Although my heart is heavy with all that is going on in my city from Hurricane Harvey, I have so much to be grateful for. This weekend I celebrated my 34th birthday and one year of blogging on BloomingAugust.com. In the past year and a half, I’ve been laid off twice, moved my family to another state, and pursued my dreams harder than I’ve ever done before.
While most people close to me knew that I make great desserts, I still lacked the confidence to do it and take myself seriously. When I was laid off the first time, I knew this was my chance to regroup and go for it. I had an opportunity to work with my friend and fabulous baker Cynthia, Sifted by Cyndi (@sifted_by_cyndi), where I got to see first hand what that hustle looks like to build a business. I would drive over an hour to meet her a few times a week and helped with the delivery and set-up on the weekends. During this time, I learned a great deal and it solidified my desire to do the same thing.
So, I launched Blooming August as a way to tell my story of overcoming challenges, share the importance of believing in yourself, and that you need to take yourself seriously or other people won’t. If I want people to think of me for their next event, they have to know that this is what I do. I am a true perfectionist and it has been difficult to push it aside. I realized that I won’t achieve success by being perfect, but I will operate in excellence in everything I do. Overtime, I will perfect my craft.
This past year, I’ve had many failed attempts behind the scenes, sleepless nights to finish large orders while working a day job, hosted two paint parties (Sunflower and Butterfly; Create Your Own Opportunities), created more art than I ever have, and baked desserts for numerous family and friends. I’ve also been able to discover other people on social media who inspire me and introduce me to new things.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in Houston, Los Angeles, and all of my new friends. Stepping out of my comfort zone has been the most uncomfortable and thrilling experience of my life. Yet, I know that I’ve begun a journey I don’t want to end and will continue to grow.
Peace and Love!
📸 by: Louis Avalon (@louisavalon)
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