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.

Empty Nesters; Blogging 1 of 3

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.


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.

To make sure you don’t miss the 2nd, 3rd, and all of the tutorial posts, be sure to sign up for my newsletter (on my sidebar). You’re going to love having your own website.

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My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

20 thoughts on “Empty Nesters; Blogging 1 of 3

  1. Wow I had no idea about your story prior to reading it just now. You are very strong and happy you took matters in your own hands to try to walk and sit for the sake of your grandkids and for blogging.

  2. I’ve never heard of this happening after a hysterectomy, you’ve dealt with a lot of pain! Your attitude & drive are both great, good advice to all!

  3. Wow your story is so inspiring. Some people might have just given up after what you have gone through. I love blogging, it’s very relaxing.

  4. I had no idea something like this could happen from a hysterectomy. I had one during my baby’s birth a couple months ago and now I am in a lot of pain due to what I think is fibromyalgia. It definitely is affecting my quality of life.

  5. Nice article! I agree about your suggestion to do blogging. I used to do this out of passion and now earning too. Great way to share ideas and make yourself busy and at the same time learning.

  6. It’s really hard if you’re experiencing 8/10 pain on a daily basis. My dad had also gone through the same and we were all praying hard for him back then. Starting a blog is a good way to release thoughts and recover easier.

  7. It’s really tough to overcome some physical issues. I must say blogging is the best thing you can do sitting at home and you’ll get a good pay for that also. It’s really good if you are finding yourself good at blogging, moreover you can make it as your career option.

  8. Bless you heart! Blogging is such a great hobby. Who knows, if you are good enough at it and enjoy it enough, it can be a fine career choice as well.

  9. You have gone through so much! You are such a strong person and dedicated to your family. Blogging can be a great outlet for things like this, and a great way to share thoughts and knowledge.

  10. Having a blog has added so much value to my life. I had no idea I could build such a community. I’ve made friends for life and I get to share my voice.

  11. I had no idea about all of your pain! It is amazing that you do all of your blogging and more through it all. I’ll share your other blog because people always ask me how to start!

  12. I would always recommend to people starting a blog, it doesn’t have to be something commercial but rather something you can look back on and share in years to come.

  13. Blogging is something that I think is fun to do. If you go into the law you with something that you’re passionate about you will constantly be happy. I’m so sorry to hear about your back and I pray that one day it would feel much better.

  14. I didn’t realize all the pain you’ve gone through and are still dealing with. Hugs and prayers to you! I can’t imagine having three blogs – one keeps me beyond busy! You are awesome and my new hero!

  15. You are so strong. The suggestion about the blog is great, I started mine as a way to get over anxiety as a form of therapy. How come summer is almost over, where do you live ?we are just getting started with summer break.

  16. Wow I can not imagine the pain you have went through. I would do anything for my children and grandkids so I understand your motivation. Starting a blog has been fun, work and a blessing. Nice if you want to make money, I blog for the sheer enjoyment.

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