salted caramel chocolate eclairs

One thing about me is that I love to bake. For me, it's so rewarding to make new sweet treats and even better considering that at the end of a long day of baking, I get to eat something incredibly delicious. However, like all the things that we do, there's a lot to learn from baking and the experiences that I've had with it. Here are 5 life lessons that I've learned from baking that can be applied anywhere.

01 | Some things will turn out to be amazing, but others might not. And that's okay.

Whenever I bake, I always have the expectation that everything will turn out perfect, but that's not always the case. You will make mistakes and you will have to scrap some of the work that you've done. However, that doesn't mean that it wasn't worth it. You either get the satisfaction of a job well done or the satisfaction that you did what you could do and the ability to learn from it, which to me is enough.

02 | Apply trial and error and things will work out.

When things go wrong, it's so easy to get devastated. However, the great thing is that you always have another chance. In baking, if my eclairs turn out flat and don't puff up, no big deal, there's always a next time to change things and get it right. In my daily life, I have the same opportunity. Sure, things might be a mess today, but tomorrow I can try again with a new approach. Things will work out if you just get up and tackle it again.

03 | Don't only focus on the visual appeal, focus on what's inside as well. 

Angel food cake cupcake with whipped mascarpone cream and berriesOne of the things that I get so caught up on is how things look on the outside. Whether I'm decorating a cake or making brownies, I often find myself compromising taste for visual appeal. Sure, I don't love the taste of frosting and I know that it will wash out the flavor of the cake, but it would make it look so much neater and professional. In baking and in reality, I've learned that you shouldn't just focus on the visual aspect of things, but also what's inside. Instead of compromising one for the other, try and find balance. Like a cake, don't solely focus on making yourself viewed well in the eyes of others, turn your attention to how you feel on the inside as well. It's nice to be liked, but you need a balance in your life.

04 | Simple doesn't mean bad. 

As I've grown up, I've moved away from the basic chocolate chip cookies and have begun to make my own creations. For example, with a cake, I'll sit there trying to plan out the layers, the flavors, and the textures. However, sometimes I get carried away and end up over-complicating things by adding too many layers and too many things to make to create a final product. In the end, just because it's simple doesn't make it less delicious or less interesting, simple just means that it has everything you need, which is just as good.

05 | Perfectionism can cloud your success. 

When you have this perfect image in your head of what you want whatever you're making to look and taste a certain way, it can often cloud your level of satisfaction with your creation. I am a perfectionist. And I know that. In fact, it can be a strength by ensuring high quality in whatever I do, but it can also be a weakness by stopping me from seeing all my successes and only seeing where I went wrong. At the end of the day, you are your biggest supporter but you can also be your biggest critic. Don't let your inner critic stop you from patting yourself on the back and congratulating yourself.

5 Life Lessons I've Learned From Baking

2 comments:

  1. These are so applicable and SO so true!! Baking is so therapeutic for me, it's nice to be able to pour effort in to something you can immediately reap rewards for!
    Caitlin
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