Hillary Craig Photography & Design

Hollister, CA 95023, USA

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THE WORKSHOP

November 11, 2017

Today is the day, a very special day indeed! It has taken a full month of hard work, (and by hard work I mean barely dragging myself out of the shower to go to bed at the end of each exhausting day, hard work) BUT the Workshop is officially open for class!!

For those of you who do not know me personally, I have a two and a half year old son who is....very active. So along with doing my best to parent him, keep him safe from harm, well fed, clothed and bathed regularly I was also spending every moment he was napping or in bed for the night working away in the garage. EVERY DAY was exhausting but, why did I push so hard? Why did I set a deadline for myself to complete the project in one month? It's pretty simple, it's the first time in my life I knew exactly what God wanted me to do for work and I wasn't going to hesitate. Literally, the first time ever I knew what it is I am called to do!

*You can read a bit about the different facets of my business here but for now I want to discuss The Workshop and how it came to be. Just know that for about 6 months I knew God wanted something bigger and better for my business He just hadn't revealed it to me yet.*

2017- Anniversary Trip-

My husband surprised me with a trip to Texas for our anniversary this year, which just happen to coincide with the dates Pinner's Conference was being held in Arlington, TX. (Coincidence? I think not.) I was able to attend Pinner's Conference, take a watercolor class and chat with a few of the presenters. Each time I was talking to a presenter I kept hearing that still small voice saying, "you are just like these women, you can do what they do."

Later, that very same day we drove down to Waco, TX pretty much the whole entire reason we (I) wanted to go to Texas at all in the first place....for Magnolia Market of course.

Let me just tell you, Joanna's vision completely came to life for me, every detail of the market, grounds and bakery, everything is intentional. If you really want to take-in all the details you have to take it slow, wander, sit, and relax. It is such a peaceful place, and it inspired me.

In the car on the way to the hotel I get an email, Chip Gaines wants to sponsor someone's dreams. I laugh and I read it to my husband and say, "that would be so cool but I would have nothing to sponsor, I don't know what the plan is yet." We go on about our day, rest for a bit watching cartoons with our son in the hotel when it hits me like a ton of bricks, the plan.

I tell Stephen, "I need to go be by myself for a little while, do a study, pray and take some notes. I think I know what God wants me to do." So off I go to the lobby of the hotel and I start taking notes writing as fast as my pen would glide across the paper. Here is what I wrote:

"Today is a BIG day! All of the feelings, promptings and passions God has given to me in small pieces have come together, TODAY! My heart is so full and excited I don't know if I'm going to laugh or cry. God has called me to create, to be a life-long learner, to grow my relationship with Him and use the gifts He has given me in a big way. I want to take my passion and inspire others to be life-long learners. I can teach others new skills and remind them to be passionate about something in their lives. Love people by showing them they are capable of beautiful things."

This is an honest look right into my heart and I hope that no one out there reads this and thinks that some how I'm being pious because that is not my intention AT ALL. The funny thing is I don't think I'm better than anyone else or that I have it all figured out. I learn through trial and error, by getting my hands dirty and just simply trying to do a project that interests me because I recognize the need in me to have a creative outlet.

My heart really goes out to moms who give all of themselves every day and often times forget that they ever had a passion, hobby or interest of their own. It's pretty simple, I want to provide the opportunity, supplies and idea for someone to remember who they are; beautiful, intelligent, unique and worth celebrating.

*Side note: I did apply for sponsorship from Chip and Joanna Gaines but I didn't get sponsored, and I was totally ok with that. God used that opportunity and it forced me to put down on paper a detailed plan, how I would make this project come to life. My husband supported the project so we still invested in The Workshop which is now open for class. Yay!

-Hillary

 

 

 

 

 

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