31 December 2018
If you want to take the Island - burn the boats.
OK .. this is happening, I’m actually writing this!
I’m a little nervous sharing so much personal emotions to you all. However I thought in order to be in touch with you all, I need to share my journey publicly so I could potentially help someone else in the same situation (this could be you).
This year was full of surprises and leaps of faith. I remember 6 months ago I was facing an important decision. A career crossroad that, depending on the outcome, would greatly impact my future. For the past few years, I was working full-time in a corporate role by day and baker by night. My daily routine would be; wake up, go to work, go home bake/make tutorials, sleep for minimal hours and repeat. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed what I do and I love making tutorials and baking. I just felt that I was taking on so much in my life and I was burning myself out day and night. I remember going to my day job on days I didn’t sleep because I was up all night making cake and falling asleep whilst I was training a co-worker! I remember getting so drained when I got back from work and having to bake. I would put the cake in the oven and nap for 15 minutes but ended up snoozing the alarm and over cooking the cake because I lost track of time. This is dangerous! Do not ever do this! Sometimes I get nightmares about burning the house down lol!
It was at this turning point, I decided something had to change. I knew I had to give up something in order to focus more on what I love. I was so scared of quitting my full-time job, because it was my safety net, but I also knew it was the reason I wasn’t moving forward as fast as I hoped. I knew that quitting my corporate job would mean not being financially stable and having to hustle harder with cakes. However I also knew that in order to succeed, we must first believe we can and work hard to succeed. There will be risks and sometimes things won't go your way. But the most important thing is to try because even when things go south, it is still part of your journey to your goal. Everyone has failed before they have succeeded. Sometimes you won't know unless you try. An example is when I traveled all the way to Sydney, all-nightered a cake and entered a competition only to come home empty handed. But it motivated me and taught me ways to improve. Months later I entered more competitions and guess what - I won them! It was because of fails like this that teaches us ways to improve and achieve even greater goals.
"If you want to take the island - Burn the boats” - Tony Robbins.
I really love this quote because there's so much truth in it. It basically means the only way to move forward, is to leave yourself no way back and with only option A.
“Forget plan B. To test yourself and grow, you have to operate without a safety net.” ― Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2018 was the year I burned those friggen boats. I quit my corporate job to focus on cakes with full force. It's been the BEST decision I’ve ever made. Not the easiest I will admit, but the one that felt most right. Sometimes we focus on trying to do so much all at once we end up getting nothing done fully. Do you ever find yourself having a cluster bomb of goals for the new year and then half way through the year you find yourself half-assing one goal or not even accomplishing any goals? Hi-5 you are not alone! What usually happens is we beat around the bush and nothing gets enough traction. In fact researchers found that people who tried to accomplish multiple goals were less committed and less likely to succeed compared to those that focused purely on a single goal *1. I learnt from quitting my corporate role and focusing on one thing at a time frees up your mind to go full forced at your one goal. When I quit my corporate role and focused purely on cakes, I was able to have some creative space to think of an idea to launch my latest creation the “Forever Cake Dome”.
A mini keepsake version of your big cake.
I was also able to focus on supplying a line of cake tools and it lead to great success at a cake show. Upon reflection, I felt like I did the right thing and moved in the right direction. I hope this encourages you all to rethink your 2019 New Years resolution goals and try to focus more on one big goal at a time and go full forced at it. I'm excited for what 2019 has in-store and excited to see what else I can bring to you all. Wishing you all a very Happy and Goal-Kicking 2019. We got this! I believe in us.
Love always, Hannah xx
*1 “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Benefits of Implementation Intentions Depend on the Number of Goals” by Amy N. Dalton and Stephen A. Spiller (2012). Journal of Consumer Research.
11 December 2018
Cake Bake and Sweets 2018.
Welcome to my first BLOG ever. I have been wanting to do this for so long, just to document special moments for you to keep in touch with what’s happening in my life so here it is. Decided to kick start it with a blog about my first ever Cake Stall with Cake Bake and Sweets Show.
This year had many big opportunities happening and one was the Cake Bake and Sweets Show! It was crazy busy and exciting!
I want to thank everyone who made it possible; my partner Tommy and sister Lisa who stayed up till 2-3am days leading up to the show to help package cake tools and design all the banners with me. Rosie from Rosie’s Dessert Spot for sharing a stall with me and always being such supportive sister helping to run the stall together. All Strings Attached for providing amazing balloons and Nem Prints for the beautiful custom shirts.
I was nervous to launch my cake tools. Nights before the event, I was stressing and anxious at the thought that I might not sell anything at all. However to my surprise, it was such a huge success that we will definitely be back next year!
We also met some lovely fans from Instagram - thanks for coming to say hi! It was very heart warming.
What I learnt from this experience was very important; be organised, don’t leave things last minute (bad habits die hard lol), it's important to have people around you to support you and lastly just give things in life a go. Stressing does absolutely nothing so why waste the brainpower! Life is definitely way too short to not try out new things and #risk it for the biscuit #dreambig
Some photos from the event!