Hey there! ???????? I wanted to take a mini-pause from my baking posts to say ‘thank you.’ So, THANK YOU. And what I mean is, over the course of the last several months, I’ve found myself dreaming of cookies and cakes and flour and sugar and wasn’t entirely sure what those sprinkly ideas would turn into. As I started sharing those ideas with the people around me, I was overwhelmed with the enthusiastic encouragement and support I received to do something, anything, with my passion for baking. And that was all I needed.
As word began to spread that I wanted to start a baking blog, I saw reactions filled with exclamation points!!! and ALL CAPS and YES YES YES! I had friends offer to help with photography, video editing, branding, design ideas, blogging tips and all types of resources to look into. A friend even gifted me a camera. A DSLR camera. And a tripod. Are you kidding? (Thanks, Kathleen!) Amazing. Seriously.
One day at work, after I brought in cookies and banana bread for my co-workers, one of them asked, “So, do you do all your baking with a Kitchenaid?” Nope, I wish! I use a hand mixer. I would love a Kitchenaid mixer but they’re so expensive! Well, they were shocked and appalled and insisted I needed one. Next thing I know, they set up a GoFundMe (thanks, Mish!) to help raise money for me to buy a Kitchenaid mixer. A good one, a BIG one (for my double batches of cookies dontcha know). I laughed the idea off and thought “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll get me a Kitchenaid…” But to my disbelief, the Kitchenaid fund they set up had exceeded its money goal in less than 24 hours. LESS THAN 24 HOURS! I couldn’t believe it. It was so sweet, so kind, so generous. I’m surrounded by lovely people!
As I thanked all my sugar mamas and sugar papas, they responded with “happy to do it” or “you give us so much” or my personal favorite, “you’re the Mother Teresa of baked goods.”
I was immediately reminded of a great quote from Joseph Campbell, referring to the “helping hands” that appear out of nowhere when you choose to follow your bliss:
BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?
JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
You guys, I’m grateful for you, and thanks for supporting me in all of your ways. It takes a village to build Britter’s Bakery. ????
Much love, with sprinkles on top!