I had a moment yesterday. A big moment. You know one of those moments when you stop everything and really assess where you are in life? … and how you got there? I stopped. And took stock of my surroundings and what I was doing. It was a real ‘who am I, where am I, how did I get here’ moment.
It came about when I stood back to assess my morning’s work, my orders from the night before, all packed and ready to go.
I was physically exhausted from all the packing and puffing and dragging and climbing. I think that’s what made me stop. It felt good. A hard day’s work and it was only 11am … so the rest of the day was mine.
It made me think about how different my life is today, from 20 years ago …. when I was planning tube feeds for burns patients in a depressing North London hospital … and it’s all because I started a blog.
My first blog post from 2008 is sitting over on wordpress.com somewhere, archived, along with my first 2 years of posts in a basic blog that I don’t have access to anymore as I have forgotten my username … and my email address has changed 20 times over since then. I think it was all about the old house that I had moved off the block where I built my house. I originally started my blog to chronicle my house build. It has become so much more than that. I cannot believe the opportunities that have arisen out of this blog … and the wonderful people I have met … and the dear friends I have made along the way.
I spend most days here now, earning a full time living … thanks to my blog.
It may not look the most glamorous of careers, or the most intellectually stimulating? (I aint saving lives any more!)… but I run my very own business now. It’s challenging and exhilarating and so different every day…. and I’m the boss. I get to make all the rules. I don’t have to be ANYWHERE I don’t want to be! I don’t have to account for my time, my hourly activities. I don’t have to look busy or while away time. My day is my own. And if I am productive and work hard, I get rewarded.
And I get to work from here …
… and here … cue background French music …
…. and even here! (I was working. I was taking phonecalls)
I am constantly in contact with my beautiful customers, who send me photos of my lights in their gorgeous homes…
… or I might even accidentally stumble upon them on Instagram!
I get to scheme pretty things….
… and create exciting new products with talented artisans who also blog!
This is a joint project I am working on with Thea and Sami. You’ve seen it first here! Coming soon to the interwebs near you!
I get to go shopping for other people…
… and fellowship with other bloggers….
… always with gourmet food involved … all because of my blog.
(to the detriment of my LDL … truly … must moderate more … I’m supposed to know this stuff! … it’ll never happen to me, ra,ra … I’m immune as I know this stuff… yeah right!)
You know where else blogging has taken me? …to New York!!! I’d like to thank my sponsor, my business, Cape Cod Designs, for sending me, not only to New York, but to The Hamptons, a place I’d always dreamed of experiencing. I will never forget the sweet smell of fragrant flowers carried in the warm breeze as I road through the lane ways of Southampton in summer this year.
Sweet, sweet memories. All thanks to my blog.
So where has blogging taken you? Has it changed your life too?