Monday, March 18, 2013

First Step





" The only way to make your dream a reality is to wake up..." I don't think there's a better way of saying this.
Today is my first day back to school, last time I went was for my Bachelor's back in 2009 and it does feel like it's been that long. This time around, I'm going to learn Cake Techniques & Design at the International Culinary Center here in NYC. This is my stepping stone towards my dream of one day owning my own cake shop. My perspective in life has changed so much from the time I graduated, up to this day. The June back in 2009 would probably be content on sitting in the office, sorting papers and taking orders from anyone, as long as I get paid. As of today, I still work in an office, sort papers and I still don't mind getting paid, hey I have bills to pay! But, I do feel like I have grown and learned how important it is to do what you love and of course love what you do. People say work shouldn't feel like work when you love what you're doing and that's exactly how I feel when I'm decorating or baking cakes. What used to be just an occasional hobby really turned out to be my passion. It all started out as a trip to a local Michaels Arts & Crafts store with Peter, my then boyfriend now husband, I saw a flyer for a cake decorating class and I thought about enrolling but never did. During my birthday, Peter gave me a certificate for a level 1 class in cake decorating, I guess he sensed I needed a little push to actually start something for myself. Needless to say, I was obsessed with the class. I enjoyed it so much that I took the next two levels of the course. I went to Michaels every weekend spending my hard earned money from sorting paperwork in cake supplies. I found my new toy store besides Sephora! I did cakes for friends and family on the side and I'm thankful that I had willing parties to try out my cakes. My cakes of course, without the formal training are works in progress...lopsided, cracked fondant, you name it, it happened to me. But every cake project I had, made me appreciate the craft more and I've grown to love it so much. I specifically enjoy seeing people's faces when they see the work that I put in, even though it's not perfect I can sense that they appreciate the time that I invested in creating those cakes and to me that is the most rewarding part of the process. I finally realized that this is what I really want to do, I want to create beautiful cakes to make people happy. The process is long, labor intensive, time consuming, patience is constantly tested and sometimes frustrating but for me it is all worth it.   I also acknowledge that I have to be better and I cannot be mediocre, I have to be good or even great at what I do. I'm my own worst critic, I want everything that I do to be perfect and I'm never satisfied with the work that I put in. That's why I finally decided to invest in formal training which takes me back to this present day, March 18, 2013...this is it folks, I'm taking that leap of faith to take my dream one step closer to reality. When I contemplated on being an attorney before, my LSAT books gained so much dust and I only opened it once; My law school applications were left blank. This is a different story, when I finally had the go and extra push from my family to enroll for Cake Design I completed my application within a week. This is how much I want this. I've invested so much time and money on this and I want to make this experience count. I'm nervous and excited and I don't know what to expect but all I know is, this whole experience will be worth it and I can't wait to share my progress with you all.
 
--June--

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