Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dreams can come true!

You just need to hustle.

This dream of mine that I've had for as long as I can remember has finally come true. To a point. 

I am finally getting to bake cupcakes and cookies for other people and actually get paid to do it. Can you believe it? It's so awesome!

I am so thankful to those of you who have placed orders with me and enjoyed the cupcakes and/or cookies that I have made for you. I am also thankful for those of you who have encouraged me along the way.

Honestly, I didn't think my dreams would come true. Any of them. I blogged before about dreams that I had in the past which did not come true. I worked towards them, even spent thousands of dollars (tens of thousands of dollars) towards one in particular, but these did not happen. Why? Because they were not meant to be.

I was not meant to be a classroom teacher. 

I am not meant to sing as a professional and get paid to do it.

But here is what I have been able to do. I have been able to use my singing and teaching abilities to work with elementary aged students and preschool aged kiddos to teach them worship songs. And I have watched some of these young people, through the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives, to accept Christ as their Savior and Lord. Would I say that's a dream come true?

A B S O L U T E L Y!!!!

So here I am still working full-time(ish), but making my dream come true by baking cupcakes and cookies for friends, people at my hubby's workplace, and whoever else wants to try them. Because that's what I love to do.

I love to make people happy and bring smiles to their faces.

So if you feel so inclined, please visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/christyscupcakecreations and check out what I have been up to. I am still working on getting the list of flavors of cupcakes I have made for other people on the page, but I'll get there!

If you have an idea for a cupcake flavor that you would like to try, hit me up and we'll talk about it! I have figured out how to make several different varieties of cupcakes that were ordered or suggested by other people, and I have come up with a few of my own.

Keep your eyes on your dreams and work towards them. They might not come true in the way you think they might in the beginning, and they might not come true at all, but keep going! Don't give up! You just might be surprised by what you find in the end!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


So it's been a dream of mine for a while now to be able to start a cupcake business. I've never taken the time to put it together, but back in January 2015, I decided to bite the bullet! 

It's been a slow building process, but I am having so much fun! I have been able to provide cupcakes for a local organization's fundraiser, as well as sell some to a few customers. 

Here are some photos of what I have made so far!!

I made these on a whim for St. Patrick's Day. They went to a good friend who I hadn't seen in almost 20 years! What a cool way to reconnect! White cupcakes colored green with white whipped frosting colored green and sprinkles!

I made these cupcakes as a trial run and they were a hit!!! These were lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting and a lemon Jolly Rancher on top!

These were some of the cupcakes I made for the fundraiser. Chocolate cupcakes with white frosting and white cupcakes with cherry frosting. Both topped with Scooby snacks (grahams) and graham goldfish!

And last, but not least, is my most popular flavor. These are toffee cupcakes that are made with white cake and toffee inside of the cupcake, then topped with chocolate frosting and more toffee pieces on top!

I am so excited to see where this takes me and what else I can learn about making cupcakes for other people! It looks like I will need to branch out into cookies as well, as my chocolate chip cookies seem to be very popular these days as well!

If you want to check out what's going on with the cupcakes, visit my Christy's Cupcake Creations Facebook page:

I am going to check into a website soon, so stay tuned!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quickly approaching 40!

My 40th birthday is in less than 2 days! It's really almost here!

I've been thinking back about everything I've done in my life and what I have accomplished in 40 years. Here are just a few highlights.

  • Learned to play the piano
  • Accepted Christ into my heart at 11 years old
  • Learned to drive and got my driver's license at 16
  • Graduated from high school
  • Was blessed to take a trip to Germany and France after graduation
  • Married my sweetheart on July 1, 1994
  • Graduated from college
  • Gave birth to an awesome baby girl
  • Visited the Grand Canyon

These are somewhat date-specific, isolated events. But what has my life meant in the big picture? What mark have I left on the world?

I have made some incredible friends over the years. And I have had some relationships come and go. But what difference have I made?

The friends who have stuck by me through thick and thin and my craziness are the ones who mean the most. And they have become family. Each one of them is special in their own way, and I will never be able to fully repay their love and support.

For that, I am eternally grateful. 

I am thankful for the girls and guys who we have watched grow up over the years that still talk to us and come see us when they are home. I am grateful that they call us family as well, as I love them like they are my own.

So I guess the last 40 years have been great in some ways and not so great in others. But each year, each month, each day has been a chance for me to learn, grow, love, laugh, cry and stretch myself to be who I am today. 

It's not about what mark is left on the world, it's about the ones you loved and made to feel that they were important. That is what's important.

Age is just a number, right?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Real" writing

I had someone tell me once that blogging doesn't count as real writing.


It's not a book that's being published. It's not an article in a magazine. It's not even in print. But it doesn't count as "real" writing?

So instead of letting it roll off of my back, like water off a duck, I let it seep in. And stew. And then I let it prevent me from blogging.

What was I thinking?

If I am blogging for the approval of someone else, then I'm doing it for the wrong reason.

I decided a long time ago I would use this blog to jot down my thoughts, give some good ideas, or just tell some stories.

I'm not looking for anyone's approval. 

Do I want people to read my blog? Absolutely!

Do I want to know what people would like to read on my blog? Of course, I do!

But do I need someone to tell me that writing a blog doesn't count as "real" writing? No. Absolutely not.

So for those who don't think this is "real" writing...back off. 

For those of you who are reading my blog and enjoy it, let me know what you would like me to write about.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rants. Sometimes it just needs to be said.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014



I've had lots of dreams over the course of my life.

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a pediatrician. I thought helping kids would be a great profession. Then I found out how long I would have to go to school to be a pediatrician.

That dream went away.

Then I had a dream to be a teacher. I had an awesome third grade teacher named Mrs. Murphy. She would let us have a sweets day every Friday. She would teach us how to make a sweet treat and we actually got to make it. And eat it. In class. That was cool.

I had another cool teacher named Mrs. Martin. She was one of my high school English teachers. She was not large in stature (she was short), but she was a giant in personality and caring about her students. She's the one who taught me how to spell separate. She had a picture of a rat, and the picture said "There's a RAT in S E P A R A T E." To this day I do not forget how to spell separate. She also taught me about William Shakespeare. She is why I love literature like I do. She was awesome.

My dream to be a teacher continued into college. I had several really cool teachers in college, but two in particular were Mrs. Jennings and Ms. Petersen. They both taught me about being strong as a woman and persevering in everything I do. I think I learned the being strong as a woman part. Not so much the persevering part since I didn't finish my teaching degree. But that's neither here nor there. Both teachers really care about their students and helped us learn as much as we could in their classes. I think Mrs. Jennings has retired. Ms. Petersen still teaches, I believe. (She lives on the same street as my boss...)

My dream of being a teacher went away. I shared that in my previous blog post.

So now my dreams aren't as obvious to me anymore. I love to sing, but that won't take me far because I don't have a good enough voice. I love to bake and make people happy. So I have decided that my new dream is doing some type of business with baking cookies/cupcakes/cakes/other baked goods for others. I am going to pick my friend's brain to see how she started her cake/cupcake business. I am also going to talk to other self-employed business people to see how they got their starts. Knowledge is power, so I can use all the help I can get!

If you have any advice on starting my own venture, please feel free to share it with me in the comments section.

Thanks for reading my ramblings today. It's what's in my brain today. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dreaming with my eyes wide open

Once upon a time, I knew how to dream.

Once upon a time, I knew in my mind and heart what I wanted to be when I "grew up".

Then I went to college. I wanted to be a teacher. And I just knew that's what my calling in life was.

I took all of the required teaching classes, completed and passed all of the testing. And I was less than a semester away from graduating and getting certified to teach Jr/Sr high school English.

I was in my last semester of college and completing my required student teaching at a high school in the Muncie, Indiana area. I realized very quickly that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Did I just not pay attention in class, but only do what was 'good enough' to pass the class? Did I not know what it would be like to be in the classroom and have to plan lessons, make up assignments, grade papers, make up tests and grade them? 

The answer to that last question was apparently NO. I was scared to death and did not know what to do.

Until one day after school when my supervising teacher sat me down, looked me straight in the face and said, "You don't want to be here, do you? You don't want to do this for the rest of your life, do you?"

It threw me for a loop! Was I that much of a failure at being a teacher? She could see it on my face and in my eyes as they swelled with tears. I was so scared of what to do next. I had just spent almost 5 years of my life going to college for something that no longer seemed like a good idea. I didn't see myself being a teacher for the rest of my life.

When I have told this story to people over the years, I always get the same response. "Oh, it was the students. High school students are hard to deal with. Teenagers are hard to teach." 

But it had nothing to do with the students. I love high school students! I had been a high school sponsor/coach for years in the church we were attending and absolutely loved the students I was honored to love on and teach about Jesus and live life with.

I just couldn't get peace in my heart with being a school teacher. I know now, after looking back to 16 1/2 years ago when this all happened, that I was not supposed to be a teacher in that sense. Teaching school was not going to be my profession.

What was going to be my privilege and honor to do was to love on kids who need someone to be there for them. To listen and be that shoulder to cry on or ear to hear their struggles and not be judgmental of what they are going through. To give wisdom - yes. To give love - yes. To condemn - absolutely not.

So for now, I continue to dream. I continue to seek and try to figure out what my 'profession' in life should be. But I also dream of what kind of mom I can be. What kind of encouragement I can give my high school student who is going through all kinds of things with change in her own life. How much love I can give her and give to her friends who don't get the love at home that they so desperately need.

One verse comes up in my mind now and then. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

Seeking Him first in all I do, I know He will show me the way.

So I continue to dream with my eyes wide open.

What do you dream about? Have those dreams changed over the years?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blessed by my sistas!

God has answered one of my prayers!

He has given me a new group of sisters to do life with!

I have struggled with developing and keeping relationships with other women in the past. It seems like things always start out well, but then eventually, the relationship becomes more surface or fizzles completely.

He has brought two incredible women into my life that I truly believe will challenge me, encourage me, and hold me accountable to my walk with Christ and becoming more like Him!

I can't wait to dive in and dig deep with these women to see what it really means to live like Christ and have that relationship with Him that we all crave!