Dreams can change without you realising

Good grief, it’s been a while since I updated this blog. This website has closely followed my adventures as I chased my dreams to Toronto to help myself become the best cake decorator I could be, but recently things have changed a little.

During my 4 month course whenever a teacher would ask us what our dream job was, I replied with cake decorator without hesitation every time. There was nothing else on my radar, I had found my passion.

And then I came home.

I’d imagined that I would jump straight back into cakes, throw myself into building a business plan and organising my life so that I could sustain my dream & get along financially. However, I found myself being hesitant and unsure. I made excuses as to why I couldn’t make cakes for people… My insurance had expired, I wasn’t sure if I’d missed the annual council inspection of my kitchen, I hadn’t worked out a pricing structure yet. The list went on.

I made one cake and while I still definitely enjoyed it, I didn’t feel the same passion I had before. Talk about a shock to my system!

A week later I woke up craving toffee. I found myself back in the kitchen with my candy thermometer, attempting to temper chocolate without a marble slab (fail!), cooking toffee on the stove and… I felt what I’d been missing in my last cake.

“Buttercrunch” Toffee, chocolate & macadamia nuts

Suddenly I was no longer reading cake blogs learning about new decorating techniques, I was reading up on the science of sugar, I wasn’t browsing my large library of cake decorating books but pulling out my Adriano Zumbo book I’d never even read before. Instead of looking in kitchen stores for new decorating tools, I was searching everywhere for a marble pastry slab.

Instead of baking cakes, I’ve been whipping up toffees & marshmallows, and practising my macaron skills.

Not perfect yet, but getting closer!

Of course, having a new dream does not mean you have to forget the old ones. I will never give up cakes entirely as I still love them dearly. I guess it’s just time to branch out a bit more and look at new opportunities that I hadn’t considered before I graduated from Bonnie Gordon College.

A friend recently said to me “same river, different stream” and I feel like that’s pretty accurate.

I am very excited about the future, finding my next adventure, and being able to share it with you!

PS. We also recently passed the 2000 ‘likes’ milestone on Facebook and I am just so grateful for everyone who has stuck by me and supported me during my journey so far! Thank you!

Montage: June 2014

It’s a week late, but my latest video montage is up on YouTube!

This month found me settling into a bit of a ‘rut’ as I get used to living in this strange new environment (get used to? Psh, I’ll never be used to this crazy weather!), and being wrapped up in my studies and swing dancing classes.

With mid terms coming up in a couple of weeks and this term being more about baking and specialty skills rather than cake decorating (my strength), I am throwing myself into an intense study regime.

Wish me luck! This Diploma Programme seems like it will only get more and more intense until the end!

Montage: May 2014

One whole month of living in Canada and attending Bonnie Gordon College is over!

Only three to go now – wow.

It’s been a crazy busy month and I have been flat out sharing my time between college, swing dancing classes, and trying to fit in a little bit of a social life and seeing some touristy sights.

I’ve fallen into such a routine that when it came to put together this months video I didn’t think I’d have anything interesting to share. I was incredibly surprised when I had to find a longer song to fit in all my adventures! I guess I’ve done more than I thought!

Here’s my latest monthly montage: all Toronto, all the time!

My first month in Toronto has been incredible. The occasional waves of homesickness are quickly beaten away by knowing what an incredibly opportunity this is!

Bring on month 2!

Montage: April 2014

April – wow! What a month!

This past months video is so jam-packed – it was practically impossible to fit everything in!

April’s video montage is very exciting as it tracks my first month away from home, with my (almost) 4 week holiday in California. So much fun! Towards the end it also shows a bit of my arrival here in Toronto – that’s right, I’m in Canada!!!

I’ve been here for almost a week now, and my orientation at Bonnie Gordon College is tomorrow!

More on that later. For now, here’s April!

Phew! I feel like I need a whole festival of naps after all that, but there’s just no time! 
So much to do, so much to learn!

Montage: March 2014

Yikes! Oh how March flew by!

Possibly the busiest month I’ve had for a very long time. I barely even had time to breathe!

March is the beginning of my very big adventure. I’m a little late in posting this, simply because I haven’t had any internet access! Thankfully I managed to trudge through the rain today, despite not being able to find an umbrella and my shoes soaking right through (note to self: buy boots), to Starbucks to steal their free wifi. Yippee! This mango smoothie is going down alright too.

More on my travels tomorrow, but today I am simply sharing my video montage of March. I said goodbye to friends and family, had a lot of great times and made some very yummy cakes!

I can’t believe it’s April already! Only 30 days until I start at Bonnie Gordon College and I’m so very excited!
The adventure has begun!!!
PS. Sunny California is a myth. All I’ve seen are grey skies!