Cakes by Prairie Girl


Cakes_Logo_FinalI’m really excited by the thought of launching a new division this fall!! And nothing makes it seem more real than to have a senior cake designer ready to join us this fall- Julie Montgomery – and a new logo!

Julie is a really terrific person with amazing talent – she is currently both teaching cake design full time and making cakes for clients (in her “spare” time).  I can’t wait for her to start with us in September.

On the logo and name, I decided to switch from Weddings by Prairie Girl to Cakes by Prairie Girl because after a conference call about the website with Christina and Julie, it was clear that many cakes we are offering are for showers, birthdays and seasonal events…so the name “Weddings by Prairie Girl” was not as inclusive as I wanted.

On another quick note, last post I wrote about not sending critical feedback by email. Well, that very same day I drafted an email to someone with a definite “critical” tone and only stopped myself from sending it when I realized the hypocrisy of saying one thing and doing another.

I thought of this a couple of days ago when I was reading a new book called Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be
by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter.

I am just barely 1/4 into the book, but the concept that made me think about my email near-miss was the author’s reference to the “planner” and the “doer” in each of us.

The “planner” is that aspect of each of us that sets goals such as exercising regularly, finishing things on time and not using email to give critical feedback. We all are planners when it comes to setting goals for ourselves – we really think as we write them down that nothing will get in our way – we feel so motivated!

Unfortunately later that same day or maybe two weeks later – whenever- the “doer” in us creeps out and doesn’t in fact “do” what the planner planned.  Instead, tired, hungry and irritable, the “doer” in us gravitates to quick and dirty solutions, such as getting the feedback off our chest asap by using email- or eating a bag of potato chips and calling it lunch.

I could take a wild guess as to what Goldsmith and Reiter suggest as to how to solve this dilemma but having not yet finished the book,  it would just be a guess. I will let you know later…in the meantime, I found even the concept as a helpful reminder to try to stay conscious of how what we are doing is or is not what we planned.

About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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