A Cake Smash for My Two Year Blogiversary

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You did it.

You’ve actually stuck with me for a second year, my dearest darling readers! I’VE actually stuck with me for a second year. I’m notorious for coming up with grand ideas, starting projects but never seeing them through.

The fact that I’m still here means we need to celebrate!
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Last year’s blogiversary post was a reflection on the passage of time and my initial observations about blogging. This year, the main thing I want to say is thank you.

I’ve hinted at my mental instability on this blog in the past, usually through humour, but I’ve never come right out and admitted to struggling with depression and anxiety. It’s debilitating at times. It makes me an unbearable person to live with. Hell, most of the time I can’t bear being me.

Have you seen Julie and Julia? In one part of the movie, Julie states that Julia Child and food saved her. It struck such a deep chord with me because…

This blog saved me.
Baking saved me.
The Husband with his unwavering support and necessary doses of reality saved me.
You, my dear reader, saved me.
You continue to save me, every day.

I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me that you read my words and that you comment with such thought, eloquence, care, humour and friendship. There were (and continue to be) so many occasions where I’m melting down, sinking, flailing, failing.

Where the darkness that lurks in my mind seems insurmountable.
Where I feel like the world’s biggest fuck up.
Where all I can feel is pain, anger, sadness and wild, destructive panic.
Where I can’t pull myself out, where sometimes I don’t want to pull myself out.

Baking fills my world with light. Talking to you brings me immeasurable joy. I may not have a million readers, a book deal or mad money being generated by this blog but it’s given me so much more than those material things.

You are my joy.
You are my pride.
You are my everything.
You inspire me to be bigger and better.
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Case in point.

Posts from the past two years that I’m proud of:

Sour Cream Orange Cake For My Body Issues – I’m just saying what every woman is thinking. We hate our bodies and it sucks. We all think if we were skinnier/curvier, etc, we’d be beautiful and therefore happier but it’s not true. Western society has dictated what is beautiful and we’ve all been brainwashed into believing it. We need to be kinder to ourselves. Thank you so much for your incredible comments. Sisters unite!

Related to that is the post I wrote about Julie Chen and her eyelid surgery: On Asian Eyes and S’mores Cookie Bars. SUCH a fun topic and again, amazing commentary from you guys.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and What Am I Going To Do With My Life – I’m a very angsty person. I agonize over everything. I’m always overanalyzing my life and thinking that things could be better. That something external to myself will make me happier. You guys left me the best comments and y’all lifted my spirits with your stories and commiseration. Seriously, the response blew me away.

The Baked Brownie: Guest Post by @wallflourgirl – I didn’t write this post but I’m so proud to be friends with Ala, the brilliant mind behind Wallflour Girl. You guys really connected with her message of positivity and appreciating the small, joyful moments of life. Ala really is as energetic and positive as she seems on her blog. Meeting her and reading her posts has inspired me to become more positive, as I outlined in my Funfetti Rice Krispies Squares post.

Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche for a #MothersDayParty – I’m a very open person and I like sharing bits ‘n pieces of my life with you, including the way I was raised by my strong, stoic mother. I loved every comment left for me on this post.

My Random Crap posts (see here and here). Goddamn, do I have fun writing these. And you guys crack me up with your hilarious comments.
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I hope you see the common theme here. What I truly love and appreciate is the back and forth conversations I have with you, my dearest readers. Your comments always make me laugh, make me think and I look forward to reading them every time I press “publish” on my posts. It’s why I blog. The community I belong to and the connections I’ve built have made every blogging moment priceless.
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Two Year Blogiversary | gottagetbaked
So let’s smash some cake up in here.

Why should babies have all the fun? Grown ass people want to smash cakes and smear it all over their faces too!
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Two Year Blogiversary | gottagetbaked
By the way, this cake was from a box mix and the icing is canned. After having made my own cakes for the past two years, I can definitely say homemade is a thousand times better (no offence, Betty ‘n Duncan! I enjoyed your products for many years but I’m afraid our separation will be permanent).

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Hmmm…I wonder what chemical cocktail I’m consuming right now…

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Well, that was fun.

Thank you for having shared this experience with me so far. I couldn’t do it without you. Here’s to another year, dearest readers!

Love, Nancy
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Credit for all these photos goes to the Husband.

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116 thoughts on “A Cake Smash for My Two Year Blogiversary

  1. oh my gawd, Nancy. love this post! You surprise me from time to time you know. . with the humor and sarcasm but then you come to us with all this vulnerability and honesty. you are real and I love it. I always read every single word you right here on these posts. I hope you know this. and I’m about to get all sentimental on you. . I had no idea you struggled with those things. . I think we all do sometimes . . but I’m so glad you found a resting place in this blog and baking. We, your friends and readers, love you and your blog so you’d better keep the posts coming. you were my first blogger friend I met in real life and that’s special, yo. And, you crazy girl. . and I love it!!! love the photos and seeing your beautiful face .. and you smashing the cake!!! Here’s to many more years of baking and writing and just letting things out. No one is perfect. no life is perfect. we all struggle and it’s nice to find those we can struggle and muddle through with. I consider you one of those people. cheers to you my dear friend. love you!

    • Alice, you will forever hold a special place in my heart because besides Sarah, you were the very first person I really connected with through blogging and the first blogger I got to meet. I know that you read every word that I write and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you for your unwavering support and your friendship. I have a million things that I want to say to you but for now, all I need to say is, I love you too, girl!

  2. What a creative idea to do a cake smash! Must have been fun. Congratulations on your second anniversary! Also, I think everybody has your struggles to some degree so just know you’re not alone! Glad you found an outlet in baking and continue forward!

    • Thanks, DB! The amazing thing is, after talking to people and writing these words out, everyone else has similar stories and troubles and feelings. That’s why I crave human interaction so much – it’s very isolating keeping it all in and feeling like you’re the only person going through this. You gotta talk it out with people who can sympathize and commiserate. You’ve been such a good friend to me. Thank you so much for your support!

  3. NANCYYYY. You seriously made me cry with this post! Mainly because I can relate so darn well with everything you said about connecting with people, anxiety and not knowing what to do with your life. Your willingness to be vulnerable and share your life with your readers is so commendable and what makes us come back to read more! (well, that and the amazing food. we’re always here for the food). Thank YOU for your candor, your humor, your amazing spirit and for sharing your life with us through this little piece of the interwebs. I’m so glad you started this blog two years ago because I treasure our friendship! xo

    • Kelly, YOU made ME cry with this comment. Thank you so much. You’ve been one of the bloggers I’ve met who I’ve had a lot of serious conversations about all of our angsty issues. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. You’ve been an amazing friend and an inspiration to me. I can’t wait until we meet in real life. Shit’s gonna get real! 😉

  4. Congrats on your second anniversary! Wonderful post (and blog!) and your photos are fantastic! 🙂

  5. I love that we share blog anniversaries Nancy (okay one day apart but whatever!) You are adorable and funny, witty, kind hearted, talented and beautiful! A fabulous friend and I can’t wait to meet you next month. Let’s smash cake! Okay well actually let’s just eat cake instead.

    • I can’t freaking wait until F&W in July. I’m already brainstorming what I can bake for y’all that will survive the long plane ride to Florida. Meeting and getting to know you has been one of the best things that came out of blogging. We’re going to be amazing real life friends, I just know it. And yeah, let’s eat cake, because cake makes everything better!

  6. Oh Nancy. I have huge admiration for both you and Ala in regards to disclosing your vulnerabilities and struggles. You know what? It takes massive, massive strength to do that. I do hope that as time moves on, you’ll be liberated from the crippling nature of anxiety and depression. I’m another who can say that you are definitely not alone. Love this photoshoot and the celebration that comes with your second blogiversary… woot! Congratulations, may there be many more years to come. You are AMAZING xx

    • Laura, you always leave me the most incredible, supportive comments. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’m so glad that I’ve met you and discovered your awesome blog. Here’s to many more years of mutual admiration and respect 🙂

  7. Those smashed pics were the greatest. Love your honesty, love your writing style and humor and a BIG congrats to making it 2 years. I’m not even at 2 months yet! Seriously, keep doing what you are doing since it brings you and others so much joy:)

    • Thanks, Matt! Hey, like I said in a comment I’d previously left you, you’re doing AMAZING at the two month blogging mark. You’re a total pro. It’s like you’ve been doing it forever!

  8. So first off, a very very very happy blogoversary to you. May there be many more in your future. (Also, cake smash? AWESOME. I seriously dig your style, lady.)
    Secondly, hats off to you for your honesty. Because it’s easy to write blog posts that are all sunshine and sweetness and swirly frosting, but it takes guts to get real and admit that sometimes life isn’t so perfect. I know that sometimes it’s hard to drown out that little voice inside that saps all the joy and energy out of life, but this blog is proof that you are you’re hilarious and funny and a kickass baker (and gosh darnit, people like you).
    Can’t wait to hang out in October at FBC. Yaaaaaaaaay!

    • Isabelle, we are gonna KILL it at FBC in October. I can’t freaking wait. Through following your blog these past few years and getting to know you through all the groups we’re in together, I know that we’re going to be amazing friends in real life. We both have that snarky, sarcastic humour, which I love. Thank you so much for this incredible comment.

  9. Wow! Congratulations and welcome to the two year blogging club :)Its been a pleasure getting to know you through your posts, your stories and I have to applaud your immense talent in creating stunning desserts, something I can only dream of :).We all have problems in our lives but we have to continue to do things that bring us joy and that is baking for you and cooking for me.So here’s wishing you many many more years of baking and blogging 🙂

    • Thank you, Soni! Meeting you through Sunday Supper has been one of the best things to come out of blogging. You always inspire me with your delicious Indian recipes. I wish I could have dinner at your house!

  10. Friend, you are not going to believe me when I tell you that I woke up to this post and it made my day epic in every way conceivable–and I know that you won’t believe me because you are one of the humblest, most incredible, and most talented folks I have ever had the honor of meeting, and that is only untrue in the sense that I can’t express enough in words how true it is. Language hasn’t been evolved enough for that purpose since the Neanderthals started using it. In fact, I’m going to write you a big fat email to tell you exactly how I love this post to death (and the fact that you even considered including my guest post among your lot of AMAZING posts just humbles me like Wilbur the pig–I still need to read all of them and I kid you not when I say that is the thing I’m looking forward to most today). There are so many other things I can and will say–again, via email. Love the post collection, love the honesty, love the love for your readers, and love everything about this awesome community you’ve created. You are a one-of-a-kind wonder woman, and don’t you ever, EVER forget it. (Oh, and this brought to my attention that we’re almost blogging twins, too–my blog-versary is coming up on July 7th!)

  11. Congratulations on your blogiversary and keep it going because you brighten my days and bring me joy with your recipes, posts, photos, comments, honesty, and more.

  12. Congrats Nancy! What a great post – love the cake smashing! And kudos for talking about your struggles (i have the same ones – i relate). I’m so glad I got to meet you this year and I hope we get so have more face to face encounters!

    • Thanks, Melissa! I’m so glad I got to meet you too. I definitely hope that we get to see more of each other. I love that there are so many other bloggers in Vancouver. I was starting to feel really lonesome until joining FBC.

  13. Um Nancy you are amazing. I love the contrast of that coquettish “just gonna run my finger around the rim of this cake….” shot to *CAKE PUNCH* You and your husband are quite the team!!! So proud of you for making it to two years and I’m SO glad we (as a community of your devoted followers) give back to you just a teensy bit of what you give to us with your fabulous, thoughtful and meaningful comments. You are seriously a bright light in the blogging community who would be SO MISSED if you ever left!!! ❤ ❤ (You have seriously been mentioned as a favorite blogger by so many other bloggers!)

    • Erika, you are one of my dearest and longest blogging friends. I’m so glad that we’re buds. Every time I even start considering leaving the blogging world, I think about you and all the other amazing people I’ve met and that keeps me going. I would never want to lose my connection with you guys. Thank you for being such an amazing, constant supporter of me ‘n my blog. You know the feeling’s mutual!

  14. You = Awesome. I loved this post. And smashing that cake looks like one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever seen. I think I need to go buy a boxed cake mix just so I can try it. Lord knows I’m not wasting all that precious butter for a smash cake. 🙂 Thank you for being so honest and real about your struggles in this space. It has definitely given me courage to share things I wouldn’t have had the strength to share otherwise.

    • Again, this is why we are sisters from another mister. The whole reason I used that cake mix was because I couldn’t bear the thought of using butter, sugar ‘n flour (not to mention all my precious time) to make a cake that’s just gonna be obliterated. Courtney, you always blow me away with your humour, intelligence and willingness to open up. I love your blog so much and we are going to be the best of friends when we meet up in July. Woot woot!

  15. Oh my gosh!! That’s the best blogiversary I’ve seem. Smashing a cake? Only you girl can be that unique!! And it’s one of the reasons I am so so glad I came across your blog and now an avid reader. Congratulations on 2 years! I can’t wait to celebrate 3 and many more with you. And I look forward everyday to your posts as they are always thoughtful, honest and welll delicious. U have touched a lot of people, I’m sure because I know reading your words has helped me not only focus on the great positive values I have but you have also made me a better blogger. I was at a point were I was losing the fun and thanks to one of your posts, I had to reevaluate and focus on why I loved baking and blogging. So THANK YOU! For being here for all of us 🙂

    • Zainab, this comment meant the world to me when I read it (and yes, I’m a horrible procrastinator which is why it’s taken me this long to reply). I had no idea that my blog played a part in you rediscovering your love of blogging. That blows me away! Thank you so much for telling me that. It really touched me, especially since I admire you so much. I love the community we’re a part of. Meeting you and getting to know you has been an amazing part of my journey. I can’t wait until the day we meet up in person! Big hugs to you, girl.

  16. 1-Congratulations on 2 years!!! I’m so happy we’re friends 😀 2-You smashing that chemical-y cake is adorable. 3-You are the coolest, sweetest, most honest, awesome, smart, brave, and amazing people in the world. For realsies. Michael has a lot of the same sorts of struggles that it seems like you go through, so I know what it’s like, to some degree. And I’m so happy that baking and blogging are such a bright spot in your life! Because you’re a giant ray of sunshine in mine 🙂

    • Kayle, “giant ray of sunshine” is exactly how I would describe you, so the feeling is mutual! You’re the best, girl. Thank you so much for being an amazing friend and a supporter of my lil blog.

  17. A very happy 2 years, Nancy! You bring an amazing amount of humor and wit to your site, that I can’t help being sucked in. Your posts always cause fits of laughter. I love your honesty, your passion, and your emotion you add to every single post. You’re a real person–the good with the bad. Not many people are brave enough to pull off the mask, and I love you for it. That apron paired with that paper hat is adorable. Kudos to your hubby for the fabulous and oh-so-Nancy pictures. Cheers to another delicious year!

    • In a few of these photos, I look like a deranged old school ice cream parlour worker. You know what I mean? They’d wear those little hats and an apron? Thank you so much, Jennie! You’re one of the bloggers that I count as one of my good friends. I can’t imagine going through this journey without you. You inspire me all the time (especially with your new baking venture. I need to message you for all the inside scoop!). Love ya, girl.

  18. I can relate to this post so much. In many ways, my blog (and culinary school before that) saved me. Saved my life. I worry for my old self when I think about her – she was so unhappy. But I’m so glad your blog has saved you in some small way, too. Also, I just REALLY REALLY REALLY want to smash a cake myself now. I wouldn’t look nearly as adorable as you do doing it. Please frame these photos and hang them somewhere in your house. Because I seriously just love them!

    • “I worry for my old self when I think about her – she was so unhappy” <– Lori, these words hit me like a ton of bricks. That's often how I feel right now, and that makes me sad. I love that you constantly make the choice to change your life, pursue what you believe will make you happy, and you adapt. You are a kick ass woman. I'm so happy I got to meet you. As for how you'd look smashing a cake, I think it'd be pretty adorable…or at least hilarious 😉 Thanks for everything, friend.

      • I’m so glad you’re being open about your struggles, though. So many people aren’t. Personally, I got to a point where every day, on my drive home from work, I would cry. It wasn’t because I had a particularly bad day at work, or something terrible happened, it was just…general unhappiness. And one day, while crying-driving, I just KNEW. Like, I was done with that life. Of course, I had to wait on my culinary school’s waiting list for a year and a half, but that didn’t even bother me. I knew things were going to get better. And not to sound cliche, but I think that one day (hopefully one day soon!), YOU will just know what you need to do. Whether that’s choosing a different career path, or sticking with the one you’ve got but approaching it in a different way. You’re smart, and it’s obvious that you care about yourself and your future. Of course, none of these decisions are easy, and I know that your family/culture makes it even more difficult. I’m SO looking forward to seeing you next month, and we can talk more in person!

  19. Happy two years, sweet friend. As you know, I can so relate to battling anxiety and depression. I’ve had some dark days and my own blog (as well as reading ones like yours) has helped me move towards the light. You bring so much joy and laughter into my week. Thank you for sharing your heart and your recipes with us again and again.

    • Thank you, dearest Monet! You are one of the most genuine, sweetest people I’ve met and the comments you made about my blog are exactly how I feel about yours. You give so much of yourself and your family through your writing and your blog, always with honesty, humour and of course, all of your delicious recipes. So glad we became friends!

  20. I. LOVE. YOU!! This post is beautiful. First off all, the photos are hilarious so tell your husband I said thank you too 🙂 If I was with you I’d want to fist this cake as well because this looks like a lot of fun. Secondly, I really, really, REALLY appreciate our chats over the past few days. I think we all get down every now and then and it’s good to call up a friend to get things off our chests. Isn’t it insane how blogging brought us together?!! I once told someone (recently) that you were the 1st blogging person who really commented on my blog. I never really realized or even understood the value of something simple as comments. But when you stop for a moment to read the stories behind some of these people, you begin to relate. You, my friend, always tell great… no scratch that, AMAZING stories! I actually look forward to when you post again and again. ❤ xoxox Happy 2nd Blogiversary!!

    • Lol, love ya too, girl! This comment means so much to me, especially the part where you say that I’m the first blogging person to really comment on your blog. I always make it a point to find something in a post to comment on. When someone puts that much time and effort into their posts, they deserve to have my full undivided attention. Your blog is one of my favourites and you, I’m proud to say, are one of my friends. I’m so glad you reached out to me on Instagram to kick start our friendship!

  21. Thanks for your blog! I look forward to a new entry weekly in my email! Congrats on your 2nd anniversary Nance!

  22. Congratulations Nance! How amazing it’s already been 2 years of wonderful recipes and hilarious posts from you. I get so excited when I see you have a new blog post for me to read and you’re keeping me drooling with all the delicious baking. You are definitely my inspiration in blogging and keep me motivated to try new recipes I never would have thought of myself. Wishing you many more years of success and many more cakefest and high tea get togethers. I got nothing but love for you dear friend.

    • Thanks, Iv! I’m so thankful that our friendship has lasted through the ages – I’ve known you since I was 6 years old! And I hope you recognize that fabulous apron that I’m modelling in these shots 😉 Here’s to many many more years for both of our blogs and to endless eating-fests!

  23. Happy Blogiversary, Nancy! I said it last year and I’ll say it again, You are a rock star! Your extraordinary wit and smarts are truly admirable…And you are so loved – as witnessed by the myriad of comments…You deserve to be proud of yourself just for being you ❤ And yes, your astute and important posts about eyes, weight et al were/are important. They are icing on the cake of your lovable self ❤

    • And you, Kim, are one of my dearest and most loving supporters! I don’t deserve all the incredible praise you heap on me every time you comment on my blog. Please know that I feel the exact same way about you and I can’t wait to meet you in July!

  24. YOU totally rock MY world, Nancy! It’s funny (not ha-ha) when a dose of reality smacks you in the face via some brilliantly written words. I’m right there with you on the angsty…maybe that’s one reason that I can’t wait to hug you in July. And drink a cocktail with you. Happy 2 years, lady.

    • Thank you so much! I worry sometimes that I’m using you guys as my free counselling sessions. Whenever I question whether I should post something, I think about how much I appreciate when other bloggers open themselves up. If I’m feeling all of this stuff, I’m sure others are too.

  25. Happy anniversary to your wonderful blog, Nancy!!! You have such an amazing voice whether writing about food, puppies, societal issues or your own struggles. I started my blog as a distraction when my daughter was dealing with some major issues…and it certainly did the trick by sucking me way in! Glad that baking has been good therapy for both of us. Can’t wait to see you again!!! xoxo

    • Thank you, dearest Liz. To know that you come here, read my posts and comment so beautifully really touches my heart, because I admire you so much. Blogging has been the most wonderful distraction I could ask for! And I can’t wait to see you again too – just one more month!

  26. Girl. It’s so great that you are so honest about who you are and what you love, as well as what you struggle with, cus people don’t’ do that nearly enough. It’s amazing to see how writing a blog and being so involved with food can be such saving grace – I wrote my college essay on food so I get it. Keep it up – Year #3 will be awesome!

    • Shikha, thanks so much, girl! I LOVE that you wrote your college essay on food. That’s awesome. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. I’m so glad we’ve connected through blogging. I’ve been to San Fran four times (LOVE the city so much) and the next time I’m there, I’m looking you up cause you know we’ve gotta meet in real life!

  27. Aww Nancy. First off I want to wish a happy, happy blogiversary. You could have fooled me as an old time veteran. I just want to tell you when I started blogging we were going through some challenges. I was going through some funky time and my blog, readers and social media uplifted me. It was not about number of hits, number of followers or $$ but about the process of creativity and healing. The support of the community is immeasurable and we are here always for you when you need us.

    • Shulie, thank you for your lovely comment! It’s amazing how many people are going through or have went through the same challenges and feelings I am. When I get into a funk and lock myself away, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. I’m so glad I have this blog to open up. It’s led me to so many wonderful people such as yourself. I hope we get to meet again soon!

  28. HILARIOUS…you funny lady. You clever lady. You talented and beautiful lady. I was gasping when I saw your photo of the cake being smashed but thank goodness you didn’t spend hours putting it together homemade (hahaha). Thank you for your honesty about all you go through. I think your honesty is so refreshing and so lovely. So love your gorgeous baked goods but your random crap posts are pretty awesome. Happy Blogivsersary, bella!

    • Lol, I’m glad you enjoy the random crap posts, Lora. They’re seriously some of my favourites! And thank you for your beautiful, touching comment. I meant every word in this blog. Meeting and getting to know people like you has been the best part of blogging. And you have no idea how excited I am to meet you in Florida next month. It’s going to be an amazing time!

  29. Yay, happy blogiversary Nancy! It’s amazing how therapeutic it is to put yourself out there and receive responses from strangers (at first) and how they soon become friends. It’s also my favorite part of blogging. Congrats on sticking with it! I don’t know how you do it while also being Miss Lawyer Lady. You rock. Soldier on my friend.

    • Oh Karen, I’m barely holding it together! You know I’m a hot mess most of the time 😉 Thanks so much, lady. You inspire me all the time with your incredible recipes (ermagawd, savoury French toast. I can’t stop thinking about it) and your hilarious, witty, fiercely intelligent writing. YOU rock and I can only hope to meet you in real life someday.

  30. Congratulations, Nancy! Two years is a huge accomplishment. I also suffer with anxiety. It can be paralyzing at times, but my mom helps me through it. I’m glad blogging has helped you. I have actually found blogging to be a source of my anxiety as I struggle to find my place in the world. I just want to figure it all out.

    • Awwww Laura, I’m sorry to hear that but I can totally relate. My job is my main source of stress and anxiety. I’ve actually been having panic attacks lately while I’m driving home from work to the point where I need to pull over. It’s horrid. And I hear ya on how blogging can be a source of anxiety – it’s stressful keeping up with baking, cooking, photographing, blogging, posting, social media, sponsors, paid posts, etc. It’s never ending. I’m glad to hear you have your mom helping you through it. It’s cliche but I believe that we all eventually end up where we’re supposed to be. Keep on keepin’ on, girl!

      • I am definitely trying to believe that too. It sounds crazy, but I feel like something great is about to happen. Which is good, because I am fed up with being unhappy and am going to do whatever it takes to make my dreams come true and things work out! Thanks for the support, Nancy!

  31. You are amazing Nancy and I truly mean that. I love how you write and what you share so honestly with us. First, congrats on 2 years, whoop! The pics are super awesome and can I just say, I want that apron!! I’m a sucker for bright colors and I really love it. I also love all of the fun pics taken by your hubby. I totally relate to what you are saying too, I keep things to myself pretty much, but the biggest thing I struggle with is confidence and comparing myself to others. It is stiffling and just this week, there have been so many things to slap me in the face and remind me that I’m enough, and I don’t have to be like others, I just have to remember why I do what I do and that is the point! I have struggled my whole life with it, so it’s always a work in progress, but my husband and mother help me a lot. You are an amazing lady, never ever forget that 🙂 xoxo
    Oh and p.s. I totally hear you on the boxed cake mixes….they aren’t even edible to me now! I tried a couple bites of one awhile back at a friend’s birthday party and it was SO bland and dry, I couldn’t eat it….and I can put down SOME cake, so that is saying a lot. I have never liked canned icing, even as a kid, I think it is absolutely disgusting, haahaha!

    • Why are you such an amazing, awesome, supportive friend, Brandi?! You always leave me the best, most thoughtful comments and I appreciate it so much. Always remember that you are more than enough. And seriously, I wanted to spit out whatever I was cramming into my mouth during this photo session – no more box mixes for me ever again!

  32. Happy bloggy anniversary Nancy 🙂 I’ve not long been following your blog but I love to read your refreshing posts and look are your stomach rumbling inducing photos! Can’t wait for more, happy baking 😀

  33. OH . MY. GOODNESS you smashed a cake like a CHAMP!!!! aw nancy, happy 2 year blogiversary – may you have many more years of baking and cake smashing in your future! you are a lucky woman, baking talent, a great support system – and it’s so refreshing to read when people are honest about what they’re going through. take CARE and let’s go for HK GIANT TOAST! (and i’m looking forward to reading those past posts you linked up above…)

    • Smashing the cake was freaking cathartic. I didn’t even go as nuts as I wanted to. I should’ve made the icing a crazy psychedelic colour like in those baby cake smash photos ‘n gotten it all over my face, in my hair… Maybe next year. Thanks for your lovely comments, Lyndsay! I’m so glad I got to meet you. I’m seriously going to contact you about that HK toast as soon as my weekends calm down.

  34. Oh Nancy! We are such kindred spirits. Happy Blog Anniversary!! I have to say, I can relate to your story 100%. My blog has become my source of happiness, creativity, my outlet and it saved me too. I know to some people that would sound bizarre, but I have realised so many God-given talents that I possess through this blog and have met so many AMAZING people too! About your depression and anxiety, I totally sound like I am copying you but I have been clinically diagnosed and struggle with the two also. I actually want to (when I am less nervous) do a post because I found that speaking up always helps others who are struggling with the same thing. I KNOW how awful it can be, and thank God that I have gone from debilitating panic attacks to a much better place now, and all the same things that helped you (swap your Mr. for mine of course 🙂 ) are literally the same things that helped me!!! I could go on and on, but just know you are never alone. Many of us know the struggles, whether we experience them on different levels, and I am here no matter what!

    On a separate non-philosophical level, HOW AWESOME IS IT THAT YOU HAD A SMASH CAKE?! Wow, you are awesome! I soooooo need to do this! I wish you MANY more years of blogging!!

    • I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through the same things, Jessica, but not surprised since there are so many of us out here. Blogging and writing about my struggles has definitely been therapeutic – you guys are like my counsellors! Know that whenever you feel safe enough to write about your experience, me ‘n the rest of your readers will appreciate it and can sympathize. Debilitating is definitely the word for some of my panic attacks. It’s not a fun way to live. Anyways, I’m so glad that I’ve met you through blogging. Here’s to many more years of blogging and friendship!

  35. This is freaking amazing. First, your candor touches my heart — thank you so much for sharing something so personal. I feel like it’s a much more common struggle than most people acknowledge, confronting what it means to be us and be with us, how to handle insecurities and emotional difficulties… even just admitting we have those insecurities and difficulties to people other than those closest to us (and for some, admitting you have them at all). The fact that you’re able to be so candid about it just speaks straight to why you are hands-down an amazing person. You’re so vibrant, your posts, your photos, and your recipes are a joy to read, and I thank you for being such a wonderful blogger and friend, Nancy. You rock.

    And this cake smash?! AMAZING. Smashing cake has got to be one of the most satisfying activities EVER (especially after it won’t do what you want it to do for posts…) To devote an actual post to it? Genius. Happy blog birthday, Nancy!! You keep doin you because we all LOVE you for it.

    • You, my dear Cynthia, are a fabulous blogger and friend and don’t you ever forget it. Our friendship has been one of the best things to come out of this journey. I look forward to every post you publish and I know that whenever I read one of your comments here, you’ll have read every word I’ve written and respond in a way that’s hilarious, witty, supportive and all around awesome. Love ya, girl!

  36. Nancy, thank you so much for your sweet comment over at Nora’s guest post! I am so glad I found your blog! Happy second anniversary – what a gorgeous cake. Loving all those sprinkles! For newbies, like me, recapping those posts is so helpful, I can’t wait to read through them all! Happy Friday!

    • Hey Mary Frances! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me! I’m so glad that I met you through Nora. I can’t wait to keep following along with your beautiful blog!

  37. Sorry I am a little late with this but happy, happy, happy 2nd anniversary!! I know what you mean about baking being a refuge. It’s so calming to focus on something manageable when life seems anything but. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the coming year 🙂

    • Hah, talk about being late – it’s taken me 20 days to respond to your comment! Thanks so much, Nora! I definitely need as much “calm” in my life as I can get 😉

  38. Nancy this post is amazing. It takes a lot to open up to other people like this and I really commend you for it. Especially being in the field of psychology, I know how stigmatized mental health problems are and I cannot stand it. Even if it’s not full blown depression and anxiety, everyone suffers from time to time and we need to be brave enough to share our stories so that we can help ourselves and those around us. Wow that sounded preachy. But I hope you get where I am coming from and I am so glad that this blog is your outlet so that we can all reap the benefits from what you have to share!

    • Hey Mal, I forgot you’re in the field of psychology! I should call you up and get free counselling…uh, I mean, chat about life 😉 Don’t apologize for sounding preachy. In fact, preach it, girl! I love hearing what you have to say. Thank you for being such a staunch supporter of my blog. You know I feel the same about you ‘n yours!

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