The New Year is almost here and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along in 2015. One year ago, this blog was born and today, I am so excited to be able to say Happy 1st Birthday, Crockpot Empire!!!Last December, I set out on this journey and I really had no clue what I was doing. Just an ordinary girl wanting to live an extraordinary life, but how does one truly do that? The question plagued me and there were nights I laid in bed and begged God to help use me and my creativity for His good, because I felt like the talents He had given me were being wasted.
I had the vision for Crockpot Empire and knew what I wanted it to be, but there were times I began to doubt myself and I know others did, too. I admittedly let fear and self-doubt get the best of me. I had fear of failing, becoming vulnerable, was worried how people would perceive me, I questioned if I was even good enough and most importantly, would I even know how to blog?! I knew those thoughts were just the enemy and I was not going to let anyone, especially my own self, stand in the way of the beautiful life God has planned for me.I am so thankful for my struggles, because of them they have made me see just how strong I actually am. After Knox got sick and healed, I threw fear into the wind, stepped out of my comfort zone and refused to let anyone but me decide my future. When I became fearless, and let the Spirit lead me, life began to happen. Doors started to open, Jesus started working on my behalf and magical things began to happen.I have poured my heart and soul into this blog and worked incredibly hard to learn the art and craft of blogging and continue to every day. Looking back where I started one year ago, and comparing it to now makes me giggle, because I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing! You have to start somewhere, right?!?!
As you’re making your New Years Resolutions, let me ask you the tough questions that I used to pin on Pinterest day after day. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What would you want to do if you knew you would not fail? Is what you’re doing today getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?
Whatever your answers are, my hope and prayer is that you let your faith be bigger than your fear in 2016, and always remember that your greatest talent is SO much more powerful than your biggest fear. Take it from me, it’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. It is because of you, our loyal readers, that makes this blog successful and for that I can’t thank you enough. Happy New Year and we can’t wait to see all that 2016 brings. I hope that you will continue to join us to see what God has in store, because knowing Him it will be BIG!!!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7