When I started this blog a year ago, I never intended for it to evolve into anything else. Something has been stirring in my heart lately. Thanks to my husband’s prompting and encouraging… I’ve been praying, reading, researching, and ultimately preparing to transform Blackberry & Honeysuckle into a small business.
What kind of business?
An online gift shop & custom gifting services. For the online gift shop, my goal is to have an assortment of gift boxes, that will be available to be shipped anywhere in the US. For the custom gifting service, this will serve customers in need of gifts for special occasions, such as corporate events, employee/client gifts, church events, weddings, and so on.
I have been redesigning the website (lots of trial and error for this not so techy person!), and working on lots of other behind the scenes logistics to get it ready. Starting a business isn’t a cake walk or glamorous by any means. If anything, it’s like the classic friends scene “pivot!”, ya know… the one with the couch. (Even if you’ve seen it a million times, go watch it here for a good laugh!)
I’ll be the first to admit that when a birthday, graduation, or any other event pops up, I am quick to run to the store and pick up a gift card or gift, stuff it into a bag with some tissue paper and I’m done. Easy peasy lemon squeazy. However, if you give me some time and wiggle room to be creative, I’m all in. Gifting is something I love to do.
I’m passionate about gifting because I believe in lifting others up by encouraging them, reminding them they are recognized, appreciated, loved, thought of, you name it.
I believe that when you have an opportunity to give, you have an opportunity to create moments that will potentially spread joy and make a positive impact.
Looking back at one of my posts from last fall here, I noticed that I wrote about the joy of giving and was reminded that giving has always been on my heart. Isn’t it amazing how God uniquely designed us?
Throughout my life, God has done so many things to remind me of His love so I’m sure He thinks the act of giving is pretty important, too.
After all, He gave us the ULTIMATE GIFT. JESUS.
So this is me. Shaking in my boots, doing it scared. I know I’m going to make mistakes, but I’m setting my fear aside and taking a small step of faith. Trusting in Him. Praying he will use my hands to honor Him. Bring Him glory. In whatever way possible.
If you are reading this, you’re probably one of the 30 subscribers that started following me on this blog journey a year ago. I am so grateful for you. Thank you for sticking around.
As a small token of my appreciation, for the first 3 readers to leave a comment below I will send you a little Blackberry & Honeysuckle gift. (It’s one of the first products we will start carrying in our online shop!)
Did you miss the last blog post about the inspiration behind Blackberry & Honeysuckle’s name? If so, you can read about it here.
If you want to read the shorter version of the inspiration and our mission statement, check out our brand new “Our Story” page here.
I love the title! And I love what you’re doing. We can help you with the techy stuff you know. And I’m excited because we’re looking for things like this to send to our clients. I know where to go to order. 😊
Praying lots of success and blessings. Love you.
I know you’re the ultimate friends fan, Joy! Thanks so much for your love, support, and prayers! Thanks for the techy offer, I’ve been trying to do as much as I can to save money lol. Would love to help you guys out, too! Love you. 😘
Marla Ingram says
I am so excited to read your new blog post and love the new direction you will be going!
How exciting the way God is working in your life!
Love you my dear friend!
Thank you, Marla!! So grateful for you sweet friend! Love ya, too! ❤️
Julie Gober says
I love that you’re stepping out in faith to do something you feel God is leading you to do. That’s where true growth is formed. His strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) Love you!!
Thank you so much for your love and wise words, Aunt Julie! I definitely need His strength! Love you bunches! ❤️
Love your creativity.
You have always been that way and it is something special. You have a great gift of making homes feel homey or making gifts special and making people feel special.
I love your ideas.. You do know how to put together things in a very delicate and beautiful assortment no matter if it’s the kitchen, house, refrigerator , garage. You always make things others love. Your a natural at this and you will do great!
Thank you so much, Andela! I really appreciate your sweet words and constant support. You’re always encouraging me. Love you bunches girl!