On this episode we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author, Crystal Paine. Everything Crystal can be found at:
Crystal Paine has always been entrepreneurial, but her greatest passion was to be a mom. While her husband was in law school, she became pregnant and was forced to stay home due to being sick. Over the course of a few months, she began blogging. From there, things began growing. Since then she has grown a very diverse and successful business.
Crystal, tell our listeners something you do to enjoy life.
“Almost everything I do, I love. I love blogging and writing, strategy and research, but I truly love reading.”
Crystal, have you grown to love certain things?
“Well, I’ve learned that there are things I’m not good at. At first, I tried to force myself to do certain things rather than embracing who I was. Now, I’m learning to value who I am and press into my strengths.”
Tell us about a time when you’ve felt broken and what you’ve learned.
“I feel like my blogging has been a breaking of me and putting me back together. It has been a transformation in my heart. Initially, I was a people pleaser and very insecure. When I began getting criticized, it was very hard for me. At the same time, it was safe to be behind the screen. However, I kept getting opportunities to go speak, but I was terrified.
I finally said yes and it made me very nervous. Then, I found out I had agreed to be the keynote speaker. During the speech, I began crying and I mean ugly tears. Somehow I got off of that stage and said, “I need to be healed.” I started praying for God to show me that I was enough. Interestingly, God kept putting me on stage. In hurt, a lot. It was like ripping up scar tissue. But he was making me whole; I was enough in His sight. I didn’t need to do anything to earn it.
God delights in using broken vessels for His glory.”
Who has invested in you?
“There are many people, but I have to say my husband has been number one. He has been so patient and gracious. I feel like it has been a personal journey, yet he has come alongside me and encourage me. When people look at the success moneysavingmom has had, I point to my husband as my catalyst.”
What’s something you do to show appreciation to him?
“We’ve learned each other’s love languages. This has been key. He loves quality time. For me, I’ve found that it’s not just quantity time, but about me being available. It’s important to him for me to be all there for him.”
Tell us how you have chosen gratitude.
“This past year I had a huge business setback. Things had been going along really well and I started to become really confident. Actually, my worth was being placed in what I was doing rather than who I was in Christ. On February 20th we had a massively viral post that sent millions of people to our site, then it all stopped. It was a huge setback and I mean huge.
I began praying about this and I felt like God said that I was putting my value in my numbers and my traffic and my income instead of Him.
This year I am grateful for setback. It made me go back to remembering my why; why I began in the first place. It caused me to totally change the way I run our business.”
How does humble yourself with confidence speak to you?
“This takes me to my experience on stage. So many times, I would think, “There is no way I can do this.” I would cry out to God and ask him for the strength. If He’s calling me to things so far outside of my capability, it is so encouraging to see Him show up.
I pray: Love through me, live through me, speak through me.
When you have confidence in Christ and His power, it gives you your own personal confidence that I am enough in Him. Every time I take my eyes off of Him, it will be completely dead.
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Crystal, what does it mean to you to be rich
“Poor is an attitude. It is not money that makes you happy. When you’ve actually lived that, you know it. Contentment is a state of the heart, unaffected by outside circumstances. You can always choose your attitude.”
If God has used me, God can use you. Live your life with intention and don’t settle for less.”
CHALLENGE: Let us know your “Why” or another takeaway from today’s show.