Recently I’ve been so obsessed with buying cook books. Now I know what you’re thinking. (“I thought you were trying to spend less to pay off your debt!?”) Well yes, but there is a small exception when it comes to learning or buying something that will better me as a baker or individual. If you read my last post “How I get Motivated” , you’d know that I am so inspired with women who have the same dreams as I do. For example Passion for Baking, Manuela’s story is so incredible to me, she followed her heart and dove right into her passion! Despite everything she was going through she never gave up on herself and her dream. Not only is her book so beautiful but the recipes are delicious!
(This was a vanilla cake roll I baked from the recipe I found in Passion for Baking.)
(This cake i made about two weeks ago, it was also inspired by a recipe found in my Passion for Baking cook book.)
The next pastry chef/ creator of beautiful treats I want to talk about is Caroline Khoo she is the brilliant woman behind Nectar & Stone. Not only is this woman so inspiring, but her work is unbelievably beautiful. Her journey has been so incredible to learn about. Getting through the obstacles of self doubt can be tough; but over coming all of it to follow your dreams is so amazing. I had the pleasure of chatting with Caroline last week over instant message through Instagram. I was able to ask her some questions about fear, following your dream, and books. She was so humble and nice. She gave me advice, and a few tips on how to make my journey a little easier. Caroline told me to make sure my debt was paid off and to give myself time to really think of what I wanted to do once the opportunity arrived. I honestly couldn’t believe that someone who I look up to so much was giving me a few tips and telling me to never give up on my dreams.
(These three pictures above were taken just this week, I was so inspired by the conversation I had with Caroline that I thought I would attempt my own twist on some eeni mini cupcakes.)
At the beginning of my baking journey I was lost. Trying to find something or someone who fit my interests, so that I can have a better understanding of how I want to be seen. But now that I’ve seen so many different bakers/ pastry chefs I can’t just pick one template and go with it. There is no right or wrong way for me to go about this. Execution is key, as long as I am being true to myself I will go where ever I want to be. There is nothing wrong with wanting something that seems difficult to acquire. There will be a moment in your life where you need to let the universe know what you want, believe in yourself, and let the pieces fall into place. It is easy to waste time on thinking you’ll never get there or it’s so hard. But I know I can’t let those thoughts win. I will leave you with these words, a quote that I always love to refer back to before I quit or let fear hold me back.
“We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
What is your passion? I’d love to hear back! Please comment below with what you love and what you are doing to get what you want in life!