Back in 2011 I went from working a full time teaching job that was about a 45 minute commute to and from my home, to staying home as a housewife. I absolutely loved my job teaching English 7-12, but the stress of the commute and literally feeling like I NEVER saw my husband took a toll on us. When Joe suggested I stay home and not go back to work, I thought he was kidding…turns out it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
While I was super happy and confident in my decision to stay home, I longed for some connection of other women who too were happily married and lived a not so average life. I had always wanted to start a blog, but never found the time to figure out how to get it up and running. Finally one day I just sat down and figured it out, thus launching Bliss to Bean. Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine and as soon as I figured out Blogger, it was go time. With the ease of our cell phones snapping photos and quickly uploading, I was sharing my heart on here in no time at all.
I immediately found a bunch of amazing girls, younger and older, who shared similar values or simply just loved sharing their lives on the internet. I’ve learned so much and made some really amazing inter-web friends! It was super fun to post daily back in 2011/2012 and once I found out I was pregnant, it was a great way to share my journey.
I also have family who lives far away, so I knew that this online space would be a great way for them to see what we are up to and then of course once I had kids, it was nice to create a family diary of sorts. I’ve waffled back and forth on whether to quit blogging all together. I’ve taken breaks. I have changed my content here and there…
But the reason I always come back is that I feel like I have something to say. There have been a few times where people have reached out to me and thanked me for my honesty. They tell me that they don’t feel so alone, or that I inspired them to have a better day. I absolutely love this!! I can only hope that more women feel connected to my writing, even if I don’t hear from them.
I’ve always been as honest and true here on my blogs, as much as I feel comfortable being. There are some topics (like potty training) I feel are off limits.
I never try to come off as perfect or having it all together. I share what works for me, what doesn’t, and honestly my main goal in life is to just be happy. There are a ton of obstacles life throws at us, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you and you alone to create your happiness.
Some people think I should be making money off my blog and heck, if I could I would!! I just personally don’t want to turn into a sponsored ad every day. If I find something that I love, I share it! If I find something that isn’t working, I may just share that too. I also don’t want it to feel like a burden; I love finding the joy in blogging. It’s no fun when it becomes tedious and work-like.
While the blogging community has changed A LOT over the last 6 years, I still smile when I see the “OG” girls that I used to really connect with… a lot of them are on instagram, but most do not blog any more. There were real friendships made and during hard times and good, it was nice to have uplifting ladies in my life.
I set my brand new blog up in January of 2018 and had no idea what I was doing. If I’m being honest I am still trying to figure out WordPress! I just wanted to own my site and ensure that my words were safe.
I am not entirely sure where my blogging journey will take me, but writing makes me so happy and this #blogtober challenge has been so good for my soul!
If you’re ever feeling compelled to blog, just do it!! You never know what can happen until you just try.
Happy Friday friends!