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Saying YES

I have shared my journey of blogging before, but since this month marks my four year anniversary of starting my blog, I thought I would share it again! Saying YES to this has truly changed my life!

For thirteen years, I taught at an elementary school with staff and students that I love! I taught kindergarten for one year and fourth grade for one year, but the rest of the years, I taught first grade! When I first graduated from college, I applied at two different schools for a job – the local Christian school that both Briton and I attended and our local public school district. I was offered a job at both, but I felt God calling me to teach in a public school.

During my time teaching I had the privilege of teaching and getting to know around 350 kids and their families! And while I truly did love what I was doing, I was very stressed and had several health issues.

I remember in the September of 2013, right after Lucy was born that previous May, I had to have a colonoscopy to figure out some of the digestion issues I was having. Everything came back clear, and my doctor told me that I was just too stressed. “You may want to consider another profession,” he told me. “Yeah, right,” I remember thinking. I am not qualified to do anything else.

And so I continued teaching while being a wife and mom of two! I was stressed and still having several issues with my digestion. God bless Briton for putting up with me during some of the hardest years!

Fast forward to March of 2017….. I read the book The Magnolia Story. During the entire book, Chip and Jo talked about how they trusted God and followed their dreams. Story after story was told about how God provided. I vividly remember getting done reading that book. I got down on my knees beside my bed and said, “God, I am not qualified to do ANYTHING else, but show me what you want me to do, and I will do it.” I trusted God and said YES.

A few weeks later, I said to Briton, “I think I am going to start a blog.” I am pretty sure he thought I was crazy! But in April of 2017, I created a Facebook page and titled it, “Little Bits & Pieces”. Honestly, it was the best name I could think of, and let me tell you, I spent days coming up with that! Well, as it would turn out, “Little Bits & Pieces” was also the name of a puzzle website. So I was back to square one. What in the world was I going to call my page? I have always been good at plays on words, but I could not for the life of me come up with a name. And then it dawned on me, “Hello!!! Your last name is Post!” And so, “Just Posted” was born!

I originally started this page as a creative outlet to share fun outfits at affordable prices! And while yes, I dreamed of being able to resign from teaching and blog full-time, I knew that it would take SO MUCH work. Someone once told me, “If you want this to be a full-time job, you have to treat it like a full-time job.” I trusted God and said YES.

So that’s what I did. I worked my butt off teaching full-time and blogging full-time. It was one the hardest years of my life. I started blogging in May of 2017, and by that July, I had TWO THOUSAND followers! I couldn’t believe anyone would want to follow my somewhat boring life! But I showed up for those two thousand and posted consistently from day one. I remember showing Briton my analytics from one month, and I had made around $50! Ha! But goodness, I was excited about that $50!

And then I did something scary. I invested money through Facebook to advertise my page. That was what got the ball rolling. By December of 2017, I had about 50,000 followers! Everything I was making from my blog, I was putting back into advertising to continue to grow.

I gave my business to God, and He blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. My business continued to take off, and by May of 2018, I resigned from teaching and decided to pursuit blogging as my only full-time job!

It was a very hard decision to make. I am the type of person who is a people pleaser. I didn’t want to disappoint my teaching team, my principal, my family. What would we do about insurance since now we would both be self-employed? But I trusted God and said YES.

I get asked all the time if I miss teaching or regret my decision to leave the classroom. I always say, “When you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, you don’t regret it.”

Fast forward to 2020. That May, we learned that my sweet sister, Christa, had stage four cancer. It was during this time that God used my blog in a way that I had never dreamed possible. He used all of you to minister to me. From your prayers, sweet messages, and donations, I felt uplifted. Never in a million years would I imagine that a group of people that I don’t even know would donate $50,000 to help my sister.

And when she passed away in October, God allowed me to use this blog as a way to heal. It’s hard for me to talk about how I am feeling, but I can write about it. And in that way, God has connected my story to so many of you with similar stories.

As I look back, I think about how differently things would have turned out if I would have said no and ignored the prodding to start a blog. Saying yes has most definitely changed my life. And I hope that God is using me as a way to yes, help you look great and feel great in the clothes that you are wearing, but also as a vessel to shine His light.

Thanks for following along, friends! I am so grateful to have you on this journey with me!

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