Over the next few days I am going to get more personal in this blog than I ever have before. I am going to share a part of my story. It will be broken down into four parts and will ultimately lead to how I ended up doing SBA full time, living in a state I never thought I would, and how I met my husband. So, if you are curious to learn more about who is making your skincare, sharing these emails, or behind SBA, read on....
“Why are you still single?” Or another classic: “Do you ever want to get married?” These are questions I got asked often in my late twenties. I would usually answer the second one with, “Yes, absolutely, IF that is God’s will for my life, but I refuse to settle and plan on having a lot of fun in life regardless.” Moping during any waiting season never did anyone, any good. As far as the first question goes - please stop asking single ladies that. Regardless of how pure your intentions may be, asking that question can sting a bit. It should forever stay on the “Questions to NEVER Ask Out Loud” list.
Okay, moving on...
As I was approaching 30 and prospects were looking... bleak, I found myself asking God in prayer more often, “Do you have anyone out there for me?” God answered that question with silence; not the selah kind, where one pauses and meditates on what God just spoke to them through scripture; but the deafening kind, albeit, with lingering peace.
I was also completely exhausted! At twenty eight years old, I was paying a ridiculous amount in rent for a tiny 250 square foot house with no AC, working overtime as a public high school teacher, attending graduate school full time at night (and incurring debt very quickly while doing so!), and trying to grow Skin Balm Apothecary whenever I had a few extra seconds.
I knew that if I ever wanted to buy a house, come home to a dog (because coming home to a husband was still up in the air at that time), pay off my debts, and get SBA off the ground, I needed to get out of California.
I started to pray about this move for a full two years before I left. God did not give me the green light to go when I wanted to. So I stayed, and continued to pray. Two years later, God let me know that it was time to move out of California and pursue Skin Balm Apothecary full time.
Not knowing how it was all going to play out - but knowing that God had my back, like He always does - I took with me only what I could fit in my car, sold everything else I owned, and excitedly drove out of California...
PART TWO will be shared tomorrow.