A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had the privilege of making the “smash cake” for my husband’s godson’s 1st birthday, as part of a larger discussion around the link between money and happiness. I know I said I would share pictures, but it turns out there’s even more to say on the subject!
Beyond the joy we derive from feeling useful (and the money we often save in the process), decorating a cake is a great metaphor for our attitude about money.
When I executed the trial run of the smash cake, this is how it turned out:
Not bad, but not good enough for me. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted it to look like, and while this missed the mark, I knew I could get there if I had the right tools and a little more practice. I got some new piping tips, watched some more YouTube videos, and got back to work.
Fast forward to a few weeks later when I had the right tools, enough time and patience with myself, and an adorably punny cake topper (had to!), and I’m really happy with the results (pictured up at the top of this post). That’s the cake we ended up taking to the party, and it was a total success! What I’ll note is that once I had a cake that met my expectations, I stopped making cakes.
It’s no different with your money. Oftentimes people find themselves trying to achieve something with their money, and realizing when they step back and look at what they’ve created, it’s just not giving them what they expected. What we can learn from the cake in this instance is that with the right tools, a little research and a lot of patience, we can always change what we’re looking at.
The final lesson, which I alluded to above, is that once I had created something I was happy with, I stopped picking it apart. In short:
Perfection is not realistic, but its pursuit is expensive.
Set an intention for the life you want to live, and get the right tools in place to allow your money to work for you in achieving it. And once you’re there, stop obsessing over what you might do differently. I’m all about optimizing, but I’m not about wasting resources chasing something that isn’t attainable.
I hope you found this helpful! Working with a money coach can be a powerful tool, and if it’s something that interests you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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