It's no secret among my friends that I'm an extrovert. I love seeing friends, I'm the one constantly asking for someone to come along with me. I love company, inviting people to dinner, brunch, and parties. My friends and my family make me laugh, they brighten my mood, and they empower me. I wouldn't be me without them.
Which is why I found it funny that when I started this blog, I was so so shy when it came to reaching out to other bloggers. I think a lot of it had to do with my lack of courage. It's kind of a laughable conundrum, I love being around people, but so often I find that I don't have the guts to approach them. Makes me feel like I'm on the middle school playground again and I'm trying to ask people if they want to play four square with me, but I'm too freaked out. Courage is a hard thing to find within, because doubts and fear have such a quicker effect than courage. Led by doubt and fear, you get immediate response. You get the feeling of security for not taking risks, even if it's something simple like saying hello to fellow bloggers. But the problem with those feelings is that it goes away just as quickly as it comes. Courage is a little slower, it takes more times to get the effects that courage can bring you. But if you go with it, you're never going to hop back to square one. You gain a little more confidence, a little more optimism. So what if your initial efforts fail? At least you've gained something within yourself.
Sara from Cake Over Steak was the first blogger I talked to, and it was completely random that we did. Andrew and I made her delicious orange ginger salmon packets for early Valentine's Day, and the next morning I saw her comment on the post! I was so excited to hear from another blogger. Especially someone like Sara! She's so artsy and talented, and her illustrations are amazing. They each have so much detail, I just want to buy up all of them off her Etsy and hang them up. Since then we've been able to connect more through comments and Twitter, and it's been so fun to chat with her. Along with being a crazy talented artist, she is also amazingly kind and welcoming in the blogging world. I remember feeling scared shitless when I first commented on one of her posts, but she replied right back with the nicest of words! When she posted a gorgeous wedding post with the recipe for her wedding cake in cupcake form, I just had to put it down on my list of things to bake over spring break. It was a recipe that involved a lot of whipping up egg whites and even melting sugar, so I was a little nervous to begin with, but I took her advice and did the whole process slowly and carefully, making sure I didn't mess up so that I could get a perfect, beautiful cupcake, just like the ones in her pictures! The only mistake I had was with the hazelnut buttercream, but I was already more than halfway in so I just went with it, made a glaze instead of frosting, and topped the cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream instead. It was still TO DIE FOR. The golden cupcakes were so light and airy, and the frosting was one of the creamiest that I have ever tasted. I brought these beauties to a barbecue yesterday and all of my friends just loved the frosting. The chopped hazelnuts on top gave it the perfect crunch too.
Since talking to Sara, I've been trying each day to make more of an effort to say hello to other bloggers, gather up that little thing called courage and get to know more of them, both seasoned ones and brand new ones like myself. I've been having so much fun getting in touch with them, and it fits right in with my whole extroverted self. I'm so amazed by the talent, by their passion, and it helps me feed my own passion. Thanks Sara for the lovely cupcake recipe, it was a truly special recipe to bake. The recipe is written out with great step by step instructions on Sara's blog, Cake Over Steak, and I highly recommend that you check out her site! It's beautiful.
It's spring break here, and I've got some fun baking projects lined up so get excited for some more posts. Thanks for reading!
P.S. Speaking of new blogs, my friend, Erika, just recently started a reading blog called Chapter Two. It's a blog that entertains thoughts on books, not just reviews, and discusses all things books-related. It's an incredible reminder to remember that there is entertainment beyond the Internet, and I would love it if you checked out her site! Erika is so much more eloquent with words and her thoughts are way more provoking than my own. Give her a little love and take a look through Chapter Two! Happy Tuesday!