Thursday, May 5, 2011

Remove From Heat. Set Aside to Cool

Martha Stewart's Lavender-Iced Brownie Cupcakes. Yum.

I want to open up a bakery. Yep, you heard me. At first I wanted to open up a cupcake shop. That dream started back in 2001 when I decided I wanted to be a pastry chef. Meh. That didn't happen. Then, in 2003 my friend and I wanted to open up a bakery that sold bagels AND cupcakes. Weird, yes. Long story, yes. Don't ask...

Clearly, that didn't happen.


Anyway, I know what you're thinking. Everyone and their chihuahua bakes cupcakes. I know! This cupcake hype has hit our faces with sweet, sugary goodness. They are EVERYWHERE! However, I could NEVER go into competition with Retro Bakery. That's just down right blasphemy. What needs to happen on my side of town is a unique sweets bakery. Candy bar pies. Compost cookies and dipped apples. Margarita macaroons. Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake. Lavender marshmallows. German Chocolate Sauerkraut cupcakes.Chili ANYTHING. Soda Fountain anyone?

Right? I'm seriously still thinking about it. Now, if only my sisters would move down here and make this happen. Ahem...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Life is kind of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but it's really not.

"I'll decide where it goes from here...I make the path." --- Alice

If your life was a book what kind of book would it be? A chapter book? A romance novel? An encyclopedia?  A vampire fiction? A pop-up book (no joke intended)? An adventure series? Blah-blah-blah. You get the idea. I could go on and on and I am sure all of you could choose a type or two. As for me, I have come to the conclusion that life is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book.

Don't you see it? Life hands us a myriad of opportunities. It is up to us whether we choose to take the opportunities laid out for us or not. It is up to us to pick one opportunity over the other and it is up to us to throw them all away and start fresh until another door, or chapter, if you will, opens. In a Choose Your Own Adventure book we can decide whether to turn to page 65 for one adventure or page 97 for another. Some of us liked the adventure we chose right off. We kept on reading until the end. We stuck with our adventure the whole way through whether we liked it or not. Were any of you the kid that turned back to page 65 if you didn't like the adventure on page page 97? Yes. You know who you are. If only life were that easy. If only we could turn life back to page 65. If only we could exchange one path for another. If. If. If.

If possible, what adventure would you like to turn back to and exchange? Friends? Purchases? High school? College? Simple life choices? Marriage? If I could chose one it would be where I attended college. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely enjoyed going to Brigham Young University. I had some of the best experiences of my life, ones I can not put a price on. However, sometimes I wonder how my life would be had I chosen to attend the University of Arizona. What kind of person would I be? Would I be married? Would I be living down there still or would I be performing on a cruise ship in the middle of an ocean? This I will never know. This is one adventure I can not flip back on. I can only sit here and spit out my "what if's." Bad. Bad. Bad. I should be saying "Where now?" instead of "What if?"

Be grateful life isn't exactly like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Be grateful enough that you get to choose whichever path you want in life. You should not care if you experience tough battles in your chosen adventures. No matter what, you will hit bumpy roads. You will hit storms. You will hit dead ends. You will wish you could have chosen a different adventure. Remember this: you can not turn back the pages in life. Just make the best with what you have and move on. Yes. Move on. You may not get to turn back awful choices but you do get to turn your back on them. Continue to choose. Mold our own life. No one can take your ability to choose away from you. If you want a happy ending, you get to choose that for yourself. 

So stop sitting there saying "What if?" And please stop waiting for Christopher Lloyd to show up in a DeLorean. I can promise you that is not going to happen. We can't all be as lucky as Marty McFly.