The Crockin’ Girls One Year Anniversary Reflections
We are coming up on our one year anniversary since the unexpected start of our Crockin’ Girls journey and it has really got us thinking!
Wow, I can’t believe we are rolling up on our one year anniversary for the Crockin’ Girls, talk about a roller coaster ride! It has been extremely fun, scary, nerve racking, a definite adrenaline rush, and in the long run keeps me saying, “Let’s do it again!” In all of our wildest dreams never did Jenna or I plan for this journey. On August 19th, 2011 our goal for making a Facebook page was to make life a little simpler for our families and friends. From there our lives completely turned around, and all I have to say is thank GOD for crockin’ or else we would be eating out all the time!
In one year I have held my first ever crock-a-thon, created a cookbook, been on TV, and interviewed by several newspapers, radio shows, and magazines, traveled to pretty places and met famous chefs. I have attended my own book signings, and not only have I seen my very own cookbook in Barnes and Noble, I have celebrated as it was named the #1 cookbook, even crazier! I have also gotten to meet and work with some AMAZING people and I HAVE LEARNED A LOT!!
In looking back on this first year of Crockin’ Girls, I can honestly sit here and say I am a very blessed woman. I am blessed to have experienced all I listed above, but I am more blessed from what this whole journey has taught me as a person, wife, mother, friend, and as a business owner. I have grown stronger in so many ways. This crockin’ community keeps me grounded, the amount of love, support, and uplifting stories I get on a daily basis is unreal. As a wife, my relationship with my best friend has always been great, but now we are so much closer. He has been by my side and been my rock through this whole journey. I have learned to set all the small stuff aside and really “be” with my family. I have learned that I don’t need to stress about my towels being folded and placed in the cabinet a certain way, while it sure is pretty, my kids aren’t going to remember what the towels looked like in the cabinets. This journey has taught me what really matters in life. What matters to me at the end of the day is resting peacefully on my pillow because I know I am me, I am the rock my husband and kids need, and because I am living “the moments” with them and having no regrets.
This time last year:
- I had a 5 year old and a 2 year old.
- I had no internet in my home…just wanted to disconnect a little!
- I was gearing up for a new year at Dance With Me Studios, starting to plan a recital.
- I was working at our Insurance Office when they needed me.
- I considered myself a stay at home mom, even though I haven’t ever been much of a stay at home person, but when I had moments to have my kids with me they were.
In comparison to this year:
- I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Wow, that’s tough to say!
- I absolutely have internet and use it ALL the time. I am completely lost without it now.
- I am in the process of selling my dance studio to a good friend to whom I owe this last dance year.
- I don’t even know what staying at home means! haha!
I am thrilled to say I look forward to what a new year will mean for the Crockin’ girls. I am so blessed to have Jenna as a business partner and best friend. God has opened a door for us and has guided us throughout this journey. I can’t wait to see the doors open and how we can give back to our faithful crockin’ community. Without y’all we would be two stay at home moms worrying about how our towels are folded. Thanks for this year’s lessons y’all!
This time last year:
- I had a 2 year old and a 3 month old.
- I was a stay at home mama.
- I had no internet in my home…just used my iPhone!
- I just started up my business creating custom kids clothes.
- I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old (15 month old).
- I am in limbo with what kind of mama I am (lol)! I am at home, but I work…traveling some. I am not a “stay at home mom”, but still sort of think of myself as one. It’s confusing, but one thing is for sure, WiFi is a MUST!
- I still have some things to sew for Nicole and Gracie. These projects are about to hit their one year anniversary of being in my “to-do” pile, Ha! Sewing has definitely taken a back seat, but it is my goal to do it some so that I can keep my creative juices that make me “me” still flowing!
- The Crock-a-thon: 3 days of slow cooking to get all of the recipes nailed down with photographs taken of each one! This included about 30+ slow cookers, about 20 mamas to help us out, 1 chef, 1 awesome coordinator, 2 food stylists plating food and 2 styling the plates with backgrounds for pictures, 2 photographers, numerous art directors and our right hand man Brent with the publishing company. Not to mention all of our families help and support with 4 kiddos running around!
- Love at first sight: Nicole and I went up to Dallas to work with the publishing company right before the book was released. While there they surprised us both with the first copy of the book. We literally just sat there and petted it. At that moment, I knew that our hard work had materialized into the real thing.
- Hitting Barnes & Noble Bestseller List: Our book reached the top ranks at Barnes & Noble and continues to be the #1 cookbook. Never. In. A. Million. Years. would I have thought that would happen to me. That’s one to share with my grand-babies!
In all of this I have learned to let go of the little things, go big or go home, take what is given to you and make something of it, love on my babies because they grow too fast, and to Keep Calm and CROCK ON!
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