I wanted to take a moment to share from my heart.
Last year, I discovered the joy of cake and cookie baking and decorating.
I had always admired from afar, the beautiful work that others did and wanted to learn it...someday.
Well, I put off the "someday" and did it.
I took a class and dove head-first into it.
I loved it.
There have been many "hobbies" I've started and let fall by the wayside...scrapbooking, stamping, knitting, and so many more.
Baking and decorating is something that I don't feel like is a hobby for me.
I feel very passionate about it.
I LOVE IT!
Although it brings me great stress because I'm a perfectionist, I still marvel at all that can be done with sugar!
For a year now, I have been dreaming about baking full time.
I don't think many people think it's possible or believe in me.
And even "I" myself don't know HOW it can happen at this point in time.
But I do know that I am claiming and hanging on to this verse from the Bible:
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
I know that ALL things are possible with God.
I know that He is bigger than any obstacle that is in front of me right now.
I know that if I keep practicing, He will help me perfect my skills.
I do believe in miracles.
I know that within less than a week I have managed to set up a Sweet Ivy Facebook page.
I know that I've gained SEVENTY NINE fans within less than a week!
Most of whom I've never met face-to-face!
That in itself is a miracle to me!
I am grateful for the friendship, encouragement, and support that perfect strangers have shown me.
They have welcomed me into their little "baking community" online!
I consider you all sisters now!
I have gotten more support from you all than many "friends" and "family" members!
You mean so much to me!
I know that in less than a week I've also managed to set up a Sweet Ivy Twitter, Sweet Ivy Blog, and next up...a website and business cards!
I am tired of being held back.
Never reaching my goals or dreams.
I am not going to let anything hold me back.
I WILL get this baking/decorating thing down.
I WILL be good at it.
I WILL SUCCEED.
And if nothing else...I will bake to bless others.
Yesterday, a complete stranger said to me, "I can tell...you have a kind soul."
You don't know how much that meant to me.
So if "you" who said that to me...happen to ever read this...
Just know that you blessed me during a difficult time.
Again, thank-you to all of my friends and family who have and continue to support my journey, as I learn and grow in perfecting my skills.
Your comments mean more than you'll ever know.