Empty Nesters; Blogging 1 of 3
Summer will be ending soon and you’re probably trying to figure out what to do with your time when the little munchkins start back to school. I’ve got a suggestion for you that has helped me fill that void. Keep reading to see what my suggestion is and the good thing is, you can earn money with my idea.
If you’re a regular reader around here then you know my story. If you’re new to Shabby Chic Boho, let me fill you in as briefly as I can.
I spent my entire career working for 1 doctor. I enjoyed taking care of our patients and it was a traumatic time for me when after having an emergency hysterectomy, my spine collapsed. My disk blew out. I’m sure there is a term for what happened but moving on along. I spent 2 years bed bound trying to find a doctor who would perform back surgery. No one wanted to touch my back and I don’t blame them. Finally though, prayers were answered. I knew there was a chance the surgery would fail but I didn’t have anything to lose. Surgery failed. I then spent 4 years bed bound most of which was with a back brace.
Then along came Tyler. Then Alyssa. Yes, that quick. Then Avery, Abigail, and Halle. My grandkids are my heart.
Right away I knew that I would do anything to get up out of the bed to watch them grow and learn. So I did. Get up out of the bed that is. I threw away my brace because I knew I couldn’t strengthen my back muscles while wearing it. I called MRS Homecare and got them to bring me a cane and walker. I sent my daughter to town to buy a desktop computer because I wanted to blog about my days. Complain is more like it. I knew if I stuck with a laptop, I’d stay in the bed more. I needed inspiration to go through the pain I knew was coming.
I could only sit 5 to 15 seconds at a time on a good day. I invented words you’ve never heard of. Sitting hurt 100 times worse than labor. And then some.
Little by little I was to the point I could sit for a few minutes at a time. And when I finally quit having a pity party and wanted to start blogging about the kids and other things, I knew I was to the point that I’d excepted my fate and I even found comfort in knowing I’d proved everyone wrong and was walking again, albeit with help. I’m still a work in progress. I will always be.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain you can imagine, my pain level remains at an 8 on a daily basis as the norm. It goes up often but in the past 10 years it’s only been a 6 or 7 a few rare times.
I walk, I sit, I cook, I shop, I clean, basically, I can do almost anything that I used to do but in shorter intervals. A lot shorter intervals. No lifting and no bending were a challenge in the beginning but I’m learning as I go.
So here we are many many years later and I have 2 very active blogs, and I started the 3rd one last week. Terri’s Little Haven is more or less a resource blog to share a lot of how to’s. It took me awhile to figure out the direction I wanted to go in with it. I lost all of my content when my host shut down with no warning which gave me some time to figure things out. It was during that time of brainstorming that I started Shabby Chic Boho. And pretty soon I’ll share my new travel blog as well.
Which brings me back to my suggestion on what you should do with your time when the kids go back to school.
START A BLOG
Be watching for my step by step post on exactly how to do that, you’re not going to believe how inexpensive it can be to have your own blog with your own domain name by using godaddy promo codes and by using BlueHost as your hosting provider. In the meantime start thinking about what you want to call your new site. After we get that done, I’m going to share my review resources with those of you who are thinking about going in that direction with your new site. From there, I’ll walk you through pitching to companies, applying for reviews, and so much more.
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