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I Believe You Can

21 Aug

I’m overwhelmed – in a good way. I’m overwhelmed by the orders, by the support, and by all the “likes” and comments you have all been giving me. Most of all, I’m overwhelmed by the thought of how good God has been to me despite my many mistakes. I don’t deserve any of this but I’m very very grateful. I work very hard to be a good mother and provider to my kids, and I work very hard on Coco Cakes, but I can’t take the credit because I know that I would not be in this blessed position without the goodness of God and your kindness and encouragement.

Enjoying Two of My Many Blessings: My Daughter Natalia and Coco Cakes by Little People Lifestyle Photography

Not very long ago, I was always worrying, very fearful, unconfident, angry, and just trapped in a situation from bad decisions of the past. But God somehow made a way to change all of that and he used you to tell me a very simple thing: “You can do it Michelle. I believe you can.”

So I’m taking the time to return the encouragement and say:

“You can do it. _____place your name here______. I believe you can.”

Sometimes we browse the blogs of other people, we see their work, read their stories, and think, “What an amazing life this person has. I wish my life were like that.” I know because this happens to me all the time. We wish we were as thin as them, or as pretty as them, as white or as dark, as rich, as successful, as traveled, as secure, as loved, and etc. etc. But I hope that as you read these things, you are not discouraged or envious but are inspired by the fact that you can be just as successful or even more. For me, after living in a cage, I really had very little confidence in myself. I had actually given up my dreams and resigned myself to my unfulfilling life. But I’ve learned that God really does listen, He listens to even the silent prayers of my heart, and now, a little more than a year of Coco Cakes, I’m even more hopeful that something great is waiting for me.

This is why I believe we can, not because we’re anything special, but because we’re loved. So go out and take a step of faith. Live an amazing life. I believe you will. I believe you can.

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.

Why I Bake

17 Apr

First of all, I’d like to thank all my followers and customers for continuing to believe in Coco Cakes. I’ve been baking for while now, but it’s only been a few months, after a lot of encouragement from friends, since I started doing this for others. This has been such an encouraging experience for me and I really wish all of you are as fortunate as I am to be making a living from something you love.

I’ve been asked a few times, “How did you start? Is it difficult? How did you know it would succeed?”

To answer the first question: I’ve been baking for my kids and some friends, but late last year my friend encouraged me, more liked pushed me, to start showcasing my work on a blog and accept orders. I didn’t know people would welcome my cakes so enthusiastically!

The last question is the easiest to answer: I didn’t. I had no idea if it would work out. Sometimes you just have to step out.

The second question has the longest answer but it is also why I’m writing this post.

Is it difficult?
Sometimes it does get difficult, especially since I have to balance this with being a single mom of three beautiful and active kids. I enjoy baking and I enjoy being a mom even more, but sometimes it feels like I never have enough time or energy or money to do everything. I’m sure many of you moms know how I feel. But knowing that every cake goes to making someone’s celebration memorable and knowing that my work provides for my family is amazing motivation.

This is why I bake: to create baked goodies infused with imagination to turn every moment into a sweet one. I’ve made a simple acrostic on what goes into every Coco Cake:

CITY!
Creative – I want every cake to capture the imagination of the one it’s for.

Intricate – I love details! It takes a lot of time but I like seeing tiny features add up for an amazing piece.

Thoughtful – Every person is special and different, so why celebrate with a common cake? I have a lot of fun tailoring my cakes to the ideas and insights my customers give me. I want you to forever remember your moment with a cake prepared with you in mind.

Yummy! – Everyone seems to think so!

So now you know why I bake, but what I really want to achieve with this post is encourage you to step out and do what you love. I’ll write more about that.