Harvesting Home is celebrating one year! I thought it was only fitting that we take a moment to look back over the last year and reflect on where we started and how it’s going. There have been lessons learned along the way and we have a lot to celebrate!
Where It All Started
I know that we have quite a few new subscribers to the blog so I wanted to share a little about how Harvesting Home got started. Harvesting Home has long been a dream on my heart, but there were several things that held me back through the years.
- Fear of failure, what others would think, unknowns
- Not equipped for the task
- Too young…too old
- Too busy
Have you ever felt that way? The biggest fear I had to overcome was telling my husband my crazy idea. What would he think? I will never forget blurting out the words, “I want to start blog/business!” I think I shut my eyes when I said it! And guess what? He didn’t laugh at me or think I was crazy! In fact, he’s been my biggest cheerleader.
We love this adventure we are living and he doesn’t seem to mind carrying my bags for me!
Why Harvesting Home?
You have to know a little about me to understand Harvesting Home. Growing up, I moved thirteen times before I even got married. Now, don’t misunderstand me. It really didn’t bother me. I am one of those rare people that enjoyed the adventure of a new place and new friends. One of our moves, I even went to the neighbor’s house to introduce myself so that I could make new friends. Some of the places we lived were Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since I have been married, we have moved to six different cities/towns but I have moved a total of 11 times. I have lived in small apartments, rental homes, parsonage, built a home, and now live in our almost 100 year old home. Check out the History of Our Harvesting Home!
I understand moving and what it means to “bloom where you are planted.”
I love creating a home that is welcoming and loving for my family and friends. It’s important to me for it to be a place where they experience the love of Jesus. I have decorated, organized, remodeled, built, and demo’d my fair share of houses. Beautiful magazine worthy spaces are nice, but I want people to be encouraged when they come to my home or to the pages of Harvesting Home and to leave inspired to invest in the lives of the people God has placed in and around their circle of influence.
Happy Birthday Blessings!
Looking back over the last year, I sometimes can’t even believe how far it’s come. We are meeting so many wonderful people through this journey and we are so grateful for all of our subscribers and supporters along the way! Many of you have been here since day one. THANK YOU!
Here are a few stats from Year #1:
- A few – The number of people that get mad (and rude) when they see a Christmas in July video or blog . . . and feel the need to tell me about it. I forgive you!
- 78 blog posts
- 1280 subscribers on YouTube
- 1900 followers on Instagram
- 3000+ website subscribers (don’t get excited; they don’t have to pay for the subscription)
- 3700+ followers on Facebook
- 25,000+ clicks on the Chicken Salad recipe – This is the funniest thing, but apparently people LOVE their chicken salad and everyone has a favorite recipe. It’s fun to read everyone’s ideas!
- 62,500+ views of the Christmas in July Home Tour video
- 103,000+ views on the YouTube channel
- 500,000 lessons learned on what to do and what not to do when starting a blogging business
- 1,000,000 reasons I am thrilled I started Harvesting Home
- 1 Lord and Savior to Whom all glory is due!
Some days have been challenging trying to find time to write, video, and work on a website, while juggling MANY other responsibilities which I love. Sometimes it takes a back seat to other priorities. But I will keep figuring it out, learning to balance All the Things!
Thanks to so many of you that have been encouragers; I hope you have gleaned from Harvesting Home. In the future, I look forward to getting to know you better through some exciting additions to Harvesting Home. I would love to read your comments and ideas for future blog posts or videos!
This is just the beginning; the best is yet to come!