It has been a while since my last post or significant update. There are a few things I am currently working on, somewhere in between the 60+ hours I work every week. I am sure most are aware by now, I rant on about it enough – that I am now selling cupcakes at Side Street Espresso in Spring Hill. I also got confirmation today that as of Monday I will also be supplying to The Gresham Bar in Brisbane’s CBD. That one has been a long wait, I have waiting for an order since April! So watch this space, I will keep you all posted when and where you can pick up some Miss Bakes cakes and bakes on demand!
In between all of the orders I try to get through, I have also been trying to get my website together. My goal is to go live in the New Year, so hopefully just after Christmas everything I have been slowly working on behind the scenes will be revealed!
This leads me to another thing I have just started working on behind the scenes. Very early days, but I had to share because I am so excited about it! I have just started planning some beautiful photo shoots with Alicia and Heath from The Left Lane Photography. This, I guess you can call it a collaboration, was just meant to be! Let this be a lesson, NEVER turn down a last minute order, even if you are busy, you never know what it may lead to. More will be revealed about the shoots as they come closer, but I have some very exciting plans and ideas in my head and I can’t wait for them to become real and share with you all. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and check them out! http://www.theleftlane.com.au They also just got their latest shoot featured on The Polka Dot Bride. If you scroll down, you can see my little ol’ name as a vendor. Go me!!
Here is a cute little sneak peek of a shot Heath got of one of my yummy vanilla rose cupcakes.
But as far as life goes, when I actually stop and think about everything I am trying to do each and every day/week/month, I scare myself.
I work full time. I am attempting to run and build the business to be able to leave said full time job. I am trying to maintain a balance between the two so neither get ignored. I am trying to expand my client base and maintain regulars. I am trying to monitor budgets and invoices to try and actually make money, unsure yet if I even am. I am trying to experiment and expand my recipe base, working on menu’s and pricelists meanwhile trying my best to ensure quality of each and every order, even when I have 4 going out the door. I am building a portfolio of work with branding and photography. I am planning a holiday. I am trying to sell a car so I can go on said holiday and save much needed money. I am saving for a house. I am saving for a shopfront. I am working on a business plan so I can get the shop front. I am (struggling to) maintain my home. I am trying to maintain some form of social life to not completely ignore my boyfriend or friends. I am trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise twice a day. I am also trying to lose the 20 kilos which have mysteriously piled on in the last 12 months….
I could go on, but I feel dizzy putting just this down!
Complaints aside, I feel fortunate that I am working towards something. Little wins make me so happy these days. It literally takes up every spare moment of my thoughts, I can’t even type “cupboard” at work without writing CUPCAKES by mistake.
The most important thing is that I am doing something about the desire for something more, and utilising my talents rather than letting them go to waste. Nothing makes me happier to be in my kitchen creating something new or even just an old favourite. Some days I hate it, some days I want to just lay on the couch and forget about cooking and ovens and how much work I have to complete before I can even sit down for a rest, or the hours of work I have to do and then come home to make 60 cupcakes. Those moments are fleeting, because as soon as I see that finished product, see something I have created and made work with my own skills and imagination, I remember why I am doing this. Nothing makes me feel more proud and accomplished to hand over my creation to my customers and to see the excitement on their face. That is why I am following this crazy little dream of mine. Seeing and making people happy makes me happy. That is the simple fact to it.
Photography by The Left Lane