Kristin Wilkinson Grateful Heart Home and Garden

Blogging with a Grateful Heart

Kristin Wilkinson and I were in a PEPS group together when our kiddos were infants 14 years ago! She recently reached out to see if she could use the carrot cake recipe I made for my son’s 1st birthday on her blog and of course, I agreed and asked her if I could feature her on my blog. Kristin has always had a side hustle it seems, her cheesecake business was one of my family’s favorites. Her blog is a beautiful tribute to her late mother, full of honest and vulnerable conversations about grief, delicious recipes, images of her gorgeous home and garden, and great reminders to be present and grateful.

Her blog is Grateful Heart Home and Garden at https://gratefulhearthomeandgarden.com/ and here is the link in case you want that carrot cake recipe.


First things first – what would your walk-on-stage music be?

Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan – it has a beautiful message of finding the miracles in your everyday life, very similar to the theme of my website and blog. 

When did you start your business, and why did you create it?

I launched Grateful Heart Home & Garden in January 2021 in honor of my mom, Kelly who passed away in October 2020. I created the site to celebrate the special relationship we had with one another and to try to inspire others to find the beauty in what is. I deeply miss my Mom and by sharing our favorite recipes, my journey in the garden, and making beautiful flower bouquets it makes me feel closer to her. The site has grown to include our home renovation, DIY projects, lessons we can learn from nature, and my spiritual insights into navigating grief and finding peace. 

What does it mean to be a grateful heart? 

It is giving gratitude and discovering what we already have, it is revealing the good that is already present. It is seeing and believing in the innate good in others, expressing kindness to everyone we meet, and finding the light even in the darkest of times. Loving is living and I am living with a grateful heart.

Tell us about your business and what makes you unique in your field.

I believe each one of us has a special and unique light to shine and it is my goal to inspire others to see the natural beauty that surrounds us every moment through the posts on my website. I believe this site is unique because I allow myself to be honest and vulnerable in some of the topics I am posting about, not glossing over or making my life look or sound perfect. 

What do you feel makes your audience special?

I believe that I am connecting with others on a deeper level by tackling a tough topic like grief, but I also have fun lighthearted posts like DIY projects, pretty flower bouquets, and delicious recipes for those who choose to join me on my blog journey. 

If you could magically give all of your community members one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?

The gift of feeling at peace – we live in a world of high stress, high anxiety, and never-ending action. If we could all feel a sense of peace and contentment with our lives and allow ourselves to slow down and focus on what is right in front of us, I believe the world would be a more harmonious place

Has anything surprised you about starting a website?

Yes, I am surprised that I can write! I never thought of myself as a writer but sometimes I sit down to write a post and something comes out of me I didn’t even know was there. It has truly been a healing process and a type of therapy for me over the past 16 months. 

Did you create your own website or hire it out? Do you use WordPress?

I created my own website, something else I didn’t know I could do! And yes, I use WordPress and find it to be self-explanatory and easy to use. 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting their own business?

Absolutely go for it – if this business will bring you joy and you are following your passion then it will be a big success (remember, you get to define what success is)! I think it is important for us to take risks, believe in ourselves, and follow our hearts while giving gratitude along the way. 

If you could go back in time and do something differently, what would you do and why?

I try not to live in the past or mull over past experiences – I can’t change how things unfolded. I strive to celebrate the past, flaws and all, and live in the present moment. 

Do you have an email list? If so, did you start it when you launched?

Yes, I have the option to email subscribe to my website so you will get an email every time I make a post. If you’d like to follow along you can visit my website at https://gratefulhearthomeandgarden.com and you’ll see the email subscribe on the right hand side of my home page. I have had this as a component on my website since the very beginning. 

Is this your only job? Did you launch your business while working another job?

No, this is something I do for fun and to connect with others. I work full time as a marine mammal biologist for NOAA’s West Coast Region. 

How do you promote your site?

I don’t really – I am not in this for a large number of followers or to become an influencer. I do have a Facebook page where I share my posts but that’s about it right now. I would like to learn how to reach a larger audience with the hopes that my website can help someone else navigate the loss of a loved one or bring them joy by trying some of my recipes or DIY projects. 

What is an influential book that you’ve read lately?

I am currently reading Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari. There are so many distractions and demands for our time and attention and it is very important to me to be present in the moment and to be in touch with myself and those around me. 

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