Hi there. My name is Carly Hartman. I am a 20-year-old entrepreneur and I've never had a boyfriend. Yes you read that correctly. No boyfriend, EVER. That may seem pretty crazy in a world that draws so much significance in finding your significant other. But don't feel bad for me, I love my life and who I am even without that special someone by my side. I was raised a Christian my whole life but my relationship with God didn’t take center stage until my first year in college (or for all you Aussies out there, University). As a 17 year old girl, I faced the normal pressures and temptations of uni life, but overcoming them made me stronger. I went from relying on my parents faith to developing my own. God did a lot in my heart and in my head over those years.
As a teenager I had my fair share of insecurities and was a lot more sensitive than I am these days. I hate to think what could have happened if I just threw myself into the dating game. I saw so many of my girlfriends endure complicated relationships and painful break-ups. I didn't want that. I didn't want someone else to dictate how I was feeling about myself. I knew that I needed to discover my identity in Him before I let someone else come in and tell me who they thought I was.
At this very point in time, I am happy, I am valued, I am fully complete in Him. I am not perfect, I have my flaws and doubts and I definitely don't have it all figured out, but I know He has the best plans for my life, better that I could ever expect.
SO I CONTINUE TO TRUST HIM, I CONTINUE TO CHOOSE HIM TO BE MY SOURCE OF JOY AND SATISFACTION.
I'm so grateful about the decision I made all those years ago, to be comfortable with my relationship status and not let it define my worth. I know that one day God will bring the right guy for me into view, but
JUST BECAUSE I AM SINGLE, DOESN'T MEAN MY LIFE IS ON HOLD UNTIL I FIND THE ONE. I STILL HAVE A LOT OF FUN AND LIVE WITH PURPOSE AND PASSION.
As I mentioned, I am an aspiring entrepreneur. I started by first business, Cora Wear, in 2013. I started my second business, Pageant 360 (an inner beauty pageant for girls) in 2014. In 2015, I started my third business which consists of branding, marketing, and photography.
One of the biggest desires of my heart is to make a difference in this world, one step at a time. So, that is my full focus. I love the phrase “Your future husband will come when you least expect it.” I've noticed that's so true. So many of my friends found the right guy for them and got married when they weren't chasing it.
"LEANING ON GOD AND FULLY PRESSING INTO HIM WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO GETTING ALL THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART ACCOMPLISHED."
So don't lose hope in that today. Your future husband is out there, he is just getting ready to meet you! How comforting is that?!
Love you so much, and I believe in you so much. Sit back, relax, and let God do the work!
Carly Hartman xo (www.carlyhartman.com)