I think it's safe to say that most of us have dreams, promising ideas and great plans we would love to see happen in the future. Many of us say things like "one day"... "somewhere down the line"... "when I retire"..."when I am...", I want to do ~; I want to start ~; I want to open a ~, but more times than not, we leave those dreams, promising ideas and plans where they are; as ideas, plans and dreams. Such is life right? And for me, that was the path I was taking.
The idea of Happy Place Desserts started as a dream. My line went something like this: "One day, when I'm ready to retire from teaching, I want to open a bakery". In my head, this timeframe was safe. I could keep my steady job teaching and when I'm in my 50s or 60s, who knows, I can stop teaching and focus on my other passion; baking. That was the safe route. The dream and idea was there and that was enough. No need to think about how I would make that happen, what steps I would need to take or a timeframe. I was ok with the idea and sad to say, it would have probably stayed an idea.
What was my turning point and what pushed me to make something happen? Well, the world of social media. I would look at countless instagram pages and think, I could do that too. These days, it seems like all you needed to get started in sharing your ideas or to start a business was an instagram account and I had that. So I created and instagram page for my baking: @happyplacedesserts. I was already baking for church bake sales and for friends so why not document those baked goods on instagram. It also helped that the people around me who tried my baked goods loved what I made. I sometimes was skeptic about their responses thinking "are they just saying that to be nice or do they really mean it?" but, after seeing that people looked forward to my section at the church bake sale and were disappointed when I didn't bake or only baked limited amounts; I started to believe that I was actually making desserts that people enjoyed. That made me feel good and made my dream seem more realistic.
So, here I am, eight months later. My instagram page is still up along with my facebook page. I now have a website showcasing my baked goods and what I can do, in other words... my digital portfolio and I have people requesting I bake cakes, cupcakes and cookies for them. I guess I would call this my humble beginnings because it certainly hasn't been a walk in the park. But, one thing I am grateful for is the fact that I had the guts to start. So cheers to me for making things happen! As I said earlier, it's only been 8 months but it feels like I've been doing this for years.
In these short eight months, I have learned a lot about myself and what I'm capable of. I have also seen myself grow in these short months and seen my baking and decorating skills improve. I hope to continue to learn, grow and improve as my journey continues and I hope you all continue to support me through social media, spreading the word and buying my cakes ^^
This is just the beginning.