Tag Archives: God

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.

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!

Why You Should Do What You Love

10 May

This is a long one. I’m warning you. But I hope you take the time. For Part 1 please read Why I Bake.

“Flying is not what you think up here, (pointing to the brain), it’s what you feel in here (pointing to Blu’s heart). And when you feel the rhythm of your heart, you fly. (Takes off flying.)

-Rafael (the Toucan, RIO the movie)

For many people, doing what you love is a luxury. Not many people have the privilege of finding their passions and living them out. I recently watched the movie RIO with my boys and what I thought was going to be a funny, relaxing movie turned out to be an emotion packed, tearful one. Maybe it’s just me, but many times I find myself relating to the characters in movies intensely. And for this movie, I was BLU, the macaw for the full two hours.

I saw a few parallels between my life and Blu’s character. Blu, a rare macaw, is domesticated and flight-challenged. He is perfectly content being Linda’s pet. He lives in a cage in a small town in Minnesota, does his own chores, has a daily routine, and is totally ok with not being able to fly. I was like that once, content in my insignificant routine, but not realizing my life was full of lies.

I don’t want to ruin the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it, but there’s a part where Blu realizes his passion, what he really loves, when he learns to fly. He never needed or wanted to fly. He was completely satisfied in his tiny, little cage. But something inside of him was unleashed when he experienced flying. I was bawling behind my 3D glasses when the scene of Blu flying came out. What a sight! My son was looking at me like I was a martian. It was a kiddie, happy movie and there I was crying my eyes out. To me it wasn’t simply about a blue bird flying, it was about discovering who you’re meant to be in the process of doing something you love.

That’s what Coco Cakes has been for me. Like I said in my About Me page, it’s more than just mixing flour and putting it an oven, it’s more than just a way to support my family. By working on Coco Cakes, I found my passion (aside from my children, who are my absolute priority), and that passion is to make things more beautiful for people. Every cake is an effort to make the moments sweet and memorable. Every cake is an effort to make something beautiful.

I’ve always loved prettifying (is that even a word?) things. It brings me a lot of joy to be able to create something pretty out of ordinary ingredients. I love the feeling of turning simple things into works of art that people can enjoy. I’ve always had that in me. With all the hobbies or businesses I’ve gotten myself into, the common denominator has always been this desire to make something beautiful. I guess the reason why I like that so much is because that’s how I feel God is with me. Somehow, despite all my mistakes, he’s been taking my ordinary life with all its imperfections and making it beautiful more and more. It reminds me of a verse I in Ecclesiastes 3:11 (I had to google that one up, hehe):

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

I believe that everyone was made beautiful by God, but many of us, like Blu and I were, are ok with living in a cage. The problem with that is, no matter how comfortable our cage is, it’s still a cage, and we’re still missing the joy of soaring while doing something we love.

I don’t have a lot of the comforts my cage used to have. In fact, in many ways, my life is more challenging now. It’s not easy being a single mom to three beautiful but hyper kids while running a growing cake business. But at least I’m flying now, I’m really flying, and it feels great! I can really feel God making my life more beautiful.

Baking and decorating cakes for me is not a job. It’s my way of expressing my passion for making things beautiful. And I’m very grateful I get to do what I love. I hope you find your passion. I hope you escape the cages people put on you. I hope you find that life does get more beautiful. And as you soar, I hope, you take a Coco Cake with you.