My Blog Story Part 2

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It was January of 2009 when I had Kayla.   I had a rough pregnancy with two separate occasions of kidney stones. It was brutal and I don’t wish it upon my worst enemy…okay maybe my worst enemy…Kidding! Kidding!

Then four weeks after delivery I had a emergency appendectomy. Ugh! Then in April I had surgery on my hand to get rid of a cyst I had…

I know – gross!   Yes this is part of my blog story, I swear.   Since I wasn’t able to use my hand after surgery for 4 weeks that meant no projects.   No painting, no hammering, no sawing.   I was trying to figure out what to talk about on my blog for that time period.   I felt a really strong desire to share my life story on my blog.   I didn’t know if people would really be interested in hearing it. I had a feeling that everyone who followed my crafty projects would then stop reading my blog forever if they really took a peek behind the curtain.  But I felt a prompting from the Lord to share it.   I will tell you that was by far the hardest posts I have ever written.   I cried through a few of them.

But I never thought about the next days post.   I just took one day at a time trying to write the next part of my story. Everyday I wanted to quit.   But my readers kept begging for more and were so enthralled by it.   They kept encouraging me and I knew I had to continue.   Plus I knew the end of the story – and the redemption that happened – and that was the best part.

But in the end, My Real & Raw series was probably my most proudest blog moment.   There is something entirely refreshing to me to be able to share that part of who I am with the people who I inspire.

WARNING:   My Real & Raw series is 16 posts long.   If you start reading, it will suck you in.   You will sit at your computer for hours, your husband and kids might not like how much time you sit staring at the computer screen.   Infarrantly Creative may become a curse word in your home because of it.

Throughout this time I kept looking at my followers list and thinking.   “Who are these 500 people and why are they following me?”   I had many friends pressure me to start pursuing advertising on my blog.   I labored over this decision for about 6 months. I was so nervous that it would suck the joy out of it for me.   I never wanted to feel the pressure to post or to be brilliant and creative.   But then there was always this nagging question in my mind, “Am I creative enough to actually make money doing this?”   Most of the time I told myself no.   But then one day someone said to me you will only regret what you don’t try.   I realized they were right.   I knew in my heart that I would regret not trying.   I could handle trying and failing but I could not handle never trying at all.

So it was July of 2009 when I made the decision to try and blog as a source of income and not just for a hobby.   Holy cow what a roller coaster ride I got on…

To be continued…

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Comments

  1. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    OK, these blog stories are sucking me in! I'm not sure if I should click on the Real & Raw… but something tells me I will. (and I curious to hear about your rollercoaster ride..)

  2. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    I'm loving hearing your story! And now I'm headed to your Raw and Real series to get sucked in for hours.
    I'm going to email you in a bit about some advertising questions. I hope that's okay.

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had a cyst just like yours. Except in was in the wrist area, by the thumb. The Dr. talked about surgery. Then I did a web search on it. After reading awhile I went and got a wooden spoon. Hit it real good and hard. Cyst popped and disolved into my system. 1 year later and its still gone. I saved myself the trouble and money of surgery. The only problem I had getting rid of the cyst is that I missed on the first swing and had to repeat it. Stung good but I'd do it again. My sister has had 2 surgeries and now has another one starting to grow. She is planning on buying a wooden spoon now. Joan in Missouri

  4. SO…I'm totally gonna start reading your Real and Raw posts…since I can't sleep at night (thank you to being 32 weeks pregnant with TWINS….I can do it without backlash haha!)

    Super excited to read your story!

    And kidney stones…have had them twice and have labored and pushed out a baby…kidney stone pain is worse…by FAR!!

  5. Marlie @ Crafting, Cooking, and Cats says:

    I can't wait for the next part! I just started a blog and it's interesting to see your journey.

  6. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    I don't remember how I exactly found your blog but it was your Real and Raw series that sucked me in and had me up at 2am reading them! But it was your sincere kindness and graciousness that kept me coming back. You are always full of inspiration!

  7. C.R.A.F.T. says:

    You rock :) I just read 1-16! I'm a high school teacher, and the kids always say, "your girl friends are forever and boys are whatever!" You're a lucky women to have your Tim and Kaley :)

  8. Devonay@LumpkinAndMe says:

    Ok… you have totally beat my one time kidney stones while pregnant story. I've had them since, and having them with pain meds is soooo much better! Your blog was one of the first that I started reading and I liked you even before I met you at the Goodwill Shop and Hop. I know why you have so many people and why they are following you. Keep up the great work!!!

  9. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says:

    Ganglion cyst, huh? I have one too, in the exact same spot. We've named it Blinky. I used to be a body piercer, so I have a ton of piercing needles. Whenever Blinky gets too big and interferes with my life, I numb it up with some ice, and pop it. I've read about surgery, but there is a chance that it will come back. So I just get rid of it temporarily with my free fix. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says:

    Ganglion cyst, huh? I have one too, in the exact same spot. We've named it Blinky. I used to be a body piercer, so I have a ton of piercing needles. Whenever Blinky gets too big and interferes with my life, I numb it up with some ice, and pop it. I've read about surgery, but there is a chance that it will come back. So I just get rid of it temporarily with my free fix. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says:

    Ganglion cyst, huh? I have one too, in the exact same spot. We've named it Blinky. I used to be a body piercer, so I have a ton of piercing needles. Whenever Blinky gets too big and interferes with my life, I numb it up with some ice, and pop it. I've read about surgery, but there is a chance that it will come back. So I just get rid of it temporarily with my free fix. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Patty Ann says:

    Oh yeah, I totally love your real & raw. Of course, that is the way I write myself, so that is probably why I like it. I think you do a great job of covering a lot of different areas on your blog. That is probably why I love reading it. The versatility keeps me from being bored. Love this post and can't wait to read the next. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Just read all of your Real and Raw posts!! Amazing how the Lord redeems us and uses us for His purposes. Thank-you for being brave enough to share your journey.

    Rev 12:11 "They triumphed over him [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony."

    I recently started a blog… this inspires me to maybe do something similar.

  14. Missy Luukkonen says:

    I am going to get sucked in and read it for sure! Curious about the advertising adventure too, I am almost to 800 followers, should I givei it a try?? I know nothing about it!

  15. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    I just finished reading your Raw and Real series! What a ride you've been on!!! I'm glad you shared your story. It was very heart-felt and touching. You are a beautiful person inside and out.

    I got married in 1998 too!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  16. ——>Katie Bolinger says:

    it is now 2:39am and I just finished reading the series. I am grateful that you shared it, that GOD has a plan for us that is greater than anything we could image and that tomorrow is Saturday and I don't need to get up at any particular time.

  17. ——>Katie Bolinger says:

    it is now 2:39am and I just finished reading the series. I am grateful that you shared it, that GOD has a plan for us that is greater than anything we could image and that tomorrow is Saturday and I don't need to get up at any particular time.

  18. ——>Katie Bolinger says:

    it is now 2:39am and I just finished reading the series. I am grateful that you shared it, that GOD has a plan for us that is greater than anything we could image and that tomorrow is Saturday and I don't need to get up at any particular time.

  19. Todd has a cyst like that. It gets bigger, then smaller, then bigger.

  20. I loved your real and raw series and am happy to see you doing something similar. You've been cranking out the posts/ projects like crazy the past couple years. I'm curious to know a little more about the behind the scenes of how you've gotten to where you are now.

  21. Yupe, reading your story, yupe, husband and daughter keep asking me why I am still plugged into the computer. Powerful story.

  22. Just read each and every Raw post Beckie, and I love you even more now than I did before! Thanks for sharing a part of yourself with us. You are so amazing!!! :)

  23. I just read your Real and Raw series. I just loved it! Thank you for sharing it! I was finding myself comparing a lot of what happened to you, to my own life story. I'm so happy for you that you gained a testimony spiritually and you found a true love.

  24. When I read your Real & Raw story the other day I was indeed sucked in! But it really didn't take that long to read, okay dinner was slightly delayed. But only by an hour and no one even noticed!

  25. I am settling in for a fun night of reading. :)

  26. You had me in tears many times. I copied the poem from Liberty to re-read over and over again. Unbelievably touching!

  27. Well can I tell you… I just stumbled across your blog about 10 days ago… I've been slowly making my way backwards in the evenings and on weekends (and flagging about a million future projects to try!! Lol) and I'm more than half way there now! It just so happens that I stumbled across those Raw and Real posts only yesterday! Like you said, I sat glued to the laptop (my husband really was asking me if I was *ever* getting off that computer! I laughed when I read that!) It was a really moving story, really amazing that someone could turn their lives around and be so certain of their place in the world (having seen such uncertainty before that). Thanks for sharing it, and so happy you're now doing a blog 'life' story also :) Very inspirational!

    Kristin (Australia)

  28. KatrinkaJane says:

    Real & Raw was actually how I found you! Who knows how I got there, but the fact that you were also a crafty redhead with an interesting "voice" kept me on.

  29. Beckie,
    I wanted to thank you for sharing your Real and raw. I found so much of myself there, still working on the healing, but God is good and I am surrounded by loving people helping me get where He wants me to be.
    Thanks so much for sharing your pain and your victory.

  30. Pamelotta says:

    I gotta say that I was shocked to see that picture of your hand with the cyst. Not because it was gross or offensive, but because I have an almost identical picture of my hand, same one as you, with a cyst in the same spot. Why do I have a picture of my cyst? In fact, why do I have 3 pictures of my cyst? Well, I did a blog post about it.

    http://pamelotta.blogspot.com/2008/09/tomorrow-morning-before-butt-crack-of.html

    Now I feel somehow connected to you. Great blog, by the way. I'm about to dive headfirst into your Real and Raw series. Wish me luck!

  31. I read your 16 page story and had many emotions thhough out your pages of your life. Wow….. I relived some of my own life thru yours. I think what I absolutely loved was the story of Grace and Mercy and how you learned to love yourself , the Lord and then how the Lord opened the door for you and your marriage. What a honest, raw article you wrote and to GOD be the glory for what HE has done thru you and for you! Thanks for sharing your story. Lora

  32. hi Becky, I decided to start reading your blog story I stumbled on. I love it! I can so relate. The prompting of the Lord part, so cool!!! After finishing your blog story, I will certainly move on to your real and raw series. Thank you for sharing so much of you. You are a beautiful person.

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