Holy buckets ya’ll, 2018 is almost over!
Let me recounter what happened… At the start of the year, I was miserable and just unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. My husband and I were blessed to move into our beautiful home but something felt empty. A road crossed from me leaving one job then I left another to where I was jobless for three months. THREE WHOLE FLIPPIN’ MONTHS! I went from interview to interview and sometimes no interviews. It was definitely a tough time and put a lot of stress on my husband. There were so many conversations we would have were I would say, “Let me start my own business. Let me do something were I can try to create something on my own.” Shawn would and will always support me but we didn’t have a lot of money to start. My thoughts were I wanted to have my own clothing boutique, I wanted to start with online and eventually move into a location near my home. My brain was always so focused on having my own clothing boutique that I never stopped to hear what God wanted me to do.
When nothing seemed to work for what I wanted (I can’t make this up, I seriously did this!) I dropped to my knees and prayed. I was crying, feeling so lost with my hands in the air I said, “I am done! I have tried it my way and it doesn’t seem to work. Please tell me what I should do. Please guide me in the path you want me to Lord.” I can’t make this up; a calm voice stopped me and told me to start doing events. Honestly ya’ll it was shocking and I questioned it! I pondered the idea for weeks talking to my girlfriends (You know who you are!), to my mother, to Shawn, pretty much to everyone. It didn’t seem like a bad idea but it was a scary thought. When I stopped with the resilience, again I can’t make this up, I was told to start with the blog. Same voice and everything! I always wanted to but always found an excuse not to do one. So once I created the website and did my first blog post it was CRAZY! I started to see I had so much support from friends, family, loved ones and even few people I didn’t know. Then the voice came said one thing, “Events.” That was it! Something so simple and I have followed the voice ever since. Shortly after was when I did the Mother’s Day Brunch, a Graduation Party and then a Gender Reveal. From hard work with postings on the blog and through social media, I have grown way faster than I could have imagined. My goal was to have only three clients by the end of 2018. With One Fat Dove being “live” for seven months, I am so happy to say I have twenty-one clients I am so honored to work with.
In honor of 2018, here is my most memorable moments…
I have been so blessed to create memories and life long friendships with clients. I have been blessed to witness moments that will be forever cherished as the happiest of times. I have been blessed to work with other vendors and collaborating together as a team to grow businesses together. I have been blessed to grow with Shawn as we strive to grow our family and to making our house into a home. I have been blessed to be loved by so many. I can’t thank everyone and God enough for all the many blessings each of you continue to give me. Each person has impacted my life and you are such a blessing to me.
One Fat Dove came to life and it made me learn to live my life without hesitation or fear. I have learned to finally stand up for myself and fight for what I believe in. The sweet, calm voice has guided me through this entire journey. Some people may call me crazy, some might call it fate and to be honest I am not sure what it is. What I do know is the calm voice has brought my closer to God but also to happiness. My journey for One Fat Dove has only begun.
Here is my prayer, “Lord thank you for this journey. Thank you for all the many blessings that you have continued to give me today. Thank you for the lessons and thank you for the successes. Thank you for showing me life has so much to offer. I promise to continue to work hard and to glorify your light. Please continue to help guide me in your path. In your name I pray. AMEN.”
Cheers to 2019 and many more years to come!
Love you bushels,
ONE FAT DOVE
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