Looking back at where I first started with my ILP and where I am now is crazy. When I first started this ILP I was excited yet nervous for the process and not knowing if I would have enough time for it. It has been a journey and I have had so much fun with it and I have learned a lot.
Looking back to the first thing I made chocolate chip muffins, it was fun but stressful because I didn’t know what to expect with the final product of my first baked good. I have become more comfortable and relaxed about my ILP. When I first started it was more of a stressful thing and I didn’t know how to make it a fun thing that did not stress me out. I reflected on my time baking and how I could make it less stressful for myself and I could not figure it out so I just left it at that and thought it would always be a little stressful and I would just have to get used to that.
When I got to my second baked good I told myself I wasn’t going to get stressed. I was just going to have fun and do my thing and see what happened. I went in excited, and it worked I just let it happen and was having fun. I wasn’t worried about making mistakes and messing up, I was just looking at what was in front of me and doing what the directions said. It worked it relieved my stress and I was happy with the result and I didn’t have to get stressed to like my baked good end result. Being relaxed and excited to bake makes it go so much more smoothly and makes it more fun.
Overall my ILP has been a great experience and I have learned so much. I now go into baking relaxed and excited to bake. It is more of a stress reliever than a stress inducer and that is exactly what I wanted it to be and it has worked so far. Making sure that you are having fun with everything you do not just baking is extremely important. You will grow and do better when you are relaxed and having fun and being challenged. The second you become stressed and worried about doing things is when you do not succeed as quickly as if you were relaxed in doing different things. I think everyone needs to work on being more relaxed and excited to do everything they do and they will grow as a person and as a student.