I have been a blog reader for at least five years, maybe longer. Many of the big blogs I follow now, started off small, and I began following them from the start. It is so neat to watch how awesome other blogs grow and become successful.
I started this blog for many reasons, but to be perfectly honest, I published my first post on a whim. I had not idea what I was doing, nor where I would be going.
Something I have never shared much of before, is the struggles I had finding a career or even a job. My husband was in the marine corps for the first four years of our marriage which caused me to leave college and move 1500 miles away to California. I went to school out there for awhile until my husband got very sick.
About a year into our marriage, I found myself becoming a full time caregiver to him. I was a student and working full time at that point, and he needed me at home. School was put on hold, and I was allowed to start working from home which was such a blessing. I am still grateful for my employers for being so kind and helping me out.
The next few years, I was taking care of my husband and working form home. School was put on hold until further notice which was okay with me. I will share more of my husband’s very difficult health journey in another post, but ultimately, he had his entire colorectomy in 2010. (Picture below is after is second major surgery). He was let go from the Marine Corps at the end of that year and we moved back to Texas.
I came back to school full force after being gone for years. The first semester back I was in physics, medicinal chemistry, qualitative analysis and physical chemistry. Talk about stress! A huge wake up call that I was incredibly rusty at learning, being a student, and everything that came with it. The days were long and miserable, and I wanted to give up many days. Those seven hour labs, the four hour physics tests…it was intense. I kept going though because two things were certain. One, I loved chemistry and math. Two, a woman in the chemistry field was a winning situation no matter what! Everyone said the job offers would be rolling in faster than I could count.
Like I said, I should have graduated with my chemistry degree in 2010, but due to my husband’s health, the military and life circumstances, I graduated in May 2013.
Guess what? No jobs. Nothing. I applied to hundreds of them. I was either too qualified, under qualified, too much education, not enough education…basically the economy sucked and not many companies were looking for chemists.
That is why I started tutoring and academic consulting. I had no other option at that point. I couldn’t move since my husband had a good job where we lived . I shared a little bit about the crazy year of 2015, but after my last job interview, then missing the second one due to snow, I didn’t get the job. Physically, I probably couldn’t have done it with Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I would have given it my all.
I was desperate, discouraged, and lost at that point. It was around March that I decided to stop job searching completely. There wasn’t a point any longer.
In the back of my mind for many years, I have thought a blog is something I would be good at. I love to write, take pictures, and other blogging things. I kept thinking about all the fun things I did at home and shared with my friends. What kept holding me back was being terrified of even starting a blog, so I kept putting it off. I prayed a lot that month, then one morning in April, I woke up. Googled how to start a blog, and published my first post.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I knew absolutely NOTHING about blogging or the time and effort it took. I started researching webinars, articles, and learning as much as I could about being a good blogger.
Oh my gosh! I can’t even tell you how many webinars I have watched or attended. Anything that comes my way, I snatch up the opportunity to learn from it. Years of practicing to learn in college kept me craving the learning process anyways.
I talked a little in this post about the fun learning experiences I have been having, including some blogging courses.
I thoroughly learned so much from each one and I am grateful for her advice. She is one of the few bloggers that teaches other bloggers and encourages us to be who we want. No niche, no rules, just quality. I love that!
So, becoming the best blogger I can be has been an interesting journey. (p.s – see more of the bullog on instagram!)
I started this blog out of desperation, just looking for something of importance to do with my life.
I love helping people figure out how to bake, or use gluten free products, how to live successfully even with health problems, or chemist tricks like removing those pesky labels from jars.
I was surprised to see how much my blog has grown since day one. Social media is frustrating, as we all know, but it continues to grow. I am excited to see where God will lead this blog in 2016. Right now, I am just going with the flow. Posting projects I have done, things I love, encouragement, and networking with other great bloggers.
Many of you have followed me since the beginning, and I love that! Some of you are new, and I am excited for you to join in.
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The best part of this journey to becoming the best blogger I can be has been the wonderful friendships I have gained. For those of you who have a health problem or RA, it has been such a neat experience getting to help you or interact with you. Many people write me all the time for advice on their health. After my own 20 year journey with health problems, my husbands severe health crisis, and being a scientist, I have some valuable knowledge I enjoy sharing! Always feel free to email me(contact button above)!
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