Just recently I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Ms Florence SC, Christal Potter. We met for coffee and talked for hours about life, blogging, dreams, and goals. It was so much fun and she’s such a sweet person! Keep reading to learn more about her!
My name is Christal Joy Potter! I am 24-years-old, and loving life! J I have two of the best parents anyone could pray for, baby sissy to the fabulous Sarah Parsons, and aunt “Tissy” to my precious two-year-old neice, Mary Elizabeth. I am also the proud sister-in-law to Ryan Parson, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army oversees. My family is my treasure, as you may have gathered. J I am a Florence-Native, born and raised. Despite my desire to see the world and broaden my horizons as I pursue my passions, I have always carried much love for my community. I am grateful to have grown up in a home that values both selflessness and self-respect…sounds like an oxymoron, but it actually makes perfect sense. My parents taught my sister and I to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). After practicing that in my own life, in numerous settings, I have realized that is the only way to truly prosper, according to my Christian faith. I spoke of my “passions” a moment ago, and there are many things that bring me joy. I am grateful that the Lord instilled within me an appreciation for beautiful things because it is the beauty of His grace, and the evidence in the world around me, that have inspired me to explore various avenues of creativity. It is through both music and writing that I express myself and the joy in knowing Who’s I am. I am currently writing a daily devotional book that will be published in the coming year (2018). What started out as a journal for me to pour my heart out on paper throughout a difficult season in my life became the means by which I heard the Lord speak to me. I faithfully read the Word and continued to write about what each passage meant to me until, one day, I heard a still, small voice. He said to me, “this journal is not just for you…”. I realized in that moment that the Lord was preparing me for the path ahead. That was my call to action. My journal was not only for the Lord to speak to me, but it was the means for Him to soon speak through me. Now that I have committed to publishing my book, I am more thrilled than ever to share of all of the marvelous works that God has done.
I graduated from North Greenville University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Media. I have worked in both radio and television production, but found my true calling upon competing for the job of Miss South Carolina in both 2016 and 2017. Though it was not in God’s plan for me to hold that title, there grew in my heart a desire to have a platform and an understanding of how to use it to impact society. Those were two of the most challenging years of my life, but had I not struggled, I would not have understood how to encourage young women and girls with like-minded struggles. I came to the realization that I am going to pursue job opportunities that place me in a position to help others recognize their worth and provide them with a clearer perception of the hope we have in Christ (Romans 5:3-5).
My dream career is to somehow combine my love for travel, writing, singing, and providing encouragement via a media ministry to combat the exponential decline in positive, newsworthy content. I enjoy connecting with people, hearing their stories (stories of overcoming obstacles), and I truly take delight in encouraging others by sharing my story as a symbol of hope.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is a clear representation of my personality and the things I enjoy! I often indulge in the classics by listening to 1950s Jazz and watching Turner Classic’s old Hollywood films. My fashion tends to exude a little bit of that vintage flair. I enjoy wearing timeless feminine pieces with a funky twist, whether that be achieved by pairing a swing skirt with some modern accessories or some funky heels. When I was a little girl, my mom encouraged me to be expressive with my style. I can recall sporting sequin boleros and flouncy, colorful skirts to match! J I have definitely always had fun with fashion lol!
Where do you like to shop?
If I am buying for myself, you can catch me wrestling a pile of clothes at Forever 21, rummaging through Ross, or roaming around my favorite local antique shops. I’m a thrifty spender for sure!
If I am buying for others, I absolutely LOVE exploring the countless shops on Etsy. Personalized gifts are a must!
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by my heritage. My mother and father were both born of families rich in service to the Lord. Together, they have loved and cared for one another throughout all of life’s seemingly impossible challenges. They have never failed to showcase the truth that a hope in Christ does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). They have taught me the importance of valuing where I have come from and the wisdom that stems from learning from the past. Most importantly, they have inspired me to always look ahead with great expectancy for the future…to CHOOSE joy over the discouragement that often derives from trials. Opposition is circumstantial, but the JOY of Christ is eternal! J
What makes you feel most confident and beautiful?
I feel most confidently beautiful when I am encouraging my fellow women to know their worth! I have fought against body-image issues for years, but I started recognizing my beauty in God’s eyes once I allowed Him to transform my pain into a platform. I feel like I shine when I share my story because we should all know that we are treasured daughters of the Father, regardless of what we think we see in the mirror. J
If people could only know one thing about you what would you want it to be?
I have joy in my heart! A joy that I hope is evident in my smile and in the way I interact with people. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be, but I will always strive to grow as a follower of Christ by growing my love for those around me, in His precious name.
What’s one thing you like most about being you?
I like having the responsibility of aiding a generation of young people in the understanding of how to live a purpose-filled life. It sounds like a lot of pressure, but it is my desire to teach that the light of the Lord is bright enough to shine through the cracks in our hearts, making us whole. I like being me because there is no one else that could appropriately fill the space that God created specifically for me…just like no one else could fulfill the job God uniquely designed for YOU. We are all unique, priceless, and irreplaceable children of God. What’s not to like? 🙂