Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
One of my biggest aspirations is to be an inspiration to others. I want people to hear my story and feel inspired to have a story of their own. I don’t want to live this life without dreaming big and realizing each of those dreams.
I took a huge risk several years back. I was pregnant with my son and my husband and I decided that it would be best if I stayed at home to be with our son. I was overjoyed at the thought of being home all day and watching every second of my little man growing up.
When it became a reality, the truth set in. I thought that life would somehow be easier for me to raise our son. I was wrong. First time mom, devoting literally every second of every day to my son. I learned really fast that I was wrong on so many levels. I had no idea at the time just how much work goes into being a stay at home mom. I had no idea what kind of door that opened. At the same token, I would not trade it for anything in the world. I have had such an amazing time with my little man. I was there for every booboo and every stage. I am going to continue to be there for every stage and event in the future. Why? Because I am taking another risk.
It has always been a dream of mine to be able to own my own business. I thought for years that was me selling the crocheted and handmade items that I created, but I recently realized my dream in its entirety. I want to own and run my own website to help others. This is a huge risk for me. If I fail, I will be crushed. How do I keep moving forward with a dream that is so large? I turn the huge dream into bite size goals.
First, I did some research on the hosting site. I read as much as I could about WordPress, Wix, and so many other host sites. I took in account the cost and the knowledge that it will be a very long time before I see any financial payoff. I also took in account reviews from other users about each site. I wanted to read as many as possible before I landed on using WordPress.
When I came up with the name KraftaholicMommy, I wanted something that would catch someone’s attention, as well as give a pretty good indication as to what the site would be about. I am an addict. I am a former drug addict. God really has blessed me with showing me that all of the pain that I was trying to hide from and cover, was not going away just because I was high or so far wasted that I could not even remember my own name. The journey of fighting my addictions, is one that I will share another day, but the significance of that journey has been embedded in me. I wanted to pay homage to my fight. I found a new addiction, one that I can be proud of and show my family and friends often. I am full on, crazy addicted to crafting. First with crochet, then paper crafting, and now just about any new crafty thing I can find, I want to try. I also knew that I wanted to give my experiences as a Mom. My little man has only ever called me Mommy and let’s face it, all of us moms hope and pray that never changes with our munchkins. So, with all of that in my mind, I came to KraftaholicMommy.
At this point, in this journey, I had created the website with a really cool name and I was set to begin the hard part. I started this site a little over a year ago. I got sick, had some major realizations in my personal life, and things on the site went dark for a few months. I was laying in bed one night, praying to God to show me my purpose. I asked him to show me how I can help in providing for my family. His answer was this site. I stopped being so focused on numbers and follower counts. I started staying true to my goals for the site. I noticed a huge change in not only my site, but also myself. I have become a lot more confident. I have started feeling creative again and ready to craft as much as possible and share every bit of it with you. I also realized my passion for cooking, and decided to share that with you as well.
This site has morphed into something much bigger than just crafting. It has become a place for me to come and share all of my experiences with you. I not only want to share the happy things, but also the funny annoyances of motherhood, life as a wife, a stay at home mom, and all of the craziness that is my crafting addiction.
I am still new to all of this and by no means am I getting anywhere fast, but I have learned so much over the last year that I wanted to put this out there for anyone thinking about taking this plunge. Do it!! I know that eventually this will become an income and that I will be able to provide for my family. I also know that this site and all of your amazing support has truly inspired me to keep going and keep fighting to realize my dream.
I don’t look at this site as numbers and posts. I focus on making posts that are useful and entertaining and I only focus on one post at a time. I don’t pile seven thousand projects into just one post and I definitely don’t split myself between more three post projects.
This journey is one that astounds and scares me, I love it! I read somewhere once that if it scares you, intrigues you, and inspires you, do it with all your heart. That is exactly what I am doing here. I am having so much fun coming into the craft room each day, working on cards, crocheting beautiful things, and writing these posts to you.
Thank you so incredibly much for all your support, it truly means the absolute world to me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Until next time,