak my brain into the entire process, knowing that everything that comes from it is me.
I've been on a hiatus as we've had our two beautiful girls and moved several times over the past 3 years. This brought it all back to me and I look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.
I'm thankful for Tyson who never ceased to encourage me every step of the way. I'm thankful for Taryn who helped me at certain points with the cake :) And Hadleigh who has been an angel baby, happily playing and smiling.
This is me, and I love it.