Today I made something I’m really proud of, and I wanted to share it with you.

So, I’ve had a very socially busy few months, which for an introvert like me is hard because it means I get stressed out more easily. This finally came to a head this week and I found out I got shingles, lord knows how but probably the aforementioned stress helped it out, and now I’m on a delightful cocktail of medication and trying to be OK. I’m glad it’s almost Christmas and I can take a few days off to be alone and recharge. But, that is not my point here. Today I made a cake for my cousin’s baby shower, and I have never done anything like this before. (I mean, I’ve made cakes, just never tiered, ambitiously flavored ones like this.)

I usually nitpick at the flaws in my work, and I only see the mistakes. I have a hard time being proud of myself. It’s been years of learning to unlearn the habit of picking on myself and learning to see the good instead of the bad. I am my own worst enemy.

So today I just wanted to share the good with all of you. I made this cake, from scratch, without any idea what I was doing. I used flavors I wasn’t sure would work together (lavender, lemon, almond). I learned how to make different frostings and fillings. I came up with a solution when one off my fillings wasn’t working. And I think the whole thing turned out pretty damn well. So, I just wanted to say I’m proud of myself. And that actually feels pretty good.