Here I am, sitting at my desk with the blinking curser, staring at the Christmas tree that needs to go back into storage.
It's that time of the year - at the edge of a springboard about to leap into a new year.
What. A. Year. it has been.
I noticed I haven't done these end of the year posts for approximately 3 years.
The last was in 2019, just before Covid started and the beginning of our second fertility journey.
I was 35 at my last post and I am now close to 40 with 2 kids. What happened?????
2023 has been a year of tremendous growth for me professionally.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I've received -
collaborating with my favourite clothing brand, serving my cakes at a brick and mortar shop, seeing people lined up for my cakes, my first proper cake portfolio, participated in an interview, first wedding cake assignment, first sold-out Christmas Hampers and most importantly, gaining rapport among my cake tribe (i.e. cake lover customers) who I am forever indebted to.
I don't take these things for granted.
Many nights I pondered at my pillow, "why do I get to live out my purpose everyday with such joy?"
Recently I stumbled across an interview of Chris Martin and he said, its wonderful to be recognised but "ultimately, my job, is to be totally and unashamedly of service to the people who are listening.....and to be 100% used by the forces, that gave you this gift in the first place."
That pretty much summed up my purpose, and that is to create beautiful and delectable desserts that uplifts everyone from all walks of life.
I was given this gift to bake, to connect, and to create meanings and I must use it well.
As we march towards 2024, may I always remember that I too, shall be totally and unashamedly of service to the people who enjoys my creations.
Thank you to my husband and my children for tolerated me and supported me while I attempt to make my mark in this world.
Thank you to my friends who prop me up on days when I feel I can't, who celebrated my success as if it was their own and encouraged me along the way.
Thank you to all those who ate my cakes, liked them and was so kind to share your encouragements with me.
Thank you God for being my source of inspiration, strength and might.
"Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you."