Archive | July, 2011

Thank You!

26 Jul

800+ fans on Facebook and growing and more than 1000 monthly visits to ilovecococakes.wordpress.com, it’s really overwhelming for me. I know that these numbers may not be significant compared to the web celebs out there, but they’re huge for me because they represent my own personal breakthroughs and answered prayers. And I know this is just the start.

I want to say “Thank you!” to my friends and all of you who visit my site, follow me on Twitter, and like Coco Cakes on Facebook. Thank you for appreciating my work. Your encouragement has helped motivate me to persevere. A big big big “Thank you!” to everyone who has ordered a Coco Cake! I’m not a businesswoman but I do know every business has to earn its keep. You’ve helped turn my passion into life’s work. I’m so glad for the privilege to make your moments even sweeter.

Most of all, I want to thank my Father in heaven, who has been so kind to me. Thank You Father for giving me Coco Cakes. I’m so humbled by your kindness to me despite all my mistakes.

Thank you again everyone! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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When It Rains It Pours

18 Jul

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Me & my kids helping other kids at the U! Happy event

It’s been raining over the land of Coco Cakes. Raining orders I mean. And I want to thank all of you for entrusting me with your celebrations and for giving me the opportunity to do something I absolutely love: making the memorable moments of people sweeter and more beautiful. When I first started offering my cake crafting services, I was a little scared no one would order. I’m not a business woman. I’m a cake artist. What do I know about marketing, and sales, and revenue? But with the encouragement of friends and a lot of praying, I gave it a shot, and the response has been overwhelming.

(If you’d like to see more of the different cakes I’ve been working on you can checkout my Facebook Page.)

Here are some lessons learned from my first few months running Coco Cakes:

1. I Can Do This (and you can too!) – Has anyone ever told you that something was impossible? That you’re too weak, or too ignorant, or unprepared, or incapable of something? Maybe it’s even your own mind telling you this. I was always afraid to start something on my own because I listened to the lies of people who I mistakenly trusted. I’m thankful for supportive friends and family who encouraged me (and keep encouraging me) to work hard and pursue my passion. I’ve realized that, despite the challenges, I can do this, and I can do this well. You can too! I believe you can.

2. This Is A Lot of Work – When people ask me how I manage being a single mom, a baker, and a small business owner, I simply answer by saying, “It’s a lot of work.” And it really does take a lot of work. I’ve grown so much, become a little bit more disciplined, and realized I’m capable of more because I’ve just had so much to juggle. But there are no shortcuts to these things. We have to work. I’ve seen first-hand what shortcuts and lies can do. They only make things worse. There’s no getting around working hard, so might as well appreciate that with our efforts a price will someday be ours.

3. There Is A Lot of Help – There really is. There’s help from family, help from friends old and new, help from the most unexpected places, and most of all, help from above. This help is available to all of us, we just need to be humble enough to admit that we need help and be wise enough to listen to the counsel of others. We don’t have to know all the answers, sometimes it’s enough to know someone who does.

Just wanted to share this before I get back to posting my cakes, and encourage you to keep working hard. If I can succeed, anyone can.

Multi-Tasking!

12 Jul

For Father’s day, one client ordered creative cupcakes for her husband. She wanted all the brands that her husband uses. This was a fun project because I was working with three things I love: baking/cake decorating, painting and shopping! (Well, not exactly actual shopping…)

Talking about things I love, I’m reminded of a thought I had while baking this cake. That weekend was another packed one. Which I am very grateful for, that I got to do the things I love all at the same time…not to mention that my kids were also in the same room where all of that was happening. Talk about MULTI-TASKING!

I was used to having a lot of free time to myself. I used to have my time for baking, my time for painting, my time for playing with the kids, my time for foot spa, my time to read magazines from cover to cover, in short, I was bored and had nothing to do. Hehe. I am not whining about the things I don’t have now, I actually feel the opposite. Before, with all of the free time to myself to do whatever, I was not content. I am so grateful that amidst all of the chaos, I am now so fulfilled, fulfilled because I am doing things that I love, surrounded by people I love, what more could I ask for?