Hi friends! I thought I would start off my blog by telling y’all a little bit about myself and the plans I have for this shop and blog. I want to say that I am so grateful you are here and reading this, because all of it means nothing without you’re support!
This is now probably the third blog I’ve tried to start over the years. The issue I’ve faced is my constantly changing passions and goals for the future. However, nothing has excited me more than sharing God’s word and what He has for His people, which is partially where Faithfully Fastened started. I’ve also always had a heart for all things sewing and needle work, thanks to my momma, and during quarantine, I decided to pick it back up! Now, here I am following in the steps of my mother and grandmother, not only sewing, but selling the crafts I make because otherwise, they would just take up every single nook and cranny of my house.
My love for needle art may have started at a very young age, but I didn’t find God until I was 16 years old. Now, He is at the center of everything I do, including this. My journey to God actually started with the Chronicles of Narnia movies, of all things. I was watching them during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of highschool with my now husband (yes, I did marry my highschool sweetheart, but more on that later). I had always known that the stories were based of different stories in the Bible, but I didn’t know the full idea or themes that C.S. Lewis based them off of. After finishing up the series on Netflix, I decided to pick up the Bible and started to read it. If you know anything about me, I have always had a deep love for books, and the Bible is now my favorite one of all time.
A fact about me is that I got married when I was 18 to my highschool sweetheart. My husband and I have been together since we were 15 and 16, and got married at 18 and 20. Now, we are 20 and 22, and buying our first house together. There is a lot of stigma about getting married young these days, but honestly, we didn’t and still don’t care. We have been growing up together for the last five years, and I can’t wait to grow with him more for the rest of our lives. And if you’re wondering, no we do not have any kids, it was not a shotgun wedding. We chose to get married young, and I wouldn’t regret a single thing about it. We have two dogs for now and those are the all the children we’re going to have for at least another few years.
If I’m going to be honest with you, living and growing brings so much change, that it made my head spin a little. I had to learn a lot of things in a very difficult way growing up because I was not prepared for what was to come. Now, on the other side of many hardships and trials, I can honestly say that I am a much better person than I was eight years ago, five years ago, and even three years ago. Yes, I understand that I am only 20 years old, but everybody experiences life in different ways. But that doesn’t discount anyone’s own story. God uses His people from many different backgrounds; rich, poor, healthy, sick, working, man, woman, child, etc. It doesn’t matter where you come from or even what you have done in your life (just read the story of Saul for example in Acts 9), God can and will use you for a purpose far beyond anything you could fathom.
I have done a lot of reflecting on my past and where I wanted to be by now, and let me tell you, I am FAR from where my 15 year old self thought I would be. When I was in highschool, my dream was to move back to New England for college after graduation, probably Tufts University or MIT, you know, to impress my parents. I was planning on pursuing both business and veterinary medicine, so I could open up my own veterinary practice after time in the field. Now, here I am, both a highschool and college drop out, still living in Arizona. I also wasn’t planning on getting married or having kids until long after I graduated college, and yet here I am doing the complete opposite. My point of telling you all this is that the plans you have for your life may not line up with the plans that God has for you, and that is totally okay. You shouldn’t live your life with regrets or wondering what could’ve been. Only God knows what would’ve happened if I pursued those now outdated dreams of mine, but He has me in a much better place. And let me tell you, I wouldn’t change a single day of my life now for even a second of what I once dreamed for.
Now, the point of starting Faithfully Fastened was a way not only for me to create, but to also have an outlet. Since I get anxious and stressed out easily, I felt like diving back into crafting and working with my hands instead of my mind was a good way to go. I also love creating handmade gifts for all my friends and family, but I know not everyone possesses the same skill set. After I began needle art again, a really close friend of mine saw some of what I had done and told me I should start a business, because she would buy from me constantly. I have always had a tiny little entrepreneurial spirit, and those words especially from such a close friend, sparked something so great inside of me. I didn’t originally intend to blog along with it, but I realized that I tend to word vomit on my friends and coworkers. I pretty much always overshare or just have some great ideas or information that I feel like could benefit others. Part of why this is somewhere in the realm of my third or fourth blog is because I haven’t been able to find a niche that I truly love and could talk about for days on end. I always tried to be way too specific with my last few blogs (Books and Beauty) or speak on something that I didn’t necessarily have a lot of knowledge around (Vet Tech Adventures). Plus, now my schedule is much freer in order for me to pursue a consistent blog and small business.
I hope this blog not only brings you good advice, but joy and comfort knowing that there are others walking a similar path. If you ever need prayers for anything in your life, leave a comment or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram and I will surely pray for you whenever you need it.