At the beginning of this year I decided that I was going to start a blog mentorship program.
I remember being a brand new blogger five plus years ago and trying to figure out how to navigate everything was overwhelming and took a lot of time. I've learned a lot since then. Lots of trial and error. I thought it would be fun to start up a mentorship program for that very reason. For bloggers who are just getting started and are looking to grow their readership. Each mentorship runs a week long. If you would like to apply shoot me an email- thevanillatulip (at) yahoo (dot) com.
This week's Guest Post is from Crystal from One Sweet Day.
You can find her at the following places below:
Hey there, I'm Crystal from over at One Sweet Day, just livin' it up here in freeeeeezing cold MT. Waiting, patiently waiting.......waiting some more, for that first teeniest, tiniest sign that Spring just might be somewhere in sight. It isn't happening anytime soon, so for now, my two girls and I are staying snug and warm in our cozy house, building forts, coloring, watching Clifford, dancing to silly songs in the kitchen, eating too much popcorn and drinking too much coffee (just me), and sometimes having ice cream right after breakfast. Anything to keep the stir-craziness away as we wait for a day warm enough to head to the park around the corner! Im a MT born girl, but never have adjusted to the cold. Currently, I've been researching living in the Bahamas, but my hubby isn't sold on the idea yet. I told him to just pray about it:) For now...here are some of the sights we see on a regular basis, and I dare say the reason people choose to live in this often frigid state! It truly is what makes living here special...
(my frozen over back yard!)
Let me introduce you to my little family: Brad and I dated for seven months before tying the know (sometimes you just know!), and we have been at this whole marriage thing for three-and-a-half years now. We have two little girls; Addison is two and Lily turned one this past November. I never dreamed that I'd be a stay-at-home-mom, but after Addison was born, I realized I had no desire to do anything but stay at home with her! I absolutely love it and feel so blessed to be able to be a SAHM, but however much a charmed life we live, it's not always roses around here. Even on the hardest days though, I wouldn't trade it. I try to keep in mind that through the trying times, whether it's a rough afternoon or a rough month, that God uses trials to mold us and make us more like Him, and while it's hard to utter a "thank you" in the midst of it, I can always look back at each trial and see how He was changing me to be conformed to His image. The most amazing thing about being a parent is how it allows us to see God more clearly; to see just how big His love is for us. It's pretty incredible.
Besides the family, here are a few tidbits about me and One Sweet Day. I love baking, mostly cupcakes and cakes (but really anything sweet suffices!), and I have a little bakeshop you can check out on the blog! Other than that...quaint coffee shops with a good book or a good friend; writing; sunshine and more sunshine; hiking; traveling and seeing/experiencing new places; and quality time with family and friends...these things are what make me tick. I blog for several reasons, but number one is simply this: to encourage other women. Some days I may have something truly inspirational to write, other days are not so pretty, but they're real. Real life at it's finest or funkiest. You see, I think that we women often feel like we're alone, regardless of how few or many friends we have, and that can be very frustrating...I know, because I feel that way many days! But I know for me, when I'm struggling with something and feel like no one understands, oftentimes I sit down with my coffee and check out my favorite blogs, and more often than not, someone else has posted just what I need to hear. It's life done together, and it's truly a ministry, even though sometimes, especially as moms of little ones, we don't get to leave the house! So, One Sweet Day is mostly day-to-day stories, thoughts, and inspiration, with some recipes here and there, and very, very occasionally, a craft, which in all honesty, I should probably never attempt, much less post for all to see, but hey, maybe it'll give you a good laugh!
Last thing you should know about me...I'm passionate about actively finding ways to live out the call to serve the least of these...the orphans, widows, hungry, imprisoned...this is where Mercy Market comes in (more about MM on the blog, as well as at mercymarket.org) I believe that God was serious when he said in the Bible that, "to the extent that you did to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did to me." (Matthew 25) Mercy Market reaches out to those who are unfairly imprisoned, forced into sex slavery/prostitution, and in such poverty that they are struggling to survive, much less be able to support their families. What I love about MM and believe so strongly in, is that rather than simply supporting women, the ministries empowers them, teaching them skills and crafts so that they can support themselves in an honorable way long term. These artisans make purses and totes, jewelry, scarves, and everything in between, and I must say, I rarely shop elsewhere for accessories these days! Their products are fun and beautiful and I feel good about where my money is going! (Check out the giveaway at the end of this post!!! I'm super excited about it!)
Crystal is generously giving away this gorgeous hand made bag! The bag is a 'Haitian Creation', made by one of the women who is part of Heartline Ministries. This ministry teaches women valuable life skills so that they can eventually support their families and end the cycle of poverty. Women learn to read and write, sew, make jewelry, cook, and run their own businesses. The ultimate goal of this ministry is to help women see their God given talents and abilities, and to know that they are treasured.
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