My Weight Loss And Rock Painting Challenge

Recently I have come to accept that due to my health conditions namely my Adrenal Insufficiency, ongoing nutritional and Iron deficiencies, I do not have the energy or time to be a professional blogger earning a full time income. I’ve been chasing this dream for some time but the reality is whilst I love to write and it comes naturally, the stress of pitching to companies, trying to grow my followings and do what full time money earning bloggers do, well it’s just too stressful for me.

Since becoming unwell several years ago I find I can really only focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking can at times be really difficult and so for the next six months or so, I am going to have one focus and that will be my health and wellbeing.

I will continue to write my blog and share ideas and I will take on opportunities that arrive in my inbox when it is relevant to my blog and audience but I am going to take a break from pitching, from focussing on social media growth and from trying to make a living from blogging. I won’t be taking any courses and have left a few professional blogging groups. I am not going to chase a book deal or try and sell products, just write about my life and the things we do, review and experience.

I’m going to put my efforts into losing weight and getting more healthy. Rather than spend hours engaging on social media, I will join some support groups to help me stay on track and put my time and energy into getting support. When paid opportunities land on my door step I will be grateful but my focus is going to change so I can be a better Mum and healthier me and have more balance in my life.

As a result of my new focus I will be writing more personal blog posts more about my journey. I am writing a series called The Adrenal Diaries about my weekly health and life with chronic illness and I am enjoying this. I will start writing a weekly update on my weight loss journey and continue to share the fun things I do with Sylvia as well as the things I do to make my home beautiful.

I do love Rock painting and have struggled to find the time to do this in the past few weeks so I have set a rock painting challenge. For every pound of weight I lose I will paint a rock stone. I will display my stones somewhere visible in the home and collect them for me. I will share blog tutorials on making my stones in my crafty ideas section of the blog.

I am super excited about this new approach. I am hoping it will give me more time to rest and more time to plan and focus on healthy eating and balanced living. I will embrace any dip in my traffic and social following knowing that those who really are interested in my journey will continue to read.

This is an exciting new stage in my journey as a blogger. I will still work with brands but am not going to stress over earning an income but rather focus on being well and healthy knowing that sometimes slow and steady can win the race and you never know, I may still do well or even better with this new approach. We shall have to wait and see.

Angela

36 Comments

  1. I think it’s a smart idea, and it’s not like this has to be a permanent decision. You have the freedom to do what is best for you, and that can change as you go!

    1. Yes this is for the coming months and maybe if my health gets even better I can then refocus on growing the blog again. Now I am going to be in maintenance mode!

  2. I don’t think a lot of people understand how much hard work goes into blogging. Its definitely not just about the writing if you are wanting to earn from your blog – all the promotion can be so tiresome. Looking forward to seeing how you get on – wise decision to concentrate on your health.

  3. Well done hun, I know it can’t be easy stepping away from the groups and social media, especially as I know how hard you were trying with pitching. But if it is affecting your health then it is more important to look after yourself first and foremost. I know how unwell you are, and the fact that you manage to still run a very successful blog is amazing and you should be very proud of yourself. Remember you are also a fabulous mum too!

    1. Thanks. I am still going to work hard and take on opportunities but just not chase it or stress over it as much for a while at least! 😁

  4. That’s such a good idea to paint a rock each time you lose a pound, at least then you have a visual aid to see how far you’ve come. Being a blogger full time is hard which is why I couldn’t do it full time x

  5. Blogging full time is so much work, I don’t think people realise that. I have been doing it fulltime for about 5 years now, but I often work 18 hour days.
    You have to blog because you love it too.

  6. I totally get where you are coming from I suffer from Hypothyroidism and when my body is out of whack I just can’t focus on anything let alone multi task. You have to do what you think is right and your health is something that should always come first. I wish all the best of luck with losing weight x

  7. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve had some health problems to battle. It’s great that you found an original and fun outlet to channel your creative energy.

  8. I think you are so talented, the rock painting is beautiful! Hope you get better. I can agree with you blogging can be stressful sometimes when you are trying to do it all on your own.

  9. Now, I can’t draw for toffee, so I am always in awe of people who can! I think it is amazing that you are going to combine the two things, (weight loss and painting) and I look forward to seeing the pounds come off and the rocks show up! Good luck, I know you can do it x

  10. I think this is a lovely idea, and a very positive approach to have. Taking care of yourself is key, and finding the time for you is just as important. No point running yourself ragged. When the time is right to write, you will. Look forward to seeing more stones.

  11. I’m sorry that you’ve had to make this decision due to your health but it definitely sounds like the right one for you for now. Blogging is so hard to keep up to at times, especially all the promotion and social media side of it.
    I love seeing your painted stones on instagram so looking forward to seeing more now.

  12. I’m really sorry to hear about your struggles. But if you feel that way then you took the right decision. You should be doing things that you enjoy and that don’t drain the energy out of you. Your weekly diary idea sounds very helpful for people who struggle with the same illness as you.

  13. Glad you are focussing on your health, as this is the most important. I also suffer with iron deficiencies, but thankfully am ok if I have the tablets, but I get really tired. I think you’re on the right track to not worry or stress too much, life is too short. Like the rock art and if it keeps you happy then it’s a good thing.

  14. That rock painting challenge sounds so fun to do and it is really important to taking care of our health.

  15. Angela I think you have made the right choice. Putting your heath first is so so important. Good luck with your weight loss I’m currently starting that journey too for health reasons. Xx

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