This year I was particularly excited about Christmas. I put in extra effort doing photoshoots and coming up with new designs and some new flavours expecially for the occasion. They had proven to be really popular because orders streamed in... well more like gushed in. Soon enough, I was up to my neck in orders and had to sadly reject many others.
I'm always very grateful when people order from me. There are so many other bakers out there so it's a privilege when someone wants something I made to be part of their special day.
However, the Christmas period was really tough on me. Although I had baking elves to lessen my load... December orders were still quite the major undertaking. One weekend I joined 2 markets and barely slept 5 hours over 3 days, working through the night. The next weekend, I baked 50 fruit cakes on my own. Then another weekend, I did a wedding and a whole bunch of other orders. Then came Christmas and that was a whole different story on its own!
It's been 3 days of no-baking so far but my body is still aching very badly. So much so, I wake up a few in the middle of the night because of the stiffness. I end up doing yoga poses half-asleep at 3am in the morning in the hopes that my body would tire out and relax. Oh the horror!
Sometimes I wish I could clone myself or I wish that there were more hours in a day.... or that I didn't ever need to rest... Because I love what I do and I want to do it as much as possible. I can forgo sleep and sanity for this love, but at some point, eg. when your relatives look at you and tell your mum that you look haggard and exhausted, you can't avoid the mirror and the body aches any longer. Seriously, I look and feel like sh*t. *Sobs.
Thus, I'm taking a short break. A pause from my life as a baker to regroup and recuperate. I'm going to do some R&R and some R&D. The New Year is coming and while I'm not going to strain myself with orders, I'm going to work on some new things for the new year!
A big thank you to the customers, especially the regular customers that are always so kind and generous to me. It means so much! Hope everyone had a restful and joyful Christmas this year! And I wish you a wonderfilled New Year!
My christmas photologue