Today I celebrate my birthday. I am so thankful for a chance to live, a chance to thrive rather than just survive. This blog has made me live.
I never in my wildest imagination imagined that someday, I will have a blog called "Precious Core". Never. But one day, 3 years ago as I prayed, I felt God was speaking to me and asking me to "write". I followed that leading and made some research on how to begin a blog so I could write.
Then came the naming part. I didn't have to think of or choose a name for myself. But permit me to be a little weirdo here and tell you the name Precious Core just came. I heard the words Precious Core and I ran with it.
So I named my blog Precious Core and began to write. Over the years, I have shared lots of love tips, real life stories and recipes amongst others. Then I also started my YouTube channel which has been a HUGE blessing. Cooking in front of the camera is my happy place. Totally.
As my blog grew, I noticed a lot of people were interested in the recipes I share. Then there was the temptation to "niche-down" and share only recipes, therefore making my blog an exclusive food blog. I felt left out of the 'food blogger circle' because you know, most food bloggers churn recipe posts, one after the other. Meanwhile here, I share recipes and other kinds of post - basically the things that matter to me.
I highly considered taking out the non-recipe posts but I just couldn't. You know why? Because I started this blog not just to share recipes but to write.
This is the place where my pen speaks. This is the place where I share real life stories. This is the place where I share my love for cooking. This is my outlet. This is my contribution to humanity. This is my core. This is why I am here right now, at this time.
I have grown to totally understand the name Precious Core. This is my core, the essence of my being, my purpose.
This is why I can't hide the fact that I am a child of God. The most important thing of my life is that I love Jesus. Being transformed by God is the most wonderful thing I ever experienced. And I can't hold back on sharing that.
My pen can't hold back from speaking. Whether it is sharing raw emotions, funny stories from my past or opinions on current happenings, I have to write. Writing to me is like breathing. I have to do it in order to live.
I used to think that when my blog makes an income, I will be so happy and fulfilled. While making an income is GREAT, I have discovered that that is not what makes me fulfilled. You know what makes me fulfilled? The people who write to me telling me how much this blog has changed them. Whether it is a recipe they cooked, or a story that made them laugh or a tip that changed their marriage or a prayer they followed, reading these things brings a satisfaction to my soul that cannot be financially or materially quantified.
So as long as I can, I will keep writing, cooking, sharing, encouraging and connecting with the friends all over the world who visit this space.
I am so grateful for a chance to live out my calling. When the going gets tough, I remind myself that I am in the right place. I am supposed to be running this blog at this time of my life. There is nothing like being assured that you are in the right place.
So thank you so much for being here! I can't wait to see what the days ahead bring. Love you!