General, Life, My faith in God

Happy 1st Birthday

Hi everyone, yet another post in less than a week, what’s going on?  Well I had to post today as its a very special day for me at inkatesshoes.  Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday inkatesshoes, happy birthday to me!

As I said in my vlog last week, I can’t quite believe that its been a year already and I am so pleased that I have made it this far.  There have been several times when I have wanted to give up and people, including Mr H, have said “why are you putting yourself under so much pressure?” but for me it hasn’t felt like pressure so much, as wanting to do something well, to the best of my ability, to accomplish what I set out to do.  I have for the absolute majority loved it.

I’ve not naturally been someone who is particularly good at ‘sticking’ with things.  I get bored easily and want to move onto the next thing, hence why there are several ‘to be completed’ projects around the house.  It has taken me a long time to realise this out about myself, in fact its taken me a long time to work out a lot of things about myself, call me a late bloomer.  Does that resonate with you?  Stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself has been totally amazing.  If you have things in your heart that you would like to do, I so want to encourage you to go for it.

I just went back to the original post I did a year ago, which you can read here and two things struck me.

1.  My presentation has come a long way and I have learnt a lot about how to do certain things on a     blog, considering I didn’t ‘get’ blogs thats quite an achievement.

2.  I have managed to do what I wanted to do, which was to do this for myself and at the same time encourage you along the way.  So many people have said how reading the blog has helped them which has spurred me on no end.

As most of you know from reading my blog that I am a christian.  This whole thing came about because I felt God was nudging me to do something new.   I kept thinking about writing and that maybe a blog was the way forward, but because of my lack of knowledge and fear I kept pushing it aside.  I kept praying about it and asking God if it was Him to show me.  On one occasion I asked Him for confirmation that morning, not even 5 mins after I got a message from a friend.  He had overheard me mention about maybe doing a blog and said “I  would really like to help you get up and running up if you don’t already have someone”!  It was exactly what I needed.  Thank you so much Nik!

Now for those of you who don’t have faith in God that must all sound very strange and I can really understand that, but it is the most natural thing in the world for me to talk to Him and ask for guidance in everything I do, thats just what praying is.  Saying that, I don’t by any stretch of the imagination always get it right. I don’t have it all together, as you may have noticed from the blogs!  Whether you believe in God or not, I know from my personal experience that He is good and I have come so far because of Him.

So I am celebrating today, I am celebrating life, I am celebrating how far I have come, Im celebrating my achievement.  I think you all have things you need to celebrate today too, even if you don’t think so. Celebrate being alive, celebrate being a Mum, celebrate all the good things in your life, even if there is a lot of not so good stuff, find something to be joyful about and celebrate!

I’m off out this evening to take a creative evening with some lovely ladies to show them some crafts and talk about my journey so far, yet another first, can’t wait!  I’m taking some Bubbles so we can all celebrate where we are at in this crazy, exciting and sometimes scary thing called Life!

Really hope you have enjoyed this special post.  Please leave me a message and let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions.


Loads of love

Kate xx


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  • Reply Jo May 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Happy, happy birthday Inkatesshoes! What a wonderful achievement- be very proud lovely one xxx

    • Reply Kate May 21, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much Jo xxx

  • Reply Hannah May 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Can’t believe it’s been a year since you started your blog! Here’s to many more!

    • Reply Kate May 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Cheers Han! xx

  • Reply Tracey May 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Wow Kate. Happy birthday. It seems you have had an unbelievable year. So excited about the next year in your journey. Keep doing what you are doing. Its awesome.

    • Reply Kate May 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Tracey it has been amazing and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store! x

  • Reply Zoe May 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    What a lovely post – it made me smile …. Lots – I know how you love to go with the flow so I truly admire you for structuring the time to write your blog on a regular basis and to continue to do that for a whole year is a remarkable achievement well done you my beautiful friend – I just need to persuade you now to structure the time to dip your toes back in the pool!! X x

    • Reply Kate May 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Oh thank you Zoe that means such a lot! Xxx

  • Reply Lesley Smith May 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Cheers to many Birthday Celebrations! Looking forward to toasting you with a non alcoholic cocktail (lol). Great blog.

    • Reply Kate May 20, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thank you Lesley will look forward to that! x

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